2016 Release Dates

2016 Netflix Releases

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So here you have it. DVD release dates for all of 2016 as they become available (you can find 2011 here,  2012 here, 2013 here 2014 here and 2015 here).  I’ll add to it every week as information becomes available. One Stop Shopping for Netflix Release Dates. Gotta love it. 

I’ve revamped this list so that you can tell at a glance which content is available on DVD, which is streaming, and which is both.   Here’s how you can tell which content is available on your plan:

DVD Only = Available to rent only for those with a DVD subscription.  This is going to be most new movies.  Quite a bit of TV starts out this way and streams later (and some movies).

Instant Streaming Only = Available only for those with an Instant Streaming subscription.  Netflix Exclusives tend to start out here and maybe become available on DVD later.

Instant Streaming Available = Available for all subscription types!  This is content that you can rent on a DVD or stream instantly.  The Holy Grail of Netflix content.

With no further ado, fire up your DVD player (or your Roku 3, Fire Stick or Xbox), and here are your release dates! 

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2016 Netflix Releases

Coming in May

Suits – Season 5 (TV dramedy, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams) – This comedy of lawyers (and not really lawyers) returns for a fifth season.  This one isn’t a streamer, so it will be DVD Only.

Marseille (drama, Gerard Depardieu, Benoit Magimel) – A battle for the city erupts just as a mayoral transition is set to take place.  Netflix Original Movie.  Instant Streaming Only May 5th

Grace and Frankie – Season 2 (TV comedy, Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda) – This Netflix Original returns for a second season with Fonda and Tomlin portraying wives whose husbands turned out to be more than business partners.  Instant Streaming Only May 6th

Young and Hungry – Season 3 (TV comedy, Emily Osment, Jonathan Sadowski) – Food blogger/personal chef comedy. Instant Streaming Only May 6th

Scream – Season 1 (TV horror, Willa Fitzgerald, Bex Taylor-Klaus) – Wes Craven’s movies become a TV series.  This is only the first season, so I don’t know if it will stream.  For now, DVD Only May 10th

Killjoys – Season 1 (TV action, Hannah John-Kamen, Luke MacFarlane) – This SyFy channel original is about space fugitives and bounty hunters.  First season – no idea if it will stream.  For now, DVD Only May 10th

The Jim Gaffigan Show – Season 1 (TV comedy, Jim Gaffigan, Ashley Williams) – Based on the life of the comedian.  DVD Only May 10th

Slasher – Season 1 (TV drama, Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren) – Woman whose parents were murdered find history is not dead when she returns to her home.  Instant Streaming Only May 17th

Benders – Season 1 (TV comedy, Lindsey Broad, Chris Distefano) – Hockey and beer are a natural pair in this comedy.  Instant Streaming Only May 19th

Lady Dynamite – Season 1 (TV comedy, Maria Bamford, Fred Melamed) – Netflix Original comedy inspired by the life of star Bamford.  Instant Streaming Only May 20th

Mako Mermaids – Season 4 (TV family, Amy Ruffle, Chai Romruen) – The mermaids are back!  This Netflix Original returns for season 4 on May 21st. Instant Streaming Only

Outsiders – Season 1 (TV drama, David Morse, Joe Anderson) – The Farrells have no use for outsiders on their Appalachian land.  DVD Only May 24th

Graceland – Season 3 (TV drama, Daniel Sunjata, Aaron Tveit) – 3 government agencies sharing a safe house during an undercover mission.  Instant Streaming Only May 26th

Bloodline – Season 2 (TV drama, Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini) – The Rayburn family continues their saga in season 2.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only May 27th

Hell on Wheels – Season 5 (TV drama, Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) – This post-Civil War drama continues in Instant Streaming Only on May 28th.

Coming in April

The Fosters – Season 3 (TV drama, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) – This ABC Family original has been coming only to instant streaming.  The third season of the drama about a diverse group of families is Instant Streaming Only Now

Special Correspondents (comedy, Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana) – A Netflix Original movie about a reporter faking front line news reports.  Instant Streaming Only April 29th

Team Foxcatcher (documentary, Dave Schultz, Nancy Schultz) – Netflix Original movie/documentary (I’m not entirely sure which) about the murder of an Olympic wrestler.  Instant Streaming Only April 29th

Sensitive Skin – Season 2 (TV comedy, Kim Cattrall, Don McKellar) – Middle age dramedy.  Instant Streaming Only April 30th.

May 3rd

East Side Sushi (dramedy, Diana Elizabeth Torres, Yutaka Takeuchi) – Hispanic woman learns to make sushi.  DVD Only

The Club (foreign drama, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers) – Spanish language about the investigation of a death at a home for disgraced priests.  Sounds cheery.  DVD Only

The Choice (drama, Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer) – North Carolina romance.  DVD Only

The 5th Wave (sci-fi, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson) – Can young Chloe survive the fifth alien invasion of Earth AND find her brother?  We shall see…  DVD Only

Remember (thriller, Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau) – Directed by Atom Egoyan, this story of aging Nazi hunters has an amazing cast.  Definitely going on my queue.  DVD Only

Hyena Road (drama, Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross) – Canadian snipers in Afghanistan.  DVD Only

Jack of the Red Hearts (drama, AnnaSophia Robb, Famke Janssen) – Her questionable past threatens a girl’s now valued job as a caregiver.  DVD Only

400 Days (sci-fi, Brandon Routh, Caity Lotz) – Could you stay sane through 400 days in space?  Do you think the cast of this movie can, even though it’s a simulation?  DVD Only

Hostile Border (thriller, Veronica Sixtos, Julio Cedillo) – Deported and miserable, a Mexican woman decides throwing in with a smuggler would be an appropriate life choice.  I’m going to respectfully disagree.  DVD Only

God’s Compass (faith & spirituality, Karen Abercrombie, TC Stallings) – Central character is a retiring school principal, but it’s all about finding God.  This is totally not my thing, but if it’s yours, go for it.  DVD Only

Glassland (drama, Jack Reynor, Toni Collette) – Desperate for money, a young men gets drawn into human trafficking.  DVD Only

Mojin: The Lost Legend (foreign action, Kun Chen, Bo Huang) – Mandarin language story of a retired tomb raider lured into one last job.  DVD Only

Emelie (thriller, Sarah Bolger, Joshua Rush) – KNOW YOUR BABYSITTER, PEOPLE!  DVD Only

Scherzo Diabolico (foreign thriller, Francisco Barreiro, Daniela Soto Vell) – Or maybe it’s a comedy?  I don’t know, it’s a Spanish language story of a mild mannered accountant Breaking Bad.  DVD Only

Bikes vs. Cars (documentary, Don Ward, Dan Koeppel) – Pro-bike doc.  Instant Streaming Only

Submerged (thriller, Jonathan Bennett, Talulah Riley) – Limo rides are fun, right?  WRONG!  Instant Streaming Only

The Messenger (documentary) – Canary in a coalmine?  Sort of…  Instant Streaming Only

April 27th

The Fosters – Season 3 (TV drama, Teri Polo, Sherri Saum) – This ABC Family original has been coming only to instant streaming.  The third season of the drama about a diverse group of families is Instant Streaming Only

April 26th

Hot in Cleveland – Season 6 (TV comedy, Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli) – Betty White keeps on cookin’ into season 6!  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Royal Pains – Season 7 (TV dramedy, Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) – The doctor is in!  For a seventh season.  This is the DVD release, it is already Available on Instant Streaming.

Burning Bodhi (drama, Kaley Cuoco, Landon Liboiron) – Young man returns to his hometown after the death of a friend. Instant Streaming Only

Point Break (action,  Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey) – Reboot of the 1991 Keanu movie.  Did we need this?  I don’t know.  DVD Only

Son of Saul (foreign thriller, Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár) – Hungarian language story of WWII gas chambers.  DVD Only

Jane Got a Gun (western, Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton) – Natalie Portman gets her Wyatt Earp on. DVD Only

Backtrack (thriller, Adrien Brody, Sam Neill) – Visions, secrets, mysteries.  HELL YES!  DVD Only

The Driftless Area (drama, Anton Yelchin, Zooey Deschanel) – Not a big enough fan of Zooey to watch her as yet another “enigmatic” anything.  DVD Only

The Challenger (drama, Stan Carp, Ernie Sabella) – Boxing to avoid eviction.  Instant Streaming Only

Captivated: The Trials of Pamela Smart (documentary) – Taking a look at how coverage of this murder case affected American culture.  DVD Only

Second Coming (drama, Nadine Marshall, Idris Elba) – Immaculate conception in a troubled marriage?  Maybe, maybe not.   DVD Only

Poverty, Inc. (documentary) – A close look at who profits from the global business of relieving poverty.  DVD Only

Noma: My Perfect Storm (documentary, René Redzepi) – Chef looks to regain title of Best Restaurant in the World. Instant Streaming Available

Shark Lake (thriller, Dolph Lundgren, Sara Malakul Lane) – Exactly what the title says.  Damn exotic animal traffickers.  DVD Only

Convergence (thriller, Ethan Embry, Clayne Crawford) – That explosion didn’t kill him, but the creepy hospital he’s in might…  DVD Only

Flight 7500 (horror, Ryan Kwanten, Amy Smart) – I’m always excited when Jason Stackhouse shows up.  Even when it’s in a haunted airplane movie.  DVD Only

Badge of Honor (action, Haylie Duff, Jesse Bradford) – Don’t compoind your mistake with a cover-up.  Did you learn nothing from Nixon?  Instant Streaming Only

Navy Seals vs. Zombies (action, Stephanie Honore) – There’s only one person listed in tha cast.  I hope she’s a really tough Navy Seal, or they are really wimpy zombies.  Instant Streaming Only

April 21st

Olive Kitteridge (TV mini-series, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins) – 2 disc mini-series based on the novel – with an outstanding cast.  I liked the book – I’ll definitely be seeing this one.  DVD Only

April 19th

Royal Pains – Season 7 (TV dramedy, Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) – The doctor is in!  For a seventh season.  Available on Instant Streaming, DVD releases 4/26

Veep – Season 4 (TV comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky) – I need to start watching this HBO comedy with Elaine as Vice President.  It’s not a streamer though, so DVD Only

Silicon Valley – Season 2 (TV comedy, Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller) – HBO’s series about a group of friends attempting to launch a dot com start-up from the home of a millionaire returns for a second season.  This one is not a streamer so DVD Only

And Then There Were None (TV mini-series, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance) – 2 disc mini-series based on the Agatha Christie novel.  DVD Only

That’s Not Us (comedy, Mark Berger, Sarah Wharton) – 3 couples vacation at a beach house – you know there’s gonna be tension.  Instant Streaming Only

The Letters (drama, Juliet Stevenson, Max von Sydow) – Mother Theresa biopic.  DVD Only

Ip Man 3 (foreign action, Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson) – Cantonese language end of a martial arts trilogy.  DVD Only

The Lady in the Van (comedy, drama, Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings) – The biographical story of a man who becomes friends with a woman who has been living in a van in his driveway for 15 years.  I believe I read this story – I’m definitely seeing the movie!  DVD Only

Fifty Shades of Black (comedy, Marlon Wayans, Kali Hawk) – Fifty Shades of Grey spoof.  DVD Only

Misconduct (thriller, Josh Duhamel, Al Pacino) – Also starring Anthony Hopkins, the story of lawyers, pharmaceutical executives and other ugliness.  DVD Only

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (documentary) – Pretty self explanatory title, here.  DVD Only

Lamb (drama, Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence) – Miserable loner befriends 11-year-old girl.  Not cool, miserable loner.  DVD Only

The Fool (foreign drama, Artem Bystrov, Natalia Surkova) – Russian language story of a man trying to prevent a tragedy.  DVD Only

Sex Ed (comedy, Haley Joel Osment, Lorenza Izzo) – How does a virgin teach sex ed in the inner city?  Presumably, hijinks are supposed to ensue.  Instant Streaming Available

All Mistakes Buried (thriller, Sam Trammell, Vanessa Ferlito) – Crack addict is sure that the key to saving his marriage is getting a necklace for his wife.  Yeah, I don’t think so either.  DVD Only

April 17th

Lost Girl – Season 5 (TV sci-fi, Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried) – This SyFy original has only been coming out on Instant Streaming since season 3.  The succubus is back for Season 5, Instant Streaming Only

The Messengers  – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Shantel VanSanten, J.D. Pardo) – There’s only a single season of this CW series about resurrection and biblical prophecy.  Instant Streaming Only

Band of Robbers (comedy, Kyle Gallner, Adam Nee) – Modern day Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer.  Instant Streaming Only

Cold Deck (thriller, Paul Sorvino, Robert Knepper) – Is it ever a good idea to try and rob gamblers?  Really?  Instant Streaming Only

Night of the Wild (horror, Rob Morrow, Kelly Rutherford) – Rob Morrow in a mad for TV creature feature?  I guess it pays the bills.  Instant Streaming Only.

