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MONDAY STREAMING – Parental Cannibals, Geeks, & Louie the Loser

January 9, 2012

As we’ve crossed into 2012, I thought I’d start branching out in the material I post on this website. Starting on Mondays I’ll be posting a new article called Monday Streaming, where I’ll be giving out Netflix instant suggestions to you, the readers, who’ve got Netflix instant on your 360, PS3, Wii, Bluray player, or computer in general. So without further ado, welcome to Monday Streaming!

NEW MOVIES TO INSTANT

  • “True Grit” – The Coen brothers take on the Charles Portis novel has finally made it’s way to instant! Lead by winning performances, including the Dude himself Jeff Bridges as Rooster Cogburn. It’s the perfect blend of drama & black humor that makes it a tradional Coen brothers feel.
  • “Senna” – A fascinating documentary that profiles Ayrton Senna, one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One racing, and a hero in his native land of Brazil.
  • “Kill the Irishman” – Jonathan Hensleigh’s true story crime tale charts the rise and fall of mobster Danny Greene (Ray Stevenson), who faced down the Mafia to gain control of organized crime in 1970s Cleveland. Full of pulpy performances from across the table; Vincent D’Onofrio, Val Kilmer, & Christopher Walken co-star.

A MOVIE YOU’D NEVER THINK TO WATCH

  • “Parents” – This is an extremely dark comedy (emphasis on dark), about a 1950’s family who force meating eating onto their only son. Turns out the parents are cannibals. The story itself will churn your stomachs and you’ll laugh at certain parts, but the movie as a whole is quite creepy, and deserves a viewing.

FUNNY TV 

  • “Spaced: The Complete Series” – Have you ever wondered where all that classic Edgar Wright/Simon Pegg humor started from? No, it wasn’t in “Shaun of the Dead”, nor was it “Hot Fuzz”, give up? “Spaced” it was! A comedy series about two 20-something year olds living in a flat and embracing the popculture mayhem in their lives. It’s safe to say without “Spaced” there would be no “Family Guy” or “30 Rock”. No worries about trying to watch the whole series, in the traditional British TV sense each season has 7 episodes and there are only 2 seasons. You can brisk through this classic series over a weekend. The show gets even better in season 2 when “Phantom Menace” jokes begin to emerge.
  • “Louie: Season 1” – I was skeptical about this show, I was never much of Louie C.K. fan, but then again I never really watched much of what he was in. Then my brothers told me about this show, saying it’s hilarious. So, I gave it a go…episode after episode it gets better and better. Now, I’m a Louie fan! “Louie” comes off as a modern more dirtier version of “Seinfeld”, it’s bascially the samething, both shows open with stand-up from the comic (who’s playing a fictionalized version of themself), the stand-up relates to the story in the episode, but where “Louie” differs from “Seinfeld”  is the choice between bouncing off comedy to dark comedy to almost dramedy. One episode that comes to mind is called “God”, watch that one, it pretty much sets the tone for what Louie C.K. is going for…anti-“Seinfeld”. You can watch this show out of order too, since there’s no real continuity in a story arc, so that’s a positive too.
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