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Netflix Comings and Goings July 2017

Did you (re)watch Gremlins? Did you catch all the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial references? If so you will be delighted to to hear that ET is debuting on the 1st of July. (And if you haven't rewatched Gremlins recently then you can watch ET and be absolutely sure that you'll catch all the ET references.) Police Academy is also appearing so you can really catch that 80s comedy groove. And don't forget to get your vintage gaming action with Netflix Original Series Castlevania.

On a more somber note, Lion premieres on the ninth. Dev Patel is excellent as a man haunted by his childhood, but Sunny Pawar steals the show as the young Saroo. You can follow that up with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which I haven't seen yet but I've been told is a real tearjerker. (That's kind of a gross word isn't it?)

If you haven't yet learned how to disarm a bomb with just a paperclip and a gum wrapper you should probably try to catch seasons 1 through seven of MacGyver before goes into hiding on the 1st of July.

You also might want to check out comedy classics Blazing Saddles and several seasons of Futurama.

Appearing to loud applause in July:

Available 7/1/17
Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
Best in Show
Boat Trip
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
Code Name: The Cleaner
Deep Water: Season 1
Disney's The Mighty Ducks
El Barco: Season 1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Free Willy
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Here Alone
Jackass: Number Two
Last Night
Liar's Dice
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Matchstick Men
Mixed Signals
Offspring: Season 6
Out of Thin Air
Police Academy
Proof of Life
Punch-Drunk Love
Spawn: The Movie
Spice Up: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Longest Yard
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving
The Astronaut Farmer
Taking Lives
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
The Originals: Season 4
Unriddle II
Witnesses: Season 2
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Available 7/2/17
El Chema: Season 1

Available 7/3/17
Diamond Cartel
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Available 7/4/17
The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/thestandups

Available 7/5/17
iZombie: Season 3

Available 7/6/17
Speech & Debate
The Void

Available 7/7/17
1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 7/8/17
Bad Santa 2
Horse Dancer

Available 7/9/17

Available 7/11/17
Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Available 7/14/17
Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/friendsfromcollege

Available 7/15/17
Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4

Available 7/17/17
A Cowgirl's Story
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
Uncertain Glory

Available 7/18/17
Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Available 7/20/17
Pretty Little Liars: New episodes

Available 7/21/17
Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/lastchanceu
Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/ozark
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 7/22/17
Railroad Tigers

Available 7/24/17

Available 7/25/17
Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Munroe Island

Available 7/28/17
Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/theincrediblejessicajames
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 7/31/17
After The Reality
Dark Night
Taking Earth
Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 -- Date TBD

Gone without a trace in July:

Leaving 7/1/17
9/11: Stories in Fragments
America's Secret D-Day Disaster
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
American Pie Presents: Beta House
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
An Unmarried Woman
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Black Wings
Blazing Saddles
Blondie's New York
Bombs, Bullets and Fraud
Day of the Kamikaze
Death Beach
El Dorado
Flicka 2
Futurama: Seasons 1 - 6
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Ghost Whisperer: Seasons 1 - 5
Hello, Dolly!
Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Kate & Leopold
MacGyver: Seasons 1 - 7
Mystery Files: Hitler
Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci
Nazi Temple of Doom
Samurai Headhunters
Secrets: A Viking Map?
Secrets: Richard III Revealed
Secrets: The Sphinx
Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Incredible Bionic Man
Titanic's Final Mystery
While You Were Sleeping
Working Girl

Leaving 7/3/17
The Last Samurai
Two Weeks Notice

Leaving 7/6/17
Los Heroes del Norte: Seasons 1 - 2

Leaving 7/11/17
Opposite Field

Leaving 7/12/17
Adventures of Pepper and Paula
In the Basement
Sleeping Beauty

Leaving 7/13/17
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain

Leaving 7/15/17
All That Glitters
Lessons for a Kiss

Netflix Comings and Goings June 2017

Rejoice for season five of Orange is the New Black is finally almost here, debuting on June ninth. Young Frankenstein will be here shortly before; appearing on the first. Moana, which I still haven't seen, will be here on the twentieth and you better believe I will be watching it at the first opportunity. Arriving in the middle of the month is season four of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Netflix original Free Rein, a show with horses, debuts on the 23rd, along with Jenji Kohan's new series, GLOW. Ms. Kohan is the showrunner for Orange is the New Black and was the creator of Weeds. Yippee!

The Good Guys season one is leaving on the first, with great wails of lamentation and the rending of garments. CSI:NY seasons one through eight leaves at the end of month, as does season one of Murder Files. Finally, be sure to rewatch This is Spinal Tap before it vanishes on the first.

Appearing to loud applause in June:

Available 6/1/17
1 Night (2016)
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Amor.com (Love.com)
Arrow: Season 5 (2016)
Burlesque (2017)
Catfight (2016)
Catwoman (2004)
Chingo Bling: They Can't Deport Us All
Days of Grace (2011)
Devil's Bride (2016)
Full Metal Jacket (1987)
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Intersection: Season 2 (2016)
Kardashian: The Man Who Saved OJ Simpson (2016)
Little Boxes (2016)
Mutant Busters: Season 2 (2016)
My Left Foot (1989)
Off Camera with Sam Jones: Series 3 (2015)
Playing It Cool (2014)
Rounders (1998)
Spring (Primavera) (2016)
The 100: Season 4 (2016)
The Ant Bully (2006)
The Bucket List (2007)
The Queen (2006)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Vice (2015)
West Coast Customs: Season 3 (2013)
Yarn (2016)
Young Frankenstein (1974)
Zodiac (2007)