Sex, Death and Bowling (drama, Adrian Grenier, Selma Blair) – Nope, not like Lebowski.  This one is about a boy visiting his uncle and raising old family wounds.  Instant Streaming Only

The Games Maker (family, David Mazouz, Megan Charpentier) – Game making prodigy orphan pitted against master villain.  Instant Streaming Only

April 16th

How to Get Away With Murder – Season 2 (TV drama, Viola Davis, Billy Brown) – This legal drama is coming to streaming before it gets a DVD release.  Sweet!  Instant Streaming Only

April 15th

Prescription Thugs (documentary, Chris Bell) – A look at prescription drug abuse and pharmaceutical companies.  Instant Streaming Only

The Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt – Season 2 (TV comedy, Ellie Kemper, Jane Krakowski) – Kimmy returns for season number 2.  I binged too hard on this and wore myself out before the end of season 1, so pace yourselves.  Instant Streaming Only

Cuckoo – Season 3 (TV comedy, Andy Samberg, Taylor Lautner) – Netflix is rolling out the seasons of this Brit/Hippie marriage comedy like crazy.  Instant Streaming Only

April 12th

Heroes Reborn – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi) – I watched the first incarnation of this concept, but have a hard time getting on board for this reboot without Zachary Quinto.  DVD Only for now – no idea if it will stream

Dominion – Seasons 1-2 (TV sci-fi, Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom) – This is a SyFy channel series about angels and the apocalypse.  I don’t know if it will stream or not, but both DVD seasons came out at one.  So DVD Only, at least for now.

Ajin – Season 1 (anime, Mamoru Miyano, Yoshimasa Hosoya) – Apparently an Ajin is a demi-human?  This Netflix Original anime is about a teenaged one of these beings fleeing the authorities.  Instant Streaming Only

Brooklyn (drama, Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson) – Irish girl torn between countries and men. DVD Only

Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip (family, Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler) – I don’t know why these things keep happening.  Please, please stop.  DVD Only

Sisters (comedy, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler) – We saw this Christmas Eve.  It’s completely inappropriate and thus quite funny.  DVD Only

The Forest (horror, Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney) – Woman searches for her twin in creepy Japanese forest.  DVD Only  

Standoff (thriller, Thomas Jane, Laurence Fishburne) – a young murder witness is protected by a suicidal veteran.  I may just see this one.  DVD Only

The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (foreign thriller, Freya Mavor, Benjamin Biolay) – How does everyone know you in a town you’ve never been to?  French language, DVD Only

Ava’s Possessions (horror, Louisa Krause, Whitney Able) – I’m sensing a little silliness with the horror in this one about a woman recovering from demonic possession.  Instant Streaming Available 5/1

About Scout (drama, Ellen Burstyn, Danny Glover) – Good adult cast for this indie about a teenager going after her
parentally kidnapped sister.  DVD Only

The Beauty Inside (foreign romance, Hyo-joo Han, Kim Dae-myeong) – Korean language story of a man who wakes each morning in a different body.  Can his relationship survive his supernatural body issues?  If I did subtitles I would totally see this.  Instant Streaming Only

Where Children Play (drama, Teyonah Parris, Brian White) – Woman must face a past she has been running from for years.  Instant Streaming Only

April 10th

Girl Meets World – Season 2 (TV comedy, Rowan Blanchard, Sabrina Carpenter) – Boy Meets World sequel comes to Instant Streaming Only

April 5th

The Expanse – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Thomas Jane, Shohreh Aghdashloo) – Space detectives!  I have no idea if this will stream, for now it’s DVD Only.

House of Lies – Season 4 (TV dramedy, Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell) – The management consultants are back for another season.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD only.

Episodes – Season 4 (TV comedy, Matt LeBlanc, Stephen Mangan) – I really need to see this – I loved Joey Tribiani.  This one isn’t a streamer so DVD Only.

Salem – Season 2 (TV drama, Janet Montgomery, Shane West) – So what was really behnd the witch trials?  Maybe we find out in season 2.  Instant Streaming Only

A Place to Call Home – Season 3 (TV drama, Marta Dusseldorp, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood) – 1950s Australian nurse drama is back for a third season.  DVD Only

The Peanuts Movie (family, Noah Schnapp, Hadley Belle Miller) – This is the only animation I might actually see.  DVD Only

In the Heart of the Sea (action, Chris Hemsworth, Benjamin Walker) – Story of a whaling ship sunk by a whale.  Karma?  DVD Only

Victor Frankenstein (sci-fi, Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy) – As told through the eyes of Igor.  I have to applaud Daniel Radcliffe for taking chances after Harry Potter.  They don’t always work, but I’m glad he’s taking them.  DVD Only

Mojave (thriller, Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund) – Artist in crisis seeks solace in the desert meets serial killer.  Bummer.  DVD Only

Tumbledown (comedy, Rebecca Hall, Jason Sudeikis) – Widow of musician writing his biography runs across another biographer of her late husband.  DVD Only

Admiral (foreign action, Frank Lammers, Sanne Langelaar) – Dutch language period piece about a 17th century war between the Netherlands and Germany, England and France.  DVD Only  

The Masked Saint (drama, Diahann Carroll, Brett Granstaff) – Wrestler becomes pastor, willing to lay the smack down on evil doers.  DVD Only  

Identicals (sci-fi, Lachlan Nieboer, Nora-Jane Noone) – Improving your life by taking the place of your doppelganger in a parallel universe.  DVD Only  

Anguish (horror, Ryan Simpkins, Annika Marks) – Multiple personalities or possession, the ultimate question.  Instant Streaming Available 4/16

Riot (action, Dolph Lundgren, Chuck Liddell) – I swear Dolph Lundgren has been in more movies in the past two years than the previous two decades.  DVD Only  

Dixieland (drama, Chris Zylka, Riley Keough) – There’s always one last job, isn’t there, ex-con?  DVD Only  

Stealing Cars (drama, Emory Cohen, John Leguizamo) – Bad boy with smarts spells trouble for the juvie authorities.  DVD Only

Home (horror, Aaron Hill, Alessandra Shelby Farmer) – DIY exorcisms never really go smoothly.  DVD Only

The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music (drama, Eliza Bennett, Matthew Macfadyen) – Biography of the eldest von Trapp daughter.  DVD Only

#Horror (thriller, Chloë Sevigny, Timothy Hutton) – Teens using a bullying app, how could that go wrong?  Instant Streaming Available

The Hallow (horror, Joseph Mawle, Bojana Novakovic) – People!  Stop moving to secluded houses!  Seriously!  Instant Streaming Available

Drink Me (thriller, Chris Ellis-Stanton, Emmett Friel) – Erotic vampire thriller.  DVD Only

Of Mind and Music (drama, Ruth Negga, Sharon Lawrence) – Neurosurgeon tries to help New Orleans street musician with Alzheimer’s.  Instant Streaming Only

CodeGirl (documentary) – A look at the gender gap in science careers through a competition aimed at high school girls.  Instant Streaming Only

Of Men and War (documentary) – A look at PTSD in veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.  Instant Streaming Only

Killing Them Safely (documenary) – Taser documentary.  Instant Streaming Only

Addicted to Sexting (documentary, Dr. Larry Rosen, Alexas Texas) – Supposedly hilarious and raunchy sexting documentary.  Not sure I believe either of those adjectives.  Instant Streaming Only

Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs (action, Eric Roberts, Rib Hillis) – This is described as “campy”.  It really might be more fun if they took it 100% seriously.  Instant Streaming Only

Dennis Rodman’s Big Bang in Pyongyang (documentary, Matt Cooper, Dennis Rodman) – Dennis Rodman plays with North Korea.  Don’t blame me – I don’t make this stuff.  Instant Streaming Only

Flutter (drama, Anna Anissimova, Billy Zane) – Gambler enthralled by femme fatale.  Instant Streaming Only

Grease: Live (musical, Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit) – I’m almost tempted to watch it.  Almost.  Instant Streaming Only

Mexico Barbaro (foreign horror, Dulce Alexa, Sara Camacho) – Spanish language anthology of scary Mexican traditions and legends.  Instant Streaming Only

Once I Was a Beehive (family, Paris Warner, Mila Smith) – Grieving kid goes to bible camp.  Instant Streaming Only

Revenge of the Mekons (documentary, Jon Langford, Sally Timms) – 1970s punk rock band still doc.  Instant Streaming Only

The Mask You Live In (documentary) – A look at American masculinity norms and the harm they do.  Instant Streaming Only

Uncaged (horror, Paulina Singer, Ben Getz) – Is it really just sleepwalking?  I don’t think so.  Instant Streaming Only

Vessel (documentary) – A look at a boat in international waters providing safe abortions for women in countries where they are illegal.  Instant Streaming Only

Sembène (documentary) – The story African author and filmmaker Ousmane Sembène.  Instant Streaming Only.

April 4th

The Ranch – Part 1 (TV comedy, Ashton Kutcher, Danny Masterson) – The That 70s Show’s alumni are joined by Sam Elliot and Debra Winger for this Netflix Original sit-com about a former pro athlete returning to the family ranch.  Instant Streaming Only

The Shawshank Redemption (drama, Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman) – I don’t usually include non-new releases here – but SHAWSHANK IS COMING TO INSTANT STREAMING.  I’m a little excited.  Instant Streaming Available

April 1st

Lost and Found Music Studios – Season 1 (musical, Shane Hart, Alex Zaichkowski) – Sounds kind of like Glee, but in an exclusive arts school setting.  Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only

March 29th

Humans – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Gemma Chan, Katherine Parkinson) – An AMC original about service robots.  Basically sounds like the robot apocalypse. I have no idea if this will stream, but for now it’s DVD Only

Archer – Season 6 (TV comedy, H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer) – Adults only spy comedy animation.  Instant Streaming Only

Creed (drama, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan) – I’m that one person who didn’t even like the first one.  Everyone else seems to like this, though.  DVD Only

Concussion (drama, Will Smith, Alec Baldwin) – Yeah, I do think I’m clever for putting this right after CreedDVD Only

The Danish Girl (drama, Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander) – Oscar noms for the leads makes this one I want to see – the story of a 1930s gender reassignment surgery.  DVD Only

The Hateful Eight (action, Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell) – Quentin Tarantino’s latest western – post Civil War group stranded at a station in a blizzard.  Yeah, I’ll see it.  DVD Only

Legend (thriller, Tom Hardy, Emily Browning) – Identical twin British gangster biopic.  Totally not kidding.  DVD Only

Forsaken (drama, Kiefer Sutherland, Donald Sutherland) – Post Civil-War period piece about a father and son trying to bury the hatchet.  I’m not saying anything about the casting – it’s just too easy.  DVD Only

Exposed (thriller, Keanu Reeves, Ana de Armas) – Was a miracle involved in the death of Keanu’s cop partner?  I will probably never find out.  DVD Only

Mediterranea (foreign drama, Koudous Seihon, Alassane Sy) – Based on a true story of the immigrants from Burkina Faso finding hostility in Italy.  I’m not entirely sure what language this film is in.  Instant Streaming Available

Dealer (foreign action, Dan Bronchinson, Elsa Madeleine) – Another drug dealer trying to get out of the business.  That’s just always trouble.  Always.  Instant Streaming Only

Mountain Men (comedy, Tyler Labine, Chace Crawford) – Wedding, reunion, brotherly bonding, house fires.  You know, shenanigans.  Instant Streaming Only

Cartel Land (documentary) – Vigilante groups in the US and Mexico taking on the drug wars.  This has been streaming for some time, but now is also available on DVD.  Instant Streaming Available

March 22nd

TURN: Washington’s Spies – Season 2 (TV drama, Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich) – 1776 period drama.  Instant Streaming Available

The Royals – Season 2 (TV drama, Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan) – This look inside the workings of a royal family is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Spotlight (drama, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton) – The Oscar winner this year for Best Picture, a story about a reporter covering the Catholic church’s role in covering up child abuse.  This one goes to the top of my queue.  Update: Absolutely excellent.  DVD Only

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 (action, Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson) – The final installment! I know people didn’t like the last book as well as the previous two, but I did, so I’ll definitely be seeing this! DVD Only

Daddy’s Home (comedy, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg) – I like these two.  I know this is probably a stupid movie, but I’m watching anyway. DVD Only

Secret in Their Eyes (thriller, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman) – FBI crime thriller with a fantastic cast.  This one definitely goes on the queue.  DVD Only

James White (drama, Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon) – Mother and son face her terminal illness together.  DVD Only

My All American (sports drama, Finn Wittrock, Aaron Eckhart) – Biopic about a football player who loses his leg to cancer.  DVD Only

The Pearl Button (foreign documentary) – Spanish language examination of the history of Chile.  Instant Streaming Available.

