Streaming Roulette, Jan: Gremlins, Fairy Tales, and Brothers from Another Planet

After the jump you’ll find a listing of everything that’s new to streaming this month (January 2021). But first we pick two handfuls of titles and randomly freeze them with the scroll bar. Whatever comes up is what we share. Do these images make you want to see (or rewatch) the movie?

[Voice offscreen]: All right, let’s go.

THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS JANE PUTNAM (1974) on HBOMax
People don’t really talk about this in the days of the common false proclamation “everything is available online” but TV from previous decades is much harder to get a hold of than feature films (which have it bad enough). So it’s always cool when a streaming service plays one. This telefilm was a big deal in the 1970s winning 9 Emmy awards including Best Actress for Cicely Tyson. In the UK it was released as a feature film and Tyson received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actress (losing to Joanne Woodward in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams)

These are the keys to perfect posture.

SYLVIE’S LOVE (2020) on Amazon Prime
That’s Erica Gimpel who we 80s kids grew up on (she played Coco on Fame and Semiramis in the popular North & South miniseries teaching posture to Tessa Thompson for some reason? Matt reviewed it here.

Come in my dearie

INTO THE WOODS (2014) on Disney Plus
Uff we’d forgotten that Johnny Depp, who can’t sing, got cast in not one but two major Sondheim musicals (why can’t Hollywood learn how to cast musicals? It is *not* difficult. There are so many name actors who have song and dance training). He plays the wolf here and this version of the fairy tale subverting classic was not grown-up enough to deal with that storyline, whoever was cast as the wolf. 3 OSCAR NOMINATIONS.

You can do this!

COBRA KAI (Season 3, 2021) on Netflix
We should have written about this show last year since it’s so movie-related… a really fun, at times schmaltzy and repetitive but also thoughtful and unexpected sequel to the 1980s Karate Kid films. It’s daring that they risk shifting your allegiances so immediately towards the villain/bully of the original films and also risk confusing your love of the original hero (Ralph Macchio) since he’s had life kind of easy since being bullied in high school and hasn’t self-reflected much on his own behavior. The constant Elisabeth Shue references in Season 2 had us convinced they were buttering her up to beg her to make a cameo in Season 3.

Who let you in here?!

YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN (2020) on Netflix
Taiwanese gay film. It won Best Cinematography and Best Original Song at the Golden Horse Awards this year and was also up for Best New Peformer (Edward Chen, pictured above), Best Score, and Best Supporting Actor (Leon Dai).

There weren’t any black people in my town. At least I don’t think there were.

BROTHER FROM ANOTHER PLANET (1984) on the Criterion Channel
Have you ever seen this John Sayles sci-fi picture? We have a vague memory of it being good (rented it years after the fact) and future Emmy winner Joe Morton being wonderful in the leading role of an alien whose spaceship crash-lands in Harlem. SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, SUNDANCE 1985 (and no, we don’t understand how that January 1985 Sundance prize happened since the movie was released in US theaters in September 1984.)

[stumbling around]: Sorry I’m late

WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN (1994) on Amazon Prime
Cláudio just wrote about Meg Ryan’s most beloved performance in When Harry Met Sally but this is the other time she was in the Oscar discussion, nabbing SAG and MTV nominations for her performance as an messy alcoholic wife and mother.

Dad you fought your whole life never for yourself but always for other people. The poor, the exiled, the refugees…

DNA (2020) on Netflix
This was one of the five finalists for the French Oscar submission this year (losing to the lesbian drama Two of Us). It’s from director/actress/writer Maïwenn who has Algerian roots and “a meditation on cultural identity”. We expect all five of those finalists will score some César nominations later this month.

I’m sorry. I’m just a little tired and cranky.

Now that’s what we need here. People who produce.

GREMLINS (1984) and GREMLINS: THE NEW BATCH (1990) on HBOMax
Isn’t it weird for HBO to play these right after Christmas when at least the first one is such a Christmas movie? P.S. Strange confession: we’ve never seen the second one.

Why I’m beginning to feel like a criminal.