Available 6/2/17
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5, Part 2 (2016)
Flaked: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inspector Gadget: Season 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Los Últimos de Filipinas (2016)
Saving Banksy (2014)
The Homecoming: Collection (2015)

Available 6/3/17
Acapulco La vida va (2017)
Blue Gold: American Jeans (2017)
Headshot (2016)
Three (2016)
Tunnel (2016)
War on Everyone (2016)

Available 6/4/17
TURN: Washington's Spies: Season 3 (2016)

Available 6/5/17
Suite Française (2014)

Available 6/7/17
Disturbing the Peace (2016)
Dreamworks’ Trolls (2016)

Available 6/9/17
My Only Love Song: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Orange Is the New Black: Season 5 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/10/17
Black Snow (Nieve Negra) (2017)
Daughters of the Dust (1991)
Havenhurst (2017)
Sword Master (2016)

Available 6/13/17
Oh, Hello On Broadway - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/14/17
Quantico: Season 2 (2016)

Available 6/15/17
Marco Luque: Tamo Junto - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Season 4 (2016)
Mr. Gaga: A True Story of Love and Dance (2015)

Available 6/16/17
Aquarius: Season 2 (2016)
El Chapo: Season 1 (2017)
The Ranch: Part 3 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
World of Winx: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/17/17
Grey's Anatomy: Season 13 (2016)
Scandal: Season 6 (2016)
The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

Available 6/18/17
Shooter: Season 1 (2016)

Available 6/20/17
Amar Akbar & Tony (2015)
Disney's Moana (2016)
Rory Scovel Tries Stand-Up For The First Time - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/21/17
Baby Daddy: Season 6 (2017)
Young & Hungry: Season 5 (2017)

Available 6/23/17
American Anarchist (2016)
Free Rein: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/26/17
No Escape (2015)

Available 6/27/17
Chris D'Elia: Man on Fire - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 6/28/17

Available 6/30/17
Chef & My Fridge: Collection (2014)
Gypsy: Season 1 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It's Only the End of the World (2016)
Little Witch Academia: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Weekend (2016)

The following projects will be leaving us in June:

Leaving 6/1/17
D2: The Mighty Ducks
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Heterosexual Jill
House of Wax
Las mágicas historias de Plim Plim: Season 1
L'Auberge Espagnole
The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975
The Blair Witch Project
The Good Guys: Season 1
The Hustler
The Little Rascals
The Prince & Me
The Teacher Who Defied Hitler
The Three Musketeers
The Way of the Dragon
This Is Spinal Tap
Two Step
We Are the Giant

Leaving 6/6/17
Private Practice: Seasons 1 – 6
Leaving 6/8/17
Leaving 6/9/17
4:44: Last Day on Earth
Farewell Herr Schwarz
Free the Nipple
Remote Area Medical
Secrets: The Sphinx
Tough Being Loved by Jerks

Leaving 6/14/17
Bob the Builder: Season 1
Boys Of Abu Ghraib

Leaving 6/15/17
The Lazarus Project

Leaving 6/16/17
Jane Eyre

Leaving 6/19/17
Daddy's Home
Grand Piano
The Right Kind of Wrong

Leaving 6/23/17
Jimmy Goes to Nollywood

Leaving 6/24/17
Agent F.O.X.
Breath of the Gods
Dragon Guardians

Leaving 6/29/17
CSI: NY: Seasons 1 - 8

Leaving 6/30/17
Killer Couples: Season 1
Killer in the Family: Season 1
Murder Files: Season 1
Murder on the Social Network
My Online Bride


Netflix Comings and Goings May 2017

As usual a ton of exciting projects are coming to Netflix in May. Much beloved shows like House of Cards and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt return with new seasons, as do plenty of new shows and movies. I was a little nervous to see that a film called Two Lovers and a Bear debuts on Netflix in May. I didn't know what it was and I was afraid to Google it. But once I plucked up my courage I was pleased to see it's not at all what I was thinking it might be. It's a Canadian indie film. Despite it being about two “burning souls”, a terrible description, I'm planning to give it a try. (BTW I watched Kevin Hart’s comedy special and absolutely loved it, especially the intro film with Halle Berry and Don Cheadle. It addresses some of the issues I have with spy type stories. It's a gem.)

Fans of Kristen Schaal will want to take a big bite out of the second season of Bob’s Burgers before it exits on the fifth. Graceland seasons one through three leave at the end of the month, as do seven seasons of Scrubs. And all the Jurassics, including Park, World and all the rest, go away on the first. Time for a dino binge?

Appearing to loud applause in May:

Available 5/1/17
American Experience: The Big Burn (2014)
American Experience: The Boys of '36 (2017)
Anvil! The Story of Anvil (2008)
Blood on the Mountain (2016)
Chaahat (1996)
Chocolat (2000)
Decanted (2016)
Don't Think Twice (2016)
Drifter (2017)
Forrest Gump (1994)
Happy Feet (2006)
Love (2015)
Losing Sight of Shore (2017)
Malibu's Most Wanted (2003)
Nerdland (2016)
Raja Hindustani (1996)
Richard Pryor: Icon (2014)
Under Arrest: Season 5 (2016)

Available 5/2/17
Bodyguards: Secret Lives from the Watchtower (2016)
Hija De La Laguna (2015)
Maria Bamford: Old Baby—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Two Lovers and a Bear (2016)

Available 5/5/17
Chelsea: Season 2 (streaming every Friday)—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Kazoops!: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Last Kingdom: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mars Generation—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/6/17
Cold War 2 (2016)
When the Bough Breaks (2017)

Available 5/7/17
LoveTrue (2016)
Stake Land II (2016)
The Host (2013)

Available 5/8/17
Beyond the Gates (2016)
Hunter Gatherer (2016)

