The news: The end of 2013 brings with it many horrors, but perhaps none greater than this: starting Jan. 1, 2014, a lot – and I mean a lot – of Netflix movies, and a few television shows, will no longer be available for streaming. What god-forsaken future is this?
Actually, this happens every year. The way Netflix streaming is set up, licensing deals made with production companies expire and get renewed on a regular basis. The end of the year always sees an exodus of Netflix Instant titles. But this year in particular sees more than usual get cut from Netflix’s archives. And, seeing as how pretty much all of America is at the mercy of the great Netflix, this year’s purge is a big deal. Alas, it is a cruel world.
This purge occurs, of course, at the end of an absolute gangbusters year for Netflix. It saw its stock rise 296% by the end of the year – the second highest increase in the United States. And despite spending billions to provide that precious content to the spineless, addled masses, Netflix actually made a profit of $32 million in the third quarter of 2013. So while some might not like to see Netflix CEO Reed Hastings take home a 50% salary increase next year while his company slashes its movies available to stream, you can’t deny that the man has earned it.
OK, now for the sad part. The good folks at Reddit have compiled a list of all the movies being purged tomorrow. You have less than 12 hours to watch these. Choose carefully. Godspeed.
The Rundown Brick Being John Malkovich Back To School Battle Of Britain Born On the Fourth Of July Braveheart Body Of Evidence Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo Man On The Moon Lionheart 1492 Conquest Of Paradise Killer Klowns From Outer Space Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind FX Do The Right Thing Desperado Up In Smoke Can't Hardly Wait Capote Biloxi Blues Seed Of Chucky Jarhead As Good As It Gets In The Name Of The Father Inside Deep Throat (documentary) I'm Gonna Get You Sucka In Like Flint Hard Target Foxy Brown Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell Gallipoli Half Baked Flashdance 50 First Dates For The Love Of The Game The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas The Bad News Bears The Russia House The Secret Of Nimh Revenge Of The Ninja Roman Holiday Rob Roy Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back Remo Williams Requiem For A Dream Quigley Down Under Pumpkinhead Platoon Once Upon A Time In Mexico October Sky Mystery Men The Skulls Titanic Ronin Romeo And Juliet (1968) Tales From The Crypt: Bordello Of Blood Tales From The Crypt: Demon Knight The Woman In Red Top Gun Street Fighter TNT Jackson Serpico Seed Of Chucky Scary Movie Running Scared Troll II True Grit (1969) War And Peace Talk Radio War Games We Were Soldiers What Dreams May Come Windtalkers World Trade Center The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes The Odd Couple (1968) The Mask Of Zorro The Great Train Robbery The Faculty The Dream Team Best Of Times Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot Species
But wait! There is hope! With every purge comes rebirth, or in this case, new titles added to Netflix’s streaming archives. Streamers World has a list of all the newbies joining Netflix’s ranks tomorrow, with greats like Amelie and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and personal favorites from my childhood like Good Burger, Mouse Hunt, and Paulie. Thank the lord. So while we’ll mourn the ones we lose on January 1, we will have these new titles to console ourselves. And am I just trying to convince myself that this isn’t the end of the world, or is this way better?