11 Great Titles Expiring From Netflix in December – NYT Watching

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Every month, as various licenses expire, streaming services lose movies and TV series from their catalogs. Here are 11 great movies and TV shows leaving Netflix in December.

Gene Wilder and, on the table as the monster, Peter Boyle in “Young Frankenstein.”20th Century Fox, via Getty Images
‘Young Frankenstein’
Leaving Netflix: Dec. 1
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Arguably Mel Brooks’s finest and funniest film (and released, shockingly enough, in the same calendar year as “Blazing Saddles,” his other contender for that title), this 1974 gem finds the master of broad satire taking on the Universal horror pictures of the 1930s, particularly James Whale’s “Frankenstein” and “Bride of Frankenstein.” Co-writer Gene Wilder is sublimely manic as Dr. Frederick Frankenstein — pronounced “Fronk-en-steen,” he insists — grandson of the famed corpse re-animator Victor, who returns to his grandfather’s estate and laboratory to claim his inheritance and finds himself drawn into the family business. Brooks and Wilder’s Oscar-nominated script is a hit parade of comedy classics, from the candlestick bit to “Puttin’ on the Ritz” to the monster’s dinner with a blind hermit (an unlisted Gene Hackman). But most surprising is its narrative discipline (relative to the rest of the Brooks filmography), which generates genuine pathos and charm.

Morgan Spurlock in ”Super Size Me.”Avi Gerver/Roadside Attractions — Samuel Goldwyn Films
‘Super Size Me’
Leaving Netflix: Dec. 1
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This ingenious (and often uproarious) Oscar-nominated documentary from Morgan Spurlock begins with a clever gimmick: If you ate nothing but McDonald’s for thirty days, how much damage would you do to your body? Quite a lot, it turns out. Spurlock is not only the project’s director but its guinea pig, subjecting himself to a month’s worth of Big Macs, Egg McMuffins, and supersized fries while using the experiment as an opportunity to explore the dominance of the fast-food industry, the deceptiveness of its marketing and the shifting goal posts of public health.

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DL: I watch mostly news, and pbs ducumentary specials, but in another life, I might sample some of the above, after I get through the second half of Ken Burn’s  depressing current 10 piece documentary on the Vietnam War.