Top Oscar Winning Movies on Netflix Streaming

Since the 84th Annual Academy Awards takes place this weekend (Sunday, 02/26/12) I decided to choose some Oscar winning films that you can enjoy right now on Netflix Streaming.


If you are more of a watcher than a reader and/or just want to watch me fangirl out over some of these flicks you can watch me also explaining this post above, or you can just skip that and read through.

Brokeback Mountain (1995) (Available Until 12/16/14)

Ang Lee, Heath Ledger & Jake Gyllenhaal on the set of Brokeback Mountain

(Best Director-Ang Lee, Best Adapted Screenplay-Larry McMurtry & Diana Ossana, Best Original Score-Gustavo Santaolalla)

Brokeback Mountain is the story of two cowboys who fall in love but can’t be together except during a brief time when they are working alone on a mountain. The film stars the late Heath Ledger, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway and Randy Quaid.

What Dreams May Come (1998) (Available Until 01/01/14)

Robin Williams in What Dreams May Come

(Best Visual Effects-Joel Hynek, Nicholas Brooks, Stuart Robertson & Kevin Scott Mack )

Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Annabella Sciorra star in a movie about a man who tries to find his wife in the afterlife after he dies. The problem is that while he was meant to reside in heaven she is damned to hell.

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) (Available Until 10/01/13)

Breakfast at Tiffany's
Breakfast at Tiffany's

(Best Original Song-Moon River by Henry Mancini & Johnny Mercer, Best Score-Henry Mancini)

Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard star in this movie that was loosely based on the book by Truman Capote. Hepburn is a wannabe socialite who meets a writer when he moves into her apartment building.

The Graduate (1967) (Available Until 03/01/13)

Dustin Hoffman & Mike Nichols on the set of The Graduate

(Best Director-Mike Nichols)

I finally watched all of The Graduate last year when I was able to see it as part of a classic film series on the big screen. It’s quite disconcerting. Dustin Hoffman is a guy who’s right out of college and drifting. So he spends his summer drinking and sexing up Mrs. Robinson (Anne Bancroft). Then he decides that he’s in love with her daughter. In homages to the movie Hoffman is usually portrayed as a sympathetic character but he actually seems totally sociopathic.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until 01/01/13)

Robin Williams & Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting


(Best Actor in a Supporting Role-Robin Williams, Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen-Matt Damon & Ben Affleck)


Matt Damon and Ben Affleck made their splash into hollywood when they wrote and starred in this Gus Van Sant flick. Affleck is a janitor at a college who is actually a genius. When he starts attending the college himself he butts heads with the yuppies. Robin Williams, Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard costar.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) (Available Until 11/01/12)

Angelina Jolie in Girl, Interrupted

(Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Angelina Jolie)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yKpibWkTBGg

This is the fantastic adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel (which I also recommend) about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. There’s no doubt that Jolie is great in this but I always felt like it must have sucked that the press on her performance overshadowed Ryder’s leading role. Ryder’s character is basically just misunderstood and being treated in a sexist manner (though she’s officially diagnosed with borderline personality disorder) while Jolie’s character is completely out there.

Boys Don’t Cry (1999) (Available Until 08/01/12)

Hilary Swank & Chloe Sevigny in Boys Don't Cry

(Best Actress-Hilary Swank, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Chloe Sevigny)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOarssJWHhI

Boys Don’t Cry is based on the true story of Brandon Teena (Hilary Swank) who was a trans man (a person who is born female but gender identifies as a man) who falls in love with the pretty Lana (Chloe Sevigny) and the hate crime that follows. Peter Sarsgaard and Brendan Sexton costar.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire

(Best Makeup-Greg Cannom, Ve Neill & Yolanda Toussieng)

I do believe that Mrs. Doubtfire was the first video tape that I ever begged for (and received!) as a birthday gift. Robin Williams (how is he in this post so much anyway?) is a man whose wife (Sally Field) is divorcing him. He’s a struggling actor who is desperate for both a steady job and a way to see his children more often. Of course the best idea is to dress as an elderly woman and become their maid, duh! I rewatched this again not long ago and it’s still great. Pierce Brosnan and Harvey Fierstein costar.

