12 YEARS A SLAVE and ANCHORMAN 2 Come To Netflix, And Many More
Hello all — I hope you had a fantastic week. Better yet, I hope you spent your entire weekend lounging around your home watching a ton of lovely films on Netflix. I sure did, and since it’s the start of a brand new month, the online rental juggernaut is adding a few big titles to their DVD releases this week, as well as a slew of classic films to their streaming service.
The last big Oscar nominee on the docket, 12 Years A Slave, is finally available for rent through Netflix’s DVD rental platform, as well as Will Ferrell’s over-the-top newsman spoof Anchorman 2, the massive sequel to the series’ first film Anchorman: The Legend Of Ron Burgundy. The big news, however, is the big titles available on the streaming platform. Let’s take a look:
12 YEARS A SLAVE
ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: 12 YEARS A SLAVE, ANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
Steve McQueen’s adaptation of Solomon Northrup’s memoir, 12 Years A Slave, is this year’s Academy Award winner for Best Picture, and one viewing of this heartwrenching story tells you why. With an amazing cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Lupita Nyong’o (in an Oscar-winning role) and Brad Pitt, the film takes you on a journey in the slavery-era U.S. south where a free black man is kidnapped and sold into slavery, working at the hands of a vicious plantation owner. It’s a stark, terrifying look at the horrors of slavery, and it lingers well after the final credits roll. A true masterpiece, but not for the faint of heart.
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues certainly lacks the charm of the series’ first outing, but it’s still big on the laughs. All of the same players are here – Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy, Steve Carell is back as the hapless Brick Tamland, David Koechner is there as Champ Kind, and Paul Rudd reprises his role as sex-crazed, mustache-clad Brian Fantana. This time, the gang takes on the advent of the 24-hour news cycle in New York City. Keep your eyes peeled for a slew of celebrity cameos, and enjoy the absurdity of it all. I certainly did.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
DEATH WISH 2
THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY
THE ENGLISH PATIENT
THE FIFTH ELEMENT
GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES
INVENTING THE ABBOTTS
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
LOOK WHO’S TALKING NOW
THE MAN WITH ONE RED SHOE
THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN
NIGHT OF THE COMET
ROCKY I, II, III, IV, V
THE RUNNING MAN
SCARY MOVIE 3
SEE NO EVIL, HEAR NO EVIL
SENSE AND SENSIBILITY
SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD
WILD THINGS 2
OUR RECOMMENDATIONS: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND, BARTON FINK
Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind remains one of the most remarkable entries in the legendary director’s iconic filmography, and still holds up well today. The film is almost 40 years old, but it is still one of the most stunning visual delights in cinema history. It satisfies the inner skeptic in all of us, the film follows Roy Neary, a utility worker who comes into contact with extraterrestrials. He soon finds himself obsessed with the phenomenon, and teams up with a woman whose son was taken by one of the alien ships. The stunning conclusion will blow you away. Watch this film.
Barton Fink is not regarded as one of the Coen Brothers more notable films, but it should be. The film follows a neurotic New York playwright who journeys to L.A. to break into motion pictures. He finds himself holed up in a hotel with a kind salesman, but finds his screenwriting endeavor dashed by a bizarre sequence of events. It features two dazzling performances from Coen regulars John Turturro and John Goodman – the latter proving once more why he is a legend in the motion picture industry. It’s an instant classic, and well worth the watch if you give it a chance.
That’s it for now! See you next week!