Chad’s Pick: Netflix Edition
I realized the other day that it has been a while since my last article detailing the movies that I stream from time to time on Netflix. Some of these movies won’t surprise you much, as they are often times thought of as some of the GREATEST FILMS OF ALL TIME, but you might find one or two that you haven’t yet heard about. So, you know, you’re welcome. Let’s get started.
Over the Top is easily the greatest movie in history to combine professional arm wrestling and the intense drama surrounding a child custody battle. It’s not even close! Sylvester Stallone got paid an insane amount of money by Cannon Pictures to star in this movie and you can be sure that there was also a serious consideration for producing the greatest movie soundtrack of all time. Sammy Hagar, Robin Zander, and soundtrack God Kenny Loggins team up to pump more amazing guitar riffs and inspirational and unbelievably specific to the scene lyrics into Over the Top than I could have possibly dreamed of. It’s magical.
Swordfish features an incredible John Travolta hairpiece, Halle Berry’s tits, and Hugh Jackman playing someone not named Wolverine. Those facts alone should peak your attention but if I also told you it’s a slow-burning and intense action thriller that plays with hacking, international terrorism, government conspiracies, and a pretty cool bank robbery, then you might think that I should have just added a picture of Halle Berry’s rack. Trust me, the film and her bewbs are both great.
Lethal Weapon is a genre defining action movie that may have not actually started the “buddy cop” sub-genre but it certainly perfected it. Mel Gibson (before Hollywood hated him) and Danny Glover (before he spoke in inaudible tones) perfectly encompass the characters of Marin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh. There’s a reason we inducted them into our Bulletproof Action Hall of Fame, and there’s a reason that they’ve returned to the characters for three sequels. I’m sure the new TV show that they’ve made will be terrible but don’t let that keep you from watching this classic.
Ironclad is another one of those films that pop up on Netflix that follow an honorable knight as he fights against some punk-ass ruler and his minions. This time, instead of using dragons and orcs or whatever, the story follows the historic tale of 13th century England and King John from all those Robin Hood movies. It’s also a film that features James Purefoy as the Knights Templar badass, Paul Giamatti wildly overacting as King John, and Charles Dance, Kate Mara, and Brian Cox just for kicks. The movie may play around a bit with the true story defense of Rochester Castle against the King but it definitely makes for an interesting and action packed movie.