End of Watch (2012)

Streaming on Netflix | imdb | trailer

If you hate cops, skip this one.

I hate bad cops.

I love RoboCop (1987).

These guys aren’t as cool as RoboCop.

This is movie is pretty damned good in spite of that flaw.

End of Watch does veer from crazy violence to Hollywood-style drama cheese, but it’s ok. Overall this is a solid action/drama. I even laughed a few times. Also, Ugly Betty and Hopper from Stranger Things are in it briefly, and they’re both awesome.

Available on Blu-ray from Universal.

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The King (2019)

Streaming on Netflix | imdb | trailer

Here’s a damn good historical drama based on Henry V. It’s got all the top quality elements in place: production design, cinematography, soundtrack, and performers. The film also features knights in full armor doing battle in graphic detail. I don’t recall anything else I’ve seen using period accurate (to my layman’s eye) outfits in combat like this. The movie is a bit on the long side, but don’t let that deter you. I didn’t fast forward even once.

Not available on Blu-ray.

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13 Assassins (2010)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

This is easily the best recent samurai film, and it’s also one of my top choices among Takashi Miike’s output. 13 Assassins is fast-paced, well made, and features awesome performances. No, it doesn’t have many of the transgressive aspects that this director is known for, but I barely noticed. This film kicks major ass from start to finish.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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Black Book (2006)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

Who would have thought that the man behind RoboCop and Showgirls would go on to make an excellent fact-based World War II movie? Not me. I’ve been a fan of most of Paul Verhoeven’s output, but I was still absolutely floored at how good this movie is. I give it my highest recommendation.

Available on Blu-ray from Sony Pictures.

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Angela’s Ashes (1999)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

Here’s a sad, funny, and excellent drama based on Frank McCourt’s autobiography. I liked the film so much that I read the book. I didn’t think less of the movie after reading it either. To me that’s the sign of a solid adaptation.

Blu-ray is coming out May 26th from Paramount.

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The Decline (2020)

Streaming on Netflix | imdb | trailer

I have watched several movies released in 2020 and this is the first I can recommend without reservation. This is an original thriller that verges on action at times. I may like some silly movies, but little details like unrealistic firearm use can ruin it for me. This almost completely suspended my disbelief. Just watch The Decline, in it’s original French Canadian language, and let it do it’s thing.

Not available on Blu-ray.

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May 2020 Streaming Movie Picks

Here are some Anomalous Cinema approved picks for May, 2020 that are streaming on Amazon Prime, Netflix, or Hulu. All titles are linked to their imdb page. These are not all new to their respective services, but they are good to great films that I personally enjoyed.

Yes, several of these are seemingly obvious choices. That is why they’re here, and not a featured recommendation. Also, I’ve met a lot of younger people that have never seen movies I consider essential (Taxi Driver, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, etc).

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Recommended movies streaming on Amazon Prime – updated 6.1.20
Blind Woman’s Curse

Bloodsport (also on Netflix)
Capote
The Dead Zone (just added 5.1)
Downfall
The Final Countdown (just added 5.1)
Gods and Monsters
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (also on Netflix)
The Lighthouse
The Mutilator
Paths of Glory
Train to Busan (also on Netflix)
Wake in Fright

Recommended movies streaming on Netflix
Bloodsport (also on Amazon Prime)
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (also on Amazon Prime)
I Am Divine (just added 5.1)
Inglorious Basterds
It Comes At Night
Let It Fall
Overlord (also on Hulu)
The Runaways
Taxi Driver
Train to Busan (also on Amazon Prime)

Recommended movies streaming on Hulu
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
The Descent
Overlord (also on Amazon Prime)
Tickled
Walking Tall (just added 5.1)

Happy viewing. -Jonathan

Mother (2009)

Streaming on Hulu | imdb | trailer

Years before Parasite, Bong Joon Ho first got my attention with this very good thriller. Out of all of the director’s work, this is the standout aside from his Oscar winner. Lead actress Hye-ja Kim is absolutely spot-on. Hulu has several Bong Joon Ho films available right now FYI.

Available on Blu-ray from Magnolia.

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The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | trailer

I’ll watch Robert Mitchum in anything, but this is one of his very best roles. He plays a con artist “priest,” and man is he despicable. I would love to recommend more good classic films like this here on Anomalous Cinema, but it seems pre-‘60s movies are not often available in 1080p HD. This one is, and it looks great.

Available on Blu-ray from Criterion Collection.

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The Ninth Configuration (1980)

Streaming on Amazon Prime | imdb | no trailer available

The Exorcist book author William Peter Blatty only directed two movies, but both this, and The Exorcist III, are weird little gems. Well, I think weird doesn’t quite cover The Ninth Configuration. Totally unhinged would be closer to the mark. This is about a military insane asylum, but it takes a little patience to get to where the film goes truly mad. It’s worth the wait, as it has one of the more memorable hallucination sequences I’ve ever seen. Fans of Joe Spinell will enjoy his moments in the film as well. His character wasn’t in the book or script, so his dialog is all improvised. Thank you to Hen’s Tooth for restoring this unique work of cinema and for making it available on Amazon Prime.

Available on Blu-ray from Hen’s Tooth Video.

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