If you read my high school blog, you know I have a thing for weird Netflix stuff. When I am between series, I'll dig myself deep into the depths of Netflix and barely survive, but come back with great stories. Now, I share them with you.
Not all of this stuff is that weird, some of it you've probably seen, but I'm always surprised when I meet people who do not get my Unbreakable references, so things aren't always obvious. And I'm also always surprised when I find beloved classics on the 'Flix that maybe you didn't know were just a click away.
So, here is a list I've created. I probably forgot a lot, but these are memorable. Let it be known that I've watched a ton more on Netflix than these 19 titles....like I obviously devoured Grey's and One Tree Hill three times each. These are the ones I wanted to share. Instead of doing plot summaries, I'm doing plot in a sentence, pro in 5 words, con in 5 words and favorite character. I'll try to avoid spoilers.
***= Really good must watches
HERE WE GO
IN NO ORDER
1. UNBREAKABLE **
plot: Kimmy is rescued from a cult, moves to New York City and has to try to thrive in the world she thought ended.
pro: HILARIOUS. CLEVER. QUOTABLE. PINOT NOIR
con: humor sometimes lost on old-people. (hyphenated so it counts)
Favorite character: DR. FRANFF. I can't breathe thinking about him. (Even though it is really sad that the doctor who he is allegedly based off of committed suicide:
2. GRACE AND FRANKIE
plot: Theres these two couples. 70s. The husbands have been law partners for 20 years and are homies. The wives are very different---country club bougie brat (Grace) and artsy pot head hippy (Frankie). The husbands come out as gay and gay together and now Grace and Frankie are suddenly in the same boat.
pro: funny, clever, killer cast->FONDA
con: might be funnier for old-people
favorite character: Frankie. She is everything I want to be at 70, but won't.
3. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL
plot: classic. Jocky Troy and nerdy Gabriella both burst out of the status quo by auditioning for their high school's musical.
pro: CLASSIC. The music slays me.
con: fine maybe isn't cinematically impressive
favorite character: Chad aka Corbin Bleu. He only speaks in puns and cliches.
4. NATIONAL TREASURE
plot: Following in his family's treasure hunting history, Ben and his sidekicks take you on a journey through history to find the knights templar treasure!
pro: history geeks unite. Nick Cage
con: anxiety, can't sleep after, TREASURE
favorite character: Patrick Gates, Ben's dad. Mostly because whenever I see Jon Voight, I picture him walking around like Mr. Sir in holes spitting sunflower seeds. I live and die for Mr. Sir.
5. THE BABYSITTERS
plot: Girl starts a babysitting business that is actually a prostitution ring for the fathers!
pro: plot twists, not-bad-for indie film (I'm pushing it with the 5 words, I know).
con: most monotone cast ever; unsettling
favorite character: (none of the characters are really likable. I mean cheating dads or teen prostitutes, but) Nadine. Because she's a boss ass bitch who is like no I'm starting my OWN prostitution ring I'm sick of giving Shirley 30%! Yahs girl!
6. THEY CAME TOGETHER
plot: Satirical movie in which Paul Rudd and Amy Poehler make fun of romantic comedies in the most ridiculous love story ever. Besides Twilight.
pro: PAUL RUDD. AMY POEHLER. CANDY
con: kinda stupid. barely funny (note: satires aren't that funny to me, so this is a personal thing)
favorite character: Roland. He was Paul Rudd's boss and pooped his pants at the halloween party. And he is played by the hot in a weird you're not a silver fox yet kind of way in Law and Order SVU.
7. STUCK IN LOVE
plot: Quirky love tale about a family and their love antics...seperately...not together...this isn't an incest movie. But it is funny and cute and weird and sad.
pro: Known character, unknown movie. GOOD
con: not earth-shattering or ground breaking
favorite character: The dad played by Greg Kinnear. First, I'm a huge fan of Kinnear in general. Secondly, I loved his character. He's this brooding author who lives at a beach house, is a great dad and also is OBSESSED with his ex-wife. I love his dedicated to the cause. (The cause is love).
8. REMEMBER ME
plot: Set in NYC, Tyler is struggling after a huge loss and his dad really sucks a lot and he meets Ally who really gets him. Also he is the cutest big brother of all time.
pro: big brother scenes, AMAZING ENDING
con: RPatz really sucks at acting (he was nominated for a Razzie LOL)
favorite character: The little sister. She's cute and fun.
9. ASK ME ANYTHING
plot: Really quirky girl takes a gap year between high school and college and keeps a very intense blog chronicling her sex/drug/crazy life.
pro: surprising ending, intense, good message
con: leaves you wanting more
favorite character: Justin Long. Not his character so much--he's skeezzzy, but I just love Justin Long.