Seventh Son (fantasy, Kit Harington, Julianne Moore) – 18th century period piece about an apprentice alchemist, and a battle between the forces of good and evil.  Based on the novel (and first part of a trilogy) by Joseph Delaney. DVD Only

The Princess of France (foreign drama, Julián Larquier, Agustina Muñoz) – Spanish language story of a theater director in Buenos Aires.  Instant Streaming Only

Big Driver (thriller, Maria Bello, Ann Dowd) – A Lifetime revenge movie based on a story by Stephen king and starring Maria Bello and Joan Jett?  Oh, hell yes.  DVD Only

Monkey Up (family, Jonathan Mangum, Erin Allin O’Reilly) – Talking monkey family movie.  Enjoy, people who aren’t me.  Instant Streaming Only

Walt Before Mickey (drama, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Jon Heder) – Fairly self explanatory biopic.  Instant Streaming Available 4/5

March 18th

Marvel’s Daredevil – Season 2 (TV action, Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll) – My son loves this superhero Netflix Original.  Instant Streaming Only

March 16th

Happy Valley – Season 2 (TV drama, Sarah Lancashire, Steve Pemberton) – Netflix Original about a British cop hunting down the man who assaulted her daughter.  Instant Streaming Only

4GOT10 (action, Dolph Lundgren, Danny Trejo) – Amnesia, drugs and murder, oh my! Instant Streaming Only

All About E (dramedy, Mandahla Rose, Brett Rogers) – Australian lesbian crime comedy/drama.  Instant Streaming Only

March 15th

Game of Thrones – Season 5 (TV adventure, Kit Harrington, Peter Dinklage) – I’m so excited to see which major characters get killed in season 5!  This one is not a streamer, so DVD only. 

Flaked – Season 1 (TV comedy, Will Arnett, David Sullivan) – Another Netflix original series!  This one about a guy trying to get himself together in Venice Beach, CA.  Instant Streaming Only

Steve Jobs (drama, Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet) – High powered cast and Danny Boyle directed Apple founder biopic.  DVD Only

Trumbo (drama, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane) – Bryan Cranston scored an Oscar nom for this biopic about a screenwriter who refused to testify during the McCarthy hearings and ended up in prison.  Incredible cast including Helen Mirren, Louis C.K., John Goodman and Elle Fanning.  DVD Only

Carol (drama, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara) – Both Blanchett and Mara scored Oscar noms for this story of a lesbian romance in the 1950s.  DVD Only

The Big Short (drama, Christian Bale, Steve Carell) – This story of the 2008 financial crisis scored 5 Oscar noms including Best Picture and won for Best Adapted Screenplay.  I’m really looking forward to this one!  Update: Excellent and terrifying.  DVD Only

Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine (documentary) – A whole lot of Steve Jobs this week.  Instant Streaming Available

11th Hour (drama, Kim Basinger, Jordan Prentice) – Woman’s desperate attempts to have a baby, whether it’s hers or not.  DVD Only

The Hatching (horror, Andrew Lee Potts, Laura Aikman) – Serial killer?  Or monster from the deep????  AHHHHHHH!  DVD Only

Censored Voices (foreign documentary) – Hebrew language, soldiers in 1967 talking after returning from the Six-Day war.  DVD Only

March 11th

Flaked – Season 1 (TV comedy, Will Arnett, David Sullivan) – Another Netflix original series!  This one about a guy trying to get himself together in Venice Beach, CA.  Instant Streaming Only

The Characters – Season 1 (TV anthology comedy, Lauren Lapkus, John Early) – Eight stand up comedians get the chance to make their own 30 minute show.  A Netflix original.  Instant Streaming Only

March 8th

The Returned – Season 1 (TV drama, India Ennenga, Mark Pellegrino) – I think this is season 1 of the American version of this resurrection drama.  Instant Streaming Available

Manhattan – Season 2 (TV drama, John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams) – This 1940s period drama about the building of the first atomic bomb continues with season two.  This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only

Spectre (action, Daniel Craig, Christoph Waltz) – Daniel Craig is back as James Bond.  DVD Only

Crimson Peak (horror, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain) – Never move to your new British husband’s isolated mansion.  It’s just a rule to live by.  Good cast for this one, though.  DVD Only

The Blue Hour (foreign drama, Atthaphan Poonsawas, Oabnithi Wiwattanawarang) – Thai language story of bullied boy seeking out dangerous other boy for sexual trysts.  Instant Streaming Only

The 33 (drama,  Antonio Banderas, Juliette Binoche) – The true story of 33 Chilean miners trapped underground for 69 days.  DVD Only

Macbeth (drama, Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard) – I’m an uncultured swine, but I don’t love Shakespeare.  If you do, check out this version of the classic story.  DVD Only

The Tribe (foreign drama, Grygoriy Fesenko, Yana Novikova) – No dialog graces this Ukrainian story about a school for the deaf – it’s told entirely in sign language with no subtitles.  Interesting.  DVD Only

The Forbidden Room (drama, Clara Furey, Mathieu Amalric) – A comedy/thriller/drama about a submarine crew trapped with a band of thieves.  Described as “surreal”.  Instant Streaming Available

Victoria (thriller, Laia Costa, Frederick Lau) – Clubbing, dangerous boys and a heist all supposedly filmed in a continuous shot.  Instant Streaming Available.

Break Point (comedy, Jeremy Sisto, David Walton) – You don’t see a lot of tennis movies.  And I probably won’t see this one, even though I do like Jeremy Sisto.  DVD Only

Open Season: Scared Silly (family animation,  Will Townsend, Melissa Sturm) – Did someone say animation?  Yeah, I won’t be seeing it.  DVD Only

The Spoils of Babylon (TV comedy, Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig) – A fantastic cast for this mini-series spoof of romantic dramas about rich people – including Tim Robbins, Will Ferrell and Michael Sheen.  Instant Streaming Available – this is definitely going on my list!

10,000 km (foreign drama, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer) – Spanish language story of a long distance relationship.  DVD Only

Coming Home (foreign drama, Li Gong, Daoming Chen) – Mandarin language story of a man released from a labor camp only to discover that his wife has amnesia.  DVD Only

The Wonders (foreign drama, Maria Alexandra Lungu, Sam Louwyck) – Italian language story about a beekeeping family.  DVD Only

Memories of the Sword (foreign action, Byung-hun Lee, Do-yeon Jeon) – Korean language medieval teen rebellion.  Instant Streaming Available

Born to Win (faith & spirituality, Annalize Adams, Merline Balie) – True story of a guy finding God.  DVD Only

Roboshark (spoof, Hristo Balabanov, Nigel Barber) – What happens when a shark bites an alien?  This movie is one way to find out.  Instant Streaming Only

Breaking Through (drama, Sophia Aguiar, Jay Ellis) – Online dance videos lead to the perils of stardom.  Instant Streaming Only

Forever (thriller, Deborah Ann Woll, Luke Grimes) – Tragedy leads journalist into commune.  Instant Streaming Only

Halo: The Fall of Reach (TV animation, Jen Taylor, Steve Downes) – Based on a video game (though to be fair, a novel about a video game) AND animated?  My chances of seeing this are zero.  Instant Streaming Only 

Liz in September (foreign drama, Patricia Velasquez, Danay Garcia) – Spanish language doomed lesbian romance.  Instant Streaming Only

The Young Kieslowski (comedy, Ryan Malgarini, Haley Lu Richardson) – Teen nerds get drunk and accidentally make babies.  Instant Streaming Only

March 4th

House of Cards – Season 4 (TV drama, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright) – I still haven’t started watching this.  Such a loser!  Instant Streaming Only

Louie – Season 5 (TV comedy, Louis C.K.) – I love this FX original series.  Instant Streaming Available

Cuckoo – Season 1-2 (TV comedy, Andy Samberg, Helen Baxondale) – A new Netflix original series about a British woman who marries an American hippie.  Two seasons coming out at once!  Instant Streaming Only

March 1st

The Americans – Season 3 (TV drama, Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys) – This well reviewed show about cold war era Russian spies returns for a third season.  This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.

Silk – Season 2 (British TV drama, Maxine Peake, Rupert Penry-Jones) – British legal drama.  Not a streamer, so DVD Only

Bridge of Spies (thriller, Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance) – Cold War era period piece about a lawyer trying to negotiate the release of an American pilot from the Soviets.  This one picked up an Oscar nom for best picture.  Update – this is really good.  The pace is a little slow, but its worth it for the performances.  DVD Only

Room (drama, Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay) – I read this book and it’s amazing – I can’t wait to see the movie.  Update: very well done adaptation of the novel.  DVD Only

Suffragette (drama, Carey Mulligan, Helena Bonham Carter) – Period piece about the English women’s suffrage movement.  Also with Meryl Streep.  DVD Only

Our Brand is Crisis (comedy, Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton) – I love Sandra Bullock.  Here she is a campaign consultant who leaves Washington only to find herself back in politics in Bolivia.  DVD Only

Big Stone Gap (romantic comedy, Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson) – Pharmacist in a coal mining town rom/com.  Yawn.  DVD Only

The Night Before (comedy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen) – We almost saw this on Christmas Eve!  Typically inappropriate for us – it’s about three guys and their final rowdy yearly celebration.  And Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in it, so I have to see it. Update – this is too stupid.  Even JGL couldn’t save it.  DVD Only

Childhood’s End (TV sci-fi, Mike Vogel, Julian McMahon) – I watched this mini-series when it aired and it was good, if ultimately depressing.  DVD Only

Life (drama, Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan) – Based on a true story of a Life magazine photographer hired to photograph a young James Dean.  DVD Only

Don Verdean (comedy, Sam Rockwell, Amy Ryan) – What happens when you can’t find any relics in the holy land when you’re there on the dime of an evangelist?  Instant Streaming Available

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (drama, Jafar Panahi) – Written, directed and starring Panahi – he masquerades as a cab driver while videotaping his conversations with passengers in Tehran.  Instant Streaming Available

Terminus (sci-fi, Jai Koutrae, Kendra Appleton) – Guy with really crappy life finds himself involved in otherworldly happenings.  DVD Only

Ratter (thriller, Ashley Benson, Matt McGorry) – Cyberstalker!  DVD Only

Sunshine Superman (documentary, Jean Boenish, Carl Boenish) – BASE jumping pioneer bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Available

All Roads Lead to Rome (comedy, Sarah Jessica Parker, Raoul Bova) – New Yorker and her daughter encounter hijinks in Tuscany.  DVD Only

Gored (documentary, Marco Antonio Barrera) – Story of a matador.  Instant Streaming Only

Narcopolis (thriller, Elliot Cowan, Élodie Yung) – Recreational drugs are legal in this future thriller.  Instant Streaming Only

Miss You Already (drama, Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore) – Friendship gets tested by life’s hardships and triumphs.  DVD Only

Finding Noah (documentary, Gary Sinise) – An expedition up Mount Ararat looking for Noah’s Ark.  DVD Only

AWOL-72 (action, Luke Goss, RZA) – Being a secret-selling AWOL marine carries some risks…  DVD Only

She’s Beautiful When She’s Angry (documentary) – Women’s lib movement doc.  DVD Only

The Girl King (drama, Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon) – 17th century Swedish lesbian queen biopic.  Instant Streaming Available 5/1

Flowers (foreign drama, Itziar Ituño, Nagore Aranburu) – Spanish language story of a secret admirer and a bored housewife.  DVD Only

February 26th

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny (action, Michelle Yeoh, Donnie Yen) – Sequel to the 2000 movie, this Netflix Original movie comes to Instant Streaming Only

Fuller House – Season 1 (TV comedy, Candace Cameron-Bure, Jodie Sweetin) – Netflix Original continuation of the original Full House series.  I don’t know if I should be intrigued or appalled.  Instant Streaming Only

February 23rd

Fargo – Season 2 (TV drama, Kirsten Dunst Jesse Plemons) – Fargo is back, as strong as ever, this time set in the late 70s.  This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.

