Usually, this spot is reserved for our weekly rundown of the new movies available to stream on Netflix Instant but August is a dead month and there is nothing notable streaming this week. Doesn’t look like there will be for another couple weeks either, so let’s pick the best horror movies available to stream on Netflix right now:
Rated R | 2010
Rated R | 2008
This weekend, the first of many upcoming superhero reboots will be released. Leading the pack before the rumored Fantastic Four restart and next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man is X-Men: First Class, director Matthew Vaughn’s tale of the beginning of Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters in the 60s and the friendship between Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr, who will become Magneto. Vaughn has cast this new film in the X-Men franchise with some of the most talented actors of today. So before seeing his newest film, check out some of the under-ranked films from the stars of X-Men: First Class.
|How would you rank it amongst the best science fiction movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #9
I don’t know what I was doing in July but I totally missed seeing this, so… what do your fellow Flickcharters have to say?
johnmason – “Now, here’s a pair of movies where the directors were given a mega-budget and told, “Go ahead, do whatever the hell you want.” But Inception was far more successful than Avatar. Don’t get me wrong; I really quite like Avatar. But aside from the astounding visuals (and the 3-D gimmick that not even this movie could sell me on), it didn’t have a lot new to bring to the table. Inception is a really, truly original piece of work, and unlike Avatar, its long running time just flies by. I wish I could have the old James Cameron back, circa the late ’80s-early ’90s, before he became the King of the World, was trailblazing the way for films like this, and was making some of the best damn films of all time. Right now, Christopher Nolan is at the frikkin’ top of his game, and I’m worried that Cameron’s going to get lost on Pandora.”
JRM – “I really like Avatar; it succeeded in what it set out to do: create an immersive world that people will come back to again and again. This was a movie that was so successful because of word of mouth and repeat business. I actually saw it twice in theaters, in 3D. Having said that, you’re right, @johnmason–besides its visuals it really doesn’t have much going for it. It’s a grand spectacle for sure, but it lacks surprise because its story has been told in numerous ways multiple times. Inception is story telling at its finest, imho. And it’s awe-inspiring because of it. A truly great movie.”
(From Inception vs Avatar discussion)
|How would you rank it amongst the best animated movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #3424
Supposedly the “final” Shrek. Don’t worry though, because Dreamworks has plans to run the rest of their franchises into the ground with an endless number of sequels. Studio exec Jeffrey Katzenberger seriously said there are plans for three more How to Train Your Dragons, four more Madagascars and six (yes, 6) more Kung Fu Pandas.
|How would you rank it amongst the best documentaries of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #6220
What do your fellow Flickcharters have to say?
Avenger7 – “Not even fair to compare these two. A-Team is over-the-top goofy fun. Restrepo is as real as it gets. THE best documentary I’ve seen in years. This is a well structured and powerful film delivering incredible insight and feeling about the ground war in Afghanistan. There’s no political agenda at all. What the film does deliver is the actual feeling of being deployed with these incredibly brave and heroic soldiers.”
(From The A-Team vs. Restrepo discussion)
admiralpiett – “The two best films of 2010 I’ve seen so far. Both films’ greatest strength is their honesty. In Restrepo, that honesty is in its bare-bones style, showing only what happens and giving no direct commentary, other than what the soldiers themselves provide, and letting the terror inherent to their situation dictate the mood of the film; in Winter’s Bone, the honesty lies in the characters on screen, where no one looks like they were cast from outside a 5-mile radius in the Ozarks, anchored by two of the best performances I’ve seen in years (Jennifer Lawrence as Ree and John Hawkes as Teardrop). Ultimately, I think Winter’s Bone is a more satisfying film, though neither film provides a pat hollywood answer to any questions raised. If you haven’t seen either of these films, please go out and see them if you can; it’s a shame most people don’t even know these films exist.”
(From Winter’s Bone vs. Restrepo discussion)
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|How would you rank it amongst the best comedy movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #10206
|How would you rank it amongst the best horror movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #3074
The film that announced Guillermo Del Toro as one of the most imaginative (and skilled) filmmakers around.
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|How would you rank it amongst the best science fiction horror movies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #340
|How would you rank it amongst the best movies of 2003?
Flickchart Ranking: #181
It’s a perfect movie. I’ve been trying to come up with something to write about Lost in Translation for two days and can’t. It’s just perfect.
|How would you rank it amongst the best crime movies of all-time?
Flickchart Ranking: #7006