Instant Gratification: “Room 237” and four other good movies available now on Netflix Instant


Pick of the week: “Room 237“: My full review is here.  Rodney Ascher’s playful and engrossing documentary is a love letter and a warning to film obsessives, as we watch “The Shining” through the eyes of five cinephiles with increasingly bizarre theories on the film’s “true” meaning. (Unfortunately, “The Shining” is not on Netflix.)

Crime film of the week: “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels“: Ah, I miss the days when Guy “Sherlock Holmes” Ritchie used to make movies like this, profane, twisty, fun crime films, in this case following several roughneck parties who collide over a pair of antique shotguns.

Action film of the week: “The Italian Job”: Not the Michael Caine original, but the American remake starring Mark Wahlberg, which is a pretty good heist film in its own right that makes good use of those Mini Coopers.

Comedy of the week: “The Last Days of Disco”: Whit Stillman’s 1998 film is a sly comedy of manners in the age of the Bee Gees, starring Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny.

Foreign film of the week: “Starbuck”: My full review is here. This French-Canadian film (which will be remade as “The Delivery Man” with Vince Vaughn in November) follows a middle-aged screw-up who finds that his sperm donations have resulted in him fathering over 500 children.


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