Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Roku Picks of the Week

Worthwhile viewing available instantly on Netflix.

Smart Sci-fi Edition
Most movies labelled as science fiction are really futuristic action movies. The movies below are all about ideas and characters. All were relatively low budget.

Made a lot of critic's top ten lists for 2009. Can't say enough good things about Sam Rockwell's performance.

Hasn't aged as well as I'd hoped, but manages to create a world that feels like 1988 (a bland year which shouldn't have a "feel"). The sound track of this movie is very effective.

A Scanner Darkly
Linklater's adaption of Philip K. Dick's paranoia classic is more drug movie than sci-fi. Worth watching to see trippy, roto-scoped Woody Harrelson and Robert Downey Jr.

Shot in Dallas, spare in both length and story, this movie was made for only $7000.

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