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New on Netflix October 2015

Here are my recommendations for new movies and TV on Netflix this month:

On the Town (1949) – If you like (or are curious about) old-school musicals, this is one of the better ones. Features Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and some guy you’ve never heard of as three sailors having adventures in one night in New York. Not much in terms of plot, but a lot of great song and dance numbers. Plus it’s a good snapshot of a time before irony, as evidenced by this trailer. (If you have a more modern sensibility, feel free to snerk over the tagline “Twice as gay as Anchors Aweigh.”

TV Shows:

The Flash – This is a fun silly superhero show. While Arrow is broody, The Flash has a much more lighthearted tone that I think works best for this material. I would say this was my favorite new show of 2014, and now is a good time to catch up on it.

Arrow – I enjoy this show, though not as much as The Flash. It’s a little too heavy on the CW drama for my tastes. But the action is good and the characters interesting. Also, there so much crossover with The Flash that if you’re watching one show, you pretty much have to watch the other.

TV Shows You’ve Heard Of:

Reign Season 2 (10/2)
The Vampire Diaries Season 6 (10/2)
American Horror Story Freak Show (10/6)
iZombie (10/6)
Last Man Standing Season 4 (10/6)
The Flash (10/6)
Arrow Season 3 (10/7)
Supernatural Season 10
Jane the Virgin (10/12)

Movies You’ve Heard Of:

American Pie
Batman Begins
Boogie Nights
The Bourne Supremacy
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Million Dollar Baby
On the Town
August: Osage County (10/27)

New on Netflix March 2015

Here’s the stuff coming out on Netflix that I recommend:

Aziz Ansari Live at Madison Square Garden (3/6) – I really enjoy Aziz Ansari’s standup, and am looking forward to this.

Finding Neverland – This drama about JM Barrie creating Peter Pan is both entertaining and poignant.

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3/11) – I haven’t seen this yet, but will watch it on Netflix. I though the original was fairly entertaining. Nothing amazing, but an enjoyable use of my time. I expect the sequel will be about the same.

The Man With the Iron Fists (3/31) – This is an entertaining dumb action movies. It takes the tropes of cheesy martial arts movies, and ramps them up to an insane degree. It’s kind of like Kill Bill on crack, and I mean that as a compliment. Very entertaining.

Other stuff you’ve heard of:

A Different World (complete series – 3/15)
Brothers Grimm
Life Itself (3/19)
Patch Adams
Rules of Engagement
Teen Witch
Third Rock From the Sun (complete series – 3/15)

New Movies on Netflix in September 2014

My blogging has been light recently.  I’m switching day-jobs, and have been busy wrapping things up on my old one.  Blogging will most likely continue to be light until I get up to speed on the new job.

A list of movies you’ve heard of that are new on Netflix in September is below.  But first, here are my recommendations:

AnacondaOne of those movies that’s so bad its good.

Arachnophobia: Not a great movie, but it’s some solid cheesy fun.

Braveheart: A solid, epic action movie, from back in the 90s when they made action movies with depth that could be critically acclaimed and win Oscars.

Also worth noting:

Chinatown: A noir classic that I personally find too incoherent to work, but a lot of other people love.

Good Morning, Vietnam: If you’re still depressed over Robin Williams’s suicide, this might be a good one to rewatch.  Has some of the best ad-libbing of all time.  I personally am not a fan of everything in the movie other than Robin Williams riffing.  Although this is the reason why I always think of Louis Armstrong’s “What a Wonderful World” as a sarcastic song about grisly death.

Complete List

Movies

A Price Above Rubies
A Simple Plan
Across the Universe
Addams Family Values
Alfie
An Officer and a Gentleman
Anaconda
Anastasia
Arachnophobia
Are We Done Yet
Bounce
Braveheart
Brian’s Song
Chinatown
Cool Runnings
Coyote Ugly
Crocodile Dundee
Days of Thunder
Deep Blue
Defiance
Elizabethtown
Flubber
Good Morning, Vietnam
Guess Who
Hoodwinked
Jay and Sielnt Bob’s Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
Lords of Dogtown
School of Rock
Swiss Family Robinson
The Blue Lagoon
Silver Linings Playbook (Sept. 16)
3 Days to Kill (Sept. 17)
Bad Grandpa (Sept. 27)

TV
Californication
Doomsday Preppers
The Blacklist Season 1 (Sept. 7)
Trailer Park Boys Season 8 (Sept. 5)
The League Season 5 (Sept. 2)
About a Boy Season 1 (Sept. 14)
Arrow Season 2 (Sept. 14)
Bones Season 9 (Sept. 16)
New Girl Season 3 (Sept. 16)
The Fosters Season 2 (Sept. 17)
Revolution Season 2 (Sept. 22)
How I Met Your Mother (Sept. 26)
Parks and Recreation Season 5 (Sept. 26)
Comic Book Men Season 3 (Sept. 28)
The Walking Dead Season 4 (Sept. 29)

New Movies on Netflix in August 2014

A list of movies you’ve heard of that are new on Netflix in August is below.  But first, here are my recommendations:

ChocolatOne of those feel-good movies that celebrates life and can’t help but bring a smile to your face.

Cosmos (2014 Miniseries): Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s update on the classic Carl Sagan series.  Explains the current state of cosmology in an engaging way, by wrapping up the science in compelling stories about people.

