Netflicked: Netflix Instant, August 2-9

Tuesday, 09 August 2011 17:24 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Netflicked: Netflix Instant, August 2-9

Netflix's streaming Watch Instantly service is fast becoming America's favorite way to watch movies (instantly). The library of available titles is so vast and mutable that you, the avid instant watcher, could no doubt use a guide as you navigate the streaming frontier.

Luckily for you, we'll be here every Tuesday to update you on the latest titles available for instant-watching, as well as bringing attention some gems and even some enjoyable calamities out there in the instantly watchable wilds.


An infuriatingly effective drama about racial violence and hate in the 1960's South, Mississippi Burning stars Gene Hackman and Willem Dafoe as FBI agents attempting to ascertain the fates of missing Civil Rights activists.  It also contains a perfectly timed and executed man-slap from one star to the other.

In I Love You, Phillip Morris, Jim Carrey plays a cop-turned conman who falls wildly in love with Ewan McGregor's title character during a stint in prison and subsequently devotes his life to springing his lover out of jail.  The film, based rather unbelievably on a true story, is alternately farcical and sweet, with Carrey's performance repackaging some his familiar tics and tendencies in a fairly surprising manner.

If you hear the title Hobo With a Shotgun and don't immediately want to see the movie it describes, then we're just not on the same page.  If you do, however, then you're in for a down-and-dirty grindhouse treat that has endless blood splatters and appropriately grizzled, mad-eyed work from Rutger Hauer as a hobo.  With a shotgun.

Ronin, starring Robert DeNiro, Jean Reno, and the never-less-than-lovely Natasha McElhone, is a solid international espionage film from the late director John Frankenheimer, who orchestrates one of the finest car chases ever committed to film on

Paul Newman and Robert Redford – two of the most charismatic actors to walk the Earth – star as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.  The film, directed by George Roy Hill, is as close to perfection as you're going to get, with quotable dialogue from William Goldman that sounds just right coming from the two leads.


An Adult Swim mainstay, the series Home Movies helped define the bold tone of Cartoon Network's beloved programming block.  Creator Brendon Small lends his voice to the lead character, a precocious young chap also named Brendon.  Plus, H. Jon Benjamin lends his inimitable deadpan to soccer coach McGurk.

Camelot, the Starz series that gives the salacious cable treatment to the mythic King Arthur's kingdom, is actually unfamiliar to me, but it does star Eva Green, and there is empirically nothing wrong with that.


Steven Spielberg's early chase through Americana, The Sugarland Express, expires on Thursday, August 11th.

Spartacus: Blood and Sand, the prequel series to Spartacus on Starz, stops streaming as of Friday, August 12th.

The underrated sequel Babe: Pig in the City expires on Monday, August 15th.

The Crucible, Arthur Miller's play and starring Daniel Day Lewis and Winona Ryder, exits on Monday, August 15th.

Julie Taymor's take on Frida Kahlo, Frida, expires on Monday, August 15th.

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