2015 Release Dates

2015 Netflix Releases

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So here you have it. DVD release dates for all of 2015 as they become available (you can find all of 2011 here,  all of 2012 here, all of 2013 here and all of 2014 here.  I’ll add to it every week as information becomes available. One Stop Shopping for Netflix Release Dates. Gotta love it.  I’m including information about Instant Streaming availability when I have it. Almost everything is available on DVD before it becomes available through instant streaming.  Initial release dates are for DVD unless otherwise noted. Netflix does rotate its streamed content, so something that is streaming when I add it may be on streaming hiatus at some later date.  But generally, if it was streaming once, it will stream again.  With no further ado, fire up your DVD player (or your Roku), and here are your release dates! 

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2015 Netflix Releases

Scandal Season 4 is streaming as of 7/29!

Coming in September

Homeland – Season 4 (TV drama, Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin) – Coming to DVD in September.  SO EXCITED!  This one never streams, so we’re all going to have to rely on our DVD subscriptions – at least in the US.  I heard it streams in Australia!

Arrow – Season 3 (TV sci-fi, Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy) – This is a streamer, but I don’t know when.  September release is DVD for now.

Supernatural – Season 10 (TV sci-fi, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) – 10 years!  It doesn’t seem that long.  Coming to DVD in September.  This is a streamer – will watch for it.

The Vampire Diaries – Season 6 (TV sci-fi, Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley) – No word on streaming, but it comes to DVD in September.  It’s a streamer though, so I’ll watch for it.

The Originals – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies) – Like its vampire cousins above, this one is coming to DVD in September. Will stream eventually – I’ll let you know when!

The League – Season 6 (TV comedy, Mark Duplass, Nick Kroll) – Fantasy football shenanigans are back – on DVD in September.  Will stream at some point.

Haven – Season 5 (TV sci-fi, Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant) – I love this show.  Coming to DVD in September, but it’s a streamer, so I’ll watch for that.

Nashville – Season 3 (TV drama, Connie Britton, Hayden Panettiere) – Coming out in September.  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Madam Secretary – Season 1 (TV drama,Téa Leoni, Bebe Neuwirth) – Since it’s the first season I have no idea if it will stream, but it comes to DVD in September

Hawaii Five-O – Season 5 (TV drama, Alex O’Loughlin, Scott Caan) – This has been on for 5 years?  Wow.  Coming to DVD in September

Blue Bloods – Season 5 (TV drama, Donnie Wahlberg, Bridget Moynahan) – Coming to DVD in September

August 25th

Revenge – Season 4 (TV drama, Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp) – DVD Only for now.  It’ll stream, I’ll let you know when.  Rumors are that it will start streaming on August 28th.

The Walking Dead – Season 5 (TV drama, Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus) – No word yet on streaming, so DVD Only for now.  This is a streamer, but it’s hard to predict how soon after the DVD becomes available.  I’ll keep an eye on it.

Elementary – Season 3 (TV mystery,Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu) – Modern day Sherlock comes to DVD Only.
This one is not a streamer.

The Mindy Project – Season 3 (TV comedy, Mindy Kaling, Chris Messina) – Not a streamer – DVD Only.

Criminal Minds – Season 10 (TV crime drama, Joe Mantegna, Thomas Gibson) – DVD Only for now.  My daughter will be so excited when this streams. I hope it’s soon.

The Good Wife – Season 6 (TV drama, Julianna Margulies, Matt Czuchry) – This one isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only.

Portlandia – Season 5 (TV comedy, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein) – DVD Only for now. This one should stream – I’ll let you know when it does.

August 18th

Once Upon a Time – Season 4 (TV sci-fi,Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison) – DVD Only for now.  Should stream pretty quickly – I’ll watch for it.  Rumors are that it will start streaming on August 28th.

Grey’s Anatomy – Season 11 (TV drama, Ellen Pompeo, Patrick Dempsey) – It’s still on.  Seriously, it’s still on!  DVD Only for now.  This one tends to take a while to stream, but I’ll be watching for it.

The Blacklist – Season 2 (TV drama, James Spader, Megan Boone) – Love this one!  DVD Only for now.  This is another slow streamer – but I’ll let you know.

NCIS: Los Angeles – Season 6 (TV drama, Chris O’Donnell, LL Cool J) – This version is DVD only – for some reason not a streamer.

NCIS: New Orleans – Season 1 (TV drama, Scott Bakula, Lucas Black) – Because we needed another one.  DVD Only – no idea if this one will stream, but I’ll keep an eye out.

NCIS – Season 12 (TV drama, Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherly) – 12 years and 2 spin-offs and going strong.  DVD Only for now, but it will stream.

The Royals – Season 1 (TV drama, Elizabeth Hurley, Vincent Regan) – I never heard of this inside-a-monarchy series. DVD Only

August 11th

Scandal – Season 4 (TV drama, Kerry Washington, Columbus Short) – Instant Streaming available 7/29!

Person of Interest – Season 4 (TV drama, Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson) – I need to start watching this predicting the future drama.  But it isn’t a streamer, so DVD Only

Two Broke Girls – Season 4 (TV comedy,Kat Dennings, Beth Behrs) – Not a streamer, this one is DVD Only

The Knick – Season 1 (TV drama, Clive Owen, Andre Holland) – Period drama about an early 1900s hospital.  DVD Only.  I feel like I should probably watch this just for Clive Owen.

August 8th

Doctor Who – Season 8 (TV sci-fi, David Tennant, Matt Smith) – There are unconfirmed rumors that season 8 will start streaming August 8 (it’s already available on DVD).  All of Season 7 is Streaming, but we’ll have to wait until the day to see if this season 8 rumor is true.  Fingers crossed!

August 4th

How to Get Away With Murder – Season 1 (TV drama, Viola Davis, Billy Brown) – This did well its first season.  I have no idea if it will stream, but I’ll keep an eye on it.  DVD Only

Strike Back – Season 3 (TV action, Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton) – This British series about spies and terrorists is not a streamer – DVD Only

The Affair – Season 1 (TV drama, Dominic West, Ruth Wilson) – A Showtime series completely devoted to a couple having an affair.  Eeeh.  DVD Only

The Divergent Series: Insurgent (sci-fi, Shailene Woodley, Theo James) – Even though I have trouble with Woodley as Tris, I liked the first installment pretty well.  And let’s be honest, Theo James is delicious.

Blackbird (drama, Mo’Nique, Torrey Laamar) – Religion and sexual orientation clash in the deep south.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (horror, Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey) – Zombies!

Do You Believe? (faith and spirituality, Mira Sorvino, Sean Astin) – I’m just not into these, but is an examination of the importance of Christ via fiction on film is your thing, more power to you.

A Little Chaos (drama, Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts) – Louis XIV/Versailles court intrigue period piece.  Very likely to be exceedingly opulent.  Also featuring and directed by Alan Rickman.

Child 44 (thriller, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace) – Stalin’s Russia was probably a tough place to investigate murders.  Also starring Joel Kinnaman, who rocks.

Every Secret Thing (thriller, Elizabeth Banks, Common) – This looks interesting, if grizzly.  Girls who have killed before are suspects again.

Madame Bovary (drama, Rhys Ifans, Mia Wasikowska) – Period piece adaptation of the Falubert novel.

Barely Lethal (comedy, Hailee Steinfeld, Jessica Alba) – Working as an assassin isn’t so different than being in high school.  I’m definitely seeing this one.

A la Mala (foreign comedy, Aislinn Derbez, Mauricio Ochmann) – Spanish language about trying to seduce people into cheating.  Lovely.

Lake Placid vs Anaconda (horror, Robert Englund, Stephen Billington) – I have no idea why this exists.

Jackie & Ryan (drama, Katherine Heigl, Ben Barnes) – Sappy, crappy looking rom/com about musicians.

The Salvation (drama, Éric Cantona , Michael Raymond-James) – Revenge in the wild west.

The Dead Lands (action, James Rolleston, Lawrence Makoare) – Revenge among Maori warriors.  Lots of revenge this week.

Pressure (thriller, Danny Huston, Matthew Goode) – Trapped beneath the sea.  Eeeek!

Adult Beginners (comedy, Celia Weston, Joel McHale) – Floundering brother becomes manny.  I like Joel McHale – I’ll take a chance on this one.

Any Day (drama, Kate Walsh, Eva Longoria) – Also with Sean Bean.  Bad dude tries to become good dude.

Inner Demons (horror, Ashley Sutton, Kate Whitney) – Is it drugs…or DEMONS?  I think you know the answer.

Burying the Ex (comedy, Mary Woronov, Anton Yelchin) – Zombie exes can really mess up a relationship.

The Drop Box (documentary) – A pastor trying to care for SOuth Korean orphans.

July 31st

24 Days (foreign drama, Zabou Breitman, Pascal Elbé) – French language story of the 2006 abduction and torture of a Jewish man in Paris.  Instant Streaming Available

The House Across the Street (horror, Eric Roberts, Ethan Embry) – Think your neighborhood is perfect?  THINK AGAIN.

If There Be Thorns (TV drama, Heather Graham, Rachael Carpani) – Third VC Andrews adaptation.  Caveat Emptor.

The Butterfly Room (thriller, Barbara Steele, Ray Wise) – Kid makes friend with old lady.  Neither is what they seem.  Bwahahahahaha….

Nightlight (horror, Shelby Young, Chloe Bridges) – For the love of God, stay out of the scary forest, stupid teenagers.

Dinosaur Island (action, Darius Williams, Kate Rasmussen) – I know this will suck, but I’m going to rent the DVD to watch with my nearly grown son.  Because we will both enjoy it, that’s just how we are about dinosaurs.

July 28th

Hell on Wheels – Season 4 (TV drama, Anson Mount, Colm Meaney) – This post-Civil War drama  is Available on Instant Streaming. The DVD doesn’t come out until 8/4

The Gunman (action, Sean Penn, Javier Bardem) – Why do assassins try to retire?  We all know they aren’t allowed.

Danny Collins (drama, Al Pacino, Annette Bening) – Aging former rocker gets new inspiration from an old letter from John Lennon. Great cast including Jennifer Garner, Bobby Canavale and Christopher Plummer.

Get Hard (comedy, Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart) – I’m obviously going to see this.  I could pretend that I’m not, but it hits every single one of my low-brow comedy qualifications.  I plan to enjoy every minute.

White God (foreign drama, Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér) – Hungarian language story of a dog done wrong.

Comet (comedy, Kayla Servi, Justin Long) – Nonlinear romantic comedy.  Why nonlinear?  WHY??

Runoff (drama, Joanne Kelly, Neal Huff) – Woman takes on unfamiliar responsibilities when her husband falls ill.

3 Hearts (foreign drama, Benoît Poelvoorde, Charlotte Gainsbourg) – French language story of missed trains and chance meetings.

52 Tuesdays (drama, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Del Herbert-Jane) – Combination story of child coming of age and transitioning transgender parent.

Glass Chin (drama, Corey Stoll, Billy Crudup) – Boxer gets mixed up in shady dealing and crimes he didn’t commit.

July 23rd

A Place Called Home – Season 2 (TV drama,Marta Dusseldorp, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood) – This 1950s Australia period piece is not a streamer, so DVD Only.

July 22nd

Ripper Street – Season 3 (TV drama, Matthew Macfadyen, Jerome Flynn) – Why don’t I watch this?  It;s a streamer, but for now DVD Only – I’ll let you know when it streams.

July 21st

Glee – Season 6 (TV musical, Lea Michele, Chris Colfer) – Final season now Available on Instant Streaming!

