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Streaming Roulette, July: Reese doesn't live under the silver lake anymore

As is our practice we've selected 8-10 titles and frozen the films at utterly random moments without cheating (whatever comes up comes up!). It's our way of previewing new titles streaming in the first half of JULY 2019. (★ means we recommend catching them.) Please do let us know if you're dying to discuss any of the films and maybe we'll write about them.  

Ready? Let's go...

Why did I get stuck with the janky old broke hobo Spider-Man? 

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) on Netflix ★
Watched this again on a whim with a friend who was curious because it won the Oscar. He's not into animated movies or superhero movies and he totally enjoyed it. Thus are its many inventive delights. It really holds up to viewing number two. Jam-packed with details you can easily miss on the first round.

[no dialogue]

Man in the Moon (1991) on Hulu ★
Reese Witherspoon's debut at 15! She wasn't quite an instant movie star, this being a tiny coming-of-age film but had people seen it at the time they would have loved it. Critics definitely did. Young me did, too on Siskel & Ebert's recommendation. I liked her so much in it that I went to her next movie, the Disney film A Far Off Place (1993) just because of her though that didn't prove to be half as satisfying.  This is a a great screen debut so if you've never seen it, here's your chance.


We're gonna have a full house for Chrismas again.

Diane (2018/2019) on Hulu ★
Bless writer/director Kent Jones for giving so many mature women good roles in a movie for a change. Mary Kay Place leads as the titular character but there are also supporting roles for Phyllis Sommerville, Glynnis O'Connor, Andrea Martin, and Estelle Parsons. Seeing all their faces in one movie would have justified the ticket price even if the movie weren't as good as it is. The cast also includes Jake Lacy (as Diane's wayward son) and Celia Keenan-Bolger (who just won the Featured Actress Tony last month!) 


-You live some kind of life, Dalton

-Too ugly for you.

Road House (1989) on Netflix
A beloved 'bad movie we love'... can you believe I've never seen it?

Chicken, I want you to meet Alice.

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974) on Netflix ★
Best Actress winner Ellen Burstyn in Martin Scorsese's only true "women's picture". Netflix has three early Scorsese's at the moment (see also Taxi Driver and Who's That Knocking At My Door). Perhaps they're trying to keep in his favor since they're working with him but don't usually offer up pre '90s classics.


Crazy makes for good sex. You remember that.

Under the Silver Lake (2018/2019) on Amazon Prime
It's a pity that this bizarre and sometimes offensive noir is such a mess because David Robert Mitchell (of It Follows fame) is so obviously talented and the movie has plenty of memorable moments. But the running time (140 minutes!) and the sheer indulgence and lack of discipline obscure its better qualities. Also Andrew Garfield is quite good as the rather loathsome lead. It's also grossly violent so you have been warned. (The owl woman scared the bejeezus out of me!) 

[Reading] 'Sex is a commitment. Once you're there you can't go back to holding hands.'

20th Century Women (2016) on Netflix  ★
Our gold medalist Best Picture for 2016 and we hope you've read Michael's beautiful piece on this movie in his column "The New Classics". This movie received no acting nominations at the Oscars but fully deserved three of them: Annette Bening, Greta Gerwig, and Elle Fanning. 


What else ya got?

Robin Hood (2018) on HBOGo
Taron Egerton's nipples and Taron Egerton's tongue are both getting sassy in this "training" sequence (he's just hit a bullseye without even looking at the target). We've heard this is terrible and we believe it based solely on the promotional material. Please let us know if those reports are true/untrue should you have seen it. Taron Egerton (and all his parts) recovered quickly with Rocketman though.


- Out of curiousity, if we still had the drive what would have happened?

- Hypothetically? 

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018) on Prime and Hulu 
Was all eager to watch this until the reviews were... not good. Did any of you catch this comedy in theaters? Perhaps the hilarious Paul Feig/Melissa McCarthy comedy Spy (2015) was way too tough an act to follow?




