Monday, November 3, 2014

Netflix 80s Fix: Stand By A Dirty Rotten Cyborg In The 'Burbs

Newly available '80s movies on Netflix are again just a click away! Your November fix includes a couple of my favorite late '80s comedies, several critically-acclaimed classics and the film that was supposed to be the sequel to Masters of the Universe. After a short trip, Airplane also makes a successful landing back on Netflix.

Also check out the other exclusive features including the 80s Pop Twenty and an Overlooked & Underrated film that might warm you up this November. It's time to get your fix!



The 'Burbs (1989)
Rated PG Add to queue
When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson and his friends let their paranoia get the best of them as they start to suspect the newcomers of evildoings and commence an investigation. But it's hardly how Ray, who much prefers drinking beer, reading his newspaper and watching a ball game on the tube expected to spend his vacation.

Corey Feldman's line "God, I love this street" about sums up this movie for me. I never been into straight-up horror movies but in the "PG horror" genre, this has always been one of my favorites.


Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
Rated PG Add to queue
Small-time con man Freddy butts heads with Lawrence, a successful European swindler working the Riviera. Hoping to get rid of one another, they make a loser-leaves bet to scam the fortunes of a wealthy heiress.

Another one that I've seen many times but probably not for 10 years. One of my favorites starring Steve Martin and contains many quotable lines including the answer to the question "why is the cork on the fork?"



Cyborg (1989)
Rated R Add to queue
Jean-Claude Van Damme plays mercenary Gibson Rickenbacker in this post-apocalyptic adventure that follows the soldier of fortune in his quest for revenge against Fender Tremolo, the man who killed his true love. When the cannibalistic Flesh Pirates (who plan to horde the cure for a virulent plague) capture a beautiful human-robot, only Rickenbacker can save her -- and what remains of civilization.

I didn't know until just this year that this movie was initially a sequel to Masters of the Universe. Check out the details in this recent Den of Geek article.


Stand By Me (1986)
Rated R Add to queue
Four boys seek adventure and heroism in the Oregon woods with their search for a missing teen's dead body in the 1950s. What they uncover about themselves along the way, however, means even more.

This is one of those '80s movies I haven't seen way too little. I'm actually not sure if I've ever seen the unedited version as I only remember catching on a cable a couple times. Will definitely be one of the first movies I watch this month.


Fatal Attraction (1987)
Rated R Add to queue
Married Dan Gallagher gives in to the tantalizing flirtations of attractive Alex Forrest, and they embark on a steamy weekend fling. But Dan's passing indiscretion comes back to haunt him as an increasingly unhinged Alex refuses to let go.

I've seen this movie once and that was truly enough for me. For those of you who like rabbit stew, be my guest to add it to your queue.



Rain Man (1988)
Rated R Add to queue
Fast-talking yuppie Charlie Babbitt is forced to slow down when he embarks on a life-changing cross-country odyssey with the brother he never knew he had, an autistic savant named Raymond who's spent most of his life in an institution.

Another movie I never really connected with. I've seen it a few times mainly on cable. Tom Cruise gives great performance and of course Dustin Hoffman's character is one of the iconic ones to come out of the '80s.



More movies new to Netflix include the aforementioned Airplane, Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep in Heartburn, the underwater sci-fi thriller DeepStar Six, and Jon Cryer in the drama Hiding Out.

'80s Pop Twenty
Here are the 20 most popular '80s movies currently available on Netflix. Roger Rabbit remains on top as Day of the Dead is the biggest mover thanks to Halloween season.

  1. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (6th consecutive month)
  2. The Untouchables (no change)
  3. The Breakfast Club (+1)
  4. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (+1)
  5. Big Trouble in Little China (+1)
  6. Das Boot: Director's Cut (+2)
  7. Good Morning, Vietnam (no change)
  8. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (+1)
  9. Manhunter (+1)
  10. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (+1)
  11. The Thin Blue Line (+1)
  12. Clue (+1)
  13. Day of the Dead (+3)
  14. Romancing the Stone (no change)
  15. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (+2)
  16. Trading Places (+2)
  17. Adventures in Babysitting (+2)
  18. Beverly Hills Cop (+2)
  19. Heathers (new)
  20. The Cook, Thief, His Wife and Her Lover (new)

Removed from Netflix was Ghostbusters and The Great Outdoors.


Overlooked and Underrated...

Summer Rental (1985)
Rated PG Add to queue
Overworked air-traffic controller Jack Chester is good at his job, until he mistakes a fly on his radar screen for a low-flying plane. His boss prescribes a vacation, but once he and his family arrive, Jack's dreams of a relaxing getaway soon fade.

There are plenty of John Candy films I'd pick ahead of Summer Rental, but I know this movie is better than the 15% critic and the 53% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes (Netflix is 3.6/5 which is much more accurate.) Plenty of laughs in this one to warm you up as the weather turns cold.


If you've missed a previous month's post, check the Netflix '80s Fix archive. Some featured titles could still be available to stream. Also, feel free to comment with any movies or shows you've recently rediscovered.

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