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HBOmax is here! Older movies for fans

May 27, 2020

HBOmax is here! Older movies for fans

HBOmax is available today, 27 May, in the USA. It’s a new streaming service which you can get as a stand-alone for $14.99 a month, or may be included with something you already have. In our case, we get it included as part of AT&T.

It is not available on Fire TV, which is how we watch pretty much all of our TV. I’m sure that will get worked out. I haven’t tested yet, but we may be able to watch it there through the browser.

While there are a lot (a lot!) of options there, and I like some of the newer things they are doing, I thought I’d focus this quick post on older movies. That’s honestly going to be one of the big draws for me…I can watch Casablanca any time! 😉

Before I list some, I’ll say that I like the interface: I always want an A-Z listing of titles, and they have that. I think I’ll make my arbitrary cut-off pre 1980 (40 years old seems old enough).

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The 39 Steps
  • The 400 Blows
  • 42nd Street
  • The 47 Ronin (both parts)
  • 8 1/2
  • Adam’s Rib
  • The Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Alien
  • An American in Paris
  • …And God Created Woman
  • Apocalypse Now
  • Ashes and Diamonds
  • Au Revoir Les Enfants
  • Autumn Sonata
  • Babette’s Feast
  • The Battle of Algiers
  • Battleship Potemkin
  • Beauty and the Beast (Cocteau)
  • Belle de Jour
  • Ben-Hur (1959)
  • Bicycle Thieves
  • Black Narcissus
  • Black Orpheus
  • Blithe Spirit
  • The Blob (1958)
  • Bonnie and Clyde
  • Breathless
  • Brief Encounter
  • Bringing Up Baby
  • Brute Force (1947)
  • Carnival of Souls
  • Casablanca
  • Casino Royale (1967) (and 2006)
  • Cheyenne Autumn
  • Chimes at Midnight
  • Cimmaron
  • The Circus (1928)
  • Citizen Kane
  • City Lights
  • Cleo from 5 to 7
  • Cool Hand Look
  • Countdown (1968)
  • The Cranes are Flying
  • Cries and Whispers
  • Daisies (1966)
  • A Day in the Country
  • A Day’s Pleasure
  • Deliverance
  • Destroy All Monsters
  • Diabolique
  • Divorce, Italian Style
  • Don’t Look Back
  • The Earrings of Madame De…
  • East of Eden
  • Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
  • Elevator to the Gallows
  • The Emperor Jones
  • The Entertainer
  • Equinox
  • Eraserhead
  • Europe ’51
  • Exodus
  • Eyes Without a Face
  • F for Fake
  • Faces
  • Fantastic Planet
  • First Man into Space
  • Footlight Parade
  • Foreign Correspondent
  • The Four Feathers
  • Fox and His Friends
  • Freaks
  • The Front Page
  • Germany Year Zero
  • Ghidorah, the Three-Headed Monster
  • Giant
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Godzilla (several of the early movies, and the latest, King of the Monsters)
  • Gold Diggers of 1933
  • Gold Diggers of 1935
  • The Gold Rush (1925 and 1942
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Great Dictator
  • Great Expectations (1946 and 1974)
  • Hamlet (1948)
  • Hanzo the Razor (3 movies)
  • A Hard Day’s Night
  • Harold and Maude
  • Haxan
  • The Hidden Fortress
  • The Hobit (1977)
  • How the West Was Won
  • I Married a Witch
  • I Never Promised You a Rose Garden
  • I Shot Jesse James
  • The Idle Class
  • Ikiru
  • The Immigrant
  • Intermezzo
  • Ivan the Terrible
  • Jaws (and sequels)
  • Journey to Italy
  • Jules and Jim
  • Jungle Book (1942)
  • Keeper of the Flame
  • The Kid (1921)
  • Kill!
  • The Killing of a Chinese Bookie
  • A King in New York
  • King Kong (1933)
  • The King of Kings (1927)
  • Klute
  • Knife in the Water
  • Kwaidan
  • L’Amore
  • L’Avventura
  • La Notte
  • La Strada
  • The Lady in Red
  • Lady Snowblood
  • The Lady Vnishes
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • The Last Wave
  • Late Autumn
  • Late Spring
  • Le Samourai
  • Limelight
  • The Lodger (1927)
  • Lola Montes
  • Lone Wolf and Cub (several movies)
  • The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner
  • Look Back in Anger
  • Lord of the Flies
  • Love in the Afternoon
  • M
  • Magnum Force
  • Major Barbara
  • The Maltese Falcon
  • The Man Wh Knew Too Much
  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962 and 2004)
  • The Marriage of Maria Braun
  • Mildred Pierce
  • Million Dollar Mermaid
  • Modern Times
  • Mon Oncle
  • Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday
  • Monsieur Verdoux
  • Monterey Pop
  • The Most Dangerous Game
  • Mr. Arkadin (1955)
  • Multiple Maniacs
  • My Brilliant Career
  • My Night at Maud’s
  • The Naked City
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Nanook of the North
  • Nice and Friendly
  • A Night in the Show
  • Night of the Living Dead
  • The Night Porter
  • North by Northwest
  • Now, Voyager
  • The Nun’s Story
  • Of Mice and Men (1939)
  • Oliver Twist
  • Once Upon a Time in the West
  • Onibaba
  • Orpheus
  • Osaka Elegy
  • Othello (1952 – Orson Welles)
  • Pandora’s Box (1929)
  • Pat and Mike
  • A Patch of Blue
  • Pay Day (1922)
  • Pepe Le Moko
  • Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
  • The Pilgrim
  • Piranha
  • Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • The Private Life of Henry the VIII
  • Pygmalion (1938)
  • Quadrophenia
  • Rashomon
  • Rebel Without a Cause
  • The Red Balloon
  • Red Desert
  • The Red Shoes
  • Rembrandt
  • The Return of Bulldog Drummond
  • The Return of the Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Richard III
  • The Rink
  • Rio Bravo
  • The Rise of Catherine the Great
  • The Rite
  • The River
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll High School
  • Romance on the High Seas
  • Rome, Open City
  • The Ruling Class
  • Sabotage
  • Safety Last!
  • Salesman
  • the Samurai Trilogy
  • Satan’s Brew
  • Sawdust and Tinsel
  • The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • Scenes from a Marriage
  • The Sea of Grass
  • Seance on a Wet Afternoon
  • The Searchers
  • Senso
  • Seven Samurai
  • The Seventh Seal
  • The Seventh Veil
  • Shadows (1959)
  • Shall We Dance
  • Shock Corridor
  • Shoot the Piano Player
  • The Shooting
  • The Shop on Main Street
  • Singin’ in the Rain
  • The Singing Nun
  • Sisters
  • Solaris (1972)
  • Speedy (1928)
  • Stagecoach
  • A Star is Born (1937, 1954, 1976, 2018)
  • A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Stromboli
  • Summertime
  • A Taste of Honey
  • The Testament of Dr. Mabuse
  • That Hamilton Woman
  • The Thief of Bagdad (1940)
  • The Threepenny Opera
  • Throne of Blood
  • Through a Glass Darkly
  • Thunderbolt and Lightfoot
  • The Tin Drum
  • Tokyo Story
  • Tom Jones
  • Tortilla Flat
  • The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  • The Trial of Joan of Arc (1962)
  • Ugetsu
  • The Umbrellas of Cherbourg
  • Vampyr
  • Victim (1961)
  • Voyage of the Damned
  • The Wages of Fear
  • War and Peace
  • The War of the Gargantuas
  • Watership Down
  • Wattstax
  • Weekend
  • The Wild Bunch
  • Wild Strawberries
  • Wise Blood
  • The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • A Woman of Paris
  • Woman of the Year
  • A Woman Under the Influence
  • Woodstock: The Director’s Cut
  • The X from Outer Space
  • Yojimbo
  • Young and Innocent
  • Z

