New To Netflix: Psychics in Venice, Brundle-Fly, Parkour and Omni Computer Products

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Welcome to this week's entry for New To Netflix! Not that we are actually new to Netflix, we're just happy, able, and willing to help you find out what kind of 'Twitch-y' material is coming to the big red virtual envelope in the streaming room. 

This week sees a flood of product into all territories, including a number of films from the 1970s and 1980s.  We've got a classic horror film from Nicolas Roeg, a porno-violent satire from Paul Verhoeven, the birth of Parkour on film, one of the best horror remakes ever made, and Joe Cornish's council estate creature feature expanding to Scandanavia. Onward!

New In The USA: Don't Look Now

One of the best horror films ever made. Period. In the astounding opening sequence, director Nicolas Roeg paints a picture of of mounting terror by image association and abstract editing to imply that John Baxter (Donald Sutherland) has a moment of intuition that something bad is going to happen to his daughter. It does.

Freshly grieving for his daughter, John takes a job restoring a church in Venice, and brings along his wife Laura (a fragile Julie Christie) in the hopes that a change of scenery will help. It doesn't. As Laura starts seeing psychics to communicate with their daughter, John takes a position of steady pragmatism, but keeps seeing his daughter creeping around in the shadows of Venetian canals.

Taking a very experimental approach to horror filmmaking and creating a controversy that the sex scene in the film between Christie and Sutherland wasn't 'faked,' Don't Look Now has as notorious a reputation as Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man, and amazingly both films toured Britain on a double bill back in the early 1970s.

(Also popping up on the American service is the Australian science fiction film Crawlspace, Katherine Bigelow's new millennium-tension Strange Days, Sean Ellis' overlooked gem The Broken, which is kind of horror remake of The Double Life of Veronique and stars Lena Heady and Richard Jenkins, Roger Avery's unhinged crime flick Killing Zoe, Kon Satoshi's empathy-laden Tokyo Godfathers, and Peter Weir's 'boy in a media bubble' science fiction drama, The Truman Show.)

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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Sean Ellis' overlooked gem The Broken"

    No, no and no, Mr Halfyard......hahahhahahhahah.....Lena Heady and the cast did a great job but I thought this was very uneven.

    "Also check out the over-the-top medieval action-siege flick with hammy Paul Giamatti and Brian Cox, Ironclad"

    If somebody told me that Paul Giamatti was going to play a king in an medieval action flick I would have said....."Surely, he must be the court jester....?"

    "District B13 (aka Banlieue 13) isn't big on character or making a whole lot of sense, but it certainly delivers the goods in the action department."

    I remember this one, ok flick, should´ve had more R-rated elements in it.

    But it works as entertainment.

    "Filled with great characters (Kurtwood Smith's Clarence Boddicker and Ronnie Cox's Dick Jones are highly quotable in their over-the-top villainy),"

    Yeah and great performance by Miguel Ferrer, as an greedy corporate climber, you just love him here.

    "Attention geek-loving filmmakers of the world: This is how you should wear your influences on your sleeve."

    I expected more from this film, but it was entertaining, had a nice design on the creatures as well.

    Thanks for the info Mr Halfyard.

  • FDB

    I'm all over CRAWLSPACE. THE BROKEN was decent but was hoping for more, still if memory serves it was one of the better AFTERDARK entries that year. KILLING ZOE I need to see someday, but I keep hearing nothing but terrible things about it, even though it's also supposedly a sort-of 90's classic....

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