Rock the Kasbah (comedy, Bill Murray, Bruce Willis) – I love Bill Murray so I may give this comedy about a rock producer a chance despite its crappy ratings.  DVD Only

The Summer of Sangaile (foreign drama, Julija Steponaityte, Aiste Dirziute) – Lithuanian language story of one girl inspiring another to pursue her dream. Instant Streaming Only

Disaster Playground (documentary, Mark Boslough, John W. Boyd) – A look at the people planning strategies for outer space tragedies.  Instant Streaming Only

Extraction (action, Kellan Lutz, Bruce Willis) – Seriously Bruce, you of all people should know that CIA operatives are not allowed to retire.  DVD Only

Diablo (thriller, Scott Eastwood, Walton Goggins) – Hey, that’s Boyd Crowder from Justified!  This time he’s in a Civil War period piece.  DVD Only

I Smile Back (drama, Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles) – Woman who “has it all” does NOT have it all.  DVD Only

Racing Extinction (documentary) – Self explanatory title – scientists try to hold back a global tidal wave of extinctions.  DVD Only

Moonwalkers (comedy, Ron Perlman, Rupert Grint) – Faking the moon landings with Ron Weasley.  Instant Streaming Available

Entertainment (drama, Neil Hamburger, John C. Reilly) – A painful looking movie about a bad comedian working his way across the Mojave.  Instant Streaming Available

Yosemite (drama, James Franco, Henry Hopper) – Coming of age in 1980s California.  Instant Streaming Available

Frankenstein (horror, Maya Erskine, Xavier Samuel) – 3D printer version of the classic story.  DVD Only

The Girl in the Book (drama, Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist) – Writers keeping secrets.  Instant Streaming Available

The Sheik (documentary, Khosrow Vaziri) – Wrestler bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Only

February 17th

Love – Season 1 (TV comedy, Gillian Jacobs, Paul Rust) – Netflix Original comedy created by Judd Apatow about modern relationships.  Instant Streaming Only

Togetherness – Season 1 (TV dramedy, Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey) – Couple with shaky marriage takes in a couple of family members that destabilize them further.  No idea if this will be a streamer, for now DVD only.

Girls – Season 4 (TV dramedy, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams) – One of our girls heads to Iowa while the rest continue to try and make in New York as we head into season 4.  This HBO series is not a streamer, so DVD Only. This released back at the end of January and got pulled back for some reason.  Weird.

The Returned – Season 2 (foreign TV sci-fi, Pierre Perrier, Clotilde Hesme) – Sadly, this is not the American A&E version, but the French series about resurrected people.  Instant Streaming Available

Everest (action, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes) – This interests me because of the dispute between Jon Krakauer, who was on and wrote a book about this same doomed expedition, and the film makers, who disagree on the events.  I can’t decide if that’s enough to make me see it.  DVD Only

Straight Outta Compton (drama, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins) – 1980s N.W.A. biopic.  DVD Only

Jem and the Holograms (musical, Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott) – Social media teen rocker star AND a mystery?  Bitchin’.  DVD Only

Criminal Activities (thriller, Rob Brown, John Travolta) – Oh, people, don’t borrow money from the mob.  This one was directed by Jackie Earle Haley – he’s come a long way since The Bad News BearsDVD Only

The Iron Ministry (foreign documentary) – Mandarin language look at China’s massive state railway.  DVD Only

10,000 Days (sci-fi, Kasey Campbell, Lydia Look) – Surviving 27 years (which is…10,000 days!) after a comet struck Earth.  DVD Only

Operator (action, Mischa Barton, Ving Rhames) – When did Mischa Barton graduate to playing a mom?  DVD Only

Montana (action, Lars Mikkelsen, Ashley Walters) – Odd name for a revenge movie taking place in London.  DVD Only

Being Evel (documentary, Robbie Knievel, Frank Gifford) – Evel Knievel bio-doc.  DVD Only

All Things Must Pass (documentary, Russ Solomon, Bruce Springsteen) – The story of Tower Records.  DVD Only

Phoenix (foreign drama, Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld) – German language story of a woman tracking down her betrayer after WWII. Instant Streaming Available

Creep (comedy, Mark Duplass, Patrick Brice) – Videographer takes sketchy out of town job.  I like Duplass – I’ll put this on my list.  Instant Streaming Available

Sister Code (comedy, Amber Rose, Drew Sidora) – Family secrets test sisters.  Instant Streaming Only

February 9th

Bates Motel – Season 3 (TV drama, Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) – Norman Bates and his mom return for season 3.  Now Available on Instant Streaming.

The Leftovers – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman) – Small town America continues to try and recover from the mysterious disappearance of millions of people worldwide.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Bitten – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt) – World’s only female werewolf faces some steep challenges.  As one might expect.  Instant Streaming Only

From Dusk Till Dawn – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz) – Based on the movie, looks like this may be the last season.  Instant Streaming Only

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 2 (TV action, Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen) – Coulson and company are back for season 2.  Instant Streaming Only

The Martian (adventure, Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain) – We loved this one!  A rousing adventure indeed.  DVD Only

Indigenous (horror, Pierson Fode, Sofia Pernas) – Vacation is no fun when Chupacabra comes along for the ride.  Instant Streaming Available

Grandma (comedy, Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner) – Grandma Lily Tomlin is going through a break up when her granddaughter shows up needing money.  Hijinks ensue.  DVD Only

Love the Coopers (comedy, Alan Arkin, Marisa Tomei) – Dysfunctional family holiday movie with an amazing cast including Diane Keaton, Amanda Seyfried and John Goodman.  DVD Only

99 Homes (drama, Andrew Garfield, Michael Shannon) – Evicted and jobless, a decent man ends up working for the same guy who took his house.  DVD Only

MI-5 (thriller, Eleanor Matsuura, Tim McInnerny) – Movie based on TV characters from a show I haven’t seen.  Jon Snow from Game of Thrones is in it, though.  DVD Only

Freaks of Nature (comedy, Nicholas Braun, Mackenzie Davis) – Humans, vampires and zombies band together to fight aliens.  Seriously, I could not make this stuff up.  DVD Only

Marshland (foreign thriller, Raúl Arévalo , Javier Gutiérrez) – Spanish language crime drama set in 1980.  DVD Only

Welcome to Leith (documentary) – White supremacists try to take over North Dakota town.  DVD Only

Zero Tolerance (action, Scott Adkins, Dustin Nguyen) – Paramilitary dudes do a bunch of shooting in Bangkok.  DVD Only

Art of the Heist (documentary, Ronen Rubinstein, Grace Phipps) – 4 disc documentary about infamous art thefts.  DVD Only

A Faster Horse (documentary, Edsel Ford II, Gale Halderman) – Revamp of the Ford Mustang.  Instant Streaming Only

Para Elisa (foreign horror, Ana Turpin, Ona Casamiquela) – Spanish language babysitting horror.  Instant Streaming Only

Sand Dollars (foreign drama, Géraldine Chaplin, Yanet Mojica) – Spanish language story of a May December relationship on the brink. Instant Streaming Only

Tokyo Tribe (foreign musical, Ryohei Suzuki, Young Dais) – Japanese language gang musical.  Instant Streaming Only

Turkey Hollow (family, Mary Steenburgen, Jay Harrington) – Based on Jim Henson characters, two kids explore the woods around their aunt’s house.  DVD Only

Mercy Street (TV mini-series, Josh Radnor, Mary Elizabeth Winstead) – Executive produced by Ridley Scott, this 6 part PBS mini-series looks at the homefront during the Civil War in the form of an 1862 hotel turned Union Hospital.  DVD Only

February 5th

Mad Men Season 7, Part 2 (TV drama, Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss) – Finally!  We can see the end of the last season of Don Draper and his pals.  Instant Streaming Available

February 2nd

Ripper Street – Season 3 (TV drama, Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn) – London continues to recover after Jack the Ripper in season 3, now Available on Instant Streaming

Doctor Who – Season 9, Part 2 (TV sci-fi, David Tennant, Matt Smith) – The Doctor is back!  This second half of season 9 is DVD Only.  A new deal with Amazon means this will not stream on Netflix anymore.  Sorry Doctor Who fans!

The Lizzie Borden Chronicles (TV mini-series, Christina Ricci, Clea DuVall) – Christine Ricci as Lizzie Borden?  You have to love that.  Instant Streaming Available

A Ballerina’s Tale (documentary, Misty Copeland, Deirdre Kelly) – Missy Copeland bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Available

Extraordinary Tales (anime, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi) – Four Edgar Allen Poe animated horror stories.  DVD Only

The Last Witch Hunter (sci-fi, Rose Leslie, Rena Owen) – Coven of witches trying to destroy mankind fought by immortal witch hunter, priest and a good witch.  I think I need to see this one.  DVD Only

Truth (bio-drama, Cate Blanchett, Robert Redford) – Story of Dan Rather’s career demise.  DVD Only

Freeheld (drama, Julianne Moore, Michael Shannon) – Also with Ellen Page and Steve Carell, the story of a same sex couple fighting to pass pension benefits to each other when one is diagnosed with a terminal illness.  DVD Only

Man Up (comedy, Simon Pegg, Lake Bell) – Blind date mix-up that I would usually ignore – but it’s Simon Pegg!  So of course I’ll see it. Update – it’s cute because Simon Pegg is cute.  Lake Bell freaks me out.  Instant Streaming Available

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet (animation, Liam Neeson, Salma Hayek) – Stories inspired by the book.  It’s animated, I’ll never see it.  Anyone who does – let me know if it’s good.  DVD Only

Show Me a Hero (TV mini-series, Oscar Isaac, Bob Balaban) – Six part, 2 disc mini-series about a controversial public housing project in Yonkers.  DVD Only

He Never Died (horror, Henry Rollins, Booboo Stewart) – Zombie/vampire is forced out of seclusion by his human past.  Instant Streaming Available

Effie Gray (drama, Emma Thompson, Dakota Fanning) – Bio-pic about a 19th century woman seeking an annulment to her marriage.  DVD Only

The Keeping Room (thriller, Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld) – Civil War women need to fight against Union deserters while the men in their family are at war.  DVD Only

Meadowland (drama, Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson) – Woman whose son disappeared takes desperate risks to find him.  I may have to see this one.  DVD Only

Shelter (drama, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Mackie) – Homeless man and woman begin relationship.  Directed by Paul Bettany.  I’ll give this indie a shot.  Instant Streaming Available

Bleeding Heart (drama, Jessica Biel, Zosia Mamet) – Woman tries to save abused sister.  Instant Streaming Available 5/12

Ladrones (foreign action, Evelyna Rodríguez, Vadhir Derbez) – Spanish language story of Robin Hood type criminals coming out of retirement to deal with stolen land grants.  DVD Only

Home Invasion (thriller, Natasha Henstridge, Jason Patric) – Title here is pretty self explanatory.  But it’s directed by
David Tennant for all you Doctor Who fans.  DVD Only

Hellions (horror, Chloe Rose, Robert Patrick) – Pregnant teenager faces demons on Halloween night.  Instant Streaming Available

Rise of the Krays (action, Nicola Stapleton, Simon Cotton) – English twins go from boxing to crime.  Based on a true
story.  DVD Only

American Hero (comedy, Stephen Dorff, Eddie Griffin) – Scruffy stoner superhero has to clean up his act.  Instant Streaming Available

The World of Kanako (foreign thriller,  Kôji Yakusho, Nana Komatsu) – This is listed as being in English, but it isn’t –
it’s in Japanese with English subtitles.  The story of a cop searching for his daughter and finding out shocking truths.  DVD Only

Visions (horror, Isla Fisher, Anson Mount) – Haunted vineyard!  Instant Streaming Available

Curve (thriller, Julianne Hough, Teddy Sears) – Don’t pick up hitchhikers, people.  Instant Streaming Available

Breathe (foreign drama,  Josephine Japy, Lou de Laâge) – French language story of best friends and mixed emotions.  Instant Streaming Available

Howl (horror, Elliot Cowan, Amit Shah) – Those creatures that stopped your train are not friendly furries, people. DVD Only

Black Work (drama, Sheridan Smith, Sharon Duce) – British TV drama about a police constable searching for her husband’s killer.  DVD Only

Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! (action comedy, Ian Ziering, Tara Reid) – Hahahahaha.  I love that this exists. Instant Streaming Available

Swim Little Fish Swim (comedy, Dustin Guy Defa, Anne Consigny) – Indie about a new age-y couple and their child.  Instant Streaming Only

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck (documentary, Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love) – Very self explanatory title for this Cobain bio-pic.  DVD Only

Army Dog (family, Casper Van Dien, Grace Van Dien) – Army guy and Army dog bond with their Army family after coming home from deployment.  DVD Only

6 Ways to Die (action, Vinnie Jones, Michael Rene Walton) – Revenge, revenge, revenge!  DVD Only

Condemned (horror, Dylan Penn, Ronen Rubenstein) – Squatters + virus = MURDER  Instant Streaming Available

Agatha Christie’s Partners In Crime (TV mini-series, David Walliams, Jessica Raine) – Tommy and Tuppence Beresford sleuth in 1950s England.  2 discs.  DVD Only

February 1st

Better Call Saul – Season 1 (TV dramedy, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks) – This fabulous Breaking Bad spin off is Available on Instant Streaming

January 26th

Helix – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Billy Campbell, Hiroyuki Sanada) – The second season of this show about a lethal virus found at an Arctic station has been streaming for a while, but now it’s also available on DVD.