42ND STREET (1933) on HBOMax
You know what’s odd? When people talk about the actors in the classic musical 42nd Street they’re almost always talking about Ruby Keeler’s coming out ball as the young understudy who becomes the star of the show — it’s right there in the narrative that it’s her picture. But we’ve never felt that way. The takeaway in the picture is Bebe Daniels (pictured) who is fantastic as the jaded star whose downfall gives Keeler her big break. 2 OSCAR NOMINATIONS INCLUDING BEST PICTURE.

It’s a long way

THE MIDNIGHT SKY (2020) on Netflix
Reviews have been less than inspiring. Have you watched yet? George Clooney directs and stars in this post -apocalyptic drama. The visual effects look cool, don’t they?

[serious music]

COOL HAND LUKE (1967) on Netflix
Two movies in a single month is not a trend but the fact that Netflix is actually showing not one but two classics from 1967 in a single month (the other being all-time great Bonnie & Clyde) is basically a miracle. Netflix has been anti films made before 2000 for several years now (though a handful of mainstream famous 80s and 90s films show up on occassion) … maybe the streaming wars have thrown usual behavior out of whack or maybe this is a fluke but it’s a happy event, regardless, so watch both of those this month so Netflix realizes people do actually like movies made before their lifetimes. 4 OSCAR NOMINATIONS AND ONE WIN (BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR)

ALSO STREAMING RIGHT NOW (recommended pictures have a star)

newly streaming

  • Space Is the Place (1974)
  • Born in Flames (1983)
  • Ornette: Made in America (1985)
  • Yeelen (1987)
  • Welcome II the Terrordome (1995)
  • The Last Angel of History (1996)
  • An Oversimplification of Her Beauty (2012)
  • White Out, Black In (2014)
  • Crumbs (2015)
  • Once There Was Brasilia (2017)
  • Supa Modo (2018)
  • ★ Bringing Up Baby (1938)
  • ★ Holiday (1938)

later this month (a selection)

  • Ghosts of Peter Sellers -streaming premiere – Jan 3rd
  • “Starring Peter Sellers” (collection 10 films – The Ladykillers (1955), I’m All Right Jack (1959), The Mouse That Roared (1959), Never Let Go (1960), Mr. Topaze (1961), Lolita (1962), Only Two Can Play (1962), Dr. Strangelove, or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964), The Optimists (1973)
  • Black Skin, White Mask – Jan 4th
  • ★ Monsoon Wedding – Jan 6th
  • “Starring Jane Fonda” (collection 13 films – Walk on the Wild Side (1962), La ronde (1964), Cat Ballou (1965), The Chase (1966), Barefoot in the Park (1967), Barbarella (1968), Spirits of the Dead (1968), ★ Klute (1971), Tout va bien (1972), Letter to Jane (1972), A Doll’s House (1973), The China Syndrome (1979), The Morning After (1986)) – Jan 10th
  • “Three by Raj Kapoor” (collection 3 films – Awaara (1951), Shree 420 (1955), Sangam (1964)) – Jan 14th
  • “Japanese Noir” (collection 16 films – ★ Stray Dog (1949), Black River (1956), I Am Waiting (1957), Rusty Knife (1958), Stakeout (1958), The Bad Sleep Well (1960), Intimidation (1960), Take Aim at the Police Van (1960), Zero Focus (1961), Pigs and Battleships (1962), High and Low (1963), Youth of the Beast (1963), Cruel Gun Story (1964), Pale Flower (1964), Branded to Kill (1967), A Colt Is My Passport (1967)) – Jan 17th
  • “Directed by Bertrand Travernier” (collection 10 films – The Clockmaker of St. Paul (1974), The Judge and the Assassin (1976), Death Watch (1980), A Week’s Vacation (1980), Coup de torchon (1981), A Sunday in the Country (1984), Life and Nothing But (1989)**, Daddy Nostalgia (1990), Fresh Bait (1995)*, Captain Conan (1996)) – Jan 24th
  • “Directed by John M Stahl” (collection 4 films – Back Street (1932), ★ Imitation of Life (1934), Magnificent Obsession (1935), When Tomorrow Comes (1939)) – Jan 31st