Dirty Dancing (1987) (Available Until 07/01/12)

Jennifer Grey & Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

Franke Previte

(Best Original Song-(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life-Franke Previte, John DeNicola & Donald Markowitz)

I wish that I could be nonchalant and say that I don’t even like Dirty Dancing but alas, no, not true at all, I have one of the special edition DVDs and eveything. The late Patrick Swayze stars as the older dance instructor that teen Jennifer Grey falls for, while developing her dirty dancing skills.

The Fly (1986) (Available Until 06/01/12)

Chris Walas

(Best Makeup-Chris Walas & Stephan Dupuis)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BzwxJ-M_M0

This David Cronenberg horror film stars ex-married duo Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis. It’s about a scientist who accidentally merges his body with a fly.

Misery (1990) (Available Until 05/01/12)

Kathy Bates in Misery

(Best Actress-Kathy Bates)

Kathy Bates stars in this horror movie based on a Stephen King book. She’s an obsessive fan who snaps when her favorite author (James Caan) has stopped writing his huge hit book series that she loves. So she kidnaps and cripples him to force him to write a new book in the series. Lauren Bacall costars as his literary agent.

All About Eve (1950) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Anne Baxter in All About Eve

(Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role-Anne Baxter, Best Actor in a Supporting Role-George Sanders, Best Director-Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Best Costume Design-Edith Head, Charles Le Maire, Best Screenplay, Best Sound Recording)

This drama stars Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm and Marilyn Monroe. It’s about an aging actress and a young actress who usurps her popularity.

The Age of Innocence (1993) (Available Until 04/01/12)

Michelle Pfeiffer in The Age of Innocence

Gabriella Pescucci

(Best Costume Design-Gabriella Pescucci)

This is a such a good costume drama. Michelle Pfeiffer is fantastic as woman who is considered to be scandalous because she’s left her husband. Daniel Day Lewis starts seeing her on the side despite being engaged to the adorable young Winona Ryder.

Death Becomes Her (1992) (Not Currently Available)

Meryl Streep in Death Becomes Her

Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.

(Best Visual Effects-Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Douglas Smythe & Tom Woodruff Jr.)

Death Becomes Her is definitely a favorite of mine. The stunning Goldie Hawn and Meryl Streep star as vanity obsessed women who fight over Bruce Willis. They will do anything to stay young looking, even take a magical potion from Isabella Rossellini. It’s awesome that this movie won for visual effects because they still stand up today.

Beetlejuice (1988) (Not Currently Available)

Alec Baldwin in Beetlejuice
Michael Keaton & Steve LaPorte on the set of Beetlejuice



(Best Makeup-Ve Neill, Steve LaPorte & Robert Short)

Yes, Beetlejuice! A married couple (Geena Davis and an adorabley young/faux nerdy Alec Baldwin) die and discover that they are still trapped in their home. When some annoying yuppies (Jeffrey Jones and Catherine O’Hara) and their gothy teen daughter (Winona Ryder) move in they hire a bio-exorcist to scare them away. They don’t realize that this guy, Betelgeuse, (Michael Keaton) is worse. You don’t know how cool I was when I played a copy of this PG masterpiece at my 6th birthday party.

Toy Story 3 (2010) (Not Currently Available)

Tom Hanks & Lee Unkrich

(Best Animated Feature Film of the Year-Lee Unkrich, Best Original Song-We Belong Together by Randy Newman)

Toy Story 3 is cry worthy even for adults. When Andy grows up his favorite toys, Woody and Buzz, end up accidentally being thrown out. They arrive at a daycare center with some scary, stern toys and then must escape.

The English Patient (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Ralph Fiennes & Kristin Scott Thomas in The English Patient

(Best Picture-Saul Zaentz, Best Director-Anthony Minghella, Best Actor-Ralph Fiennes, Best Actress-Kristin Scott Thomas, Best Actress in a Supporting Role-Juliette Binoche, Best Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published-Anthony Minghella, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration-Stuart Craig & Stephenie McMillan, Best Cinematography-John Seale, Best Costume Design-Ann Roth, Best Film Editing-Walter Murch, Best Original Dramatic Score-Gabriel Yared, Best Sound-Walter Murch, Mark Berger, David Parker & Christopher Newman)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr_xAhg_qV4

I haven’t watched this in forever, despite it starring the delicious Ralph Fiennes, because it’s depressing. You’re going to want to check it out at least once though. Plot: “At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.” (via IMDB.com) The film also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe and Colin Firth.

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Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming

This post in my Netflix Streaming series is part of 90s Month. It is also the companion piece to my last post Top 1990s Teen Movies on Netflix Streaming.

