Netflix Instant Pick #5

Scarlet Street (1945) is one of my favorite films of all time, and possibly my absolute favorite noir as well. This pitch-perfect classic stars Edward G. Robinson and Joan Bennett. Robinson is Christopher Cross, a cashier who easily falls under the spell of Bennett’s character, Kitty. Much to Christopher’s enjoyment, Kitty agrees to get together with him. What he doesn’t know is that she’s not … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick #5

Netflix Instant Pick #4

Manic (2001) is a gritty film, centered around the juvenile ward of a mental institution and filmed with a handheld camera. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars as Lyle, one of the ward’s patients who is prone to very violent outbursts. Surrounding him are patients with equally serious issues, including self-harming Tracy (Zooey Deschanel) and bipolar Chad (Michael Bacall). Don Cheadle is Dr. Monroe, the ward’s conflicted psychologist. … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick #4

Netflix Instant Pick #3

She Done Him Wrong (1933) stars Mae West and Cary Grant, which alone is enough reason to watch, especially given that both deliver stellar performances. West is Lady Lou, an extremely sassy singer who falls for a younger man (Captain Cummings, Grant’s character) while seeking protection from her crazy, criminal ex-boyfriend. West really carries this film and remains unmatched in terms of wit. Lady Lou … Continue reading Netflix Instant Pick #3

Redbox Pick #5

50/50 is a dark drama/comedy loosely based on the true story of Will Reiser, who was diagnosed with cancer in his late 20s. Joseph Gordon-Levitt portrays the Reiser-based character, Adam: a completely healthy, very cautious man who is diagnosed at age 27. His diagnosis isn’t the last of his problems. As he begins to undergo treatment, his entire life crumbles around him. Seth Rogen costars … Continue reading Redbox Pick #5