By Phillip Swann
The TV Answer Man,@tvanswerman
Netflix over the weekend added 39 new movies to its streaming lineup. Here are the six best bets, in my humble opinion:
* American Hustle, David O. Russell’s brilliant 2013 comedy-drama based on the real-life FBI Abscam sting operation in the 1970s. Christian Bale and Amy Adams star as two con artists who are forced by an FBI agent (Bradley Cooper) to help the agency set up corrupt politicians, including the mayor of Camden, New Jersey, played by Jeremy Renner. The film is a dazzling display of human folly and Russell has never been better. The great cast also includes Jennifer Lawrence, Jack Huston and Robert DeNiro.
* The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock’s masterful 1963 thriller starring Tippi Hedren as a wealthy socialite whose mere presence in a small San Francisco area town seems to trigger an invasion of flesh-eating birds. This is Hitchcock at his peak as he turns a bizarre premise into a believable and frightening journey.
* The Bourne Trilogy (The Bourne Identity, 2002, The Bourne Supremacy, 2004, and The Bourne Ultimatum, 2007) starring Matt Damon as an intelligence agent who seeks vengeance on his former government handlers for a myriad of misdeeds. Great action and stylish direction from Doug Liman (first two), and Paul Greengrass (the third).
* Inception, the 2010 mind-bending sci-fi drama from director Chris Nolan which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a thief who steals information by entering another’s mind. Great movie, but if you’re not a chess player, prepared to get lost in the plot a few times.
* Inside Man, the entertaining 2006 drama (directed by Spike Lee) starring Denzel Washington as a troubled New York detective assigned to investigate a bank robbery that turns into a kidnapping. Denzel is deliciously playful as the cop and Clive Owen is perfect as the chief thief. But the supporting cast is also overflowing with memorable performances including Jodie Foster as a New York political fixer and Christopher Plummer as a bank executive with a mysterious past.
* Psycho, the iconic 1960 drama from Hitchcock starring Anthony Perkins as an isolated motel clerk with Mommy issues. Still scary today.
Honorable mentions go to Marnie, Friday Night Lights, and 28 Days.
Here is the complete list of movies just added to Netflix:
A League of Their Own
Born on the Fourth of July
The Bourne Identity
The Bourne Supremacy
The Bourne Ultimatum
Charlie Wilson’s War
Conan the Destroyer
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat
Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax
Friday Night Lights
Hatfields & McCoys: Season 1
Hoarders: Season 12
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
How to Train Your Dragon
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The Land Before Time (1988)
Not Another Teen Movie
Puss in Boots
Shrek Forever After
Smokey and the Bandit
Smokey and the Bandit II
Thomas & Friends: The Mystery of Lookout Mountain
Weathering (Netflix Film)
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— Phillip Swann