New To Netflix: Febuary 2013

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February’s Netflix Streaming offerings aren’t too exciting on the new release front with only one “major” new release from the man that introduced the world to Madea.  More exciting than that is Netflix releasing their first original series starring Kevin Spacey.  When it comes to catalog titles we have Tom Cruise taking on Ice Man, JCVD saving the Vice President, Matthew Broderick taking a well deserved day off, Kevin Bacon fighting giant worms, Christopher Walken playing an action oriented angel, several former Oscar darlings, some edited 70′s hardcore pornos, and much much more.

In addition to all the new films that are available of Netflix Streaming I’m excited to announce a new Podcast called ‘New To Netflix‘ that I’m hosting with fellow film critic Kevin Carr from Fat Guys at the Movies.  Twice a month we will be discussing the comings and goings to Netflix Streaming that you can conveniently listen to on your PC, tablet, phone, or via Itunes.  Click here for more information.

New Releases

Tyler Perry’s Good Deeds-  Since I’m not a fan of Tyler Perry’s body of work Good Deeds doesn’t hold much (or any) interest to me.  The positive aspect about the film however is that this film does not star Madea in anyway… count your blessings.
House of Cards-  This is Netflix’s first original series and all thirteen episodes of the first season are available now.  It stars Kevin Spacey as a ruthless politician that will stop at nothing to become the President of the United States.  Co-stars include Robin Wright and Kate Mara and the first episode was directed by David Fincher.

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Action

Top Gun-  If you’re not interested in the upcoming 3D IMAX re-release or the Top Gun 3D Blu-ray that’s coming out on February 19th, you can get your fill of jet fighters and latent homosexual attraction with your existing Netflix subscription.
Sudden Death-  Jean-Claude Van Damme plays a disgraced fireman who must face off against Powers Boothe when he kidnaps the Vice President of the United States during the NHL Stanley Cup Finals in Pittsburgh.
The Karate Kid (1984)-  Obviously this is the original Karate Kid starring Ralph Macchio, Pat Morita, Elisabeth Shue, and the great William Zabka and not the remake.  The sequel, The Karate Kid, Part II is also available but Part III and The Next Karate Kid are still (thankfully) MIA.
Bad Boys-  Michael Bay’s feature film debut has Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as Miami cops that face off against a ruthless drug kingpin.  Bad Boys II is also available.

Other Action Releases: Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Mobsters, Breakdown

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Sci-fi/Horror

Tremors-  Kevin Bacon, Fred Ward, Michael Gross and the residents of a small Nevada town face off against killer worm like creatures.
Species-  Natasha Henstridge stars in this nudity filled sci-fi action thriller where alien DNA is mixed with human cells and the resulting hybrid must mate to wipe out humanity.  A team including Michael Madsen, Forest Whitaker, Marg Helenberger, Alfred Molina, and Ben Kingsley set out to capture and kill her.  The even sillier sequel Species II is also available.
eXistenz-  Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, and Willem Dafoe star in David Cronenberg’s futuristic thriller about an organic virtual reality game designer that is being pursued by assassins.
The Hills Have Eyes 2 (1985)-  Sequel to Wes Craven’s original film about atomic mutants that love human flesh.  When several survivors of the original film travel with some friends by bus to participate in a desert bike race they run into more mutant cannibals.
The Prophecy-  Christopher Walken  stars as the angel Gabriel who comes to Earth in search of an evil soul and must face off against Lucifer himself… Viggo Mortensen.  Eric Stoltz, Elias Koteas, and Virginia Madsen co-star.

Classic Horror

Bride of Frankenstein-  In the sequel to Frankenstein, the demented doctor decides his monster needs a mate.
Dracula-  Bela Legosi stars as Dracula, the role he would be forever best known for.  Eighty plus years after its release it is still regarded as one of the best adaptations and performances of the iconic character.

Comedy

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off-  No explanation is really necessary.  Matthew Broderick is Ferris Bueller, and he and his friends deserve a day off to do whatever they want.
The Naked Gun Trilogy-  Includes The Naked Gun: Files from the Police Squad, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear, and The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult.  Leslie Nielsen stars as the bumbling Detective Frank Drebin who always gets his man and the beaver.  Future acquitted murderer OJ Simpson co-stars along with Priscilla Presley, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Goulet, and Fred Ward.
Trading Places-  Eddie Murphy, Dan Aykroyd, and Jamie Lee Curtis star in this John Landis film about a con man and a rich investor that ‘trade places’ when two millionaires make an outrageous bet.
Phat Beach-  As the film’s tagline tells you, “Aint Nothin’ But A G-String…”  Lean on Me co-star Jermaine ‘Huggy’ Hopkins and Claudia Kaleem go on a wild spring break adventure with a special guest appearance by Coolio.
Scrooged- Weeks after Christmas has come and gone Richard Donner’s adaptation of A Christmas Carol starring Bill Murray comes to Netflix.
Dirty Work-  It’s a silly but underrated comedy starring Norm MacDonald and Artie Lange who start up a ‘revenge-for-hire’ business.  Chevy Chase, Don Rickles, and Christoper “Shooter McGavin” McDonald co-star in Bob Saget’s directorial debut.
Happy Gilmore- This was the last Adam Sandler comedy that I enjoyed enough to watch more than once. When his grandmother’s house is being auctioned off by the IRS, a failed hockey player turns to golf to try and save her house. Using his incredibe temper and swing he makes a run at the championship and the girl of his dreams. Carl Weathers from Predator and Rocky co-stars as Chubbs and The Price is Right’s Bob Barker cameos as himself.

Other Comedy Releases: Nacho Libre, 101 Dalmatians (1996), The Nutty Professor (1996), Top Secret, Jingle All the Way, Liar Liar

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Drama

Ordinary People- It upset Raging Bull for Best Picture and star Timothy Hutton, Alvin Sargent (screenplay), and director Robert Redford all took home Oscars for this adaptation of Judith Guest’s heralded novel.
As Good as it Gets-  In what I still consider to be one of the biggest Oscar travesties of all time, As Good as it Gets lost out to Titanic for Best Picture at the 1998 Academy Awards. Jack Nicholson stars as Melvin, a cantankerous obsessive compulsive writer that is forced to dog sit for his gay artist neighbor. That one change starts to affect his entire routine including finally admitting his feeling towards the waitress he frequents every day. It’s one of my favorite romantic-‘dramadies’ and features lovely performances form Greg Kinnear, Helen Hunt, and even Cuba Gooding Jr.

Other Drama Releases: Terms of Endearment, Quills, Colors

So Bad, They’re Good-  The plots of these films are beside the point.  All of them appear to be 70′s hardcore porno films that have been edited into softcore laugh riots.  The acting, plots, dialogue, and direction are all poor, but if you like naked ladies with plenty of hair then these might be the films for you.

Virgin Among the DeadSchoolgirl HitchhikersThe Sex Thief, and the Virgin Witch

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Nicholas Herum