Welcome back again freaks, film fans, and shut-ins for another installment of the Netflix Film Festival. July is upon us and so is the blistering sun. Sunburns, sweat, bee stings, and lots of chaffing abound this month. So, stay in doors and don’t get a tan. Hang out with me and watch some funky flicks instead. Your skin will thank you.
Journey to the West (2014)
From Stephen Chow, director/writer of Kung Fu Hustle and Shaolin Soccer, comes this film about a mild mannered man who fights demons with goodness and a bad ass woman who fights with her fists. Journey to the West is lots of fun with amazing set pieces and special effects. Good stuff!
This film, based on a true story, is about a group of gents who decide to travel over 4,000 miles in open ocean by raft to prove a theoretical anthropological point that will remind you of all the reasons you should stay in during this oppressively sunny month. Sunburns, thirst, and killer sharks are just some of the obstacles these guys have to face. Beautifully filmed and directed, this one’s a keeper.
Uncommon Valor (1983)
Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Reb Brown, Tim Thomerson, Michael Dudikoff, and Fred Ward train to be super secret soldiers to break their buddies out of a P.O.W. Camp in Vietnam. If that doesn’t sell it it, nothing will. It’s so much macho your TV might not be able to handle it. Casts like this only happen in your dreams. Get on it.
Never Sleep Again (2011)
An amazing four hour documentary about the Nightmare on Elm Street series. If you’re a fan, you just found heaven. And if you’re trying to avoid the sun, this’ll get you a fair chunk of the way there.
Never on Tuesday (1988)
Great forgotten 80’s comedy about two horny guys who break down in the desert after they crash into a beautiful girl’s car. Now they’re all trapped in the middle of nowhere. It has cameos by Nicholas Cage, Judd Nelson, Gilbert Gottfried, and Charlie Sheen too. Funny and poignant, this one is a hidden gem and well worth the stream. It’s also a great reminder of how much is sucks to be out in the sun stuck in the middle of nowhere.