  • The Accountant of Auschwitz
  • The American
  • Answer From Heaven
  • Astro Boy
  • The Book of Eli
  • The Brothers Grimm
  • Caddyshack
  • Caddyshack 2
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
  • Cheech & Chong's Up in Smoke
  • The Chosen One
  • Cloverfield
  • Dope SEASON 3
  • Frozen River
  • The Golem
  • The Hangover
  • Inkheart
  • Instant Hotel SEASON 2
  • Katherine Ryan: Glitter Room (Comedy Special)
  • Kill the Irishman
  • Lady in the Water
  • Little Monsters
  • Madam Secretary SEASON 5
  • Mean Dreams
  • Mean Streets
  • Megamind
  • Motown Magic SEASON 2
  • Nights in Rodanthe
  • Paqita Sals SEASON 3
  • Paul Blart: Mall Cop
  • Philadelphia
  • The Pink Panther
  • The Pink Panther 2
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • Rain Man
  • Road House
  • Room on the Broom
  • Scare Tactics SEASONS 4 and 5
  • Scream 3
  • Starsky & Hutch
  • Swiped
  • Swordfish
  • Taxi Driver ★
  • War Against Women
  • Who's That Knocking At My Door?
  • The Zookeeper 

July 2nd

  • Bangkok Love Stories; Objects of Affection
  • Bangkok Love Stories: Plead
  • Good Witch SEASON 4

July 3rd

  • The Last Czars
  • Yummy Mummies SEASON 2

July 4th

  • Kakegurui SEASON 2
  • Stranger Things SEASON 3

July 5th

  • In the Dark SEASON 1

July 6th

  • Free Rein SEASON 3
  • The Iron Lady
  • Sicilian Ghost Story

July 9th

  • Kinky
  • Mary Poppins Returns

July 10th

  • Family Reunion
  • Grand Designs SEASON 10 and SEASON 15
  • Parchis: El Documental

July 11th

  • Cities of Last Things

July 12th

  • 3Below: Tales of Arcadia: Part 2
  • 4 Latas
  • Blown Away
  • Bonus Family SEASON 3
  • Extreme Engagement
  • Kidnapping Stella
  • Luis Miguel The Series SEASON 1
  • Point Blank
  • Smart People
  • Taco Chronicles
  • True Tunes: Songs

July 13th

  • Sorry Angel ★

July 16th

  • The Break-Up
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Frankenstein's Monster's Mothers, Frankenstein
  • Wynonna Earp SEASON 3



  • Forged in Fire (Season 5)
  • Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (Season 2)
  • Grace vs. Abrams (Season 1)
  • Hoarders (Season 6)
  • Killer in Plain Sight (Season 1)
  • Married at First Sight (Season 7)
  • Mountain Men (Season 2)
  • Nightwatch Nation (Season 1)
  • Project Runway (Season 12)
  • The Universe (Seasons 4-6)
  • Veronica Mars (Seasons 1-3)
  • What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage (Series Premiere)
  • 88 Minutes
  • A Little Princess
  • A Year Ago in Winter
  • Accomplices
  • Airplane! ★
  • Airplanes II: The Sequel
  • American Gun
  • An American Werewolf in London
  • The Amityville Horror
  • Antiviral
  • The Appeared
  • Apres Lui
  • Arbitrage
  • Are We Done Yet?
  • Are We There Yet?
  • Astro Boy
  • Bad Lieutenant
  • Bad Santa
  • The Benchwarmers
  • Beyond the Gates (of Hell)
  • Big Fish
  • Brotherhood of Justice
  • Bull Durham ★
  • Bunny and the Bull
  • The Chateau
  • The Childhood of a Leader
  • Child’s Play
  • Coffin Rock
  • Con Air
  • Cooties
  • CSA: Confederate States of America
  • Curse of the Zodiac
  • Dans Paris
  • Death Bell
  • Desperately Seeking Susan ★
  • Diane ★
  • Dirty Rotten Scoundrels ★
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Endless Love
  • Errors of the Human Body
  • Evolution
  • Fainheart
  • Fighter
  • The First Wives Club ★
  • Gangster No. 1
  • The Girl Under the Waves
  • Good Luck Chuck
  • Good Time Max
  • Hard Candy
  • Hellions
  • Hero (2002) ★
  • Home of the Brave
  • Honey 2
  • The Housemaid (2011) ★ They also have a 2016 erotic thriller by the same name. Not sure if it's a remake or which one is the "new" title to streaming. But the 2011 South Korean movie is fab! Watch it. 
  • The Human Stain
  • I Remember You
  • The Imperialists are Still Alive
  • Into The Blue
  • Into The Blue 2: The Reef
  • Johnny Mad Dog
  • Killing them Safely
  • King Kong
  • The Last Days
  • Leaving
  • Letters to Juliet
  • Man About Town
  • Manglehorn
  • Married to the Mob ★
  • Minority Report
  • Mission: Impossible III
  • My Best Friend’s Girl
  • Myth of the American Sleepover
  • No One Knows About Persian Cats
  • Open Water
  • Open Water 2: Adrift
  • Operation Condor
  • Operation Condor II: The Armour of the Gods
  • The Overbrook Brothers
  • Paper Covers Rock
  • Paranoid Park
  • The Panic in Needle Park
  • The Polar Express
  • The Princess of Montpensier
  • Primal
  • Prime
  • Proof
  • Pumpkin
  • Puzzle
  • The Quiet American
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Rain
  • Reservoir Dogs ★
  • Revenge of the Nerds
  • Rocky
  • Rocky II
  • Rocky III
  • Rocky IV
  • Rocky V
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Rules of Engagement
  • Running Scared
  • Sangre de mi Sangre
  • Shanghai Surprise
  • Sleepy Hollow
  • Sling Blade
  • Someone Else
  • Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary
  • Spaceballs
  • Species
  • Species II
  • Species III
  • Species: The Awakening
  • Stalked By My Patients
  • Stigmata
  • Stung
  • Superbad
  • Swimfan
  • Swingers
  • The Silence of the Lambs ★
  • The Sum of all Fears
  • Terror in the Woods
  • The Time that Remains
  • The Uninvited
  • The Wraith
  • Thomas in Love
  • Traitor
  • True Grit
  • Turtles Can Fly
  • Unmade Beds
  • Uptown Girls
  • Vampires
  • Vincere
  • Walk Away Renee
  • We Are What We Are
  • White Night Wedding
  • With a Friend like Harry ★
  • Women of Brewster Place