Downton Abbey – Season 6 (TV drama, Hugh Bonneville, Elizabeth McGovern) – The drama goes on for the Crawleys and their servants.  DVD Only – this one isn’t a streamer.

UnREAL – Season 1 (TV comedy, Shiri Appleby, Constance Zimmer) – This Lifetime channel sitcom takes place behind the scenes of a reality TV show.  No idea if it will stream, DVD Only for now.

Hitman: Agent 47 (action, Zachary Quinto, Hannah Ware) – Video game based future thriller.  DVD Only

Woodlawn (drama, Sean Astin, Nic Bishop) – 1970s period piece about a black football player in Birmingham.  DVD Only

Painkillers (sci-fi, Tahmoh Penikett, Lesley-Ann Brandt) – Marines go on mysterious mission in Afghanistan.  DVD Only

Unleashed! A Dog Dancing Story (documentary) – Yep, it’s about a dancing dog theater troupe.  Instant Streaming Only

Jesse Stone: Lost in Paradise (drama, Tom Selleck, William Devane) – Why do cops on vacation always find a murder to solve?  Oh, because that’s what we want.  DVD Only

Goosebumps (family action, Jack Black, Dylan Minnette) – Based on the books.  I’m tempted to see this one – I like Jack Black and never read the books as a kid.  DVD Only

Burnt (comedy, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller) – Another “perils of opening a restaurant” comedy.  If Bradley Cooper wasn’t beautiful I wouldn’t even consider it.  But he is, so I will.  DVD Only

Chi-Raq (drama, Nick Cannon, Wesley Snipes) – Directed by Spike Lee, based on the Greek play Lysistrata, taking place in present day Chicago.  DVD Only

The Assassin (foreign action, Qi Shu, Chen Chang) – Mandarin language period piece set in 9th century China.  Instant Streaming Available

A Brilliant Young Mind (drama, Asa Butterfield, Rafe Spall) – Math prodigy needs help with social skills.  I may give this a shot.  DVD Only

The Wannabe (drama, David Zayas, Neal Huff) – What does he wannabe?  A mobster.  Idiot.  DVD Only

The New Girlfriend (foreign thriller, Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier) – French language story of a woman who discovers a friend likes to cross dress, and finds herself really liking his new persona.  DVD Only

January 20th

When Calls the Heart – Season 2 (TV drama, Erin Krakow, Daniel Lissing) – This one doesn’t have a DVD release date yet, but Instant Streaming Available

Pawn Sacrifice (drama, Tobey Maguire, Peter Sarsgaard) – Bobby Fischer biopic.  DVD Only

Learning to Drive (drama, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley) – Odd couple divorcee and driving instructor – great cast for this one. Update – this is quite good!  Not earthshaking, but great performances from the leads.  DVD Only

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (drama, Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård) – Also with Christopher Meloni, who I love.  And Kristen Wiig!  I’ll need to see this story of a 15-year-old having an affair with her mother’s boyfriend.  DVD Only

Stonewall (drama, Ron Perlman, Jonny Beauchamp) – Docudrama about a protest that marked the birth of the gay rights movement.  DVD Only

A Girl Like Her (drama, Hunter King, Lexi Ainsworth) – High school bully drama.  DVD Only

The Condemned 2 (action, Randy Orton, Steven Michael Quezada) – WWE star action flick with gambling and bounty hunting.  DVD Only

Samba (foreign drama,  Omar Sy, Charlotte Gainsbourg) – French language story of a man soon to be deported connecting with his immigration caseworker.  DVD Only

Eden (foreign drama, Felix De Givry, Pauline Etienne) – French language DJ story.  Meh.  DVD Only

The Cut (drama, Tahar Rahim, Akin Gazi) – Period piece about a man searching for his daughters after the fall of the Ottoman Empire.  Instant Streaming Available.

Arthur & Merlin (action, Kirk Barker, Stefan Butler) – Celtic myth medieval England.  DVD Only

The Second Mother (foreign drama, Regina Casé, Michel Joelsas) – Brazilian class drama.  I think it’s in English.  DVD Only

January 17th

Z Nation – Season 2 (action, Tom Everett Scott, Kellita Smith) – I really like this quirky SyFy original zombie series.  Season 2 hasn’t come out on DVD, so it’s Instant Streaming Only for now.

January 13th

Parks and Recreation – Season 7 (TV comedy, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones) – The funny continues for a 7th year.  Available on Instant Streaming

January 12th

Mr Robot – Season 1 (TV drama, Rami Malek, Christian Slater) – Hacker and disgruntled employee try to take down corporate America.  I don’t know if this will stream, for now it’s DVD Only.

Continuum – Season 4 (TV sci-fi, Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster) – Officer Keira Cameron is still trapped in the past, 4 seasons in.  Instant Streaming Only

Uncle John (drama, John Ashton, Alex Moffat) – Is Uncle John a good guy or a bad guy?  Nephew Ben is going to find out.  Instant Streaming Available

Teen Beach 2 (comedy, Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell) – There should be no such thing as a movie that calls itself a “tween romance”.  Yet here we are, and it’s a sequel.  Oh, the humanity.  Instant Streaming Only

He Named Me Malala (documentary,  Malala Yousafzai) – Story of the 15-yeaqr old shot for her women’s rights advocacy in Pakistan.  DVD Only

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (sci-fi, Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodelario) – Sequel to the first one that I haven’t seen y  DVD Onlyet.

Fantastic Four (action, Tim Blake Nelson, Kate Mara) – They just can’t seem to get this set of characters right.  Or so says my savvy son.  DVD Only

Ted 2 (comedy, Seth MacFarlane, Mark Wahlberg) – I tolerated the first one as a novelty – I’m not sure I can do it again.  DVD Only

Hotel Transylvania 2 (family animation, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg) – Note the genre.  Not for me.  DVD Only

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (horror, Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw) – More found footage, more paranormal evilness.  DVD Only

Irrational Man (drama, Jamie Blackley, Joaquin Phoenix) – I was all ready to see this because of Phoenix (weird but always interesting) and Emma Stone (who also stars) but it was directed by Woody Allen.  I’ve been boycotting him for years and have no plans to stop.  DVD Only

The Look of Silence (foreign documentary, Adi Rukun) – Spanish language look at the family of an Indonesian murder victim confronting the powerful perpetrators.  Instant Streaming Available

Sinister 2 (horror, Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone) – Didn’t like the first one, probably not going to like this one…  DVD Only

How to Smell a Rose: A Visit with Ricky Leacock in Normandy (documentary, Richard Leacock) – A documentary about a guy who makes documentaries.  Instant Streaming Only

In the Basement (foreign documentary) – German language doc about weird obsessions and activities carried out in ordinary looking houses’ basements.  Instant Streaming Only

I Believe in Unicorns (drama, Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack) – Naivete and an active imagination blind teenager to red flags in relationship.  Instant Streaming Only

January 5th, 2016

Parenthood – Season 6 (TV drama, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham) – After a couple of false alarms, the 6th season of this family dram is now Available on Instant Streaming.

The Following – Season 3 (TV thriller, Kevin Bacon, James Purefoy) – The final season finally comes to streaming!  Instant Streaming Available

True Detective – Season 2 (TV drama, Colin Farrell, Vince Vaughn) – The anthology series is back with a whole new cast, including Rachel McAdams.  I loved the first season with McConaughey and Harrelson, so I’ll definitely be watching this one.  This isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia – Season 10 (TV comedy, Charlie Day, Kaitlin Olson) – Still going strong 10 years in.  Instant Streaming Available

Hart of Dixie – Season 4 (TV dramedy, Rachel Bilson, Jaime King) – This is a fan favorite and season 4 is finally Available on Instant Streaming.

Luther – Season 4 (TV drama, Idris Elba, Warren Brown) – I’m really enjoying season 1 of this gritty British police procedural.  Seasons 1-3 are streaming, so I’ll keep an eye out for season 4 – for now it’s DVD Only

New Girl – Season 4 (comedy, Zooey Deschanel, Jake Johnson) – Zooey is still quirky and she’s also Instant Streaming Available.

Broad City – Season 2 (TV comedy, Abbi Jacobson, Ilana Glazer) – Dysfunctional millennial friends in NYC.  Not my demographic.  DVD Only

Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Season 2  (TV comedy, Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher) – This one’s not a streamer, so DVD Only.  I sort of want to give this one a try because Andre Braugher is so amazing.  But I’m not sure I can put up with Andy Samberg.  Anyone else watch it?

Minions (family animation, Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm) – Animated you say?  I will never see it I say.  DVD Only

Experimenter (drama, Peter Sarsgaard, Winona Ryder) – Ethics are tested in this true story of a Yale researcher.  I’ll definitely give this one a shot.  Instant Streaming Available

The Transporter Refueled (action, Ed Skrein, Ray Stevenson) – Where “refueled” actually means “unnecessary franchise expansion”.  DVD Only

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (comedy, Tye Sheridan, Sarah Dumont) – Campouts spell trouble – scout or no scouts.  DVD Only

The Visit (horror, Kathryn Hahn, Olivia DeJonge) – Wow, even going to visit Grandma and Grandpa can’t unhorrify the Isolated Farm.  DVD Only

The Barefoot Artist (documentary) – Bio-doc of artist Lily Yeh, whose passion is public art projects. Instant Streaming Only

Sicario (thriller, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt) – Also with Victor Garber. Story of a cop infiltrating a Mexican drug ring.  DVD Only

The Walk (drama, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ben Kingsley) – I’ve seen documentaries about aerialist Philippe Petit before and frankly found them uninteresting.  But Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes this drama a whole new ballgame.  DVD Only

Captive (thriller, David Oyelowo, Kate Mara) – Kidnapper and hostage connect through inspirational book read aloud.  Based on a true story.  DVD Only

Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser (comedy, Mark McGrath, Brittany Daniel) – Yeah, David Spade, too.  Why?  WHY??  DVD Only

The Green Inferno (horror, Lorenza Izzo, Ariel Levy) – Uh-oh.  Do-gooders crash in jungle and get eaten by the tribe they went to save.  DVD Only

Infinitely Polar Bear (drama, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana) – Great leads for this drama about a bipolar man dealing with his kids on his own while his wife is away for over a year.  DVD Only

Sleeping with Other People (rom/com, Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie) – Also with Adam Scott, who I almost always like.  The story of a pair of serial cheaters trying to reform.  DVD Only

Flesh and Bone (TV drama, Ben Daniels, Sarah Hay) – Starz mini-series about a young woman in a ballet company.  DVD Only

Close Range (action, Madison Lawlor, Scott Adkins) – Gosh, just because you rescued your niece from a drug cartel, do they really have to track you down and exact bloody revenge?  OF COURSE THEY DO.  Instant Streaming Available

Ashby (drama, Mickey Rourke, Nat Wolff) – Your eccentric neighbor seems cool, but what do you really know about him?  DVD Only

Deathgasm (comedy, James Blake, Milo Cawthorne) – If you start a band, maybe don’t play the evil music that mysteriously appears.  Just a helpful hint.  DVD Only

Timber the Treasure Dog (family, Kix Brooks, Wilford Brimley) – Family movie about a dog starring Wilford Brimley.  Can you resist?  I know I can.  DVD Only

Mercury Plains (thriller, Nick Chinlund, Scott Eastwood) – Not happy in Texas?  Maybe going to Mexico and joining the paramilitary will be your ticket to paradise.  But maybe not…  DVD Only

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story (documentary) – The story of a woman with facial disfigurement who becomes an advocate against bullying.  I’ve seen her TED talk, she’s pretty amazing.  DVD Only

Robert (horror, Lee Bane, Megan Lockhurst) – Part of the “Creepy Murderous Doll” genre, which is surprisingly large.  DVD Only

Northern Soul (drama, Antonia Thomas, Elliot Langridge) – 1970s English kids want to go to American in search of fame, fortune and soul music.  Instant Streaming Available

The Throwaways (action, James Caan, Peter Brooke) – Hacker invited to join the CIA or go to prison forms his own rag-tag team.  DVD Only

Wrecker (horror, Steve Thackray, Jennifer Koenig) – No, don’t take that shortcut to the music festival!  Instant Streaming Available

Rodeo Girl (family, Kevin Sorbo, Derek Brandon) – Teen’s life is ruined when she has to spend the summer away from her elite boarding school with her father, who is a cowboy.  Thank God she discovers rodeo!  DVD Only

Battle For Skyark (sci-fi, Garrett Coffey, Caon Mortenson) – Exiled to Earth after alien invasion forces mankind to flee.  Bummer.  DVD Only

Blunt Force Trauma (action, Mickey Rourke, Freida Pinto) – Also with Ryan Kwanten (aka Jason Stackhouse from True Blood) as a professional gunfighter alongside Freida Pinto.  Instant Streaming Only

Wild City (foreign action, Louis Koo, Shawn Yue) – Cantonese language.  Ex-cop gets into trouble because of hot woman.  Ain’t that just always the way.  Instant Streaming Only

Big Sky (drama, Bella Thorne, Frank Grillo) – This one about a girl with agoraphobia forced to fight for her life has been out on DVD for a while – now it’s Available on Instant Streaming

January 1st, 2016

To start 2016 out right, I’m going to do something a little different.  I’m going to list here all the movies that were released for purchase on DVD that were never released to DVD on Netflix, but went straight to streaming from the years 2014 and 2015.  Why?  Because they clog up my information pathways and annoy me.  But, they give you a HUGE pile of movies to choose from for your Instant Streaming lists!  Enjoy!

