Stream Police: But Wait, There's More!
I love Netflix, you love Netflix, but Netflix doesn't make it easy to find great stuff to watch. However, that is why I pledge myself as tribute to you with some of my suggestions for what is totally worth checking out on the big red streaming machine.
The Lost Boys
How I hadn't seen The Lost Boys until a couple weeks ago is beyond me, but I'm glad I checked it out. Not only does it have Alex Winter, who I had the awesome opportunity to speak with about Freaked, but it also features a veritable cavalcade of well known actors, including Keifer Sutherland, Corey Feldman, Corey Haim, and Jason Patric. It tells the tale of Patric and Haim, who move to Santa Carla, a California coast town that is overrun with vampires. It's a smart take on a run of the mill vampire tale, and it has that 80's feel and humor that can't be replicated.
For Fans of: Badass Vampires, Feld-dog, Tales from the Crypt
An Honest Liar
If you've ever watched Penn and Teller's Bullshit you're already familiar with the Amazing Randi, one of the most prominent magicians and skeptics in the country. He is a well-known debunker of physics, and mystics, who also has a well-kept secret at his core. The documentary takes a look into the life of Randi, his struggles, and the lie at the center of his life that he couldn't see.
For Fans Of: Penn and Teller's Bullshit, Magicians, Character Studies
Mysteries at the Museum
Mysteries at the Museum is like taking a trip to the museums without having to leave your house. Every episode features five items from museums around the country, and their secrets are revealed through reenactments and documentary-style talking heads. It's a great show, and it always keeps me engaged, since it's more about weird and strange history rather than generic textbook history. Plus, Don Wildman is a pretty great host.
For Fans Of: What History Channel Used To Be, History, Museums
Grandma's Boy is the best thing Adam Sandler has ever done, and he isn't even in the film, he just produced it. However, It does feature the typical Sandler bit actors in starring roles such as Allen Covert and Peter Dante. The film centers on Covert as Alex, a video game tester who loses his apartment and ends up living with his grandma and her two eccentric roommates. The film is a hilarious mix of stoner and video game culture, along with some really funny bits, and a fair amount of quotable moments. It's too bad Sandler doesn't produce more movies than he stars in, as Grandma's Boy is funnier than 99% of the films Sandler has ever made.
For Fans of: Stoner Movies, Video Games, Robot Legs
Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
It should be no surprise that I am a huge fan of Alex Winter, Keanu Reeves, and Bill Sadler. The three have had fantastic careers, but Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey is one of my absolute favorite comedies, even though it is seen as the lesser sequel to the hilarious Excellent Adventure. The real stand-out of the film is Sadler as Death, who totally commits to the role and has some of the best lines in the movie, especially when he plays board games with Bill and Ted for their right to be brought back to life. The movie isn't as focused as the original, but that allows for the true madcap humor of the franchise to shine. All I can hope for now is for the long-rumored sequel to come to fruition.