newly streaming

  • 17 Again (2009)
  • 30 Minutes or Less (2011)
  • Asphalt Burning (2021, Germany)
  • Blue Streak (1999)
  • ★ Bonnie & Clyde (1967)
  • Bridgerton (2020)
  • Can’t Hardly Wait (1998)
  • Catch Me If You Can (2002)
  • Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  • Cops and Robbers
  • ★ The Departed (2006)
  • Eddie Murphy: Raw (1987)
  • Four Christmases (2008)
  • Gimme Shelter (2013)
  • Goodfellas (1990)
  • Gothika (2003)
  • Into the Wild (2007)
  • Julie & Julia (2009)
  • ★ Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)
  • Mud (2012)
  • ★ Mystic Pizza (1998)
  • ★ Rango (2011)
  • Sex & The City (2008-2010) both movies
  • Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • Striptease (1996)
  • Superbad (2007)
  • Unknown (2011)
  • ★ What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
  • What Happened to Mr Cha? (2021, South Korea)

Later in the month – a selection

  • LA’s Finest (Season 1) – Jan 5th
  • ★ Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011) – Jan 5th
  • History of Swear Words (Season 1) – Jan 5th
  • 100% Halal (2020, Indonesia) – Jan 7th
  • Pieces of Woman (2020) – Jan 7th OSCAR HOPEFUL BEST ACTRESS / SUPPORTING ACTRESS
  • Charming (2021) – Jan 8th animated film
  • Lupin (Season 1, France) – Jan 8th
  • ★ Spring Breakers (2012) – Jan 10th
  • The Intouchables (2011, France) – Jan 11th
  • Outside the Wire (2021) – Anthony Mackie action movie – Jan 15th
  • The Magicians (Final Season of the SyFy Series) – Jan 15th
  • A Monster Calls (2016) – Jan 16th
  • Radium Girls (2020) – Jan 16th
  • Call My Agent! (Season 4, France) – Jan 21st
  • White Tiger (2021) – Jan 22nd
  • The Dig (2021) – Jan 29th – Ralph Fiennes & Carey Mulligan star

newly streaming

  • 1900 (1977)
  • A Night At The Roxbury (1998)
  • American Gigolo (1980)
  • Arachnophobia (1990)
  • Arrival (1996)
  • Austin Powers (1997-2002) 3 movies
  • Bad Company (2002)
  • ★Blade Runner: final Cut
  • Blood Diamond (2006)
  • Bloody Sunday (2002)
  • Blow (2001)
  • ★Boogie Nights (1997)
  • Breakdown (1997)
  • Broken Arrow (1996)
  • The Brothers Mcmullen (1995)
  • Bully (2001)
  • Changing Lanes (2002)
  • Chaplin (1992)
  • Cloverfield (2008)
  • Cloudy with Chance of Meatballs (2009)
  • Coneheads (1993)
  • The Cooler (2003)
  • The Core (2003)
  • Crazy Stupid Love (2011)
  • Cujo (1983)
  • Dance Flick (2009)
  • Date Night (2010)
  • Dead Zone (1983)
  • Dead Presidents (1995)
  • Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2009)
  • ★ Donnie Brasco (1997)
  • The Duff (2015)
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001)
  • Escape From Alcatraz (1979)
  • ★ Eve’s Bayou (1997)
  • ★ Face/Off (1997)
  • The Firm (1993)
  • Foot Fist Way (2008)
  • Footloose (1984)
  • Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell (1974)
  • Frozen (2010)
  • The Gift (2000)
  • Girl Most Likely (2013)
  • Good Luck Chuck (2007)
  • Gunfight At The O.K. Corral (1957)
  • Haunting (1999)
  • Hell or High Water (2016)
  • Hondo (1953)
  • Hot Shots! (1991)
  • How Do You Know (2010)
  • Hope Gap (2020) – Dec 28th
  • ★ In & Out (1997)
  • Indecent Proposal (1993)
  • Internal Affairs (1990)
  • Kiss The Girls (1997)
  • ★ Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
  • The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
  • Like A Boss (2020)
  • The Longest Yard (1974)
  • Lost in Space (1998)
  • Look Who’s Talking (1989-1993) 3 movies
  • Love Basketball (2000)
  • Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
  • Major League (1989)
  • Mousehunt (1997)
  • More Than a Game (2008)
  • My Best Friend’s Girl (2008)
  • New in Town (2009)
  • Night at the Museum (2006)
  • Paycheck (2003)
  • The Peacemaker (1997)
  • ★ Places In The Heart (1984)
  • Poseidon (2006)
  • Pride (2007)
  • Princess Bride (1987)
  • Push (2009)
  • The Quick and the Dead (1995)
  • Regarding Henry (1991)
  • Salt (2010)
  • Save Yourselves (2020)
  • Selena (1997)
  • Shrek (2001)
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
  • Soul Plane (2004)
  • Species (1995)
  • Star Kid (1998)
  • ★ Starman (1984)
  • Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • Star Trek Voyage Home (1986)
  • Star Trek First Contact (1996)
  • Three Musketeers (2011)
  • ★ The Truman Show (1998)
  • Vampire In Brooklyn (1995)
  • Virtuosity (1995)
  • Walking Tall (1973)
  • War (2007)
  • Where Hope Grows (2015)
  • ★ Wonder Boys (2000)
  • ★ Young Adult (2011)

