New Netflix Streaming Releases for JUNE

The usual assortment of catalog titles. Highlights include the first five Jesse Stone movies, the third season of Sherlock, and the Vengeance trilogy (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Lady Vengeance).

Action: Apocalypse Now, Apocalypse Now Redux, Black Mama White Mama, Bucktown, Clear and Present Danger, The Man from Snowy River, Mission Impossible III, Puncture Wounds, The Replacement Killers, The Reunion, We Were Soldiers

Anime: Pokemon the Movie:Kyurem vs. The Sword

Classic: El Dorado, Five Easy Pieces, Julia

Comedy: 1941, Barbershop, Better Than Chocolate, Bingo, Born Romantic, Bringing Up Bobby, Cheech & Chong’s Nice Dreams, Coffee and Cigarettes, Cousin Bette, Duplex, Funny Lady, I.Q., Ishtar, Loser, Major League, My Baby’s Daddy, Picture Perfect, Redemption of a Dog, The Stepford Wives (2004), Todd Oliver: Funny Dog, Trailer Park Boys: Live, Trailer Park Boys: Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys, Wayne’s World

Documentary: Brave Miss World, American Mormon, Barbershop Punk, The Beautiful Game, Doin’ It in the Park, E-Mail Order Bride, The Good Son, Hitler’s Secret Attack on America, I Escaped a Cult, Magic Camp, Nanking, The Paw Project, Sex for Sale: American Escort, Unlocking Sherlock, Vlast (Power)

Drama: Between Us, Cold Mountain, Dance with Me, The Escape Artist, Eyes of an Angel, First Knight, Fool for Love, Hammett, Lonely Hearts, One from the Heart, The Perfect Husband: The Laci Peterson Story, Reign Over Me, A River Runs Through It, Swept Away, Tetro, That Cold Day in the Park, Two Girls and a Guy, Waking Life, Who Did I Marry?, Wild Style

Faith: 17 Miracles, Escape, Left Behind: The Movie, Left Behind II: Tribulation Force, Left Behind: World at War

Family: The Adventures of Milo & Otis, The Blue Elephant, Born Free, Harriet the Spy, Popeye, Rudy, Short Circuit 2

Fantasy & Science Fiction: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, At the Earth’s Core, Ever After: A Cinderella Story, Johnny Mnemonic, Scorcher

Oldboy

Foreign: Apenas o Fim, The Chorus, D-Day, Iron Monkey, Lady Vengeance, Oldboy, Ring of Curse, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, The Triplets of Belleville

Horror: Barricade, Blood & Chocolate, The Bride, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh, Carrie (1976), The Craft, Gothic, Lord of Illusions, Night of the Creeps, The Returned, Silent House

Sherlock

Television: Auction Hunters, Drugs Inc., Horrid Henry, Ink Master, Inside Combat Rescue, Little Princess, Noddy in Toyland, Street Football, When Aliens Attack, and new episodes of Guess with Jess and Sherlock

Stone Cold

Thriller: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead, Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise, Jesse Stone: Night Passage, Jesse Stone: No Remorse, Jesse Stone: Stone Cold, Jesse Stone: Thin Ice, The Mean Season, Smilla’s Sense of Snow

Tom Selleck, Jesse Stone, & Our Anniversary

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary over the weekend so today I’m sharing some of our favorite comfort mysteries with you – the Jesse Stone series starring Tom Selleck. (In case you are wondering, after spending the day in Hot Springs, NC, I set up a private dining experience, the Chef’s Table at Mountain Magnolia Inn. It was expensive but my wife is definitely worth it.)

Tom Selleck is a star who has aged well. While he was fun in Magnum, P.I., he just seems to get better as he goes along. His recurring guest role on Friends was a highlight of that show. His movie career never took off, in spite of being originally cast as Indiana Jones.

In a role that seemed tailor-made for him, Selleck was cast in the television adaptation of Robert Parker’s Stone Cold about a down on his luck ex-police officer taking a job as a small town police chief. It was so successful that he has played the role in eight different movies. The first four movies are currently available on instant Netflix and Amazon Prime.

Please note that these movies are mysteries in name only. They are really tone poems and character pieces. Each is about an hour and a half and all are very similar.

Stone Cold

Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005) – Rated R

In quiet Paradise, Mass., police chief Jesse Stone jumps into action when a corpse washes ashore and multiple assailants rape a high school student.

Night Passage

Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006) – Not Rated

After hard-drinking Jesse Stone is hired as police chief of idyllic Paradise, Mass., it doesn’t take long for him to uncover the town’s dark secrets.

Death in Paradise

Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006) – Not Rated

As police chief Jesse Stone obsesses over solving the murder of a young girl found floating in a lake, he also works a deadly domestic violence case.”

Jesse Stone: Sea Change (2007) – Not Rated

Police chief Jesse Stone reopens an old rape case but is stonewalled as the town tries to keep the incident quiet to minimize the effect on tourism.”

If you have Amazon Prime, the fifth movie is also available for streaming:

Jesse Stone: Thin Ice (2009) – Not Rated

Jesse Stone is back! When his friend and fellow cop is shot during a visit to Boston, small town police chief Jesse Stone (Tom Selleck) risks his life and career to solve the crime while also investigating the disappearance of a missing child in this exciting fifth installment in the popular Jesse Stone movies based on the best-selling books by Robert B. Parker.”

Tom Selleck and Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone

Tom Selleck is so comforting. He’s charming, laid-back, and, according to my wife, oh-so-yummy. To me, even though he never really made it as a Hollywood movie actor, he has that ‘star’ quality. He is wonderfully watchable in just about anything he does.

Over the past seven years, he’s done quite a few adaptations of Robert Parker’s Jesse Stone stories. They are all slow-moving yet highly worthwhile movies that eschew traditional mystery machinations in favor of massive character development. Honestly they are more like tone poems than mysteries.

