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7 Random Movies On Netflix To Watch Right Now

If you’re looking for a flick to stream then you’ve come to the right list

The title of this silly collection of words is probably the most honest title I’ve ever written. I have, for your pleasure, compiled with care and consideration a list of seven movies selected at random from Netflix’s cinematic library.

This list isn’t “clickbait.” It’s “clickgreat.” As in “if you click this link you’ll think the content is great!” That’s because I am delivering exactly what I promised: I found a bunch of movies on Netflix and wrote about them, briefly. For you, my dear reader.

I love all of these movies. I’m pretty sure you’ll love them, too. If, for some reason, you don’t love any, or all, of these movies, please email my boss Jim Medium and complain. That’s Jim underscore Medium @ medium dot com. Just let me have it.

Now, maybe you decided to skip the title and first two paragraphs of this list. And now, you’re reading this paragraph first. But it’s the third paragraph! This happens all the time on the internet. I bet you’re confused. Well, let me explain what the hell is going on. First, this is a list of movies, seven to be precise. They were hand-picked by me. Did I pick them based on their quality, or their place in cinematic history? No! What I did was scroll around Netflix until I found movies. This is called “curating” and it’s the most important skill in the entire world.

It’s true that making decisions can make the brain ache. So allow me to make a decision for you. Not a big decision. An easy one, like “What should I watch tonight, or later this afternoon, or what time is it? Lol, it doesn’t matter.” I want your brain to take off its brain pants and relax. The world is stressful enough and you deserve a movie about time-travel, or talking butts, or a handsome man wearing a cape. Please, enjoy these words about movies and the movies themselves. Then watch one.

1. ’Back To The Future’

Since I started self-isolating because of the civilization-crippling virus, I’ve learned to miss very small meaningless things that have suddenly become meaningful, to me at least. For instance: Chicken McNuggets. I know they’re grown in a lab like grapes on a vine. But they’re so delicious. Just tiny meaty little chomps. I could eat them forever. And I could watch Back to the Future forever. Back to the Future may be the most perfect blockbuster ever made. Funny, action-packed, full of heart. The movie is like a Chicken McNugget. A perfect chomp that will never, ever bore me. This classic has been in the news recently too: actor Josh Gad reunited the whole Back to the Future cast on YouTube. The whole gang was there: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, and director Robert Zemeckis. Even producers Steven Spielberg and Richard Donner showed up! Then Guardians of the Galaxy director Jim Gunn asked via Twitter why Marty’s parents don’t remember him in Back to the Future. This caused quite the hubbub until the movie’s screenwriter stepped in to confirm that Marty’s parents knew a guy named Calvin when they were 17, and never connected him to their son. The movie still resonates, is the point. Wait, wait, have you seen Back to the Future? The ’80s sci-fi movie about a boy, a mad scientist, and his nuclear-powered four-wheeled time machine? The pair go back to the… well, you know. They have an adventure in 1955 and a white guy teaches Chuck Berry how to play guitar? You must see it if you haven’t. It’s a real heart-warming hoot. And if you have seen it, see it again. And again.

2. ‘Code 8

This is a low-budget sci-fi action movie from 2018 that didn’t make any noise when it came out. But thankfully, Netflix has given it a new life. Starring the guy who played Green Arrow on TV, Code 8 is like a gritty indie crime version of an X-men movie. In the world of Code 8, 4% of the population is born with superpowers — telekinesis, super strength, lava hands, electricity eyes, etc. These outcasts are hated by society and hunted by robocops. The plot is threadbare: it’s a heist movie, basically. There are two kinds of crooks, those who are evil and those with hearts of gold. But intense performances and well-choreographed small-scale action set pieces make this a pretty enjoyable hour and change.

