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Netflix loses 2,000 instant streaming titles — Here are 14 being cut from my queue tonight

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Sorry everyone — Netflix is cutting almost 2,000 titles during the month of May, with a big chunk of that coming Tuesday night thanks to licensing agreements expiring with Warner Bros., MGM and Universal, Mashable reports. It's one of the biggest cuts in Netflix history. Some of those may still be available — but only over on the new Warner Instant Archive service.

Those titles include a lot of popular films, but what about how it affects me, me, me? Here are the titles in my own instant queue that I haven’t gotten to (I’m busy) and are being culled.

  • Lots of James Bond movies

One of the real jewels of the MGM library is the James Bond collection, and that means that Bond films including “Dr. No,” “Goldfinger,” “Octopussy,” “You Only Live Twice,” “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Live and Let Die” are all getting the axe. (I saw a couple of these as a kid, but was hoping to become reacquainted.)

  • Sports Night

The cult favorite Aaron Sorkin show — you know, the one from before “The West Wing” — is also going away May 1. I’ve seen a few episodes, but now I’ll never get past where it stops pretending to be a sitcom and is just another thing that sounds like what Aaron Sorkin wants to write.

  • Movies on my list because I want to seem knowledgeable about film

Some of the classics among the films being cut are “32 Short Films About Glenn Gould” and “Platoon.” That first one is probably a particular sign of my film snob aspirations, but “Platoon” is also certainly a classic of the war genre that I’ll apparently have to watch on actual physical media.

  • Movies that get referenced frequently in popular culture

Several of the movies on my list are there because I want to be aware of movies that were cultural touchstones for one reason or another. The ones being removed here include “Reality Bites,” “Snatch” and — mostly due to the “You’re the man now, dog” meme — “Finding Forrester.” Between this and the Bond movies, what does Netflix have against Sean Connery?

  • Musicals!

I’m a huge musical fan, but there are a couple on my list I haven’t seen and are getting pulled: “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying” and “Man of La Mancha.” I’ve seen the first one on stage, but I need to see it with Bob Fosse dance moves.

  • And something by David Lynch

We may not get to hear David Lynch’s Los Angeles weather report on the radio anymore, and now you won’t be able to watch one of his movies set right here, the polarizing “Mulholland Drive.” Though you can still go follow him on Twitter.

Not on my list, but one that probably should be and was pointed out by Slate — Woody Allen’s “Stardust Memories.” My Woody Allen-loving friends will never forgive me.

See a full list of titles expiring soon at InstantWatcher, though be patient — their servers are a little slow with the Netflix-hungry hordes currently looking for which of their favorites are no longer going to be at their fingertips. Netflix was also quick to point out that Mashable that they'll also be adding 500 titles May 1.

"This ebb and flow happens all the time," Netflix told Mashable. "We are selective about what’s available to watch on Netflix. We often license TV shows and movies on an exclusive basis, so we can provide a unique experience. We’ll forego, or choose not renew, titles that aren’t watched enough. ... Our goal is to be an expert programmer, offering a mix that delights our members, rather than trying to be a broad distributor."

The question remains whether Netflix members would rather Netflix be a "broad distributor" instead.

This story has been updated.

Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that all of the expiring titles were expiring May 1, which is incorrect.

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