These movies focus on characters in their 20s. Most are about people who are out of school or didn’t go to college but some include characters who are in college because I consider a movie about college characters to be different than one about teenage characters even if they overlap. It’s the 90s so slackers, Ethan Hawke, Chris Eigeman, flannel and slip dresses abound. Many of them are what my, then 11 year old sister, would have referred to as “talking movies”. What she meant by this is that they are about the characters just hanging out and talking about life.

Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.

Go (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

This comedy is told in the Tarantino style of separate plot lines for characters who know each that are told out of order. I’ve watched this film so many times and it’s still fantastic. It takes place on Christmas Eve. The lead is played by Sarah Polley. She is a grocery store cashier who decides to do a one time drug deal to make her rent money. Timothy Olyphant plays the hottest fucking drug dealer. This was the first movie that most of us ladies noticed he’d grown up and become hot in. (We’re still trying to forget him in Scream 2 though). Other plot lines revolve around her fellow cashiers. One is a hot Brit (Desmond Askew) who goes to Vegas and ends up on the run from some really shady characters. Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr play adorable soap actors. Pretty much the only peeve I’ve ever had with the flick is that initially Katie Holmes is irritating in it. The film costars William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval and Jane Krakowski. It was directed by Doug Liman.

The Curve (1998) (aka Dead Man’s Curve) (Available Until January 31, 2013)

The Curve was the melodramatic version of Dead Man On Campus. The film was direct to video and as I recall was also played on TV in that same time span. It even felt like a made for TV movie. It’s about a group of college friends who plan to kill one of each other to get a 4.0 because of the policy of the college to give them out automatically if your roommate commits suicide. It’s not the best movie but all of the lead male actors were eye candy at the time. It stars Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, Randall Batinkoff and Keri Russell.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) (Available Until June 1, 2012)

“Don’t even ask where I’ve gone”
“Don’t even imagine that I care”

To say that I was obsessed with this movie is an understatement. It’s a romantic fantasy about some angels (Holly Hunter and Del Roy Lindo) who are trying to get an unlikely couple together. The couple is a spoiled rich bitch (Cameron Diaz) and a poor janitor (Ewan McGregor). When McGregor is fired he freaks out and accidentally and kidnaps his bosses’ daughter, Diaz (with prodding from her). Then they fall in love while they are on the run and trying to get ransom money out of her dad. I love everything about this movie. I knew that it was too weird to last at our small town box office for more than a week. I saw it three times that week and I was correct when it was rushed out by the next Friday. This movie was released the same year as Excess Baggage (which has a similar plot) and both were picked apart by critics. However Ewan won best actor of the year in my own movie awards for that year. Silly, yes, but I don’t care and I was 14. The film costars Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Gorham and Timothy Olyphant. It was directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting).

Picture Perfect (1997) (Available Until December 1, 2011)

This is still my favorite Jennifer Aniston movie. She plays Kate who is in advertising but is having trouble advancing because she doesn’t have a family. (It’s like the 90s equivalent of a male storyline in the 50s!). She has a big crush on her jerky co-worker (Kevin Bacon). Plus she has a kooky best friend (Illeana Douglas). Things get complicated when she is accidentally photographed with videographer (Jay Mohr) and everyone assumes that he’s her boyfriend. She then decides to spin a web of lies to use that photo as the springboard for her promotion. It’s an adorable romantic comedy with a love triangle and really cute 90s outfits.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until January 1, 2013)


Plot: “Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.” (from IMDB.com. Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Williams.

Chasing Amy (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)


Chasing Amy is a great comedy that proposes the question “Isn’t Ben Affleck so hot that a lesbian would fall for him?”. Just kidding, she falls for him as a person. The problem is that he can’t get her exes out of his head (which could happen in any relationship). Because it’s a Kevin Smith film (from his View Askew oeuvre) it has his trademark filthy humor but is also touching. Plus they are all comic writers (or tracers) so it’s like a good geek fantasy. The film stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee (Banksy!) and Jason Mewes. Characters from this film make a cameo in his later film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This title is also included in my Top Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming post.

Walking and Talking (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)

This is a great independent comedy starring Catherine Keener who is having trouble with just dating guys while her best friend Anne Heche is getting married. The movie costars Liev Schreiber, Randall Batinkoff and Kevin Corrigan.