10. IN YOUR EYES**
plot: (I sincerely couldn't describe this without it sounding terrible so I copied Netflix's description and tweaked it) Two very different strangers on opposite ends of the country have a telepathic bond that lets each one see what the other sees, a deep connection that leads to love. (It sounds weird but it just works in the movie)
pro: so good, unique, good ending
con: telepathic sex is weird
favorite character: Dylan. He's the male protagonist. I just fell in love with him from the beginning. Such a kind guy. Also ruggedly handsome. I dig it.
11. WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD
plot: Quirky movie (like it showed at Sundance) in which 17 year old Kat's mother goes missing. She lives it up in the beginning and then it really effects her. (This movie has a very lovely bones vibe to it). (It's also really creepy sometimes). (Also it has Shailene Woodley) (Also it is based off on a book).
pro: solid cast, lots of twists
con: No likable characters I need to empathize!!
favorite character: ^^^^^
12. THE CROODS**
plot: A Dreamworks animated movie about a cave family in prehistoric times. Okay, lets note that I would have never watched this on my own by homie Nathan all but made me the other night and it was SO GOOD. I laughed and cried. It also has high ratings on Netflix and critically. (Academy Award nominee 2014).
pro: SO FUNNY, surprisingly intelligent, amazing animation
con: I truly have none
favorite character: Douglas the dog.
plot: It's a biopic of 70s porn star Linda Lovelace as represented by Amanda Seyfried. She was coerced into porn by an abusive dude and takes control of her life.
pro: time period stuff is GREAT, good story (I'm cheating with the 5 words, over it)
con: very disturbing, pace is slow (so it goes with biopics)
favorite character: Had to be Linda herself. First, I love Seyfried but also, Linda was one of the few sympathetic characters in the entire film. She needed a hug.
14. WORLDS GREATEST DAD
plot: Robin Williams (cries already), a writer, plays the single father of a (really rude and angry) kid who accidentally killed himself doing some erotic self-mutilation thing, so to cover his family from embarrassment, Robin writes a really amazing suicide note.
pro: gets real about bullying and suicide; ROBIN WILLIAMS AND THE KID FROM SPY KIDS
con: very disturbing and sad
favorite character: It's gotta be Robin. He was the best actor by FAR in the movie, and you just feel so bad as you watch him dig himself into a hole of grief.
15. REVIVING OPHELIA
plot: One of those cheesy Lifetime movies that I adore about a girl being abused by her high school boyfriend. It keeps you on your toes and anxious.
pro: GOOD topic to talk about
con: terrible acting, cheesy
favorite character: Marie. The teen girl's mom. She slayed. She's also the mom in Malcom in the Middle.
16. AFTER PORN ENDS
plot: A documentary on porn stars after they leave the industry. They all have a variety of reasons for entering and exiting the industry. It is very interesting!
pro: super good stuff
con: you'll become that weird friend who knows too much about the porn industry
favorite character: Richard Pacheco! He was so likable and just did porn for a while and now he is just a normal guy and living his life.
plot: A documentary that you've probably seen that absolutely SLAYS Seaworld and other forms of whale commercial captivity. SLAYS!!!
pro: gets you fired up! (If you don't leave a whale activist, I'll pay you $10)
con: Obviously a very one sided documentary
favorite character: Tilikum! Yahs whale! You cry out for help, baby! I'm coming to save ya.
18. LARS AND THE REAL GIRL**
plot: Ryan Gosling plays a sweet but really weird and socially awkward guy in a small town who has no social skills, so naturally he buys a sex dog online, names her Bianca and develops a romantic relationship with her. The whole town goes along with it for Lars' sake.
pro: Hits on some GOOD topics about mental health and Ryan SLAYS
con: Really sad to watch
favorite character: Obviously it's going to be Ryan Gosling. Not only is he bae, but he is an amazing actor in this role. He was nominated for some big awards for his performance in Lars and the Real girl. He plays a socially awkward, probably schizophrenic man with extreme grace. They also made him kinda ugly for the role.
19. FREAKS AND GEEKS
plot: A series about high school life in the 1980s for the outcasts. The star studded cast (Franco, Rogan, Segal) represents the burnout stoners and the nerdy geeks in high school. It's only one season and we are bummed.
pro: star studded cast, VERY funny in a quirky way
con: only one season!!!
favorite character: HAVERCHUCK. I added this character to this list just so I could type about Haverchuck. I'll put a picture of him below. I'm so in love with him. The nerdiest creature on television. He did a prank call once and said "Fredericks? You're a turd. A stinky f-fat turd. Go sniff a jock strap, you poop head. You love patting boys' butts. You love patting boys' butts. Butt... you butt-patter! You're a perv and a loser... and a stinky... t-turd! " more: http://www.imdb.com/character/ch0021370/quotes