Bond is back on Amazon, with 10 titles — including a few good ones — coming to Prime streaming. But the real delights come in a random sampling of films ranging from last year's psychological thriller 10 Cloverfield Lane to the 1954 romantic comedy Sabrina. TV offerings, frankly, are pretty thin, but highlighted by Cold War crime thriller The Americans.
The Americans, Season 4 (Feb. 15)
The story of deep Soviet sleeper agents living in 1980s America continues.
The Collection, Season 1 (Feb. 10)
In 1947, Paris is gradually recovering from World War II, and two brothers are rebuilding the fashion industry in this Amazon drama. Originally broadcast in the United Kingdom, The Collection is in English, not French, and peppered with British accents.
Creative Galaxy Heart Day Special (Feb. 7)
Amazon's animated series teaches art and craft skills, and the creative inspiration behind them, to preschoolers. The special episode for Valentine's Day — er, Heart Day — features voice acting from Lisa Loeb and Samantha Bee (presumably with much cleaner language than Bee uses on her show Full Frontal).
Patriot (Feb. 24)
In this dark, comic thriller, intelligence officer John Tavner sets out on an emergency undercover mission to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon. But the glum Tavner is an unusual spy, probably the only one who writes and performs folks songs detailing his covert missions.
The Tunnel, Season 1 (Feb. 21)
The body of a French politician is found in the Channel Tunnel between France and the United Kingdom. Two detectives, one from each country, team up to work the case, which spirals out of control. The British detective is played by Stephen Dillane, best known for portraying Stannis Baratheon on Game of Thrones.
10 Cloverfield Lane (Feb. 24)
An end-of-the-world conspiracy theorist (John Goodman) holds two people in his homemade underground bunker, thinking he's protecting them from an alien Armageddon. Is he crazy, or is he right?
Goldfinger (Feb. 1)
If you could watch just one James Bond film, make it this 1964 classic. It has a fortune in gold, a nuclear bomb, nerve gas, a killer hat, deadly lasers and the nastiest end to a Bond villain. Goldfinger also features the best of the Bond girls: the villain's personal pilot named, ahem, Pussy Galore.
Into the Wild (Feb. 1)
Based on Jon Krakauer's hit 1996 nonfiction book, this 2007 film tells, as much as possible, the true story of Christopher McCandless. Having just finished college, the 22-year-old skipped the career track in 1990 and embarked on an idealist adventure around the U.S., which ended in the wilds of Alaska.
Margin Call (Feb. 4)
In 2011, the same year as Occupy Wall Street, filmmaker J. C. Chandor issued his own critique of the financial collapse in this tight backroom drama. Realizing that their unnamed firm has made a fatal overinvestment in worthless mortgage-backed securities, executives come together in a 24-hour round of crisis discussions to find any way out — ethics be damned. Chandor turns what could be deathly boring business chatter into an intense existential drama with a powerful cast, including Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Demi Moore, Simon Baker and Stanley Tucci.
Pretty in Pink (Feb. 1)
Molly Ringwald is again chasing a dreamboat high school crush in this 1986 John Hughes movie. But unlike in the slapstick 16 Candles, she gets her man (Andrew McCarthy) early in this more sophisticated and nuanced film. The challenge is for these two lovers, from different sides of the tracks, to stay together despite ridicule and even sabotage from their friends.
The Running Man (Feb. 1)
Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, this 1987 movie foresees a dark, totalitarian future — in 2017. Game shows have reached a grim endgame in which convicts are hunted down to the death. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a wrongly accused cop out to beat the system. But the movie's true delight is the all-in performance by Family Feud host Richard Dawson as the fictional host Damon Killian.
Sabrina (Feb. 1)
Two ultrarich brothers vie for the love of their chauffeur's all-grown-up daughter, played by Audrey Hepburn in this 1954 rom-com by Billy Wilder. David (William Holden), the rascal playboy, goes for her first, but the dour Linus (Humphrey Bogart) soon finds himself falling in love, too. This month, Amazon also debuts the lesser, -but still entertaining 1995 remake, starring Julia Ormond, Greg Kinnear and Harrison Ford.
The Spy Who Loved Me (Feb. 1)
The best of the Roger Moore Bond films, this 1977 flick has the West and the Soviets teaming up, intimately, to take on an outside enemy. Special treats include German film legend Curd Jürgens as evil genius Karl Stromberg, Richard Kiel as Stromberg's metal-mouthed henchman, Jaws, and Carly Simon singing the quintessential phrase, "Nobody does it better."
Other Bond films:
Diamonds Are Forever
Die Another Day
Live and Let Die
The Living Daylights
Never Say Never Again
The World Is Not Enough
You Only Live Twice
Escape from Alcatraz
Thelma & Louise
What Else to Stream
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