Beautiful Girls (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)


Beautiful Girls is a great film. The film is about Timothy Hutton’s character who is conflicted and visits his family. While he is there he develops feelings for his teen neighbor Natalie Portman because she has her whole life ahead of her. He always spends a lot of time with his friends. All of them have their own problems and all of their characters are really fleshed out, which is often ignored in a film like this. The film costars Lauren Holly, Michael Rappaport, Mira Sorvino, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Rosie O’Donnell. This title is also included in my Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming post.

Swingers (1996) (Available Until September 1, 2012)

“I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s really hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.”

Swingers is still a great movie. It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. It’s called swingers because there was a whole swing dancing revival in the 90s (check out this clip of 90s film Blast From the Past). Even though times change there is still the same dynamic between men and women. For instance, they have a big conversation about how long to wait to call a girl back. Now we have to consider how long to wait to text someone back (Note: I hate texting mind games!). Plus since it’s set in LA they get to take a trip to Vegas. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar. It was directed by Doug Liman.

Bio-Dome (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Yes, I’ve listed Bio-Dome before but how can I not list it here? Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin are some dim bulbs who accidentally get locked in a bio-dome and hilarity ensures. Joey Lauren Adams costars.

She’s the One (1996) (Not Currently Available)

This is a dramedy by and starring Edward Burns. It’s about a group of Irish Catholic brothers and their relationships. Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney costar.

SubUrbia (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


This dramedy by Richard Linklater is about a group of slacker friends who hang out at a convenience store in a suburb of Austin, TX. They are forced to examine their lives when a former member of their clique shows up and is now a big rock star. The movie stars Giovanni Ribisi. Steve Zahn and Parker Posey costar.

Before Sunrise (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

“And I have this idea for this show that would last twenty-four hours a day for a year straight, right? What you do, is you get three hundred and sixty-five people from cities all over the world, to do these twenty-four hour documents of real time, right, capturing life as it‘s lived. Um, you know, it would start with uh, a guy waking up in the morning, and, uh, you know, taking the long shower, eating a little breakfast, making a little coffee, you know, and, uh, reading the paper.”

Before Sunrise is one of my all time favorite romances. Ethan Hawke was in his perfect slacker mode at the time. Hawke meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train and they enjoy talking to each other so much that they hang out in Vienna talking some more for a whole night. 9 years later the sequel Before Sunset was released. I was initially disappointed in the sequel (the character is more like Hawke himself at that point in his life, pretty unlikable due to the dissolution of his marriage to Uma Thurman because he cheated on her) but you still have to watch it after seeing the first one. It is also available on Netflix Streaming, here (Available Until January 1, 2012). It was written and directed by Richard Linklater.

Kicking and Screaming (1995) (Not Currently Available)

Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming is about a group of college graduates who don’t want to grow up. The movie stars Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia d’Abo and Parker Posey.

Reality Bites (1994) (Available Until May 1, 2013)



“There’s no point to any of this. It’s all just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes.”

It sounds silly because Reality Bites, as is common, stars ridiculously good looking leads but it’s a movie that gets better the older that you are because it’s so realistic. You will have to do things like beg for terrible, menial jobs in your life or become so depressed that you don’t get off the couch for a week. It’s about a group of friends who are starting their working lives after college. They also have to deal with love and modern life. Winona Ryder stars as an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ethan Hawke is a frequently unemployed singer, Janeane Garafalo manages the Gap and Steve Zahn is in the closet. Ryder has an entry level job in her field but gets herself fired because she can’t stand her boss (John Mahoney). She has an unrequited attraction for Hawke which is fine until he gets upset because she starts dating a yuppie played by Ben Stiller (who also directed the film).

Clerks (1994) (Available Until February 29, 2012)


“I’m not even supposed to be here today”

Clerks was Kevin Smith‘s first film which he notably financed himself with credit cards. The reason that the film was shot in black and white is because black and white film is cheaper than color. This also makes it hard to get some people to watch it. I didn’t see Clerks when it first came out because I was too young but when I saw it a few years later it became a favorite of mine. It’s about two friends who work at adjoining convenience and video stores. Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is the lead who hates his job and is attending college at the same time but isn’t taking it very seriously. His friend Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) gets mad at the customers too but he doesn’t let it get to him so much. The movie is set during a day that Dante is supposed to be off but must go into work instead so he doesn’t take things as seriously as normal and a few crazy things happen. This was the first movie in Smith’s View Askew Universe and characters that are in or are discussed in this film appear in many of his other releases. Clerks: The Animated Series aired in 2000 but was quickly canceled despite being hilarious. The sequel, Clerks 2, was released in 2006. Some original fans of Clerks dislike the sequel but I love it. It’s ridiculously funny.