Available 5/9/17
Norm Macdonald: Hitler's Dog, Gossip & Trickery—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Queen of the South: Season 1 (2016)
All We Had (2016)

Available 5/10/17
El apóstata (2015)
The Adventure Club (2016)

Available 5/11/17
Switched at Birth: Season 5 (2017)
The Fosters: Season 4 (2016)

Available 5/12/17
All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Anne with an E: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Master of None: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/15/17
Command and Control (2016)
Cave (2016)
Lovesong (2016)
Sherlock: Series 4 (2016)
The Intent (2016)

Available 5/16/17
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Break-Up (2006)
The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)

Available 5/18/17
Royal Pains: Season 8 (2016)
Riverdale: Season 1 (2016)

Available 5/19/17
The Keepers: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/21/17
What's With Wheat (2017)

Available 5/22/17
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
They Call Us Monsters (2017)

Available 5/23/17
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dig Two Graves (2014)

Available 5/24/17
Southpaw (2015)

Available 5/26/17
Believe (2016)
Bloodline: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
I am Jane Doe (2017)
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 5/28/17
Bunk'd: Season 2 (2016)

Available 5/29/17
Forever Pure (2016)
A New High (2015)

Avail 5/30/17
F is for Family: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
House of Cards: Season 5—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel's Doctor Strange (2016)
Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Supergirl: Season 2 (2016)
Supernatural: Season 12 (2016)
The Flash: Season 3 (2016)

The following projects will be leaving us in May:

Leaving 5/1/17
11 Blocks
Bang Bang!
Black Mamba: Kiss of Death
Fantastic Four
FernGully 2: The Magical Rescue
Flicka: Country Pride
Garfield's Fun Fest
Jetsons: The Movie
Jurassic Park III
Jurassic Park
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Samurai Headhunters
Stephen King's Thinner
Tales from the Darkside: The Movie
The Doors
The Real Beauty and the Beast
The Seven Dwarfs of Auschwitz
The Sons of Katie Elder
The Wedding Planner
Things We Lost in the Fire
To Catch a Thief
Treblinka: Hitler's Killing Machine
Truly Strange
Turf War: Lions and Hippos
Van Wilder: Freshman Year
Venom Islands
World War II Spy School

Leaving 5/2/17
Good Luck Charlie: Season 1 – 4
Kickin’ It: Season 1 – 3
Scrubs: Season 1 – 9

Leaving 5/5/17
Grosse Pointe Blank
The Recruit
What About Bob?

Leaving 5/7/17
American Dad! Season 7
Bob’s Burgers: Season 2

Leaving 5/11/17
American Dad! Season 8

Leaving 5/15/17
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 1 – 5

Leaving 5/17/17
American Dad! Season 9 & 10

Leaving 5/19/17
Step Up

Leaving 5/26/17
Graceland: Season 1 – 3

Netflix Comings and Goings April 2017

Netflix Comings and Goings April 2017

The most interesting looking project award goes to El Faro de Las Orcas, which my amazingly terrible Spanish translates as The LIghthouse of the Killer Whales. The trailer tells me it’s about a beautiful horse, a beautiful orca, a beautiful man, a beautiful woman, a beautiful boy, and a beautiful lighthouse. I think at one point an orca blows through a window, into the lighthouse, during a terrible storm. (There is a 99.99% possibility that I am incorrect about this.) Anyway, this Netflix Original looks intriguing so I sure hope my TV will be able to give me English subtitles.

We can continue our 80s binging in April as Netflix brings us such childhood classics as An American Tail (and the two sequels) and such horror classics as A Nightmare On Elm Street. We'll be able to watch Gremlins, but probably shouldn’t after midnight, as well as new fare such as Kubu and the Two Strings (which I really enjoyed) and the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000. Louis CK has a new special and The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Seasons one through three debut.

Whedon fans will want to rewatch Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Firefly and Dollhouse before they go away at the beginning of the month. Others to catch before it’s too late include Better Off Ted and four seasons of Bones. You will probably also want to rewatch Ferris Bueller's Day Off, if only so that you can compare the original to the new Domino ads starring Steve from Stranger Things.

Appearing to loud applause in April:

Available 4/1/17
A Weekend with the Family (2016)
A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Across the Universe (2007)
An American Tail (1986)
An American Tail: Fievel Goes West (1991)
An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster (1999)
Boy Bye (2016)
Born To Be Free (2016)
Cool Runnings (1993)
Good Witch: Season 2 (2016)
Gremlins (1984)
Only for One Night (2016)
Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin' (1971)
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Schindler's List (1993)
Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Thunderstruck (2012)
Wynonna Earp: Season 1 (2016)
Trouble with the Curve (2012)
Tropic Thunder (2008)
The Tenth Man (2016)

Available 4/2/17
The D Train (2015)

Available 4/4/17
Chewing Gum: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/6/17
Disney’s The BFG (2016)

Available 4/7/17
Dawn of the Croods: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/8/17
Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Available 4/10/17
Documentary Now!: Season 2 (2016)

Available 4/11/17
Kevin Hart: What Now (2016)

Available 4/12/17
DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 2 (2016)

Available 4/14/17
Chelsea: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
El Elegido (2017)
Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/15/17
Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Available 4/18/17
Lucas Brothers: On Drugs—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/19/17
A Plastic Ocean

Available 4/21/17
Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlboss: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tales by Light: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Prestige (2006)

Available 4/22/17
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 1-3 (2016)
The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

Available 4/23/17
Liv and Maddie: Season 4 (2016)
Phantom (2013)

Available 4/24/17
Long Nights Short Mornings (2016)

Available 4/25/17
Disney’s Queen of Katwe (2016)
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Vir Das: Abroad Understanding—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/26/17
Real Rescues: Season 6-7 (2012)
Trust (2010)

Available 4/27/17
Las Chicas del Cable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/28/17
A Murder in the Park (2014)
Dear White People: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 4/30/17
Sofia the First: Season 3 (2015)

The following projects will be leaving us in April.

