Apologies for the delay in getting this new volume out. I have started writing a bit for Daily Grindhouse and that has taken priority. Great site btw, check it out. So I have fully switched over to just streaming from Netflix at this point. I may go back to discs as well. I wasn't enraged by the price hike, but honestly had been renting discs less and less so I decided to try streaming only for a bit. There's still plenty of good stuff there to be viewed, but it seems that the 1st of the month model is the primary influx of huge #s of catalog titles. That being said I was very pleased to see BLUE COLLAR show up. It's my favorite Paul Schrader film and one of my favorites of the 70s. Great performances by all leads, despite apparent on set tension. Also worth your time is the excellent Mazursky flick AN UNMARRIED WOMAN, featuring the late Jill Clayburgh in one of her finest roles. DAVID HOLZMAN'S DIARY is perhaps the first 'Mockumentary' and a film that has had a substantial influence on up to our current TV narratives. Speaking of influence, Jack Cardiff is one hell of a Cinematographer and his career is well worth exploring in the doc CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF. On the quirky side, FIVE CORNERS is a neat little film from the writer of JOE VS. THE VOLCANO (and the director of MY BODYGUARD). TREMORS 2 is actually a pretty fun sequel in my opinion if you're into those films(I even like 3 and 4). And VIDEODROME is of course Cronenberg at the height of his powers. Watch it. Same goes for a great doc from 2008 called FUEL.
Apologies for the delay in putting out this new volume. I've noticed(as you all probably have) that Netflix is now putting less new stuff up on Instant Watch lately. This trend disturbs me just a bit with the September 1st plan switch date rapidly approaching. I do hope they will get back to putting more films and TV on with more regularity, but only time will tell. Nonetheless there are some good films and some junk films(or worse) for you all to enjoy. First, the good. This group includes things like Tim Hunter's RIVER'S EDGE, the Steve Tesich(BREAKING AWAY) scribed EYEWITNESS, DRESSED TO KILL, THE ASPHALT JUNGLE, WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, MARRIED TO THE MOB, MANHATTAN MURDER MYSTERY, HOTEL NEW HAMPSHIRE, The Phil Ochs Doc, DEAD END, WINTER'S BONE, THE MUMMY and maybe STREETS OF FIRE(though many might put that in the junk category). The junk includes the likes of STAYIN' ALIVE, THE MANSTER, STRANGE DAYS, DIE HARD 2(and UNDER SIEGE 2), THE SECRET OF MY SUCCESS and the glorious Linda Blair trifecta of ROLLER BOOGIE, THE EXORCIST 2 and HELL NIGHT. If you're looking for a quick pick me up, the opening scenes of ROLLER BOOGIE alone should make you smile. My favorite moment comes when a couple who has chosen to make out on top of a dumpster, jumps down from said perch to join a roller skating conga line. If Linda Blair's not your thing then perhaps a nice double of Don Adams with THE NUDE BOMB and GET SMART AGAIN? And of course there are always Seagal options. Also this week there is a special section of sub-junk type films and that umbrella covers things like BIRDEMIC: SHOCK AND TERROR and FRED: THE MOVIE(both indescribably bad in their own ways, BIRDEMIC being much more entertaining).
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