Airheads (1994) (Available Until May 13, 2012)


Airheads is a super funny flick about the band heavy metal band The Lone Rangers. It stars Brendan Fraser (when he was hot), Adam Sandler (when he was likably stupid) and Steve Buscemi (man, he’s awesome). Plus there are tons of other actors in the huge cast. The dimwitted band members end up holding a radio station hostage to get their music heard.

With Honors (1994) (Not Currently Available)

This is a cheesy movie but I liked it. It’s about a group of students at Harvard who let a homeless man (Joe Pesci) live with them. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton and Moira Kelly.

The Chase (1994) (Not Currently Available)


“There’s no rule that says that when you’re kidnapping, you can’t be cordial and nice.”

This is my second favorite Adam Rifkin movie (Detroit Rock City is tops). It stars Charlie Sheen as a wrong convicted man who ends up kidnapping a heiress (Kristy Swanson). They fall for each other during their high speed chase from the cops and media. Henry Rollins, Ray Wise, Cary Elwes, Flea and Anthony Kiedis costar. It’s such a fun movie.

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993) (Available Until April 30, 2012)


This relationship drama centers on some dreamy twentysomethings. It stars Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz and Alicia Witt.

Slacker (1991) (Available Until January 21, 2012)


“I may live badly but at least I don’t have to work to do it”

Richard Linklater’s Slacker is the classic independent film shot in Austin, Texas that is about an ensemble of slackers. It’s a free form film that only focuses on each character for a few minutes.

Metropolitan (1990) (Available Until February 12, 2012)

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is a comedy of manners about a group of yuppies at a ball during a break from college. The film stars Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols and Dylan Hundley.

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Top 1990s Teen Movies on Netflix Streaming

This post in my Netflix Streaming series is a part of 90s Month.

Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.

Scream (1996) (Available Until August 22, 2012)


Scream is, of course, the classic 90s movie by horror director Wes Craven that simultaneously manages to both be sarcastic about and in love with the horror genre. It’s a self aware teen slasher flick. Between this and The Craft all of us young ladies managed to fall like a ton of bricks for Skeet Ulrich that year. The film also stars Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore and Liev Shreiber. You can also catch the parody of this flick, Scary Movie, on Netflix. (Note: Scary Movie was Scream’s original title).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1-7, the full series) (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

I’ve mentioned my love of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie before but I haven’t mentioned the series. I was a latecomer to the series (season 4) but then I quickly caught up and got into it. Buffy is just your normal teen girl who has to, uh, kill vampires and demons, no biggie. She also ends up falling for some of them like Angel (above). I’m actually a bigger fan of the Angel spin off but Buffy is, of course, a great show too. Plus there were so many great supporting characters who grew into their own as the show progressed (Willow in particular). The talented cast of this Joss Whedon series includes Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amber Benson, Seth Green, Marc Blucas (who I hate on here but love in everything else), Danny Strong, Adam Busch, Tom Lenk, Juliet Landau, Mercedes McNab, Clare Kramer, Alexis Denisof (Hannigan’s real life husband) and Camden Toy. You can check out some pics of the cast and I at an Angel convention I went to years back here. Although the Buffy conventions have seemed to die down many of the cast still do the con circuit.

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Drive Me Crazy (1999) (Available Until November 1, 2012)



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“I’m pulling off the biggest scam of all time. I’ve entered into their world” “Ooh, did you leave bread crumbs?”

I’m a big fan of this movie. I had already been a fan of Melissa Joan Hart for years because of her sitcoms. In this movie though she plays a popular girl. Using someone who is usually so nice really works when you try to show things from their POV. Between this and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole I fell for Adrian Grenier years before Entourage. This movie is about a trouble making outsider (Grenier) who pretends to date the popular girl (MJH) to make their exes jealous. I will never forget that eerily perfect video that shows that most of the student body are comparable to the Nazis who just blindly followed orders.

SLC Punk! (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

“To be an anarchist in Salt Lake City was certainly no easy task, especially in 1985. And having no money, no job, no plans for the future, the true anarchist position was in itself a strenuous job.”

