Update 7/11: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile has won the second round of voting and has been removed from the poll. I have also summarily award High Flying Bird third place and removed it as well, since I want to watch a good movie, and you people aren’t voting them up fast enough. Don’t forget to revote!.
Since we’re currently stuck in one of the most barren months for new releases in the history of North American film distribution, I figured it was a good time to catch up on some of the movies I’ve missed in 2019. Ordinarily, that would mean getting DVDs of theatrical releases that passed my by, but since Netflix’s physical media arm (which, yes, I still use, because it’s still far and away the best source for getting actual movies that you actually want to watch if you want to do it legally), as part of its long-term strategy of dying by strangulation, has closed down every distribution center closer to me than Columbus, Ohio, I’m presently stuck on an every-four-day turnaround. Which is far too long to sustain a regular viewing schedule, though you can probably expect to see such reviews pop up here and there.
Meanwhile: as Netflix takes, so Netflix gives. In the interest of doing something with myself that didn’t involve socialising with other humans, I’m going to spent the next few weeks plowing through some of the streaming service’s original movies from 2019, and the foreign titles they have branded as “original” with all due lack of shame. Since there’s so damn much of this stuff, I have decided to appeal to the wisdom of the crowd in prioritising it. Below, you’ll find a poll with every Netflix release this year that has, however vaguely, caught my eye (am I missing something you think I should see? Make your pitch in comments). I’ll get through as many of these as I can, but you’ll be helping me to pick the order I watch them in, give or take the couple of titles that I’m especially eager to see & will bump up. Cast up to five votes for the movies you want to see me review, and starting next Tuesday or Wednesday, I’ll begin working my way down the list. As I watch titles, I’ll remove them from the poll, so you’ll have an opportunity to re-vote as we go along.
Since it doesn’t look like the schedule is going to be picking up any time soon, I’ll probably be keeping this up through at least the first full week of August.