Hop's TV & Movie Drop

by Hop posted Sep 30 2014 7:50PM

The second installment in the HUNGER GAMES franchise, HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, is among some of the great titles being offered on Netflix in October.

Oct. 1

Annie (1982)

Annie: A Royal Adventure (1995)

Bad Johnson (2014)

Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

Chicken Run (2000)

Domestic Disturbance (2001)

Ernest Saves Christmas (1988)

Finding Forrester (2000)

Galaxy Quest (1999)

Gilmore Girls: The Complete Series

Hit! (1973)

Hostages: Season 1

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

My Father the Hero (1994)

Paths of Glory (1957)

Please Subscribe: A Documentary About YouTubers (2013)

Rescue Dawn (2006)

Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Shadow of the Vampire (2000)

Shane (1953)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

Shivers (1975)

The Phantom of the Opera (1989)

Team America: World Police (2004)

Three Fugitives (1989)

Tombstone (1993)

The Wedding Planner (2001)

Oct. 2

Carrie (2013)

Reign: Season 1

Under the Electric Sky: EDC 2013 (2014)

The Vampire Diaries: Season 5

Oct. 3

The Originals: Season 1

Oct. 4

The Boxcar Children (2013)

Oct. 6

Little Man (2006)

Oct. 7

Hart of Dixie: Season 3

In a World... (2013)

Raising Hope: Season 4

Supernatural: Season 9

The Following: Season 2

Oct. 8

Arrow: Season 2

Jay Mohr: Funny for a Girl

Oct. 9

A Long Way Down (2014)

The Tomorrow People: Season 1

Oct. 10

Chelsea Handler: Uganda Be Kidding Me (2014)

Oct. 11

Breathe In (2013)

Heatstroke (2013)

Swelter (2014)

Why Stop Now (2012)

Oct. 14

Witching and Bitching (2013)

Oct. 15

Stay (2013)

Tim Minchin and the Heritage Orchestra Live (2011)

Oct. 16

Cowgirls 'n Angels (2012)

Oct. 18:

Last Man Standing: Season 3

Liberal Arts (2012)

Oct. 21

Wyatt Cenac: Brooklyn

Oct. 22

E-Team (2014)

The 100: Season 1

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)

Oct. 23

Freakshow: Season 2

Oct. 25

The Carrie Diaries: Season 2

Django Unchained (2012)

Sons of Anarchy: Season 6

Oct. 28

Bound by Flesh (2012)

Oct. 31

Before I Go to Sleep (2014)

Rain Man (1988)

by Hop posted Sep 2 2014 12:29PM

Saw this article crop up on my Facebook feed, got excited, noticed it was from February 2014, got bummed out, read it anyway, and realized there's never a chance for this piece of magnificence to come back.

HBO ushered in the "second golden age of television" with the launch of THE SOPRANOS in 1999 (I personally mark the wrap-up of BREAKING BAD as the unofficial end of that era... though there are still some fine programs out there and television continues to eclipse movies in quality and standards... but I digress...). I still regard the saga of Tony and his two families as my favorite drama series of all time. But ROME runs a very close second.

ROME, seen by far too few, set a different standard for story telling. A standard that has been fully realized with GAME OF THRONES (thank you again, HBO...). But make no mistake, ROME raised the stakes in terms of viewer investment in a period/fantasy setting (ROME is a mix of historical drama with historical personalities and events, very much intertwined with fictional characters and altered events). It also boasts one of the finest "bro-mances" since BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID... long live Titus Pullo and Lucius Vorenus.

Bruno Heller, the shows creator and show-runner, has now moved on to other things. His new series GOTHAM is launching in a few weeks and I have very high hopes considering his track run.

But the brilliance of ROME will only shine, it seems, in DVDs and blu-rays... along with the rest of the Second Golden Age.

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