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New on Netflix and Amazon Prime for January

(Last Updated On: January 1, 2017)
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Ian’s Picks (all Netflix, as new Amazon pickings seem pretty dire this month)

Superman the Movie (1978) and Superman 2 (1980). Richard Donner’s original is overlong and inconsistent in tone and Richard Lester’s sequel has some surprisingly shoddy (I don’t mean dated, but for the period and budget) special effects and ugly cinematography, but Christopher Reeve remains the best Man of Steel, infinitely preferable to Henry Cavil’s smug jerkface, and all other supervillains must kneel before Terence Stamp’s Zod.

El Dorado (1966). Howard Hawks’ first semi-remake of his classic 1959 John Wayne western Rio Bravo keeps the Duke (of course) but replaces Dean Martin and Ricky Nelson with Robert Mitchum and James Caan, and that’s an trade up despite an embarrassing scene where Caan pretends to be Chinese. Charlene Holt is no substitute for Angie Dickinson, and Nelson Riddle’s TV-style score isn’t nearly as good as Dimitri Tiomkin’s, but for an old school western, you could do a lot worse.

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It Follows (2014). Writer/director David Robert Mitchell’s stylish horror film has a genuinely creepy idea and a nicely autumnal sort-of 70s (but not really) setting, with excellent widescreen cinematography and an early John Carpenter vibe. There’s no twist; the situation is explained early on, but to say more about the plot may dilute the ingenious concept of the supernatural force that pursues Maika Monroe, excellent as the young heroine.

As for some other famous and/or popular titles listed below, I respect but do not love The Shining and dislike Braveheart, and y’all don’t need me to tell you about the pleasures of Caddyshack or E.T. The Netflix original series based on Lemony Snickett’s A Series of Unfortunate Events looks amusing and somewhat stylish, but as much as I like Neil Patrick Harris, I wish they’d gone with an old and more genuinely menacing Count Olaf.

Movies:

A Beautiful Now (2015) 1/15
Alpha and Omega 7 (2016) 1/7
Antibirth (2016) 1/30
Aquarius (2015) 1/13
Around the World in 80 Days (2004) 1/1
As I Open My Eyes (2015) 1/10
Bee Movie (2007) 1/1
Best and Most Beautiful Things (2016) January 9
Boogie Nights (1997) 1/1
Braveheart (1995) 1/1
Caddyshack (1980) 1/1
Camp X-Ray (2014) 1/14
Cardboard Boxer (2016) 1/14
Casablancas: The Man Who Loved Women (2015) 1/3
Collateral Damage (2002) 1/1
Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016) 1/1
Dreamcatcher (2003) 1/1
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) 1/1
El Dorado (1966) 1/1
Estar O No Estar (2016) 1/4
Fatima (2015) 1/7
Good Kids (2016) 1/9
Halloweed (2016) 1/6 (2009) 1/1
Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil (2016) 1/23
Hostage to the Devil (2016) 1/5
HALO Legends
Hugo (2011) 1/1
It Follows (2014) 1/13
Kill Command (2016) 1/23
License to Drive (1988) 1/1
Nancy Drew (2007) 1/1
Ocean’s Twelve (2004) 1/1
Papa (2015) 1/20
Ratchet and Clank (2016) 1/9
Rezort (2016) 1/6
Roger Corman’s Death Race 2050 (2016) 1/7
Shadows of Truth (2016) 1/27
Sharknado: The 4th Awakens (2016) 1/27
Superman: The Movie (1978) 1/1
Superman II (1980) 1/1
Superman III (1983) 1/1
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) 1/1
Superman Returns (2006) 1/1
Swing State (2016) 1/30
The Parent Trap (1961) 1/1
The Shining (1980) 1/1
Theo Who Lived (2016) 1/10
Twisted Trunk, Big Fat Body (2013) 1/5
Under the Shadow (2016) 1/7
V for Vendetta (2005) 1/1
Vanilla Sky (2001) 1/1

Original Programming:

A Series of Unfortunate Events: Season One 1/3
Bill Burr Stand Up Special 1/31
Clinical 1/3
Coin Heist 1/6
Cristela Alonzo: Lower Classy 1/23
Degrassi: Next Class: Season Three 1/6
Frontier: Season One 1/20
Gad Gone Wild 1/23
iBOY (2017) 1/27
Jen Kirkman: Just Keep Livin‘? 1/3
Jim Gaffigan: Cinco 1/10
One Day at a Time: Season One 1/6
Take the 10 (2017) 1/20
Tarzan and Jane: Season One 1/6
The Investigator: A British Crime Story: Season One 1/3
We’re Lalaloopsy: Season One 1/10

Amazon

Movies:

13 Hours: Secret soldiers of Benghazi (2016) 1/7
Across the Universe (2007) 1/7
American History X (1998) 1/7
Are We Done Yet (2007) 1/7
Are We There Yet (2005) 1/7
Blood Diamond (2006) 1/7
Dirty Grandpa (2016) 1/28
Happy Feet (2006) 1/7
Hellboy (2004) 1/7
Maid in Manhattan (2002) 1/7
Norm of the North (2016) 1/7
Radio (2003) 1/7
Rent (2005) 1/7
She’s All That (1999) 1/3
Stardust (2007) 1/7
Swiss Army Man (2016) 1/30
The Choice (2016) 1/23
The Infiltrator (2016) 1/9
Where to Invade Next (2015) 1/22

Original Programming:

Sneaky Pete Season One 1/3
Z: The Beginning of Everything 1/27

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