Stream Them If You’ve Got Them: Your Guide To Netflix And Streaming, Mar 6, 2014

Top Netflix Streamer of the Week
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Here’s a film that’s excellent with a beret, while sipping coffee, or even for getting blazed in your winnie. Especially now! For a couple decades there the Cold War was pretty passé but now things are getting full of frisk again, so it’s probably time to ponder the ol’ threat o’ nuclear annihilation. Even if that makes you scoff (you scoffer!) then at least you’ll enjoy the idea of a slightly more subtle live-action Team America: World Police. The story here was that director Stanley Kubrick had everyone do a zany over-the-top take before the “real” acting commenced … and then he used that version instead, infuriating the actors who didn’t know what he was going for. This is one of the more subversive (and damning) pieces of commercially viable art ever made, there’s a reason it’s one of the 11 films from pre-1970s era in the IMDB top 50. Even the kids like it! Anyway, maybe have a party and stream it all over again, like it was the first time.

Streamability: Absotively.

Old but New to Streaming Netflix Movies for the Recently Born
Silence of the Lambs

I sort of feel like Silence of the Lambs started the epoch of movies that we’re still in. I mean, we were cheering for the serial killer to help solve the serial killer mystery! And then he got a sequel, and a show, and bunch of lunch box crossover marketing dollars. See what I’m saying here? Plus, not for nothing, but the below “Buffalo Bill” scene is a fine example of a moment that’s deeply creepy and yet potentially hilarious. RESPECT.

Streamability: Yeah, sure, of course, why not?

Physically New Media for Netflix, Streaming Elsewhere
About Time

I loved this one, almost as much as Love, Actually (same writer/director), but I’d estimate only around four people saw it. And why is that? It’s got Margot Robbie, whom you may have memorized from Wolf of Wall Street. It’s a sci-fi rom-com. That’s a lot of hyphens, but this film more than justifies them. Perhaps About Time is a little melancholy, but I still think it’s date night material. Then again, I never go on dates. But still.

Streamability: If I’m you, I’m watching it.

Physically New Media for Netflix
Dallas Buyers Club

Were you aware this made $31 million in theaters? Which means, at about $8 bucks a seat, that’s less than four million folks, out of seven billion, who managed to see the film. And yet, double Academy Awards in the acting categories! So that means the stampede toward viewing must start, yes? Why, it’s almost as if The Academy Awards are now in the business of making sure you watch things on home video, and not in the business of promoting things you’ve already heard of. I know, I know, perhaps I’m the crazy guy rambling at the bus stop, but don’t let that get in the way of Dallas Buyers Club, a pretty solid film even apart from the politics of The Academy.