Throughout the month of August 2011, a number of popular movies currently available for instant streaming on Netflix are going to be saying goodbye, at least temporarily. If you are a Netflix customer enjoying instant streaming before the infamous price increase for enjoying both instant streaming and receiving those red envelopes comes courtesy September 1, 2011, then you might want to be aware of the movies that will be planting a big goodbye kiss to the Roku, PS3, Nintendo Wii and other devices that can receive streaming videos from Netflix. This is especially true if you are planning on going with the streaming only plan from Netflix when the price increase hits.
"The Bourne Identity"
"The Bourne Identity" is a popular favorite among those moviegoers who don't mind Matt Damon's bland appeal and simian looks. This action movie will be leaving the Netflix instant stream queue of millions come August 1.
Younger Netflix subscribers may not realize there was a time when many male movie fans considered Kathleen Turner hot for reasons other than her smoky voice. The grounds for this confusion traces back to the Lawrence Kasdan's Technicolor neo-film noir, "Body Heat" which is also leaving Netflix instant streaming on the first of August.
Long before reality TV stripped the last vestiges of shame and the ability to be humiliated from Americans, this Italian documentary showed that people around the world were ready to be exploited often for the sole purpose of shocking viewers. "Mondo Cane" is the granddaddy of all documentaries that followed that demolished the boundaries of good taste and pushed the boundaries of what could be considered acceptable subject for cinematic enjoyment. You have until the middle of August 2011 to catch one of the controversial movies to ever receive an Oscar nomination in the privacy of your own home thanks to Netflix.
"Lords of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring"
Attention All Insomniacs: Netflix gives you until August 20, 2011 to utilize the first entry in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy to lull you quickly into deep slumber. "Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring" is the best choice of this endless saga for putting you to sleep because it is the only entry that doesn't feature the only interesting character in the entire endless story: Gollum.
"Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance"
Not as good as "Oldboy" but any movie from Korean master filmmaker Chan-Wook Park is worth streaming to your TV before Netflix takes it away. "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" is part of Park's trilogy of revenge flicks that reaches its peak with "Oldboy." Catch it before it leaves your instant streaming queue on August 25, 2011.
No, no the bloated and over-the-top Al Pacino version, but the tightly constructed, violent and surprisingly subtle 1930s original featuring a star-making performance by Paul Muni. "Scarface" was one of the big three gangster flicks of the early 30s that directly led to the institution of the Hays Code censorship guidelines that tamed the gritty quality of the early 30s gangster movies into the far less interesting mobster movies that followed. The Shame of the Nation leaves Netflix at the end of August.
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- The Bourne Identity
- Mondo Cane
- Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
- Lawrence Kasdan
- red envelopes
- Body Heat
- September 1