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Is there anything greater than the Netflix Watch Instant service? No, the answer is no. But with great power comes great responsibility and you might be having trouble choosing from the literally thousands of options put in front of you. Well, fear not faithful Netflix subscriber and avid blog reader, your friendly neighborhood queue masters are here to tell you what’s new to stream this week and what’s worth your time. All of the picks below are available to watch right now on your computer, TV, game console, Bluray player, or mobile device. Seriously, right now. It’s Whatcha Gonna Queue INSTANT edition.

Highlander: The year is 1986. Ronald Reagan is president. The United States lost the Challenger shuttle. The Mets win the World Series. And Highlander sees its theatrical release. (Not in that order of course). In this modern fantasy hybrid, Christopher Lambert plays the the Highlander, Connor Macleod,  an immortal Scottish warrior who must take down his final, also-immortal rival as played by Sean Connery. Together they convene with the remaining immortals in NY as they battle for the fabled “Prize.” Director Russell Mulcahy shot both on the rural countryside familiar to the fantasy genre and  on location in modern day New York. The result is a truly unique, but typically 80s post modern journey from writer Gregory Widen. The film also gave us the classic tagline, “There can only be one.” That contribution to pop culture alone makes it all worth it.

Lambert was a relative newcomer, having just barely learned English, he spent time with a dialogue coach in which they developed a non-specific vaguely foreign sound for the character. This was one of the first films to shoot at New York’s Silvercup studios in Queens, at the time of production it had just been converted over from the recently out of business Silvercup bread company. The film is also famous for including several original Queen songs. Oh the ’80s. (Side note: If for some reason you don’t have Netflix (really?!) you can watch Highlander for free on Hulu). [click to continue…]

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Is there anything greater than the Netflix Watch Instant service? No, the answer is no. But with great power comes great responsibility and you might be having trouble choosing from the literally thousands of options put in front of you. Well, fear not faithful Netflix subscriber and avid blog reader, your friendly neighborhood queue masters are here to tell you what’s new to stream this week and what’s worth your time. All of the picks below are available to watch right now on your computer, TV, game console, Bluray player, or mobile device. Seriously, right now. It’s Whatcha Gonna Queue INSTANT edition.

Blue Velvet: All you have to know about Blue Velvet can be summed up in its too perfect tagline, “It’s a strange world.” In fact, most worlds created by David Lynch are strange, this one being a pinnacle of his lunacy. Written and directed by Lynch, Blue Velvet stars Isabella Rossellini, Laura Dern, future star of Lynch’s network series Twin Peaks Kyle MacLachlan, and in a turn that reinvented his career, Dennis Hopper. It tells the gruesome story of a young man returning to his picturesque suburban town only to find a severed ear in a field.  When he and the police detective’s daughter begin to investigate, the severed ear of course leads them to a seedy underbelly and straight to a mysterious and beautiful woman plus the violent, malicious man she is involved with. Know that what you’re getting into is abnormal; critics have referred to this film as “weird”, “surreal”, “a graphic shocker”, and “one of the most subversive films of the 1980s.” But that’s exactly why you should watch it.

David Lynch received an Oscar nomination for Best Director for Blue Velvet at the 1987 Academy Awards. Likewise it took nominations and awards at festivals, critics choice, and guild awards including the WGA, Golden Globes, and Independent Spirit Awards.Voted by Entertainment Weekly in 1999 as one of the great films of all time, it was almost nearly 4 hours in length until Lynch cut it down to two. The cut footage mysteriously disappear and, despite many attempts to recover it, remains no where to be found. [click to continue…]

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Is there anything greater than the Netflix Watch Instant service? No, the answer is no. But with great power comes great responsibility and you might be having trouble choosing from the literally thousands of options put in front of you. Well, fear not faithful Netflix subscriber and avid blog reader, your friendly neighborhood queue masters are here to tell you what’s new to stream this week and what’s worth your time. All of the picks below are available to watch right now on your computer, TV, game console, Bluray player, or mobile device. Seriously, right now. It’s Whatcha Gonna Queue INSTANT edition.

Y Tu Mama Tambien: Director Alfonso Cuaron burst on the scene in 2001 with his Spanish language indie feature Y Tu Mama Tambien. The film relates the verite story of two Mexican teens who fabricate a road trip in order to impress an attractive older woman. When said woman finds out her husband is cheating on her she decides to go along. Over the course of the journey the trio learn about love, friendship, sex, and each other. It stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, and Maribel Verdu. Critics took extremely well to Tambien, calling it “stunning”, “sexy”, “beautiful”, and “mesmerizing.” Brian McKay at eFilmcritic.com even went on to say it was, “one of the finest pieces of film I’ve seen in a while. You need to see it, and your Mama too.”

