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Streaming Roulette, Early March 2019

by Nathaniel R

As is our practice we've selected a couple handful of titles and frozen the films at utterly random moments without cheating (whatever comes up comes up) for this quick preview.  Do any of these screencaps make you wanna watch the movie? At the bottom of the page, check out full listings for Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and HBO for the first half of March. Okay, let's go...

Ohmygosh, he is dreaaammmmy.

The Notebook (2004) on Netflix
Wait James Marsden is the other man in this movie? (You may recall I told you I hadn't seen it when Kim was writing up its famous kiss last month. Somehow I didn't know that Rachel McAdams had to choose between Marsden and Gosling? Tough life, that girl leads.) Oh and did you hear that weird story about how Netflix changed the ending to The Notebook in the UK? I wouldn't have known the difference but bizarre. How is that even legal?

[eery music]

What Lies Beneath (2000) on Hulu
You guys... never look at a pristine empty bathtub while holding a ouija board...

I mean, next thing you know the bathtub is going to fill itself up the second you walk around the corner and there's going to be creepy messages written in steam on the mirror.  P.S. This is a great Michelle Pfeiffer star turn. She doesn't phone it in when she's doing genre, no matter how silly the premise or character (see also Ladyhawke, Batman Returns) but fully commits. 

You must be the new Emily. Nice to meet you.

Devil Wears Prada (2006) on HBO NOW
I love this movie endlessly but it's one of those great loves that you forget all its flaws unless you're actually watching it and there are a lot of deadspots. But Hathaway is SO GOOD in it and never gets any credit with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep both being such comic dynamos. Playing the straight woman is the thankless role in a comedy but she's great, too.

Isn't it nice to have visitors, mother?

Emma (1996) on Netflix
If the visitors are Toni Collette and Gwyneth Paltrow in delightful performances from their rising star years, why yes, yes it is indeed. I've never watched this back to back with Clueless but it might be amusing to do so.

This world is just an illusion.

Saving Mr Banks (2013) on Netflix
You guys, how are we going to get Emma Thompson another Oscar nomination? It's been 24 years! Remember how harsh 2013 was to two-time Oscar winners? Both Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips) and Emma looked like real possibilities in the lead categories until the names were read out and both were denied again!

Let's not get queer over a crackpot idea. What the hell does the kid no anyway?

Thunderbolt & Lightfoot (1974) on Netflix
Whoa. It's so weird for Netflix to have a movie older than, like, 25 years available. Jeff Bridges received his second Oscar nomination playing "Lightfoot" at just 25 years old at the time so that's unusual in two ways: Men almost never have two nods by that age (only Mickey Rooney and Sal Mineo managed it before Jeff Bridges -- unless you want to count James Dean's posthumous nods, but though he died at 24 his nominations could have come at 25 and 26 had he lived) and it was also the movies sole nomination which you know is fairly rare in the supporting categories. What's more it wasn't even a 'prestige' genre but a crime caper with Clint Eastwood.


What are the names on the list? [CROWD ERUPTS IN SHOUTING]

Heaven's Gate (1980) on Hulu
I guess it's a Michael Cimino week on streaming? Thunderbolt and Lightfoot was his debut and this was his third feature, a career destroying flop after his sophomore effort, The Deer Hunter, took 5 Oscars.  Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken and Isabelle Huppert star. It was nominated for 1 Oscar (Production Design) and 5 Razzies because the latter likes to kick you when you're down (sigh).

I'm not afraid of anything or anybody -- I never cried in my life.

So Young So Bad (1950) on Prime
Prime has a million "B" movies and exploitation titles from the 1970s but some of the earlier low budget titles are worth checking out. This one is about a reform school and a psychiatrist (Paul Henreid from Casablanca) trying to help the "bad" girls see a future for themselves.  It's notable for featuring the screen debuts of both Anne Jackson (pictured above, later a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy nominee) and EGOT champ/legend Rita Moreno (then credited as Rosita Moreno). 

Oh hi honey. Hey guess what? The divorce is final.

My Friend Dahmer (2017)
I know this is not the proper takeaway from an image from a movie about a notorious serial killer but I love Anne Heche so goddamn much. She acts with her whole body. Why are the auteurs not constantly knocking on her door?!

