If it's early in the month, it must be time to catch up a flood of new movies hitting the Netflix instant viewing list. Prepare to line up your queue to catch some offbeat choices you missed. The revolution of film distribution has meant that local stations and major networks have no long become the place where you can educate yourself on movie history, but it also means that you are no longer at the mercy of station scheduling.
Cold Comfort Farm
Check out Kate Beckinsale before the (probable) plastic surgery that turned her into the leather clad sex symbol who fights otherworldy creatures that you know today. "Cold Comfort Farm" was one of Beckinsale's earlier efforts and it's a delightfully offbeat little British comedy of the kind that pops up every now and then. "Cold Comfort Farm" kind of feels like what a Jane Austen adaptation might be like if updated to the 20th century and directed by Bill Forsyth.
Skip the John Cusack train wreck with the same name released just before this entry in Roger Corman's 1960s Edgar Allan Poe series was released to Netflix for instant viewing. Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff and Jack Nicholson all in the same movie! Frankly, you have no reason not to carve less than 90 minutes out of your time to watch "The Raven."
A cult movie you are likely to either love or turn off less than halfway though. Bruce Campbell as an Elvis Presley who check out from the pressures of being a rock legend, replaces himself with an impersonator and winds up in a nursing home having to battle an ancient Egyptian mummy. If "Bubba Ho-Tep" doesn't sound like something you should be adding to your Netflix instant viewing queue as soon as you finish reading this list, then I just don't know what else to add to get your attention. No, wait, I just thought of something.
Use your Netflix queue to watch the movie that beat out Steven Spielberg's little fable about an alien who just wants to go home and the second greatest cross dressing film in Hollywood history for the Best Picture Academy Award. "Gandhi" collected a handful of Oscar statuettes including-get this-Best Costume! Now is your chance to watch this long….loooooooooong….epic and see how Academy Award votes so very often confuse the elevated significance of a movie's subject with the brilliance of the filmmaking itself.
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