Folks, I’ve got some bad news. The new year means the end of a lot of movies on Netflix, many of them among my favorites. Hopefully they all get picked up again, but we’ll be saying goodbye to some greats for now.
Harold and Maude (1/1/11)
Not only is ‘Harold and Maude‘ a great movie, it’s a great movie that’s tough to find anywhere but Netflix. It’s the very definition of dark comedy, and has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it. Read back to the One From the Vault feature for more.
We’re losing not only this movie, but ‘Being There‘ as well – another of director Hal Ashby’s best pictures.
Dudley Moore is brilliant in the comedy ‘Arthur‘, as is John Gielgud, who won an Oscar for his performance. In fact, Gielgud is one of few actors to boast an EGOT. ‘Arthur’ is a movie that’s laugh-out-loud funny, but doesn’t just stop at the jokes. It’s sweet, sad, touching, and a must-see for fans of comedy.
Little Shop of Horrors (1/1/11)
It’s so sad to see ‘Little Shop of Horrors‘ go. It’s a favorite and it’s one of those movies I put on in the background when I’m doing other things. Vacuuming, doing dishes, playing ‘WoW’, or just lounging about – ‘Little Shop’ can go on and keep me entertained. It’s a combo of some of the best comedians of the era along with some great songwriting. You just can’t go wrong.
A Streetcar Named Desire (1/1/11)
They can’t all be comedies. ‘A Streetcar Named Desire‘, based on the Tennessee Williams play of the same name, stars a young, buff Marlon Brando and the great Vivien Leigh. It’s a wonderful adaptation, and even 60 years after its release, ‘Streetcar’ works. That’s something rare to find in most films.
Three out of the four leads won Oscars. The only one who didn’t was Brando, but I’m of the opinion that losing to Bogart in ‘African Queen’ isn’t really losing at all.