SLC Punk is a fantastic dramedy that you don’t have to be a punk to love. Anyone who is an outsider can definitely get into it. The movie is about friends Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Bob who are teens in Salt Lake City, UT in the 1980s. After high school Stevo’s dad wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer but Stevo just wants to hang out and be a punk instead. This is often particularly shocking to the squares in their area as Salt Lake City is known for being particularly repressed. The film was even shot on location. You can read about the SLC locations here. Of course they end up getting into dangerous situations. The film costars Devon Sawa and Jason Segel as friends of theirs and Christopher McDonald as Stevo’s dad. So good! For more on the film visit the Official SLC Punk site which is from the film’s release (Quicktime clips!, so old & nostalgic). For tons of pictures and gifs from the movie visit the Fuck Yeah SLC Punk tumblr.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) (Available Until October 31, 2012)


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I’m definitely a fan of this adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. The film is set in the 60s but since being young & misunderstood is universal and it was released in ’99 I’m including it.

The Craft (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

If you were a preteen or teen girl in the 90s I’m pretty sure that you, like my friends and I, watched this film repeatedly. I remember a gaggle of us going on my 13th birthday. The Craft is about a new girl in school (Robin Tunney) who meets and becomes friends with a group of outcast girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True). It turns out that they are practicing witches and when they find out that she is a natural witch they get together and start casting some powerful spells. Girl power! This movie not only introduced young girls to witchcraft but also to the hotness of Skeet Ulrich. Christine Taylor and Breckin Meyer costar.

Fear (1996) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

Ah, Fear when Reese Witherspoon wasn’t anorexic but was likable, Alyssa Milano was slutty and Mark Wahlberg was buff and hot (well some things don’t change). Witherspoon is an average teen girl who falls for Wahlberg who is controlling nutjob who fingers her on a roller coaster. What’s not to love? William Petersen and Amy Brenneman costar. I recommend this fun review of Fear at the Bad Movie Art Blog.

Romeo & Juliet (1996) (Available Until February 1, 2012)

“O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?”
“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?”
“The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.”
“I gave thee mine before thou didst request it!

I was a huge fan of William Shakespeare as a little girl (what, you weren’t?, xd) and all of us loved Leo back in the day. So I freaking loved Baz Luhrmann’s young, hip version of the classic play. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Romeo and Claire Danes stars as Juliet. The film is loud, gorgeous and romantic. It costars John Leguizamo, Paul Rudd, Jamie Kennedy, Jesse Bradford, Pete Postlewaite, Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy.

Empire Records (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLg4uID6BHg
“It’s Rex Manning Day!”

Empire Records is just an awesome movie. Yes, I was one of those people back in the internet dark ages who petitioned for them to put out the Special Remix DVD edition with deleted scenes because we love it so much. It’s about a bunch of teens who work at a record store (If you ask me what that is you are getting smacked.) for a laid back boss. One of them is a bit off and decides to borrow money the boss had earmarked to prevent a takeover buy a big chain store. So they have to find a way to raise a ton of money, put up with a washed up singer (Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning), deal with a shoplifter and their personal issues in a day. It has great music, compelling characters and a ton of teen angst. It is the only film I’ve ever found (and believe me I spent time looking over the years) in which Anthony LaPaglia and Rory Cochrane are certifiably hot. It also introduced the world to a ton of other great actors including Ethan Embry, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth, Brendan Sexton the 3rd and Robin Tunney. I recommend reading Reel Sex: The Slacker Sex God which mentions Rory in Empire Records.

Hackers (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)



So much has been written in the last few years about the tech inaccuracies in Hackers but I don’t give a shit about that. It’s a movie. Movies are about escapism. None of us really knew what the net had in store for us back then and wouldn’t it be cool if you were a teen who was smart enough to bring down big corporations? Fuck yeah. Plus it has the super sexy combo of the then totally young and hot (and later married, in a bloody wedding, for a short period of time) Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. Jonny Lee Miller stars as a super hot computer hacker who meets a group of like minded kids (Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard, a very young Jesse Bradford) at his new school in New York City. Of course because it’s the 90s they get to wear fucking amazing cyber clothes while rollerblading. Since they are hackers they end up tangled in a big mess that they have to hack their way out of. Fisher Stevens (always amazing, why isn’t he in more stuff?) is their main nemesis. Well theirs a cop too but he doesn’t know how to use a computer so he’s not really threatening. Check out Geek Bliss’s cool etsy shop for Hackers lip balm.

