New Netflix Streaming Movies for July Part 1

July’s updates are so long I’ve had to split them into two posts. Good job Netflix!

The Karate Kid

Action/Adventure: American Ninja, Belly, Crimson Tide, The Delta Force, The Hunt for Red October, The Karate Kid, The Karate Kid Part II, The Karate Kid Part III, The Next Karate Kid

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Classic: 12 Angry Men, Barefoot in the Park, Don’t Look Now, From Here to Eternity, Funny Face, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Keys of the Kingdom

Comedy: 2 Jacks, Apostles of Comedy: Onwards and Upwards, The Bad News Bears Go to Japan!, The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training, Bad Santa, Best Defense, The Brothers, Can’t Buy Me Love, Cheech & Chong’s Up in Smoke, Fever Pitch, Jersey Girl, Louis C.K.

Documentary: After Tiller, Bottled Life, Cocaine Sub Hunt, Codebreaker, Design is One: Lella & Massimo Vignelli, A Fighting Chance, The Fireball of Christ, The Ghost Army, Gideon’s Army, Held Hostage, Human Lampshade: A Holocaust Mystery, Jake Shimabukuro: Life on Four Strings, JFK: One PM Central Standard Time, Jonestown: Paradise Lost, Lincoln@Gettysburg

Drama: Allegiance, Ararat, Blue Chips, Boyz N The Hood, China Girl, Dead Man Walking, Eight Men Out, Gandhi, Legends of the Fall

Family: Honey I Shrunk the Kids, Madeline

Foreign: Bombay Talkies, City of God, Fukrey, Like Father Like Son

Hatchet III

Horror: Banshee Chapter, Cujo, The Dark Half, Halloween: Resurrection, Hatchet III, The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant

Television: 180 Days: A Year Inside an American High School, The African Americans: Too Many Rivers to Cross, American Experience: JFK, American Experience: Henry Ford, American Experience: Silicon Valley, Animorphs, Appropriate Adult, Black in Latin America, Bugging Hitler’s Soldiers, Cedar Cove, Final 24, How Democracy Works Now, How Sherlock Changed the World, Kitchen Nightmares, Latino Americans, The Lost Diary of Dr. Livingstone, Makers: Women Who Make America

Thriller: The Babysitter, Basic Instinct, Body of Evidence, The Conspiracy, Croupier

Don’t Look Now – Amazon Prime Week

Don’t Look Now is currently available on Amazon Prime.

Don’t Look Now (1973) – Rated R

“On a trip to Venice, a young couple whose daughter has just died meet a psychic who leads them into a frightening and suspenseful experience. Based on a novel by Daphne Du Maurier.”

“The churches belong to God, but he doesn’t seem to care about them. Does he have other priorities?”

Turn off your iPad. Nicholas Roeg’s Don’t Look Now is a very complex movie with a lot going on (even if it appears to be slow-moving) and you need to pay attention. You cannot do justice to this film if you are doing something else at the same time. It is based on a Daphne Du Maurier short story from the book

There are innumerable films about love. There are almost as many about vengeance. Many horror films are designed to produce fear and some are actually about fear. Don’t Look Now is a rarity, a film about grief. The event that sets this in motion is brilliantly filmed – rapidly cutting between the child Christine playing at the pond and the parents in the house.

Don’t Look Now is a joint English-Italian production filmed, not surprisingly, in Italy and England. The majority of the film takes place in picturesque Venice. Roeg wisely avoids a cliched view of tourist Venice and opts for a more workmanlike view, including the decaying churches, dilapidated buildings, and rats. In spite of this, Venice looks wonderful and this perhaps the best use of the city in film, outside of the brief portion in A Little Romance.

Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie star as our grieving parents, John and Laura Baxter. As long as you can get past their distracting 70s hairstyles (Sutherland’s is a wig), the performances are quite good, very real. Sutherland reels in his out-sized personality to give one of his most natural performances.

Don’t Look Now was infamous for a sex scene involving Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie. In addition to the controversial nature of the cunnilingus (seriously all of two seconds), there have been persistent rumors that the sex was not simulated. Roeg brilliantly intercut the sex scene with a scene of the couple recovering from sex. This technique apparently helped the film get rated but visually it works wonderfully as well.

Peter Bart, a Paramount executive when Don’t Look Now was filmed, claimed in a recent book that he was on set and Sutherland and Christie really had sex. Sutherland released a statement stating that Bart was not on set and that the claims were false. Producer Peter Katz backed Sutherland’s version.

Marriages rarely survive the death of a child. It is not surprising that one parent would be ultra-rational and the other would be grasping at straws. Faith is tested. Alternatives may be sought. Heather and Wendy are sisters played by Hilary Mason and Clelia Matania. Heather is a psychic but blind. Laura becomes convinced that Heather can ‘see’ her dead child.

Don’t Look Now can be enjoyed as a treatise on grief, an exercise in recursive storytelling (past and future events bleed into the present), or even just as a travelogue on Venice. This is a film that influenced Alfonso Cuaron, Steven Soderbergh, Steven Spielberg, Christopher Nolan, David Cronenberg, and Danny Boyle. Even Ryan Murphy admits he was influenced by it in making the show, American Horror Story.