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Get Your NETFIX Here…June Netflix Notables

For those of you that have not completely abandoned nor shut out NETFLIX from your life, it’s time once again for some geek-out, must-see recommendations now available to WATCH INSTANTLY on our favorite love/hate video service relationship.

This month brings creepy puppets, virgin queens, and Black Power!

While you anticipate FRANKENWEENIE…

PHANTOM MUSEUMS

Beyond anything Tim Burton ever dreamed up, the Quay brothers (Stephen and Timothy) use sets, puppets and stop-motion animation to haunt your dreams.

Included in this collection are 13 shorts, including “The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer,” their 1987 tribute to the Czech animator that influenced much of their later work.

While you drool over repeats until season two of GAME OF THRONES

This lesser seen miniseries biopic of Elizabeth I (the “Virgin Queen”) and her incredible task at throne is worth checking out.

If nothing else, you’ll get to see a younger Tom Hardy in the role of Tom Hardy.

The program picked up 3 BAFTA nominations and 1 win, as well as an International Emmy nomination for Best Miniseries.

Because PROMETHEUS could have used a bit more H.R. Giger…

SPECIES  

Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley stars in this gripping period piece (set in the mid 1990s) about the struggle between the powers of government, the politics of space and the drive for progress.

Originally intended for director James Ivory, and loosely based on Jane Austin’s lesser known work “Sil,” this is a surprisingly touching and often intense movie that was much misunderstood by audiences as a “horror” film.

Because it’s not worth paying to rent or see in theaters…

THE RUM DIARY

Ok, maybe I’m being a tad harsh, but this is not a good movie.

It’s slightly a complete mess actually.

Hunter S. Thompson, Bruce Robinson and Johnny Depp should have combined for fireworks on screen, but the film rarely takes risks with its style.  Still, it is entertaining and worth a few laughs. Don’t expect another Fear and Loathing or even Where the Buffalo Roam.

Because it’s a Swedish documentary about the Black Power period of Civil Rights…
                                          
THE BLACK POWER MIX TAPE 1967-1975

In 1967 a Swedish film crew captured interviews and b-roll with some of the most influential people in the “Black Power” movement, but the footage remained unreleased for decades.

The footage is fascinating to watch with modern eyes, and a relief that this isn’t one of those Paranormal Activity rip offs that pretends to be footage from 1967 that was unseen and contains inexplicable jump scares.

* Author’s Note: all movies available to WATCH INSTANTLY on Netflix as of mid-June and availability is subject to studio licenses. It is recommended to watch before the month ends. 
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