March’s New Streaming Netflix Titles

In like a lion? I’ll let you decide.

Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels

Action/Adventure: Hot Boyz, Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Number One With a Bullet, Platoon Leader, Top Gun

Anime: Bleach the Movie: Fade to Black, Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Bonds

Three Days of the Condor

Classic: Taxi Driver, Three Days of the Condor, Wings

Comedy: Better Than Chocolate, Beverly Hills Cop, Billy Madison, Black Sheep (1996), Bridget Jones’ Diary, DeRay Davis: Power Play, Groundhog Day, Johnny Dangerously, Knock ‘Em Dead, Lewis Black: In God We Rust, Mean Machine, Patch Adams, The Prince & Me, Teen Witch, Ski Patrol, Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Documentary: The Culture High, Harmontown, Levitated Mass, One Rogue Reporter, Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton, The Sixth Man

Drama: Aleksandr’s Price, And God Created Woman (1988), Donnie Brasco, Evelyn, Finding Neverland, Frankie and Johnny, Half of a Yellow Sun, Jail Caesar, Last Summer, The Madness of King George, Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, The Rules of Engagement, Shirley Valentine

Faith: Mercy Rule, The Story of Ruth

Family: Across the Great Divide, And You Thought Your Parents Were Weird, Bratz: Rock Angelz, Bratz the Movie, Care Bears: Adventures in Care-a-Lot, Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, Furry Vengeance, House Arrest, Lalaloopsy Babies: First Steps, Monster High 13 Wishes, Monster High Ghouls Rule, Mule-Tide Christmas, Mumfie’s White Christmas, Rumpelstiltskin, The Secret of Nimh

Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Brothers Grimm, K-Pax, Parallels, Paycheck, Tank Girl

Foreign: Bullett Raja, The Days to Come, Humshakals, Jealousy, Point Blank, Singham, You Will Be Mine

Event Horizon

Horror: Event Horizon, P2, Soul Survivors, Vampire in Brooklyn

Musical: Grease 2

Television: 30 for 30: Of Miracles and Men, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Red Road, Life Hack 2: The Next Level, Ella the Elephant, Ruby Gloom

Thriller: Best Seller, Bitter Moon, City of Ghosts, Dream Lover, Naked After Midnight, Switchback, Twilight (1998)

Peeping Tom

Today I want to feature a progenitor of the slasher genre and an example of the sorry state of the genre today.

Peepng Tom

WATCH: Peeping Tom (1960) – “A disturbed filmmaker (Carl Boehm) literally kills with his camera in this ahead-of-its-time shocker from revered British director Michael Powell. Like the same year’s Psycho, this film’s combination of voyeurism, eroticism and horror repelled some 1960 critics, but its cult reputation soared in later years. Moira Shearer (star of Powell’s The Red Shoes) makes an appearance, as does Powell himself (as Boehm’s father in flashback).”

Poor Michael Powell – he made Peeping Tom at the same time as Hitchcock made Psycho. Together they laid the foundation for the slasher genre. Both were groundbreaking works that were well ahead of their time. Both featured killer points of view, contained highly censorable and censored material (pre-shooting for Hitchcock, post-shooting for Powell), and have highly complex and psychologically realistic murderers – not to mention director cameos. Unfortunately, while Hitchcock caught some flak but ultimately made a fortune, Powell’s film caused a huge scandal and his career was essentially over after this. We’ll never know quite how good Peeping Tom would have been as the censors were quite vicious in their cuts and much of that footage has been lost. In spite of this it is a very good film (though not in my opinion on the level of Psycho) with a great gimmick sadly revealed in almost every synopsis. If you want to see one of┬áthe films most clearly influenced by this, watch Manhunter right after this one.

AVOID: P2 – Hrrmm ok a slasher set in a parking garage – this could be an intriguing premise. IT ISN’T! Boring forgettable characters move around a boring forgettable set generating precisely zero suspense.