Cine File is a random reference guide exploring the vast catalogue of films available on Netflix instant viewing, with special emphasis on the interesting, the unusual, and the ones that got left behind. Consider these 10 films that debuted on Netflix in 2010.
Exit Through the Gift Shop (2010) — A documentary that was supposed to be about Banksy, the internationally famous, mysterious art prankster, that turns the tables and makes it about another artist. There are several layers of authenticity to this, which make it all the more complex.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fabulous Stains (1982) — An underground classic, starring a cherub-like Diane Lane as a punk rock girl who bamboozles her way into being a star. Directed by Lou Adler, better known as that dude who always sits next to Jack Nicholson at the Lakers’ games.
The Landlord (1970) — This nearly forgotten film from the great Hal Ashby offers deft social comedy about gentrification in Brooklyn.
The Last Zapatistas, Forgotten Heroes (2002) — A documentary that interviews the last few remaining members of Emiliano Zapata’s army from the 1910 Mexican Revolution. More than just a chronicle of the long-term effects of osteoarthritis, Zapatistas conveys how the lost ideals of this struggle still reverberate today.
The Good, the Bad, the Weird (2008) — A goofy, fun film that reimagines the spirit of spaghetti western master Sergio Leone with three Korean bandits looking for a lost treasure in 1940’s Manchuria.
Tintorera (1977) — By all accounts, a god-awful film, but for those amused by bizarre world cinema, this cheap knock-off of Jaws should amuse.
Catch-22 (1970) — Masterful but flawed anti-war movie directed by Mike Nichols, fresh off his success from The Graduate. The direction is as bold as can be imagined, with the majority of scenes shot in highly choreographed long takes.
Salvador (1986) — Before Oliver Stone went completely over the top, he made this funny and horrific film about the underreported apocalypse of the Salvadoran Civil War. James Woods overacts, as always, but gives the film heart.
F.I.S.T. (1978) — In his awkward period between Rocky and Rambo, Sylvester Stallone was often amusing before completely establishing himself as a right-wing cartoon. Here he plays a union organizer, of all things.
92 in the Shade (1975) — Proto-slacker film about Jimmy Buffett-types fishing in Florida, starring Warren Oates. Directed by then-rising literary star Thomas McGuane.