Friday, February 13, 2009

Netflix Watch Now Movies Worth Watching - Episode 5

Another Friday has arrived which means it is time for the GeekTonic "Netflix Watch Now Movies Worth Watching" feature. 


It’s Friday and you’re looking for some inexpensive entertainment right?  Well all you need is a one-out-at-a-time Netflix subscription and a Netflix Watch-Now Playback device or a compatible browser.  Each Friday, I’ll be highlighting a selection of the newly added Netflix Watch Now titles you can check out – I’ll try to screen out the worst of the bunch and just leave the better quality ones or at least some of the “broader appeal” titles.

(Disclaimer: Not all of these will appeal to everyone – I’m simply pointing some of the more popular titles ;)


Night of the Living Dead

It's Valentines Day this weekend.  So how about some flesh-eating corpses to get everyone in the mood?  This is a very silly, but popular flick from 1968.  Considered a classic in some circles.

Enter the Ninja

It's a Ninja Movie!  Yeah, it's not my favorite genre, but I know some will like this one.

Dirty Little Billy

Looking for a "nontraditional" western?  This should fit the bill.  Young William Bonney learns the tricks that will make him famous as Billy the Kid.


Martin Short plays Clifford, the big red dog. For the kids... of course.   UPDAGE:  Okay, since Robert "called me out" in the comments I'll come clean.  This movie is NOT about clifford the big red dog.  It's a sort of unfunny movie, that some will like and some won't.  It isn't really for the kids either so now you know.  Happy Friday the 13th :)

The Visitor

An Indie drama where widowed professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins, in an Oscar-nominated role) discovers an immigrant couple, Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and Zainab (Danai Gurira), squatting in his Manhattan flat and becomes wrapped up in their lives when Tarek is thrown into a detention center. 


Looking to cash in on a Brazilian gold rush, ne'er-do-well George Kuffs (Christian Slater) heads to San Francisco to hit up brother Brad (Bruce Boxleitner) for a loan. Instead, George gets a job offer -- to join Brad's police department civilian adjunct. Milla Jovovich and Tony Goldwyn costar.

Marvin's Room

The tables are turned when straight-laced Bessie (Diane Keaton) -- who devotes her life to caring for her chronically ill father (Hume Cronyn) -- must ask her estranged, bohemian sibling (Meryl Streep) for help after Bessie suffers a health catastrophe. Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Gwen Verdon all star.

Norma Rae

In an Oscar-winning performance, Sally Field is unforgettable as Norma Rae, the Southern millworker who revolutionizes a small town and discovers a power in herself she never knew she had. Based on a true story.

State and Main

When filmmakers come to Waterford, Vt., they shoot first and ask questions later. Writer-director David Mamet doesn't miss a target with this scathing satire of moviemaking. There's the egomaniacal star (Alec Baldwin) who can't keep his pants zipped, the starlet (Sarah Jessica Parker) who won't take off her top and the impotent writer (Philip Seymour Hoffman) ignored by everyone.

The Counterfeiters

Facing an ethical quandary, Jewish master forger Salomon Sorowitsch (Karl Markovics) must choose between abetting the Nazis and saving his skin in this taut Oscar-nominated drama based on a true story. Assembled at a death camp, a cadre of printers, artists and chiselers -- led by the opportunistic Sorowitsch -- is tasked with counterfeiting currencies to weaken Allied economies. But will Sorowitsch's conscience begin to gnaw at him as the war draws to a close?


When James's (Nick Stahl) sister Joleen (Charlize Theron) shows up on his doorstep with her 11-year-old daughter, Tara (AnnaSophia Robb), he doesn't think twice about welcoming them into his home. But when Joleen skips town without Tara, James is thrust into a role he's grossly unprepared for. At risk of losing the girl to foster care, James hits the road with Tara, where the pair develops a genuine bond and discovers a true sense of family.

Say Anything

The budding romance between noble underachiever Lloyd (John Cusack) and high school valedictorian Diane (Ione Skye) is threatened when Diane's overly possessive, disapproving father (John Mahoney) interferes with their future. With her prized scholarship to study in England hanging in the balance, Diane must find a way to make both men happy. Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Good Will Hunting) writes and directs this classic 1980s teen film.

Soldier of Fortune

Clark Gable risks his life to save a beautiful woman's husband in this adventure drama filmed largely on location in Hong Kong. When her photographer husband goes missing, Jane Hoyt (Susan Hayward) implores Hank Lee (Gable), an American mercenary who runs a smuggling operation from Hong Kong, to help find him. Swayed by his attraction to Jane, Hank agrees -- but he may regret his decision when the quest lands him in dangerous communist territory.


Shadowy U.S. intelligence agents blackmail Robert Redford and his eccentric team of security experts into stealing a code-breaking "black box" from a Soviet-funded genius. But Redford uncovers a bigger conspiracy, and he and his "sneakers" (Sidney Poitier, Dan Aykroyd, River Phoenix and David Strathairn) must save themselves and the world economy by stealing the box back from the blackmailers.

In Too Deep

Rookie Cincinnati cop Jeffrey Cole (Omar Epps) poses as a drug dealer to take down a powerful crime lord named Dwayne Gittens -- known on the streets as "God" (LL Cool J). But soon, Cole gets caught up in God's underworld of bribery, intimidation and murder. Michael Rymer directs this action thriller; Stanley Tucci, Veronica Webb, Nia Long and Pam Grier co-star. Musicians Nas and Jermanie Dupri also make appearances.

Elizabeth R

Based on six plays, this Emmy Award-winning miniseries from the BBC depicts -- with deft attention to historical detail and style -- the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth I (Glenda Jackson). Also known as the Virgin Queen, she challenged the status quo (most notably in her refusal to marry), and survived plots to overthrow her, local politics and family turmoil to build the British Empire into the most powerful military force in the 1600s.


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That's it for this week.  Let us know if you hated, loved or even watched any of these.