Cedar Cove – Season 2 (TV drama, Andie MacDowell, Dylan Neal) – The second season of this drama/romance is Available on Instant Streaming

Masterpiece: Poldark – Season 1 (TV drama, Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson) – This is a new adaptation of a 1970s PBS series.  There’s no information on whether there will be a season 2 or if it will ever stream. DVD Only

What We Do In the Shadows (comedy, Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi) – Vampire roomies.

Kung Fu Killer (action, Baoqiang Wang, Donnie Yen)

Tangerines (foreign drama, Lembit Ulfsak, Giorgi Nakashidze) – Estonian language Oscar nominee about tangerine farmers during the Georgian wars of the 90s.

Jauja (foreign drama, Viggo Mortensen, Ghita Nørby) – Danish period piece about a man searching for his daughter in 1800s South America.  I can’t tell if it’s in English or subtitled.

Set Fire to the Stars (drama, Elijah Wood, Celyn Jones) – American academic tries to keep poet Dylan Thomas sober.  Good luck with that, Frodo.

Wild Horses (thriller, Robert Duvall, James Franco) – I think James Franco can ruin even Robert Duvall.  I wish he would go away for a while.

I Am Femen (documentary, Oksana Shachko, Alexandra Shevchenko) – Inside hardcore Ukrainian feminist group.  Instant Streaming Only

Ghoul (horror, Jennifer Armour, Jeremy Isabella) – Film crew remembers serial killer.  No way this ends well for them.

Dawn Patrol (drama, Daniel Petrie Jr., Scott Eastwood) – Surf gangs, revenge killings and…joining the Marines?

Lonesome Dove Church (western, Tom Berenger) – This is listed as a drama about a preacher and his son, but we all know it’s a western.

July 15th

Eat With Me (drama, Sharon Omi, Teddy Chen Culver) – You never know what you’re going to find out when you move in with your adult son.  Also starring George Takei.

July 14th

Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (comedy, Kevin James, Raini Rodriguez) – I sheepishly admit to liking the first one.  I know I’ll end up seeing this.

Unfinished Business (comedy, Sienna Miller, Dave Franco) – Don’t let the main listed cast fool you – this is a Vince Vaughn movie.  It’s only fair that you know that going in.

Run All Night (thriller, Joel Kinnaman, Common) – I love Joel Kinnaman from The Killing, and this movie stars Liam Neeson and Ed Harris, too.  So why does it have to be a mafia movie.  WHY????

The Lazarus Effect (horror, Mark Duplass, Olivia Wilde) – Also with Evan Peters, this is a good cast for a horror movie.  It sounds like pseudo-zombies too, so I’m absolutely down with that.

Lost Soul (documentary, Robert Shaye, Richard Stanley) – An in depth look at the disastrous production of Richard Stanley’s directorial version of The Island of Dr. Moreau.  Also featuring Rob Morrow, but probably not because his name sounds so much like Moreau.  Instant Streaming Only

The Unwanted (drama, Hannah Fierman, Christen Orr) – Drifters, family secrets…and William Katt – The Last American Hero!  But I think he’s playing a different role here.  Instant Streaming Only

Love Me (documentary) – Mail order bride doc.  Instant Streaming Only

Ex Machina (sci-fi, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander) – Sexy sentient robot!

It Follows (horror, Maika Monroe, Debbie Williams) – Casual sex with otherworldly beings is ill advised, people.

The Salt of the Earth (documentary) – Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado biography.

Clouds of Sils Maria (drama, Juliette Binoche, Kristen Stewart) – Actress invited to appear in older role in production that was her breakthroughrole earlier.

Freedom (drama, Cuba Gooding Jr., Bernhard Forcher) – Underground railway drama.

Goodbye to All That (comedy, Paul Schneider, Melanie Lynskey) – Post divorce guy struggles with dating and social media.

Let Us Prey (horror, Liam Cunningham, Pollyanna McIntosh) – Small town police stations are just hotbeds of unusual activity and mysterious strangers.

July 7th

White Collar – Season 6 (TV drama, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay) – Instant Streaming Available!

The Musketeers – Season 1 (TV drama, Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke) – I’ll give you one guess what this is about!  It’s DVD only for now – no idea if it will stream, but I’ll keep an eye out.

House of Cards – Season 3 (TV drama, Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright) – All you streamers have been able to watch this for a long time.  Now it’s available on DVD as well.

Kingsman: The Secret Service (action, Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson) – Great cast, including Michael Caine and Mark Strong, for this tale of a teenage delinquent recruited to be a spy.  I’ll definitely see it.

The Town That Dreaded Sundown (horror, Addison Timlin, Veronica Cartwright) – Why is it always up to a teenager to stop the crazed serial killer?  Instant Streaming Available

The Dramatics: A Comedy (comedy, Kat Foster, Pablo Schreiber) – Boyfriend has issues with girlfriend’s role in explicit miniseries.  Instant Streaming Only

Woman in Gold (drama, Max Irons, Tatiana Maslany) – Incredible cast including Ryan Reynolds, Elizabeth McGovern, Helen Mirren, Charles Dance, Jonathan Pryce, and Katie Holmes in this story of a Holocaust survivor trying to reclaim Nazi stolen artwork.

5 Flights Up (comedy, Michael Cristofer, Diane Keaton) – New Yorkers need to sell their Brooklyn home and are finding it more difficult than they thought.  Also starring Morgan Freeman.

Maggie (drama, J.D. Evermore, Joely Richardson) – How to care for your daughter the zombie.

’71 (action, Paul Anderson, Valene Kane) – Behind enemy lines in Northern Ireland.  Probably in 1971.

Deli Man (documentary, Jerry Stiller, Freddie Roman) – Documentary about Jewish delis in America.

Slow West (drama, Caren Pistorius, Ben Mendelsohn) – Period piece about a teenager heading across the 19th century American frontier.

Alien Outpost (sci-fi, Joe Reegan, Rick Ravanello) – People making a documentary about the last fight for human survival.  Seriously, they have nothing better to do during the apocalypse??  Instant Streaming Available

Absolution (action, Byron Mann, Josh Barnett) – He may not head the cast listing, but this is a Steven Seagal flick.  That’s all you really need to know.

The Road Within (drama, Dev Patel, Robert Patrick) – Young man with Tourette’s journey after his mother’s death.  Good cast including Kyra Sedgwick for this indie – I’ll give it a shot.

Gerontophilia (comedy, Pier-Gabriel Lajoie, Walter Borden) – Young man attracted to much older men enters romance that causes hijinks to ensue.   Instant Streaming Available

The Pact 2 (horror, Caity Lotz, Patrick Fischler) – Dammit!  I forgot to see The Pact 1.  Instant Streaming Available

Kill Me Three Times (comedy, Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga) – Neo-noir in Australia.  Also starring Simon Pegg, who makes everything worth watching.

The Lovers (action, Tamsin Egerton, Bipasha Basu) – Coma time traveler!  Also starring Josh Hartnett.

Dark Summer (horror, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps) – Stalker under house arrest gets a little taste of his own medicine.  BWAHAHAHAHAHA  Instant Streaming Available

Echoes of War (drama, James Badge Dale, Ethan Embry) – Post Civil War Texas feud.

No Way, Jose (comedy, Adam Goldberg, Brendan Hines) – Middle age people are funny.  Written and directed by Goldberg.

Human Capital (foreign drama, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Fabrizio Bentivoglio) – Class, ambition, love and a traffic accident.  This looks weird enough for me to try.  Italian language.

Laugh Killer Laugh (drama, William Forsythe, Tom Sizemore) – Coma turns sourpuss into happypants.  But his past comes a-callin’.

July 6th

Zero Motivation (drama, Dana Ivgy, Nelly Tagar) – This group of female Israeli soldiers bored in the desert are living my motivation level.  Go them!

July 1st

Death in Paradise – Season 2 (TV dramedy, Ben Miller, Sara Martins) – Light British crime drama set in the Caribbean.  Instant Streaming Available

Pantani: The Accidental Death of a Cyclist (documentary, Lance Armstrong, Marco Pantani) – Tale of drugs and cycling.  Instant Streaming Only

All the Wrong Reasons (drama, Cory Monteith, Kevin Zegers) – Big Box employee drama.

That Burning Feeling (comedy, John Cho, Paulo Costanzo) – STD comedy.  Just when you think movies can get no more tasteless.

Wish You Well (family drama, Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy) – A period piece based on a David Baldacci novel.  I had no idea he wrote family-ish novels.

June 30th

Garfunkel and Oates – Season 1 (TV comedy, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci) – This Netflix Original about two young singers has been Available on Instant Streaming for quite some time, now you can get it on DVD as well.

Killing Jesus (TV drama, Haaz Sleiman, Emmanuelle Chriqui) – Made for TV movie about the life of Jesus, focusing on politics.  Wow, no.

Focus (drama, Will Smith, Margot Robbie) – Heist movie with spurned protege.

Jupiter Ascending (sci-fi, Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum) – Pretty young woman destined to save the world.  No, the UNIVERSE!

McFarland, USA (drama, Maria Bello, Kevin Costner) – Even though it’s a schmaltzy, inspirational sports drama, I still kind of want to see it.  Don’t judge me.

Before You Know It (documentary) – A look at LGBTQ senior citizens and the problems they face.  Instant Streaming Only

Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb Vs. Gravity (documentary) – I think this is like X-Games dancing or something.  Instant Streaming Only.

Last Knights (action, Kazuaki Kiriya, Clive Owen) – Honorable knights must kill dishonorable emperor.

While We’re Young (comedy, Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts) – Documentarian in a rut meets interesting couple.  Good cast, I might give it a shot.

Forbidden Empire (sci-fi, Charles Dance, Jason Flemyng) – That’s Tywin Lannister from Game of Thrones!  I’m not sure that’s enough to get me to see this tale of a Victorian cartographer in Transylvania, but you never know.

Gangland Undercover (TV drama, Damon Runyan, Ari Cohen) – History Channel mini-series about going undercover in a motorcycle gang.

Hard to Be a God (foreign sci-fi, Leonid Yarmolnik, Aleksandr Chutko) – Russian language story of interplanetary observation and something that sounds suspiciously like the Prime Directive from Star TrekInstant Streaming Available

June 26th

Beautiful and Twisted (drama, Rob Lowe, Paz Vega) – True story about kinky sex, strippers and murder.  What could be bad?

June 23rd

Marvels Agents of SHIELD – Season 2 (TV action, Clark Gregg, Ming Na-Wen) – Available on Instant Streaming Only!  I love this show.

The Loft (thriller, Karl Urban, James Marsden) – I love Karl Urban – I might even see this adultery drama because he’s in it.

Seventh Son (sci-fi, Kit Harington, Julianne Moore) – Based on first book in Wardstone Chronicles trilogy by Joseph Delaney.  Good vs. Evil, blah, blah, blah.  Good cast though – Kit Harrington is Jon Snow from Game of Thrones.

Old Fashioned (romance, Elizabeth Ann Roberts, Rik Swartzwelder) – Newly Christian conservative dude meets girl who doesn’t fit his narrow world.  Yawn.

Private Number (thriller, Tom Sizemore, Judd Nelson) – Writers really seem to be easily haunted.  This doesn’t look bad, though – and Judd Nelson is still making movies!

Playing It Cool (comedy, Chris Evans, Michelle Monaghan) – Writer with disdain for romance forced to write romance.  Blah.

Mutant World (sci-fi, Kim Coates, Holly Deveaux) – If you prepare for doomsday and it happens, what do you do with the mutants that result?