3. ‘Train To Busan’

I watched this superb South Korean zombie movie because a friend who is a legit horror fan recommended it. I told him I was bo-o-o-red with zombies —that’s what years of watching mindless episodes of The Walking Dead does to the brain. I just didn’t think the genre had any life in it anymore. Well, I was wrong. Train To Busan brings the dead back to life with style. This movie moves forward, and fast, like the high-speed train where it takes place. It’s also a zombie movie with mercifully little gore. But that doesn’t mean it skimps on shocks and jumps and moments when you’ll whisper to yourself: “man is the real monster.”

4. ‘The Talented Mr. Ripley’

When was the last time you watched this sumptuous period movie about young wealthy people and their new friend, a total fucking sociopath? Directed by Anthony Minghella, The Talented Mr. Ripley is a movie about envy. It is intense and seductive and… ripe. The movie crackles with queer longing, too. I didn’t notice it at the time because I was a young, cisgender heterosexual who probably snickered when I saw Judd Law’s butt. What can I say? I was an immature chucklehead who thought the world spun to make me and only me dizzy. I recommend rewatching it now because it’s about the haves and the have-nots and the have-not in this story is bashful Tom Ripley, brilliant fast talker, and murderer. It’s great to see Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, and Jude Law when they were young and golden. But it’s stocky Philip Seymour-Hoffman as a lusty playboy who steals a show. My god, what a talent he was and what a tragedy to lose him so soon.

5. ‘Ace Ventura: Pet Detective’

I have thought a lot about it. But, yes, Jim Carrey talking out of his butt may have been the high-water mark for American culture. Truly, it’s been downhill since then. This movie made comedic daredevil Carrey and his elastic face mega-famous and a box-office force. If you’re usually interested in more mature fare, I suggest indulging me and watching Ace Ventura, anyway. Think of it as a classic of late 20th-century buffoonery. Modern commedia dell’arte. Carrey as trickster-fool punishing a decadent and powerful nation. Whatever. For the rest of us, it’s basically mouthwash for your frontal lobes.

6. ‘The Mask of Zorro’

Watch this movie now, before people remember it and it gets canceled. Now, I love the character, Zorro. I wrote a long heartfelt true-life fable about Zorro on this site a couple of years ago. No one read it. Zorro was the only superhero who shared my mother’s skin color and I thought he was awesome. Mexican Batman, basically. This 1998 smash hit is a rip-roaring rollercoaster clearly inspired by the Indiana Jones movies. Spanish hunk Antonio Banderas is absolutely perfect as the masked sword-fighter. But then Anthony Hopkins shows up, as does Catherine Zeta-Jones. Both playing Mexican characters. Both born in Wales, which is NOT a part of Mexico. I mean, Hopkins even wears a little shoe polish as the former, older, Zorro — a sort of brown-faced Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ay-yi-yi! I overlooked these offenses because it’s still a big-budget Hollywood Zorro movie. I’ll take what I can get. But we’re long overdue for a reboot (that doesn’t cast distinguished English actors as a Mexican with a cape.)

7. ‘First Wives Club’

A few nights ago I was trying to find a movie I could watch with my girlfriend. We have been quarantined together for, what, seven weeks? Eight? 2017? Anyway, she didn’t want to watch ANY of the Gerard Butler movies I suggested. She countered with 1996’s First Wives Club and I… perked up. I mean, I love Bette Midler, you know? I also love ’90s romantic-comedies because they’re almost all horror movies by today’s standards. But it turns out First Wives Club isn't a sappy rom-com about coupling up. The movie is still a scream, though. It’s a funny revenge tale about women of a certain age bringing down hammers of pain on the heads of their ungrateful ex-husbands and their various child brides. The three leads — including Goldie Hawn and Diane Keaton — are literal icons who chew whatever scenery they can salt and pepper first. If you’re a dude concerned this movie is a feminist skillet upside the head, two thoughts. One, every dude deserves a feminist skillet upside the head from time to time. More importantly: First Wives Club is a movie about friendship. You’ll like it. I did.

Writer/editor. NYPost, CONAN, Sirius XM. 2X James Beard Award winner. I created Humungus, a blog about movies, tv & feelings.

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