Leaving 4/1/17
Ally McBeal: Seasons 1 - 5
Angel: Seasons 1 – 5
Better Off Ted: Season 1
Barbershop 2: Back in Business
Bones: Seasons 1 - 4
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1 - 7
Dollhouse: Season 1
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
House, M.D.: Seasons 1 - 8
Lie to Me: Season 1
Menace II Society
Resident Evil: Extinction
Roswell: Seasons 1 - 3 (The doc from Netflix says Rosewell, but I am sure it is meant to be Roswell.)
Snow Day
Stomp the Yard
Superman II
Superman III
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Superman Returns
Superman: The Movie
The Agony and the Ecstasy
The Boys from Brazil
The Escapist
The Princess Bride
The Riches: Seasons 1 - 2
The Usual Suspects
The X-Files: Seasons 1 - 9
Vanilla Sky

Leaving 4/3/17
Collateral Damage
The Circle

Leaving 4/7/17
Legit: Season 2
Wilfred: Season 4

Leaving 4/9/17

Leaving 4/10/17
Legit: Season 1
Flower Girl

Leaving 4/14/17
The Lazarus Effect

Leaving 4/15/17
A Fantastic Fear of Everything

Leaving 4/17/17
American Dad! Season 6

Leaving 4/26/17
The Nutty Professor 2: Facing the Fear

Leaving 4/30/17
Under the Tuscan Sun
The Mirror
Born to Defense
The Defender

Netflix Comings and Goings March 2017

There are quite a few exciting things going on at Netflix next month, not the least of which is season two of Better Call Saul, one of my favorite series. The Discovery, a Netflix Original film, looks intriguing. It's about what happens when someone find definitive proof of an afterlife, triggering an enormous wave of suicides. (I guess there are always going to be people who want to flip to the last page of the book and find out what happens? Also doesn't it seem like committing suicide will change the kind of afterlife you were going to get? Or am I being too philosophical?)

Marvel’s Iron Fist premiers on Saint Patrick's Day, which is exciting. Memento, a movie I was talking about when I watched Westworld, is also coming. I fell asleep watching that movie when it came out and when I woke up I thought I hadn't missed anything. Alinear films can be confusing.

It looks like the majority of the sharks are leaving Netflix in March. Not only are four Jaws movies swimming off to deeper waters; so is Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark.
Survivors: Series 1 - 2 is also leaving. I caught season one on BBC America a few years ago and thought it was good stuff.

Available 3/1/17
Angry Birds: Season 2 (2013)
Blazing Saddles (1974)
Chicago (2002)
Deep Run (2015)
Dirt Every Day: Season 1 (2013)
Epic Drives: Season 2 (2015)
Friday After Next (2002)
Head 2 Head: Season 2 (2013)
Hot Rod Unlimited: Season 1 (2013)
Ignition: Season 1 (2013)
Impossible Dreamers (2017)
Jurassic Park (1993)
Jurassic Park III (2001)
Kate and Mim-Mim: Season 2 (2015)
Know Your Enemy – Japan (1945)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Let There Be Light (1946)
Memento (2000)
Midnight in Paris (2011)
Nacho Libre (2006)
Nazi Concentration Camps (1945)
Roadkill: Season 2 (2013)
Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (2012)
San Pietro (1945)
Singing with angels (2016)
Sustainable (2016)
Slums of Beverly Hills (1998)
The Craft (1996)
This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Tenacious D in: The Pick of Destiny (2006)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
The Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress (1944)
The Negro Soldier (1944)
Thunderbolt (1947)
Tunisian Victory (1944)

Available 3/3/17
Greenleaf: Season 1 (2016)

Available 3/4/17
Safe Haven (2013)

Available 3/5/17
Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)

Available 3/7/17
Amy Schumer: The Leather Special—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 3/8/17
Hands of Stone (2016)
The Waterboy (1998)

Available 3/9/17
Thithi (2015)

Available 3/10/17
Buddy Thunderstruck: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
One More Time: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Boss’ Daughter (2016)

Available 3/13/17
Must Love Dogs (2005)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)

Available 3/14/17
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Jim Norton: Mouthful of Shame—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 3/15/17
Disney’s The BFG (2016)
Notes on Blindness (2016)

Available 3/16/17
Beau Sejour: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Coraline (2009)

Available 3/17/17
Deidra & Laney Rob a Train—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Julie’s Greenroom: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Naledi: A Baby Elephant’s Tale (2016)
Samurai Gourmet: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 3/18/17
Come and Find Me (2016)
The Vampire Diaries: Season 8 (2016)

Available 3/20/17
El Reemplazante: Season 1-2 (2012)

Available 3/21/17
Ali & Nino (2016)
Another Forever (2016)
Evolution (2015)
Fire at the Sea (Fuocoammare) (2016)

Available 3/23/17
How to Get Away with Murder: Season 3 (2016)
Welcome to New York (2015)

Available 3/24/17
Bottersnikes & Gumbles: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Déjà Vu (2006)
Felipe Neto: My Life Makes No Sense—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Grace and Frankie: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ingobernable: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Spider (2007)
The Square (2008)
The Most Hated Woman in America—NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

Available 3/25/17
The Student Body (2017)
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage (2016)

Available 3/26/17
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004)

Available 3/27/17
Better Call Saul: Season 2

Available 3/28/17
Archer: Season 7 (2016)
Jo Koy: Live from Seattle—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 3/30/17
Life in Pieces: Season 1 (2015)

Available 3/31/17
13 Reasons Why: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Bordertown: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life: Season 1 (2016)
Dinotrux: Season 4—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
FirstBorn (2016)
GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (2012)
Rosewood: Season 1
The Carmichael Show: Season 1-2
Trailer Park Boys: Season 11—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The following projects will be leaving us in March.

