Weinberg Selects Your Watch Now Weekend

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Weinberg Selects Your Watch Now Weekend
With the weekend arriving and with so few offerings at the multiplexes, lots of movie freaks are turning to online options, and many agree that Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service is among the very best. So here are a few recommendations to those who need an escape from whatever juggernauts are landing in cinemas this weekend:

1. Basket Case (1982)
Frank Henelotter's cult classic horror flick deals with a lonely loser who arrives in a grungy part of New York City with a large basket under his arm. Inside said basket is his brother, Belial. Low-budget but highly creative, the original Basket Case is both creepy and oddly amusing -- and the sequels aren't half-bad, either.

2. The Name of the Rose (1986)
A certifiably weird but pretty cool period piece mystery that's based in a monastery and features Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham ... and Christian Slater.

3. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) A pointed and very weird satire about an advertising executive who notices a strange ... something ... growing on his shoulder.

4. Stander (2003)
Thomas Jane stars in this unjustly overlooked fact-based thriller that focuses on a audaciously crooked South African cop.

5. From Paris With Love (2009)
Mindless but stylish action junk that's enlivened (a lot) by John Travolta's wonderfully over-baked performance.

6. Stark Raving Mad (2002)
A better-than-it-looks heist caper with Seann William Scott and Lou Diamond Phillips.

7. Escape from New York (1981)
Some of you haven't seen it yet. Now you can tackle it quickly and quietly. Enjoy!

8. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
A strange but oddly endearing comedy about life, death, suicide, and the weirdos you meet in dreams.

9. Dagon (2001)
Stuart Gordon has never topped the one-two punch of Re-Animator and From Beyond, but this one fits pretty well alongside that pair.

10. Dance of the Dead (2008)
A cool and confident mixture of legitimate zombie nastiness and good-natured teen-centric wit.
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Sean "The Butcher" SmithsonMarch 26, 2011 1:42 PM

STANDER is fucking overrated. Thomas Jane is also one of the greatest actors of this generation. He's like Steve McQueen, except he can cry on camera.

Paul Brian McCoyMarch 26, 2011 2:07 PM

I'd add Tom Waits' Big Time to that list.

cinema-fanatic.comMarch 26, 2011 3:31 PM

love love love Dance of the Dead

Joshua ChaplinskyMarch 26, 2011 5:13 PM

Can't say I'm a Dagon fan. At all.

Kurt HalfyardMarch 26, 2011 11:11 PM

DRAGONSLAYER is on netflix.ca in a stunning HD transfer of the film, one of the best I've seen on the service. Enjoy Ralph Richardson in full wizard regalia! Enjoy the stunning Wales/Scotland cinematography; the Go-Motion dragon; and Peter MacNicol's silky-golden locks.

Seriously, not only is this a great fantasy movie, but it is probably the only film with the Walt Disney imprint that features boobies. Huzzah.

pacifikixMarch 28, 2011 12:58 PM

You guys should make this a regular column :D Thanks for the recommendations!