Though, as The New York Times pointed out earlier this year, there has been some free, older titles on the site for a while, YouTube is now primed to battle Hulu and other free-film sites with their own selections. Unsurprisingly, there's a lot of B and C schlock on the list, and many movies already available on free platforms, which we've detailed in our on-going Free Flick of the Day (Open Your Eyes, Smiley Face). But there are some gems to check out as well. Hit the jump and dig in.
Falling Angels -- Watch
A black comedy (located in YouTube under drama) based on Barbara Gowdy's novel, the film focuses on a severely dysfunctional family during the 1960s in Canada. Mom (Miranda Richardson) is emotionally damaged, Dad (Callum Keith Rennie) is overbearing, desperate, and cold, and the daughters range from a strong-willed and defiant argument-starter to a gentle, feminine, wanna-be homemaker. Humor is mixed with sadness as the girls struggle with their identities and a family secret that explains their dysfunction.
We Are Wizards -- Watch
Twilight isn't the only series with a documentary. Josh Koury's documentary explores the world that bubbled up around J.K. Rowling's iconic blockbuster series. Salon called it "a highly enjoyable illustration of how, even in the limited universe of pop culture, people create, refract and remix their own stories."
Daytrippers -- Watch
Greg Mottola's (Adventureland, Superbad) debut features a Long Island family headed to New York City to solve the mystery behind a love letter incriminating Eliza's (Hope Davis) husband (Stanley Tucci) in an affair. Eliza's family comes along for the ride -- and it's one hell of a gene pool -- Anne Meara, Pat McNamara, Parker Posey, and Liev Schreiber (as Posey's boyfriend).
Men with Brooms -- Watch
Canadian talent Paul Gross isn't just an iconic Mounty and creator of Passchendaele. He also wrote, directed, and starred in this comedy about curling. Gross plays a mess of a man brought back to the curling fold trying to straighten out his life -- including reuniting with dad (Leslie Nielsen).
Boy in the Plastic Bubble -- Watch
A classic made-for-TV movie, long before John Travolta was one of the leading faces of Scientology, an assassin in Pulp Fiction, or even Danny Zuko in Grease, he was the Boy in the Plastic Bubble. Based on a real story, Travolta played Tod, a teenage kid without disease immunities who was forced to live in an incubator ... and not lucky enough to have the adventure that Jake Gyllenhaal's Bubble Boy did.
Little Shop of Horrors -- Watch
Roger Corman's 1960 classic, before it became a more mainstream hit. As a mutated plant gets ravenous, keep your eyes peeled for a very young Jack Nicholson as a dental patient. Though his fame made his name listed as "star," he's just a supporting player.
Tacky Honorable Mentions:
Creator -- Peter O'Toole plays a scientist trying to clone his dead wife. Mariel Hemingway, Virginia Madsen, and Vincent Spano also star.
Cyborg 2 -- It's infinitely less enjoyable than the original, but it stars Angelina Jolie, Elias Koteas, and Jack Palance.