July 2nd

  • The Last Word

July 3rd

  • Phoenix

July 4th

  • Into the Dark: Culture Shock
  • The Brink
  • Woman at War

July 5th

  • Amazing World of Gumball (SEASON 6)
  • It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 13)
  • The Venture Bros (Season 7)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous

July 7th

  • The Real Housewives of Orange County (Season 13)

July 10th

  • Bring The Funny (SERIES PREMIERE)
  • Harlots (SEASON 3 PREMIERE) ★
  • Witness Protection

July 12th 

  • Hollywood Game Night (SEASON 6 PREMIERE)
  • Gone Baby Gone

July 13th

  • Clique (Season 2)

July 15th

  • 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days (Season 2)
  • Beachfront Bargain Hunt (Seasons 17-18)
  • Caribbean Life (Seasons 6-7)
  • Chopped (Seasons 30-31)
  • Cold Valley (Season 1)
  • Deadly Women (Seasons 11-12)
  • Food Paradise (Season 11)
  • Homicide Hunter (Season 8)
  • How The Universe Works (Seasons 3-6)
  • Kids BBQ Championship (Season 2)
  • Killer Unknown (Season 1)
  • Love It or List It (Seasons 12-13)
  • Mythbusters (Season 20)
  • Mythbusters Jr (Season 1)
  • NASA’s Unexplained Files (Seasons 1-5)
  • Say Yes to the Dress (Seasons 15-16)
  • Secret Space Escapes (Season 1)
  • Shark Week 2017 (Season 1)
  • The 1990’s: The Deadliest Decade (Season 1)
  • The Golden State Killer: It’s Not Over (Season 1)
  • Your Worst Nightmare (Seasons 4-5)



We've found from months of doing this that the Amazon Prime listings provided are the least accurate in terms of what's actually available for free with a membership so take some of the titles with a grain of salt. 

