The Netflix Stream: Week of June 5th, 2011

It’s another rough week for Netflix lovers. We lose some excellent flicks and we don’t get a lot back. There’s still time to watch all the fine movies we lose, though. So make sure you read up and start expanding your queue.

Leaving the Stream
  1. ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead’ (6/15): I haven’t seen ‘Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead‘, but I’ll be checking it out before it leaves the stream. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei? You had me at PSH. If that’s not enough, this is the last film made by Sidney Lumet, the man behind ’12 Angry Men’, ‘Dog Day Afternoon’ and ‘Network’. (Read Blu-ray review.)
  2. ‘All That Jazz’ (6/15):All That Jazz‘ is a semi-autobiographical tale of the life of Bob Fosse, the famed dancer, choreographer and director. It’s a multiple Academy Award winner and it stars the great Roy Scheider, who was nominated in the Best Actor category.
  3. ‘Friday’ (6/15): This one isn’t Oscar winner, nor is it a landmark film. What it is, though, is funny as hell. ‘Friday‘ is an absolutely hilarious movie and a definite highlight along the spotty careers of both Ice Cube and Chris Tucker. If you’re a comedy fan at all, this is a must watch flick.
Entering the Stream
  1. ‘Meet Bill’ (6/15): There’s no one out there calling ‘Meet Bill’ a great film. Mixed reviews put it somewhere in the average-to-bad range. It may be a rom-com with the just barely tolerable Jessica Alba, but it does star Aaron Eckhart, and that counts for a lot in my book.
  2. ‘Black Death’ (6/9):Black Death‘ is a surprisingly well received movie despite the description. Critics and fans alike have praised the period horror/thriller for being a solid, if not remarkable, addition to the genre. It stars Sean Bean and more than a few new faces.


  1. Ryan

    Before the Devil knows You’re Dead is a very good film…but kind of depressing too. Along the same lines as The House of Sand and Fog

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