After a lengthy delay there is just enough content added to, and taken away, from Netflix's ever growing catalog. What you should really focus on however is the list of expiring. May 1st is a big day for some big titles on Netflix Instant so even if you don't spot some films sitting in your instant queue, you may want to check just in case. There is so much expiring you may just want to spend the weekend with the doors locked and the phone on silent.
New To Netflix
|1. Hemlock Grove|
The next original series from Netflix maybe isn't as strong as House of Cards has been but according to Netflix is has already had more viewers than Cards did in the same amount of time. Maybe not as critically adored but this horror/thriller show is more accessible to more people than the political drama of House of Cards might have been.
When this came out it looked like a Tim Burton wannabe but Paranorman received loads of positive critical talk. Straying away from CGI this stop motion animated film follows Norman who talks to dead people (sorry no Bruce Willis). It's the kind of film anyone can watch and enjoy, a feat not attained by every children's movie.
|3. Drop Dead Fred|
A comedy cult classic comes to Netflix. After a particularly bad day Lizzie is confronted by her old imaginary friend Drop Dead Fred. Fred is a double edged sword of zaniness who helps Lizzie confront some of her own personality flaws. This dark comedy is worth an evening of your time for sure.
|1. Waiting for Superman|
April 29th: A documentary examining the American public education system while following a handful of students in charter school. Though attacked by some for being inaccurate most critics found the film an important critic of how we teach our children.
|2. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein|
May 1st: A horror and comedy classic starring a horror legend and two comedic legends. It's been recognized by countless number of publications and people as a comedy classic and the beginning of the end for what we think of as "classic", Universal, monster movies.
May 1st: This film is written by Charlie Kaufman about Charlie Kaufman, played by Nic Cage, as he tries to overcome writer's block and adapt a book into a movie. Maybe it's Cage playing his own twin, or the strange true to life combined with bold faced lies dynamic, but this film sets itself apart from most others.
|4. Dr. No|
May 1st: One of many James Bond classics set to expire at the beginning of next month including Goldeneye, Octopussy, and You Only Live Once. Maybe it isn't enough time to squeeze in all the Bond you want but you should try and catch a few of the classics before they go.
May 1st: The biographical film about Gandhi took about 30 years to make. Director Richard Attenborough (yes, Hammond from Jurassic Park) managed to capture the life and struggles of the peaceful man finally in 1982. I watched this a few months back and was surprised at how well both it's message and the feel of the movie held up after so long.
|6. Meet Joe Black|
May 1st: Maybe more infamous on Screened for Taxis running Brad Pitt over, this film is a good watch for most movie fans. Panned by some critics for running to slow, plenty of critics recognize intricate tones and themes throughout. So perhaps it isn't for everyone but for a movie buff it is something you should watch.
May 1st: The 80's classic has everything any nerd from the decade might recognize. Early computers, a little bit of hacking, and of course thermonuclear war with the Soviet Union. Starring a young Matthew Broderick, this film is just a fun to watch and doesn't follow the critical path you'd imagine most films would. Watching Broderick essentially Ferris Bueller his way out of some situations really never gets old.