James Bond Week – Hulu

Hulu of course has nowhere near the depth or breadth of the movies available on Netflix. However someone in their programming and procurement office is pretty savvy.

Hulu

At the beginning of the month, just in time for Spectre, Hulu acquired the exclusive rights for a slew of Bond films. Connery is well-represented, with Goldfinger, From Russia With Love, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, and Diamonds are Forever – even the non-canon Never Say Never Again. Only his first, Dr. No, is not available. Goldfinger and From Russia With Love are justifiable classics. The others are worth watching just for Connery though Never Say Never Again is a very lazy remake of Thunderball.

From Russia With Love

All seven Bond entries from the Moore tongue-in-cheek era are here: The Spy Who Loved Me, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View to a Kill, Moonraker, The Man with the Golden Gun, and Live and Let Die. Both Dalton’s The Living Daylights and Licence to Kill are available. Heck, they even have George Lazenby’s single outing as Bond, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. That one is worth watching for the absolutely radiant Diana Rigg.

The more recent Brosnan and Craig entries are not on Hulu but 16 movies of the franchise is 16 more than Netflix or Amazon Prime have.

Mockingjay Double

Unfortunately I will be missing the Mockingjay double feature but both Hulu and Amazon Prime have The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part One streaming in time for the theatrical premiere of Mockingjay Part Two. Netflix has….umm…the not really a satire Starving Games so good luck with that.

New Netflix Streaming Releases for December

Wow, how did this year fly by so quickly?

Runaway Train

Action/Adventure: Adios Sabata, Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, Black Rain, For Your Eyes Only, A Knight’s Tale, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, Mission: Impossible, Never Say Never Again, Runaway Train, Thief, A View to a Kill, You Only Live Twice

Goldfinger

Classic: From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Hondo, The Hustler

Comedy: 2 Days in the Valley, Bewitched, Crossroads, The Grand Seduction, Jewtopia, Necessary Roughness, The Out-of-Towners, Outside Providence, Waking Up in Reno

Documentary: Darius Goes West: The Roll of His Life, McConkey, Medora, Out of the Clear Blue Sky

Drama: About Cherry, Ali, Almost Famous, American Beauty, Brightest Star, The Escape Artist, G.I. Jane, Hammett, An Innocent Man, Last Night, Legends of the Fall, Madison, One From the Heart, Perfect Sisters, Saturday Night Fever, Seven Years in Tibet, Stomp the Yard: Homecoming, Tetro, The Truman Show

Family: Dwegons and Leprechauns, Stuart Little 2, Troop Beverly Hills, Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare, VeggieTales: Veggies in Space, What She Wants for Christmas

Fantasy & Science Fiction: Batman Forever, The Dark Crystal, Frequencies, Heavenly Sword, Labyrinth, The People That Time Forgot

Foreign: Mosquita y Mari, Reincarnation

Knights of Badassdom

Horror: Damien: Omen II, Darkness, The Deadly Bees, The Dentist, The Dentist II: Brace Yourself, Dracula II: Ascension, Friday the 13th 1-8 (Marathon time!), Knights of Badassdom, Omen III: The Final Conflict, The Omen (1976)

Television: Big and Small, Black Mirror, Chuggington, Doki, Love No Matter What, Velvet

Thriller: Jade, Out of Time, Panic Room

New Netflix Streaming Releases for May 2014

For obvious reasons May brings about the release of many older kaiju films. Less known is the return of many of the Bond films.

Gladiator

Action/Adventure: 6 Bullets, Backdraft, The Big Hit, Company of Heroes, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia With Love, Gladiator, Goldfinger, The Jewel of the Nile, Kill Bill vol 1 & 2, The Legend of Drunken Master, Live and Let Die, The Living Daylights, Mind Hunters, Never Say Never Again, Return of the Dragon, Romancing the Stone, A View to a Kill, You Only Live Twice

Classic: Anatomy of a Murder, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Paper Moon

Comedy: Adventures in Babysitting, All I Want, Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason, Diggstown, The Great Divide, Knucklehead, Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip, School Daze, Sneakers, Steve Byrne: Champion, Top Secret!