Three of them just became available on instant Netflix along with a film starring Selleck as Eisenhower and some more Magnum P.I. episodes.

Jesse Stone: Stone Cold (2005)

“In the small town of Paradise, Massachusetts, the experienced Chief of Police Jesse Stone is investigating a murder and a rape case. When a series of murders happen with the same “modus-operandi”, Jesse discloses the identity of the killers. However, without the motive, proof or weapon, he has to wait for an opportunity to catch the murderers. “

Jesse Stone: Night Passage (2006)

“In Santa Monica, California, the former detective Jesse Stone moves to Paradise, Massachusetts with his old dog Boomer, after having drinking problem on duty. He is invited by the Paradise’s powerful counselor Hastings Hathaway to be the substitute for the former Chief Lou Carson, who had an earlier retirement. In his first assignment, he hits the abusive husband Joe Genest, who has not respected a restraint order. The local attorney Abby Taylor visits him after the incident and they have an affair. When Lou is killed, Chief Jesse Stone suspects of the mobster Joe and Hastings, and plots a situation trying to disclose the truth.”

Jesse Stone: Death in Paradise (2006)

“Small-time police chief and struggling alcoholic Jesse Stone looks into the murder of a teen-age girl whose body is found floating in a local lake. The case brings the former LAPD cop up against the Boston mob and into the affluent world of a bestselling writer who exploits troubled teens.”

Ike: Countdown to D-Day (2004)

“IKE: COUNTDOWN TO D-DAY depicts the tense 90 days leading up to the D-Day invasion and how Dwight Eisenhower, against all odds, brilliantly orchestrated the most important military maneuver in modern history. “

Revenge of the 80s TV Show!

Sometimes the answer you get is not the answer you are looking for. If you were wondering what Netflix is going to do to replace all that Starz content, well it appears that they want you to watch old television shows. Seriously though I am sure that the plethora of 80s TV available on Netflix is quite pleasing to many – I just don’t have the time to watch all of this. Here are the offerings Netflix just recently made available.

Miami Vice (1984-88)

“Although they don’t always see eye to eye, Miami police detectives Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Rico Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas) work incredibly well together, busting elusive drug lords, greedy weapons smugglers and other nefarious low lifes. Produced in the 1980s by renowned film director Michael Mann, this groundbreaking police series attracted large audiences with its stylish fashions, bright colors and music video feel.”

Growing up in Miami was not nearly as glamorous as Miami Vice portrays but Michael Mann does capture a lot of the flavor of the city. Thankfully Crockett and Tubbs have passed the torch to Dexter & Horatio Caine (and his sunglasses!). Miami Vice often featured hip music which led to some bizarre legal entanglements when releasing this show on various video formats. I suspect that this is why Netflix does not have all the episodes streaming.

Magnum P.I. (1980-1987)

“Featuring lovely Hawaiian scenery, this long-running, 1980s series about Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck), a witty but tough private investigator working for mysterious and wealthy novelist Robin Masters, propelled Selleck into superstardom. Magnum, who is pursued by both thugs and lovely ladies, is aided by Higgins (John Hillerman), Masters’s bookish estate manager, and his best friends, T. C. and Rick, as he solves crimes and helps the little guy.”

Who doesn’t love Tom Selleck? Netflix has 102 episodes currently available over the eight seasons this was on the air. I’m not sure why the random assortment – perhaps music issues tied up the rights the way they did with Miami Vice. Sadly instant Netflix does not have any of the Jesse Stone adaptations that Selleck has done in recent years.

Quincy, M.E. (1976-82)

“Breaking new ground on television in the 1970s and ’80s by tackling timely social issues of the day, this Emmy-nominated medical drama routinely placed intrepid Los Angeles coroner Dr. Quincy (Jack Klugman) in the midst of seemingly unsolvable cases. The show’s roster of celebrity guest stars over the years grew to include — among others — Jamie Lee Curtis, Dabney Coleman, Kim Cattrall, Buddy Hackett, June Lockhart and Joan Van Ark.”

Okay what is this? Again Netflix has a lot but not all of the episodes. Are there music issues here too? Did Netflix rush these out the door?

Knight Rider (1982-85)

“Left for dead but saved by a mystery benefactor, heroic superhunk Michael Knight has a new face, a new mission and a new car — KITT, an armored Trans Am with a voice of its own — and together they form a crime unit no crook can outrace.”

Okay I have never seen an episode of this show but check out the Hasselhoff! Strangely he would go on to become a big European star but with his Baywatch days behind him, David’s next project is Piranha 3DD – I kid you not! Also Netflix appears to have the complete seasons 1, 2, and 4 but only a partial season 3. Maybe Netflix released these before all the episodes were done converting?

Coach (1989-96)

“As the head football coach at Minnesota State, Hayden Fox (Craig T. Nelson) tries to balance his professional goals and hunger for gridiron glory with his personal relationships with his newscaster girlfriend, Christine (Shelley Fabares), and his daughter, Kelly (Clare Carey). The secret to Hayden’s success? Unbelievable friendships with quirky assistant coaches Luther (Jerry Van Dyke) and Dauber (Bill Fagerbakke).”

Hrrm most of the episodes are present but still some missing ones.

Amazing Stories (1985-86)

“Produced by blockbuster Hollywood director Steven Spielberg, this glossy anthology series presents supernatural tales of horror, fantasy and science fiction that frequently involve disturbing visions, unexplainable miracles and unlikely heroes. In addition to showcasing the talents of renowned directors Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and Robert Zemeckis, this show also boasts appearances by Kevin Costner, Kiefer Sutherland and Tim Robbins.”

Okay at least all episodes of this show appear to be available.