later in the month (a selection)

  • I Don’t Know How She Does It (2011) Jan 18th
  • Mighty Oak (2020) Jan 6th
  • Gretel & Hansel (2020) Jan 7th

newly streaming for September – a selection. They usually offer (most) of the same films as Hulu listed above… so they’ll have the bulk of those. But they also have…

  • The Brass Legend
  • Brothers
  • Confessions Of A Shopaholic
  • The Devil’s Own
  • Dexter (all 8 seasons)
  • ★ Dr. Strangelove Or: How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb
  • Gun Duel In Durango
  • The Interview
  • Jazz (PBS Documentaries)
  • Legion
  • Love The Coopers
  • Major League
  • ★ Master And Commander: The Far Side Of The World
  • ★ Peggy Sue Got Married
  • Premonition
  • Ride Out For Revenge
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Hallmark)
  • Signs
  • Soul Food
  • St. Elmo’s Fire
  • The Town
  • Tyler Perry’s The Family That Preys

later in the month (a selection)

  • Gretel & Hansel (2020) – Jan 7th
  • Herself (2020) – Jan 8th
  • Rhythm Section – Jan 11th
  • Alone – 18th
  • One Night in Miami -Jan 15th
  • Chick Fight – Jan 29th
  • Mortal – Jan 29th

also newly streaming

  • Dr Seuss Horton Hears a Who!
  • Earth to Ned (new episodes)
  • Eddie the Eagle (2015) – Dec 18th
  • Mr Popper’s Penguins
  • ★ Soul (2020) – Dec 25th
  • The Wolverine (2013)

later this month – a selection

  • Dinosaurs S1-S4 (Jan 29th)
  • Elena of Avalor S3 (Jan 15th)
  • Ferdinand (Jan 8th)
  • Mary Poppins Returns (Jan 15th)
  • WandaVision premiere episode (Jan 15th)

also newly streaming

  • A Better Life
  • All the President’s Men
  • Batman (Chris Nolan trilogy)
  • Batman (4 animated films)
  • Blade
  • The Champ (1979)
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • ★ Chinatown
  • ★ The Color Purple
  • The Conjuring
  • Dim Sum Funeral
  • ★ Dog Day Afternoon
  • El Amor No Puede Esperar (Aka Love Can’t Wait)
  • The Electric Horseman
  • ★ The Exorcist
  • Escape from New York
  • Flashpoint
  • The General’s Daughter
  • Get Carter
  • Green Lantern
  • Happily N’Ever After (2 movies)
  • Happy Feet
  • ★ Happy-Go-Lucky
  • He Said She Said
  • Heaven Help Us
  • Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Kong: Skull Island
  • Little Con Lili
  • Ma
  • Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior
  • ★ Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
  • ★ Magic Mike (2012)
  • March of the Penguins
  • Margaret
  • Miracle On 34th Street
  • Miss Firecracker
  • ★ Mulholland Dr.
  • Mystic River
  • ★ No Country for Old Men
  • The Notebook
  • Ocean’s Eleven (4 modern movies)
  • Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
  • Piter
  • The Producers
  • ★ Pulp Fiction
  • Purple Rain
  • Ready Player One
  • Revenge Of The Nerds (3 movies)
  • Rollerball
  • ★ Se7en
  • Shallow Hal
  • ★ A Star is Born (2018)
  • Superman Returns
  • Swimfan
  • The Three Stooges (2012)
  • The Trouble With Spies
  • ★ This Is Spinal Tap
  • TMNT
  • V for Vendetta
  • Walk Of Shame
  • Wendy (2020)
  • Willard
  • Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
  • ★ You Can Count On Me (2000)

