Watch / Don’t Watch: What’s on Netflix Instant Watch?
Capsule reviews of recently viewed films from the Netflix Instant Watch cache:
“Classic Albums: ‘The Band'”: An hour-long documentary examines the making of the Band’s 1969 self-titled sophomore album, featuring “Rag Mama Rag,” “Up On Cripple Creek” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” There are a few big-star talking-head accolades thrown around (Eric Clapton, George Harrison), but the gold here is the one-on-one interviews with the Band-members (except Richard Manuel, who died before the doc was made). And especially the insights into what the Band was up to musically and how they put it all together. Now I’m really anxious to see what the mad professor Garth Hudson does when he takes the stage of The Egg with Project Percolator on Saturday, May 18. Greg Haymes *****
“Jerry and Tom”: Joe Mantegna and Sam Rockwell star in this unassuming and perfectly matter of fact tale of a pair of used car salesmen/hit men. The directorial debut of Canadian character actor Saul Rubinek, this 1998 indie nugget also has a solid supporting cast that includes William H. Macy, Charles Durning and in a fabulous one-scene-only monologue, Ted Danson. GH ****
“Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies”: OK, the only reason I tried to watch this one was because I mistakenly thought it was “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” which I was interested in watching because I really did enjoy director Timur Bekmambetov’s “Night Watch” and “Day Watch.” This, however, was not that movie. Then I realized that this 2012, low-budget, direct-to-video piece of dreck was directed by Richard Schenkman, whose film 2007 film “Jerome Bixby’s The Man From Earth” I had watched just the week before. So I was curious. As it turned out, it took me three tries to get through the whole “ALvZ,” and it simply wasn’t worth it. GH *