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Streaming Saturday: In & Out (1997)

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Director: Frank Oz

Writer: Paul Rudnick

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Streaming Sunday: Tommy Boy (1995)

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I lost track of time yesterday and didn’t get a chance to post my Streaming Saturday recommendation. Honestly, the reason is because I’ve been so consumed with the new season of Arrested Development to stream anything new. Okay, that’s not the full truth. I’ve also been watching Dawson’s Creek. That’s beside the point, though.

This week I picked Tommy Boy. It’s really hard to believe this movie is almost 20 years old now. I caught most of it a few weekend’s ago and, like the millions of times I’ve seen it before, it holds up very well. Chris Farley and David Spade made such a strong comedy duo in the 90s. The less popular semi follow-up, Black Sheep was also a great display of comedic chemistry.

Tommy Boy is a great road trip movie. If you haven’t seen it yet, you can correct this injustice by streaming it on Netflix or buying it on DVD or Blu-Ray.

Streaming Saturday: Super 8 (2011)

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Happy June, everyone. Here’s a quick Streaming Saturday recommendation. Super 8 is J.J. Abrams‘ ode to young love and creative passion against the backdrop of a small town’s skirmish with a mysterious monster. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: Arrested Development (2003-2006, 2013-present)

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With the long-awaited arrival of season 4 hitting Netflix mere hours from now, I had to make Arrested Development this week’s Streaming Saturday recommendation. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: The Giant Mechanical Man (2012)

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I went into The Giant Mechanical Man totally blind. The only thing I knew about it was that it’s an indie starring Jenna Fischer and Chris Messina. Even then, I didn’t know Messina was in it until I accidentally saw his name on the Netflix page.

I need to do that with movies more. The Giant Mechanical Man helped me remember how much I enjoy “discovering the plot” of a movie. This isn’t a bad movie to do that with either. If you want to go in blind like I did, I suggest you stop reading here because I’m about to give away some plot details. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: House of Cards – Season 1

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I’m excited about this week’s Streaming Saturday. The reason I started this blog was because of my fascination with Netflix’s dive into original programming. One of my first posts was about how Netflix could be a game changer for the television industry. I stand by that assessment. And now that I’ve watched Netflix’s flagship series House of Cards, I can officially recommend it to the internet.

I won’t go into many details since I’m working on a bigger review of the first season and want to save my thoughts for that. What I will say is House of Cards is a political drama featuring Kevin Spacey as Majority Whip Francis Underwood. He’s a fascinatingly dark character. After he was turned away for the position of Secretary of State, Frank sets out on a plan of manipulation and power to get what he wants. He’s brutal, calculating and a joy to watch. Continue reading

Streaming Saturday: The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

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This week’s Streaming Saturday is The Cabin in the Woods. Produced by nerd-god Joss Whedon and directed by Drew Goddard (the pair wrote the script), the movie is a fresh take on a tired horror trope.

To reveal any details would be a detriment to anyone’s first viewing. Suffice it to say, the movie takes a violently witty, meta approach to the “teen cabin horror” movies made popular in the 80s. It reminds me of what Scream did in the 90s for teen slashers. It’s a very fun and surprising movie and I highly recommend it.

You can stream The Cabin in the Woods on Netflix.

You can also buy the movie on DVD or Blu-Ray at Amazon.com.

Streaming Saturday: The Faculty (1998)

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Streaming Saturday comes a little late this week. This week’s recommendation is 1998’s “teenvasion of the body snatchers” (I can’t believe I just said that, either) movie The Faculty. Directed by Robert Rodriguez and written by Kevin Williamson, the movie is a slightly dated, very silly, hour and a half that, despite its best efforts, doesn’t leave you feeling like you’ve wasted your time.

If you’re in your 20s, you spent your formative years during the teen horror boom of the mid-90s. It started with Scream in 1996 and fizzled onto the straight-to-DVD shelves some time after Y2K.

Because of my age, I hold movies like The Faculty to a slightly higher standard than they probably deserve to be. It makes it hard to call out Rodriguez’s alien invasion flick as a ripoff of Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Thing. I view it as a fun alien movie/whodunnit featuring a young Jon Stewart and younger Frodo Baggins. And that’s why I don’t have a problem recommending it on the blog.

You can stream The Faculty on Netflix.

You can also buy The Faculty on Amazon.

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Check out my past Streaming Saturday recommendations here.

Streaming Saturday: Side by Side (2012)

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I just finished watching the amazing documentary Side by Side on Netflix and deem it very worthy of a Streaming Saturday recommendation. Keanu Reeves interviews many heavy hitters of the industry to get their take on the celluloid vs. digital filmmaking debate. It’s a really fascinating look at the evolving artform of filmmaking.

There are a lot of things I loved about Side by Side. First, there’s the high number of filmmakers interviewed. Fincher, Scorsese, the Wachowskis, Boyle, Rodriguez, Cameron and many more give their thoughts on the changing landscape of their work. What makes it great is the level of care that the interviewees speak about their craft. It’s clear that whether they prefer film or digital, these people truly love what they do and love talking about what they do.

The documentary doesn’t take a side on the debate. Arguments for and against both sides are presented equally and fairly with no agenda other than presenting the information and the viewpoints. The end result is a truly engaging documentary that any film lover will enjoy.

You can stream Side by Side on Netflix. Or buy the DVD on Amazon.

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Streaming Saturday: Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)

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Director: Colin Trevorrow

Writer: Derek Connolly

Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark DuplassJake JohnsonKaran Soni

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Streaming Saturday: The Evil Dead (1981)

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Streaming Saturday: Doctor Who (2005-present)

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In honor of the premiere of the last batch of season 7 tonight, my Streaming Saturday recommendation this week is Doctor Who. The show is, in a word, fun. If you’re a fan of any form of science fiction, there stands a good chance that Doctor Who has covered it in fantastic fashion. It’s got time travel, aliens, space travel, monsters all mixed in a broth of comedy, drama and horror.
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Streaming Saturday: Sleepwalk With Me (2012)

This week’s Streaming Saturday post comes a little late in the day but it’s a really good one!

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Streaming Saturday: Compliance (2012)

I’m starting a new weekly post. Streaming Saturday is going to be a weekly recommendation post for movies and TV shows that are available to stream on Netflix. So here’s the first of them. Enjoy. Continue reading