Also streaming on Hulu

March 1

Drifters: Complete Season 1
Into The Dark: Treehouse: Episode 6 Premiere
Rick Steves’ Europe: Complete Season 10
8 Heads in a Duffel Bag
Ace Ventura: Pet Detective 
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
Alex & Emma 
American Beauty 
An American Haunting 
Astro Boy 
Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction
Batman Begins 
Black Sheep 
Blast from the Past
Breakheart Pass 
Bruce Almighty 
The Chumscrubber 
The Cider House Rules 
The Crying Game 
The Dark Knight 
Death at a Funeral 
Deuces Wild 
Dirty Work 
The Dogs of War 
Double Jeopardy 
Easy Rider 
Edward Scissorhands 
Fire in the Sky 
The French Lieutenant’s Woman 
He Named Me Malala 
I, Dolours
The Ice Storm 
Inventing the Abbotts 
It’s Arbor Day, Charlie Brown 
Legally Blondes 
Lego Batman: DC Super Heroes Unite
Lego DC Comics Super Heroes: The Flash 
The Mighty Quinn 
Nacho Libre 
Not Another Teen Movie 
Office Space 
Open Season 
Open Season 2 
Open Season 3 
Open Season: Scared Silly 
Ouija House 
Ouija Séance: The Final Game 
Perfect Creature 
The Piano
The Pope of Greenwich Village 
Rambo III 
Reasonable Doubt 
Red Corner 
Red Dragon 
Regarding Henry 
Return of the Living Dead 3
Return of the Living Dead 4: Necropolis
Return of the Living Dead 5: Rave to the Grave 
River’s Edge
Shaolin Warrior 
Small Soldiers 
Summer Catch 
Tristan & Isolde 
Two Weeks Notice 
Vice (2015)
What a Girl Wants 
What’s the Worst That Could Happen? 
Yes Man 

March 4

American Idol: Season 2 Premiere
Cosmos: Possible Worlds: Series Premiere
Good Girls: Season 2 Premiere

March 5

A Frozen Christmas 3 
The Closet (“Le Placard”) 
Where Hands Touch 

March 6

MasterChef Junior: Season 7 Premiere
Mental Samurai: Series Premiere

March 7

Rock ‘n’ Roll High School 

March 8

A.P. Bio: Season 2 Premiere
For The People: Season 2 Premiere
Hang Ups: Complete Season 1
I Can Only Imagine (2018)

March 9

Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Complete Season 15

March 10

Black Clover: Complete Season 1
Middle Men 

March 11

The Party’s Just Beginning 

March 12


March 13

Free Solo

March 14


Also streaming on Netflix 

March 1

A Clockwork Orange
Apollo 13
Cricket Fever: Mumbai Indians
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Dead in a Week (Or Your Money Back)
Larva Island 
Layer Cake
Music and Lyrics
Northern Rescue 
Stuart Little
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind 
The Hurt Locker
Wet Hot American Summer
Winter’s Bone

March 3

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life

March 4


March 5

Disney’s Christopher Robin

March 6

Secret City

March 7

The Order

March 8

After Life
Blue Jasmine
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Hunter X Hunter
The Jane Austen Book Club
Lady J (FR)
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams
Walk. Ride. Rodeo.

March 12

Jimmy Carr: The Best Of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits
Terrace House: Opening New Doors

March 13

Triple Frontier 

Also Streaming on Prime

A Man Called Blade
A Sky Full of Stars for a Roof
A Woman Possessed
Amelia's 25th
American Beauty
Baba Yaga
Basic Instinct 2
Big Night
Black Cat
Black Sheep
Boston Legal (S1-5)

Chinese Hercules
City of the Living Dead
Death at a Funeral
Deep Red
Double Jeopardy
Dude, Where's My Dog?!
Enter the Invincible Hero
From Beneath
Karl Rove, I Love You
La clave
Let Sleeping Corpses Lie
Lone and Angry Man
Major Payne
Mary Loss of Soul 
Nacho Libre
P.O.E.: Project of Evil
The Practice (S1-9)
Prison Girls

