Sometimes I can't stand Netflix because the variety is lacking. It's like getting Star Trek: The next generation, but not finding the original series on there, or DS9, Voyager, or Enterprise. How about NOT just the old black and white Dr. Who's, or one 'season' of a Tom Baker ('70's - 80's) scarf wearing episode, but the whole lot an caboodle. But maybe not getting what I want is a good thing. Now don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to seeing the entire run of Buck Rogers, or Space 1999 on Netflix as much as the next geek, but sometimes not getting what you want can lead to a whole lot of surprises.
Here are a few gems of geekiness that I might otherwise of missed if I would just get what I want:
Flying Swords: Dragon Gate - Jet Li movie. Kinda says it all. But mix in some real nice cinematics, lots of sword fights (comes with the title), throw in some Indiana Jones, Piratey stuff (aka ..boats) and a duel in the middle of a sand-storm and you basically have a the recipe for a decent movie. Pretty good stuff, though Is it me, or is it getting somewhat old the whole 'I can leap and fly in the air and do incredible non-realistic things with a sword' thing. Meh, still a great time.
Painted Skin: The Resurrection - Another Chinese cinema flick, dealing with Demons, and love and all that jazz. A couple things that make this one interesting -- Cinematically this is amazing. The special effects are on par with new kung-fu movies, but the directing is just crazy wild. The story is better than Flying Swords, but it does deal with Demons .. so be warned. Oh and when you watch this, which you should ... Is it just me, or does this have a strong taste (especially the bad guys and their makup etc) of Conan?? In a way I could see this Director doing a Conan-esk flick, just by the setting and costume designs. Plus the fighting scenes are really, really, really well done.
Clash of Empires (no ...not the board game of the same name.. though now I really should play that too) -- This is alot better than I thought it would be. Basically you have a Chinese princess and a Roman Prince hooked to be married, but this is all for naught because of those pesky pirates. But thankfully there is a Sinbad (the sailor, not the comedian) type character that comes into play. Really fun fun movie. This is what adventure movies are about. Booyah
Dawn of the Dragon Slayer -- Medievil story about a guy getting revenge and killing a dragon. Not new, I know. But the cinematics/landscapes are really well done, and the Dragon, though it could of used a few million in the CGI dept. was probably one of my favorite designs of a Dragon that I have seen in a while. The lead Actor .. yea he sucks. Not right for the part at all. The rest of the cast are pretty good. This movie is on my list just because the story itself, and its execution sort of surprised me in its quality.
Mugamoodi - A bollywood movie (only has 2 dance/song routines so don't shudder) that is a superhero movie. A martial artist called ..get this ... Bruce Lee .. ya ... he names himself after the actual Bruce Lee, wants to impress a girl so he becomes this superhero (while keeping a step away from the cops and the mob). Anyway, this one totally surprised me. The fight scenes are actually decent and the tone of the movie is fun, but it also has some decent dialogue in it as well. One thing that I've found while reading subtitles on this one .... you have to read faster than the Chinese movies. Just warning you.
All these fun flicks. Good job Netflix .... Now go get me some ALF episodes.!!