Weinberg Selects Your Watch Now Weekend

With the weekend arriving and with so few offerings at the multiplexes, lots of movie freaks are turning to online options, and many agree that Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service is among the very best. So here are a few recommendations to those who need an escape from whatever juggernauts are landing in cinemas this weekend:

1. Basket Case (1982)
Frank Henelotter's cult classic horror flick deals with a lonely loser who arrives in a grungy part of New York City with a large basket under his arm. Inside said basket is his brother, Belial. Low-budget but highly creative, the original Basket Case is both creepy and oddly amusing -- and the sequels aren't half-bad, either.

2. The Name of the Rose (1986)
A certifiably weird but pretty cool period piece mystery that's based in a monastery and features Sean Connery and F. Murray Abraham ... and Christian Slater.

3. How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989) A pointed and very weird satire about an advertising executive who notices a strange ... something ... growing on his shoulder.

4. Stander (2003)
Thomas Jane stars in this unjustly overlooked fact-based thriller that focuses on a audaciously crooked South African cop.

5. From Paris With Love (2009)
Mindless but stylish action junk that's enlivened (a lot) by John Travolta's wonderfully over-baked performance.

6. Stark Raving Mad (2002)
A better-than-it-looks heist caper with Seann William Scott and Lou Diamond Phillips.

7. Escape from New York (1981)
Some of you haven't seen it yet. Now you can tackle it quickly and quietly. Enjoy!

8. Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)
A strange but oddly endearing comedy about life, death, suicide, and the weirdos you meet in dreams.

9. Dagon (2001)
Stuart Gordon has never topped the one-two punch of Re-Animator and From Beyond, but this one fits pretty well alongside that pair.

10. Dance of the Dead (2008)
A cool and confident mixture of legitimate zombie nastiness and good-natured teen-centric wit.
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