All The Stuff Disappearing From Netflix In May (Including ‘Clerks’)

Netflix is preparing to rid itself of some films and TV shows in May, but really, you have nothing to worry about. There are scant classics or contemporary gems vacating the streaming service save the the three highlighted here. Seriously, Netflix is only getting rid of a few awesome films (you should probably catch Election, too, because it’s hilarious) this coming May, so you should be excited about that. Like, jump. Jump for excitement. I’ll wait… that was pathetic.

Anyway, here’s what you should be watching this May on Netflix before it’s gone…

The Animatrix (5/1)

If you were displeased with the efforts of the second and third Matrix films and their inability to effectively expand the cinematic universe crated by the Wachowskis, then you should really give The Animatrix a shot. The eight short, animated films in this anthology detail some deeper corners of the Matrix universe with segments directed by animation luminaries like Peter Chung (Aeon Flux), Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Ninja Scroll), and Andrew R. Jones (Avatar).

Blade Runner: Theatrical Cut (5/16)

There are two types people in life: those who like Blade Runner without the voice-overs (The Director’s Cut and The Final Cut), and people who are wrong. For the people who are wrong, and no offense to them (honestly), this is the version of Blade Runner that you enjoy — the 13 voiceover segemtns are here along with the “happy ending.” Whichever way you like your Blade Runner, it still contains a fine performance from Harrison Ford, and this should tide you over until we get Denis Villeneuve’s sequel in a couple of years.

Clerks (5/31)

Kevin Smith recently stated on the Fatman on Batman podcast that his upcoming episode of The Flash is his favorite thing he’s directed. That’s fine, but if there were a top Kevin Smith film in the heart and minds of fanboys, it’d likely be this black-and-white debut effort. What makes Clerks such a rich experience is the fact that it paints itself into a corner (store), and has to write its way out through 90-minutes of screen time using crude humor, slyness, and deft characterizations. It remains one of Smith’s best films, even more than 20 years later.

Here’s a full list of the titles leaving Netflix in May…

Leaving 5/1/16

Anna Karenina (1948)
Author! Author! (1982)
Beware of Mr. Baker (2012)
Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
Broadway Idiot (2013)
Bus Stop (1956)
Election (1999)
The Good Life (2012)
Holiday Engagement (2011)
Kiss of Death (1995)
Mad Hot Ballroom (2005)
Mona Lisa Is Missing (2012)
Ralphie May: Austin-tatious (2008)
Terms And Conditions May Apply (2013)
That’s What I Am (2011)
Thérèse (2012)
Truth or Die (2012)
Young & Handsome: An Evening with Jeff Garlin (2008)
Leaving 5/2/16

Slightly Single in L.A. (2012)

Leaving 5/3/16

JFK: The Smoking Gun (2013)

Leaving 5/4/16

Stealing Harvard (2002)

Leaving 5/6/16

Finding Normal (2013)

Leaving 5/7/16

JFK: A President Betrayed (2013)

Leaving 5/9/16

Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (2012)
Cracks (2009)
Tears of the Sun (2003)

Leaving 5/10/16

The Score (2001)

Leaving 5/12/16

The Ladykillers (2004)

Leaving 5/13/16

Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy? (2013)

Leaving 5/14/16

The Master of Disguise (2002)
Offender (2012)

Leaving 5/15/16

A Pope For Everyone (2013)
Bratz: BFF: Best Friends Forever (2007)
In Her Skin (2009)
Inhale (2010)
The Quest: Season 1 (2014)
Search for the Great Sharks: IMAX (1995)
Tiger Eyes (2012)

Leaving 5/16/16

The Last Tycoon (2012)

Leaving 5/19/16

Peep World (2010)

Leaving 5/21/16

Struck by Lightning (2012)

Leaving 5/22/16

Ida (2013)
Stand Off (2012)

Leaving 5/23/16

Black Hawk Down (2001)

Leaving 5/27/16

Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Run & Jump (2013)
Vanishing of the Bees (2009)

Leaving 5/28/16

Barfi! (2012)

Leaving 5/29/16

These Birds Walk (2013)