This is a pretty reasonable week for Netflix fans. Not too much is leaving, and we’re losing movies we can afford to get rid of with just a few exceptions. Also, a couple of good movies are finally streaming.
Leaving the Stream
- ‘Inglorious Bastards’ (3/30): Note the spelling – this isn’t the Tarantino version. This is the 1978 cult classic that has practically nothing to do with the new one. There are several versions of this film, including one titled ‘G.I. Bro’ that was recut to make Fred Williamson the main character. At the time of writing, Netflix is down, so I haven’t been able to find out which one it is.
- ‘Showgirls’ (3/26): A Josh Zyber favorite, ‘Showgirls’ has developed a huge cult following after it initially bombed. It’s one of those films that’s “so bad it’s good.” Thanks to its cult status, it has become one of MGM’s best selling movies. (Read Blu-ray review.)
Entering the Stream
- ‘Cheyenne Autumn’ (3/28): ‘Cheyenne Autumn’ is the last western directed by John Ford – a legend in the genre. It’s over two hours long, cost over four million dollars to make (back in 1964), and stars Richard Widmark, Caroll Baker, Ricardo Montalban and Jimmy Stewart.
- ‘Gangs of New York’ (3/29): This one has been on my pile of shame for a long time. I missed it in theaters and just haven’t gotten to it. Reviews are generally positive, and fans can’t speak highly enough of it. For me, ‘Gangs of New York’ is a must-see if for no other reason than its theme gangs. That’s one of my personal favorite movie tropes. (Read Blu-ray review.)