While there are daily drops of new material on Netflix, from crazy reality shows to classic rom-coms, there’s also a constant turnover of content dropping from the global streaming service.
So while you may think that a movie or TV show will be available to watch there forever, the truth is that it really isn’t, some are only available for a few months at a time. .
In an effort to help those who want to get the most out of their subscription, and to help you with your viewing priorities, Stuff to Watch has put together a list of 10 great movies that won’t be here on Saturday morning – so grab- them while you can.
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Cast Away (2000)
Before Life of Pi’s boy and his tiger, there was this adventure about a FedEx employee and his volleyball. Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt (in what was her third ‘Female Savior’ role of the year after What Women Want and Pay It Forward) and the ‘Wilson’ star.
“Hanks dominates as an almost naked, almost biblical man. [Director Robert] Zemeckis tells his story with magnificent control over what isn’t shown as much as what is,” wrote Lisa Schwarzbaum of Entertainment Weekly.
Dogtown and Z-Boys (2001)
Narrated by Fast Times at Ridgemont High Jeff Spicoli himself, Sean Penn, Stacy Peralta’s stunning documentary takes a look at pioneering skateboarding team Zephyr, a handful of committed Californians who fought to keep the hobby alive. life in the mid-1970s and ended up creating a whole new wave of interest in skate and surf culture.
“An incredibly bountiful subject – children on skateboards transforming into virtuoso artist-athletes – came to life in a wondrous, unassuming documentary,” wrote Joe Morgenstern of The Wall St Journal.
Fight Club (1999)
Based on Chuck Palahniuk’s novel, still over 20 years after its original release, it’s not for the faint-hearted. Director David Fincher (Se7en) created a nightmarish world that was perfect for the globe’s pre-millennial tensions and now feels just as unsettling in these troubled and isolating times.
The late ’90s answer to A Clockwork Orange, it originally seemed destined to cause the same controversy as Stanley Kubrick’s 1971 film. But while the graphic violence and overwhelmingly dark sense of humor leave the viewer exhausted as well as amused, there is a message in the madness – in 1999 it might have been a denunciation of consumerism, but now it looks like a disturbing, excoriating and quite brilliant examination of toxic masculinity.
Brad Pitt, Edward Norton, Helena Bonham-Carter and the Meatloaf star.
Inspired by an accident involving Alaskan Airlines Flight 261 in 2000, Robert Zemeckis’ first foray into live-action cinema in 13 years was this story of Captain Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington), a veteran South Jet pilot. Air, whose quick thinking saved many of those aboard Flight 227.
Having lost vertical control, the plane was in a death spiral until in an innovative and daring flight, Whitaker inverted the plane, finally allowing him to crash-land it in open terrain. What they don’t know is that the plane was potentially doomed as soon as the Party Whip slipped into the cockpit.
Features a terrific Washington acting tour de force, impressive visuals and a great supporting cast that includes Don Cheadle, John Goodman and Bruce Greenwood.
Michael Mann’s acclaimed crime drama is a hugely successful marriage of memorable characters, mounting tension, and flawlessly executed settings. Career criminal Neil McCauley (Robert DeNiro) fights to escape the clutches of Al Pacino’s LAPD Lt. Vincent Hanna in what’s a truly gripping game of cat-and-mouse.
“The taciturn De Niro and the bawling Pacino share a flawless stage over a cup of coffee, but the real honors go to Val Kilmer and Ashley Judd as a couple in love and at war,” wrote Anthony Lane of The New Yorker. .
Love and Other Drugs (2010)
Like director Ed Zwick’s 1986 tale About Last Night, one of the most striking things about this late ’90s 2010 tale is the nudity. Former button-down Genovese princess Anne Hathaway shows off plenty of flesh, matching a buff-looking Jake Gyllenhaal.
However, this adaptation of Jamie Reid’s 2005 book Hard Sell: The Evolution of a Viagra Salesman is not a sex comedy, but rather a cross between Love Story and Up in the Air, as two “lost” souls attempt to find each other and cling to each other. despite their own obstacles. The impressive supporting cast includes Oliver Platt, Hank Azaria and Judy Greer.
Marley and Me (2008)
Owen Wilson and Jennifer Aniston star in this beloved dramedy about two South Florida reporters who bring a Labrador retriever into their lives.
Along with inspiring a column, the spirited dog’s misadventures also help the couple navigate the ups and downs of marriage and parenthood.
“Wilson and Aniston demonstrate why they are gifted comedic actors. They have a relationship that is not too sitcom, not too sentimental, mostly smart and down to earth,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout (2018)
Beginning with a wedding in the shadow of Miter Peak and ending with a thrilling and extended helicopter chase through the Southern Alps, the Kiwis have a lot to cheer on in seemingly ageless action man Tom’s sixth mission. Cruise.
Sure, the plot may be old hat, stolen from a number of 1990s action thrillers, but with so many double-crosses, dastardly acts, and jaw-dropping stunts, you can’t believe it. hardly care as nearly two and a half hours pass. .
Mr and Mrs Smith (2005)
The action comedy that brought Brangelina together. Pitt and Jolie play an ordinary suburban couple who are actually assassins working for competing organizations.
Given their recent post-marital setbacks, it’s hard not to see director Doug Liman’s film in a very different light today. Bizarrely, stories persist that it could have featured such odd pairings as Will Smith and Catherine Zeta-Jones or Johnny Depp and Cate Blanchett.
“A twisty thrill ride, with enough laughs to lift what can be read, at bottom, as a metaphor for modern marriage,” wrote Michael O’Sullivan of The Washington Post.
A Nightmare on Elm St 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
I know it’s a lesser sequel to a horror classic and the beginning of Freddy Krueger’s descent from true fear figure to wisecracking comedy villain, but there’s a reason the tale director Chuck Russell’s visceral film has gained something of a cult following over the past 35 years.
Laurence Fishburne and Patricia Arquette have joined series original scream queen Heather Langenkamp for a story set in a mental hospital where the latest hospital patient reveals she’s not just plagued by visions of the child killer , but that she also possesses the ability to draw others into her. dreams.
“If you’re in the mood to be horrified by style, this is the one for you. You’ll have fun, even screaming,” wrote Rob Lowing of the Sydney Morning Herald.