Legends – Season 1 (TV drama, Sean Bean, Ali Larter) – CIA agent and expert in assuming new identities has identity crisis.  This one never went to DVD and has a second season coming. Instant Streaming Only

3 Nights in the Desert (drama, Wes Bentley; Amber Tamblyn) – Ex-band mates squabble on their 30th birthdays.  Instant Streaming Only

A Brony Tale (documentary, Ashleigh Ball, Jordan Downs) – Another look at the (really creepy) middle aged guys who dig My Little Pony.  Instant Streaming Only

A Horse For Summer (drama, Dean Cain, Christopher Atkins) – I bet there’s a main character named Summer and the plot has something to do with a horse.  Instant Streaming Only

A Life in Dirty Movies (documentary, Joseph W. Sarno, Peggy Sarno) – Porn changes over time, so says director Joseph W. Sarno. Instant Streaming Only

A Path Appears (documentary, Blake Lively, Jennifer Garner) – Celebrities bring global gender inequity and oppression to light. Instant Streaming Only

A River Between Us (documentary) – Environmental documentary created to get the White House to help preserve an endangered area. Instant Streaming Only

A Tale of Two Thieves (documentary) – 1963 English train robbery. Instant Streaming Only

A Year in Champagne (documentary) – Devoted to the creation of and appreciation of French champagne. Instant Streaming Only

Above and Beyond (documentary) – A group of pilots flying for Israel shortly after WWII. Instant Streaming Only

Actress (documentary, Brandy Burre) – Story of an actress turned stay at home mom turned actress. Instant Streaming Only

The Adventures of Pepper and Paula (family, Alexandria Deberry, Mindy Raymond) – A wild west show star is injured and relies on her dog to get her through the tough times.  Oh my. Instant Streaming Only

All American High: Revisited (documentary) – Documentary follow up to a documentary from 30 years ago.  About a high school! Instant Streaming Only

Allies (action, Julian Ovenden, Werner Daehn) – Complicated WWII war stuff. Instant Streaming Only

Amour fou (foreign comedy, Birte Schnoink, Christian Friedel) – German Language comedy/drama about love, loss and suicide pacts. Instant Streaming Only

Antarctic Edge: 70° South (documentary) – Scientists go to the Antarctic to study melting ice sheet. Instant Streaming Only

As the Light Goes Out (foreign drama, Andy On, Nicholas Tse) – Cantonese language story of firefighters and a New Years blackout. Instant Streaming Only

Asmodexia (foreign horror, Lluís Marco, Clàudia Pons) – Spanish language secret cults and evil spirits. Instant Streaming Only

Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery (foreign documentary, Wolfgang Beltracchi, Helene Beltracchi) – German language story about a talented forger who fooled international art experts for 40 years. Instant Streaming Only

Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain (drama, Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton) – Story of the 1984 Union Carbide chemical spill in India and the horrible aftermath. Instant Streaming Only

Big Muddy (drama, Nadia Litz, Justin Kelly) – Felonious mother begets felonious son. Instant Streaming Only

Blood Valley: Seed’s Revenge (horror, Christa Campbell, Caroline Williams) – Though this appears to be an absolute mess (managing all of 1 star on Netflix), props to the filmmakers for one of the best titles of all time. Instant Streaming Only

Brotherhood of Blades (foreign action, Chen Chang, Cecilia Liu) – Mandarin language tale of Ming dynasty assassins. Instant Streaming Only

Call Me King (action, Amin Joseph, Bai Ling) – Brothers return to native Haiti to fight The Man. Instant Streaming Only

Cam2Cam (thriller, Tammin Sursok, Ben Wiggins) – Don’t do racy things with foreign men while vacationing in Bangkok.  That’s always been my rule of thumb. Instant Streaming Only

Childless (drama, Barbara Hershey, Joe Mantegna) – Family gathers at the funeral for a teenager, each speaking to the camera with their thoughts and feelings.  This one sounds sad but also interestingly conceived. Instant Streaming Only

Clean Spirit (documentary, Marcel Kittel, John Degenkolb) – Humblebragging cycling team congratulates themselves for not taking drugs. Instant Streaming Only

Comeback Dad (drama, Charles S. Dutton, Tatyana Ali) – Woman deals with return of father who abandoned her. Instant Streaming Only

Copenhagen (drama, Baard Owe, Frederikke Dahl Hansen) – Less than awesome guy meets and befriends teenager who Makes Him A Better Man. Instant Streaming Only

Cristela (TV comedy, Cristela Alonzo, Carlos Ponce) – This comedy about a law student with a chaotic family only got a single season. Instant Streaming Only

Daddy’s Home (comedy, Travis Winfrey, Caryn Ward) – Dude struggles to be a good father. Instant Streaming Only

Dancer and the Dame (action comedy, Billy Gardell, Quinton Aaron) – It’s a cop and a dog doing funny action things.  If you like that kind of thing, more power to you. Instant Streaming Only

Dark Matter (TV sci-fi, Marc Bendavid, Melissa O’Neil) – Looks like this deep space amnesia series only got a single season. Instant Streaming Only

Dealer (foreign action, Dan Bronchinson, Elsa Madeleine) – French language drug dealer who wants out, but can’t get out.  Instant Streaming Only

Deep in the Darkness (horror, Blanche Baker, Kristen Bush) – Small town, dark woods, big secrets.  AAAGHHHHHH! Instant Streaming Only

Detectorists (TV comedy, Mackenzie Crook, Toby Jones) – Critics loved this pair of British metal detecting treasure seekers.  Mackenzie Crook is Gareth from the original Office and a funny guy – I’m putting this on my list. Instant Streaming Only

Dragonfyre (action, Rusty Joiner, Masiela Lusha) – Magical world must be saved by a single man. Instant Streaming Only

Ejecta (sci-fi, Julian Richings, Lisa Houle) – Just because you’re paranoid about aliens doesn’t mean they aren’t out to get you. Instant Streaming Only

Famous Nathan (documentary, Nathan Handwerker, Ida Handwerker) – Story of Nathan’s Famous hot dogs. Instant Streaming Only

Farmland (documentary, Brad Bellah, Leighton Cooley) – Inside look at young farmers in the new millennium. Instant Streaming Only

Fifi Howls from Happiness (foreign documentary, Bahman Mohassess, Mitra Farahani) – Story of an Iranian artist living in exile in Italy. Instant Streaming Only

First Period (comedy, Dudley Beene, Jack Plotnick) – High school outcasts try to become popular.  Nope, not about menstruation. Instant Streaming Only

For the Emperor (foreign thriller,  Lee Min-ki, Lee Tae-Im) – Korean language story of an ex-baseball player turned criminal. Instant Streaming Only

Gloria (foreign drama, Sofía Espinosa, Marco Pérez) – Spanish language biopic about Mexican pop star Gloria Trevi. Instant Streaming Only

Gun Woman (action, Asami, Kairi Narita) – Gross out revenge pic. Instant Streaming Only

Hamlet and Hutch (family, Burt Reynolds, Emma Rayne Lyle) – Reynolds plays grandfather (and great-grandfather) with Alzheimer’s Disease. Instant Streaming Only

Happy End (foreign drama, Verena Wüstkamp, Sinha Melina Gierke) – German language story of romance developing between two women as they carry out friend’s final wishes. Instant Streaming Only

Housebound (comedy, Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata) – What if you’re on house arrest – and the house is haunted? Instant Streaming Only

I Am Santa Claus (documentary, Artie Langem, Dee Snider) – A look at 5 professional Santas. Instant Streaming Only

If You Don’t, I Will (foreign drama, Emmanuelle Devos, Mathieu Amalric) – French language story of a discontented empty nester wife flying the coop to live in the woods. Instant Streaming Only

In God’s Hands (drama, Cynthia Kaye McWilliams, Omar Gooding) – Musical single mother faces demons from her past. Instant Streaming Only

Irreplaceable (faith and spirituality, Michael Medved, Eric Metaxas) – Guy talks with people around the world about “traditional family”. Instant Streaming Only

It Happened Here (documentary) – Shining a light on campus sexual assault. Instant Streaming Only

Killer Legends (documentary) – A look at some urban legends and where they might have come from. Instant Streaming Only

Knock ‘Em Dead (comedy, Rae Dawn Chong, Debra Wilson) – Backstabbing movie set becomes, literally, deadly. Instant Streaming Only

Know How (drama, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark) – Foster care stories from people who lived in the system. Instant Streaming Only

Love Hunter (drama, Milan Mumin, Jelena Stupljanin) – Rock star in Serbia, cab driver in NYC.  Instant Streaming Only

Love the One You’re With (comedy, Nadine Ellis, KiKi Haynes) – Age old struggle to balance career and family. Instant Streaming Only

Maidan (documentary) – Chronicling unrest in Ukraine. Instant Streaming Only

Mala Mala (documentary) – A look at the transgender community in Puerto Rico. Instant Streaming Only

Manhattan Romance (comedy, Tom O’Brien, Katherine Waterston) – Guy making documentary about romance in New York ends up having a romance in New York. Instant Streaming Only

Marie’s Story (foreign drama,  Isabelle Carré, Ariana Rivoire) – French language story of Marie Heurtin, born deaf and blind and sent to an institution.  Set in 1885. Instant Streaming Only

Misfire (action, Gary Daniels, Vannessa Vasquez) – Dedicated DEA agent tracks down the bad guys – then things get personal. Instant Streaming Only

Morning Star (action, Adrian Bouchet, Daniel Vivian) – Conquering heroes return to a very different world than the one they left when they headed to battle. Instant Streaming Only

My Dad’s a Soccer Mom (family, Lester Speight, Skai Jackson) – Ex-football player becomes stay at home dad. Instant Streaming Only

My Favorite Five (romance, Rochelle Aytes, Brian White) – Deciding on 5 must-have qualities for a mate probably has never, ever worked.  Ever. Instant Streaming Only

Mysterious Ways (drama, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Gary Dourdan) – Grieving woman finds support from homeless man. Instant Streaming Only

Next Goal Wins (documentary, Thomas Rongen, Nicky Salapu) – The national soccer team from American Samoa works towards its first win ever. Instant Streaming Only

Ninja Apocalypse (action, Cary Tagawa, Christian Oliver) – It’s not an apocalypse without a ninja. Instant Streaming Only

Northern Borders (drama, Bruce Dern, Geneviève Bujold) – Coming of age while living with your eccentric grandparents. Instant Streaming Only

Northern Limit Line (foreign action, Mu-yeol Kim, Ku Jin) – Korean language docudrama about a 2002 naval confrontation between North and South Korea. Instant Streaming Only

Not Cool (comedy, Shane Dawson) – YouTuber Shane Dawson makes a movie.  Make of that what you will. Instant Streaming Only

Of Girls and Horses (drama, Ceci Chuh, Ellen Grell) – Troubled kid makes connections at horse farm. Instant Streaming Only

Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (foreign action, Sammo Hung Kam-Bo, Andy On) – Mandarin language martial arts, gangs, drugs and secrets. Instant Streaming Only

RoboRex (family, Ben Browder, Ethan Phillips) – Can real dog Rex compete with the new alien in town?  I know I don’t care, but you might! Instant Streaming Only

