My son and I were planning to watch a movie this afternoon, and I thought I would try and knock off some of the movies on the American Film Institute Top 100 list, which I had mentioned a couple of days ago.
So I started scrolling through the list from the top, and when I found one I thought we would both like, I checked to see if was available on one of our streaming services. I’m embarrassed to say we subscribe to HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV Plus, and Disney Plus. The app I used to check for availability is a nice little app named JustWatch.
Despite having all those streaming services, I kept striking out with the movies I was picking. As you can see from the list below, none of the first seven films I checked were available. (The number in front of each movie represents its rank on the AFI list).
4. Raging Bull – none
16. Sunset Boulevard – none
27. High Noon – none
38. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre – none
53. The Deer Hunter – none
59. Nashville – none
86. Platoon – none
92. Goodfellas – available on HBO Max
I finally hit paydirt with Goodfellas, but at that point, my son and I had decided to watch Lethal Weapon.
I would have thought with access to so many streaming services, surely I would find all the above movies on one of those services.
Fortunately, one of the features of the JustWatch app is that you can tag a movie for your Watch List, and it will let you know when that movie is available on one of your streaming services. I’ve never used it before, but I’m giving it a shot. I’ve added Raging Bull to my Watch List; I’ll let you know if and when it ever becomes available.
In the meantime, we’ve got three more Lethal Weapon movies we can watch…