The Doom Generation (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

“You are a life support system for a cock.”

Doom Generation was the first Greg Araki movie that I ever saw and it’s an understatement to say that I was blown away. In Rose McGowan’s first real role (she had a tiny part in Encino Man) she plays a hot, tweaking teen on a bizarre road trip with her boyfriend. The movie costars Johnathon Schaech (yum), James Duval and Parker Posey. I’m so glad that there was a big video store a town over when I was young that had stuff like this or I wouldn’t have seen it. I recommend checking out Agent Lover’s Getaway Girl Style: The Doom Generation.

Mallrats (1995)


Technically Mallrats is about two guys who have graduated high school but they are drifting. They haven’t decided whether to go to college or get jobs yet. They are basically trying to extend their teen years by being mallrats. So I think that it fits here better than in my Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming post. This great Kevin Smith flick stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee (during his hottest phase), Claire Forlani, Joey Lauren Adams, Shannen Doherty & Ben Affleck.

My So Called Life: The Complete Series (1994) (Available Until March 1, 2013)

I’ve already mentioned My So Called Life which focuses on the realistic teenage emotions and rebellions of Angela Chase (Claire Danes) so I’ll just let you gaze at these hot pics of Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).

NOTE: Clicking most of the hyperlinks of actors’ names will take you to their official twitter profiles.

Last Updated: October 2013

Top End of the World Movies

Since today was the first day of the end of the world (rolls eyes), let’s do this shit. I feel like I would be remiss if I didn’t address actual end of the world theories so those are at the end.

Click the title of the film to go purchase it on Amazon (or another store) or just check out the widget at the end of this post. Clicking on the date will take you to the IMDB to read more on the film.

Last Night (1998)

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“I don’t give a damn. People are always saying ‘The children. Pity the children’. I’m tired of the children. They haven’t lived, given birth, watch their friends die. I have invested 80 years in this life. The children don’t know what they’re missing. “

My favorite doomsday film is not a special effects laden film. In fact, there are none in it. This is a little known independent film that focuses on a group of characters and what they would each be doing on their last day on Earth. This is your type of film if you are a “life is about the journey, not the destination” person. We never learn why the world is ending. That isn’t the point. It’s about what, as an individual person, you would be doing. Some just want to see their family, some want to do something that they have never done before, etc. The film was written, directed by and stars Don McKellar. The film also stars Sandra Oh, Sarah Polley, David Cronenberg, Callum Keith Rennie, Tracy Wright and Geneviève Bujold. It’s fantastic!

A Thief in the Night (1972)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ly4CPRE_Ke0
“That’s right, Jenny, in a way it is free, what I mean is it doesn’t cost anything but your life.” “That sounds pretty expensive.”

This was a Christian propaganda rapture film. Apparently it’s the first in a 4 part series (yeah, I don’t get that either). Plot: “The film deals with Patty, a young woman who knows and has heard the Christian gospel but dismisses it due to her satisfaction with secular life. One morning she wakes up to discover that her husband, a Christian, and millions of others have disappeared. Gradually, Patty realizes that the Rapture, mentioned in the Bible, has happened and she is living in the last days of the Antichrist. A government system called UNITE is set up and those who do not receive the mark identifying them with UNITE will be arrested.” (from Wikipedia). I haven’t seen this film since I was 13 but I did just watch some clips on YouTube and it’s still creepy as fuck. When I was in junior high and attending a local church they had movie nights on the weekend sometimes (ostensibly to keep us off the streets and from getting into trouble, etc.). Because it was a church they usually only played stuff like Charlie Chaplin shorts or other really old schtick whilst lamenting that they could only play that type of thing because it was for families. My friends and I would alternately watch this stuff while passing notes and joking, etc. Basically this was a good way to talk to boys that we only had the chance to see at church. So the night that they decided to play this freaky ass end of the world film was definitely unexpected (and probably would have made younger kids piss their pants). The film stars Patty Dunning, Mike Niday, Collen Niday, Maryann Rachford, Thom Rachford, Duane Coller, Russell S. Doughten Jr. and Clarence Balmer.

