We’re losing some good movies from the Netflix stream this week, but we’re getting some great ones in return. It’s a net gain overall, and I call that a win.
Leaving the Stream
- ‘Contact’ (3/8): It takes a lot for me to recommend a movie with Matthew McConaughey, but ‘Contact‘ is a good, relatively respectable science fiction film. It’s not perfect, and I take great issue with the changes made from the Carl Sagan book, but it’s still worth watching. Just don’t expect the same skeptical and scientific mindset that you’d get from Sagan. (Read Blu-ray review.)
- ‘The Sandlot’ (3/7): There’s something special about ‘The Sandlot‘. It’s a feel-good flick that plays on our nostalgia for the summers of our youth, and it just plain works. It’s also a great movie to watch in anticipation for the snow finally melting and the sun staying out for more than a few hours a day.
- ‘G.I. Jane’ (3/8): I don’t love ‘G.I. Jane‘, but I know a lot of people who do, despite Demi Moore’s Razzie for Worst Actress. It’s a sort of in-between movie for Ridley Scott, who was still three years from ‘Gladiator‘ and ‘Black Hawk Down‘. But if you’re looking for something to keep you occupied for 125 minutes, this will do it. (Read Blu-ray review.)
Entering the Stream
- ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three’ (3/6): No, this isn’t that disappointing Tony Scott flick where John Travolta fails to even swear convincingly. This is the real deal, and stars Walter Matthau and the great Robert Shaw. ‘The Taking of Pelham One Two Three‘ is gritty, suspenseful, and it has a feel of realism that the remake just couldn’t get right. Do yourself a favor and check this one out when it enters the stream this Sunday.
- ‘Canadian Bacon’ (3/4): Whatever you may think of Michael Moore’s documentary films, ‘Canadian Bacon‘ is a really fun movie that’s essential for anyone who likes a little bit of Canada bashing mixed in with their satire. As a Michigan native living a half-hour away from the border, ‘Canadian Bacon’ has always been a favorite. It’s also the last John Candy film ever released, though ‘Wagons East’ was his final role.
- ‘8 Mile’ (3/4) : I’m really letting my Detroit flag (adorned of course with the gothic D) fly today, huh? So be it. ‘8 Mile‘ is a really underappreciated flick that shows off the city in a fairly accurate light. It’s gritty but optimistic – dark but still fun. It’s not subtle by any means, but it’s well worth watching.