With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Pompeii, The Wind Rises and Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of sword and sandal adventures, animation for adults, and bittersweet but funny bio-docs.
PompeiiInspired by the tragedy of Pompeii, Paul W.S. Anderson built a disaster movie that centers on the romance of two star-crossed lovers. Kit Harrington and Emily Browning star as an enslaved gladiator and the affluent maiden who falls hard for him. Kiefer Sutherland and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje co-star. Read our Review here.
As a sword and sandals epic, Pompeii is a pretty major disappointment. So if you're craving brawny men barreling through legendary adventures, you'll rally around these three action-packed titles.
Centurion (2010) After making his mark in horror with Dog Soldiers and The Descent, English writer-director Neil Marshall brought forth this action-adventure about a splinter group of Roman soldiers struggling to survive behind enemy lines after a gruesome battle ripped their ranks to pieces in 2nd-century Britain. Michael Fassbender, Dominic West and Olga Kurylenko star.
Conan the Destroyer (1984) For something more old school, check out this Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle in which the Austrian bodybuilder plays a fearless warrior. This sequel to Conan The Barbarian sees the titular gladiator setting out on a quest to recover a mystical gem so that his lost beloved will be resurrected. Helping him in his search is a wacky wizard, a fierce bandit, and a towering Queen's guardsman. Grace Jones, Olivia d'Abo, Wilt Chamberlain, and Mako co-star; Richard Fleischer directs.
The Thief of Bagdad (1924) To go seriously old school epic, watch this adventure from the heyday of silent film star Douglas Fairbanks. He fronts this feature as a devil-may-care thief whose love for a glamorous princess pushes him to prove himself with a quest of astounding feats that will take him through a wide array of fantastical settings. Nearly 90 years since its release, and this fantasy film is still heralded as one of the best the genre's ever known. Snitz Edwards, Charles Belcher, Julanne Johnson, Sojin, Anna May Wong co-star; Raoul Walsh directs.