  • 14 Women
  • 28th Day: The Wrath of Steph
  • A Texas Funeral
  • Abolition
  • AIR: The Musical 
  • Airplane II: The Sequel 
  • Airplane!  ★
  • All American Zombie Drugs 
  • An American Werewolf in London 
  • Apocalypse Kiss 
  • Appetite 
  • Arbitrage 
  • Attack of the Herbals 
  • Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery 
  • The Bad Lieutenant- Port of Call New Orleans ★
  • Ball in the House 
  • Bank Roll 
  • Bartleby 
  • Battle of the Bone 
  • Big Money Hustlas
  • Bigfoot Wars 
  • Blind Heat 
  • Blood Moon Rising 
  • Blood of the Samurai 
  • Blood Reaper 
  • Blow 
  • Blue Dream 
  • Boricua
  • Bullfighter 
  • Bumblefuck, USA 
  • The Californians
  • Carne the Taco Maker 
  • Clean Guys of Comedy 
  • Complicity 
  • Curse of the Zodiac
  • Desperately Seeking Susan ★
  • Destination Vegas 
  • Dilemma 
  • Ding tian li di 
  • Dirt Merchant 
  • Dirty Pictures 
  • Dragon Blade 
  • Elephant  ★
  • Endless Love 
  • Exit to Hell 
  • First Wive's Club ★
  • Flipping 
  • Frankenstein Reborn 
  • Frozen Kiss 
  • Gene-Fusion 
  • Ghost Bride 
  • G-Men from Hell 
  • The Golden Era (starring Tang Wei!)
  • Good Luck Chuck 
  • Gunshy 
  • Hard Candy 
  • Hazard Jack 
  • Into the Blue 
  • Into the Fire 
  • Investigating Sex 
  • Jack in the Box 
  • Jezebeth 
  • Jingles the Clown 
  • Killing Ariel 
  • La casa sfuggita
  • Lao shu la gui 
  • The Last Samurai
  • Lawless: Dead Evidence 
  • Lazarus: Apocalypse 
  • Legend of the Sandsquatch
  • The Little Kidnappers
  • Little Red Devil 
  • Lovin’ Molly 
  • Malarek 
  • Man About Town 
  • Mansion of Blood 
  • Meeting Spencer 
  • Metamorphosis 
  • Minority Report 
  • Mission: Impossible III 
  • Model Behavior 
  • Moose
  • Mortem 
  • Moscow Heat 
  • Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont 
  • Neshika Bametzach 
  • New Order 
  • Night Train 
  • Open Water 
  • Open Water 2: Adrift 
  • Phil the Alien 
  • Pledge of Allegiance 
  • Poliwood 
  • Postmortem 
  • Prey for the Beast 
  • Private Lessons 
  • Pumpkin 
  • Red Is the Color Of 
  • Redball 
  • Rocky 
  • Rocky II 
  • Rocky III 
  • Rocky IV 
  • Rocky V 
  • Romeo and Juliet 
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Rules of Engagement 
  • Running Scared 
  • Rush Hour 
  • Rush Hour 3 
  • Sample People 
  • Shanghai Surprise 
  • Silence of the Lambs ★
  • Silent Youth 
  • Silo Killer 2: The Wrath of Kyle 
  • Sleepy Hollow 
  • Slip & Fall 
  • Smoke n Lightnin 
  • Sounds of the Underground 
  • Spaceballs 
  • Species
  • Species III 
  • Species: The Awakening 
  • Squeal 
  • Stranger Than Fiction 
  • Streets of Rage 
  • Stripperland 
  • Sugar Boxx 
  • The Sum of All Fears
  • Sunshine Cleaning 
  • Sweet Angel Mine 
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby 
  • The Telling
  • This Revolution
  • Throwing Stars
  • Tsareubiytsa
  • The Women of Brewster Place 
  • The Wraith
  • Vampire Boys 
  • Vampire Boys 2: The New Brood 
  • Viking Quest
  • When Justice Fails 
  • Where Truth Lies
  • Wiseguy (Season 1 – 8)
  • Xuan feng shi ba qi 
  • Yong zheng ming zhang Shao Lin men 
  • Zateryannyy v Sibiri
  • Zombadings 1: Patayin sa Shokot si Remington 
  • Zombiez 

July 2nd

  • Phoenix

July 3rd

  • Peterloo

July 5th

  • Kung Fu Panda: The Paws of Destiny (Season 1B)

July 7th

  • Marshall

July 9th

  • Witness Protections

July 10th 

  • Trapped (Season 2) 

July 12th 

  • Gone Baby Gone
  • Comicstaan (Season 2)

