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What’s Streaming November 2016

This month there seems to be some more shuffling of collections of movies to different or new streaming sites, including what looks to be the movement of most of the Bond films to Amazon’s streaming service. We also see several Batman films coming to HBO, just in time for them to premiere Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Other than that, it’s a slightly slower month, but that’s okay, since we have several exciting movies coming to the big screen this month in time for the holiday season, namely Doctor Strange on November 4th and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th.

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The Crown, November 4

A Netflix original chronicling the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in the United Kingdom. Netflix has generally delivered wonderful original content, and if you like history or are an anglophile, this definitely looks to be worth watching.

Paddington, November 16

If you grew up reading Paddington Bear and the Knickerbocker Rainbow or one of the others, this film adaptation should be worth a watch for nostalgia sake. I know I missed it in theatres and am looking forward to a chance to see it on Netflix.

Burn After Reading, November 16

A fantastic ensemble cast heads up this espionage thriller, so to speak, directed by the Coen Brothers. One of my absolute favorites, if you haven’t seen it and are a fan of the Coen Brothers’ peculiar sense of humor, this will be a perfect fit.

Gilmore Girls:A Year in the Life, November 25

You’ve probably heard that the Gilmore Girls are coming back to Netflix, and finally, this is the month! Also, just in case you still need to catch up or see what all the fuss is about, the entire series is currently available for streaming in every region.

Boyhood, November 25

An interesting coming of age drama that was the “darling” of the awards circuit, Boyhood is fascinating for its premise. Made over the course of twelve years, filming for a few days or a week each year, so that the actual growing up and changes that are seen in the cast are changes that happened naturally. If indie film is your thing, check this one out.

The Jungle Book, November 30

The live action version of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, will be coming at the end of the month. Part of Disney’s effort to revive their classics as live action, and the first non-princess one to debut. Definitely worth watching if you like the original.

 

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The Night Manager

This AMC miniseries is based on John le Carré’s novel by the same name and stars Tom Hiddleston as the titular character. If you missed it when it premiered on AMC like I did, check it out when it starts streaming on the 1st. It’s supposed to be a well-crafted, well-acted thriller, and also…Tom Hiddleston. Need I say more?

The Addams Family Values

The second Addams Family movie was available until recently on Netflix, and I’m very happy to see it returning to a streaming service. If you’ve never seen it and love the Addams Family, give it a watch. This may be a case of the sequel being better than the original.

Bond Films, Classic up to Pierce Brosnan Era

Too many to name, and so I’ll just say…it looks as though the Bond collection has moved to Amazon! Everything except for the Daniel Craig films will be available, and what better way to spend some of your holiday weekends than doing a Bond movie marathon?

 

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, November 26

If you missed this in theatres but have access to HBO streaming, rejoice! Because now you can watch this mediocre jump start to a franchise without having to pay movie ticket prices. Bring out the popcorn, or something stronger, if you’re like me.

Batman, 1989, Batman & Robin, 1997, Batman Forever, 1995, Batman Returns, 1992

Ahhhh, the ’90s Batman movies. (Okay, the ’89 Tim Burton version too…) These will all be available on HBO, and if you feel so inclined, you can relive the campy nostalgia of mainstream Batman. Although I will say, the ’89 Batman is very good; Jack Nicholson makes a fantastic Joker.

Also available if you need even more Batman fix, some of the Batman cartoon films will be available as well:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, 2013

Batman: Under the Red Hood, 2010

Batman: Year One, 2011

 

 

Want to see the full lists of everything streaming in November? Check out these links:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/183134/20161021/hbo-now-november-2016-movies-tv-shows-available-stream-leaving.htm

http://screencrush.com/new-amazon-prime-instant-video-releases-november-2016/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/whats-new-on-netflix-shows-movies/

Rewatching Tomorrow Never Dies – Throwback Thursday

The other day I was talking about this movie, and that got me back to finding this post! Definitely still a stand-out Bond movie. The original post had a good conversation, too, so you can go back and check that out if you like! The other Brosnan-era Bond films definitely also have fans, but in general people seemed to like him as Bond. I know I do!

