It’s either a Christmas present from Netflix or simply a coincidence, but we’re not losing too much in the way of streaming movies and shows this week. We are, sadly, losing one big one.
Iron Man (12/27)
You may have heard of this one. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as the titular ‘Iron Man‘, as well as Jeff Bridges, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Terrence Howard. It’s absolutely stellar until the goofy end fight, and well worth seeing, even if you’re not a comic book fan. (Read Blu-ray review.)
No, this isn’t the Fritz Lang movie. This ‘Metropolis‘ is, as Wikipedia puts it, “loosely based on the 1949 Metropolis manga created by the late Osamu Tezuka, itself a loose adaptation of the famous silent German film of the same name.” If you’re a fan of anime and science fiction, you’ve probably already had a chance to check out ‘Metropoolis’. If not, you’ve got until Christmas.
Blue Thunder (12/26)
I’d never heard of ‘Blue Thunder‘ before, and reviews seem mixed. It’s not remarkable except for winning a 1984 Oscar for editing. But it has Roy Scheider and Malcom McDowell, and that’s enough for me. I’ll watch anything with McDowell, just to hear that strangely captivating voice. Also there’s a helicopter, so that’s cool. (Read Blu-ray review.)