Note that I may not have gotten them all, and they may change. This is also only a fraction of the content! They have a lot of post-1980 movies (Scanners!) & TV shows, too.

A few other notes:

  • I was given the option to download
  • There was a watchlist
  • It did show me what I had been watching
  • There were profiles

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The free JustWatch app can help you find free videos to watch

March 15, 2020

The free JustWatch app can help you find free videos to watch

Right now, many people are asking for recommendations for movies & TV shows to watch. Whether actually restricted to home, or staying home out of choice, adults (and children) may find themselves with more opportunity to watch.

That’s not to suggest people just become couch potatoes. I never watch TV without doing something else at the same time…writing, exercising, folding laundry… I do reference TV and movies a lot (I also reference books a lot…I used to manage a bookstore), and I used to have people tell me I’d get a lot more done if I didn’t watch TV as much.

I’m scientifically minded, so I did an experiment. 🙂 I didn’t watch TV for a year…and I didn’t get anything more done (I think I’m generally seen as pretty productive). Now, it’s up to them to do the experiment: watch more TV and see if they get less done, but somehow, I don’t think they are going to do that. 😉

I’m an eclectic consumer of content (I like 1960s TV and 19th Century literature, and don’t really see why one is more respected than the other), but there are certainly times I want to see something specific, or have something suggested to me.

For example, on Friday someone referenced a particular Twilight Zone episode. I wanted to watch it at lunch at work (in VR…my favorite way to watch videos) while I exercised, but how was I to know in just a minute where I could (legally) do that?