Face/Off: One of the most ridiculous over-the-top movies ever made.  It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but if you’re pointing out logic problems in a movie where a super-cop and super-criminal literally swap faces and proceed to kill/exploder everyone and everything, you’ve kind of missed the point.  If you enjoy dumb action, this movie is a lot of fun.

Rounders: One of those movies that failed in theaters but found a cult following on video. Follows the adventures of an underground poker player, and does an excellent job of making poker compelling.  Quite a few real-life poker pros were inspired to get into poker because of this movie.

Rocky: The classic American underdog story.  A bit slow for modern audiences, but an excellent story of a man proving his self-worth through sheer determination.

Rocky IV: (see my write-up in Movies We Still Care About.)

Complete List

  • Air Bud
  • The Birdcage
  • Brian’s Song
  • The Cable Guy
  • Chinatown
  • Chocolat
  • Cosmos (2014 Neil DeGrasse Tyson version)
  • Evita
  • Face/Off
  • Kinky Boots
  • Mad Max
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • Red Dawn (1984)
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rounders
  • Sabrina (1995)
  • Shooter
  • Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow
  • Spice World
  • Turner and Hooch

New Movies on Netflix in July 2014

Here’s a list of the new movies on Netflix this month.

Of these, I recommend:

12 Angry Men: One of the original Courtroom dramas. If you like that sort of thing, it’s definitely worth checking out. Also a good lesson for any filmmakers interested in microbudget movies, as it tells a compelling story that mainly consists of people talking to each other in one room.

Hitch (July 14): I’m not saying this is a great movie, but it is an enjoyable movie. Features Kevin James at his most likable, and Will Smith in a rare straight-comedy role rather than action or drama. The concept of a “date doctor” who teaches men how to seduce women could easily be creepy, but the film handles it in a tasteful way that earns your affection.

Lost Girl Season 4 (July 24): A Canadian series about a succubus private detective whose cases involve magical Fae, this is an excellent show that most Americans have never heard of. If you liked Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you’ll probably enjoy Lost Girl. Also it has some nice eye-candy no matter which gender you prefer; Anna Silk is gorgeous, and my wife inists that Kris Holden-Ried is the hottest man on TV. The first 3 seasons are already on Netflix, which will give you time to catch up before the fourth season becomes available on the 24th.

Other movies you’ve heard of that are new to Netflix this month:

  • Bad Santa
  • Basic Instinct
  • Boyz N the Hood
  • Dead Man Walking
  • Fever Pitch
  • Gandhi
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • The Karate Kid
  • Patton
  • Philadelphia
  • Sophie’s Choice
  • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered COuntry
  • Tarzan

New Movies on Netflix in June 2014

Here’s a list of the new movies on Netflix this month.

Of these, I recommend:

Carrie (1976): Based on Stephen King’s first book, this is a tight and effective horror-thriller.  A bit slowly paced by today’s standards, but definitely worth checking out.

Clear and Present Danger: Probably the best of the Jack Ryan movies.  This is an exciting thriller that combines solid action sequences with tense spy stuff.

Sherlock Season 3: If you haven’t been watching the BBC Sherlock series, reimagining the Sherlock Holmes stories into the modern day, you really should.  Each season is three TV movies, and they’re amazing.  In this third season, the show takes a radical departure from the original stories, but it works well.

Wayne’s WorldOne of my favorite comedies of all time.  This is filled with zany hilarity and extremely quotable.

Other movies you’ve heard of that are new to Netflix this month:

  • Annie Hall
  • Barbershop
  • Cold Mountain
  • The Craft
  • First Knight
  • My Girl
  • A River Runs Through It
  • Rudy
  • Tarzan (1999)
  • World War Z

New Movies on Netflix in May 2014

CNN has a rundown of what movies are new to Netflix this month.

My recommendations:

Gladiator – Lots of manly action and intense fight scenes, filmed in a style that was innovative at the time and really got you into the middle of things.  (Shaky-cam has been imitated many times since, usually with less effect.  But Gladiator is one of the few films to use it well.)

Hook – A fun adventure that a lot of people have forgotten about, but manages to be quite entertaining.  Now that adult adaptations of fairy tales has become its own genre, it’s worth looking back at a film that was made because someone had a good idea for a story to tell, rather than because the genre is hot and there’s money to be made.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2 – If you like hyper-stylized violence, these are two of the best examples of that.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – I think a lot of classics are overrated, but this is one that really holds up.  But I should warn you that it might depress you.  Not due to any flaw in the film, but because you’ll inevitably end up comparing the fictional state of politics in the 30s to the real state of politics today, and realize how messed up things have become.

Goldfinger – Probably the best of the Bond movies.  If you’re somehow not aware of what Bond is about and are curious, this is the film to check out.  The same is true if you only know Bond from recent movies, either the gritty/dreary Daniel Craig movies or the completely ridiculous Pierce Brosnan invisible car ones. The old school Sean Connery era Bond films had a much better mix of fun and action, with interesting/colorful/menacing villains and wacky gadgets that didn’t fall off the cliff into absurd magic.

(I’m thinking I’ll try to make new to Netflix recommendations every month.  Let me know your thoughts on this.)