(Welcome to Now Stream This, a column dedicated to the best movies streaming on Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, and every other streaming service out there.)
Another long holiday weekend is almost upon us. If you need something to stream over Labor Day Weekend, or beyond, I’m here to help. I’ve combed through numerous streaming sites, and returned with some must-see films. There’s a polarizing thriller from Darren Aronfosky, an iPhone-shot film from Steven Soderbergh, a fantasy epic based on the Knights of the Round Table, a Western/Sci-fi hybrid, a movie featuring two Jake Gyllenhaals, and more.
These are the best movies streaming right now. Let’s get streaming.
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(Welcome to Movie Mixtape, where we find cinematic relatives and seek out interesting connections between new releases and older movies that allow us to rethink and enjoy what’s in our theaters as well as the favorites on our shelf. In this edition: Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword.)
This weekend, the 1,026th incarnation of King Arthur on film hits theaters. This time, the old sword-wielder of myth comes courtesy of the Guy behind Snatch and Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie promises a visually lush trip into 6th century England where Arthur (Charlie Hunnam) will reach out to grab his destiny unless Vortigern (Jude Law) keeps him evilly from it.
This is a hardscrabble Arthur. He’s denied his birthright as exalted ruler, and has to grow up on the rough streets of Londinium before pulling the famous sword from the almost-as-famous stone that brings him power and responsibility (the great version of one usually conjures the other). King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, like many modern riffs on ancient tales and Ritchie’s own Holmes series, will attempt to inject rock and roll into the Middle Ages.
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Everybody loves Liam Neeson. It’s impossible not to. He’s a badass, he’s handsome, he’s got the cool accent, he seems like a smart guy and he’s starred in some of the best movies of the past quarter century. Even when he shows up for a quick and dirty paycheck like in Battleship it’s hard to begrudge the guy. (Given the recent tragedy in his personal life, my inner Jewish grandmother says “it’s good he should keep busy. And why not make a few dollars at the same time?”)
I won’t suggest that you skip Battleship this weekend. With friends and some smuggled-in tall boys of Coors Light you’ll have a fine time. But don’t expect that much Liam Neeson. In fact, it may leave you wanting more, so here are eight films of his you probably haven’t seen.
Note – Darkman isn’t on here. I’m giving you enough credit and assuming that you’ve seen that one already. Read More »
In 2009 we got wind of two possible reboot projects from producer/director Bryan Singer. One was a new take on Excalibur, the bloody, sexy and weird telling of the Arthurian legend from director John Boorman. The other was Battlestar Galactica, a prospect that seems loaded with the potential to fail, given the outrageous popularity of the recent TV reboot.
One of those projects, Excalibur, is now dead, thanks to another Arthurian film that Warner Bros. decided to pursue in lieu of Singer’s reboot. That has left room for the filmmaker to concentrate on Galactica. Read More »
Briefly: It is very possible that you’ll read of Warner Bros.’ enthusiasm for the David Dobkin script Arthur & Lancelot and give a shrug. We know little about the story, after all, other than the fact that it comes from the Wedding Crashers and The Change-Up director and is a contemporary retelling of the Arthurian legend. We don’t even know much about the tone — is it comic, action-oriented, or something else? — but the fact that Sherlock Holmes producer Lionel Wigram is backing the project suggests a blend of action and comedy.
What might be interesting, however, is that Deadline reports two casualties of the process in which WB fast-tracked Arthur & Lancelot for a March 15, 2013 release. The Bryan Singer remake of Excalibur, and Guy Ritchie and John Hodge‘s other Arthur film are both dead, says the site.
You may recall that, last year, Warren Ellis mentioned he was working on a treatment for an Arthurian film that may or may not be a remake of Excalibur. Now Warner Bros. has evidently attached a director to the film: Guy Ritchie, ready for more adventure after scoring a success with Sherlock Holmes. Read More »
A possible return to the X-Verse, an adaptation of a folk tale or another cinematic pass at… er… a folk saga. Why all of these Bryan Singer projects at once? Who knows, but I’m definitely not complaining.
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Prolific writer Warren Ellis has a post on his site today that mentions a project he didn’t get a chance to talk about while doing press for his Marvel Anime projects at Comic Con. He has penned a draft of an Arthurian movie for Hollywood Gang, the outfit that optioned his graphic novel Ocean and previously co-produced 300. The reason you might be interested (or, some of you may be alarmed) in the project, in case Ellis tackling Arthur wasn’t enough, is after the jump. Read More »