With a new year comes changes with the offerings from Netflix Instant. While there are some movies that will sadden you when you notice they are no longer in your queue, there are some new things added that will hopefully replace them. Here now is a look at 9 movies that have been added and worth a viewing this January. Note: They are listed alphabetically, not necessarily by quality.
This French comedy/romance is one of the cutest films I’ve ever seen. So much joy and happiness around every turn as we see a young girl dash through Paris helping others and helping herself along the way. I would also recommend watching this movie on a full stomach because there is some great food on display that will quickly make you want to move to Paris just to get a bite to eat.
American Psycho (2000)
A story about a complex man who is concerned with his hairstyle, suit, and the kind of paper his business car is made of during the day and murdering at night. Christian Bale does a great job balancing the two personalities and director Mary Harron leaves haunting images in your brain in this thriller.
Bull Durham (1988)
One of the best sports movies ever made and one of my favorite Kevin Costner performances is on display in this baseball comedy. Tim Robbins plays a young pitcher who has potential but needs some guidance from a veteran minor league catcher played by Costner. Susan Sarandon co-stars and remember never be a Lollygagger.
This romance won two Academy Awards, one for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Whoopi Goldberg) and the other for Best Original Screenplay (Bruce Joel Rubin.) It is the story of a man who was murdered yet stays on earth because of his love for his girlfriend. Patrick Swayze plays the man and Demi Moore plays the girlfriend and they have some beautiful scenes directed by Jerry Zucker. If you are in the doghouse with the woman in your life, pop this flick on and you’ll be back in her good graces by the time the credits roll.
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles (1987)
A timeless comedy written and directed by John Hughes about a businessman trying to get home for Thanksgiving. Problems arise when his travel plans are delayed and he ends up bumping into and eventually traveling with a goofball who has no realization that his constant advice or dumb jokes are annoying people around him. Starring Steve Martin and John Candy, this is classic John Hughes, you will laugh throughout and feel good by the end.
Raging Bull (1980)
Martin Scorsese teams up with his favorite actor at the time, Robert De Niro to make this biopic about boxer Jake LaMotta who rose to fame and glory inside the ring, however his personal life crumbles around him. The film was shot in black and white in order to differentiate itself from other boxing movies, even though the boxing only amounts to about 10 minutes of the running time. This was also the first time a boxing movie would be shot inside the ring, using one camera as opposed to cutting between cameras all around the ring, ala “Rocky.”
A turn at a high school comedy which takes place at a Christian school, which in that one fact, makes everything more layered with subtext and double meanings. A good Christian girl played by the terrific Jena Malone finds out her boyfriend is gay, she turns to the outcasts of the school for guidance and things quickly turn into a holy war between them and the more popular kids at the school, one of which is played by Mandy Moore. If religion is a touchy subject for you, I’d stay away from this one. Otherwise, this is a smart and unique look at the difficulties high school students have in finding out who they are and what they believe in.
No list would be complete without a Mel Brooks comedy. A silly play on “Star Wars” or “Star Trek”, the basic premise is that Planet Spaceball is running out of air, so the evil ship captained by Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) is sent to Planet Druidia to steal their air supply. The only people that can stop the mission are Lone Starr (Bill Pullman) and Barf (John Candy.) Mel Brooks plays the president of Planet Spaceball and also co-wrote and directed. There is a lot going on in this movie but it moves fast and is easy to follow, it also clocks in at a tight 96 minutes. Being a Mel Brooks movie, there is plenty of physical humor throughout that you can’t help but laugh at.
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Matt Damon stars as Tom Ripley who is sent to Europe by a wealthy business owner to find his son and bring him back to New York. Once there, Tom falls in love with the way the son and his fiancé live and lies throughout his stay to continue the lifestyle. I best describe it as a more dramatic and smaller scale version of “Catch Me If You Can.” Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow co-star.
So, there you have 9 solid movies to justify that eight bucks a month on. Hopefully there is something here that caught your interest. If not, there are always the suggestions that they provide for you. Bottom line is to stop your reading and get to watching.