Rambo III 
Ride Out for Revenge 
Still Waiting…
The American 
The Apple
The Bank Job 
The Chumscrubber 
The Crazies
The Dead and the Damned
The Four of the Apocalypse 
The Invincible Armour
The Mighty Quinn
The New York Ripper
Us and the Game Industry
Vice Squad
Woman Avenger
Fatal Flying Guillotine (1977)
You Did This to Me

March 8
I Can Only Imagine

March 10
Middle Men 

March 12

Also streaming on HBO NOW

March 1
50 First Dates, 2004
Angela’s Ashes, 1999
The Client, 1994
Courage Under Fire, 1996
Date Night (Extended Version), 2010
Deja Vu, 2006
The Devil Wears Prada, 2006
Despicable Me, 2010
Drugstore Cowboy, 1989
Entrapment, 1999
The Family Fang, 2016
Green Zone, 2010
The Grudge (Extended Version), 2004
Hellbound: Hellraiser II, 1988
Knock Knock, 2015
Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector, 2006
Love & Other Drugs, 2010
My Friend Dahmer, 2017 
Paper Heart, 2009

The Shop
Sinister 2, 2015

Stratton, 2018
Taps, 1981

Tarzan, 2014
The Wicker Man (Director’s Cut), 2006
The Wolfman, 2010
Twisted, 2004
Weekend at Bernie’s, 1989
Yogi Bear, 2010

March 2
Skyscraper, 2018

March 3
Leaving Neverland, Part 1

March 4
Leaving Neverland, Part 2

March 6
Grisse (Series Premiere)

March 9
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, 2018
Teen Titans Go To the Movies, 2018

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Reader Comments (16)

Thank you for consolidating these all into one place. It is really appreciated.

March 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterThank You

Agreed on Anne Hathaway in PRADA. She's glorious in it.

March 2, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterEricB

Prada has so many bad moments it's crazy. It's a good movie (Blunt best in show and I think Meryl supporting), but it's so soft, with contradictions and overdone arcs (her friends are all tools).

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMe

I was todays years old when I realized Pfieffer's What Lies Beneapfht was a massive hit in the cinemas, taking in $155 million domestically in 2000.

I love Pfeiffer in What Lies Beneath.

As Nathaniel mentioned, she elevates every single scene. Those eyes in the tub, what an actress!

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMarcelo - Brazil

non-internet -- people always forget that! It was Pfeiffer's last blockbuster unless you count ant-man and the wasp (which she's barely in).

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Agreed on Pfieffer she stops the movie from tipping into silliness,the therapy scenes are her best and i'd have inc in the 2000line up no question,nice Diana Scarwid supporting role too,you really believe they are friends..

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Diana Scarwid, Melinda Dillion, and Tuesday Weld should comeback together. I was lumping Barbara Harris with them for many a year.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterLil ShebaPolly

You've never seen the beautiful, schmalzty tearjerker "Notebook" ? Whats ur thoughts ... it is classIc already at least in my house for a rainy Sunday afternoon treat. I was so surprised when Gosling didn't get a nomination - not sure if he even was in the run ??? First time I saw him in a movie and he blew me sideways ... would have definitely swopped him for Johnny Depp's "Neverland" nod !! one of 3 nods the academy missed in my regard (Drive & Blue Valentine - don't get his LaLaLand nom though)

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMartin

Wait...where is what lies beneath?

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterenel89

streep was supporting. that is all.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterhy

enel89 -- on Hulu

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

Meryl was co-lead. That's all.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterSonja

I never get bored of "What Lies Beneath" a very classy suspense horror film with an all star cast. I highly recommend " Thunderbolt and Lightfoot" with a young and sexy Jeff Bridges who even looks hot in drag.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJaragon

"What Lies Beneath" is so much stylish fun. The entire audience Jumped en masse when Harrison Ford sees... something in the Bathroom.

March 3, 2019 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

Streep in Prada is like Colmam in The Fav. Borderline supporting MVP tt gets push to Lead after they steal the show!!

Hathaway n Stone r the true leads/protagonists in their respective movies.

Had Streep campaigned under Supp, she'd probably won?

March 4, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterClaran

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