Leaving the Stream: Week of November 28th, 2010

It’s a good week to be a Netflix subscriber. Almost nothing of worth is heading off the service this week. But there are still a few shows and movies worth checking out, whether you’re looking for one of the most wholesome shows ever made or one of the most deviant movies I’ve ever seen.

Leave it to Beaver (12/5)

Saccharine sweet and wholesome to the point of ludicrous, ‘Leave it to Beaver‘ is a show beloved by those wanting to remember the image of a simpler time. It’s a classic, and has defined many of the classic sitcom stories we’re still seeing today. Unfortunately, streaming the show isn’t quite perfect, since certain episodes are disc only.

Ichi the Killer (12/8)

From the always moral ‘Leave it to Beaver’ to a movie that’s anything but – ‘Ichi the Killer‘ is the film that put the bizarre director Takashi Miike on my radar. (He’s also directed ‘Sukiyaki Western Django‘ and ‘Audition‘.) ‘Ichi’ is disturbing on many fronts. It features a sadomasochistic crime lord and a cowardly man named Ichi, who becomes a brutal killer when enraged. This movie isn’t for the faint of heart – or of stomach. You’ll find this on Netflix with subtitles, which is my preferred version.

Christine (12/6)

Say what you will about John Carpenter’s adaptation of the Stephen King book of the same name, ‘Christine‘ is the single best movie about a haunted 1958 Plymouth Fury ever. All right, so it’s not a great movie. It’s also not a great movie to stream, since you’re stuck with a 4:3 picture, despite the Netflix information stating a widescreen ratio.

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