Documentary: 1976: Hunt vs. Lauda, Best Kept Secret, Beware of Mr. Baker, Broadway Idiot, Splinters, Terms and Conditions May Apply, Unhung Hero, Where I Am, Winged Migration

Drama: Bang the Drum Slowly, Bed of Roses, The Big Chill, Boys Don’t Cry, The Buddy Holly Story, Call Me Crazy: A Five Film, Diana, Eye of the Dolphin, Federal Hill, Forbidden Woman, Forrest Gump, The Good Life, The Human Stain, La Bamba, The Legend of Bagger Vance, Loosies, The Prince of Tides, St. Elmo’s Fire, Tortilla Soup

Faith: The Lost and Found Family

Family: 12 Dogs of Christmas: Great Puppy Rescue, five more of the Baby Genius series, Beethoven, Call Me Claus, Encounters at the End of the World, Freedom Force, Good Boy!, Harriet the Spy: Blog Wars, Hook, Mumfie’s Quest: The Movie, Nuttiest Nutcracker, That’s What I Am

Fantastic Voyage

Fantasy & Science Fiction: The City of Lost Children, Fantastic Voyage (1966), Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children, Heavy Metal, Maximum Overdrive, Shopping, Starman, Unidentified

Foreign: 1-Ichi, Faith Like Potatoes, Ichi the Killer, Oslo August 31st, The Outlaw, Shinjuku Incident, Sin Reaper, Therese, Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law, Torrente 2, Torrente 3, Torrente 4, Vincent Wants to Sea

Godzilla

Horror: 100 Bloody Acres, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Candyman, Cursed, Entity (2012), Fido, Friday the 13th, Part 7: The New Blood, From Dusk Till Dawn, Ghidorah: The Three-Headed Monster, Godzilla Raids Again, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla vs. Mothra, Godzilla’s Revenge, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Incredible Melting Man, Ravenous, Rodan, Terror of Mechagodzilla, Urban Legends: Bloody Mary

Television: Autumn’s Concerto, Bernard, Channel X, Destroy Build Destroy, Easy Fortune Happy Life, The Fierce Wife, Guess with Jess, The Invincible Shan Bao Mei, Love Forward, Love Now, My Queen, Princess’ Stand In, Zhong Wu Yan, and new episodes of Digimon Adventure, Psych, and Digimon: Digital Adventures

Thriller: The Juror, Kiss the Girls, The Odessa File, Ordinary Decent Criminal, Revenge, The Secret Village, Single White Female

Connery Redux

Woohoo! Yesterday I posted that the four lesser Connery Bond films are available on instant Netflix and *surprise!* today the three best Connery Bond films became available on instant play – in HD no less! I look forward to rewatching these classics some time in the next week or so.

Dr. No (1962) – Rated PG

On a mission in Jamaica, suave Agent 007 (Sean Connery) — in the first of the James Bond films — finds mad scientist Dr. No (Joseph Wiseman) plotting to derail the U.S. space program and take over the world.

While not the first Bond adaptation, Dr. No is the first of the official MGM adaptations and thus the first of the Sean Connery Bonds. I rank this one third of the Connery Bonds. The pluses to this film are the portrayal of Bond as ruthless (something the series gradually steers away from until Casino Royale brought the series back on track), the performance of Connery who is front and center for much of the film, and the lack of distracting gadgets.

Goldfinger (1964) – Rated PG

The third installment in the 007 series — which racked up an Oscar for its sound effects — finds uberspy James Bond trying to thwart baddie Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his elaborate gambit to corner the gold market by contaminating Fort Knox.

“Do you expect me to talk?” – “No Mr. Bond I expect you to die!”

Considered by many to be the height of the Bond series, Goldfinger is a fun romp with several memorable villains, signature gadgets that do not overwhelm the story, and an interesting, if implausible, plot.

From Russia with Love (1963) – Rated PG

Bond is back — and so are the bullets, beauties and bad guys! You’ll be shaken and stirred by Sean Connery’s second outing as 007, which has him paying the price for his previous adventure when SPECTRE seeks revenge for the death of Dr. No.

This is my absolute favorite Bond film. Being the second film, the rough edges of Dr. No have been polished out but the gadgets have yet to overwhelm the series. The plot is thankfully not about a megalomaniac trying to take over and/or destroy the world but is instead about the intrigue between British intelligence (and their allies), the Russians (and their allies), and SPECTRE.

Although quite dated, it features one of the first realistic fist fights put on film. Much of it takes place on a train which is a personal favorite of mine and the beginning takes place in (and under) Istanbul which I had the joy of visiting some years back. Pedro Armendariz gives a wonderful performance as Ali Kerim Bey in spite of being terminally ill with cancer during the filming.