Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Netflix '80s Fix: Rambo And The Masters Of The Monster Squad

Here are a few noteworthy '80s films and TV shows that have been added to Netflix's streaming roster this September, while losing just a couple films. We've lost The Lost Boys and Rumpelstiltskin but gained a couple cult classics that '80s kids will enjoy rediscovering. Netflix has also severed ties with Epix so if you've been meaning to watch Transformers: Age of Extinction, you have until the end of September.

The '80s Pop Twenty countdown returns with a look at what's popular in the '80s catalog of movies and shows. I've also got another "Just Missed" selection from the new Netflix additions that just missed my favorite decade. Time to get your fix!


First Blood (1982)
Rated R Add to queue
Targeted by a small-town sheriff, former Green Beret and Vietnam vet John Rambo reaches his breaking point and launches a guerrilla response.

I've always enjoyed the Rambo series more than the Rocky so I was pleased to hear that all 3 films in the original trilogy have been added (mainly so I don't have to dig out my discs to watch.) My favorite in the series is probably Part II which shows Rambo more in his element than the original or Rambo III.



Masters of the Universe (1987)
Rated PG Add to queue
With the help of a magical key, He-Man and his allies fight back against Skeletor, who has taken over Castle Grayskull and captured the Sorceress.

I remember watching this in the theater as a kid and enjoying it although it was somewhat different than the animated series. When the Paramount Vault channel on YouTube recently released the full movie, I watched it and held up better than I thought it would. For pure nostalgic reasons, I think '80s kids will enjoy watching a young Courtney Cox aid He-man's fight against Skeletor.


Monster Squad (1987)
Rated PG-13 Add to queue
A gang of monsters descends on a tiny town in search of a powerful amulet, but only a band of young monster-obsessed misfits can save the day.

If I had to guess, it's probably been at least 15 years since I watched this movie. I was never big into monster movies as a kid so I don't think I watched this until the '90s. I have however put this at the top of my queue for this month.




Popeye (1980)
Rated PG Add to queue
During a storm that wrecks his ship, super-strong sailor Popeye washes ashore and winds up rooming at the Oyl household, where he meets Olive.

Robin Williams' impersonation is spot on in this movie, but after revisiting this movie months ago, I wouldn't recommend it unless you are huge Popeye fan. It drags throughout the movie and found myself really bored at several points.




Mister Roger's Neighborhood (1968-2001)
Rated TV-Y Add to queue
In this collection, Mister Rogers learns magic from David Copperfield, teaches kids about sharing, takes a tour of a crayon factory and more.

I was really happy to see that Netflix continues to partner with PBS (as it did last month with Reading Rainbow) and released a Volume One collection of Mister Roger's Neighborhood. Fred Rogers entertained kids for over 30 years and his legacy continues through the recent Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood animated series.




'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 Wonder Years was the only new addition to the list thanks to The Lost Boys being removed.

Removed from Netflix was The Lost Boys.


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

Days of Thunder (1990)
Rated PG-13 Add to queue
Tom Cruise stars as a gifted but unproven stock-car racer whose quick temper and rivalry with another driver threaten to put the brakes on his career.

My dad was never big into sports so the only thing we really watched together was NASCAR when I was younger. This movie reminds me of the days when Dale Earnhardt Sr. and Darrell Waltrip (our favorite drivers) would battle it out on the track. I'm a fan of Tony Scott films too so I guess this one has always resonated with me.




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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