Friday, June 24, 2016

Netflix This Movie! Vol. 183

The final round of Junesploitation picks, because Junesploitation ends next week. Long live Junesploitation.

June 25: Bugs! - It's not that my heart isn't in Junesploitation anymore. It is. But next year I might have to change things up and not depend on Netflix for recommendations. The pickings for bug movies (especially those that are not of the SyFy variety) are slim, so I've got no choice but to suggest you rewatch The Fly (1958, dir. Kurt Neumann). The folks over at ShockWaves (formerly Killer POV) just did a show with William Malone and Mick Garris (two of the nicest people on the planet, it seems) that was entirely focused on the Fly movies and it was a great episode that had me wanting to revisit the whole series. Or there's always Big Ass Spider. Again.
June 26: Revenge! - One of the best modern revenge movies not made in Korea is Cold in July (2014, dir. Jim Mickle), a spare and stylish effort with a great supporting performance from Don Johnson. If you want to keep the kung fu train going like I do, watch Crippled Avengers (1978, dir. Chang Cheh), a possibly offensive epic with incredible fight scenes and a brilliant finale. I loved it.
June 27: Apocalypse! - I mean, really the movie you should watch is Turbo Kid. But These Final Hours (2014, dir. Zak Hilditch) is pretty interesting and powerful and well worth a look. There are some other apocalyptic movies streaming on Netflix I haven't seen, like Goodbye World (2013, dir. Dennis Hennelly), which sounds pretty apocalicious. And there's always Left Behind (2014, dir. Vic Armstrong). Ha ha ha.
June 28: '80s Horror! - Pre-2000s horror is becoming rare on Netflix, and pre-'90s even more so. Your choices are limited. But if you've never seen it and you're not Doug, you will probably like Hellraiser (1987, dir. Clive Barker), one of the best horror movies of the 1980s. Skip most of the sequels.
June 29: Free Space! - I mean, it hardly seems like Junesploitation without some Japanese schoolchildren brutally murdering each other. Watch Battle Royale (2000, dir. Kinji Fukasaku) and then listen to our podcast on the movie.
June 30: Cops! - It's the last day of Junesploitation, so you might as well go out with a bang. For a dose of '80s VHS throwback fun, watch WolfCop (2014, dir. Lowell Dean). For one of the best buddy cop movies of all time -- and maybe the buddy cop movie to end all buddy cop movies -- watch Hot Fuzz (2007, dir. Edgar Wright). Crack open a Cornetto and a Coke Zero and pat yourself on the back. You've earned it.


  1. This Junesploitation! has really highlighted Netflix's weakness in being a catch-all mainstream service. Why wait until next June to turn 'Netflix this Movie' into 'Find this Movie Online' or something better-titled (I'm sleep deprived! :-P) that includes Crackle, Amazon Prime, etc.? Besides raising money to battle cancer in July, what else are we doing next month anyway?

    1. Netflix used to be great, but it's now only strong on TV shows and DTV new releases. They're also focusing now on original stuff.

    2. A new multi platform column would obviously be called: "Crossing The Streams". You're welcome!!

  2. Damn, I wish I could get hold of that friend who said to me, "You should dump your DVD collection and get can watch anything you want anytime...."
    I want to laugh in their face.

  3. 28th is Xtro day for anyone who has not yet seen it. :)
    Or the 29th too

    Xtro can fit into almost every genre, its that good