later this month – a selection

  • A Mermaid’s Tale (Jan 12th)
  • Against The Wild – two movies (Jan 12th)
  • Blue Valentine (Jan 12th)
  • Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 (Jan 12th)
  • Don’t Let Go (Jan 23rd)
  • Earth Girls Are Easy (Jan 12th)
  • The Escape Artist (Jan 12th)
  • Get Carter (Jan 12th)
  • The High Note (Jan 2nd)
  • Kill Bill -both movies (Jan 16th)
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (Jan 12th)
  • The King Of Staten Island (Jan 9th)
  • The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Jan 12th)
  • Lovely & Amazing (Jan 12th)
  • The Man Who Would Be King (Jan 12th)
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats (Jan 12th)
  • Mother’s Day (Jan 12th)
  • Mud (Jan 12th)
  • The Mummy -3 movies (Jan 30)
  • Night is Short, Walk on Girl (Jan 12th)
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (Jan 15th)
  • Poltergeist (Jan 15th)
  • Reservoir Dogs (Jan 12th)
  • Scream (Jan 8th)
  • Tender Mercies (Jan 12th)
  • Thanks for Sharing (Jan 12th)
  • The Visitor (Jan 12th)
  • The Little Things (2021) -Denzel Washington and Rami Malek (Jan 29th)

The Ruby Keeler thing has always been so weird to me! It’s like those people didn’t watch the movie. Bebe Daniels walks away with the whole thing and doesn’t break a sweat.

I laughed hard at 42nd Street when Ginger Rogers (and her monocle) tells Ruby Keeler that she (Ginger) cannot star in the musical because she (Ginger) doesn’t have the talent. Ginger wasn’t a big name then, but watching in hindsight, knowing how Ginger was an all-time great in movie musicals, made me bust up laughing.

Phoebe cates Christmas Monologue is 1 of my favourite bits of 80’s cinema,she was such a lovely screen prescence.

Meg Ryan might have been the most beautiful drunk on screen ever but she deserved that Oscar nomination

GREMLINS: THE NEW BATCH is *extraordinary*. A batshit movie, that, and I love it.

MIDNIGHT SKY is fine? Never really lifts off if you pardon the pun.

I’ve had similar experiences with made-for-TV movies. Stuff like AN EARLY FROST have made their way onto YouTube thanks to people uploading historic queer films, but I went looking a few months ago for THE BURNING BED and could not believe how unattainable it was.

I am definitiely going to check out YOUR NAME ENGRAVED HEREIN. Thanks for bringing that to our attention!

I really wish people were talking about Sylvie’s Love more. It’s an absolutely lovely old fashioned romance that seems tailor made to this site’s demographic.

That’s spooky: I just watched The Brother from Another Planet this afternoon (before seeing this post) for a Zoom film club meeting half an hour from now. It’s definitely worth seeing—John Sayles is such a unique filmmaker in terms of intercultural themes, and you get to see the early work of Ernest Dickerson (cinematography), Joe Morton, Caroline Aaron and David Strathairn (young and sexy). Fun fact: Sayles wrote an unused script for a Spielberg project that became E.T. several years prior to making this film, and there are definite echoes.

Erica Gimpel also played Alicia Fennel on Veronica Mars, the mother of Tessa Thompson’s one-time boyfriend!

You need to see the second GREMLINS ASAP.

The high light of “Into the Woods” is Chris Prine singing

The title of the Cicely Tyson t.v. film needs to be corrected: she played Jane PITTMAN. One of the many amazing things about the movie is Tyson’s fearlessness and talent in capturing the essence of the character throughout the span of many decades: the character was supposed to be 110. So strange to realize Cicely Tyson is on the brink of being that old now: she will hit the century mark in 2024. I imagine that there will be an inevitable documentary titled THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF MISS CICELY TYSON when that date rolls around. And what a story hers is. Wish Hollywood had been more woke when she was in her prime working years. I hope she will be a prime contender for the role of Aunt Esther in August Wilson’s GEM OF THE OCEAN. It would be fitting in so many ways for to embody the archetypal Ancestor (Aunt Ester) since she is herself such a symbol and icon and treasure.

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