July 13th

  • Never Grow Old

July 14th

  • No Vacancy
  • Tabaluga

July 15th

  • Love Happens 

  • Amerian Nightmares (2018)
  • Hackerville
  • Ramy Youseff: Feelings
  • Robin Hood (2018)
  • True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality 
  • Victor Crowley (2017)
  • The A-Team (Extended Version)
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street, 2010
  • An Ideal Husband, 1999
  • By the Sea, 2015
  • Cyrus, 2010
  • Dead Man on Campus, 1998
  • Doppelganger, 1993
  • Elektra (Director’s Cut), 2005
  • The Hoax, 2006
  • I, Robot, 2004
  • Justice League, 2017
  • Keeping Up with the Steins, 2006
  • Little Fockers, 2010
  • The Manchurian Candidate, 1962
  • Me, Myself & Irene, 2000
  • The Mother, 2003
  • Mr. Right, 2005
  • MXP: Most Xtreme Primate, 2004
  • Notting Hill, 1999
  • The Ring Two (Extended Version), 2005
  • Rush Hour 2, 2001
  • Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero, 2018
  • Term Life, 2016
  • Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, 2005 ★
  • When We Were Kings, 1996
  • Without a Paddle, 2004

July 3rd

  • Divorce (Season 3 Premiere)

July 5th

  • Thoroughbreds

July 6th

  • Bohemian Rhapsody

July 9th

  • I Love You, Now Die Part 1

July 10th

  • I Love You, Now Die Part 2 

July 13th

  • Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

July 15th

  • From the Earth to the Moon




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Reader Comments (10)

I saw The Spy Who Dumped Me and can honestly say that I do not remember it. Hence I would not recommend.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

Diane has "Gotham Award Best Actress Nomination" written all over it.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterH

Also, when I see Man on th Moon, I think of the movie Paperhouse (don’t know why), which, if you have not seen, I highly recommend.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

I remember seeing the Man on the Moon on television one evening and loving it (didn't we all have a crush on Jason and Jeremy London at the time) and remember being smitten with Reese Witherspoon's face. I know she made a real impression on me, because a few years later I then remember being on holiday in Florida and seeing her, Ryan Phillippe and Sarah Michelle Geller on the cover of a magazine promoting Cruel Intentions, and instantly recognising her as the girl from The Man in the Moon.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJWB

The Spy Who Dumped Me is fun but forgettable. It's not nearly as funny as Spy, but McKinnon and Kunis have good chemistry. It's just pretty by-the-numbers. Worthy of a watch while you're folding laundry or something.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterDancin' Dan

PAPERHOUSE mention in the comments, score! Everyone should see Paperhouse, great rec Pedro.

I've seen ROAD HOUSE dozens of times, it's so UNBELIEVABLY cheesy but it brings me so much joy. My friend Sean has been writing a post a day about it all year long in a fit of insanity, it's really something, I recommend it to all --

ROBIN HOOD is worse than I'd heard -- unwatchable... except to stare at Taron.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterJason

The Spy Who Dumped Me is...fine. I watched it on a plane, which is the perfect way to consume it actually. Mila Kunis is appealing but somewhat lacking of a je-ne-sais-quoi, while Kate McKinnon is a bit much, surprisingly. (Her "Is it Ukraine or the Ukraine?" line did make me LOL, something I had just asked a Ukrainian prior to seeing it.)

Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore is such a fascinating, fine Scorsese movie *and* Best Actress role for Burstyn. A makeup Oscar for The Exorcist perhaps?

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Jason: I'm not going to spoil the (insane) decision of who they ripped off, but...sigh.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered CommenterVolvagia

Thank you for reminding me of the "Man in the Moon". I have seen the movie several times and it has never failed to make me cry every time. It was so heartbreaking. What a little gem.

By the way Man ON the Moon is a different movie. This one is with Jim Carrey.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered Commentergoodbar

I saw The Spy Who Dumped Me, despite some misgivings, hoping for the best.

Mila Kunis must be truly charming and clever in interviews with the director, getting her the job. Because she does the same thing in every role, regardless of genre or story, a very middle of the road, standard stock tv style response to everything.

I find it particularly annoying that she sabotages her fellow actors, to make herself look like a more reliable bankable hire. Here, she gives nothing to Kate McKinnon, blocking Kate’s every move, so that Kate overdoes it by trying to add some energy to the piece. Result: people thinking, oh Kate McKinnon can’t “carry” a movie. She can only be hired for small supporting roles.

I never believed the two were friends for a minute. And I never wanted to spend any time with either of them. I admit that never having seen Outlander, when the Outlander guy appeared, I did say, Whoa, who’s that?

So I don’t see it as a story of female friendship (too bad, I like those). I see it as the triumph of mediocre actors being hired over and over, while grinding the hopes of everyone around them to dust.

July 1, 2019 | Unregistered Commenteradri

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