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Starting today, a hefty chunk of films distributed by Blue Underground, one of the best purveyors of cult titles out there, are available via Netflix Instant Watch. I probably won’t get to reviewing all of them, but they’re all worth a look.
Four of the Apocalypse — Fulci
Shock (Beyond the Door II) — Directed by Mario Bava
New York Ripper — Fulci directs a Donald Duck killer
The Loveless — Willem Dafoe biker drama
Made in Britain — Excellent Tim Roth skinhead film
Shock Waves — Best underwater Nazi zombie movie ever
The Shape of Things to Come — Crap sci-fi with Jack Palance
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Greetings! Here is yet another attempt by me to start a blog — by my count, I may be well into the double digits. But this time for sure, maybe!
A few months ago I picked up a Blu-Ray DVD player from woot.com, primarily to coincide with the purchase of a big-screen TV. Finally, I would be able to watch things as they were meant to be seen! Of course, this would mean that I’d have to start re-buying my collection of 3,000 or so movies, but so it goes. It’s the price we pay for progress.
At time progressed, however, I noticed that I wasn’t really buying Blu-Rays all that much. In fact, I was barely playing DVDs of any kind at all. Instead of trying to dig something out of the boxes of discs I had packed away, I found myself using the player’s Netflix capability, which allowed me the ability to stream anything available on instant from my Netflix queue to my TV. I didn’t even have to leave the couch! I could pick a movie, watch it, then pick another movie, and I wouldn’t even have to get up to pee if I had a bucket handy. The lifestyle I’d always wanted to lead was finally there! My partner was nonplussed, but he’s since come around.
Once I realized how great this feature was, I started taking advantage of it to the fullest. I devoured sites like Feedflix and Instantwatcher to find out what things were soon being added to the Watch Instantly feature. I discovered that, while my main Netflix queue was maxed out, I had a second instant queue to which I could still add plenty of titles. (I have since maxed out this queue at well.) I started reading Hacking Netflix religiously in order to keep tabs on what was going on and what new features were being implemented. While I’d been on Netflix for years and found it a great service, I was finally using my $9 a month membership with the same passion that most folks reserve for MMORPGs, scouting out hidden functions, researching moves and generally honing my talents for the occasional attack, when I’d actually stop obsessing over stats and actually watch something.
Because the thing is, I love movies. And I love researching and reading about movies probably more than I actually enjoy watching them. It’s odd, but it gives me something to do.
But as much as I used the Netflix blogs out there, there weren’t really any that sit exactly the type of movies I love the most. I read plenty of cult movie blogs, like Temple of Schlock and others, and I read plenty of Netflix blogs, but I couldn’t find any cult movie Netflix blogs.
So here we are.
Basically, my motive for starting this is to point people towards interesting movies available on Netflix instant. Now, be aware that the key word there is “interesting” — don’t expect me to point out the likes of “The Seven Samurai” or anything that everyone knows is supposed to be great.
Essentially, it’s just a way for me to expose others to movies that are never going to get featured on Netflix’s main page, like insta-classics such as “Imagine That” and “Did You Hear About the Morgans?” I’m more interested in digging in the depths of the Netflix vaults, and with recent acquisitions of hundreds of oddball movies not on DVD, there’s plenty of depths to dig into.