Survivor (thriller, Robert Forster, Angela Bassett) – Terrorism, frame-ups, INTRIGUE!  Also starring Emma Thompson.

The Forger (thriller, John Travolta, Christopher Plummer) – Early release from prison comes with strings…

Timbuktu (foreign drama, Ibrahim Ahmed, Toulou Kiki) – Arabic language drama about a city under siege (set in 2012).

Pound of Flesh (action, Jean-Claude Van Damme, John Ralston) – It’s JCVD, enough said.

Stop the Pounding Heart (drama, Tim Carlson, Leeanne Carlson) – Devout Christians (non-actors) in conflict because of a young bull-riding stud.  Seriously.

If You Build It (documentary) – Architects looking to revitalize a community do so through a newly designed high school.

June 16th

Two and a Half Men – Season 12 (TV comedy, Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher) – Please end.  Please, for the love of God, end. DVD only

The Newsroom – Season 3 (TV drama, Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer) – This HBO drama gets great ratings, but it isn’t a streamer so DVD Only

Survivor’s Remorse – Season 1 (TV drama, Jessie Usher, RonReaco Lee) – Pro basketball players realizing that fame has costs.  DVD Only

American Sniper (drama, Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller) – Military biopic about a sniper and his many, many kills.  This one is not for me, but it gets fantastic reviews.

Chappie (action, Hugh Jackman, Sigourney Weaver) – Chappie is a robot.  Chappie gets kidnapped.  Chappie ends up with a quirky family.

The Wrecking Crew (documentary, Brian Wilson, Cher, Dick Clark) – Or rather, ROCKUMENTARY, if you prefer.  About a studio band who backed up a lot of famous people.  Instant Streaming Available 7/30

Wild Tales (foreign comedy, Liliana Ackerman) – I believe this revenge comedy from Argentina is Spanish language, but I’m not sure.

Beyond the Reach (thriller, Michael Douglas, Jeremy Irvine) – If you hunt human beings, you are a bad person.

Welcome to Me (comedy, Thomas Mann, Joan Cusack) – Also starring Kristen Wiig (reason enough alone to see it) this comedy is about a lottery winner who goes off her much needed medication and produces a talk show with her winnings.  Yes, I will be seeing this – no question.

Time Lapse (sci-fi, Danielle Panabaker, Matt O’Leary) – It’s never safe to know the future.

Bravetown (drama, Josh Duhamel, Maria Bello) – Party boy has to move to North Dakota.  I’m sure life lessons ensue.

A Master Builder (drama, Wallace Shawn, Julie Hagerty) – Based on the Henrik Ibsen play and directed by Jonathan Demme, the story of a cruel man dealing with his asshole tendencies as he comes to the end of his life.

June 12th

Orange is the New Black – Season 3 (TV dramedy, Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs) – Instant Streaming Only.  BINGE!

June 11th

The Coven (horror, John Mackie, Dexter Fletcher) – STOP CAMPING TEENAGERS!

The Last Straight Man (comedy, Mark Cirillo, Scott Sell) – Same Time Next Year with closeted gay men.

June 9th

The Last Ship – Season 1 (TV drama, Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra) – Dystopian post-apocalypse survivor ship.  Not a streamer at this point, but who knows?  DVD only.

Blackhat (thriller, Chris Hemsworth, Wei Tang) – Cyber terrorism..with Thor!  I’ll see that.

The Sisterhood of Night (drama, Georgie Henley, Kara Hayward) – Teenage girls arrested for molestation and accused of being in a secret cult type group.  How cheerful.  Instant Streaming Only

Serena (drama, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper) – I really like these actors but I read the book and the characters are so thoroughly vile that I don’t want to spend any more time with them.  Instant Streaming Available

Red Army (documentary) – Bio-doc about leader of the Soviet hockey team in the 70s and 80s.

Project Almanac (sci-fi, Jonny Weston, Sofia Black D’Elia) – Time travel gambling.  Yawwwwwwn.

Rich Hill (documentary) – A look at a crumbling town through the lens of filmmakers who grew up there and boys who live there now.  Instant Streaming Available

Cupcakes (foreign comedy, Anat Waxman, Ofer Schecter) – Hebrew language comedy about an international song competition and the Israeli entry.  Instant Streaming Available

The Squeeze (drama, Jeremy Sumpter, Christopher McDonald) – Some weird golf/gambling thing based on a true story.

Free the Nipple (drama, Lina Esco, Lola Kirke) – Sort of a docudrama maybe?  The true story of women campaigning in favor of public nudity.  Instant Streaming Available

Der Samurai (sci-fi, Michel Diercks, Pit Bukowski) – Cop looks for wolf, finds Samurai.  Just a regular day in your average small town.

The DUFF (comedy, Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell) – Very stereotypical sounding ugly duckling high school make-over story that I will 100% watch with my daughter the minute it goes to streaming.

The Barber (thriller, Scott Glenn, Chris Coy) – Posing as serial murderer to catch a serial murderer.  Playing with fire, there, people.  Instant Streaming Available

June 5th

Fifty Shades of Grey (drama, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson) – Based on the popular soft porn novel.  Yeah, don’t even tell me it isn’t porn.

Black Water Vampire (horror, Danielle Lozeau, Andrea Monier) – Young people making documentaries are going to become a scarce commodity if horror movies are on target about their fates.

Zombieworld (horror, Bill Oberst Jr., José María Angorilla) – In which zombies are…wait for it…TAKING OVER THE WORLD!

June 2nd

Pretty Little Liars – Season 5 (TV drama, Troian Bellisario, Ashley Benson) – DVD Only for now, but this one will stream.  I’ll keep an eye out and let you know when.

Parks and Recreation – Season 7 (TV comedy, Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones) – This one is DVD Only for now – but it should stream.  I’ll let you know dates when they come out.

Justified – Season 6 (TV drama, Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy) – A great final season!  This one is DVD Only right now, but it might stream.  I’ll keep an eye out.

Rectify – Season 2 (TV drama, Aden Young, J. Smith Cameron) – The first season of this one was fantastic.  The second has been Available on Instant Streaming for a while, but now you can get the discs if you have a DVD subscription.

Falling Skies – Season 4 (TV sci-fi, Noah Wyle, Maxim Knight) – Noah Wyle fights aliens?  This is another one I really should watch.  DVD Only

Rizzoli & Isles – Season 5 (TV dram, Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander) – I had no idea this was still on the air.  DVD Only

The Pyramid (horror, Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare) – Lost in an underground pyramid.  OH NO!

Black Sea (thriller, Jude Law, Scoot McNairy) – It’s bad when the submarine crew starts to bicker.  I like Jude Law, though.

Lost River (thriller, Christina Hendricks, Saoirse Ronan) – Ryan Gosling directed this weird looking decaying city thriller.

Black or White (drama, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer) – Grandparents custody drama.

Sword of Vengeance (action, Stanley Weber, Annabelle Wallis) – Pretty much looks like Bloody Murder All The Time.  Instant Streaming Available 7/25

The SpongeBob  Movie: Sponge Out of Water (family animation, Tom Kenny, Bill Fagerbakke) – I don’t usually care much about animation, but my kids would be mad if I didn’t include this – it’s SpongeBob!

Camp X-Ray (drama, Kristen Stewart, Peyman Moaadi) – Bella Swan goes to Gitmo and makes a friend.  Totally not kidding.

Spring (horror, Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker) – Grieving young man goes to Italy, meets intriguing woman.

Monsters: Dark Continent (sci-fi, Johnny Harris, Sam Keeley) – Sequel…with tentacles!  Instant Streaming Available

With This Ring (comedy, Regina Hall, Jill Scott) – Women vow to get married after a friend’s wedding.  Not to each other.

Blindsided (thriller, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Keaton) – Blind woman fights off criminals.  Instant Streaming Available

Smiling Through the Apocalypse (documentary) – Harold Hayes bio-doc – editor of Esquire magazine in the 60s.

Eastern Boys (foreign drama, Olivier Rabourdin, Kirill Emelyanov) – French language gay businessman v. hustler.  Instant Streaming Available

Gore Vidal: The United States of Amnesia (documentary, Gore Vidal, Tim Robbins) – Bio-doc of Gore Vidal.  Instant Streaming Available

Hayride 2 (horror, Sherri Eakin, Richard Tyson) – The psycho’s name is Pitchfork.  Of course it is.  Instant Streaming Only

See You in Valhalla (comedy, Sarah Hyland, Steve Howey) – Dysfunctional family reunites after a death and secrets appear.  Yes, I will see this.

Li’l Quinquin (foreign comedy, Lucy Caron, Bernard Pruvost) – French language slapstick crime comedy.  I didn’t know that was a thing either. Instant Streaming Available

May 28th

Such Good People (comedy, Randy Harrison, Michael Urie) – What do you do when you find a big wad of cash while house-sitting?  Hijinx ensue, supposedly.

May 27th

Major Crimes – Season 3 (TV drama, Mary McDonnell, Tony Denison) – I didn’t realize this was a spinoff of The Closer.  Which I suppose makes sense since I’ve never watched either one.  This one is DVD Only

Ray Donovan – Season 2 (TV drama, Liev Schreiber, Jon Voight) – Schreiber is an LA fixer with a troublesome family. I should give this a try.  DVD Only

Hello Ladies – Season 1 (TV comedy, Stephen Merchant, Christine Woods) – It looks like this HBO sitcom only got one season – but it’s Stephen Merchant!  I’ll need to see it.  DVD Only

Sons of Liberty (TV mini-series, Ben Barnes, Rafe Spall) – Revolutionary era spy drama – three parts/6 episodes.

The Boy Next Door (thriller, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Guzman) – It’s never a good idea to have an affair with a teenager right after your divorce.  Even if you’re JLo.

Inherent Vice (drama, Joaquin Phoenix, Katherine Waterston) – PT Anderson directing and Joaquin Phoenix starring – that’s going to add up to weird.

The Living (thriller, Fran Kranz, Jocelin Donahue) – This abusive husband indie doesn’t look too bad – I’m willing to check it out because Joelle Carter is also in the cast and she was great as Ava Crowder on Justified.

Cut Bank (thriller, Liam Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer) – This crime drama has a great cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Oliver Platt, and John Malkovich.

Ballet 422 (documentary) – Backstage with the New York City Ballet Company and choreographer Justin Peck.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (documentary, Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich) – The title seems pretty self explanatory here.

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (drama, Elvis Nolasco, Felicia Pearson) – Spike Lee and Steven Soderbergh directed story of anthropology, myth, and vampires.  Not kidding.  Instant Streaming Available

Dial a Prayer (comedy, Brittany Snow, Glenne Headly) – Also starring William H. Macy.  For that alone I may give this prayer hotline/community service comedy a chance.  Instant Streaming Available 7/26

May 22nd

Cut! (horror, David Banks, David Rountree) – Horror movie about making snuff films?  Sort of, and no thanks.

May 19th

Glee – Season 6 (TV musical, Lea Michele, Darren Criss) – Instant Streaming Available

Beauty and the Beast – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan) – This has been Available on Instant Streaming for quite a while, but now you can the discs if you want them.

Duck Dynasty – Season 7 (TV reality, Korie Robertson, Jase Robertson) – If it’s your thing…  This is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (comedy, Adam Scott, Gillian Jacobs) – Does anyone think this needs to be made?  I like Adam Scott, though.

Taken 3 (action, Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace) – They say it’s the last one.  Please let it be the last one.

