Leaving the Stream: Week of August 8th, 2010

The biggest downside to streaming movies on Netflix is the limited selection of films. That, and the lineup is constantly changing. As quickly as movies are added, other movies are removed. Here’s a look at the best of what’s dropping off this week, so that you’ll have a chance to watch them before they’re gone.

The Good Son (August 11)

How I got through life without ever seeing this flick is beyond me. The folks in charge of writing summaries for movies on Netflix spent 74 words describing the plot. I can explain why you should watch the movie in just four: “Macaulay Culkin kills people.” This isn’t some grown up Culkin either. He was 12 when the movie was made. Is ‘The Good Son‘ a great movie? No. But that doesn’t mean it’s not worth watching.

Romeo + Juliet (August 11)

Baz Lurhman took a long time to break through my barriers. Maybe that’s because – like everyone worth knowing – I embraced the counter culture and rebelled against anything cool in high school. Then again, it could just be the really strange presentation of this version of ‘Romeo + Juliet‘. Either way, I’ve come around to really enjoying this version of the story. If nothing else, watch it for Quindon Tarver’s awesome solo rendition of ‘Everybody’s Free‘ by Rozalla, which you’ll also recognize as the intro to the ‘Venture Bros’ episode ‘Powerless in the Face of Death.’

Pan’s Labyrinth (August 14)

It’s hard to get much better than Guillermo del Toro in my book. Even if his track record is spotty in terms of quality, no matter what, his movies are always interesting. ‘Pan’s Labyrinth‘ isn’t his best flick – that would be ‘The Devil’s Backbone‘ – but it’s one hell of a movie. It’s also one of those films that leaves the meaning open to interpretation instead of just flat out telling you. As clichéd as it sounds, ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ will make you think. (See Blu-ray review.)

1 comment

  1. I use Netflix streaming mainly to watch old television shows. Its actually quite good for that. South Park, Dick Van Dyke, Legend of the Seeker, Doctor Who, Farscape, Quantum Leap, Sliders. Yeah, I don’t want to waste a disc rental on those. However, they are great when you just want to watch something real quick – especially the 30 minute shows. As most were made for SD tv, you do not loose any quality in the streaming Netflix (even Legend of the Seeker, in Streaming HD, looks great, although I wish I had something better than stereo, 128kbps sound).

    I just wish they would add more shows. I am seriously considering Hulu plus if they have a better selection than Netflix.

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