Saints and Soldiers: The Void (action, K. Danor Gerald, Adam Gregory) – African American sergeant in WWII facing prejudice. Instant Streaming Only

Seashore (foreign drama, Mateus Almada, Maurício José Barcellos) – Portuguese language story of two friends who become lovers. Instant Streaming Only

Seeds of Time (documentary, Cary Fowler) – Scientist collects seeds in effort to prevent worldwide famine. Instant Streaming Only

Serial Killer Culture (documentary, Matthew Aaron, John Borowski) – A look at why people are fascinated by serial killers. Instant Streaming Only

Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (foreign sci-fi, Kun Chen, Bingbing Li) – Mandarin language action fantasy. Instant Streaming Only

Stations of the Cross (foreign drama, Lea van Acken, Franziska Weisz) – German language story of a Catholic girl actively trying to attain sainthood. Instant Streaming Only

Summer of Blood (horror, Anna Margaret Hollyman, Dakota Goldhor) – Quirky NTC vampire horror/comedy. Instant Streaming Only

Sunset Edge (drama, Jacob Ingle, Haley McKnight) – Coming of age in a North Carolina trailer park.  Awesome. Instant Streaming Only

Tap World (documentary) – Mrs. Norman Maine and I clearly need to watch this one together. Instant Streaming Only

The Beast of Xmoor (horror, Nick Blood, Mark Bonnar) – Get out of the monster filled woods, stupid documentarians!  Also, props for the lead actor’s name. Instant Streaming Only

The Chambermaid (foreign drama, Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis) – German language story of a nosy chambermaid. Instant Streaming Only

The Culture High (documentary, Joe Rogan, Richard Branson) – A look at the debate over the legalization of marijuana. Instant Streaming Only

The Dinner (foreign drama, Alessandro Gassmann, Giovanna Mezzogiorno) – Italian language story of status conscious adults who have to deal with the crimes of their children. Instant Streaming Only

The Formula (comedy, Brandon Baker, Mike Schminke) – Two guys come up with a formula that attracts women.  Yawwwwn. Instant Streaming Only

The Great Museum (documentary) – Behind the scenes at a famous Vienna museum. Instant Streaming Only

The Invisible Front (documentary, Andrius Mamontovas, Darius Udrys) – A look at the resistence movement in Lithuania in 1944 nicknamed The Forest Brothers. Instant Streaming Only

The Journey Home (drama, Dakota Goyo, Goran Visnjic) – Boy tries to return polar bear cub to the wild.  Boy does unwise thing. Instant Streaming Only

The Lesson (foreign drama, Margita Gosheva, Ivan Burnev) – Bulgarian drama about a woman doing whatever she can to save her home from foreclosure. Instant Streaming Only

The Mule (thriller, Hugo Weaving, Angus Sampson) – Drug mule must try to tighten up and hold on to the drugs he swallowed while being detained at customs.  Gross. Instant Streaming Only

The Pardon (drama,  Jaime King, John Hawkes) – Good cast for this docudrama about a woman executed for murder in the 1940s. Instant Streaming Only

The Pirates (foreign action, Ye-jin Son, Dal-su Oh) – Korean language saga about…pirates.  And robberies, seafaring, emperors and dynasties. Instant Streaming Only

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (foreign action, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Gengxin Lin) – Mandarin language period piece set in 1946 – soldiers vs. bandits in China. Instant Streaming Only

Theresa Is a Mother (comedy, C. Fraser Press, Edie McClurg) – Single mom returns home to parents who are not exactly how she remembers. Instant Streaming Only

To Kill a Man (foreign thriller, Daniel Candia, Daniel Antivilo) – Spanish language story of a man to revenge by murderous thugs. Instant Streaming Only

Trash (action, Martin Sheen, Rooney Mara) – Homeless teenagers and a mysterious leather bag lead to something akin to adventure.  Good cast here. Instant Streaming Only

Uncanny (sci-fi, Mark Webber, Lucy Griffiths) – Reclusive scientist and his robot attract journalist. Instant Streaming Only

Under the Electric Sky: EDC 2013 (documentary) – Want to go to a big, loud, bright music festival?  Here’s your chance. Instant Streaming Only

Vengeance of an Assassin (foreign action, Dan Chupong, Nattawut Boonrabsap) – It seems unwise to attract the vengeance of an assassin.  Thai language. Instant Streaming Only

Wasp (drama, Simon Haycock, Elly Condron) – Gay couple’s holiday interrupted by attractive (to one of them) woman. Instant Streaming Only

We Could Be King (documentary) – A look at sports bringing under-served communities together. Instant Streaming Only

What Now? Remind Me (foreign documentary) – Portuguese language video memoir of a man struggling with HIV. Instant Streaming Only

When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (foreign drama, Bogdan Dumitrache, Diana Avramut) – Romanian language story about relationships on a movie set. Instant Streaming Only

White Haired Witch (foreign action, Chen Chang, Cecilia Liu) – Mandarin language.  Secrets, conspiracies and warriors, oh my! Instant Streaming Only

Z Storm (action, Michael Wong, Louis Koo) – Sorry, it’s not about zombies, it’s about Hong Kong financial fraud.  I know which I’d rather watch. Instant Streaming Only

Age of Ice (action, Jules Hartley, Barton Bund) – It sucks when an impending ice age interrupts your Egyptian vacation. Instant Streaming Only

Plot for Peace (documentary) – Story of Jean-Yves Ollivier, a key player in such major events as the negotiations for the release of Nelson Mandela. Instant Streaming Only

Patch Town (comedy, Stephanie Pitsiladis, Julian Richings) – Humanoid former toy goes looking for his family. Instant Streaming Only

December 29th, 2015

Person of Interest – Season 4 (TV drama, Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) – Instant Streaming Available! I hope that means the next (and reportedly last) season will be starting soon on TV.

Shameless – Season 5 (TV dramedy, Emmy Rossum, William H. Macy) – I love this show!  I’ll definitely binge this season. DVD Only (it isn’t a streamer)

Ray Donovan – Season 3 (TV drama, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight) – Fixer Ray Donovan returns for a third season on DVD Only.  It’s not a streamer.

The Bird Men (comedy, Tom Cavanagh, Graham Greene) – I swear there was a movie with this same plot with Owen Wilson in it.  Whatever, it’s about bird watching and revenge and is running a whopping 1.7 stars on Netflix.

Bone Tomahawk (drama, Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson) – A western with cave dwelling cannibals and Richard Jenkins?  YES PLEASE!

90 Minutes in Heaven (drama, Hayden Christensen, Kate Bosworth) – This is a near death experience thing, which is disappointing since I thought it might be about an extended version of the adolescent game 7 Minutes in Heaven.  I should know better than to get my hopes up.

A Walk in the Woods (drama, Robert Redford, Nick Nolte) – Based on the book by Bill Bryson (which I read), this also stars Emma Thompson.  I will most certainly be seeing it.

The Perfect Guy (thriller, Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy) – Taking up with charismatic bad guy goes badly.  Shocking.  But I’ll watch it anyway.

Heist (action, Robert De Niro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan) – Casino robbery, hijacking, hostages. Sounds like a Murphy’s Law kind of day.

Jenny’s Wedding (comedy, Alexis Bledel, Katherine Heigl) – Who says your family needs to meet, or know the gender of, the person you’re marrying?  Instant Streaming Available.

I Believe in Unicorns (drama, Natalia Dyer, Peter Vack) – Coming of dysfunctional, abusive relationship age.

December 22nd

War Room (drama, Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Evans Shirer) – Commit to prayer to save your marriage.  So not my thing.

12 Rounds 3: Lockdown (action, Dean Ambrose, Roger R. Cross) – Being a whistleblowing cop is never safe, even if you’re really a WWE wrestler.

Dragon Blade (action, Jackie Chan, John Cusack) – Ancient Chinese action movie weirdly starring John Cusack and Adrien Brody.

Queen of Earth (drama, Elisabeth Moss, Katherine Waterston) – Lake house recuperation derailed by what sounds like OCD.  I like Elizabeth Moss, I believe I’ll give this one a shot.  Instant Streaming Available

Nasty Baby (drama, Sebastián Silva, Kristen Wiig) – Don’t let the presence of Kristen Wiig fool you – this is not a comedy and it’s running all of 2 1/2 stars on Netflix.  It’s about a surrogate situation and a bad neighbor.

Vendetta (action, Bruce Payne, Danny Dyer) – Surprisingly, this movie named “vendetta” is about bloody revenge!

Chasing Shadows (crime drama, Reece Shearsmith, Alex Kingston) – a 4 part (single disc) British miniseries about a brilliant detective whose personality disorder makes him difficult to work with.  I’m definitely seeing this one.

December 19th

Call the Midwife – Season 4 (TV drama, Jessica Raine, Jenny Agutter) – The 1950s British midwives are back!  Instant Streaming Available

Under the Dome – Season 3 (TV sci-fi, Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre) – This thing jumped the shark the minute they decided to make a season 2.  But I CAN’T STOP WATCHING.  I think it’s giving me brain damage.  DVD Only

K2: Siren of the Himalayas (documentary, Fabrizio Zangrilli, Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner) – Mountain climbers in 2009.  Instant Streaming Available

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (action, Seung-yong Ryoo, Cho Jin-woong) – 16th century Chinese sea battle.  I’m not at all clear what language this is in, but you can find out easily because Instant Streaming Available!

In the Grayscale (foreign drama, Francisco Celhay, Emilio Edwards) – Spanish language story of a man questioning his sexuality.

Steve McQueen: The Man and Le Mans (documentary, Steve McQueen, Chad McQueen) – The apparently contentious making of a car racing movie.

The Legend of Korra: Book 4: Balance (anime) Seriously I don’t know a single thing about anime.  But I can tell this is part of a series!  Go me.

December 15th

Extant – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Halle Berry, Goran Visnjic) – Astronaut Berry’s post-space saga continues.  DVD Only

Teen Wolf – Season 5, Part 1 (TV sci-fi, Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed) – Teen werewolf/athlete/BMOC is back for season 5 on DVD Only.

Marco Polo – Season 1 (TV action, Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong) – A Netflix original that is now also available on DVD.  Instant Streaming Available

Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation (action, Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner) – Also with Simon Pegg, who makes these movies worth watching.

We Are Your Friends (drama, Zac Efron, Wes Bentley) – As tempting as Efron and Bentley may be, I’m going to pass on this look into the world of the DJ (plus woman troubles, of course).

Santa’s Little Helper (comedy, Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin, AnnaLynne McCord) – A WWE star packed Christmas tale.  Awwww(ful).

Drown (drama, Matt Levett, Jack Matthews) – Has anyone else ever heard of competitive Surf Lifesaving?  What an odd sounding sport.  I might watch this just to see what it is.  Instant Streaming Only.

Time Out of Mind (drama, Jena Malone, Ben Vereen) – Homeless man finds a helpful friend at Bellevue Hospital.  Instant Streaming Available

Wolf Totem (foreign action, Shaofeng Feng , Shawn Dou) – French language story of a group of shepherds and their relationship with the local wolves.

Slow Learners (comedy, Marceline Hugot, Kate Flannery) – Friends decide to embark on a self improvement program.  Instant Streaming Available

Top Spin (documentary) – Olympic level table tennis doc.

Finders Keepers (documentary) – OMG – this guy found an amputated leg in a grill he bought at auction!  Now that’s a story worth telling.  Instant Streaming Available March 15th

From the Dark (horror, Niamh Algar, Stephen Cromwell) – CELTIC NIGHTMARE!  Instant Streaming Available

Redeemer (action, Mauricio Diocares, Marko Zaror) – Vigilante assassin.  And another assassin trying to assassinate the vigilante assassin.  That’s a lot of asses.  Instant Streaming Available

Cut Snake (thriller, Kerry Walker, Sullivan Stapleton) – Ex-con haunted by prison past.

December 10th

Doctor Who – Season 9 Part 1 (TV sci-fi, David Tennant, Matt Smith) – Yay!  Now this will stream at some point, but I have absolutely no idea when.  I’ll keep an eye out for it, but for now it’s DVD Only

December 8th

Hannibal – Season 3 (TV drama, Hugh Dancy, Mads Mikkelsen) – Pre-Silence of the Lambs Lecter and Graham.  DVD only.

Mike and Molly – Season 5 (TV comedy, Billy Gardell, Melissa McCarthy) – I’m surprised Melissa McCarthy is still making this.  It’s not a streamer, so DVD Only.

Death Comes to Pemberley – Season 1 (TV drama, Matthew Rhys, Anna Maxwell Martin) – I think this is one of those one shot British series – there’s only a single disc.  It’s based on the P.D. James novel continuing Pride and Prejudice.  It is said to be witty.  Instant Streaming Available

Ant-Man (action, Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly) – Whoo!  I’m very excited to see Paul Rudd in this action/comedy/superhero movie.  It should have been terrible but I’ve heard good things.