Cake (drama, Daniel Barnz, Jennifer Aniston) – I’m not sure if I want to see this because the premise of a chronic pain sufferer investigating a suicide intrigues me or if I’m just obsessed with cake.  Either way, it’s staying on the queue. Instant Streaming Available

The Marine 4: Moving Target (action, Paul McGillion, Mike ‘The Miz’ Mizanin) – A WWE movie.  Do I need to say more than that?

Leviathan (foreign drama, Elena Lyadova, Vladimir Vdovichenkov) – Russian language story of politics in a small town.  Appears to have gotten lots of awards.

Zombeavers (action, Cortney Palm, Rachel Melvin) – I know this sounds like porn, but it’s actually about zombie beavers!  Also college students on a getaway.  AGAIN.  Stop it, people!  Instant Streaming Available

Before I Disappear (drama, Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek) – Suicidus Interruptus.  Instant Streaming Available

Girlhood (foreign drama, Karidja Toure, Marietou Toure) – French language gritty coming of age story.  Instant Streaming Available

Cymbeline (action, Ethan Hawke, Ed Harris) – Good cast for this modern retelling of the Shakespeare play.

The Blue Room (foreign thriller, Mathieu Amalric, Léa Drucker) – French language infidelity/crime thriller.  Instant Streaming Available

Lovesick (comedy, Ali Larter, Chevy Chase) – Also with Matt LeBlanc – jealousy rom/com

Lasy Hijack (documentary) – Piracy documentary – like real Somali pirates.  Partly animated.  Instant Streaming Only

May 12th

Power – Season 1 (TV crime drama, Omari Hardwick, Lela Loren) – It isn’t clear to me if this is going to have another season or not.  Right now it’s DVD only

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (horror, Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine) – But will it really be as good without Harry Potter? Instant Streaming Available 8/12

Still Alice (drama, Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore) – I read the book – about a woman with early onset dementia – and it’s really sad.  Julianne Moore is good enough to make it even sadder.  I’m not sure I can take it.

Mordecai (action, Johnny Depp, Gwyneth Paltrow) – Fantastic cast for this art heist action movie – including Oliver Platt, Paul Bettany, Aubrey Plaza, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Goldblum.  Why have I never heard of it?  Doesn’t matter – it’s going on the queue.

The Cobbler (comedy, Adam Sandler, Method Man) – Adam Sandler is sick of his life until he discovers a magic shoe machine.  I’m sick of Adam Sandler’s life on film, and no magic will fix that.  Instant Streaming Available

Tracers (action, Taylor Lautner, Marie Avgeropoulos) – Bike messengers who steal using parkour.  Seriously, who thinks this is a good idea for a movie?  Instant Streaming Available

Just Before I Go (comedy, Seann William Scott, Olivia Thirlby) – Courtney Cox directs a dark comedy about a man going through his bucket list before committing suicide.

Midnight Stallion (family, Kris Kristofferson, Jodelle Ferland) – It’s about a horse and a kid and the description uses the word “inspiring”.  I will never see it.

Beloved Sisters (foreign drama, Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter) – 18th century period piece about a poet that I believe is German language.

These Final Hours (drama, Nathan Phillips, Angourie Rice) – Redemption before the apocalypse.  Seems a little yawny.  Instant Streaming Available

White Rabbit (thriller, Britt Robertson, Nick Krause) – Bullied kid with violent visions.

Two Men in Town (drama, Forest Whitaker, Harvey Keitel) – Apparently it isn’t easy being a newly converted black Muslim  ex-con in a small town in New Mexico.  Go figure.

The Girl is in Trouble (thriller, Columbus Short, Wilmer Valderrama) – Probably unfair, but I can only see Valderrama as Fez from That 70s Show.  It isn’t an appealing vision.

[REC] 4: Apocalypse (foreign horror, Manuela Velasco, Paco Manzanedo) – They say this is the last one.  I don’t believe them.  Instant Streaming Available

Extraterrestrial (horror, Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma) – Young people party in a cabin in the woods.  AGAIN.  Will they never learn?  Instant Streaming Available

Magical Universe (documentary) – A look of an 88 year old dude who makes and photographs Barbie dioramas.  I couldn’t make this stuff up if I tried.  Instant Streaming Only

Tip Top (foreign comedy, Isabelle Huppert, Sandrine Kiberlain) – French language murder comedy.  Instant Streaming Available

The Sleepwalker (drama, Gitte Witt, Christopher Abbott) – While renovating her childhood home, a woman and her boyfriend run into drama from the past in the form of an estranged sibling.  Instant Streaming Available

Whitney (drama, Yaya DaCosta, Arlen Escarpeta) – Made-for-TV Whitney Houston biopic.

Devil May Call (horror, Corri English, Tyler Mane) – Serial killer calling suicide hotline.  Twisted.

VANish (action, Maiara Walsh, Tony Todd) – Bad things happen when you kidnap the feisty drug cartel daughter.

The Culling (horror, Jeremy Sumpter) – No college kids should ever go on a weekend trip.  EVER.

May 8th

Cancer: Emperor of All Maladies (3 disc documentary, Terrence Howard, Edward Herrmann) – Ken Burns looks at cancer – based on the acclaimed book by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

May 5th

White Collar – Season 6 (TV drama, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay) – Who doesn’t love that trickster Neal Caffrey?  Instant Streaming Available

Royal Pains – Season 6 (TV drama, Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) – Instant Streaming Available

Parenthood – Season 6 (TV drama, Peter Krause, Lauren Graham) – I never could get into this show because Lauren Graham drove me nuts.  I hope this was the last season.  Will stream, but DVD only for now.

Longmire – Season 3 (TV drama, Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff) – Instant Streaming Available

Broadchurch – Season 2 (TV drama, David Tennant, Olivia Colman) – Excellent British crime drama.  Will stream, but DVD only for now.

Death in Paradise – Season 2 (TV dramedy, Ben Miller, Sara Martins) – Light British crime drama set in the Caribbean.  Instant Streaming Available

Masters of Sex – Season 2 (TV drama, Michael Sheen, Lizzy Caplan) – Period series about sex research pioneers Masters and Johnson.  This one is not a streamer.  DVD Only

Dancing on the Edge (TV drama, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Matthew Goode) – TV mini-series (3 discs) about a group of black jazz musicians in the 1930s.

Mr. Turner (drama, Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson) – Biopic of painter J.M.W. Turner.

Selma (drama, David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson) – A biopic of sorts about the march from Selma to Montgomery.

Bad Asses on the Bayou (action, Danny Trejo, Danny Glover) – With such an inspiring title how could it be bad?  I mean good?  Instant Streaming Available

Walter (comedy, Andrew J. West, Justin Kirk) – Also with William H. Macy.  I’ll give this comedy about a delusional movie usher a shot.

One Shot (sci-fi action, Kevin Sorbo, Matthew Reese) – Does anyone else have trouble taking Kevin Sorbo seriously?  I hope he can save the planet from these aliens though.

Concerning Violence (documentary, Lauryn Hill) – A look at Africa’s struggle against colonization and exploitation.  Instant Streaming Only

Spare Parts (drama, George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis) – Underdog robotics team.  I’m totally not kidding.

The Last Five Years (musical, Anna Kendrick, Jeremy Jordan) – I like Anna Kendrick and this time warp musical romance sounds quirky enough to put it on the queue.

Jamaica Inn (drama, Ben Daniels, Jessica Brown Findlay) – Sounds a little bit like the Hotel California, people, don’t check in!

Miss Julie (drama, Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell) – Great cast for this period piece about a volatile summer fling.

Love, Rosie (comedy, Lily Collins, Sam Claflin) – Best friends, maybe partners?  Looks like a typical rom/com/

Against the Sun (action, Garret Dillahunt, Jake Abel) – Lost at sea in WWII.  Sounds pretty good.

Winter Sleep (foreign drama, Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen) – Turkish language drama about a family stuck in an inn.  I hope they fare better than the good folks in The Shining Instant Streaming Available

Superfast! (comedy, Alex Ashbaugh, Dale Pavinski) – Fast and Furious parody.  Peh.  Instant Streaming Available

Futuro Beach (foreign drama, Wagner Moura, Clemens Schick) – Portuguese language lifeguard drama.  Instant Streaming Available

Amira & Sam (comedy, Martin Starr, Dina Shihabi) – American/Iraqi rom/com.

Immigrant (drama, Andrew Divoff, Paul Sorvino) – A semi-autobiographical story of immigrating from the Soviet Union in the 1970s.

Murder of a Cat (comedy, Greg Kinnear, J.K. Simmons) – While as an aspiring Crazy Cat Lady I must object to the title of this movie on principle, I do love the cast.

April 30th

Gladiators of Rome (animation, Julianne Hough, John Schwab) – Animated?  Nope.

April 28th

Sons of Anarchy – Season 7 (TV drama, Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal) – Instant Streaming Available

The Mentalist – Season 7 (TV drama, Simon Baker, Robin Tunney) – We missed the end of this season – time to catch up!  This one isn’t a streamer.  DVD Only

Suits – Season 4 (TV drama, Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams) – This courtroom drama is also not a streamer.  DVD Only

Covert Affairs – Season 5 (TV action, Piper Perabo, Christopher Gorham) – CIA shenanigans.  Another non-streamer.  DVD Only

Royal Pains – Season 6 (TV drama, Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo) – Instant Streaming Available

Wild (drama, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern) – Another one I’ve been looking forward to – based on the novel by main character Cheryl Strayed.

Remnants (action, Tom Sizemore, Wilbur Fitzgerald) – Suburbs squabble after worldwide blackout.

Red Sky (action, Bill Pullman, Mario Van Peebles) – Disgraced pilot, rogue squad, yada, yada, yada.

Affluenza (drama, Ben Rosenfield, Gregg Sulkin) – A group of The Privileged living the highlight right before the 2008 financial crash.  Instant Streaming Only

50 to 1 (drama, Skeet Ulrich, Christian Kane) – Kentucky Derby horse biopic.

The Wedding Ringer (comedy, Kevin Hart, Josh Gad) – In which one can hire a best man for one’s wedding.  ALso starring Kaley Cuoco.

The Gambler (drama, Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange) – Oh, Marky Mark, gambling leads to trouble.  How can you not know that?  Sigh.

Mommy (foreign drama, Anne Dorval, Suzanne Clément) – French language story of a mother with a troubled son and a new neighbor offering help.

Accidental Love (romantic comedy, Jessica Biel, Jake Gyllenhaal) – I can’t help it, I love Jake Gyllenhaal.  Enough even to see a rom/com about health care and politics.  Okay, maybe not that much.

The Devil’s Violinist (drama, David Garrett, Jared Harris) – Niccolò Paganini biopic.  Instant Streaming Available

Boy Meets Girl (comedy, Michael Welch, Michelle Hendley) – Looks like a heartfelt transgender dramedy.  That goes on the queue.  Instant Streaming Available

Appropriate Behavior (comedy, Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson) – Bisexual Iranian-American dramedy.

Always Woodstock (comedy, Allison Miller, Brittany Snow) – Songwriter takes rural retreat to evaluate her life.  Ugh.

April 24th

Serangoon Road – Season 1 (TV action, Alaric Tay, Chin Han) – 1964 Singapore period drama.  DVD Only

April 21st

Beauty and the Beast – Season 2 (TV sci-fi, Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan) – DVD comes out 5/19, but Instant Streaming Available now!

