By now you hopefully know that Netflix Instant Watch is a must have in your home. It’s the best way to catch up on all the great science fiction you might have missed, or in some cases have forgotten. Lately I’ve been using it to revisit oddball sci-fi movies like Battle Beyond the Stars and still others like Brother From Another Planet remain lined up and waiting for me in my instant queue.
Netflix’s lineup is always growing and they’ve just announced they’ll be adding new sci-fi movies to their list of instant watch possibles. Here’s what they have coming and when you’ll be able to add it…
Groundhog Day | AVAILABLE NOW
I’m not sure if it’s science fiction or fantasy or what (the movie never explains what’s going on, and that’s a big part of its charm), but it involves Bill Murray repeating the same day over and over again until he finally gets it right. It’s a brilliant film and on a resume filled with great work I’m willing to go out on a limb here and say that Groundhog Day is the best thing Bill Murray has ever done.
Starship Troopers | AVAILABLE NOW
As an adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein’s classic novel of the same name, Paul Veerhoven’s 1997 movie is a failure. But as a stand-alone, over the top, half-satire, kind of ridiculous science fiction movie it’s an underrated bug-battling gem. If you missed it, make it a point to check out Johnny Rico and the Roughnecks all over again.
The Iron Giant | AVAILABLE NOW
It’s the directorial debut of Brad Bird, the genius mind behind The Incredibles, Ratatouille, and more recently Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. A giant alien robot lands on Earth, befriends a little boy, and then turns out to be programmed for something else. It’s one of the best animated movies of all time. It can’t be watched enough.
Transformers: Dark of the Moon | AVAILABLE 6/30
The third entry in Michael Bay’s action and style over substance robot franchise is a lot of fun, and not much else. It was probably better viewed on the big screen, but if you’ve got a high-def TV, a kickass television set, and really really good internet connection to ensure it’s streaming in the highest possible quality, then maybe you’ll want to watch a Leonard Nimoy voiced robot try to destroy the world. Whoops, spoilers.
Clockstoopers | AVAILABLE 7/1
The greatness of Michael Biehn stars along with French Stewart and Julia Sweeney in the story of a scientist who invents a mechanism that can speed up time. Directed by Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Jonathan Frakes in 2002 (the same year his Trek career ended with Nemesis), it’s a kids movie and, to be honest, not a particularly good one. But the special effects are decent (for a kids’ movie) if you’re a Biehn completist … well at least now it’s available for free.
The Fifth Element | AVAILABLE 7/1
Featuring killer special effects, a hilarious performance from Chris Tucker, and naked Milla Jovovich; this 1997 sci-fi action movie is a blast. Bruce Willis stars as a futuristic flying taxi cab driver embroiled in an end of the universe plot which sends him into space in defense of a girl who may be the key to everything.