What's New on Netflix? (February '14)

Back in May 2013, I began this monthly series to keep you informed of what's new to Netflix streaming each month. Well, right on schedule, here are the movies added today, February 1st, plus a few that came to streaming since my last update. Enjoy!

New February 1st:

Bates Motel: Season 1 (2013)

Like me, did you fail to watch this when it aired because you blew it off as a cheap cash-in? Well, reviews and horror fans say it's pretty darn good, so here's your chance to see what the hubbub is all about!

Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

 Don Coscarelli's wonderful horror-comedy starring Bruce Campbell as a still-living-but-old-as-fuck Elvis Presley, who teams up with black-JFK (Ossie Davis) to fight a mummy.

Death Wish 2 (1982)

It's back! Second installment of Charles Bronson's bloody revenge saga. Famously panned for its graphic portrayal of rape and other violence. Look for Laurence Fishburne as a thug!

Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry (1974)

Beloved by Quentin Tarantino and known for its awesome car chase sequences, this flick about a driver, a mechanic, and a blonde on the run from the law is a legend of 70s heist/chase films. It stars Peter Fonda, Susan George, and Vic Morrow.

A Fistful of Dollars (1964) & The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (1966) 

Check out the first and third installments of Sergio Leone's "Dollars Trilogy" starring Clint Eastwood as The Man With No Name. Unfortunately, the middle film, For A Few Dollars More is not currently available for streaming. 

Harold and Maude (1971)

 Hal Ashby's cult black comedy about an unlikely relationship between Maude, a septuagenarian, and Harold, a death-obsessed young man.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997)

One of Danny Boyle's oft-forgotten films starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. It's about kidnapping, romance, and angels (Holly Hunter and Delroy Lindo, no less!)

Patriot Games (1992)

One of the many Tom Clancy adaptations about Jack Ryan. In this one, Harrison Ford faces off with Sean Bean and the IRA. 

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989)

 William Shatner directed this fifth film in the Star Trek franchise, wherein Spock's half-brother hijacks the Enterprise on a pursuit to find God. It is widely considered the worst of the film franchise (at least of the original cast's films). 

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie (1990)

This horror anthology was apparently supposed to be Creepshow 3 but that fell through, so it got this title instead. It includes a Stephen King story and an Arthur Conan Doyle story, and it has a lot of famous faces, such as Deborah Harry, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, Christian Slater, Rae Dawn Chong, Mark Margolis, and James Remar.

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Every film fan knows the name Keyser Söze thanks to Bryan Singer's fantastic drama/thriller that dropped everyone's jaw back in the 90s. Always good for a re-watch.

New in January (since my last post):

Dracula 3D (2012)

Well, it's not so 3D on Netflix, but it is Dario Argento's take on Bram Stoker's famous bloodsucker. Asia Argento and Rutger Hauer star. Watch at your own risk, I hear this one is pretty awful. 

Cockneys vs Zombies (2012) 

It's inept East End bank robbers and their grandparents vs. the undead in yet another British zom-com. This one gets bonus points for having Snatch's Alan Ford. 

Dark Touch (2013)

 An eleven-year-old Irish girl is the sole survival of her family being massacred and she is taken in by neighbors. She insists the house is responsible for the killings, but naturally nobody listens and terrible things ensue. This one has been pretty well-received so far.

Day of the Dead (1985)

Third installment in George Romero's Dead franchise, and frankly, my favorite (though I'm in the minority there). A small group of scientists and soldiers take refuge in a bunker during the zombie apocalypse. Best known for Captain Rhodes' awesome death scene and Bub!

Nightmare Factory (2011)

One face you can also see in Day of the Dead is FX legend Greg Nicotero. This 2011 documentary follows Nicotero on his journey from quitting medical school to co-creating KNB and thus creating decades of movie monster magic.

Man of Tai Chi (2013)

Keanu Reeves directs and stars in this drama/thriller about a martial artist who ends up in an underground fight club. It stars Tiger Hu Chen, Keanu's real-life friend and stuntman. It also includes an appearance from The Raid: Redemption badass, Iko Uwais!

Plus One (2013)

Three friends struggle to stay alive after a college party goes awry in this supernatural thriller from IFC Midnight. Can't say much more than that for fear of spoilers but this one seems to be well-received among genre fans recently.

Toad Road (2012)

Here is another title I have been hearing a lot about in the past few months - both good and bad. Produced by Elijah Wood's indie horror film company, SpectreVision, this one involves mind-altering drugs and the gates to Hell. 

The Last Stand (2013)

This was Arnold Schwarzenegger's comeback vehicle, but I was way more excited about it being the American debut of Korean film director Kim Jee-woon (I Saw the Devil). The reviews have been mixed but apparently it's decent Ahhnuld fun.

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

This one I would never give the time of day except for the director - Dead Snow's Tommy Wirkola. It's basically a sexier, more violent adaptation of Hansel and Gretel, where the siblings are grown up and hunt witches now. The trailers made it look like a hunk of CGI-riddled garbage but I've heard it's actually a lot of fun so I'll check it out soon now that it's streaming.  

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