Fortitude – Season 1 (TV drama, Stanley Tucci, Richard Dormer) – Terrific cast for this drama about a murder in an Arctic Circle town.  DVD Only

A Place to Call Home – Season 1 (TV drama, Marta Dusseldorp, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood) – Period drama taking place in 1950s Australia.  A nurse comes back from Europe after the war, a convert to Judaism.  DVD Only

Unbroken (drama, Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson) – Story of US pilot Louis Zamperini, WWII POW and Olympic athlete.  I’m looking forward to this one.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (fantasy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett) – I never got into these as much as the LOtR movies.  Probably my loss, but there you go.

Into the Woods (musical, Anna Kendrick, Johnny Depp) – Another one I’m looking forward to – I have a weakness for a good production number.

Chasing Ghosts (drama, Joshua Shreve, Frances Conroy) – A young boy obsessed with death becomes a YouTube sensation with a film. Instant Streaming Only

Little Accidents (drama, Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas) – A coal mining disaster survivor joins the mother of a murdered boy to find the killer.  Good cast.

A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (foreign horror, Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi) – Farsi language vampire chiller.  Instant Streaming Available

Like Sunday, Like Rain (drama, Leighton Meester, Debra Messing) – Musician nannies cello prodigy.

The Walking Deceased (comedy, Dave Sheridan, Joey Oglesby) – Stupid Walking Dead parody.  Hasn’t it become enough of a parody of itself by now?  Peh.  Instant Streaming Available

Life Inside Out (drama, Maggie Baird, Finneas O’Connell) – Mom breaks out guitar and becomes cool with angsty son.

Living is Easy With Eyes Closed (foreign comedy, Javier Cámara, Natalia de Molina) – Spanish language road trip/unlikely friendship comedy.  Instant Streaming Available

Supremacy (drama, Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri) – Murderous white supremacist rampage, based on a true story.  People suck.  Instant Streaming Available

Hit By Lightning (comedy, Jon Cryer, Will Sasso) – Adultery comedy.  Ha. Ha. Ha.

Aftermath (thriller, Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn) – Construction with a side of murder.  Weirdly also starring Tony Danza.

Everly (action, Salma Hayek, Jennifer Blanc) – Salma v. Assassins.  I’ll put money on Salma for the win.

April 14th

The Missing – Season 1 (TV drama, James Nesbitt, Frances O’Connor) – Not really sure if this is a series or a mini-series about the search for a young boy missing in France.

Exodus: Gods and Kings (drama, Christian Bale, Aaron Paul) – The story of Moses with Batman and Jesse Pinkman.  Huh.

Penguins of Madagascar (family animation, Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich) – I’ll never see it, but you enjoy!  Instant Streaming Available

The Babadook (thriller, Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman) – Tantrums turn deadly via creepy children’s book.  Instant Streaming Available

A Little Game (adventure, Ralph Macchio, Janeane Garofalo) – Coming of age with chess and the Karate Kid.  Instant Streaming Available

Goodbye to Language (foreign drama, Héloïse Godet, Kamel Abdeli) – French language story of adultery from Jean-Luc Goddard.  Instant Streaming Available

Big Eyes (drama, Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz) – Margaret Keane biopic.

You’re Not You (drama, Hilary Swank, Emmy Rossum) – Ill pianist hires quirky caregiver.  I like the leads here – this looks pretty good.  Instant Streaming Available

Map to the Stars (drama, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska) – Hollywood family satire – great cast including John Cusack.  I’ll give this one a shot.

Antarctica: A Year on Ice (documentary) – Documentary maker Anthony Powell in Antarctica with a camera.  Instant Streaming Available

Kidnapping Mr. Heineken (thriller, Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington) – Dramatization of kidnapping of beer magnate.  Also starring Ryan Kwanten, aka Jason Stackhouse.  Instant Streaming Available

The Man With the Iron Fists 2: Sting of the Scorpion (action, Dustin Nguyen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) – Martial arts treasure hunters.  Instant Streaming Available

God Help the Girl (musical, Emily Browning, Hannah Murray) – Troubled songwriter musical.

Jinn (thriller, Faran Tahir, Serinda Swan) – Ooooh, supernatural beginning of time creatures!  Sweeeet!  Instant Streaming Available

Manny (documentary, Liam Neeson, Manny Pacquiao) – Boxer Manny Pacquiao documentary.

John Doe: Vigilante (thriller, Daniel Lissing, Jamie Bamber) – Vigilante on trial gains sympathy.

Beside Still Waters (drama, Ryan Eggold, Beck Bennett) – Memorial celebration for man’s parents becomes eveing of nostalgia.

Enter the Dangerous Mind (thriller, Jake Hoffman, Nikki Reed) – Musician falls for woman, she doesn’t reciprocate, he doesn’t take it well.  Also with Scott Bakula and Jason Priestly.  Instant Streaming Avaialable

Meet the Mormons (documentary, Jermaine Sullivan, Ken Niumatalolo) – A doc about Mormonism, made by Mormons.  I suspect they discover that they like it.  Instant Streaming Avaialable

April 7th

Manhattan – Season 1 (TV drama, John Benjamin Hickey, Olivia Williams) – Story of the young scientists in 1943 working on the atomic bomb.  DVD Only

Grantchester – Masterpiece Mystery (TV drama, James Norton, Robson Green) – British clergy Murder She Wrote.  I don’t know if this is going to be a series, right now it’s just a 6 hour single season.  DVD Only

The Book of Negroes (TV Miniseries, Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett) – The story of an African woman sold into slavery, and her escape.  DVD Only

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (action, Ben Stiller, Rebel Wilson) – Installment #3.  Yikes.  But it does have Rebel Wilson, who rocks, so maybe I’ll see it.

Russell Madness (family) – It’s a dog and a chimp.  Wrestling.  Hmmmm……NO!  Instant Streaming Available

Salvation Army (foreign drama, Said Mrini, Karim Ait M’hand) – French language adaptation of Abdellah Taïa’s autobiographical novel about coming of age as a gay teen in Morocco.  Instant Streaming Available.

The Immigrant (drama, Marion Cotillard, Joaquin Phoenix) – Immigration.  Prostitution.  Magician.  Maybe she should have stayed in Poland. Instant Streaming Available.

Home Sweet Hell (comedy, Katherine Heigl, Patrick Wilson) – I don’t like Heigl (though I do like Wilson) but I have to give this movie props for the title.  It makes me laugh.

A Most Violent Year (thriller, Oscar Isaac, Jessica Chastain) – I had no idea NYC in 1981 was such a nasty place.  Go figure.

The Voices (thriller, Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton) – Cat and dog tell accidental killer what to do.  I may have to see this simply for the absurdity of it all.

Pelican Dreams (documentary) – Pelican snarls traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge – this doc follows her journey afterward.  Instant Streaming Available 8/5

Monk With a Camera (documentary) – Literally about a monk photographer.  Instant Streaming Available

Preservation (horror, Wrenn Schmidt, Aaron Staton) – Stay out of the woods, city folk!  Instant Streaming Available

Killers (foreign action, Kazuki Kitamura, Oka Antara) – Two hours and twenty minutes of Japanese language uber-carnage!  Who says they don’t make great films anymore.  Instant Streaming Available

Code Black (documentary) – A look at an LA county hospital.

Happy Valley (documentary) – Penn State football/Jerry Sandusky scandal doc.  Instant Streaming Available

American Milkshake (comedy, Tyler Ross, Shareeka Epps) – White kids wants in with the black kids.  Presumably hilarity is supposed to ensue.  Instant Streaming Available

A Country Christmas (family, Joey Lauren Adams, William Shockley) – Timely release here, Netflix.  Though to their credit Instant Streaming is Available and has been since the holiday season.

Starship Rising (sci-fi, Claudia Wells, Brooke Lewis) – Government secrets, destruction of the galaxy, one man who can save the universe!  You know, the usual.

The Wedding Pact (romantic comedy, Haylie Duff, Chris Soldevilla) – One of those stupid “if we’re both single in 10 years” things.  Peh.  Instant Streaming Available

Blood Shed (horror, Bai Ling, Vida Guerra) – Squatting in locked storage containers didn’t sound good to begin with, now it gets even worse.

Rampage: Capital Punishment (action, Brendan Fletcher, Lochlyn Munro) – Revenge on the rich, brought to you courtesy of director Uwe Boll.  Yeah, I’m not getting anywhere near it, either.  Instant Streaming Available

March 31st

Veep – Season 3 (TV comedy, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Anna Chlumsky) – I keep hearing good things – this one will eventually make it onto the queue.  DVD only

Silicon Valley – Season 1 (TV comedy, Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller) – Dot com launchers hang with eccentric millionaire.  This looks pretty good, no idea if it will stream, for now it’s DVD Only

Interstellar (sci-fi, Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain) – I saw this in the theater and it was entertaining, but may lose something on the small screen.  Matthew McConaughey, however, is delicious, so there’s that.

The Imitation Game (drama, Benedict Cumberbatch) – The story of Alan Turing’s brilliant work as a code breaker during WWII.  Must see this, even knowing the sad details of his later life.

Wolfcop (action, Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio) – Oh my.  Werewolf policeman named Lou Garou.  That’s just painful.  Instant Streaming Available

Harlock: Space Pirate (anime, David Matranga, Emily Neves) – More new anime – nice going Netflix!  Instant Streaming Only

The Rewrite (comedy, Hugh Grant, Marisa Tomei) – Sort of sounds like a version of Music and Lyrics with a screen writer instead of a song writer.

Outcast (action, Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen) – Exiled royals look for protection in Ye Olde Europe.  Instant Streaming Available 8/1

The Circle (drama, Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman) – This is apparently a docudrama about a gay teacher and a transvestite artist falling in love in the 1950s.  Instant Streaming Available

Out of the Dark (horror, Julia Stiles, Scott Speedman) – Haunted house/disappearing child/Colombia.  Bad combo.  Instant Streaming Available

Wild Card (action, Jason Statham, Michael Angarano) – Bodyguard on the quest for revenge.  Shock there for Statham.

March 26th

The Odd Way Home (drama, Chris Marquette, Rumer Willis) – Car theft turns into road trip.  Because that happens a lot.

March 24th

Mad Men – Season 7 (drama, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss) – Available on Instant Streaming!

Big Hero 6 (family animation, Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit) – It could be the best movie ever and I still guarantee I’ll never see it.

Beyond the Lights (drama, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker) – Singer caught in the throes of fame.  Instant Streaming Available

The Humbling (drama, Al Pacino, Dianne Wiest) – Actor retires, moves to country, begins weird relationship with young woman.  Great cast, I’ll give it a shot.  Instant Streaming Available

Horrible Bosses 2 (comedy, Jason Bateman, Chris Pine) – Yes, the first one was stupid.  Yes, I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

A Stranger in Paradise (action, Colin Egglesfield, Stuart Townsend) – Hedge fund a-hole gets stuck in Thailand.  Boo.  Hoo.  Instant Streaming Only

Three Night Stand (comedy, Sam Huntington, Emmanuelle Chriqui) – It sucks when your boyfriend’s unrequited love ex shows up on your romantic ski trip.  Really just sucks.  Instant Streaming Only

Song One (drama, Anne Hathaway, Johnny Flynn) – Who can resist Anne Hathaway in a romance?  I know I can’t.

Digging Up the Marrow (sci-fi, Adam Green, Ray Wise) – Gross title, sci-fi horror movie.

Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy (horror, Ashton Leigh, Brandon deSpain) – I have no idea why this exists.

March 19th

Hot in Cleveland (TV comedy, Betty White, Valerie Bertinelli) – The ladies are back!  This one is not a streamer, so DVD Only

Low Down (drama, John Hawkes, Elle Fanning) – Story of chaotic family life of pianist Joe Albany.

