By Jean Jackson
Netflix may have single-handedly put Blockbuster and the like out of business, with the wide range of choices full seasoned shows to new released movies. Americans love ordering things without their pants on, even better if we don’t have to leave the house!
Since it’s gained popularity, however, many movie franchises’ want more than Netfilx is willing to pay, and have since turned to television providers for exclusive deals, or explored other options. HBO, for example, has it’s own Netflix-type site with HBOGo, refusing a single pay access to ensure people continue to pay for the TV station. HuluPlus is a something of a network friendly website, and provided the original “endless play” option; however, constant ad’s and a limited option. Amazon has even stuck in their two cents with Amazon Prime, as has AppleTV and some other emerging sites. Netflix is hardly struggling, however, favorites that were once discovered because of Netflix are no longer available. As proves the list below, here are some gems that yours truly discovered because of Netflix, and now has to cry in a corner because there is no legal way to obtain.
Easily the most spectacular show for adolescent, wannabe sarcastic, I-hate-everything girls’ show had an appalling short stint. Perhaps the origin for the HBO show Girls, Daria provided some solstice for youth that loved Alanis Morrissette, except when she was popular, and preferred the company of a large cheese pizza than a chipper cheerleader friend. Interestingly enough, the show was run on MTV, perhaps exactly the clientele Daria would hate. Netflix made it available to rent the physical disks, but come on, we need instant streaming to rock our sarcastic intelligent 90’s angst.
2. Troll 2
But I haven’t seen Troll 1! If it exists, Troll 1 it isn’t relevant to Troll 2. Regarded as one of the worst movies of all time by everyone who’s seen it, this movie is a must watch. The plot follows a few campers in a town, a family renting a house and the a few teenagers in a trailer. One suspenseful scene involves a beautiful stranger, making out with an eager teenager, only to fill up the bed and trailer with popcorn. It has the highest quality special effects of all time, Oscar-worthy acting, a flawless plot and people turned into tree goop for goblin food. Don’t believe me? Watch the trailer. BRING IT BAACK NETFLIX!
3. The King of Kong, Fistful of Quarters
A fantastic documentary, it explores the realm of the world of gaming before headset controllers and internet connections. The Facebook of 1982 was the mall, and instead of holed in their man-caves, the gamers played in the arcades. Now middle-aged men, these gamers have taken Donkey Kong to a competitive player. Follow the rise of this surprising and heartfelt man, who’s just trying to figure things out. There’s a villain, an underdog, and a monkey throwing barrels.
Possibly the greatest Bond villain, and theme song, Goldfinger was another part of the large purge with Netflix’s new direction. It’s the kiss of death, instead, from Mr. Hasting, Whammp waamp waamp waamp whhhhaaaaamp. Also, Sean Connery has not aged in the past twenty years, #drool #whatababe. This movie set the standards for Austin Powers, with “Pussy Galore, the female who’s all feline” and taglines like “mixing business and girls and danger.” This is one of the greatest movies created, with fantastic recreations of Fort Knox, naked girls painted gold, and high-speed car chases. What more do you want from a Bond movie? The trailer also looks kind of like TNT’s new advertisements for Dallas.
5. High Anxiety
A fantastic movie that should be available for $7.99 a month, and while I should have discovered it before, it’s one of those Mel Brooks movies that gets a little lost behind Young Frankenstein or Blazing Saddles. Following the neurotic Dr. Richard Thorndyke (Mel Brooks), several hilarious encounters and rendezvous such as pigeon attacks, dramatic heavy breathing always found in dramatic movies, and death by ear hemorrhaging. Eventually framed for murder, Dr. Thorndyke must prove his innocence by coping and identifying his anxiety. An ode to Alfred Hitchcock, with several references to his movies and anxiety-producing screen events, Hitchcock actually sent Brooks a case of expensive wine, with a note “a small token of my pleasure, have no anxiety about this.” A must watch for satire enthusiasts, and it even comes with a theme song!