So, what’s in your Netflix Queue? A few months ago, when this blog was at a previous address, I offered a list of what’s to come in the mail from my Netflix account. If you like to watch movies and want a regular stream of DVDs arriving through rain, sleet, snow and gloom of night, and even on hot summer evenings when sitting in front of the air conditioned surrounded 42” VIZIO is preferable to enjoying the muggy outdoor air, then Netflix is a good start.
It’s Complicated (2009, R, 121 minutes)
Ten years after their divorce, Jane (Meryl Streep) and Jake (Alec Baldwin) Adler unite for their son's college graduation and unexpectedly end up sleeping together. But Jake is married, and Jane is embarking on a new romance with her architect, Adam (Steve Martin). Now, she has to sort out her life -- just when she thought she had it all figured out.
Taken (2008, PG-13, 93 minutes)
While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father (Liam Neeson) must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle. Famke Janssen also stars in this relentless action-thriller.
Whiteout (2009, R, 96 minutes)
The lone U.S. marshal at a research station in Antarctica, Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) stumbles upon the continent's first murder victim. With only three days left until the sun sets for six months, Carrie races to solve the complex mystery before darkness falls. Gabriel Macht, Alex O'Loughlin and Tom Skerritt co-star in this tense thriller based on a graphic novel by Greg Rucka and Steve Lieber.
And, in the Netflix Queue and Coming Soon to the Big Screen at My House:
Serious Moonlight (2009, R, 85 minutes)
When Louise (Meg Ryan) discovers that her husband, Ian (Timothy Hutton), is about to run off to Paris with a much younger woman, Sara (Kristen Bell), she does what any self-respecting wife would do: She duct-tapes him to the toilet, which is where he remains when their home is burglarized. The plot only gets thicker in this dark comedy helmed by first-time director Cheryl Hines and penned by Adrienne Shelly.
The Boys Are Back (2009, PG-13, 104 minutes)
Following the sudden death of his wife, Australian sportswriter Joe Warr (Clive Owen) struggles to cope with his grief and comfort his young son (Nicholas McAnulty). Being a single father gets even trickier when Joe's rebellious teenage son from a previous marriage (George MacKay) moves in. Director Scott Hicks helms this touching -- and often hilarious -- tale of a family in flux, based on a memoir by Simon Carr.
Night Train (2009, R, 91 minutes)
A med student (Leelee Sobieski), a salesman (Steve Zahn) and a conductor (Danny Glover) become unlikely allies when a passenger dies on the night train, leaving behind a fortune in diamonds, and they decide to embark on a gruesome mission by dumping the body and splitting the loot. Disposing of the corpse, however, proves to be tricky, and the conspirators become increasingly fearful of one another.
The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009, R, 97 minutes)
When her husband (Alan Arkin), who's 30 years her senior, relocates the family to a retirement community, flawless wife and mother Pippa Lee (Robin Wright Penn) slides toward a nervous breakdown as she reflects on her tumultuous past and befriends her neighbor's enigmatic son (Keanu Reeves). With a powerful cast that also includes Julianne Moore and Winona Ryder, this pensive drama is adapted from director Rebecca Miller's novel of the same name.
Netflix reminds me: “You have 4 movies in your Queue. We suggest you add at least 6.” So, it’s time to increase the list of what’s to come. Do you have any suggestions? What’s in your Netflix Queue?