Trainwreck (comedy, Amy Schumer, Bill Hader) – Oh yes, I’ll be seeing this.  Amy Schumer is funny and I like the idea of her as a dedicated single lady.  Update – really crude but very funny.

Blind (foreign drama, Marius Kolbenstvedt, Ellen Dorrit Petersen) – Norwegian language story of a woman who loses her sight and begins to think those around her are not being honest about their actions.  This one looks good.

Knock Knock (thriller, Keanu Reeves, Lorenza Izzo) – Don’t invite strangers in the house just because they’re pretty, Keanu.

Partisan (drama, Vincent Cassel, Jeremy Chabriel) – Best not question your cult leader, young man.

Xenia (foreign drama, Kostas Nikouli, Nikos Gelia) – Greek language story of a teenager and his brother looking for their father.  Also doing a talent show.  Don’t ask me, I don’t make this stuff.  Instant Streaming Available

The Kindergarten Teacher (foreign drama, Hamuchtar, Guy Oren) – Hebrew language story of a 5-year-old poet prodigy and his obsessive teacher.  Instant Streaming Available

One Eyed Girl (thriller, Steve Le Marquand, Tilda Cobham-Hervey) – More cults!  This time it would be better not to join at all.

War Pigs (action, Luke Goss, Dolph Lundgren) – Misfit soldier v. Nazis.  But the misfits have Dolph Lundgren!

The Outrageous Sophie Tucker (documentary, David Hyde Pierce, Barbara Walters) – Though I’d never heard of her, Sophie Tucker was a Vaudeville legend.  This is the story of her life, with commentary from admirers.

December 7th

In the Courtyard (foreign drama,  Michele Moretti, Pio Marmaï) – French musician becomes landlord.  I’m not entirely sure, but I think the film is in English.

Seek (drama, Matthew Ludwinski) – Canadian reporter writing about gay night life in Toronto and recovering from a break up.

December 2nd

Rosamunde Pilcher’s Shades of Love (drama, Charles Dance, Eileen Atkins) – 4 disc British TV mini-series about the trials and tribulations of being rich in Britain.

December 1st

Fear the Walking Dead – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis) – I still haven’t quite decided if I like this Walking Dead prequel.  The six episode first season is DVD Only for now.

Zoo – Season 1 (TV sci-fi, James Wolk, Kristen Connolly) – This 13 episode summer series about animals gone wild has been Available on Instant Streaming for some time, now you can get it on disc.  I’m watching it now – it isn’t bad if you can put your disbelief high on a shelf.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (action, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer) – Guy Ritchie directed this movie adaption of the 1960s TV series about Cold War spies.

Amy (documentary) – Amy Winehouse bio-doc.

Some Kind of Wonderful (comedy, Pierce Brosnan, Salma Hayek) – Professor with complicated love life begins to reassess.  Instant Streaming Available

Inside Out (animation, Amy Poehler, Diane Lane) – Pixar Studios story of a girl and her animated emotions during a move across the country.

Momentum (action, Lee-Anne Summers, Olga Kurylenko) – Thief tries to retire.  Fails.  Isn’t that the way it always is with thieves and hit-men?

Mississippi Grind (drama, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn) – Compulsive gambler does some excessive gambling.

Self/Less (sci-fi, Ryan Reynolds, Ben Kingsley) – You should get to know someone before you steal their body.  This is a good cast – I’ll see it.

Goodnight Mommy (horror, Susanne Wuest, Lukas Schwarz) – Plastic surgery or pod person?  AHHHHHHH!

A Christmas Eve Miracle (family, Olivia d’Abo, Anthony Starke) – Wonderful Life rip off #297,635.

The Hunting Ground (documentary) – College sexual assault documentary.

Jerusalem (documentary) – An exploration of Jerusalem narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch.

Grace of Monaco (drama, Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth) – Grace Kelly biopic of a time when she was considering going back to acting.  Instant Streaming Available

Cooties (comedy, Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson) – Frodo and Dwight face an elementary school full of zombies.  You bet I’ll be seeing this.

Assassination (foreign drama, Gianna Jun, Jung-Jae Lee) – Korean resistance against Japan, snipers, traitors and jail breaks.

Lost in the Sun (action, Josh Duhamel, Josh Wiggins) – Thief forces orphan to participate in crime, then on a road trip, and the two bond.

The Editor (comedy, Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks) – People are dying on horror set.  Whodunit?

Yakuza Apocalypse (foreign action, Hayato Ichihara, Yayan Ruhian) – Japanese language underground criminal VAMPIRE!  Awesome!

Checkmate (action, Vinnie Jones, Danny Glover) – Bank heist.  Or is it?  Instant Streaming Available

Seeds of Yesterday (TV drama, Rachael Carpani, James Maslow) – Oh, VC Andrews, you’re never going away, are you?

Eaters (horror, Marcelle Bowman, Robert Dean) – Has there ever been a teenage road trip that did not end in biker gangs, stalkers and other horror cliches?

 

Overview

What is Netflix? Should you use it?

Netflix is an online DVD rental service.  Instead of going to the local video store, you can have movies of your choice sent to you via the US mail.  It really is that simple.  Read on to see if it’s for you.

The Past

Originally, Netflix was a DVD only operation.  You chose the movies you wanted to watch from their online catalogue,Netflix Logo put them on your list and they would send them to you.  You could have as many as you wanted at a time (prices increased as the number increased) and you could keep them as long as you wanted.  Send one back and the next one on your list (called your queue) would be sent to you.  New movies would release on Netflix as soon as they released on DVD.

When we started, years ago, it took about 4 days to turn around a movie.  We had a 3 movie per month service plan and there were something like 11,000 movies in the Netflix catalogue.  It was heaven at a time when trying to rent a new release, a documentary or an independent film at a video store was next to impossible and late fees were omnipresent.

Times changed and Netflix changed with them.

The Present

Our original Netflix account seems quaint now.  So does the dial-up connection we used to manage it.  But the core appeal remains – I get movies I choose delivered to my mailbox, take as long as I want to watch them and drop them back in the mail (no postage needed).  A new one appears now in about 2 days.  The catalogue is now unimaginably huge – my queue is always enormous.  User interface on the site itself is super simple – you can browse movies, rate them, get recommendations, complain and report damaged and missing discs as well as manage your own account.

And there are so many more options now.  You can have DVD plans up to 8 at a time, you can have limited plans for as little as $5 a month, and the biggest change – you can now get additional content streamed to any of a couple hundred different devices.  It’s called Netflix Instant Streaming.

Netflix Instant Streaming

When this service began, you could stream movies to your computer via the Netflix site.  There were a few thousand available, most of them sucked.  We never used it – in addition to having little interest in the available content, we had no desire to watch movies on our computer.

But now, with the rise of YouTube and Hulu and any number of other services that stream video content from the internet, Netflix has upped their game.  Their instant catalogue has grown to include many thousands of movies and TV shows (including the first Netflix original series – 2013’s House of Cards, now joined by several more).  Best of all, you can stream through over 100 different devices (including computer to TV if you can reach with an HDMI cable).  We use either our Xbox 360 or our Roku Netflix Player to stream movies directly to our TV.  So in addition to the DVDs we get, we also have access to thousands of titles streamed free.

As streaming becomes more and more dominant with consumers, Netflix has acquired rights to more and more content.  One major acquisition involved streaming new releases before they go to pay TV.

We’re discovering now, in 2014,  that about 25-30% or so of the movies and TV that we want to get from Netflix is available through Netflix Instant Streaming.  Most of the movies are still either not new or are of limited general interest.  But a surprising number of little indie gems show up there.  And the TV is fabulous – we’ll often get a season the summer after it airs and be caught up for the fall premiere.  We’ve seen any number of movies and TV series via streaming on which we never would have used a DVD rental.  Some of them have been great.  Some have also sucked.  But that’s the world of movies, right?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

I’m sure this seems like nothing more than a commercial for Netflix.  Let me assure you – I do not work for them.  And they have plenty of problems.  The granddaddy of all current problems is the horrid delay imposed upon Netflix by most of the major movie studios.  This problem is so big and pisses me off so bad that it gets its very own section here on Movie Rewind.  Just hop over one tab.

But let’s start with a simple rundown of the good:

  • Movies and TV on DVD delivered to your mailbox
  • Huge DVD and Instant Streaming catalogue from which to choose
  • Large number of service options
  • Excellent user interface on the site
  • 2 day DVD turnover
  • My history with them is spotless in terms of customer service

And move straight on to the bad:

  • 28 day delay for new releases
  • Not everyone is fortunate enough to have a 2 day turn around
  • DVD extras often not included on rental discs
  • No extras on streamed content
  • No captions available on streamed content (update: as of 2013, captions have become available for most content)
  • Streamed content requires the purchase of a (sometimes expensive) device in order to be truly watchable
  • Streamed content varies in picture quality (update: 2014 – most of the picture quality issues seem to have been resolved)

And the downright ugly:

  • There is no easy way to figure out when things will become available for either rental or streaming on Netflix

My Gift to You

We here at Movie Rewind are annoyed by the lack of easy access to Netflix release dates.  So I am going to provide them.  Tab over and you will find Netflix release dates for as many newly released movies and TV series as I can find, starting with January 1, 2014 (you can find the 2014 release dates here 2013 release dates here, the 2012 release dates here and the  2011 release dates here).  I will not be including old movies new to DVD or to Netflix – only new releases. When I find out that they are streaming, I’ll include that as well.

I love Netflix and have no intention of leaving them for another service or abandoning my disc subscription.  But nothing is perfect.  It’s my job to bitch about the problems I can’t control (I’m looking at you, 28 day delay) and provide solutions for the ones I can.  I love my job.

Release Delays

I hate you, 28 day delay

This is not the first time I’ve bitched about the 28 day release delay imposed on Netflix by many of the major movie studios.  But for those of you new to this particular party, I’ll go over the basics.

Beginning in January, 2010, Netflix customers (aka: ME) started noticing that some newly released DVDs were not being released by Netflix.  Hmmmm.  “What’s the deal?” the customers wondered.  Maybe just a glitch, an anomaly, an oversight.  WRONG!  It turned out that Warner Bros. and Netflix had reached a deal in which Netflix would delay release of new movies for 28 days after they became available for purchase, presumably to give people incentive to buy the DVD rather than wait to rent.  Fox and Universal soon followed suit, as did Paramount, even though their own internal study showed that delaying rental release did not increase DVD sales.

I have no idea, none at all, what Netflix gets out of this “agreement”.  I can only assume that it was forced down their throats with the threat of withdrawal of content altogether.

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Yeah, I get that the studios want more people to buy DVDs.  But I want to see concrete proof that delaying rentals achieves that.  I think that it does not – all it does is prove to someone at the studio that they have a bigger virtual penis and can force down Netflix (and Redbox – they’re affected as well) with their big powerful bully tactics.  Personally, it makes me committed to never, ever buying another DVD from one of these studios.   If I didn’t care enough to see a movie in the theater, I sure as hell don’t care enough to spend twice the price buying the stupid thing.  As I’ve pointed out before, buyers and renters are two different species and never the twain shall meet.  Or at least not very often.

Adding insult to injury, Blockbuster began running ads on TV during the 2010 holiday season boasting about how they had new releases for rent as soon as they were available for purchase.  They went so far as to specifically take a swipe at Netflix for the idiot 28 day delay.  Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.  I would venture to guess that the only reason Blockbuster had not, to that point, been forced to accept the same crappy delay “deal” as Netflix and Redbox is that everyone assumed they would be out of business by then.  Keep boasting, Blockbuster – if you look even marginally viable as a company, the big virtual penis will smack you down, too.  Oh, look, now that it’s 2014, Blockbuster is out of business.  RIP, Braggy McBraggersons.

The fallout from the 28 day delay is not just my ire (powerful though that might be).  People now have no idea when the movies they want will become available on Netflix.  It used to be easy – when it was released on DVD, it was released on Netflix.  But now there’s usually a delay – but it isn’t always 28 days.  Sometimes it’s shorter, sometimes it’s longer, sometimes there is no delay.  Who keeps track of which studios release which movies?  I know I don’t.  Even if I did, I don’t know anymore how many of them are enforcing the delay and there’s no way of knowing if they’ll enforce it on any particular movie.  BAH!!

But now you can know.  Because I’m going to tell you.  Tab over and you’ll find Netflix release dates beginning January 1, 2014.  I love you all just that much.  Almost as much as I hate that damn 28 day delay.

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