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5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know are Available and May Want to Check Out (6/20/14)

by Tambay A. Obenson
June 20, 2014 1:33 PM
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Reiterating a suggestion I previously made... if you're a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn't have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.

But as usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films and TV shows we've talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out for yourselves.

Without further ado, here is this week's list of 5:

1 - Given how poorly the film performed at the box office, while it was in theaters last fall (it earned a dismal $2.2 million on a $30 million budget), I can only assume that a lot of you skipped it - some in favor of waiting for it to be available on home video platforms, like streaming on Netflix.

If you're one of those people, you're in luck because it's not available. 

Spike Lee's "Oldboy" adaptation (which many felt was doomed from the moment it was announced that it would be made, given the cult nature of the first film) stars Josh Brolin, along with Sharlto Copley, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson. Spike Lee directed from a script penned by Mark Protosevich, who also co-produced.

Now more of you can see for yourselves what Spike did with the source material, how he incorporated the usual Spike-isms, and put his own stamp on the beloved classic.

Those who've seen Park Chan-wook's original adaptation of the manga, will certainly recognize scenes in Spike's version, that were in Park's first film. To say anymore about plot would be to ruin the film for those unfamiliar with the original.

Watch for a glimpse at what to expect via the trailer below:

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  • RG | July 20, 2014 8:13 PMReply

    "You're in luck because it's not available." Hell of an impressive typo there.

  • Dave's Deluxe | June 20, 2014 6:09 PMReply

    From May 31, 2014

    Well, I finally watched it this afternoon on a borrowed Blu-Ray. I will agree with the above rating.

    THE GOOD: Fight scenes are nicely choreographed and convincingly brutal. Enjoyed Spike's take on the "Hallway fight", although there seemed to be a bit of forgivable digital enhancement. Cinematography excellent: over-saturated popping color, high contrast and film grain added gritty feel. Story stays mostly faithful to original source material (you know what I mean if you've seen it.)

    THE BAD: All acting feels contrived and unrehearsed, occasionally wooden and melodramatic, bordering on soapy across the board. Brolin's Big Reveal performance at the end feels particularly false. Direction seems unable to fully realize the dynamics of widescreen format.

    THE UGLY: Many moments of unintentional acting hilarity, like Brolin stuffing his face full of dumplings in the restaurant with a "Eureka!" look and the expression on (no spoiler)'s face when he's getting choked to death ("You called her a whore!").

    Not a lot of folks will see this "review"; if you find it (without me sending you a link) and you know me, tell me and I'll buy you a drink! Cheers all.

    WELP, back to work! These Fed-Ex packages won't deliver themselves.....

  • Dave's Deluxe | June 20, 2014 6:13 PM

    (The "above rating" was a C by Dan Simolke on Nov 28, 2013 right here on S&A.)

  • Vichus | June 20, 2014 5:29 PMReply

    If you REALLY want to watch Oldboy, watch the original film; Spike Lee didn't adapt the manga, and his version is silly anyway.

    If you REALLY want to watch some Spike Lee, just watch any other film he's done.

  • Mike | June 20, 2014 2:53 PMReply

    I have not watched any of them yet, but I plan on doing so. I am so excited to know that Luther is back!

  • Mo to tha | June 20, 2014 2:12 PMReply

    I actually watched this last week and if you like Basketball you'll love this. It was entertaining and a really good sports doc.

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