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5 Netflix Streaming Titles You May Not Know Are Available & May Want To Check Out (9/25/13)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 25, 2013 at 5:24PM

As usual... These aren't necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI - films 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.
Brother From Another Planet

5 - I've been a fan of John Sayles since Brother From Another Planet. I haven't loved every film, but I dig his unwavering indie spirit. He came from the same *school* as directors like Martin Scorcese and James Cameron - working early in their careers with Roger Corman.

Sayles penned a few screenplays for Corman in the late 1970s/early 1980s, and it's primarily through screenwriting Sayles has been able to survive - writing scripts (or sometimes rewriting) for higher-budgeted studios pictures, and using the money earned from those gigs to help fund his low-budget directorial efforts (like the above) - films that often tell stories centered around the *under-represented* and marginalized, from all walks of life.

Joe Morton starred in Brother From Another Planet, a film for which I've read several different interpretations of. The narrative in the low-key dramedy about the adventures of a black extraterrestrial - the ''Brother'' of the title - who comes to earth to escape slavery on Planet X, makes for wonderful fodder for dissection. It's a film that is still, quite frankly, transgressive, even today.

If you haven't seen it, and you're a Netflix customer with a streaming account, now you can.

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