The new year is filled with handfuls of classic pics, shark flicks galore, rom-com romps and more Batmans than you can shake a stick out.
While Netflix continues to grow its original series, specials and movies, the streaming giant continues to fill its catalogue with binge worthy classic pics worthy of your weekend.
January is filled to the brim with Batman movies galore (even the bad ones), hours of The Godfather and all the Lethal Weapon you can possibly need.
Roland Emmerich runs out of shit to destroy on Earth, so he travel back in time and does battle with a Sabre-tooth tiger.
30 Days of Night
Vamp pic in Alaska, where the little biters get an edge thanks to super long nights.
Age Of Shadows
South Korean period actioner about resistance fighters who attempt to thwart Japanese forces by blowing up weapon facilities.
“On March 9, 2016, the worlds of Go and artificial intelligence collided in South Korea for an extraordinary best-of-five-game competition, coined The DeepMind Challenge Match.”
This charming romcom was made back in the days when John Cusack was believable as a bankable star and people thought Julia Roberts could play down-to-earth.
“Houston, we have a problem.”
Thriller about the cursed seventh manned lunar mission by the Apollo space program. Stars Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise, Ed Harris and the late, great Bill Paxton.
Batman & Robin
Spend the day slowly watching the decline of a great series from pop culture phenomenon to horrible snow puns and jokes about bat nipples. Go from Vicky Vale to Catwoman to Poison “Holy shit, what the hell were they thinking?” Ivy and her atrocious dance number and you, too, will have a new appreciation for Christopher Nolan.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s
The best ad campaign a jeweler ever had.
The classic movie that instructed millions of ladies that class is nothing more than a little black dress, giant sunglasses and a messy bun.
Bring It On
Bring It On Again
Bring It On: All or Nothing
Bring It On: Fight to the Finish
Bring It On: In It to Win It
“I said: BRRRR! It’s getting cold in here! There must be some Toros in the at-mos-phere!”
But that’s just the first one. The rest are meh.
Directed by Harold Ramis, one of the best sports movies of all time featuring comedy legends Rodney Dangerfield, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, a rodent hand puppet and a well-placed candy bar.
Three brothers struggle for survival during WWII as they hide from their would-be captors in a nearby forest, evading capture, killing soldiers and inspiring others. Stars Daniel Craig, Jamie Bell and Liev Schreiber.
Before he discovered his own McConaissance, Ryan Reynolds was once in rom-com purgatory, forced to star in mediocre movies about Mr. Right. Like this.
Animals rage against Brendan Fraser, a greedy land developer who hates adorable creatures for the sake of a family “comedy.”
Glacé (aka The Frozen Dead) (Season 1 – Netflix Original Series)
“A grisly find atop a mountain in the French Pyrenees leads investigator Martin Servaz into a twisted dance with a serial killer in this icy thriller.”
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Before the McConaissance, the Oscar-winner was in a whole bunch of terrible rom-coms. Here is a one of them.
Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Remake of the classic giant ape pic that has lost its momentum over of the years.
Lethal Weapon 2
Lethal Weapon 3
Lethal Weapon 4
This is the gift that keeps on giving. When you are done watching great American sagas like The Godfather, treat yourself. Watch Mel before he proved himself a shithead. Watch Danny before he got too old for this shit. Watch this, because it’s great and you deserve it.
License to Wed
The late, great Robin Williams in one of his more meh turns as a reverend who makes a couple go through a “marriage test.”
Like Water for Chocolate
The moving story of Tita and Pedro, two would-be lovers who are kep apart by Tita’s overbearing mother. Forced to swallow her emotions, Tita uses her deft hand in the kitchen to express her feelings as the food she prepares conveys her emotions.
Magical realism at its best.
A more recent holiday classic featuring a series of vignettes set around the holidays.
Lovesick (Season 3 – Netflix Original Series)
“In his quest for true love, Dylan found chlamydia. Joined by friends Evie and Luke, he relives past encounters as he notifies all his former partners.”
Maddman: The Steve Madden Story
“Maddman tells the unlikely rags to riches story of Steve Madden, who went from selling shoes out of the trunk of his car to becoming the mogul of a billion-dollar designer footwear empire.”
Sophia Coppola tries her hand at historical period pieces but with a New Order soundtrack and Kirsten Dunst.
Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World
“Examine the life of Martin Luther and the impact his ideas had on the course of history.”
Midnight in Paris
Owen Wilson does his best Woody Allen as Woody Allen does his best in the director’s chair in the whimsical fantasy movie about an American in Paris who is magically transported into the past to meet his heroes.
Matthew Vaughn’s underrated and little-seen fantasy flick featuring an all-star cast that includes Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Peter O’Toole, Charlie Cox, Claire Danes and Sienna Miller. A wonderful frolic that you should watch, share and watch again.
Baz Luhrmann fana can trace his beginning to this colorful romp about the world of competitive ballroom dance.
The Dukes of Hazzard
Sometimes there are great Hollywood adaptations that expand the original material and make it relevant to today’s audience with great performance and a witty script. Like The Addams Family or 21 Jump Street.
Then there is this shit.
The Exorcism of Emily Rose
A priest is on trial for murder and must prove that he was attempting to save the soul of a girl from the devil.
The First Time
Teens from opposing schools fall in love.
The Godfather: Part II
The Godfather: Part III
Find the time to binge the first two chapters of this American masterpiece of filmmaking. A true epic that follows the Corleone family from their humble roots in Sicily to their billion dollar crime syndicate in America. While the third chapter is often dismissed, it is still important as it wraps up the saga and brings the whole tale to its foreseeable end.
The Italian Job
Remake of the 1969 classic heist thriller with Edward Norton, Jason Statham, Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron.
