In case you haven't heard House of Cards, Netflix's first big foray into original content was released on the streaming service last Friday. It is David Fincher and Kevin Spacey's biggest play in the series content game and the first piece of entertainment that actually feels like a mix between film and television. My thoughts about the show and how it will revolutions the game will be coming soon. It has been a struggle to figure out how to cover it in a spoiler-free fashion and I have decided to wait until I'm all finished and caught up. I've five days into my marathon and it is killing my heart and soul every moment that I am doing something that is NOT watching. I have a feeling I will feel that way until I finish. So, if you have 13 hours to spare this week - jump on the bandwagon with me and watch the series and then.....then....we will discuss!
Otherwise, the streaming service seems to be in a nostalgic mood. Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Top Gun and The Karate Kid are now available. Perhaps it is because it is my birthday on Monday, but the fact that I just called these movies nostalgic makes me feel sad...and old. I remember when I was a tiny child watching Ferris run around Chicago and dreaming one day I would have a mentor like Mr. Miyagi. Wax On..... Wax Off...
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|1. House of Cards|
Seven episodes in and I like to call it, the "evil" West Wing. Man, that Francis Underwood is a d-head, (but, oh so fun to watch). All 13 episodes were uploaded on Friday, February 1st to satisfy all binge-watching needs.
|2. Ferris Bueller's Day Off|
The timeless 1986 classic that launched the career of Matthew Broderick is an indisputable crowd pleaser. This is Broderick on top of his game to the delight of teenage girls back in the day...before he became Inspector Gadget, that is. Perhaps enjoy this one on your own day off?
|3. Liar Liar|
One of the many Jim Carrey classics during the time period when Carrey was the star of the comedy world. We follow Fletcher (Carrey) a lawyer whose tendency to lie (go figure) destroys his family until his son has a birthday wish for his father to not lie for 24 hours. Hijinks ensue.
|4. As Good as It Gets|
Widely considered an overall fantastic movie, this film totes two Oscar award winning performances from Jack Nicholson and Helen Hunt, as well as a nomination for Greg Kinnear. Simply put, if you haven’t checked this one out, now is your chance and you should definitely capitalize on it.
|5. Bad Boys|
The first of many Michael Bay explosion fests (before he started mingling with giant alien robots) that follows two cops, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence (you might have heard of them), as they try and take down a national drug operation.
|6. Jingle All the Way|
A holiday classic starring the Governator. This one is quite silly but still loads of fun around the holidays!
|8. The Karate Kid|
The 1984 original that eventually led to the lukewarm remake starring Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith! There’s nothing better than some good ol’ fashioned Mr. Miyagi played by Pat Morita, no offense Jackie.
|9. Top Gun|
Remember back when Tom Cruise was a big blockbuster action hero? Oh wait, he still is. Nonetheless, that shouldn’t stop you from checking out this 1986 action flick classic that follows a younger Tom Cruise as a pilot. Amurica!
|13. Nacho Libre|
Nachooooooo! Sorry, had to get that out of my system. I realize for those that haven’t seen the movie or at least the trailer, that opening probably seemed pretty moronic. However, if you’re in that kind of mood, this movie is perfect. Also it has Jack Black in it pretending to be a Spanish Wrestler, enough said.
|14. 101 Dalmatians|
A delightful Disney classic that everybody should see at least once in their lifetime. Cruella Deville knows drama.
|1. The Gold Rush|
Feb 15th, 2013
If you haven’t checked out this Charlie Chaplin classic, do yourself a favor and give it a chance. I know it’s a silent film but put your ears aside for a bit and take in some good ol’ fashioned movie magic.
|2. Stranger Than Fiction|
Feb 20th, 2013
One of the rare dramatic Will Ferrell performances that for the most part, was underappreciated and flew under the radar. This is actually a really great film and is worth the watch before it expires. It shows that Ferrell isn’t solely about wearing funny mustaches or pulling darts out of his neck (Old School).
|3. Piranha 3-D|
February 22nd, 2013
This movie is outrageously silly and it’s aware of that. One of the few modern day Horror B-films and it’s pure comedy.
|4. Dead Snow|
February 23rd, 2013
This is a live action Nazi Zombie movie that is pretty terrible but wildly entertaining. It isn’t actually a Call of Duty property but how can you pass on Nazi Zombies in the snow? Sure it’s a cinematic disaster but don’t let that stop you!
|5. The Graduate|
March 1st, 2013
The perennial classic dramedy that you will find on 9 out of 10 DVD shelves in almost any home. However, if you aren’t one of those 9 of 10 then you should do yourself a favor and take in this masterpiece. It follows a young Dustin Hoffman as a struggling post-graduation college student trying to find his identity in the real world.
|6. The Expendables|
Is there anything better than watching Sly Stallone mumble through explosions and gunfire? Okay, there are probably a lot of things better, but this is definitely in the top 10, as evidenced by its enormous box office success. Let’s face it, Stallone is pretty good at making shoot em’ up flicks in the past, present, and evidently the future.