In On the Waterfront, The Criterion Collection’s recent release, the guilt is mounting for longshoreman Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando) over his unwitting involvement in a murder. Time is also quickly running out as he must decide whether to yield to the pressure to testify against the corrupt union boss (Lee J. Cobb) who ordered the hit, or practice the accustomed response of “D ‘n D” (Deaf and Dumb). Throughout the film Terry’s predicament wears on him, as there’s the risk of not only alienating loved ones and friends, but hanging in the balance is their physical well-being and Terry’s spiritual salvation. No matter what he chooses, the repercussions will be swift and harsh.
It’s the first of the month, which means there is a crazy amount of turnover on Netflix Instant Watch this week. There’s definitely something for everybody, take a look:
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974 | Feb 6th | R)
Flickchart Ranking: #651
|How would you rank it amongst the best action comedies of all time?
Flickchart Ranking: #2641
What do your fellow Flickcharters think?
soysauce – “The toughest decision of this summer. I loved both. Scott Pilgrim was visual treat, hilarious, and wonderfully entertaining. Inception was a smart sci-fi actioner built around an emotional core. In the end, Inception wins out for me, at least for now. Pilgrim’s presentation was a whole lot more fun, but Inception has a more fleshed out backbone.”
admiralpiett – “Sorry Nolan, but Scott Pilgrim was more visually inventive, and had a metric ton more fun and excitement to it.”
PCNewsOne – “Scott Pilgrim has been accused of having nothing at stake. The motivation at the heart of Inception would appear to be the cathartic letting-go of the guilt surrounding a loved-one’s suicide. Major stuff. So why is it that Inception feels empty while Scott Pilgrim dances delicately around the subject of desire in dazzling 8-bit brashness? The clincher is that Scott Pilgrim’s soundtrack didn’t make me feel nauseous. Scott Pilgrim gets the extra life.”
Terry Malloy “coulda” been a contender. He “coulda” been somebody. Luke Jackson lived according to his own code, never making plans and never looking back. Only trouble: for both men, neither was enough. Together, they took on insurmountable odds, each claiming victory in their own ways. In this week’s Reel Rumbles, only one walks away victorious as On the Waterfront and Cool Hand Luke go head-to-head in a battle of two modern heroes bucking against their oppressive worlds.