Leaving 3/1/17
Justice League: War
Jaws 2
Jaws 3
Jaws: The Revenge
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Keeping Up Appearances
Monarch of the Glen: Seasons 1 - 7
National Lampoon's Animal House
Robin Hood: Seasons 1 - 3
Survivors: Series 1 - 2

Leaving 3/2/17
Black or White

Leaving 3/3/17
Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey
Web Junkie

Leaving 3/4/17
I Dream of Wires
Otto the Rhino
The Discoverers
The Nanny Diaries

Leaving 3/5/17
Food Chains
Jail Caesar
The Days to Come
Two Hundred Thousand Dirty

Leaving 3/6/17
Pit Stop
Rigor Mortis

Leaving 3/7/17
Hansel vs. Gretel

Leaving 3/8/17
Love At First Fight
The Starving Games

Leaving 3/15/17
B for Boy
My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend
Sushi: The Global Catch

Leaving 3/16/17
American Dreamz

Leaving 3/23/17
Love Me
The Invincible Iron Man

Leaving 3/25/17
All Stars
The Perfect Wedding

Leaving 3/27/17

Leaving 3/28/17
Erasing Hate
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness

Leaving 3/29/17
6 Guns
I Melt With You
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne

Netflix Comings and Goings February 2017

February brings us plenty of hearts and flowers, just in time for Valentine's Day, including Ten Things I Hate About You, a remake of Shakespeare's the Taming of the Shrew. (Don't worry those of you who despise commercial romance, there are some offerings for you also; such as Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks.)

Both Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas are coming, as is Finding Dory and Babe. Ultimate Beastmaster and Ultimate Beastmaster Mexico, both Netflix Originals, debut on the 24th.

February waves goodbye to Clueless, quite a few Christmas specials, Mission Impossible 3, as well as documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth.

Available 2/1/17
Ashley Madison: Sex, Lies, and Cyber Attacks (2016)
Babe (1995)
Babe: Pig in the City (1998)
Balto (1995)
Balto 2: Wolf Quest (2001)
Balto 3: Wings of Change (2004)
Contact (1997)
Corpse Bride (2005)
Disney’s Finding Dory (2016)
Eleven P.M. (1928)
From This Day Forward: A Trans Love Story (2016)
Gun Runners (2015)
Hell-Bound Train (1930)
Highly Strung (2015)
Hot Biskits (1931)
I Am Sun Mu (2016)
Invincible (2006)
Les beaux malaises: Season 1-4 (2014)
Magic Mike (2012)
Masha's Spooky Stories: Season 1 (2012)
Mother with a Gun (2016)
Paris Is Burning (1990)
Project X (1987)
Silver Streak (1976)
The Blair Witch Project (1990)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe (2005)
The Five Heartbeats (1995)
The Furchester Hotel: Season 1-2 (2014)
The Girl from Chicago (1932)
The Longest Day (1962)
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Twilight (2008)
Women in Gold

Available 2/2/17
American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson (2016)
Frequency: Season 1

Available 2/3/17
Daniel Sosa: Sosafado--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Santa Clarita Diet – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/4/17
Superbad (2007)

Available 2/5/17
Elvira I Will Give You My Life but I'm Using It (2014)
Los herederos (2015)

Available 2/6/17
Girls Lost (2015)
Me, Myself and Her (2015)

Available 2/7/17
Michael Bolton's Big, Sexy Valentine's Day Special –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/8/17
Tiempos Felices (2014)
Girl Asleep (2015)

Available 2/10/17
Abstract: The Art of Design
David Brent: Life on the Road—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/11/17
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend: Season 2 (2016)
Stronger Than The World—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/12/17
Clouds of Sils Maria (2014)

Available 2/13/17
Code: Debugging the Gender Gap (2016)
Magicians: Life in the Impossible (2016)

Available 2/14/17
Girlfriend’s Day –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Katherine Ryan: In Trouble –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
King Cobra (2016)
Project Mc ²: Part 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/15/17
Aram, Aram (2015)
Before I Go to Sleep (2014)
Fire Song (2015)

Available 2/16/17
Milk (2008)
Sundown (2016)

Available 2/17/17
Chef's Table: Season 3—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 4 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kill Ratio (2016)
The Seven Deadly Sins: Season 2 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/19/17
Girl Meets World: Season 3 (2016)
Growing Up Wild (2016)
Tini: El Gran Cambio De Violetta (2016)
When Calls the Heart: Season 3 (2016)

Available 2/23/17
Sausage Party (2016)

Available 2/24/17
I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Legend Quest: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ultimate Beastmaster Mexico—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
VeggieTales in the City: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 2/26/17
Night Will Fall (2016)

Available 2/27/17
Brazilian Western (2013)

Available 2/28/17
Be Here Now (2015)
Michael Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

The following projects will be leaving us during February.