At the time of release it broke Mexican box office records by grossing $2.2 million in one weekend. It was nominated for a Best Original Screnplay Oscar in 2003, won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Foreign Film, and would go on to win various Film Festival and Critics awards. Largely thanks to its authentic aesthetic. Cuaron wisely chose to omit any nondiegtic scoring. [click to continue…]

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Is there anything greater than the Netflix Watch Instant service? No, the answer is no. But with great power comes great responsibility and you might be having trouble choosing from the literally thousands of options put in front of you. Well, fear not faithful Netflix subscriber and avid blog reader, your friendly neighborhood queue masters are here to tell you what’s new to stream this week and what’s worth your time. All of the picks below are available to watch right now on your computer, TV, game console, Bluray player, or mobile device. Seriously, right now. It’s Whatcha Gonna Queue INSTANT edition.

Kick-Ass: Man does this one take me back. All the way back to episode one of Whatcha Gonna Queue, where we  first recommended it. Directed by Matthew Vaughn, Kick-Ass is a hyper violent thrill ride disguised as a comic book movie. Aaron Johnson plays lovable loser Dave who takes it upon himself to become a super hero, despite his lack of powers and general physical ability. Little does he know the world of mayhem he’s about to enter into, with conspiracies and 10 year old female assassins waiting behind every turn. Clark Duke, Mark Strong, Nicolas Cage, and Christopher Mintz Plasse also star but it’s Chloe Moretz who steals the show and walks away with every scene. Kick-Ass is crazy fun beginning to end so watch it. [click to continue…]

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Is there anything greater than the Netflix Watch Instant service? No, the answer is no. But with great power comes great responsibility and you might be having trouble choosing from the literally thousands of options put in front of you. Well, fear not faithful Netflix subscriber and avid blog reader, your friendly neighborhood queue masters are here to tell you what’s new to stream this week and what’s worth your time. All of the picks below are available to watch right now on your computer, TV, game console, Bluray player, or mobile device. Seriously, right now. It’s Whatcha Gonna Queue INSTANT edition.

Easy A: Emma Stone stars as precocious heroine Olive in a throwback to the 80s, when teen movies actually said something. Due to her quirky upbringing and bright, kind hearted nature Olive finds herself in the center of an allegorical Scarlet Letter controversy. Her gay friend Brandon, in an attempt to get classmates to stop picking on him, asks Olive if she’ll pretend to have sex with him. Stone’s character obliges but doesn’t realize it’s a slippery slope of faux-sexual encounters and bad reputations. Rather than fight it, Olive embraces the hate and emblazons herself with a red cloth letter A, Hester Prynne style. But don’t be fooled, this sharply written comedy by Bert V. Royal and Will Gluck is so much more than a modern retelling of The Scarlet Letter. Stone is incredibly charming and likable with a supporting cast that features Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow and scene stealing turns from Stanley Tucci and Patricia Clarkson. Not since Mean Girls has high school drama been this fun.

The love Will Gluck  and thusly this movie have for teen comedies of the 80s is apparent throughout. Ferris Bueller is one of Gluck’s favorites and references it abundantly – see the “Save Olive” campaign and mohawked Stone singing into her shower head. Emma Stone was rightfully nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance here and as screwy and subjective as the Hollywood Foreign Press can be you really can’t really knock them for this decision. Thankfully the budding actress abandoned a role in Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch in order to do this movie. Good call. [click to continue…]

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Fox has had a non-exclusive streaming deal with Netflix for some time now. Until recently this didn’t mean much because Fox also streams programming for free on Hulu, but the deal is finally showing its value to the Netflix costumers.

Like most network deals, this Fox deal will give Netflix streaming rights to several older shows in the network’s library, including “The Wonder Years,” and “Ally McBeal.” What makes this deal special is the fact that it will also grant Netflix the streaming rights to current, popular programming like FX’s “Son’s of Anarchy” and possibly the biggest catch, “Glee.”

The entire first season of “Glee” and first two seasons of “Sons of Anarchy” will be available at first, and newer seasons will be added annually according to Engadget. With the all the die-hard “gleeks” out there, and the audience drawn in by other Fox programming, Netflix is compensating for the Showtime losses fairly well. [click to continue…]

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