Thursday, June 4, 2015

Netflix '80s Fix: Danger Mouse Kickboxes Something Wild From The Burbs

June is here and it's time to run down what's new on Netflix streaming! First, there a couple titles scheduled to be released later this month that '80s buffs might want to check out.

All 10 seasons of the animated series Danger Mouse will begin streaming on June 15. I don't remember watching much of it as a kid, but any '80s cartoon being added is newsworthy! Also, the latest installment in the Michael Bay Transformers franchise Transformers: Age of Extinction will hit Netflix on June 13. I'm still under the impression (although probably in the minority) that this was the best of all 4 films. I haven't seen it since watching it in the theater, but felt like it was a step in the right direction from the previous sequels.

A new '80s Pop Twenty countdown is included in this month's fix along with a recommendation for newly-added film that just missed our favorite decade.


Kickboxer (1989)
Rated R Add to queue
When kickboxing champ Eric Sloane is crippled in the ring by the evil Tong Po, Eric's younger brother, Kurt, seeks vengeance. But if he's to vanquish Po, Kurt must first learn a martial art known as Muay Thai.

Was glad to see this one was added this month after watching Van Damme recreate the dancing scene on Conan. Bloodsport is probably my favorite, but this one is probably a close 2nd.


Something Wild (1986)
Rated R Add to queue
The boring life of businessman Charles Driggs (Jeff Daniels) suddenly changes when free-spirited Audrey (Melanie Griffith) "kidnaps" him for a weekend trip. They pose as a married couple, attend Audrey's high school reunion and visit her mother. But when Audrey's ex-husband Ray (Ray Liotta) shows up, freshly out of jail, this romantic comedy (smartly directed by Jonathan Demme) takes a turn into thriller territory.

Never seen it although it sounds like a fun movie. Jeff Daniels is definitely an underrated actor in my book, plus Melanie Griffith was at her best in the '80s. Pretty highly ranked on Rotten Tomatoes at 88% fresh.


The 'Burbs (1989)
Rated PG Add to queue
When secretive new neighbors move in next door, suburbanite Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) and his friends (Bruce Dern and Rick Ducommun) 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. Carrie Fisher and Corey Feldman co-star.

Easily my favorite Tom Hanks comedy film. I still quote several lines from this movie to this day. Vividly remember seeing it in the theater when I would've been 13 and loved it from start to finish.


Pet Sematary (1989)
Rated R Add to queue
Louis Creed moves his family to the country and discovers a cursed burial ground on his property that brings the dead back to life -- yet with an added streak of evil. An accident soon forces the heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable.

I'm not sure I've ever seen this movie all they way through, but I do remember watching part of it on cable. Horror has never been my favorite genre which is why I don't have connections to many of the favorites from the '80s.


New adds this month also include the drama The Escape Artist, the fantasy film Troll, and John Woo's action thriller The Killer.


'80s Pop Twenty
Here are the 20 most popular '80s movies and shows currently available on Netflix and their location on the previous month's countdown. The Blues Brothers and The Killer enter this month's countdown. Not much movement from last month's list.

All of last month's Top 20 remain on Netflix. Dropping out of the countdown was Planes, Trains, & Automobiles and The Verdict .


Just missed...
Here's a movie that just missed the '80s that is newly available.

Apocalypse Now (1979)
Rated R Add to queue
During the Vietnam War, Capt. Willard is sent to Cambodia on a top-secret mission, where he journeys upriver in search of the mysterious Col. Kurtz. His instructions: terminate Kurtz, who's gone completely insane.
Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam masterpiece is a long film but worth adding to your queue. I watched it for the first time maybe a year or so ago when it was on Netflix. Very intense.



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

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