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10 'B' movies to stream this month

Jeffrey M. Anderson | April 22, 2013
A selection of so called low-budget, high concept movie to catch on Netflix this month

American Pimp (expiring 5/1)

The twin filmmakers Allen and Albert Hughes invaded Hollywood during the early 1990s with their powerful Menace II Society (1993), but years later found it difficult to work within the system. So they pooled their funds and made the documentary American Pimp (2000), about five real-life pimps, for about $100,000. The movie is less informative than it is entertaining, though it does contain a few choice facts, as well as the "rules" of being a pimp. The Hughes brothers were apparently influenced by "blaxploitation" movies of the 1970s, and they include several clips from some classics (The Mack, Foxy Brown) here.

True Legend

The legendary fight choreographer, stuntman, and director Yuen Woo-ping--whose films Drunken Master and Iron Monkey are "B" movie classics--returned to the helm for the first time in years with the large-scale historical epic True Legend (2010). Warrior Su Can (Vincent Zhao) has retired to marry his sweetheart and raise a family. When his father is murdered, he battles his evil brother-in-law Yuan (Andy On) and loses. So he goes into an extensive and dreamlike training period, while Yuan has kidnapped his son. But Su Can's revenge is not so easily achieved. Though the movie seems a bit long, it contains some of the most spectacular, graceful, and speedy fight footage of recent years. Michelle Yeoh co-stars as a wine-maker who nurses Su Can back to health, Jay Chou is the God of Wushu, and David Carradine (in one of his final roles) is a nasty American fight trainer.

Scream 4

Made 11 years after the previous entry, the sequel Scream 4 (2011) seemed a bit too little, too late for most viewers, but it also showcased director Wes Craven at the height of his powers. One of the smoothest of all horror directors, he has a knack for depth and space and rhythm that few others can match. Neve Campbell returns once again as the perpetually hunted Sidney, now touring with a book about her horrific experiences. Unfortunately, the masked killer strikes again. Craven and writer Kevin Williamson keep folding the movie in upon itself, referencing references and taking meta-ness to a whole new level. Courteney Cox and David Arquette also star, reprising their old roles.

What's new

  • In Another Country
  • Mr. Bean's Holiday
  • ParaNorman
  • Safe [2012] (4/19)

Expiring soon

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (5/1)
  • Adaptation (5/1)
  • Barb Wire (5/1)
  • Beach Party (5/1)
  • The Big Knife (5/1)
  • Big Time (5/1)
  • Black Sabbath (5/1)
  • The Black Stallion (5/1)
  • Blithe Spirit (5/1)
  • Boxcar Bertha (5/1)
  • Burn! (5/1)
  • A Canterbury Tale (5/1)
  • The Cat's Meow (5/1)
  • Comic Book Confidential (5/1)
  • Crime of Passion [1957] (5/1)
  • The Crimson Cult (5/1)
  • Cruel Intentions (5/1)
  • Cul-de-Sac (5/1)
  • Cutter's Way (5/1)
  • Dr. No (5/1)
  • For Your Eyes Only (5/1)
  • Frogs (5/1)
  • Gandhi (5/1)
  • Garbo Talks (5/1)
  • The Ghoul (5/1)
  • GoldenEye (5/1)
  • Goldfinger (5/1)
  • Gregory's Girl (5/1)
  • High Anxiety (5/1)
  • High Tide (5/1)
  • Hour of the Wolf (5/1)
  • The Hurricane (5/1)
  • Kansas City Confidential (5/1)
  • Kes (5/1)
  • Kiss Me, Stupid (5/1)
  • The Lady Vanishes (5/1)
  • Ladybird, Ladybird (5/1)
  • The Last Man on Earth (5/1)
  • License to Kill (5/1)
  • Live and Let Die (5/1)
  • The Man from Planet X (5/1)
  • The Masque of the Red Death (5/1)
  • Matilda (5/1)
  • Mulholland Dr. (5/1)
  • My Best Friend's Wedding (5/1)
  • Navajo Joe (5/1)
  • Octopussy (5/1)
  • One, Two, Three (5/1)
  • Pauline at the Beach (5/1)
  • Platoon (5/1)
  • Prince of Darkness (5/1)
  • The Rocking Horse Winner (5/1)
  • Snatch (5/1)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (5/1)
  • Stardust Memories (5/1)
  • The Stranger (5/1)
  • Stuart Little (5/1)
  • A Tale of Springtime (5/1)
  • Tales of Terror (5/1)
  • 10 to Midnight (5/1)
  • Theater of Blood (5/1)
  • Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey (5/1)
  • Thieves Like Us (5/1)
  • Thirst (5/1)
  • 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould (5/1)
  • Tomorrow Never Dies (5/1)
  • Top Secret! (5/1)
  • A View to a Kill (5/1)
  • Vincent & Theo (5/1)
  • WarGames (5/1)
  • The Wedding Banquet (5/1)
  • Witchfinder General (5/1)
  • The World Is Not Enough (5/1)
  • You Only Live Twice (5/1)
  • Young and Innocent (5/1)

 

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