Thanks to the holidays, many of you are recent recipients of brand new Netflix accounts. Hooray for you because this weekend, there’s a whole lot to discover on the streaming library. Check out one of many new thrilling documentaries or if you’re looking for something really bizarre, that kid from “Malcolm in the Middle” is in a really bad-looking sci-fi flick.
If you’re looking for “Meatballs 5,” look elsewhere, because this isn’t your good old summer camp movie. Instead, “Camp” takes a turn for the dramatic side, following a financial advisor who volunteers at a camp for foster children for all the wrong reasons and ends up forming a bond with one particular young boy from a broken home.
“Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me” (2013)
Alex Chilton is now considered one of the great songwriters of the ’70s, but his band Big Star was considered nothing short of a commercial flop in its heyday. Follow the short rise, great fall, and enormous cult legacy left by the band in this stellar documentary.
“Deceptive Practice” (2013)
Ricky Jay is a renowned magician, actor, performer, and all-around enigmatic personality. This documentary aims to get into his puzzling mind and discover the world of magic, narrated by the man himself.
“The Fog” (2005)
This blockbuster about a ship haunted by the ominous spirits of a surrounding fog may have seen some box office success, but Christy Lemire of the Associated Press called the film, “pretty unnecessary,” and she wasn’t the only one with thumbs down.
“Stand Up Guys” (2013)
While this movie is labeled a dramedy, it’s difficult to take it very seriously at all, but that just might be the fun of it. Christopher Walken and Al Pacino star in this tale about three old friends released from prison and haunted by lingering dirty work.
“Blast Vegas” (2013)
If you’re in need of a dose of ridiculousness, look no further. Frankie Muniz is all grown up in this sci-fi TV movie about frat boys on spring break in Vegas who unleash an evil sandstorm curse by stealing a fabled ancient sword.
“Food Inc.” (2008)
This documentary might not be for the faint of heart or the weak of stomach, but it will certainly open your eyes to the unshocking but disappointing corporate exploitations of the food industry and the effects that they have on the food we put in our tummies. Watch this now and you can be that person at the New Year’s Eve party telling everybody how everything they’re putting in their systems is both harmful and shameful. YES!
“Greenwich Village: Music That Defined a Generation” (2013)
An in-depth look at the New York village that bred some of the most iconic and some of the most overlooked music of the ’60s. The film includes a ton of archival footage including interviews and performances by the artists who defined the neighborhood.