What is the Instant5? It’s five recommendations I make for wasting time and more importantly getting your money’s worth out of your Netflix subscription. Let’s be honest: the way Netflix has it set up now is only “sorta kinda” helpful in finding something to view. So without further ado:
THIS WEEK’S Instant5
1. Inspector Gadget
No, fortunately not the Disney film of the same name with Matthew Broderick. This is the original animated series, which should please nostalgic ’80s cartoon fans such as myself. This is volume one of the series which includes all 22 episodes of that volume for your instant viewing pleasure. There is no volume two in the US as of yet, although there are rumors of a 25th anniversary collection set, nothing is confirmed, but at least you can watch a better-than-youtube quality version of the first 22 eps.
2. The TV Set
Mac reviewed this movie not too long ago. From Wiki: The plot follows an idealistic writer (David Duchovny) as he tries to navigate his TV pilot down the mine-laden path from script to production to the madness of prime-time scheduling – all while trying to stay true to his vision. Along the way he has to juggle the agendas of a headstrong network president (Weaver), volatile young stars, a pregnant wife and an ever-optimistic personal manager/agent (Greer). I have not as of yet watched this, but now that it’s on Instant, it’s on the list.
3. Shut Up & Sing
Remember the Dixie Chicks? I’m sure most think of their bigger-than-Jesus comment that flushed their career for a time. To be honest, I don’t like the Dixie Chicks, still don’t, but I did enjoy the documentary because I felt like it was mostly honest about the event and how it did get blown out of proportion. So love them or hate them, if you truly like to be informed this is worth a look.
4. The Shadow
The superhero from the old time radio comes to life via Alec Baldwin pre-annoying days. It’s not like this is the epic superhero movie, but there was always something about The Shadow that appealed to me, and I love the Dick Tracy-like production design of the film. I think it’s worth seeing once and now that it’s in instant I’ll probably see it a few times.
5. James and the Giant Peach
Ok, so it isn’t the Nightmare Before Christmas, but there’s still something about this show that I love. Probably the stop-motion animation, probably Roald Dahl, I love this movie and I’m glad to see it on Instaview. Good for kids, but there’s just some kind of magic in there that holds my appeal.
Under “genres” they have a new section called Starz Play which has added to the selection of Netflix instaview library tremendously. I recommend looking under there for newer movies to see. Until next time!
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