Netflix in August: The Aviator, Her, Silverado
Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 10:26AM
NATHANIEL R in Her, Hilary Swank, Jeff Goldblum, Kathy Bates, Netflix, Oscars (00s), ScarJo, Silverado, The Aviator, The Golden Compass, animated films, streaming

Time to play Streaming Roulette. Each month, to survey new streaming titles we freeze frame the films at random places with the scroll bar and whatever comes up first, that's what we share!

Remember when Netflix used to get recent movies and classics? Now they seem to be exclusively in the business of streaming things that are between 5-20 years old only... with the obvious exception of their original programming, cheap foreign tv series, and straight to streaming indie stuff that wasn't cut out for theatrical.


The Golden Compass (2007)
Have you ever read this book? It's fantastic and bold. The movie is sadly a compromised rendition but it's still a bit tragic that they didn't finish filming the trilogy. Nicole Kidman was a sensaysh "Mrs Coulter" at least. Whatever happened to Dakota Blue Richards? Remember what a surprise it was when this one beat the first Transformers movie to the Visual FX Oscar?!

Now, turn around for me. 

The Aviator (2004)
Momentarily I was all 'Oooh Im gonna watch this again.' But then I remembered that it was three hours long. I'll admit I dont remember it well, so it's a bit weird that I was rooting for it so hard in 2004 to win Best Picture. Then again that Oscar list was dire since Vera Drake and Eternal Sunshine and The Incredibles were all missing from their rightful places. 

-Mom, don't clean!
-I'll just organize the garbage.

P.S. I Love You (2007)
LOL. Kathy Bates is a treasure. I've never seen this movie. I remember at the time I was absolutely pissed off that Gina Gershon, Kathy Bates, and Lisa Kudrow were ALL playing second fiddle to Hilary Swank. 

If you ask me the only good person is a...

Bolt (2008)
UGH. I hate that cats are always portrayed as nefarious in some ways. I don't remember this movie well -- I think the dog was a showbiz dog that bought his own myth and didn't understand the real world (like Buzz Lightyear in dog form?) but it was up against Kung Fu Panda, which exceeded everyone's expectations, and WALL•E which is one of the true greats of the Aughts for the Oscar that year. This year basically marked the end of 3 nominees being the norm for Animated Feature. Only 3 nominees happened once more (2010) but before 2009, 5 nominees was a singular occurence.

-Why him?

Silverado (1985)
Oh Danny. You do not question why the presence of Jeff Goldblum. You just embrace the presence the Jeff Goldblum! Everyone knows that. This movie was up for two Oscars at the time (Sound & Score). I've never actually seen it but a ton of 80s stars therein (Glover, Kline, Goldblum, Arquette, Hunt, Glenn). And while we're looking at this image. Whatever happened to Lynn Whitfield? 

-You go first. What were you going to say?
-It's just... last night was amazing. 

Her (2013)
I was never as enamored of this as everyone else. But I miss back when everyone loved Scarlett Johansson and was beginning to get excited about her range. 2013 was such an incredible year for her. Don Jon and Her in theaters and Under the Skin hitting festivals... and she's superb in all three of them in very different ways. 

Also Streaming
Batman Begins

Chernobyl Diaries

Cocaine Coast
The Company Men

Dinotrux Supercharged: Season 3

Edge of Fear
An Education

Gran Torino

House of Deadly Secrets

I Am a Killer
The Informant!
Like Father
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Marching Orders
Million Dollar Baby

No Reservations
Orange is the New Black Season 6
Paid in Full

Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Shameless Season 8
Steel Magnolias
Los tiempos de Pablo Escobar: Season 1
A Very Secret Service Season 2
Welcome to the Family
The Worst Witch Season 2

Later in the Month
August 9th
The Originals: Season 5
August 10th
72 Dangerous Animals: Asia
All About the Washingtons
Demetri Martin: The Overthinker

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
La casa de las flores
Million Pound Menu
The Package
The Ponysitters Club
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 7
August 11th
No Country For Old Men
August 13th
Alexander: The Ultimate Cut
The Nut Job
Splash and Bubbles: Season 2
August 15th
Adventures in Public School
The 100: Season 5
August 16th
Evan Almighty
Wish I Was Here
August 17th
Magic for Humans
Pinky Malinky
Spirit Riding Free: Season 6
Stay Here
To All The Boys I've Loved Before

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