Leaving 2/1/17
An American Girl: Saige Paints the Sky
An Inconvenient Truth
Black Hawk Down
Bratz: Babyz: The Movie
Bratz: Super Babyz
Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure
Failure to Launch
Girls Just Want to Have Fun
Jackass 2.5
Lalaloopsy Girls: Welcome to L.A.L.A. Prep School
Last Holiday
Mission Impossible: III
Save the Last Dance
Serving Sara
Star Trek: Nemesis
The Kite Runner
The Machinist
The Original Latin Kings of Comedy
There Will be Blood
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

Leaving 2/7/17
Justin Bieber's Believe

Leaving 2/12/17
Grounded for Life: Season 1 – Season 5

Leaving 2/13/17
Scary Movie 5
The Nut Job

Leaving 2/15/17
Brothers in War
Chris Porter: Ugly and Angry
Exile Nation: The Plastic People
Jack Frost
I Am Not a Hipster
Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Prince of Broadway
Stephanie in the Water
The Man on Her Mind
Unlikely Animal Friends: Season 2

Leaving 2/16/17
Santa Claws

Leaving 2/17/17
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Leaving 2/19/17
Problem Child: Leslie Jones

Leaving 2/28/17

New Netflix Offerings and Old Netflix Vanishings January 2017

Netflix starts the year off strong with a plethora of original work. (A Series of Unfortunate Events season one anyone?) There are also some classics for the horror aficionado (The Shining) some sweet 80’s science fiction (E.T.) for those whose nostalgia was awakened by Stranger Things. You can start the year off with a bang with a five movie Superman marathon and then you can end the month with a strangled scream as Sharknado: The 4th Awakens arrives on January 27th.

Available 12/28/16
NYE Countdowns including:

Word Party
Skylanders Academy
Puffin Rock
Project MC2
Fuller House
Chasing Cameron
Beat Bugs
Luna Petunia
All Hail King Julien

Available 1/1/17
Around the World in 80 Days (2004)
After Innocence (2005)
Bee Movie (2007)
Boogie Nights (1997)
Braveheart (1995)
Caddyshack (1980)
Collateral Damage (2002)
Dreamcatcher (2003)
El Dorado (1966)
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
HALO Legends (2009)
Hugo (2011)
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never (2011)
License to Drive (1988)
Nancy Drew (2007)
Ocean's Twelve (2004)
Real Detective: Season 1 (2016)
Superman Returns (2006)
Superman II (1980)
Superman III (1983)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)
Superman: The Movie (1978)
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Shining (1980)
The Perfect Physique (2015)
The Rat Race (2012)
To Be A Miss (2016)
Trudell (2005)
V for Vendetta (2005)
Vanilla Sky (2001)

Available 1/3/17
It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia: Season 11 (2016)
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin'? – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/6/17
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 3 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Growing Up Coy (2016)
Mar de Plastico: Season 1
One Day at a Time: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Tarzan and Jane: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/7/17
Alpha and Omega 7 (2016)
Miss Sharon Jones! (2015)
Under the Shadow (2016)

Available 1/9/17
Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016)
Ratchet and Clank (2016)

Available 1/10/17
As I Open My Eyes (2015)
Best Friends Whenever: Season 2 (2016)
Happily Married (2015)
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
We're Lalaloopsy: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/11/17
Disney's Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

Available 1/13/17
A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Aquarius (2015)
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women
Historia de un clan: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
It Follows (2014)
The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/14/17
Camp X-Ray (2014)
Cardboard Boxer (2016)
Estar O No Estar

Available 1/15/17
A Beautiful Now (2015)
Hostage to the Devil (2016)
Señora Acero: Season 3 (2016)
Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body (2015)
Wartime Portraits: Season 1 (2014)

Available 1/16/17
Flash of Genius (2008)
Halloweed (2016)
Rezort (2016)

Available 1/17/17
Fatima (2015)
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Roger Corman's Death Race 2050 (2016)

Available 1/19/17
Good Kids (2016)

Available 1/20/17
Frontier: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Papa (2015)
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/21/17
Bates Motel: Season 4 (2016)
Grami's Circus Show: Season 2 (2016)

Available 1/24/17
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (20160
Kill Command (2016)
Terrace House: Aloha State: Season 1: Part 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 1/25/17
Era el cielo

Available 1/27/17
Home: Adventures with Tip & Oh: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Kazoops!: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Shadows of Truth (2016)
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016)

Available 1/28/17
Ripper Street: Season 4

Available 1/30/17
Antibirth (2016)
Swing State (2016)

Available 1/31/17
Bill Burr Stand Up Special– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Leaving 1/1/17
30 for 30: Winning Time: Reggie Miller vs. The New York Knicks
30 for 30: No Crossover: The Trial of Allen Iverson
30 for 30: The Day the Series Stopped
30 for 30: Jordan Rides the Bus
30 for 30: Without Bias
30 for 30: Once Brothers
30 for 30: Bernie and Ernie
30 for 30: Requiem for the Big East
30 for 30: The Price of Gold
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein
Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet the Wolfman
Angry Birds Toons: Season 1
Blade 2
Bring It On
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Coming to America
Columbo: Seasons 1 – Season 7
Cupcake Wars Collection: Collection 2
Chopped Collection: Collection 2
Dazed and Confused
Final Destination 3
Flip or Flop: Season 1
Fixer Upper: Season 1 – Season 2
Ghost Town
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters International Collection: Collection 3
House Hunters Renovation Collection: Collection 1
Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Season 1 – Season 3
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: The Thirteenth Year
Little Black Book
Little Man
Maid in Manhattan
Miracle on 34th Street
Murder, She Wrote: Season 1 – Season 12
Nanny McPhee
Property Brothers: Season 4
Property Brothers: Season 5
Saved by the Bell: Seasons 1 – Season 6
South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
The Italian Job
The Painted Veil
Sixteen Candles
Saving Private Ryan
The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift
The Fast and the Furious
The Uninvited
The Amityville Horror
The Wicker Man
Vanity Fair
You Live in What?: Season 3
Zoom: Academy for Superheroes

Leaving 1/6/17
The Girl Who Played with Fire
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest

Leaving 1/29/17
Stephen King's A Good Marriage

Seekers Notes

We're going through a bit of a health crisis at the moment which means we are spending a lot of time at the doctor's office. As a result, I downloaded several new games, to keep me busy while we wait to see whoever we need to see next. Hopefully next week we'll be in the infusion suite, getting a chemotherapy class drug, which means four to five hours at a time sitting while medicine drips into our veins. Which also means we need a pretty darned entertaining mobile game collection, to help ward off boredom and worry.

