Here are some recent additions to Netflix Instant that you should put in your queue. As usual, I haven’t checked print quality on the catalog titles. Buyer beware, etc.
Out of Sight (Steven Soderbergh, 1998) – There’s Soderbergh before Out of Sight – promising no-longer-young auteur who won the Palme D’Or with his first movie, but hasn’t exactly delivered on the early promise. And there’s after: the Oscar-winner, the guy who can work in any genre, and one of the highest-profile, more or less self-employed filmmakers in America.
Throw Mama from the Train (Danny DeVito, 1987)
The Haunted World of El Superbeasto (Rob Zombie, 2009) – I haven’t seen this, but after being offended and bored by The Devil’s Reject, then repulsed and fascinated by Halloween II, I’ve put a check-mark next to Zombie’s name as “an auteur to watch,” Icky-Skeevy Subdivision.
The Grapes of Wrath (John Ford, 1940) – Not much to say (unless you have a few hours for me to talk your ear off), one of Ford’s greatest masterpieces; angry, indomitably spirited, and gorgeously photographed by the legendary Gregg Toland.
Bottle Rocket (Wes Anderson, 1996)
Barton Fink (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1991)
Twelve O’Clock High (Henry King, 1949)