Welcome to The Streaming Report for March 5, 2014, a weekly feature that suggests newly uploaded Netflix Instant movies and shows that may tickle your fancy. After the long week on the grind you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix has been kind enough to supply us with Roman Holiday, Can’t Hardly Wait, Capote, Night of the Living Dead, and more you’ll find after the break. We hope The Streaming Report will bring you hours of entertainment for your viewing pleasure.
Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese) A mentally unstable Vietnam war veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. Starring Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, and Cybill Shepherd
Two long years after his Oscar winning role in The Godfather: Part II, moviegoers were anxious to see what De Niro would come up with next. And after two long years the patience was well worth the wait. Oscar nominated for his role as the wild card Travis Bickle, De Niro solidified his place in Hollywood forever. This is a must see for any movie lover.
Rachel Getting Married (Jonathan Demme) A young woman who has been in and out from rehab for the past 10 years returns home for the weekend for her sister’s wedding. Starring Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, and Debra Winger
We’ll continue our streak of Oscar nominated actors after this weekend’s big event with Ann Hathaway. Her performance in Rachel Getting Married is well worth the nomination as she completely gives us a character we could never believe her talents capable of. It would be four years later when Hathaway would received her the Academy Award for Les Misérables, and Rachel was just a hint for better things to come.
Roman Holiday (William Wyler) A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome. Starring Stars: Gregory Peck, Audrey Hepburn, and Eddie Albert
All you have to say is the name Audrey Hepburn and you can understand why you must see Roman Holiday. Not only is this Hepburn’s breakout role, she was also awarded the Oscar for Best Actress. Her ability to completely make Princess Ann’s life a reality on film, her natural charisma, and chemistry with Gregory Peck is flawless. Roman Holiday is a fun little romantic comedy that is one of the best classic films you must see.
The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme) A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims. Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Lawrence A. Bonney
Continuing our string of Oscar worth films is the first and only horror movie to be honored the top prize by the Academy for Best Picture. The Silence of the Lambs not only took the Oscar for Best Picture, but Anthony Hopkins won for Best Actor, Jodie Foster for Best Actress, Ted Tally for Best Writing, and Jonathan Demme for Best Director. I’m not sure why you are still reading this, go watch this movie!
Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Stanley Kubrick) An insane general triggers a path to nuclear holocaust that a war room full of politicians and generals frantically try to stop. Starring Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Sterling Hayden
Nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Actor (Peter Sellers), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, and Best Picture, Dr. Strangelove is by far one of the most daring films to ever be recognized by the AMPAS. This very dark and hilarious comedy takes multiple viewings and patience, but the reward is becomes greater every time.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero) A group of people hide from bloodthirsty zombies in a farmhouse. Starring Duane Jones, Judith O’Dea, and Karl Hardman
The zombie craze didn’t happen over night. George A. Romero has been in the undead game for almost 50 years and he keeps on ticking; without Romero we wouldn’t have The Walking Dead. He’ll probably be the first man to become a zombie and who could blame him. Romero started his career off with a bang when Night of the Living Dead hit theaters in 1968. Romero single-handedly has given audiences one of the most iconic figures in all of pop culture and if you haven’t seen Night of the Living Dead, now is your chance to experience where it all began.
Can’t Hardly Wait (Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan) Multicharacter teenage comedy about high school graduates with different agenda of life on graduation night. Starring Jennifer Love Hewitt, Ethan Embry, Charlie Korsmo, Lauren Ambrose, Seth Green, Peter Facinelli, Donald Faison, and Jaime Pressly
No other romantic teen sex comedy could sum up a generation more than Can’t Hardly Wait. Sure most of the actors involved have had minimal careers sans Seth Green, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Peter Facinelli, but for 100 minutes nothing else matters. Can’t Hardly Wait is also one of the funniest teen comedies ever too; props must be given to writers Deborah Kaplan and Harry Elfont who co-wrote and co-directed this film. The utmost care and love was put into this script and characters that must never be overlooked.
Capote (Bennett Miller) In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel “In Cold Blood,” Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row. Starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Clifton Collins Jr., and Catherine Keener
Since the passing of the great Philip Seymour Hoffman, many have wandered aimlessly as they had just lost one of the greatest actors of our time. And now you can see why with his Oscar winning role as title character Truman Capote. Capote is a truly delicate and beautiful film that is chilling and of course wonderfully acted. A haunting tale that reinforces the gravity of the loss of Hoffman.
Not Another Teen Movie (Joel Gallen) A sendup of all the teen movies that have accumulated in the past two decades. Starring Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Chris Evans, Mia Kirshner, Eric Christian Olsen, Ron Lester, and Lacey Chabert
Before Chris Evans became Captain America he sprayed cool whip on his junk and stuffed a banana in-between his butt cheeks. And that is why Not Another Teen Movie is perhaps the best example of a modern parody movie we could have ever been given. It all went downhill from here and no one has ever match the level of comedy since.
And here’s a whole bunch of films that have also been added to Netflix Instant this month:
- Men in Black 2
- Midnight Express
- Look Who’s Talking
- Look Who’s Talking Too
- How to Lose Friends and Alienate People
- Girl, Interrupted
- Ghostbusters 2
- Fright Night (1985)
- The Fisher King
- Easy Rider
- Blood: The Last Vampire
- Dirty Dancing
- The Bad News Bears
- The Baby Sitters Club
- 28 Days
- Spy Kids 3: Game Over
- The Blair Witch Project
- Beethoven’s 2nd
- The Glass House
- The Hit List
- The Ice Storm
- Kicking and Screaming (1995)
- Wild Things
- Les Misérables (2000)
- The Long Goodbye
- Midnight Express
- My Boss’s Daughter
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 2
- Pokemon: Indigo League
- Pokemon: Black and White
- Quarantine 2: Terminal
- Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
- Starship Troopers: Invasion
- The Sweetest Thing
- Vertical Limit
- Steel Magnolias
- True Grit (1969)
- Vanilla Sky
- While You Were Sleeping
- Stuart Little
- Star Kid
- Riding in Cars with Boys
- Panic Room
What will you be watching this weekend? Look forward to more new titles from The Streaming Report every Thursday on TTRC.
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com