The Physician (drama, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgard) – Hey, my book club read this book!  I did not, however, so have no opinion about this story of a wannabe physician in the 11th century.  Instant Streaming Available

Halo: Nightfall (action, Mike Colter, Christina Chong) – For the most part I don’t see the appeal of movies based on video games I never understood when I watched some young whippersnapper play them.  But that’s just me.

March 17th

TURN: Washington’s Spies – Season 1 (TV drama, Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich) – This AMC original series is a period drama about a ring of spies during the Revolutionary War.  Instant Streaming Available

Birdman (comedy, Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis) – When’s the last time something even remotely resembling a comedy won Best Picture?  Ever?  This goes to the top of the queue. See more Oscar movies on Netflix here!

Dumb and Dumber To (comedy, Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels) – Just typing that was painful.  Why did this happen?

The Theory of Everything (drama, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones) – Another Oscar nominee for Best Picture, and winner for Eddie Redmayne in the leading role of the story of the life of Stephen Hawking.

Annie (comedy, Cameron Diaz, Rose Byrne) – I never liked this play, I don’t plan on this movie changing my mind.

Song of the Sea (anime, Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan) – Some new anime!  That’s something we don’t see too often in Netflix-land.

Top Five (comedy, Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson) – Comedian has to face his past.  Can’t for the life of me remember if I heard great things or terrible things about this movie.

The Way He Looks (foreign drama, Fabio Audi, Ghilherme Lobo) – Portuguese language story of a blind, gay teenage boy.  Instant Streaming Available

Something Wicked (thriller, Brittany Murphy, John Robinson) – Wedding stalker.  Brittany Murphy’s last movie.

Vice (sci-fi, Thomas Jane, Bruce Willis) – Sort of like Fantasy Island with robots and Bruce Willis.

Son of a Gun (action, Brenton Thwaites, Ewan McGregor) – In prison with Ewan McGregor?  I’ll watch it.

Fear Clinic (horror, Robert Englund, Thomas Dekker) – Trauma survivors should not go to a fear clinic run by Freddie from Nightmare on Elm Street.  I don’t think it will turn out as planned.

March 11th

Beyond (sci-fi, Paul Brannigan, Gillian MacGregor) – Alien apocalypse.  Sorry, doesn’t sound like there are any zombies.  Tsk.  Instant Streaming Available

March 10th

Archer – Season 5 (TV animated comedy, H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer) – Available on Instant Streaming

The Red Road – Season 1 (TV drama, Martin Henderson, Jason Momoa) – Sundance Channel drama about a sheriff and an uneasy truce with local Native Americans.  Instant Streaming Available.

The Atticus Institute (horror, Rya Kihlstedt, William Mapother) – William Mapother is Tom Cruise’s brother.  That’s the only interesting thing I can think of to say about this movie.

Land of Storms (foreign drama, Andras Suto, Adam Varga) – Hungarian language story about a gay soccer player.

Night Crawler (thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo) – Looking to make ends meet, a man ends up as a paparazzo.  I’m guessing all does not go smoothly.  Love Jake G, I’ll give this one a shot.  Instant Streaming Available

Rosewater (drama, Gael García Bernal, Kim Bodnia) – Directed by Jon Stewart!  Worth seeing this true story of a journalist detained in Iran just for that.  Instant Streaming Available

Kill the Messenger (thriller, Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt) – True story of uncovering CIA funding of Nicaraguan Contras in the 80s.

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day (family, Jennifer Garner, Steve Carell) – Based on the perennial kids book favorite, this family comedy has a great cast including Megan Mullally and Jennifer Coolidge.

Life of Riley (foreign drama, Sabine Azéma, Sandrine Kiberlain) – French language satire about chaos around an unseen man named George Riley.  Instant Streaming Available

Survivor (sci-fi, Kevin Sorbo, Danielle Chuchran) – Post apocalypse on another planet.  With mutants!

The Red Tent (mini-series, Minnie Driver, Morena Baccarin) – 2 part (1 disc) mini-series about the 12 Tribes of Israel.

The Liberator (foreign drama, Édgar Ramírez , María Valverde) – Simon Bolivar biopic.  Though it’s listed as foreign, I think it’s in English.  Instant Streaming Available

Listen Up Philip (comedy, Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss) – Wes Anderson ruined Jason Schwartman, but I still like Elizabeth Moss.  Too bad the movie is about him, as a self-absorbed writer.  Ew.

Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf (drama, Nick Damici, Ethan Embry) – Werewolves!  Bet you never would have guessed.  Instant Streaming Available

Pioneer (foreign thriller, Aksel Hennie, Wes Bentley) – Anyone else interested in watching Wes Bentley speak Norwegian?  Instant Streaming Available

R100 (foreign comedy, Nao Ômori, Mao Daichi) – Japanese S&M.  Oh my.

Faith Connections (foreign documentary, Bhole Baba, Hatha Yogi Baba) – Hindi language look at a huge Hindu religious gathering.  Instant Streaming Only

March 7th

Glee – Season 5 – Available on Instant Streaming

March 6th

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 (action, Jennifer Lawrence, Liam Hemsworth) – WOOT!

This Ain’t No Mouse Music (music documentary, Chris Strachwitz) – A look at a man who records and documents the roots of American music.  Instant Streaming Only

Come Back to Me (horror, Katie Walder, Nathan Keyes) – Woman records herself during blackouts after an accident.  That can’t turn out well.  Instant Streaming Available

Racing Hearts (drama, Jamie Dornan, Charlotte De Bruyne) – Investment banker woos pigeon racer as potential client.  Totally not kidding.

March 5th

Longmire – Season 3 (TV drama, Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff) – Instant Streaming Available

Starred Up (drama, Jack O’Connell, Ben Mendelsohn) – Badly behaved teen inmate gets to move in with the big boys.

March 4th

Watchers of the Sky (documentary) – Tribute to four individuals trying to end genocide globally.  Instant Streaming Available

March 3rd

Outlander – Season 1 (TV adventure, Sam Heughan, Caitriona Balfe) – Based on a series of action/romance novels about a couple caught in time travel.  DVD Only

Anzac Girls – Season 1 (TV drama, Dustin Clare, Georgia Flood) – Australian and New Zealand girls in Egypt during WWI.  DVD Only

Foxcatcher (drama, Channing Tatum, Steve Carell) – Carell scooped up an Oscar nom for playing a psycho in this – and it has a fantastic cast.  I’ll give it a shot.

Ouija (thriller, Ana Coto, Bianca A. Santos) – Oh, teenagers, stop playing with the evil spirits.

Dracula Untold (action, Luke Evans, Zach McGowan) – Dracula origin story.

Web Junkie (documentary) – A look at internet addiction in China – the first to classify it as a disorder.  Instant Streaming Only

Hector and the Search for Happiness (drama, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette) – Love the cast here for this story of a man leaving his life behind in search of something more.  Instant Streaming Available

Coffee Town (comedy, Glenn Howerton, Steve Little) – Please don’t turn my coffee shop/office into a bar, Mr. Corporatepants.

The Paranormal Diaries: Clophill (horror, Mark Andrews, Michael Bartlett) – “Based on true events” about a haunted church.

Day of the Mummy (action, Danny Glover, William McNamara) – Two one star reviews on Netflix.  Ouch.

The Device (sci-fi, Angela DiMarco, David S. Hogan) – Don’t pick up that alien looking thing by the cabin in the woods!  Are you people crazy??

Ask Me Anything (drama, Britt Robertson, Christian Slater) – Imagine that your anonymous blog might backfire.  Shocking.  Instant Streaming Available

The Better Angels (drama, Brit Marling, Diane Kruger) – Abe Lincoln’s youth.

Life Partners (comedy, Leighton Meester, Gillian Jacobs) – Some sort of gay/straight, friends/lovers mish-mash.  Instant Streaming Available

The Last of Robin Hood (drama, Kevin Kline, Dakota Fanning) – Errol Flynn biopic.

Believe Me (faith & spirituality, Alex Russell, Zachary Knighton) – Scam leads to moral dilemma.

Let’s Kill Ward’s Wife (comedy, Patrick Wilson, Scott Foley) – Ward’s wife is not well liked.  I suspect a deep appreciation of dark humor is necessary here.

To Write Love on Her Arms (drama, Kat Dennings, Chad Michael Murray) – Story of Renee Yohe and the founding of the titular charity.  Of which I have never heard and know nothing about.

The Captive (thriller, Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman) – Directed by Atom Egoyan, about a kidnapped girl, her parents and her crazy captor.

Loitering With Intent (comedy, Michael Godere, Ivan Martin) – Also with Marisa Tomei, Sam Rockwell and Natasha Lyonne – trying to write a screenplay with distractions aplenty.  Instant Streaming Available.

Innocence (thriller, Kelly Reilly, Sophie Curtis) – Don’t be sending your young’uns to this prep school, parents.

Private Peaceful (drama, Jack O’Connell, George MacKay) – Brothers in the trenches during WWI.

Stonehurst Asylum (thriller, Kate Beckinsale, Jim Sturgess) – Based on an Edgar Alan Poe story, nothing is as it seems at this asylum.  BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAA  Instant Streaming Available.

February 26th

In the Flesh – Season 2 (TV drama, Emily Bevan, Harriet Cains) – YESSSS!  I’ve been waiting for this remarkably thoughtful and interesting British zombie drama to come out.  Very exciting!  DVD Only

Antisocial (horror, Michelle Mylett, Cody Ray Thompson) – Teenage party killer virus!  Instant Streaming Available.

Last Summer (drama, Deb Lewis, Samuel Pettit) – Gay high school couple spend their last summer together before life takes over.  Instant Streaming available

Undressing Israel: Gay Men in the Promised Land (documentary, Michael Lucas) – Story of vibrant Israeli gay community.

The Dark Place (drama, Blaise Embry, Timo Descamps) – Dysfunctional family mystery?  Sign me up!  Update – wow, this sucked.  Really, really sucked.

February 25th

The Game – Season 1 (TV thriller, Tom Hughes, Brian Cox) – Cold war spy thriller.  DVD Only

Throwdown (action, Vinnie Jones, Mischa Barton) – Also starring Danny Trejo.  Automatically terrifying.

Finders Keepers (horror, Steve Austin, Tobin Bell) – Am I the only one old enough to see the name Steve Austin and think of the 6 Million Dollar Man?

Battle Ground (action, Johan Earl, Tim Pocock) – Soldiers stuck in no man’s land between trenches in WWI.

Cantinflas (foreign drama, Oscar Jaenada, Michael Imperioli) – Biopic of a Mexican comedian, I assume Spanish language.  Instant Streaming available

Sanatorium (horror, Kate Riley, Megan Neuringer) – Ever notice that no cheery movies are ever set in a sanatorium?

Tapped Out (action, Michael Biehn, Martin Kove) – Martial arts drama.

February 24th

Sons of Anarchy – Season 7 (TV drama, Charlie Hunnam, Katey Sagal) – It’s here!  Instant Streaming available

Rogue – Season 1 (TV drama, Thandie Newton, Marton Csokas) – Death of son leads to bad cop behavior.  Tsk  DVD only

The Judge (drama, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall) – Really looking forward to this legal drama.  I love me some RDJ.  Update – I liked, husband couldn’t get into it.

Whiplash (drama, Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons) – Drummer drums ’til his hands bleed, dude!

Before I Go to Sleep (thriller, Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth) – I’ve been looking forward to this!  I read the book and really liked it and this is a fantastic cast.  Top of the queue! Update – very, very good.  Instant Streaming available

My Old Lady (drama, Kevin Kline, Kristin Scott Thomas) – Amazing cast including Maggie Smith living in an apartment inherited by Kevin Klein.  Definitely goes on the queue.

