Netflix has revolutionized the home movie experience for fans of film with its instant streaming technology. Netflix Nuggets is my way of spreading the word about independent, classic and foreign films made available by Netflix for instant streaming.
This Week’s New Instant Releases…
Title:BLACK HEAVEN (2010) Streaming Available: 04/12/2011 Cast: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Louise Bourgoin, Melvil Poupaud, Pauline Etienne, Pierre Niney, Ali Marhyar, Patrick Descamps, Pierre Vittet, Swann Arlaud, Francesco Merenda Director: Gilles Marchand Synopsis: While searching for the owner of a missing mobile phone with his girlfriend, Marion (Pauline Etienne), Gaspard (Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet) falls for the mysterious Sam (Louise Bourgoin), who draws him into a dangerous virtual-reality video game, where she provokes unsuspecting victims into killing themselves. Directed by Gilles Marchand, this intense French drama alternates between real-life events and those within the simulated computer world.
Title:HEARTLESS (2009) Streaming Available: 04/12/2011 Cast: Jim Sturgess, Clémence Poésy , Noel Clarke, Luke Treadaway, Justin Salinger, Fraser Ayres, Ruth Sheen, Timothy Spall, Connie Hyde, Nadia Theaker Director: Philip Ridley Synopsis: Reclusive Londoner Jamie Morgan (Jim Sturgess), who bears a prominent, heart-shaped birthmark on his face yet can’t seem to find love anywhere, makes a deal with a devil-like figure to get a girl — but there’s a deadly price to pay. After his mother is murdered, the newspapers say thugs wearing devil masks committed the crime. But Jamie soon begins to suspect that they weren’t wearing masks at all.
Title:MUTANTS (2009) Streaming Available: 04/15/2011 Cast: Hélène de Fougerolles, Francis Renaud, Dida Diafat, Marie-Sohna Conde, Nicolas Briançon, Luz Mandon, Driss Ramdi, Grégory Givernaud Director: David Morlet Synopsis: With an unstoppable virus turning the populace into violent zombies, Sonia (Hélène de Fougerolles) and her husband, Marco (Francis Renaud), scramble for safety. When Marco becomes infected, Sonia stands by his side and desperately searches for a way to prevent his mutation. But as Marco slowly transforms into one of the mutants, Sonia begins to fear for her life — and for the future of their unborn child.
Title:OLDER THAN AMERICA (2008) Streaming Available: 04/15/2011 Cast: Adam Beach, Georgina Lightning, Bradley Cooper, Tantoo Cardinal, Steve Yoakum, Dan Harrison, Wes Studi, Glen Gould, Dennis Banks, Chris Mulkey Director: Georgina Lightning Synopsis: Rain (Georgina Lightning) has visions of a cruel incident suffered by her Native American ancestors. Afraid she’ll be branded a lunatic like her elderly aunt, Rain fears telling even her policeman husband, Johnny (Adam Beach), about the dreams. But as they intensify, she finds that they have eerie connections to her current life. Lightning also writes and directs this mix of supernatural and historical mysteries.
Title:RICKY (2009) Streaming Available: 04/12/2011 Cast: Sergi López , Alexandra Lamy Director: François Ozon Synopsis: Katie (Alexandra Lamy) and Paco (Sergi López) are astonished when their seemingly normal newborn son, Ricky (Arthur Peyret), develops a functional pair of wings and begins to flit around the house, in this fantastical family drama from French director François Ozon. As the couple learns to adapt to Ricky’s amazing skills, they also begin to appreciate the magic that goes into creating and sustaining a content family. .
Title:WHITE MATERIAL (2009) Streaming Available: 04/12/2011 Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert Director: Claire Denis Synopsis: Writer-director Claire Denis returns to Africa — her childhood home and the site of her 1988 film, Chocolate — to spin this tale of a country torn apart by civil war, as African soldiers force French nationals to abandon their land. At the center of the story is Maria (Isabelle Huppert), a white woman who ignores her family’s fears and steadfastly refuses to leave her coffee plantation. Isaach De Bankolé and Christopher Lambert also star.
Streaming Your Way Soon…
Title:THE ANDROMEDA STRAIN (1971) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Arthur Hill, David Wayne, James Olson, Kate Reid, Frances Reid Director: Robert Wise Synopsis: A satellite crashes in New Mexico, prompting scientists to race against the clock to stop a deadly virus from spreading in this Oscar-nominated sci-fi classic based on Michael Crichton’s novel of the same name. The alien illness that sprang from the probe has already killed most of those living near the crash site, and now it’s up to a team of scientists to stop it. Note: Contains graphic scenes that may be unsuitable for young children.
