The Netflix Stream: Week of March 13th, 2011

This is one of those wonderful weeks where very little is moving around on Netflix. We lose a few and we gain a few, but nothing that really stands out on either side of things. That’s good news, especially considering the big shakeup in store at the end of the month.

Leaving the Stream
  1. ‘James and the Giant Peach’ (3/21): While I’ll admit to being a bit disappointed in this film when it hit theaters back in 1997, ‘James and the Giant Peach‘ is still worth checking out. It’s a classic Roald Dahl story that’s just as weird as the author’s name. While it’s not nearly as memorable as a film like ‘Willy Wonka’, ‘James and the Giant Peach’ is still a great way to get the experience of Dahl’s writing without having to resort to reading a book. (Read Blu-ray review.)
  2. ‘St. Elmo’s Fire’ (3/21): Considering how much I’ve been loving Rob Lowe on ‘Parks and Recreation’, it’s hard to imagine that he earned a Razzie back in 1985 for ‘St. Elmo’s Fire‘. It’s one of those movies that’s just so packed with stars that you have to see it. Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Demi Moore and Rob Lowe in one movie? Even if it’s crappy – and reviews for this one are mixed – it just demands attention. (Read Blu-ray review.)
Entering the Stream
  1. ‘Oceans’ (3/19): Disney has been rocking out the nature documentaries recently, and ‘Oceans‘ is another excellent addition. It’s a nature documentary that should please any fan of aquatic life with its in-depth exploration of the topic and its stunning visuals. That last bit might make ‘Oceans’ a better pickup on Blu-ray, though. As much as I love Netflix, even I have to admit that the HD quality is lacking. (Read Blu-ray review.)
  2. ‘From Paris With Love’ (3/18): Luc Besson has been greatly disappointing for a few years now. In this 2010 release, the man who wrote ‘Leon’, ‘The Fifth Element’ and ‘Unleashed’ is back with a flick starring John Travolta. Is ‘From Paris With Love‘ a good movie? Not by any stretch of the imagination. But it is a somewhat recent film that’s now available for streaming, and that makes it worth mentioning. (Read Blu-ray review.)


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