The Book of Life (animated, Zoe Saldana, Channing Tatum) – Day of the Dead/Romeo and Juliet cartoon.  Nope.

How We Got to Now with Steven Johnson (documentary, Steven Johnson) – This may or may not be a series.  It’s about innovations and innovators.  2 discs – DVD only.

Dragonheart 3: The Sorcerer’s Curse (action, Julian Morris, Tamzin Merchant) – Unless your name is Harry Potter or Katniss Everdeen (or you live in Middle Earth), you’ve probably jumped the shark by the third installment.

The Intruders (thriller, Miranda Cosgrove, Donal Logue) – iCarly stars in home invasion scary thriller.  AHHHHH!

February 19th

Poker Night (thriller, Beau Mirchoff, Titus Welliver) – Detective kidnapped by serial killer uses info gathered at weekly poker night.  Odd, but this could actually be good ’cause I sorta dig Titus Welliver (don’t judge me).  I’m keeping it on the queue.

February 18th

Tyrant – Season 1 (TV drama, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan) – Middle East intrigue.  Now all three discs of the season are available.  DVD Only

Game of Thrones – Season 4 (TV fantasy, Sean Bean, Mark Addy) – This one is not a streamer – DVD Only

On Any Sunday: The Next Chapter (documentary, Carlin Dunne, Ashley Fiolek) – Documentary about motorcycle racing.  Not my bag, but a follow up by a son of his father’s 1971 doc.

Jake Squared (comedy, Elias Koteas, Virginia Madsen) – Guy hires actor to play himself at party and films it.  Instant Streaming Only

30 for 30: When the Garden was Eden (documentary, Willis Reed, Phil Jackson) –  Part of an ESPN documentary series.  This one is about 1970s New York Knicks.  Instant Streaming Only

30 for 30: Brian and the Boz (documentary, Brian Bosworth, Barry Switzer) – ESPN Brian Bosworth bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Only

30 for 30: Rand University (documentary) – ESPN doc about Randy Moss.  Instant Streaming Only

Daughters of Dolma (documentary) – Inside an all female Buddhist monastery in Nepal. Instant Streaming Only

Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Tough Love (animated) – My loathing for this guy gets deeper with every piece of media he releases with his name splashed before the title.

The Drop (drama, Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace) – Gangsters, really, just don’t even try and reform.  At least not if you’re in a movie.

The Boxtrolls (animation, Elle Fanning, Simon Pegg) – Animated?  Not seeing it.  Instant Streaming Available

St. Vincent (comedy, Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy) – Bill Murray befriends the neighbor kid?  Hell, yeah!  Top of the queue!

The Homesman (drama, Tommy Lee Jones, Hilary Swank) – Fantastic cast for Insane on the Prairie.  Meryl Streep, Miranda Otto, Lames Lithgow, James Spader.  Also, bleak.  I do dig bleak.  Instant Streaming Available

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Japanese anime, Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora) – Don’t get a lot of new anime here on Netflix.  But here’s some!  Based on a 10th century folktale.

Life Itself (documentary) – Doc about the life of film critic Roger Ebert.  Instant Streaming Available

Dying of the Light (thriller, Nicolas Cage, Anton Yelchin) – Ex-CIA dude with early onset dementia faces career nemesis.  Jeez, you really can’t retire from the CIA.

V/H/S: Viral (horror, Blair Redford, Carrie Keagan) – Horror anthology, installment three.  Instant Streaming Available

The World Made Straight (drama, Noah Wyle, Jeremy Irvine) – I’ve always liked Noah Wyle – maybe he gets a chance to show his chops in this Appalachian drama.  Instant Streaming Available

Terms and Conditions May Apply (documentary, Orson Scott Card, Raymond Kurzweil) – Digital privacy documentary.  Instant Streaming Available

Point and Shoot (documentary, Matthew VanDyke) – OCD man rides his motorcycle in North Africa and the Middle East.  Instant Streaming Available

February 17th

The Overnighters (documentary) – Pastor assists unemployed men looking for jobs in North Dakota.  Instant Streaming Only

Through a Lens Darkly (documentary) – A look at the work of black photographers as an instrument of social change.  Instant Streaming Only

The Last House on Cemetery Lane (horror, Lee Bane) – Haunted house in England.  Instant Streaming Only

February 10th

Nurse Jackie – Season 6 (TV dramedy, Edie Falco, Merritt Wever) – I have the feeling that I’ll binge this when the series is over.  DVD Only

Z Nation – Season 1 (TV horror, DJ Qualls, Kellita Smith) – This is the purchase release date for the DVDs, but this has been Available on Instant Streaming for quite some time.  Way to go, Netflix.

Gone Girl (thriller, Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike) – If you haven’t read the book you’re in for a treat – it’s an excellent adaptation.  If you have read the book, there are no surprises.

Southern Baptist Sissies (drama, Emerson Collins, Leslie Jordan) – Four gay boys coming to terms with their sexuality in Southern Baptist churches.

A Walk Among the Tombstones (action, Liam Neeson,  Dan Stevens) – Liam Neeson kicks some more bad guy ass.

Lucy (action, Scarlett Johansson, Morgan Freeman) – Drug mule becomes super hero.  This looks pretty good – its going on the queue.

Annabelle (horror, Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton) – Prequel to The Conjuring.  But how much would it suck to be the actress with the same name as the evil doll?

Stray Dogs (foreign drama, Kang-sheng Lee, Lee Yi Cheng) – Chinese language story of a father and his two children.  Instant Streaming Available

A True Story (comedy, Katrina Bowden, Jon Gries) – Fame, Hollywood and complications for a pair of screenwriters.  Instant Streaming Only

The Song (Christian drama, Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner) – Success leads to temptation.  Tsk, tsk.

Addicted (drama, Sharon Leal, Boris Kodjoe) – Super woman has secret life.  Don’t we all, missy.  Don’t. We. All.

Predestination (sci-fi, Ethan Hawke, Noah Taylor) – Handsome Hawke takes on time travel.

Laggies (comedy, Keira Knightley, Chloë Grace Moretz) – Good cast including Sam Rockwell for this rom/com about extended adolescence.

Force Majeure (foreign drama, Johannes Bah Kuhnke, Lisa Loven Kongsli) – Swedish language avalanche/dysfunctional family drama.  If you do subtitles, this looks pretty good.  Instant Streaming Available

Lilting (drama, Ben Whishaw, Pei-pei Cheng) – A grieving man tries to communicate with the non-English speaking mother of his deceased lover.  Instant Streaming Available

Felony (thriller, Tom Wilkinson, Joel Edgerton) – Three cops play vastly different roles in the handling of an accident that left a child injured.  Instant Streaming Available

Kink (documentary) – Internet BDSM documentary produced by James Franco.  I seriously could not make this stuff up.  Instant Streaming Available

The Lookalike (drama, Justin Long, Jerry O’Connell) – You’re sort of up a creek when the drug dealer’s girl dies and you need to replace her.  Instant Streaming Available

After the Fall (drama, Wes Bentley, Jason Isaacs) – Man turns to crime rather than admit unemployment.  Stupid premise, but Wes Bentley is beautiful, so there’s that.  Instant Streaming Available

February 6th

Field of Lost Shoes (drama, David Arquette, Keith David) – Southern Civil War drama.  Instant Streaming Available

The Dark Valley (action, Sam Riley, Tobias Morettio) – Everyone wants the mysterious stranger gone in this western.  But there’s revenge to be had!  Instant Streaming Available

February 4th

Vic and Flo Saw a Bear (foreign drama, Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer) – French language story of a parolee trying to set up a normal life while signs of peril abound.  Instant Streaming Available

4 Moons (foreign drama, Antonio Velázquez, Alejandro de la Madrid) – Spanish language story about the lives of four gay men.  Instant Streaming Available

February 3rd

The Paradise – Season 2 (TV drama, Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliott) – 1870s girl works in England’s first department store.  Instant Streaming Available

Hollow (horror, Emily Plumtree, Sam Stockman) – Horror legends and myths are ALWAYS TRUE PEOPLE.  Instant Streaming Available

Easy Money: Life Deluxe (foreign thriller, Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela) – Love Joel Kinnaman from The Killing but not really in the mood for Swedish language organized crime.

Valentine Road (documentary) – A look at the murder of a gay middle schooler in 2008 and the aftermath.

1000 Times Goodnight (drama, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Juliette Binoche) – War photographer is torn between job and family.  Instant Streaming Available

Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt (drama, Kristoffer Polaha, Laura Regan) – FOR THE LOVE OF GOD LET IT DIE.

The Longest Week (comedy, Jason Bateman, Olivia Wilde) – Oh, lame rom/com, I will see you because of my undying love for Jason Bateman.  Instant Streaming Available

Get On Up (drama, Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis) – James Brown biopic.

Cannibal (foreign thriller, Antonio de la Torre, Olimpia Melinte) – This is subtitled “A Love Story”.  I have to admit, that makes me laugh.  Spanish language. Instant Streaming Available

The Strange Little Cat (foreign drama) – They should have called this “The Strange Little Movie”.  There’s no cast listed, so maybe it’s animated?  No idea, but it’s in German and from the POV of a cat.  Caveat Emptor.

John Wick (action, Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist) – Why do hit men bother to retire?  They always have to do one (or ten) more job, usually personal and involving revenge.  Like here.

Dear White People (comedy, Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson) – Satire about four black kids at an Ivy League College and its racist party – that leads to riots.

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (drama, Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy) – Good cast for this dark drama played out in two distinct chapters.  Instant Streaming Available

20,000 Days on Earth (documentary, Nick Cave) – Nick Cave bio-doc.

Exists (horror, Dora Madison Burge, Brian Steele) – For the love of God why do people go camping.

Boys (drama, Ko Zandvliet, Gijs Blom) – Boys discovering that they like…boys.  Instant Streaming Available

Jurassic City (sci-fi, Ray Wise, Kevin Gage) – Dinos in LA.  That doesn’t look like a rip off at all.

Food Chains (documentary, Forest Whitaker, Eric Schlosser) – Farm workers being exploited doc.  Instant Streaming Available

Starry Eyes (horror, Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller) – Be careful what you wish for, actress wannabe.  Instant Streaming Available

The Retrieval (drama, Ashton Sanders, Tishuan Scott) – Civil War/slave hunter drama about a young boy learning the human cost of being a bounty hunter.  Instant Streaming Available

Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic (documentary, Richard Pryor, Sandra Bernhard) – Look at the career of Richard Pryor.

Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage (action, Patrick Stewart, Shahin Sean Solimon) – I was going to chastise Patrick Stewart, but he’s just the narrator, so I’ll let it go. Instant Streaming Available

February 2nd

App (foreign thriller, Hannah Hoekstra) – Dutch language evil cell phone thriller.  I’m totally not making that up.  Instant Streaming Available

January 29th

Necessary Roughness – Season 3 (TV dramedy, Callie Thorne, Scott Cohen) – This psychotherapist dramedy is not a streamer, so DVD Only

About a Boy – Season 1 (TV comedy, David Walton, Minnie Driver) – This TV version of the movie based on the book by Nick Hornby (!) is Available on Instant Streaming

Manakamana (documentary, Bindu Gayek) – Journey to a Nepali Hindu temple. Instant Streaming Available

January 27th

The Fall – Season 2 (TV drama, Gillian Anderson, Jamie Dornan) – Before watching him as the lead in 50 Shades of Grey, you can see Jamie Dornan as a creepy as hell serial killer in this excellent, excellent Netflix original.  Instant Streaming Only

Downton Abbey – Season 5 (TV drama, Hugh Bonneville, Jim Carter) – This is still running on PBS in the US, but you can get the whole thing on DVD if you like!  DVD Only

Intruders – Season 1 (TV drama, Sonya Salomaa, John Simm) – Shady organization possessing people.  I’ll certainly be watching this.  DVD Only for now.