The War of the Worlds (1938) (Note: MP3 of audio recording)


In 1938 the now celebrated Orson Welles narrated a radio drama of H.G. Wells’ novel The War of the Worlds about about an alien invasion. They sneakily played it as news bulletins to freak people out. However it aired on Halloween so many people actually knew it was all in good fun. Adolf Hitler cited the panic as “evidence of the decadence and corrupt condition of democracy.” I am from a small town with our own AM radio station (woot!, we don’t need uh anything created past 1906) which used to air this on Halloween. I have no idea if they still do. When I was young and first heard it I had to ask my father about it and it blew my mind. Yes, I have seen the Tom Cruise film adaptation and although many hate it I would say that it’s decent.

Knowing (2009)

“Stay with me. I know how this sounds, but I’ve mapped these numbers to the dates of every major global disaster from the last 50 years in perfect sequence. Earthquakes, fires, tsunamis. The next number on the chain predicts that tomorrow, somewhere on the planet, 81 people are going to die, in some kind of tragedy. “

Knowing is a film starring Nic Cage as a professor who by discovering that a series of numbers has predicted the world’s past tragedies is able to predict the end of the world. Knowing was panned by many people. My guess is that is because people often do not like to watch more intelligent people than them on film. Personally I am no math whiz but highly enjoyed this film. Rose Byrne costars. I should also mention that this film does show catastrophes happening on screen (as the previous films do not).

Omega Man (1971)


“Are you God?” “Let’s find out if he’s even a doctor before we go promoting him, okay?”

Plot: “Robert Neville (played by the late Charlton Heston), a doctor, due to an experimental vaccine, is the only survivor of an apocalyptic war waged with biological weapons. The plague caused by the war has killed everyone else except for a few hundred deformed, nocturnal people calling themselves The Family”. (from IMDB.com). So Omega Man is technically post-apocalyptic but I had to include it. The film has been spoofed (awesomely I might add) by The Simpsons. Will Smith also made a film version based on the original book called I Am Legend which has been universally panned and made fun of on Cracked.com many times. I’ve never been interested in watching it. I also really don’t care for how Will Smith rips things off all of the time without acknowledging it.

Little Nicky (2000)

“To the defilement of Earth and the corruption of its people. “

Adam Sandler’s hilarious comedy Little Nicky is more of a fish out of water story about the devil’s son but the reason Nicky comes to Earth is that Nicky’s brothers are trying to bring Hell to Earth. If you too love the late Mr. Beefy, go here. The film costars Patricia Arquette, Harvey Keitel, Rhys Ifans, Tiny Lister, Rodney Dangerfield, Allen Covert, Peter Dante, Jonathan Loughran, Robert Smigel, Reese Witherspoon, Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz, Kevin Nealon, Michael McKean, Quentin Tarantino and Ozzy Osbourne.

Honorable Mentions: The Thing and The Faculty are about the end of one group of people (not the entire world) but that could spread to the whole world. Strange Days (1995) was set on the last day of 1999 (which was another time in the past that people predicted the world would end). Although there are people in the film celebrating or fearing “the end of days” and the film kicks off with Ralph Fiennes listening to a call in radio show with the voice of Winona Ryder as a devout Christian who believes that this is the end, none of the main characters believe in/are addressing this fear.

This list is short (for one of my lists) but I feel no need to pad it because these are my personal favorites and what I consider to be the best. Go here for a huge list of apocalyptic films.

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On End of the World Theories
As a guide I’ve been answering the question the question “When is the end of the world?” for years. Today’s (May 21, 2011) prediction comes from Harold Camping of Family Radio Worldwide who goes around predicting the end of the world every once in a while to sell you something. The big date that has been circulating for years is December 21, 2012 which some will tell you that Nostradamus or alternately the Mayans predicted. After answering that question for months I felt a compulsion to research it a bit myself. Though I am now an educated (i.e. I studied many religions before coming to the decision) atheist and former non-denominational Christian (used to attend a Baptist church and prior to that a Lutheran, but leaning towards Catholic, church) I had to know if Nostradamus predicted this.

If you’ve watched any of those History Channel Nostradamus programs you may also think that the guy was pretty fascinating and possibly onto something, as some of his predictions seem to have come true. I don’t have a link for this as I looked it up years ago, but Nostradamus being linked to this date was inferred by another guy who linked it up via puzzle pieces so I wouldn’t put much stock in it.

Christians will tell you that the exact date of their rapture isn’t written down yet, you just have to be ready. Scientists will tell you that the sun will eventually burn up Earth and all of the other planets billions of years from now, so you don’t need to worry.

Check It OutThe Yuppie Survivalists at Details.com-my favorite apocalypse article ever!