Stream a Little Anton

Earlier this week, a rising young star passes away at the mere age of 27. Anton Yelchin, most recently in the spotlight for being the lead character in Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, had made quite a reputation among filmmakers, fans, and peers for his hard work, caring attitude, and amazing talent. It only goes to reason that this week, we highlight some of the films you can check out on streaming services that feature Anton and his many talents.

Over at Cinapse, I wrote about the 2011 remake of Fright Night featuring Anton as Charlie Brewster, the lead of the film. Unfortunately, none of the online services I’m aware of have this film on them. You can, however, check it out via Amazon Instant Video for $2.99 or through several other VOD services.

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There are several great options you can check out via the usual suspects, though. Netflix has two great leading roles for Anton streaming right now. One is Burying the Ex, a Joe Dante horror comedy that has gotten mixed reviews overall, but is fun and worth a watch at only 89 minutes (including credits). The other is a personal favorite of mine, Odd Thomas, a Dean Koontz adaptation that received far too little attention upon release.

In Odd Thomas, Yelchin plays the titular character, who uses his ability to see the dead as a tool to crack mysteries and prevent tragedies. Addison Timlin co-stars and is drop dead gorgeous throughout. I covered this one for Cinapse, as well, a site where far smarter people than I discuss films.

Anton Yelchin Odd Thomas

Over at Fandor, they have a funny and weird little short called Kiss, Kiss, Fingerbang. To call this short weird would be an understatement, but it’s pretty hilarious. Darkly comic, Yelchin’s performance is quite impressive. As always, he tells so much of the narrative through his face. He was truly a mastery of using his facial expressions to convey emotions and tone.

At Amazon, they feature a few of Yelchin’s films that I’ve yet to see but plan to very soon. One to watch for free if you are an Amazon Prime user is Nic Cage and Anton in Dying of the Light, a Paul Schrader action thriller from 2014. Check out the trailer below:

See you all next week for our 4th of July picks. Stream on!

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here, a bit less regularly at Cinapse, and on occasion at Cinepunx. He previously wrote for several other sites, but he forgets some of them and others no longer exist. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy. He also likes to ramble... on... and... on... and...
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