The Interview (comedy, James Franco,  Seth Rogen) – The Sony Hack may have wreaked havoc on the theater release, but you can see this bro comedy right now if you like!  Because Instant Streaming Available.

Fury (action, Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf) – WWII actioner.

Coherence (thriller, Nicholas Brendon, Maury Sterling) – What’s with the only house on the block not affected by the blackout?  Something weird, that’s my guess.

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (documentary, Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki) – Studio Ghibli bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Available

The Remaining (faith & spirituality, Alexa Pena Vega, Shaun Sipos) – Post rapture apocalypse.

Miss Meadows (drama, Katie Holmes, James Badge Dale) – Bein’ well-mannered don’t mean you cain’t get some down home justice.

Art and Craft (documentary) – Bio-doc of Mark Landis – art forger and con man.

Falcon Rising (action, Neal McDonough, Michael Jai White) – Mafia, drugs and thugs test man with a mission in Brazil.  Instant Streaming Available.

Open Windows (thriller, Elijah Wood, Sasha Grey) – Frodo turns into a weird, officially sanctioned stalker.  Might be worth a look. Instant Streaming Available

Days and Nights (drama, Christian Camargo, Katie Holmes) – 1980s period piece adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull.  Great cast including William Hurt, Allison Janny and Jean Reno.  Instant Streaming Available

Why Don’t You Play in Hell? (foreign action comedy, Hiroki Hasegawa, Gen Hoshino) – Japanese language story of a feud interrupted by a film crew.

January 23rd

The Houses October Built (horror, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe) – Group of dumb people go looking for authentic haunted house.  Think they find one?  Instant Streaming Available

January 21st

Z Nation – Season 1 (TV horror, Nat Zang, Russell Hodgkinson) – Got the one guy in the world who survived the zombie virus?  Better take good care of him.  Instant Streaming Available.

Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead 2 (documentary, Joe Cross) – Former fat guy talks about lifestyle changes and weight and health achievements.  Instant Streaming Available

Chasing Beauty (documentary) – Modeling doc.  For when my self esteem gets a little too high.  Instant Streaming Only.

Rudderless (drama, Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin) – William H. Macy directed drama about a father dealing with the death of his son.  Very, very good movie – highly recommend it.

Wolves (horror, Lucas Till, Jason Momoa) – Sucks when your inner werewolf eats your parents.

The Zero Theorem (sci-fi, Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton) – Great cast but be prepared for significant weirdness as this is directed by Terry Gilliam.

White Bird in a Blizzard (drama, Shailene Woodley, Eva Green) – Mom disappears, college kid comes home to figure it out.  Also starring Christopher Meloni, who I love.  I’ll check this one out.  Instant Streaming Available

The Green Prince (documentary) – A look inside the life of an Israeli mole in the Palestinian Hamas.  Instant Streaming Available

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz (documentary, Aaron Swartz, Tim Berners-Lee) – The life of tech prodigy, Reddit co-founder and champion of internet free access and free speech.

Winter in the Blood (drama, Chaske Spencer, David Morse) – Are the chances that David Morse plays a bad guy 100% in this adaptation of a 1974 novel?  I suspect yes.  Instant Streaming Available

May in the Summer (drama, Cherien Dabis, Alia Shawkat) – Christian and Muslim world collide with one interfaith marriage.  Instant Streaming Available

Life’s a Breeze (comedy, Kelly Thornton, Fionnula Flanagan) – Object lesson on not literally stuffing your fortune in your mattress.  Looks pretty cute. Instant Streaming Available

By the Gun (thriller, Ben Barnes, Leighton Meester) – Mafia story.  I suspect gun violence is involved.  Just a guess.  Instant Streaming Available

January 16th

Missionary (thriller, Dawn Olivieri, Kip Pardue) – Single mom tangles with Mormon missionary.  Instant Streaming Available

January 15th

Levitated Mass: The Story of Michael Heizer’s Monolithic Sculpture (documentary, Michael Heizer) – It’s a movie about a sculpture that’s a giant boulder over a trench.  Whatever floats your boat, I guess.  Instant Streaming Available

January 13th

Psych – Season 8 (dramedy, James Roday, Dule Hill) – Finally, season 8 is Available on Instant Streaming!!

House of Lies – Season 3 (TV comedy, Don Cheadle, Kristen Bell) – I don;t know why I haven’t started watching this yet.  But I will!  DVD Only.

Dallas – Season 3 (TV drama, Josh Henderson, Jordana Brewster) – The new one, not the old one!  Instant Streaming Available

The Bridge – Season 2 (TV drama, Diane Kruger, Demián Bichir) – FX crime drama about a cop with Asperger’s chasing a serial killer.  DVD Only

Tyrant – Season 1 (TV drama, Adam Rayner, Jennifer Finnigan) – Middle East intrigue.  It’s unclear how much of a series this really is – this season is only a single disc.  DVD Only

Episodes – Season 3 (TV comedy, Matt LeBlanc, Tamsin Greig) – Joey keeps rolling, they’re now on season 4.  This one is DVD Only

Boardwalk Empire – Season 5 (TV drama, Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt) – This is an HBO series – it’s likely to stay DVD Only

This is Where I Leave You (comedy, Jason Bateman, Tina Fey) – Dysfunctional family comedy with two of my fave actors!  Going to the top of the queue. Update – thoroughly enjoyed it.  Love Jason Bateman.  So much.

The Maze Runner (sci-fi, Patricia Clarkson, Thomas Brodie-Sangster) – Dystopia!  With a maze.  I think I need to see this one.

Viktor (action, Gérard Depardieu, Elizabeth Hurley) – Mystery and vengeance.  And art thieves and killers.  Instant Streaming Only

Love is Strange (drama, John Lithgow, Alfred Molina) – A gay couple’s marriage causes issues.  Great cast, getting good reviews – top of the queue!  Update – fantastic performances, mediocre production.

The Two Faces of January (thriller, Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst) – Con artist finds himself in over his head in Greece.  Another great cast – it stays on the queue!  Instant Streaming Available

The Identical (drama, Seth Green, Ashley Judd) – Something about Elvis and identical twins – I don’t even know.  Instant Streaming Available

Keep On Keepin’ On (documentary, Clark Terry, Justin Kauflin) – Jazz trumpeter Clark Terry profile.  Instant Streaming Available

Scorpion King 4: Quest for Power (action, Royce Gracie, Esmé Bianco) – I think three was probably sufficient.  Instant Streaming Available

Jimi: All is By My Side (drama, André Benjamin, Imogen Poots) – Jimi Hendrix biopic.  Instant Streaming Available

Men, Women & Children (drama, Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt) – Also with Emma Thompson, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Dean Norris, J.K. Simmons, Dennis Haysbert and Judy Greer.  Wow. Directed by Jason Reitman, this actually looks like and Adam Sandler movie that doesn’t suck.  I’m as surprised as you are.  Update – sadly, it kind of did suck.

Jessabelle (horror, Sarah Snook, Mark Webber) – Decent looking ghost/haunted house movie.

Wetlands (foreign comedy, Carla Juri, Christoph Letkowski) – This German language rom/com describes itself as vulgar.  I think I’ll pass.  Instant Streaming Available

Honeymoon (thriller, Rose Leslie,  Harry Treadaway) – Stop taking honeymoons at secluded cabins!  They just never go well.  Instant Streaming Available

Young Ones (thriller, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult) – Planet wide drought tests family.  Instant Streaming Available

Revenge of the Green Dragons (thriller, Ray Liotta, Justin Chon) – Surviving 1980s NYC by joining a gang.

Guardian (action, Sarah Carter) – Using your ninja skills to protect your kid.  Way to go, female lead!

Alien Abduction (sci-fi, Katherine Sigismund,  Corey Eid) – Well, there goes camping in North Carolina as a vacation option.  Instant Streaming Available

Bird People (foreign drama, Josh Charles, Anaïs Demoustier) – Chance meeting leads to…something, in this French language drama.  Instant Streaming Available

Bad Turn Worse (drama, Mackenzie Davis, William Devane) – Teen noir gangster drama.  Instant Streaming Available

Expedition to the End of the World (foreign documentary, Per Bak Jensen, Jonas Bergsøe) – Danish language schooner heads to Greenland.  Instant Streaming Available

Finding Fela (documentary, Fela Kuti, Yeni Kuti) – Fela Anikulapo-Kuti bio-doc.  Instant Streaming Available

21 Years: Richard Linklater (documentary, Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black) – Indie filmmaker Richard Linklater bio-doc.

Memphis (drama, Willis Earl Beal, Constance Brantley) – Odd singer drifts through Memphis.  Instant Streaming Available

January 9th

Abducted: The Carlina White Story (TV drama, Aunjanue Ellis, Keke Palmer) – Woman abducted as a baby finds out the truth.  Instant Streaming Available

January 6th

Glee – Season 5 (TV musical, Lea Michele, Darren Criss) – Yay!  Instant Streaming Available

Archer – Season 5 (TV animated comedy, H. Jon Benjamin, Judy Greer) – Animation for adults. Instant Streaming Available

Girls – Season 3 (comedy, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams) – Didn’t realize this was a Judd Apatow produced show.  But it is!  DVD only.

Black Sails – Season 1 (TV action,Toby Stephens, Hannah New) – Treasure Island prequel series.  DVD Only

White Collar – Season 5 (TV drama, Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay) – Available on Instant Streaming

Boyhood (drama, Ellar Coltrane, Ethan Hawke) – Richard Linklater directed story of a divorced couple sharing custody of their son as he grows up.  Oscar nominee – I hated it, husband loved it.

Left Behind (thriller, Nicolas Cage, Chad Michael Murray) – I thought we were through with film adaptations of this book after Kirk Cameron.  I don’t know whether to laugh or cry.  Instant Streaming Available

No Good Deed (thriller, Taraji P. Henson, Idris Elba) – Love both leads, but this desperate convict storyline looks like a TV crime show episode.

Horns (thriller, Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple) – Huge kudos to Daniel Radcliffe for sticking with the weird when choosing roles post-Harry Potter.  This story of a man growing horns with special powers looks creepy, weird and maybe a little funny.  I’ll definitely be seeing it. Update – it’s okay, but not great. Instant Streaming Available

The Guest (thriller, Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe) – Stranger claiming to be friend of deceased son.  Don’t let him in!  DON’T LET HIM IN!  Instant Streaming Available 7/25

Two Night Stand (comedy, Miles Teller, Analeigh Tipton) – Snow storm traps one night stand couple together.

Dinosaur 13 (documentary) – Tale of the controversies surrounding the South Dakota discovery of the first complete T-Rex.

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (documentary, Shep Gordon) – Mike Myers (!?) made this documentary about Hollywood manager Shep Gordon.  Instant Streaming Available

To Be Takei (documentary, George Takei, Leonard Nimoy) – It really doesn’t take a genius to figure out what this bio-doc is about. Instant Streaming Available

January 1st

Friends – Seasons 1-10 (TV comedy, Jennifer Aniston, David Schwimmer) – That’s right, people, you can welcome 2015 with a massive Friends binge.  All 10 seasons are now Available on Instant Streaming!

 

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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