Apologies aplenty are due for the heinous crime that was last week’s entire absence of a Netflix column. Hopefully, being as it is but the fourth time in this series’ seventy-five edition history that you were made to go without, not to mention for a fine and worthy reason, forgiveness can be had. September’s first-of-the-month batch offers plenty opportunity for penance, at least, and the massive mound of movies below should be more than enough to sate even the most unforgiving of readers. A nice portion of new movies mingle with older offerings in a content collection that’s predominantly Anglo-centric, but not without its few foreign delights. How could anyone be anything other than happy? Dig in.
Browsing: This Week On Demand
It’s a decidedly independent crop of movies this week on demand, which is never a bad thing for those out for unique stylistic experiences. Lauded auteurs and unknown newcomers alike bring their visions to the table, some accompanied by stars out for an off-the-beaten-path acting experience. As seems to be the case more and more each new week, the number of movies from this year is impressively high; right before our eyes we’re seeing film distribution change. But that probably interests you less than the movies themselves, so let’s get to it.
Editor’s Note: Reviews this week are by Ronan Doyle and Jaime Burchardt From aggressive action…
Documentaries, indie hits, and an old Stallone movie: it’s an odd week on demand, and rather a quiet one too. Of course Netflix’s biggest new talking point will be Breaking Bad, the latest episodes of which will arrive on the UK/Ireland strand of the service the day after their airing in the US. Seemingly not content with launching some of the best new shots of the year, this is the VOD giant’s latest move to dominate the TV market too. But that’s a whole other story: the movies are our concern, and here—as ever—they are.
It’s somewhat impressive, the way Netflix manages to start every month with a massive content drop with movies numbering in the many dozens, yet nonetheless never to break from tradition. As ever with these batches, the films below include classic exploitation titles, new independent American film, and a host of Oscar-nominees and action hits of yesteryear. Oh, and Titanic, but none of us were willing to spare the time. Sorry.
My my my July. It’s really not been the finest of months for Netflix content, at least not of the cinematic sort. The opening week’s drop—studded with worthy watches no matter the month—notwithstanding, it’s been an exceedingly dull three weeks on demand; we’ve been lucky even to salvage a single recommendation to get excited about from each new batch. This week, alas, is much the same, though buoyed by the convenience of that single recommendation being particularly good. With the year’s fourth Netflix original series, Orange is the New Black, playing to fine reviews, and the announcement this week that the service had secured exclusive UK and Ireland first-run rights to the final eight episodes of Breaking Bad, it seems TV really is becoming more and more the focus. Sad news for cinephiles, but let’s wait and see what August may bring…
My oh me oh my, what a week. Usually we can count on a relatively…
Another fresh bash of world cinema titles arrives courtesy of Fortissimo Films this week, giving us one of those refreshingly diverse selections of cultural outlooks which make so interestingly varied each new batch of movies. It’s undoubtedly inclined toward the less excellent side of the scale this week, the below titles exceedingly ordinary on the whole, though not—as is always the case—without their little highlights. It’s a while since a week on demand was quite so independent: Hollywood has but one feature for us this time. All the more excuse to try something new.
A hearty welcome to what must surely be the most comprehensive edition of This Week on Demand yet, with the June content drop providing plenty films of all shapes, sizes, and styles to take every one of your fancies. As always with these monumental movie dumps, there’s a huge range to choose from: old films and new; Hollywood and world cinema; blockbuster and art house. A fine selection of 2013 offerings continues Netflix’s current trend of beefing up new new content, and we’re the victors with some of the year’s finest documentaries.
It’s a David and Goliath week on demand this time, with Netflix’s Disney deal seeing a handful of gigantic titles hit the service just in time to overshadow the latest worthy indies. That’s not to slight the classic cartoons: they are, by and large, the week’s best offerings, their independent counterparts largely too unoriginal and underwhelming to offer much in the way of resistance. It’s worth noting—or, indeed, not—that the DTV sequels to Mulan and The Hunchback of Notre Dame are also new this week.