Seekers Notes: Hidden Mystery tries to be that game but in the end falls short. Hidden object games are excellent when you are not sure how much time you can devote to the game. When you're sitting in the waiting room, where you can be called at any second, opening a game that can be played for two minutes at a time is a pretty solidly reasonable thing to do. Most of the levels I've encountered in this game so far have around a three-minute time limit, meeting the time criteria.

But it doesn't meet the ability to keep a person busy for several hours at a time criteria. Like many “free to play” games, Seekers Notes gives you a limited number of times you can play levels. Then you either have to wait for your lives, in this case they call it energy, to refill, get friends to send you some or buy them with actual money.

They recharge at the rate of three minutes per energy unit, which doesn't sound bad, until you realize that after you rank up a bit you're paying 40 or more energy units to play some of the levels. That's a hundred and twenty minutes to recharge those energy units. Most games that I play recharge at the rate of one life per half-hour. This one is essentially taking four times as long. And when I'm looking for something that I can play steadily for several hours I need to look elsewhere. I can probably play three levels in a row of Seekers Notes. That's incredibly disappointing.

However Seekers Notes does have its pros. It's fun and challenging. Some of the scenes are quite pretty and there are a few interesting bonus games, like a memory style card matching game.

The basic gameplay goes a little like this: you are a new arrival to a town called Darkwood. Town folk interact with you and tell you things such as that the town has a curse upon it. They apparently can tell that you're super good at finding things and they set you little tasks such as finding their lost toys or banishing dreadful creatures.

The actual Hidden Object portion of the game is different from some other games that I've played. Some games the objects are always in the same spot and they just add more and more that you need to find to make the game more complex. In Seekers Notes the objects move around from play to play. One time you open up the ballroom a birdcage veil may be on top of the piano. The next time you open it it might be stuck to a wall.

There are various modes of each scene. Text scene is straightforward with you finding items based on a text description. This can be a little confusing because it may say find a bow and you don't know whether it means the kind of bow you put on a present or the kind of bow you put in your hair or the kind of bow that you use to shoot an arrow.

There are anomalies that come along and change things up. One of them changes the description of what you have to find so that instead of text you see the silhouette of the item. In others you need to find matching pairs. And one more is called a morph where an object changes from one thing to another and you need to find the ones that are changing. This is the one that is most confusing to me. Because I don't see them changing and I'm not sure how the heck I'm supposed to figure out which ones I'm supposed to find. I do see a couple of changes but in general if I'm supposed to find nine sets I can easily find two. That's a little frustrating. It's definitely my least favorite mode.

You can get Seekers Notes for free from the Google Play store and Amazon.

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Netflix Comings and Goings for December 2016

Traditionally we do not publish the week of Thanksgiving but we are breaking that tradition to give you this list of the shows and movies that are coming and going from Netflix in December of 2016.

Available 12/1/16
Always (1989)
Angels in the Snow (2015)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Beyond Bollywood (2014)
Black Snake Moan (2007)
Chill with Bob Ross: Collection (1990)
Compulsion (1959)
D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)
David Blaine: Street Magic (1997)
Dreamland (2010)
For the Love of Spock (2016)
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 2 (2015)
Glory Daze: The Life and Time of Michael Alig (2016)
Harry and the Hendersons (1987)
Hitler: A Career (1977)
Holiday Engagement (2011)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
House of Wax (2006)
Hannibal (2001)
Merli: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Merry Kissmas (2015)
National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)
Picture Perfect (1997)
Rainbow Time (2016)
Rodeo & Juliet (2015)
Swept Under (2016)
Switchback (1997)
The Angry Birds Movie (2016)
The Crucible (1996)
The Little Rascals (1994)
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
The Rock (1996)
The Spirit of Christmas (2015)
Toys (1992)
Uncle Nick (2015)
Waking Life (2001)
Way of the Dragon (1972)
We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story (1993)
White Girl (2016)
Wildflower (2016)
Zero Point (2014)

Available 12/2/16
Hip Hop Evolution: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Pacific Heat: Season 1 –NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/3/16
Lost & Found Music Studios: Season 2 - NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/5/16
Mad (2016)
The Good Neighbor (2016)

Available 12/6/16
Blue Jay
Homeland (Iraq Year Zero): Season 1
Reggie Watts: Spatial—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Devil Dolls (2016)
The Model (2016)

Available 12/8/16
The Cuba Libre Story: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/9/16
Captive: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cirque du Soleil Junior - Luna Petunia: Season 1 NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Club de Cuervos: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fuller House: Season 2—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Four Seasons in Havana: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Medici: Masters of Florence: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
White Rabbit Project: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/10/16
Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
Phantom of the Theater (2016)

Available 12/11/16
Breaking a Monster (2016)

Available 12/12/16
Ricardo O'Farrill: Christmas Special—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/13/16
Colony: Season 1
Killswitch (2016)
I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

Available 12/14/16
Versailles: Season 1 (2015)

Available 12/16/16
Call Me Francis: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Crazyhead: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
No Second Chance: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Rats (2016)
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 4 —NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/19/16
Miss Stevens (2016)

