Remember like a month ago when Netflix took a bunch of movies off its streaming library and uploaded a bunch more? This week it seems as if it has once again added a heaping handful of new titles, including a re-upload of older films like “Harold and Maude” and “The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” If you’re super lazy like us, you have a lot to look forward to this weekend.
You know how Joaquin Phoenix usually plays a super depressing, or at the very least, really weird role in every movie he’s in now? Well, there was a time when he lent his voice to the heartwarming tale of a boy who is transformed into a bear. The Disney movie was at least good enough to get a sequel a few years later.
“Nobody’s Fool” (1994)
Paul Newman scored an Oscar nomination for his role in this’90s dramedy, in which he plays a 60-year-old who has lived his whole life dodging responsibility until he discovers that he has a grandson that he never knew about. The news forces him to clean himself up, start acting like an adult, and reconnect with his family before it’s too late.
So Naomi Watts and Robin Wright are best friends who live in a tropical setting and each have a hunky son. Naomi Watts’ son ends up hooking up with Robin Wright, so Robin Wright’s son says “fuck it” and hooks up with Naomi Watts. This isn’t a porno, by the way, nor is it an episode of “Jerry Springer,” but it sure does sound juicy, huh?
If you liked to rock in the ’90s, chances are you saw “Airheads” and enjoyed it only a little bit less than “Wayne’s World.” Adam Sandler, Brendan Fraser, and Steve Buscemi star in this comedy about a band that goes to extreme lengths to get its tape played on the local alt-rock station.
“Airplane!” (1980) and “The Naked Gun” (1988)
Leslie Nielson was hilarious in the ’80s. You probably know this because your dad made you watch these movies growing up. After all, “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun” are both the epitome of dad-humor. Gotta love Dad. Anyway, these movies are actually classics, and if you’re really tickled by this type of humor, “Airplane II” is also streaming.
A follow-up to the award-winning masterpiece, 2002’s “City of God,” this film follows two friends who were raised in the notorious slums of Rio de Janeiro’s Pool Hall Hill, this time transitioning from boyhood to manhood and struggling to make it out alive.
“Down Periscope” (1996)
“Down Periscope” is the quintessential Netflix movie. Nobody would go out of his or her way to buy or rent this ’90s classic starring Kelsey Grammar, but on a lazy Saturday, stumbling across “Down Periscope” is like a striking gold. The military slapstick comedy isn’t uproariously funny, but will remind you of simpler times.
“Patriot Games” (1994)
This one doesn’t feature our goldenboy Tom Brady, but it does feature Harrison Ford before he got old. In this film version of a Tom Clancy novel, Ford plays a former CIA agent who foils an attempted assassination, but in the process, puts himself and his family in the middle of a huge mess.
Have you ever poured water on yourself while listening to “What a Feeling”? If so, you’ve probably already seen this movie and don’t need to watch it again. But if you’re confusing it for “Footloose,” it’s not the same thing, and if you watch this movie, you may be pleasantly surprised.