Oh man! I remember seeing a trailer for The American Astronaut ages ago at a Madstone Theater (if anyone remembers that awesome, short-lived arthouse chain). I really wanted to see it but missed it during its brief engagement. Over the years I kept trying to watch The American Astronaut yet it kept evading me for some reason or other. So now, almost a decade later, this apparent cult gem is available on Netflix Instant. This is what Watch Instantly is all about! (And if it's as good as the clips I've seen, expect to see it on The Cult Club in the future.)
As for other releases on Netflix Instant this week, nothing too high-profile, and yet there's a good amount of worthwhile viewing. A few 30 for 30 ESPN docs have arrived, which are always great, including Benji. I really wanted to catch Benji at last year's Tribeca Film Festival, but unfortunately missed the screening. A number of cool-looking Korean, Chinese, Japanese, and Thai films became available today, including My Girlfriend is an Agent and Secret Reunion. Rounding it out, there's Takashi Miike's remake Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai, the high school football doc Undefeated, and The Imposter, one of my favorite documentaries of 2012.
After the cut, all the new stuff on Netflix Instant, a taste of The American Astronaut, and a few other spaceman memories from way back in my youth.
New additions to Netflix Watch Instantly apply only to readers in the United States. For those in other parts of the world, your choices may vary.
Weekly Netflix Now Awards
Most Likely to Be Watched First
The American Astronaut
Honorable mention: Stingray Sam
Movie I've Been Meaning to See That I'll Finally See (Other Than The American Astronaut)
My Girlfriend is an Agent
Honorable mention: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
Documentary I'm Most Interested In
Honorable mention: Super, Girls
Most Likely to Be Watched Out of Perverse Curiosity
Eating with Cannibals
Honorable mention: Science of Armored Cars
Most Likely to Be Watched Out of Perversity
A Tale of Legendary Libido
Honorable mention: Lust in Hell 2
Why Can't I Stop Giggling at This?
Things I Say at Indian Restaurants
Behold the Lamb
Things I Demand from Zoltar Fortune Teller Machines
Make Me Superhuman
Bloodsucker Leads the Dance
Honorable mention: Chumballs