Rounders: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

If you're like many Americans, you have played Texas Hold 'em innumerable times. Poker became a really big thing a few years ago, and especially with the World Series of Poker becoming a big thing on ESPN, all sorts of people were suddenly aware of a fun and exciting (and smart) new "sport." (It's obviously not a sport but whatever).

Rounders capitalizes on this craze by being the perfect story for a poker fan to enjoy. It shows the highs and low of playing in the big-time (so big-time in fact, that almost all the games are played outside the realm of public knowledge - high-stakes underground games with scary guys).

Matt Damon and Edward Norton are two of my favorite actors, and seeing them play off each other in this movie is a lot of fun to watch. Matt Damn plays the main character, and we're able to see what kind of pressure one has to endure in order to truly be at the top of the game. We're also able to see the incredibly lows that allot to the dichotomy of the thrill.

I really enjoyed this movie, but I wonder how much of that has to do with the fact that I'm a big Texas Hold 'em fan. Admittedly, I'm one of those types of people who'll stop and watch a channel that happens to have people playing. There's just something fun and exciting about the idea that the game itself isn't necessarily won by any real methodology. It takes and incredibly amount of skill and wit to have any chance of being anyone. I think this movie helps demonstrate that.

Anyway, it's a fun movie to watch and it has both Matt Damon AND Edward Norton in it. What are you waiting for? Add it to your queue!

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

Coming Soon to Netflix Instant: July 2012

Listed below are the movies (and shows) that are coming to Netflix Instant in July that we find notable enough to mention here! Anything you're excited about?

12 Monkeys
A League of Their Own
Analyze That
Basic
Blood Work
Blood: The Last Vampire
Boyz N the Hood
Chaos Theory
Clockstoppers
Conan the Barbarian
Donnie Brasco
Eight Men Out
Extreme Measures
GasLand
Grumpy Old Men
Home Alone 3
Hostel: Part III
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
Leave it to Beaver
Poltergeist II
Raising Arizona
Rampart
Red Dawn
Ronin
Saving Grace
Superman: The Movie
Syriana
The Bad News Bears
The Fifth Element
The Magestic
The Making of South Park: 6 Days to Air
The Resident
The Rugrats Movie
The Wedding Planner
Transformers: Dark of the Moon

Top 10 Thrillers on Streaming - June 2012

I've really come to realize over the last few years that I'm a huge sucker for thrillers. I love watching a movie where I don't necessarily know how the movie's going to turn out, as thrillers seem to be one of the most unpredictable genres of film. Netflix's thriller selection seems to just be getting better and better.

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So what do you think? Please, let me know if you think I missed something that you think really needs to be on this list!

Paste's Best TV Shows on Netflix List

We're obviously a big fan of lists, and whenever a big-name site/magazine/whatever puts together their own list of favorite shows or movies on Netflix, we love reading it to get a good idea of where the winds are blowing.

Listed below is their Top 10 list of "best TV shows on Netflix"

10. Parks and Recreation
9. Mad Men
8. The X-Files
7. Breaking Bad
6. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
5. Cheers
4. Battlestar Galactica
3. Lost
2. The Office US
1. Arrested Development

What do you think? We think the list is pretty solid, but we'd likely move some of the ordering around, and probably shift one or two out to be replaced with shows we like more. To see their full list, click here.

Worst TV Dads

We noticed that onlinepsychologydegree.net put together a list of whom they consider to be the top 8 deadbeat dads in television. From their list, the following appear on Netflix Instant:

William van der Woodsen from "Gossip Girl"
Al Bundy from "Married... with Children"
Peter Griffin from "Family Guy"
George Bluth Sr. from "Arrested Development"
Walt White from "Breaking Bad"

To be honest, I think it's pretty stupid that Walt White would make this list. I hardly think he's a deadbeat dad.

What do you think? Who is the WORST dad on TV?

Primal Fear: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Primal Fear was one of those movies that came onto the Netflix Instant scene and I thought for sure that I'd already suggested it at some point. I then scrolled through the list of Surprises and was shocked to find that at no point in time had I yet. So here we go!

Primal Fear was one of my absolute favorite movies growing up. This was the first film that I ever watched Edward Norton take a role and completely own it. He's quite young in this film, and it's surprising that even at such a young age, his acting prowess just absolutely overwhelms everyone else.

That's not to say the rest of the actors in this movie aren't good actors. You kind of know what you're getting when you put Richard Gere in a movie - that being a calm, statuesque figure - which actually really does help bring a calming effect to the absolutely atrocious content of the film. There's also a fun dichotomy between the slow-paced, focused, and attentive Gere and the bumbling Edward Norton character.

Watch this film if you're a fan of thrillers. I don't know if I could name many more films that better fit the genre. I think you'll love it.

Click to watch the movie on Netflix streaming here!

Shows Netflix Should Revive

TheStreet.com released a list of television shows that they wish/think that Netflix would bring back by revitalizing them with a streaming audience. A lot of these shows have developed a well-founded cult following, which makes them all thought to be worth bringing back. Their list includes:

Firefly
Freaks and Geeks
Veronica Mars
Stargate Universe
Jericho
My So Called Life
All My Children and One Life to Live
Pushing Daisies
Party Down
Deadwood

What do YOU think Netflix should/could bring back?

Thor: Netflix Streaming Surprises

Leading up to the epic release of the first "The Avengers" movie, there were a load of full-length trailers that were released (read: they were actually movies).

Thor was one of those movies that lead up to The Avengers, which, along with movies like Captain America, were pretty much just created and pumped out in order to give audiences a thorough enough background to be able to really enjoy the epic Avengers movie.

All that being said, and still understanding that this movie was likely just created as a base to help you understand the character, I still LOVED this movie for some reason.

First of all, you have to go into it realizing that the movie is a story about the god Thor. That means you can't go into it really expecting something that's going to be life-altering or heavily serious. It's a movie about Thor.

If you go into it realizing you're not supposed to be taking it incredibly seriously, it's a very enjoyable time. I really liked it, and I've watched it several times already. This didn't seem like a rushed movie to me at all, and it felt like there was a lot of attention dedicated to making this movie everything it was supposed to be.

You've probably seen it already, but if you haven't, add it to your queue! It's a fun time.

Click to watch the film on Netflix streaming here!

Best Worst Movie: Netflix Hidden Gem Surprises

Awhile back we recommended a ridiculously bad movie called "Troll 2." It's the kind of movie you watch because it's just so bad that it's good. The movie has developed an entire cult-following because of its horribleness, and the cult following has created a strange (strangely awesome) celebratory vibe for whenever the movie is discussed in public among Troll 2 fans.

The movie we're recommending today documents that cult following, which just so happens to be done by one of the kids from Troll 2. It's fun to watch as he catches up with the entire cast of the film, recollecting and recreating scenes that were supposed to be serious - but ended up being so funny in the end.

It's amusing to see how big of a joke they pretty much all realize the movie is now, and it's even more funny that the director of the movie is the only one who doesn't get it. He still thinks the movie is a monumental work of art.

That's part of the hilarity of this movie, but it's fascinating to see the overall happiness that a movie like Troll 2 can bring so many people. Watch this movie if you've ever seen Troll 2 for sure, but also if you're ever so curious as to what a REAL cult-following to a movie looks like. It's fun!

Click to watch the movie on Netflix here!
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