The other day Holly and I watched Tomorrow Never Dies, and I had not watched this one in a while. I remembered really enjoying it of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies. Though there’s a soft spot in my heart for GoldenEye – it’s got to be the videogame!

I have to say that this movie has held up pretty well. It certainly shows its historical moment – with the Internet exploding out into the public (1997!) and with the level of technology. Sure, there’s a scene with fancy invented super spy tech sitting next to a floppy disc. It’s fine. It worked. And really? It’s a villain, and a plot, that could really still happen today.

So let me look at a couple of highlights of the film, and then talk about how it stands out among the Brosnan-era Bond films. Some spoilers to come!

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Putting the Blah in Bond: Spectre

One of the movies we missed last year (what with the Geek Baby) was Spectre, the 4th James Bond movie with Daniel Craig in the lead role. We liked Casino Royale and the new take on Bond, although Quantum of Solace being a sequel was pretty jarring. We really liked Skyfall, although the idea of Bond being an actual person born with that name was kind of odd – it throws off the whole continuity of the films.

Spectre poster

Even Bond looks Blah.

Anyway, we were intrigued, and had heard both that it was better than the rest – and that it was plain awful, as Julia has mentioned. Our main grocery store just added a Red Box alternative service, and I saw Spectre, so I scooped it up for movie night the other night.

And… eh? There were some Bond movie elements, to be sure. But we’re back to a full-on continuity, a conspiracy tying together all of the Daniel Craig Bond movies. By tapping into Bond’s old opposing spy service, at least in name: Spectre. On the one hand, it seems like an awesome plot. On the other hand, it seems like jumping the shark to the entire Bond franchise…

I could go into spoilers, but don’t even really feel the need. And I might not remember things well enough to do so anyway. Because the movie really was just off for us. Like, I’ve seen bad Bond movies. Something like License to Kill can be kind of fun to watch. And it has some similarities: Bond working outside the system, having his official authority removed, Q coming to give him help out in the field. But while the one film is kind of a joke in its badness, Spectre tries to be way, way serious. So each step in the action is super serious… but it didn’t transition well for us at all. We got lost. We didn’t care.

And the ultimate big bad, the leader of Spectre? Nowhere near as compelling as Silva was in Skyfall. While Silva got a lot of time to introduce and run us through his backstory and why he’s doing everything – and it’s not directed at Bond, but at M, which maybe helps as well. In Spectre, all the vengeance is directed at Bond, apparently, and in fact everything that’s happened in the four movies… or possibly everything that’s happened ever. Ever. I dunno, he just really failed to convince about his revenge plot or need, and the comparison in particular to Silva – or even to the desperate rage of Le Chiffre in Casino Royale – is just not in this movie’s favor.

All-in-all? Glad that we used a free coupon to check it out from the store?… What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!

Kingsman/The Secret Service – A LitFlix

Somehow, Kingsman: The Secret Service was still in theaters here this week. To put this in perspective, we’re in a seven-screen town, and this would be the seventh week that it’s been in theaters. And it’s rated R.

That’s impressive. Not going to lie. I had read the comic, in preparation for this LitFlix, but had really just thought I wasn’t going to get a chance to see the movie in theaters. Which was a shame, because I hadn’t really wanted to read the comic…

But it was still out, and I saw it, and as expected it was much more entertaining than the comic. I will try to keep my ranting about the comic to a minimum, and talk a bit about the main theme of the film, and about the main change in the film. Spoilers ahead for the film and comic, but let’s face it – it’s not long for theaters now!

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Rewatching Tomorrow Never Dies

The other day Holly and I watched Tomorrow Never Dies, and I had not watched this one in a while. I remembered really enjoying it of the Pierce Brosnan Bond movies. Though there’s a soft spot in my heart for GoldenEye – it’s got to be the videogame!

I have to say that this movie has held up pretty well. It certainly shows its historical moment – with the Internet exploding out into the public (1997!) and with the level of technology. Sure, there’s a scene with fancy invented super spy tech sitting next to a floppy disc. It’s fine. It worked. And really? It’s a villain, and a plot, that could really still happen today.

So let me look at a couple of highlights of the film, and then talk about how it stands out among the Brosnan-era Bond films. Some spoilers to come!

Continue reading