As I ponder the limits and vast dumbed-down wasteland of Netflix

as well as the dearth of worthy AA nominations over the last two decades, I consider myself fortunate to have lived in other times when certain years yielded bumper crops of very good and great films.

One such year was 1967:

Barefoot in the Park
Bonnie and Clyde
Cool Hand Luke
The Dirty Dozen
Far from the Madding Crowd
The Graduate
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
In Cold Blood
In the Heat of the Night
The Jungle Book
Point Blank
Reflections in a Golden Eye
To Sir, with Love
Wait Until Dark
The Taming of the Shrew
Belle de Jour
Chimes at Midnight
Two for the Road

A good adventurous year for UK Films, 1971:

And Now for Something Completely Different
The Boy Friend
The Devils
Diamonds Are Forever
Straw Dogs
Sunday Bloody Sunday

One of the better ’70s-Years-Films, 1972:

The Candidate
Fat City
The Getaway
The Godfather
The New Centurions
Play It Again Sam
The Poseidon Adventure
What’s Up Doc?
Last Tango in Paris
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
The Ruling Class


Now, quick, go and look those up on Netflix, and, for that matter, any pre-2000 Oscar winners. (I guess the only good and great movies are those sold by Netflix?) For my money, Turner channel offers way more quality movies and classics compared to Netflix by far. Certainly that’s where a film aficionado would go in search of quality and developing quality movie background.

The pathetically weak and poor offerings of Netflix are a certainly reminder of the advantage of owning DVDs or Blu-Rays of the great movies (I happily own 32 of the above) that one can watch at leisure when convenient and desired. ‘Cause you ain’t gonna see ’em on the hugely overrated and limiting Netflix.

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