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The Movie: Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Where You Can Stream It: Hulu
The Pitch: The film opens with a piece of text that succinctly and evocatively sets the stage for the action to come. “April, 1805. Napoleon is master of Europe. Only the British fleet stands before him. Oceans are now battlefields.” Gotta love a great opening text. We’re only ten seconds in, and I’m already leaning forward in my seat.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: An exciting cat-and-mouse adventure, Master and Commander earned heaps of critical acclaim upon its release (including ten Academy Award nominations), but failed to perform well enough to justify a sequel. I would love to live in a parallel universe where this sparked several follow-up movies, but as it stands, we’re left with only this lone adaptation of Patrick O’Brian’s twenty-book novel series. But what a spectacular adaptation it is. Read More »
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is one of the best films of the 21st century, but not a lot of people saw it. Which is a shame, because the film was an adaptation based on Patrick O’Brian‘s 20-novel Aubrey-Maturin series, meaning it was ripe to launch an entire series of films. Due to shoddy box office, those follow-up films never came to pass, but now Master and Commander star Russell Crowe has given fans of the film hope. While this seems to be more wishful thinking than a sure thing, any news of a possible Master and Commander sequel is worth paying attention to.
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Not content with merely serving as a loving womb for caffeinated movie bloggers, the Amazon subsidiary, IMDb, is now offering 6,000 movies and TV episodes for free steaming a la Hulu. The site will also serve up the season premieres of NBC shows like 30 Rock, Chuck, and Lipstick Jungle before they air on TV.
As of this minute, the selection is limited, but “new movies/favorites” offered include Master and Commander, Liar Liar and—as if I needed to tell ya— FX/2. Old and new TV shows include BSG, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Heroes, Miami Vice, Silver Spoons, 90210: The ‘Good’ One, and The Facts of Life. What, no Night Gallery? There are 100 independant shorts available as well. The presentation is lacking in a “here you go, free decent movies, eat up” way, but I’m guessing this is temporary. Either way, the future has arrived again and Moonstruck doesn’t cost a dime. Here’s the press release I used for this post, also on the house.
Update: Our Canadian readers are bummed.