Instant Gratification: “Tig” and four other good movies to watch on Netflix and Amazon Prime


Tig” (Netflix) — My full review is here. This documentary on comedian Tig Notaro is intimate and revealing, even for a film about a standup comedian who turned her bout with breast cancer into a legendary stand-up show. The doc looks at what comes after for Notaro, as she struggles to figure out the next chapter in her professional life, falls in love and pursues her dream of having a baby.

Delicacy” (Amazon Prime) — My full review is here. Audrey Tautou is predictably charming as a widow who falls under the spell of a goofy Swede in this French film that deftly shifts from glum drama to fizzy comedy.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance” (Netflix) — One of the great Westerns of all time is also a trenchant film about celebrity, as idealistic attorney James Stewart unwittingly takes credit from John Wayne for facing down a fearsome outlaw.

Godzilla: The Original Japanese Version” (Shout! Factory TV) — All the silly English-language stuff with Raymond Burr has been removed, and what remains is a haunting monster movie that shows Japan using genre to wrestle with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Shout! Factory TV has a bunch of great “kaiju” films streaming now on its free site.

The Last Unicorn” (Netflix) — Author Peter S. Beagle wrestled control of the Rankin-Bass adaptation of his animated fairy tale and now it can finally be shown in a glorious restored version.



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