Friday, March 13, 2009

Netflix New Watch Now Picks of the Week: Episode 9

Friday has arrived again which means it's time for the GeekTonic "Netflix Watch Now Movies Worth Watching" feature.
If you're looking for some inexpensive entertainment, Netflix's iconmovie streaming service is a great place to start.  All you need is at least a one-out-at-a-time Netflix subscription and a Netflix Watch Nowicon Playback device or compatible browser.  Each Friday, I'll be highlighting a selection of newly added Netflix Watch-Now titles you can check out - I'll try to screen out the worst of the bunch & just leave the better quality ones or at minimum some of the "broader appeal" titles.
(Disclaimer:  Not all of these will appeal to everyone - of course) 


The Waterboy

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Adam Sandler is Bobby Boucher, a water boy for a struggling college football team. The coach (Henry Winkler) discovers Boucher's hidden rage makes him a tackling machine whose bone-crushing power might vault his team into the playoffs. With a hilarious turn by Kathy Bates as Bobby's Cajun momma and Sandler at his oddball best, The Waterboy scores big laughs.

What About Bob?

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Determined to receive treatment, Bob Wiley (Bill Murray), a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a host of paralyzing phobias, follows his psychiatrist on vacation in this quirky family comedy. Pompous shrink Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss) tries to get rid of the unwanted patient, but Bob ingratiates himself with Marvin's family. Soon Marvin's wife and children, charmed by Bob's childlike enthusiasm, start to think Bob is more fun than Marvin.

Hang 'Em High

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Clint Eastwood (in all his squinty glory) survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, Eastwood catches up with the nine men and starts dispensing his brand of justice. The film aspires to be an Americanized spaghetti Western -- and succeeds.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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While the Civil War rages, three men -- a quiet loner (Clint Eastwood), a ruthless hit man (Lee Van Cleef) and a Mexican bandit (Eli Wallach) -- comb the American Southwest in search of a strongbox containing $200,000 in stolen gold. In his third classic spaghetti Western with Eastwood, director Sergio Leone continues to shake up the genre with stylish photography, a hefty dose of cynicism and Ennio Morricone's instantly recognizable score.

The Big Chill

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Never trust anyone over 30 … except this group of erstwhile buddies and former college radicals. After years apart, friends who've followed divergent paths reunite at the funeral of one of their own. Watch as the top-notch ensemble (William Hurt, Kevin Kline, Glenn Close, JoBeth Williams, Mary Kay Place, Tom Berenger and Jeff Goldblum) reconnects and cavorts to an irresistible soundtrack of 1960s hits.

The Survivors

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Legendary funnymen Walter Matthau and Robin Williams star in this comedy as Sonny Paluso and Donald Quinelle, two unemployed fellas who run afoul of the Mafia and decide that the best defense is to enroll in a military survival course. Donald buys into the curriculum lock, stock and barrel, but Sonny's not quite so gung-ho in this satire from director Michael Ritchie.


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That's it for this week.  Let us know in the comments if you loved or hated any of these.
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