Available 12/20/16
Disorder (2015)
Gabriel Iglesias: Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 6 (2016)
Ten Percent: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Break: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/23/16
Travelers: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Trollhunters: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/25/16
Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War (2016)
When Hari Got Married (2013)

Available 12/27/16
Chasing Cameron: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available 12/28/16
Comedy Bang! Bang!: Season 5 (2016)

Available 12/29/16
The Hollywood Shorties (2016)

Available 12/30/16
The Eighties: Season 1 (2016)

Available 12/31/16
Big in Bollywood (2011)

Leaving 12/1/16
50 First Dates (2004)
American Beauty (1999)
Black Ops: Series 2
Camp Takota (2014)
Carmen Jones (1954)
Cats & Dogs (2001)
Curious George: Swings Into Spring (2013)
Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood (2016)
Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
Event Horizon (1997)
Frequencies (2013)
Medora (2013)
Monkey Business (1952)
Myth Hunters: Series 1
Myth Hunters: Series 2
Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
Paycheck (2003)
Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie (2008)
River of No Return (1954)
Sling Blade (1996)
Thor: Hammer of the Gods (2009)
The Great War Diary: Season 1
The In-Laws (2003)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Top Gun (1986)
Valley of the Dolls (1967)
World Trade Center (2006)

Leaving 12/2/16
Legends of the Knight (2013)
The Red Baron (2008)

Leaving 12/3/16
The Best of Me (2014)

Leaving 12/5/16
Holes (2003)

Leaving 12/14/16
The Da Vinci Code (2006)

Leaving 12/15/16
High Profits: Season 1
World War II in Colour (2009)

Leaving 12/16/16
Beyond the Hills (2012)

Leaving 12/22/16
Dark Skies (2013)

Leaving 12/26/16
Just Friends (2005)

Leaving 12/27/16
Spy Kids (2001)

Leaving 12/31/16
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 1
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 2
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 3
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 4
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 5
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys: Season 6

How Much Did Pop Culture Influence the Presidential Election?

I've been thinking about the presidential election quite a bit this past week. I have a theory which is possibly controversial. Did the rise of the anti-hero in pop culture directly contribute to the election of Donald Trump?

Years ago being a bad or good guy was very cut-and-dried. There were the white hats and there were the black hats. There was the sheriff in the westerns and then there were the outlaws. There were cops and there were robbers. Basically it was us versus them and we were good and virtuous.

And then all of a sudden things changed. We were introduced to characters like Dexter, who is a serial killer (but a lovable serial killer). We're introduced to Walter White, a character that I loathe but that many, many people loved and rooted for.

I'm not talking about your flawed hero like Hamlet; I'm talking about people who are terrible or do terrible things or a combination of both.

So we went from sort of black and white characters, with very little shades of gray, to sort of treating characters, especially our heroes, as a smorgasbord of food we really shouldn't be eating. We took what we liked and we admired, while we tried to ignore the rest and pretend that the shrimp wasn't actually going to kill us. As long as we didn't eat the parts we were allergic to we would be fine right?

But we are directly influenced by what we watch and read, even if it doesn't feel like we are. So while we were learning to ignore that which was disturbing in our entertainment we were also learning to ignore it in real life.

Both Donald Trump, the presidential elect, and former president Ronald Reagan came from an entertainment background. Mr. Reagan of course was an actor while Mr. Trump was a star in reality television. The Apprentice and The Celebrity Apprentice were both wildly popular and, most importantly, made viewers feel as though they were really getting inside of Mr. Trump's head and learning how he felt and what his core beliefs were.

When Mr. Reagan was elected president my circle of friends thought that a great deal of his appeal had to do with the fact that he was very comforting. He was uncle Ronnie, or your granddad, who would sit you down and tell you that everything was okay and you don't need to think about it at all. It was his very easy-going demeanor I think that helped a lot of people relax at a time when there was a lot of stress over the nuclear arms race. But meanwhile he was passing policy that killed many HIV positive and full blown AIDS patients.

Mr. Trump is equally visible; probably even more so given his extensive use of social media. But he doesn't have that you can trust me vibe that Mr. Reagan had. Instead he might remind you more of a brash, blow hard kind of con man uncle that your mother doesn't want you hanging around with. The one who makes money on the side by selling cigarettes and booze to your friends when you're a freshman in high school. The one who takes you to the brothel with a wink and a hundred-dollar bill when you turn 15 and tells you he is going to show you how to be a man. Or if you're a girl, the uncle who's always looking a little too closely at your friends and making everyone uncomfortable.

How did we elect a man who is a self-confessed sexual assailant? A man who has openly bragged about grabbing women by the genitalia? A man who boasts about not getting consent?

Maybe we need to look to the popularity of shows like How I Met Your Mother which features a character who lies and manipulates women and obviously cares nothing about boundaries or consent. Even a movie that may seem like pure fun, and adapted from Shakespeare, like 10 Things I Hate About You is at its core about objectifying women and treating them as prizes.

If the examples I cited above were isolated incidents maybe I would have to dig harder to come up with reasons why we elected a man like Mr. Trump. But unfortunately these are just a tiny portion of the messages that we're bombarded with every day.

Making our culture, and our country, greater is going to take a ton of work at every level.

Bonus Treat

This week's bonus treat is a poem by Langston Hughes, one of the great voices of the Harlem Renaissance. While some people were calling for America to be made great again Mr. Hughes was calling for America to be America. To be the ideal of America that we all long for.

O, let my land be a land where Liberty
Is crowned with no false patriotic wreath,
But opportunity is real, and life is free,
Equality is in the air we breathe.


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