As usual… These aren’t necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI – films we’ve talked about on this site, at one time or another, that are now streaming on Netflix, that you might want to check out for yourselves.
Without further ado, here’s this week’s list of 5:
1 – In light of the splash his latest concert film (Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain) made at the box office this weekend, Kevin Hart’s previous concert film, Laugh At My Pain, is the first title on this week’s list – the comedian’s very successful stand-up comedy film, released by Codeblack Films in 2011, which went on to gross close to $8 million in box office, becoming the most successful film (relative to budget) of the year opening in under 300 theaters.
One of the most successful comedy concerts in history, the 90-city tour earned more than $15,000,000 in ticket sales! It includes raw and uncut concert footage, plus backstage glimpses, and a trip back to Philadelphia, where Hart’s roots lie.
2- Magnolia Pictures’ Venus And Serena (the feature documentary directed and produced by Maiken Baird and Michelle Major), which gives audiences an unfiltered look into the remarkable lives of the greatest sister act professional tennis has ever seen. In a sport where they were not welcomed, the indomitable Williams sisters faced the opposition with grace and courage, not only breaking new ground for female and African American athletes everywhere, but also dominating the women’s game for over a decade.
The film includes interviews with Bill Clinton, Billie Jean King, John McEnroe, Arnon Milchan, Gay Telese, Anna Wintour among many others.
By the way, long-time Spike Lee editor Sam Pollard (and director of Slavery By Another Name), cut this Williams sisters doc as well.
This is the same documentary that the sisters were reportedly upset over, because of how it portrays their father, Richard Williams – including “his foibles, from his out-of-wedlock children to a 78-page manifesto he had plotting out his daughters’ success at a very young age.”
3 – From acclaimed director Eugene Jarecki, and executive producers Danny Glover, John Legend and Russell Simmons comes the riveting new documentary, The House I Live In.
Filmed in more than twenty states, the film tells the stories of individuals at all levels of America’s so-called “War on Drugs,” looking at this war from several key POVs, from the dealer, to the narcotics officer, the inmate, to the federal judge. The film offers a penetrating look inside America’s criminal justice system, revealing the profound human rights implications of U.S. drug policy.
The feature doc (4 years in the making) premiered at the Sundance Film Festival last year, where it reportedly caused quite a stir, polarizing audiences, en route to winning the Grand Jury Prize in its category.
4 – Both Afro Samurai and its movie sequel Afro Samurai: Resurrection are streaming on Netflix. Based on the manga series written and illustrated by Takashi Okazaki, who cited his love of soul and hip hop music and American media, as inspiration. Afro Samurai follows the life of Afro Samurai who, as a child, witnessed the death of his father by a gunslinger named Justice. Years later, as an adult, Afro sets out to avenge his father’s death and kill Justice.
It was initially adapted into a 5-episode anime TV series by studio Gonzo in 2007, which was followed by a made-for-TV movie sequel entitled Afro Samurai: Resurrection in 2009.
In addition to the success of the anime series, a live-action feature film based on the series has been in the works for some time. No word on when exactly to expect it.
But while you wait, check out both the TV series and the movie, both now streaming on Netflix:
5 – The throwback men-on-a-mission Expendables 2 – the second film in the franchise, with a third one on the way.
Terry Crews co-stars in #2, with Wesley Snipes expected for #3 next year.
No other intro necessary.
#2 is now streaming on Netflix.
Watch Mr Crews in action below: