Netflix Film Festival 35: August 2014
August 2014's edition of what's worth streaming on Netflix. Battered Bastards, an American ninja, Elijah Wood, and more!
Published on August 26, 2014 | Filed under Netflix Film Festival

Welcome back again insomniacs, weirdos, and obsessives to another entry in the never ending Netflix Film Festival. As mother nature turns on the furnace right before the whip crack of chill that is fall, join me and continue to hide out indoors. Don’t worry, you’re not missing a thing!

The Conspiracy

The Conspiracy (2012)

I don’t usually dig faux-documentaries but this tight indie thriller grabbed my attention and held it until the end. It’s a very fitting film for our troubled times. And it doesn’t have a bunch of shaky-cam bullshit which is always a plus.

American Ninja

American Ninja (1985)

Somehow I had never seen this 80s Cannon classic but now thanks to the wonder that is Netflix, I finally got to see what all the hubub was about. Michael Dudikoff (GREAT 80s last name) is too damn pretty to be an action star but I still loved this one for all of its silly.

Grand Piano

Grand Piano (2013)

Elijah Wood is on a hot streak and Grand Piano is another gem added to his crown. Grand Piano is straight suspense – simple, tight, and damn near perfect. It is also beautifully filmed and well scripted. I honestly can’t wait to see what the director does next.

Battered Bastards of Baseball

Battered Bastards of Baseball (2014)

Full Disclosure: I have no love for any sport. I find sports to be very, very boring. This documentary however, is anything but boring. Kurt Russell’s dad was the owner of the only independent baseball team in America during the 70s (who knew?). They were quintessential rag tag band of players and were damn good. The doc is more about fighting the system and doing it yourself despite the odds. This very well may crack my top 10 of the year.

Almost Human

Almost Human (2013)

Almost Human is another great indie horror flick, made on a budget that delivers the goods. Gory, fun, with an 80s flavor without being an homage or “grindhouse.” It’s simply a great monster movie. It’s an imperfect film, but many of the genre favs from the 80s were too.

Uncouth enjoys all manner of exploitation cinema. He is a video editor by trade and a cinephile by obsession. He runs Toxic-Graveyard.com and contributes to Lunchmeat Magazine. He is also a specialist at finding creepy crawly things under rocks for his kids.