This digital housecleaning means that if you’re a Netflix subscriber with a few more days of holiday movie-watching time on your hands, there are some titles you may want to check out before the streaming service pulls them on January 1st and 4th.
What’s going? Well, for starters, little flicks like Top Gun, Platoon, Flashdance, and Braveheart. I KNOW. Those are some biggies, right? I haven’t been an active Netflix viewer, although I’ve had an account for a long time. Old habits die hard, and I’m still tied to my DVR and cable. That could change in the new year, however, so I went fishing for some alternatives. When I did, I learned some things. For instance, I didn’t know that titles went in and out of rotation on Netflix. I guess I just assumed that once a film or a TV show was available there, streaming or on DVD, that was it.
This is not so, and some offerings have a shelf life, rather like the library that cycles books in and out as they get worn out. So if you’re a Netflixer with a desire to check out Maverick, Goose, and the other guys on the sand volleyball court just one more time (what?), your time is limited. Get to watching.
There is good news, though, as there often is when it comes to beginnings and endings. While you won’t be able to catch a number of films that are leaving the rotation, Netflix is replacing them with lots of new options. This list includes goodies like Children of a Lesser God, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and Scrooged. Because life can be very, very good, especially in the realm of streaming video, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and West Side Story will also be available. If you’ve never seen them? See them. It’s a smart thing to do. It’s like a new year’s present you can give yourself.
Let’s take a look at some of the films and TV shows that are on the way out in January, and some of the better-than-average options that are taking their place.