Austin Stoker in John Carpenter's "Assault On Precinct 13" (1976)
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.
The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this series, let me know!
But as usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations (except for where specified). 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 - Assault On Precinct 13 - the original John Carpenter-directed version, released in 1976, not the 2005 remake which co-starred Laurence Fishburne.
A taut thriller made for just $100,000 in 1976 money, which, even when adjust for inflation to reflect 2013 dollars, still only comes to about $400,000. Compare that to the inferior (although decent) 2005 remake, which cost $20 Million!
One big difference between the original and the remake is that, the race of the two main characters (the police officer and the prisoner) are switched in both films; specifically, in the 1976 original, the film's hero, a virtuous police officer, is played very well by Austin Stoker, a black American man, whereas in the remake, the same role is assumed by Ethan Hawke; and the prisoner, played by Darwin Joston in the original, is white, but is taken over by Laurence Fishburne in the remake.
If you haven't seen the 1976 original, I recommend it - especially if you're a filmmaker. I think you'll recognize a few items from my list of things that writers/filmmakers should consider when working on low-budgeted projects. Also, it was a rarity at the time to see African American actors in heroic starring roles in an action films, outside of the blaxploitation genre.
Stoker did co-star in several blaxploitation films, by the way.
Here's the trailer for the original Precinct 13