The Lovely Bones
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of the dramatic novel by Alice Sebold about a murdered teen and the effect of her death on her family and her community.
The Shawshank Redemption
Filmmaking at its best and one of the best adaptations of Stephen King’s work. The story of a jailbird wrongly accused for double murder and forced to serve a life sentence in Shawshank Prison.
“Brooks was here.”
The Truman Show
Peter Weir’s brilliant, satirical look at society’s obsession with media and television starring Jim Carrey as the unbeknownst star of his own reality channel and Ed Harris as his evil showrunner.
Sisters plan to rob a bank to save their brother. Hijinks ensue.
Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his turn at Det. Alonzo Harris in Antoine Fuqua’s spectacular noir crime thriller about corruption in the LAPD.
The story of Helen of Troy and stands as a monument of what can be accomplished with the best dietitians and personal trainers available in Tinseltown.
Holy shirtless fight scenes, Batman.
Super fun romp starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn as lawyers who spend their free time crashing weddings and hitting on bridesmaids.
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
The best. The only. Except no chocolate-covered Depp substitutes.
Buddy pic about a man who heads on a road trip to win back his lady.
Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
The Pirates franchise gets back on track as Captain Jack Sparrow returns to reunite old friends and break old curses.
Movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical with most of the original cast +15 years.
Before I Wake (Netflix Original Movie)
“Still mourning the death of their son, Mark and Jessie welcome foster child Cody into their lives. Soon they discover he has a strange ability.”
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (Netflix Original Special)
“In Jerry Seinfeld’s unique series, he picks up a guest comedian in a cool car, then they set off for laugh-filled conversations fueled by caffeine.”
Devilman Crybaby (Season 1 – Netflix Original Series)
“With demons reawakened and humanity in turmoil, a sensitive demon-boy is led into a brutal, degenerate war against evil by his mysterious friend, Ryo.”
Episodes (Seasons 1-5)
“When husband and wife writing team Sean and Beverly set out to reproduce their British TV hit for an American network, all of their worst fears come true as Hollywood lives up to its reputation for absurdity.”
Before James Wan headed underwater to talk to fish, he was able to scare the bejesus out of the people on a small budget with simple effects. A great scary movie and a wonderful period piece.
47 Meters Down
Mandy Moore and her sister vs. sharks.
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Animated feature few saw but kids seem to enjoy. Features a thumb in underwear.
In The Deep
See entry for 47 Meters Down.
Disjointed (Part 2 – Netflix Original Series)
“Pot activist Ruth Whitefeather Feldman runs a medical marijuana dispensary while encouraging her loyal patients to chill out and enjoy the high life.”
The Man Who Would Be Polka King
“John Mikulak and Joshua von Brown’s irreverent documentary traces the rise and fall of Grammy-nominated polka music superstar Jan Lewan.”
The Polka King (Netflix Original)
So, Netflix made a movie about the docu listed above and it stars Jack Black.
“Determined to make it big in America, Polish-born bandleader Jan Lewan draws his fans into a Ponzi scheme in this comedy based on a true story.”
Tim Allen, John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and William H. Macy define midlife crisis by hitting the road on motorcycles.
2018 Olympic Winter Games Preview: Meet Team USA & Go for the Gold
Title says it all.
Rehenes (aka Hostages)
The true story of seven young Georgians attempting to flee the USSR in the ‘80s by taking hold of a commercial airliner.
“Jennifer Brea is about to marry the love of her life when she’s struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. When doctors tell her “it’s all in her head,” she turns her camera on herself and her community as she looks for answers and fights for a cure.”
Dallas Buyers Club
The beginning of the McConaissance…
The true story of Texan Ron Woodroof, who after learning that he has AIDS, begins smuggling in unapproved drugs and selling them to others in need.
Friday Night Tykes (Season 4 – Netflix Series)
“This docuseries dives into the cutthroat world of Texas youth football, where kids face grueling demands and pressure from coaches and parents to win.”
Bad Day for the Cut
A middle-age Irish farmer goes on a killing spree in the criminal underworld of Belfast after his elderly mother is murdered.
Grace and Frankie (Season 4 – Netflix Original Series)
“They’re not friends, but when their husbands leave them for each other, proper Grace and eccentric Frankie begin to bond in this Emmy-nominated series.”
The Open House (Netflix Original Movie)
Home invasion thriller along the same lines of Don’t Breathe with a few of the same cast members.
Trolls: The Beat Goes On! (Season 1 – Netflix Original Series)
“Picking up where the film left off, Poppy and all the fun-loving Trolls adjust to living with their Bergen neighbors in this colorful animated series.”
A Futile and Stupid Gesture (Netflix Original)
“Will Forte and Domhnall Gleeson star in this exploration of the troubled life and groundbreaking career of “National Lampoon” co-founder Doug Kenney.”
Llama Llama (Season 1 – Netflix Original Series)
“Llama, his family and his good friends have heart-warming adventures in a safe, friendly town. An animated show based on the award-winning books.”
One Day at a Time (Season 2 – Netflix Original Series)
“In a reimagining of the TV classic, a newly single Latina mother raises her teen daughter and tween son with the “help” of her old-school mom.”
The Adventures of Puss in Boots (Season 6 – Netflix Original)
“The world’s greatest feline fighter, lover and milk connoisseur takes on daring adventures in exotic locations in this family-friendly comedy series.”
A hard look at the long struggled Oakland Police Force and its recent scandals.
Death Race: Beyond Anarchy
Frankenstein returns for another spin around the track.
Retribution (Season 1 – Netflix Original Series)
“A dishonest banker pays the ultimate price for his wrongdoings when he is held hostage in his own speeding car by a bomb-making extortionist.”
Disney·Pixar Cars 3
Third outing for Lightning McQueen who finds himself in the slow lane after an accident.