Editor's Note: I have been watchingand his "New to Netflix" posts in the forums. I think it is a very valuable resource and will be posting on the front page. Enjoy!
Netflix may be an awesome streaming service but they aren't the best when it comes to communicating what is leaving and coming to their instant streaming.
So just in case you've been looking for a reason to dive back into Netflix, here are a few titles I think you should look into.
New to the Service:
The J.J. Abrams/Spielberg movie got a lot of attention in 2011 for balancing the Abrams creepy mystery feeling with Spielberg's childhood wonder feeling. It's a must watch if you're a fan of those 80s films Spielberg made that harkens back to a simpler time when all aliens wanted were Reeses Pieces.
Not long ago ESPN decided to produce 30 documentaries from 30 different filmmakers all with their own style and story. Covering a wide variety of topics within sports these short films don't always hit the mark but if you have any interest in sports (and even if you don't) you can be witness to some heartbreaking and soul reenforcing stories.
It has been hard trying to scrounge up the scratch to see every single super hero movie as they came out. Even worse is if you chose say Green Lantern over Captain America last year. Not exactly a wise choice in retrospect. But if you'd like to round out your superhero movie experience you can now watch the Captain, as well as Thor, to fill your nerd heart.
A David Mamet play he turned into a script starring heavy hitters like Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, and Ed Harris. Not quite considered a classic but this movie somehow turns real estate and strips away the covers to show a cut throat worls about selling houses. This movie may not be for everyone but if you enjoy quick and sharp discourse then this one might be for you.
MMA has grown and grown and don't ever count Hollywood out on missing a fad and putting it on the big screen. Warrior inserts you into the human side of an MMA fight following two brothers who are both competing in the same tournament. The story may sound a bit cliche but seeing the human side of a sport sometimes can make it more enjoyable.
The story of Che Guevara is a touchy subject to some but there is no doubt his life is more than interesting. Motorcycle Diaries tells the story of a young Che as a medical student traveling through South America and the experiences that would shape the revolutionary for decades and change the world.
With every addition there must be a subtraction. Or...something. Netflix may be bad about warning what is new but they are just as bad about what's leaving the service sometimes. So here are some upcoming major titles you should watch before they are gone forever.
BASEketball: September 1st
Pitch Black: September 1st
Considered the best out of the Riddick films by some dive back into this sci-fi universe all over again with the first film in the series.
The Last of the Mohicans: September 1st
I love this movie and I hate this movie. One of the most historically accurate (not the story but the history in it) movies ever with a love story attached. It is a classic however though and deserves a watch.
Sneakers: September 1st
It's Sneakers. Watch it. It is now required of all Screened users, so says me.
Misery: September 1st
Based on the Stephen King novel watch obsession at it's very worst. I can't help but think this was King's sexual fantasy and his creepy mind made it into something disturbing.
Lethal Weapon: September 1st
An 80s classic that did a great job of balancing comedy with action. Possibly the creator of the XX days until retirement cliche (if not the one that made a classic). If Sneakers is required viewing, then Lethal Weapon is compulsory!
If you have any new titles you've noticed go up on Netflix instant recently that you'd like to recommend feel free to add on! I'll try to do more of these whenever I notice some big titles going up on the service.