I turned to one of my favorite resources, the JustWatch app.

It told me that it was available on Hulu, and I have a VR experience (that’s what apps are called in VR) for that. The Hulu app isn’t as good as the Netflix one for me, because it doesn’t let me change the orientation of the “screen” (my exercise is floor work), but it works.

I’m not connected to the JustWatch app except as a customer, but I use it quite often.

The basic concept is pretty simple: it searches streaming services for videos. It’s the execution that makes the difference.

Now, I have to say, the experience is different on different platforms. I like it better on my Android Galaxy than I do on my Fire TV. The Android app gives me a lot more choices for streaming services, but that makes sense…more apps are available. Weirdly, though, the Fire TV app won’t search Tubi, even though Fire TV itself does search Tubi…so I’m thinking it’s not an Amazon decision.

Back to the features:

You can create an account so you can sync your preferences and watchlist between devices, but it’s not necessary. If you create it, it’s free.

There are four main “tabs” (I’m going to work off the Android app for this article):

  • Home
  • New
  • Popular
  • Watchlist

New breaks it down by service (you tell it which services you watch…more on that below) and date. That can be very helpful. On March 13th, they listed 84 titles for Tubi, 2 titles for Pluto TV, one for Netflix, 1 for Prime Video, and so on. If you want to watch one, you can just tap it to see all the watch options, then tap again to launch it. Although I headlined free, this will also give you options to rent or buy it…and choices for different formats (SD/HD/4K).

Popular is actually how I can find all titles. With my filters, it is listing 8,222 titles at time of writing, but I could limit that to just movies or TV shows. I can also adjust how old it is, rating on Rotten Tomatoes and/or IMDb, price (which includes ones that are just free/free with ads/or subscription). I can also filter for genres:

  • Action & Adventure
  • Animation
  • Comedy
  • Crime
  • Documentary
  • Drama
  • Fantasy
  • History
  • Horror
  • Kids & Family
  • Music & Musical
  • Mystery & Thriller
  • Romance
  • Science-Fiction
  • Sport
  • War & Military
  • Western
  • Made in Europe
  • Age rating (MPAA)…it may be worth noting that with many services, it’s easy to find gore and nudity

You can also sort in a number of ways, and that’s important to me. I find most streaming services have really inefficient search options. That may be because they want to use algorithms to suggest content to you. One of the things I really like to do is just scroll through alphabetically. I’m familiar with a lot of movie & TV shows, and I may see one I want to rewatch or that I’ve never seen.

As to what they search if you choose it (again, on the Android app at time of writing):

  • Netflix
  • Prime Video
  • Disney+
  • Hulu
  • IMDb TV (free with ads)
  • Amazon Video (buy or rent)
  • HBO Now
  • Apple TV Plus
  • YouTube
  • YouTube Premium
  • YouTube Free
  • Google Play Movies
  • Apple iTunes
  • CBS
  • The Roku Channel
  • Hoopla (connects to public libraries)
  • The CW
  • CW Seed
  • Starz
  • Criterion Channel
  • FandangoNOW
  • Vudu
  • VUDU Free
  • Quibi
  • Showtime
  • PBS
  • Pantaflix
  • FXNow
  • DC Universe
  • Kanopy
  • Comedy Central
  • Microsoft Store
  • Crunchyroll
  • Redbox
  • Max GO
  • HBO Go
  • ABC
  • Tribeca Shortlist
  • Crackle
  • AMC Theatres
  • AMC
  • Fandor
  • Curiosity Stream
  • NBC
  • Epi
  • Freeform
  • History
  • Syfy
  • A&E
  • Livetime
  • Shudder
  • Screambox
  • Acorn TV
  • Sundance Now
  • Popcornflix
  • BritBox
  • GuideDoc
  • realeyz
  • Mubi
  • Fandango
  • Netflix Kids
  • Pantaya
  • Boomerang
  • Sling TV
  • Pluto TV
  • FlixFling
  • TCM
  • okay, okay…etc., etc., etc! 😉

Once you’ve selected them, you can just tap to toggle one on and off, meaning you could just search Prime, for example, if you wanted.

It’s also worth noting that I’m searching the USA right now, but you can pick your country!

There you go! It’s no cost to get the app, and then you can find videos to watch.

By the way, as a bonus, here are a few free services I use:

  • Tubi: this one skews towards the geek, but even though there are commercials, it respects the original material
  • YouTube: a lot of old movies are available for free here
  • Pluto TV: there are ads, and they sometimes cut away at odd points, but it has nice streaming channels. This weekend, we’ve pretty much had the Paramount channel on (African Queen is running right now). They also have movies & TV shows on demand


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