Title:ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM (1946) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Irene Dunne, Rex Harrison, Linda Darnell, Lee J. Cobb, Gale Sondergaard, Mikhail Rasumny, Dennis Hoey, Tito Renaldo, Richard Lyon, William Edmunds, John Abbott Director: John Cromwell Synopsis: Based on the true story of an English governess who takes a position teaching the King of Siam’s children, John Cromwell’s lavish production stars Rex Harrison in his screen debut. Recently widowed Anna (Irene Dunne) leaves England for the palace of King Mongkut (Harrison). She clashes with the king despite his instruction to teach the children Western ways, but the two slowly gain a respect for each other that transcends cultural differences.
Title:AT THE DEATH HOUSE DOOR (2008) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Carroll Pickett, Steve Mills, Maurice Possley, Anne Ellis, Charlotte Hirschfelder, Karel Henry, Ed Garza, Jim Willett, Jane Pickett Director: Peter Gilbert, Steve James Synopsis: Peter Gilbert and Steve James examine the state of the death penalty in Texas in this thought-provoking documentary filmed from the perspective of a Hunstville “death house” chaplain who witnessed nearly 100 executions over the course of his career. The film also dissects the controversial execution of Hunstville inmate Carlos De Luna, who died by lethal injection in 1989 despite evidence that suggested his innocence.
Title:BUNNY AND THE BULL (2009) Streaming Available: 04/26/2011 Cast: Edward Hogg, Simon Farnaby, Verónica Echegui, Richard Ayoade, Julian Barratt, Noel Fielding, Rich Fulcher, Waleed Khalid, George Newton, Margaret Wheldon Director: Paul King Synopsis: Stephen Turnbull (Edward Hogg) hasn’t left his flat in months. With so much time to think, his mind wanders back to a road trip he and his friend Bunny (Simon Farnaby) once took across Europe. As he revisits the journey, a psychedelic swirl of memories invades his living room. And since most of the trip was an utter disaster, Stephen’s apartment is in for a makeover. Paul King, the mad genius behind “The Mighty Boosh,” helms this comedy.
Title:DIARY OF A LOST GIRL (1929) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Louise Brooks, André Roanne, Josef Rovenský, Fritz Rasp, Vera Pawlowa, Franziska Kinz, Arnold Korff, Andrews Engelmann, Valeska Gert, Edith Meinhard, Sybille Schmitz Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst Synopsis: In the wake of a violent rape at the hands of her father’s assistant (Fritz Rasp), young Thymiane Henning (Louise Brooks) is left pregnant and emotionally drained. But when she refuses to marry her attacker, she’s sent away to a woman’s reformatory. With an unfair act deciding her fate, is respectability still within her reach — or is she destined to live on the fringe? German filmmaker G.W. Pabst directs this black-and-white silent classic.
Title:HAROLD AND MAUDE (1971) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort, Vivian Pickles, Cyril Cusack, Tom Skerritt, Charles Tyner, Ellen Geer, Eric Christmas, G. Wood, Gordon Devol Director: Hal Ashby Synopsis: Death-obsessed teen Harold Chasen (Bud Cort) is being hassled by his domineering mother (Vivian Pickles) to play the dating game, but he’d much rather attend funerals, which is where he meets the feisty Maude (Ruth Gordon), a geriatric widow who’s high on life. The seemingly mismatched pair forms a bond that turns into a highly unconventional — but ultimately satisfying – romance in this comical cult favorite from director Hal Ashby.
Title:THE INVISIBLE MAN: Special Edition (1933) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers, Una O’Connor Director: James Whale Synopsis: Scientist Jack Griffin (Claude Rains) terrorizes the British village of Ipping in this classic horror film. After a drug experiment gone awry, Griffin becomes invisible and must hide out in the local inn, his face completely bandaged. By the time Griffin confides in friends Dr. Kemp (William Harrigan) and Flora (Gloria Stuart), it’s too late — the drug has turned him into a homicidal maniac who must be hunted down. .
Title:UNDER OUR SKIN (2008) Streaming Available: 05/01/2011 Cast: Mandy Hughes, Jordan Fisher Smith, Dana Walsh, Alan Macdonald, Elise Brady-Moe Director: Andy Abrahams Wilson Synopsis: In the 1970s, a mysterious and deadly illness began infecting children in a small town in Connecticut. Today it’s a global epidemic. A real-life thriller, this shocking festival hit exposes the controversy surrounding chronic Lyme disease. Following the stories of individuals fighting for their lives, director Andy Abrahams Wilson reveals with beauty and horror a natural world out of balance and a human nature all too willing to put profits before patients.
Oh, No! Soon to Expire…
Hurry! These films are soon to reach the end of their shelf life on Netflix Instant Streaming. Catch these films, many of them hard to find, before they fall off the digital face of the Earth.