Monday, July 6, 2015

Netflix '80s Fix: Batman And The Terminator Flashdance At A Road House

July's fix begins with a somber note that several '80s TV shows are slated to be removed this month. But even though we'll have to consume Knight Rider and Miami Vice using a different venue, there is some good news. Netflix has added back several popular movies this month that will fill some of the void left from the departed TV shows.

The '80s Pop Twenty countdown returns with a few changes and I'm also including a newly-added film that just missed the '80s. Time to get your fix!


Batman (1989)
Rated PG-13 Add to queue
Batman begins making a name for himself just as the flamboyant Joker takes over the Mafia in director Tim Burton's adaptation of the comic book.

I was very happy to see Batman's return. As a kid in the '80s, I was highly influenced by the '66 TV series and then totally blown away when this movie came out in '89. I still prefer it over any of the Batman films and its batmobile also remains my favorite.



The Terminator (1984)
Rated PG Add to queue
In the post-apocalyptic future, tyrannical machines teleport a cyborg to 1984 to a kill a woman whose unborn son is destined to lead the human rebels.

With the latest installment now in theaters, Netflix removed my favorite of the franchise (T2: Judgement Day) and replaced it with the original. I've never been a hardcore fan so I guess all the timelines and such don't bother me. I guess that's why I'm somewhat of an apologist for Terminator: Salvation.


Flashdance (1983)
Rated R Add to queue
Alex works as a welder by day and a stripper by night, but she dreams of training at the local conservatory and becoming a professional dancer.

I'm pretty sure I've never watched this movie all the way through and have just caught pieces on cable over the years. Judging by the critics, it could be a great candidate for a Movie vs. Soundtrack Punch-Out!




Road House (1989)
Rated R Add to queue
A brawny bouncer and expert martial artist is hired to police a rowdy bar in the Midwest. He falls for a local girl, which angers her ex-boyfriend.

Speaking of cable, when I think of Road House I think of a Saturday afternoon movie on a network like USA or TBS. In the mid/late '90s, it seemed like one of those stations always had it on. Definitely fits the cult classic genre.



48 Hrs. (1982)
Rated R Add to queue
A detective paroles a wisecracking hustler to help him catch a pair of escaped cop killers, but the odd couple only has 48 hours to get the job done.

It's been a few years since I revisited the franchise. I remember watching this movie and Another 48 Hrs. after watching the Beverly Hills Cop franchise. They are all now available again on Netflix.




WarGames (1983)
Rated PG Add to queue
After hacking into a supercomputer at North American Aerospace Defense Command, David tells it to start preparing a real nuclear strike.

I've heard several rumblings over the years about a remake and I think it could definitely work. It's been awhile since I watched it so I'm not sure if the tech is too far removed to make it worth your while.





New adds this month also include more Arnold in Conan The Barbarian, more Michael Keaton in Mr. Mom, and more action with The Delta Force and the Rocky series. If your looking for a comedy, check out Diane Keaton in Baby Boom.

'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. Roger Rabbit reigns supreme with The Lost Boys entering in its first month.

Dropping out of the countdown was Pee-Wee's Playhouse and Amadeus was removed from Netflix streaming.


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

Dutch (1991)
Rated PG-13 Add to queue
Dutch is a working-class guy who offers to take his girlfriend's son home from boarding school, not realizing the kid is a snotty brat.
Maybe I'm a sucker for John Hughes movies. Maybe I liked Al Bundy too much. Maybe I'm an apologist for the Dragnet TV series reboot. I like Dutch. I revisited it a couple months ago and I'm glad it's back on Netflix. Still has a couple great laughs and an ending that will make you smile.






If you've missed last month's fix, visit 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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