Welcome to The Streaming Report for April 24, 2014, a weekly feature that suggests newly uploaded movies to Netflix Watch Instant. After the long week on the grind you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix has been kind enough to supply us with Don Jon, Instructions Not Included, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and more, which you’ll find after the break.
Don Jon (Joseph Gordon Levitt) A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Tony Danza, Brie Larson, and Julianne Moore
The directorial/writing debut of JGL is such an accomplishment for the young talent. Wonderfully written and decently directed the themes hilariously conveyed are strong and emotional. Don Jon is sexy, thought-provoking, and easy to breeze through with such a stellar cast. Of course there is slight room for improvement for the guy, this is just his first feature length film, but overall it is a success. (Check out my review) (Watch it now)
Instructions Not Included (Eugenio Derbez) A man who has made a new life for himself and the daughter left on his doorstep 6 years ago finds his family threatened when the birth mother resurfaces. Starring Eugenio Derbez, Karla Souza, and Jessica Lindsey
Another writer/director/actor, Eugenio Derbez delivers an emotionally driven and very touching foreign family flick. This movie will seriously melt your heart. Instructions Not Included was also my top pick for the most surprising movie of 2013. (Watch it now)
Charlie Countryman (Fredrik Bond) While traveling abroad, a guy falls for a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in her violent, charismatic ex. Starring Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen
I heard this was an interesting flick, and it has a decent cast sans LeBeouf, and now we have the chance to check it out. Let’s see what The Beef has got when it comes to drama. He did OK in The Company You Keep. (Watch it now)
Exit Through the Gift Shop The story of how an eccentric French shop keeper and amateur film maker attempted to locate and befriend Banksy, only to have the artist turn the camera back on its owner. The film contains footage of Banksy, Shephard Fairey, Invader and many of the world’s most infamous graffiti artists at work. Director: Banksy Stars: Banksy, Space Invader, Mr. Brainwash
One of my favorite movies of 2010, and robbed for Best Documentary at the Oscars, Exit Through the Gift Shop is a brilliantly calculated doc that explores the interesting world of street art. The viewpoints of this film are very interesting to learn about and it has an ending that you’ll never forget. (Watch it now)
Jailbait (Jared Cohn) A gritty coming of age thriller about a young girl sent to juvenile prison for the murder of her abusive step father. The film follows Anna Nix’s journey into the dark world of an all girls jail where she discovers complex relationships, drugs, mental illness and her eventual search for redemption. Starring Sara Malakul Lane, Erin O’Brien, and Steve Hanks
Piggybacking off of the fame of Orange is the New Black, Jared Cohn’s Jailbait should apparently fill the void until OITNB’s return this June. Apparently this direct to video movie is so gritty and cool that it’s getting its own comic spin-off. (Watch it now)
Here Comes the Devil (Adrián García Bogliano) A married couple lose their children while on a family trip near some caves in Tijuana. The kids eventually reappear without explanation, but it becomes clear that they are not who they used to be, that something terrifying has changed them. Starring Laura Caro, Francisco Barreiro, and Michele Garcia
I thought this movie was crap. Very plodding and had little reward in the end. It got a lot of praise in the horror circuit when it had a limited release last year, but I thought the movie was poorly executed with little value. (Watch it now)
Kings of Pastry (Chris Hegedus and D.A. Pennebaker) The collar awarded to the winners of the Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) is more than the ultimate recognition for every pastry chef – it is a dream and an obsession. The 3-day competition includes everything from delicate chocolates to precarious six foot sugar sculptures and requires that the chefs have extraordinary skill, nerves of steel and luck. Starring Jacquy Pfeiffer, Sebastien Canonne, and Philippe Rigollot
I think I heard from Dave Chen of the /Filmcast that this was a good documentary. It’s about food, how could that not be appetizing? (Watch it now)
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com