Out with the old, in with the new. On November 1, a lot of movies will be leaving Netflix – and a lot will be added as well. New movies of note include Nebraska, Snowpiercer, and Quartet. Unfortunately these new additions mean we have to bid farewell to some real gems. Here’s a list of the best films that we’ll miss after they disappear on November 1st. If you’ve never seen them, we suggest that you rush to your laptops for a movie marathon.
Adapted from a Bret Easton Ellis novel, American Psycho tells the story of a wealthy American stockbroker’s insane and murderous descent into the bottomless materialism and vanity that is endlessly vaunted in modern times. It’s a true parable film, exploring the meaning and limits of self-knowledge, material excess, and violence, with a brilliant lead performance from Christian Bale, who is a terrifying joy throughout the movie.
This brilliant film from writer and director James L. Brooks is a wonderful romantic comedy. It puts practically all modern romcoms to shame. It stars Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks, and William Hurt, who play a producer, a TV news reporter, and a rival reporter, respectively. Brooks tells the story of their lives with immense humor and pathos, and the film is widely recognized as one of the best comedy films of all time. Albert Brooks is one of the funniest American actors to have ever lived, and James L. Brooks is one of the best film directors of the century. Long live the Brooks.
“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola’s best movie, was loosely adapted from the book Heart of Darkness, a longstanding part of the literary canon. It follows Captain Willard, played by Martin Sheen, who’s been tasked with the job of taking out a rogue Colonel (Marlon Brando) during the Vietnam war. It’s intense, profound, and moving.
For a Few Dollars More
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Back in the saddle with Clint Eastwood. For a Few Dollars More is a spaghetti western film, the second part in a trilogy by Italian director Sergio Leone. There’s no point in doting on Eastwood and Leone – they’re both famous talents, and there movies are some of the best westerns of all time. For a Few Dollars More continues the saga of “The Man with No Name” (Eastwood), a gunslinger engaged in an intense battles with a bounty hunter. The great performance from Eastwood and the nonstop action are taken to the next level by Ennio Marricone’s brilliant score.
How could you go wrong with this cast: Daryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, and Olympia Dukakis? It would be difficult. Steel Magnolias, adapted from a play of the same name, earns its keep and gets the job done. It’s a dramatic comedy that emphasizes the comedy, but at its core it is a moving story of sacrifice and love that probes how we deal with illness, birth, and death.