New to Netflix: August 2013

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August hasn’t been a great month for Netflix Streaming.  Notable new releases are sparse and there are few catalog titles to get really excited about.  With that said, even though there aren’t a lot of them there are some really good films to check out plus new seasons of some of TV’s best shows.

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New Releases

The Collection – Sequel to 2009′s The Collector where the lone survivor of the first film is coerced into helping a group of mercenaries rescue a young woman from the booby trapped home of a terrible serial killer.

Other New Releases: It’s a Disaster, Arbitrage, Erased, Lore, Barrymore, AE: Apocalypse Earth

Television

Breaking Bad: Season Five – The first half of the final season of TV’s current hottest show is available if you’re trying to catch up with Walt and Jesse before their final eight episdoes air.
Wilfred: Season Two – The second season of the popular FX comedy series starring Elijah Wood as a man suffering from depression that sees his neighbor’s dog as a grown man in a dog suit is now available.
Burn Notice: Season Six – The second to last season of Burn Notice starring Jeffrey Donovan, Gabrielle Anwar and Bruce Campbell is now available just weeks before the series finale airs.

Other Television: Hell on Wheels: Season Two, Alphas: Season Two

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Drama

Zodiac – David Fincher’s film about the Zodiac killer stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards and Robert Downey Jr. Zodiac didn’t receive the widespread acclaim The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network or even Se7en did but it is a taught historical thriller that you should definately check out.
Far and Away – This the second of three films starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman (but is the first on this list to be mentioned, read below for more info). This story of Irish immigrants of the late 19th century is beautifully shot and is something of an underrated gem. Tom Cruise’s Irish accent can take some getting used to however.

Other Dramatic Highlights: Donnie Darko, Titanic, Stander, Do the Right Thing, Clockers, Born of the Fourth of July, Prozac Nation, Paradise Alley

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Action

Days of Thunder – aka Top Gun 2. Tom Cruise stars as Cole Trickle, an arrogant Nascar driver whose life almost ends on the track but must battle through adversary with the support of his Manager and his lover/doctor. I’m not a racing fan by any stretch of the imagination but this is such an incredible guilty pleasure I can’t help but recommend it.
Running Scared – Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines are two wise cracking Chicago cops hot on the trail of a dangerous drug kingpin played by Jimmy Smits. When a hit is taken out on them they decide to beat the heat by vacationing together in Miami while things cool down. Along the way they roller skate and wear cutoff t-shirts- it’s just as homoerotic as it sounds.

Other Action Highlights: Blown Away, The Boondock Saints, The Rundown, 48 Hours, F/X, Fear City, Desperado, Rollerball

Comedy

The Breakfast Club – This high school coming of age classic is one of John Hughes’ best and it stars Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy as students that have to spend a Saturday together in detention and the life lessons they learn.

Other Comedy Highlights: Zack & Miri Make a PornoGreenberg, Waking Ned Devine, Swimming with Sharks, Screwballs II: Loose Screws, Saved!, Get Over It

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Kids

101 Dalmatians (Live action), The Prince of Egypt, Arthur and the Invincibles, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Romance

He Said She Said, Cousins

Thriller

Memento, Flesh and Bone

Horror/Sci-fi

Event Horizon – This gothic sci-fi horror film is still probably Paul W.S. Anderson’s best work. A rescue ship investigates a derelict spacecraft that disappeared seven years previously after creating a black hole to another galaxy and brought something terrible back with it. Lawrence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan and Jason Isaacs head up an impressive cast in a very creepy film.
Stargate – It’s hard to believe that next year this movie will turn 20 years old. Ronald Emmerich directs this Egyptian themed sci-fi adventure starring Kurt Russell, James Spader and French Stewart, a national treasure. “Give my regards to King Tut, asshole.”

Other Horror/Sci-fi Highlights: Ghoulies, Piranha, Night Watch

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James Bond 

Dr. No, From Russia with Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let DieThe Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved MeMoonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Never Say Never Again, A View to a Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence to Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World is Not Enough

Schlock

Forbidden World – aka Mutant is an amazing Alien ripoff has everything you’d ever want in an extremely poorly thought out Roger Corman film.  A genetic experiment goes awry and creates a hungry Alien like creature that has its way with any idiotic space women that try to communicate with it.

More Schlock: Barracuda, Barbarian Queen, Lady Frankenstein, Night of the Cobra Woman, Deathstalker

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Nicholas Herum