The Netflix Stream: Week of May 4th, 2011

That’s some bad queue, Harry. This week, Netflix gets a few movies that are just plain hard to care about, and loses the single undisputed best movie ever made by man, or any other species for that matter. The ever-changing Netflix lineup is a problem, and I’m aware that Netflix is going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites it on the ass!

Leaving the Stream
  1. ‘Jaws’ (5/6): It doesn’t get better than this. For my money, there’s no film better than the 1975 classic ‘Jaws‘. It’s so much more than just a monster movie, though it clearly does have a monster. It’s an essential film that needs to be watched. If you’re not going to catch it on Netflix, you can safely pick it up on DVD, or on Blu-ray when that hits. It’ll be more expensive than just streaming it, but I value my ‘Jaws’ a lot more than $7.99 a month.
  2. ‘District 9’ (5/5): As if it wasn’t enough to rob us of ‘Jaws’, Netflix had to go and take ‘District 9‘ on the same week. Neill Blomkamp’s first feature is one of the best sci-fi films to hit theaters in the last decade. It stars Sharlto Copley, who is a bit of a breakout star in his own right. (Read Blu-ray review.)
Entering the Stream
  1. ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ (5/6): If you’re the kind of person who digs the type of romantic comedy that Julia Roberts stars in, then you’ll dig ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding‘, a romantic comedy starring Julia Roberts. It’s romantic, it’s a comedy, and it stars Julia Roberts. It also has Paul Giamatti, and he’s okay, right? Oh, there’s that song as well.
  2. ‘eXistenZ’ (5/6): A movie with a name this stupid shouldn’t be good, but based on both critical and user reviews, it seems to be very good indeed. ‘eXistenZ‘ is a David Cronenberg film starring Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm and Willem Dafoe that focuses on virtual reality, videogames and human psychology.


  1. well to be fair , it’s from the starz lineup so it was great that they have it cause without then i dont think it would of been on netflix for a long time cause of steven.

    also you mean your not happy that the nude bomb is on netflix streaming? 🙂

  2. Pedram

    While Jaws was a great movie, it’s sad that it fueled people’s unnecessary fear of sharks and contributed greatly to their demonization and huge numbers of them being killed (49 recorded deaths in the US by sharks in over 300 years, but 100 million sharks are killed by humans every year).

    • Dick Ward

      Pedram, it’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, “Huh? What?” You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.

      • Pedram

        Yeah exactly, it’s because people think that sharks are man-eaters due to movies like this (and others, but this is the most famous).
        Anyway, not trying to get too ethical/preachy. Just saying that sharks are probably not a big fan of Jaws. 😉

  3. Brian H

    Spoiler alert- eXistenZ is so bad that replacing the dialog with white noise would make it a more watchable and entertaining film.

    I do encourage you, Dick Ward, to watch it(at least as much as you can stand-I’m not a sadist).

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