As usual…. To reiterate a suggestion I previously made, if you’re a filmmaker/producer/distributor reading this, and your film is streaming on Netflix, please let me know. Netflix unfortunately doesn’t have what I feel should be a more efficient search/sort method, and it can be quite a chore trying to find something worth watching. So, help me out if you can.
The same goes for non-filmmakers. If you stumble across any titles that you think should be featured in this weekly series, let me know!
But as usual… These aren’t necessarily recommendations. Consider the list more of an FYI – films and TV shows 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 is this week’s list of 5:
1 – Samuel L. Jackson stars in the David Weaver-directed neo noir thriller titled “The Samaritan,” which co-stars Ethiopian-Irish actress Ruth Negga and Brit Tom Wilkinson.
Shot in Toronto and Rio De Janeiro, with the combined financial backing of both a UK-based production house, Quickfire Films, and the Canadian state film fund, Samuel L. Jackson plays a character named Foley, a grifter trying to escape from his past having spent 20 years in prison. But he gets ensnared in the plans of a young protege and… well, take a guess.
2 – Lifetime’s original movie, “The Gabby Douglas Story,” starring Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim (as the older Gabby Douglas), Sydney Mikayla (as the younger Gabby) and Gabby Douglas herself.
“The Gabby Douglas Story” tells the inspiring true story of the international gymnastics phenomenon who overcame overwhelming odds to become the first African American ever to be named Individual All-Around Champion in artistic gymnastics at the Olympic Games.
A trailer for the tele-pic is embedded below:
3 – Danny Glover joins Danny Trejo to star in the follow-up to the 2012 cult hit “Bad Ass,” titled “Bad Ass 2: Bad Asses,” from 20th Century Fox.
Craig Moss, who wrote and directed the first film in the franchise, returned to do the same with the sequel.
Vietnam vet Frank Vega (Trejo) now runs an East L.A. community center where he trains young boxers to survive in and out of the ring. But when his prize student falls in with the wrong crowd and turns up dead, Frank teams up with his pal Bernie (Glover) to take matters into their own fists and prove that justice never gets old.
Loni Love, Jonathan Lipnicki and Andrew Divoff round out the cast.
Watch the pair in action in the trailer below:
4 – Earlier this year, Fred Williamson took to crowdfunding (via Kickstarter) to raise the $1.2 million to finance a sequel to his 1996 action/drama “Original Gangtas.”
The original cast will return for this sequel, including Williamson himself, as well as Jim Brown, Pam Grier, Richard Roundtree, Bernie Casey, Gloria Hendry, Antonio Fargas
But before that happens (assuming it does happen), why not check out the first film, if you haven’t already seen it (or revisit it, if you have).
Trailer as a refresher:
5 – The Ernest Dickerson-directed AMC 10-episode freshman drama series “Low Winter Sun,” which stars Mark Strong, Lennie James, Ruben Santiago Hudson and others.
It wasn’t renewed by AMC thanks to weaker than expected ratings, but now you can binge-watch the entire first (and only) season thanks to Netflix.
A contemporary story of murder, deception, revenge and corruption in a world where the line between cops and criminals is blurred, “Low Winter Sun” begins with the murder of a cop by a fellow Detroit detective. Seemingly the perfect crime, in reality the murder completely alters the detective’s life, and pulling him into the Detroit underworld.
It’s a dark police story involving murder, deception, betrayal and more that makes for some good drama.
Lennie James plays a character, who is “part cop, part perp” to Mark Strong’s corrupt detective Frank.
Ruben Santiago Hudson plays the commander of the police precinct, a 25-year veteran of the force who has, thus far, survived the down and dirty arena of Detroit crime and politics.
Here’s the preview: