Instant Gratification: “Blue is the Warmest Color” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix Instant

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The start of a new month means a lot more movies arriving onto Netflix Instant, including some indie gems and bonafide movie classics of the type you might find randomly appearing  in an Oscar montage.

Pick of the week: “Blue is the Warmest Color“: My full review is here. Abdel Kechiche’s controversial Cannes winner was heralded as both a romantic masterpiece and an anti-feminist softcore film upon its release. Now that the hubbub has died down, we can see it as a flawed but powerful film about a lesbian love affair between two strong women, and how love changes over time.

Drama of the week:Capote“: My full review from 2005 is here: When Philip Seymour Hoffman died on February 2, Netflix Instant didn’t seem to have many of his movies available. But they’ve just added his Oscar winning turn as Truman Capote, both a masterful surface impersonation as well as a deep exploration of the man’s soul.

Comedy of the week: “Dr. Strangelove“: Stanley Kubrick and Peter Sellers whistle past the atomic graveyard in this blackest of black comedies about the shaky fingers who’ve got their hands on the Button.

Horror film of the week: “The Silence of the Lambs“: With the second season of “Hannibal” premiering last week, it’s a perfect time to revisit our first meeting with Dr. Lecter in Jonathan Demme’s chilling and influential thriller.

Action film of the week: “Spider-Man: Sam Raimi was the perfect choice to capture the kinetic joy of being the Webbed Wonder in this 2002 blockbuster, with Tobey Maguire making a terrific Peter Parker.

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