Leaving the Stream: Week of October 24, 2010

The end of a month always brings the end to a glut of great streaming content. Of course, that’s not to say that these flicks won’t be back soon. Oftentimes, they’re available again within a week of going away. I’m focusing on a few classics today. Don’t worry, horror fans, you’ll have a nice selection of Halloween films to look over later this week.

48 Hours (10/1)

The biggest problem with being a film fan is deciding what older movies to go back and watch. ‘48 Hours‘, for example, came out a few months after I was born, so I didn’t get a chance to see it in theaters.

I finally checked it out last year, and I’m so glad I did. It’s a buddy movie with Eddie Murphy, but don’t think it’s anything like ‘Beverly Hills Cop.’ ’48 Hours’ is dark, gritty and full of that old-school racism you just don’t see in movies anymore. It has some great performances by Murphy and Nick Nolte, and is totally worth watching.

The Godfather Trilogy (10/1)

I’m going to assume that you’ve seen ‘The Godfather‘. Even if gangsters and crime dramas don’t interest you (they’re not a favorite of mine), seeing this classic series is an essential part of being film literate.

If you’ve seen ‘Godfather’, then you’ve certainly also gotten around to ‘The Godfather, Part II‘, right? It’s the movie where we all fall in love with De Niro and Pacino. It’s also possibly the best sequel of all time. You really don’t get much better than this.

Of course, there’s a third movie in the series, too. ‘The Godfather, Part III‘ isn’t cinematic gold like the first two in the trilogy, but it’s not quite as bad as people say. Look, you’ve already gone through the first two, you may as well watch it, right? (Blu-ray Review)

Of Mice and Men (10/1)

I so rarely see this movie called out as great, but it really is. ‘Of Mice and Men’ is based on of the Steinbeck book of the same name, and it’s beautifully done. Gary Sinese stars in and directs this adaptation, which also features Sherilyn Fenn and John Malkovich. It’s really a must-watch in my book.


    • Got to have something to keep the godchildren entertained when they come over. Already lost Suite Life of Zack and Cody.

      I got almost 500 titles in my que now, many are TV shows and anime series with MANY episodes. I have enough content to last me years!

      • Dick Ward

        Alright,that’s fair. It’s the same reason I’ve got a few episodes of ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’lying around. At least it’s got music by They Might be Giants 🙂

        I can’t wait until my nephew is old enough to watch the same cartoons I do! At two and a half, he doesn’t really get ‘Adventure Time’ yet, but I bet I could sell him on ‘Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends’ if I really tried 🙂

        • My goddaughter is about to turn 16, but unfortunately, she still has this fascination with kid shows. I feel old around her, though. We were talking about the new American Idol judges, and she didn’t know who Jennifer Lopez was. She also thought that Paula Abdul was famous because she was a judge on Idol. Dope!

          I like more sci-fi action / adventure stuff. She gets spooked easily. She saw the opening scene of Constantine and ran and hid in the other room. She had her head in my armpit through Journey to the Center of the Earth. We have to settle for movies like Mamma Mia and How to Train Your Dragon if we want to watch something together. 🙁 And several of the movies she wants to watch, I have never even heard of – mostly teen movies. I am trying to introduce her to romantic comedies – she liked Definately Maybe, but she is still a bit young for that genera. Ugh! The in-between years!

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