STREAMTOWN — It’s a new month, which means we have a whole new batch of titles streaming for our viewing pleasure.
Some solid titles have shown up in April on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu and I’m here to let you know what some of the best ones are.
In 1999, we got the animated film “The Iron Giant.” When it was released I don’t think many people believed it would become a classic, but nearly 20 years later, this incredible film has become just that.
This is one of those gems where kids are going to love the jokes and spectacle, and parents are going to love the heart and story. Director Brad Bird takes us on a beautiful journey that I highly recommend you check out on Netflix this month.
I still believe the original “Despicable Me” is the by far the best of the bunch and I think each iteration has lost some of its magic, but the third installment of the Despicable Me franchise — “Minions” isn’t a part of the trilogy, but a stand alone — may be the weakest, but it’s still a fun family night.
There are moments the movie gets tedious, but it’s a great movie to make some popcorn, cuddle up on the couch with the kiddos and have a great night in.
Not many people know about “The Man Who Knew Infinity,” but it’s a true story that is worth your time if you’re looking for a solid drama one evening.
The movie tells the story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.
It’s a slower movie and doesn’t have the explosions and hand-to-hand combat, but it’s a fantastic story told in a beautiful way, which is a nice change of pace sometimes.
While I don’t think the 2004 film “Friday Night Lights” is as good as the television show it’s still a solid drama telling a true story that I believe hits close to home for a lot of people.
So often sports movies tell the stories of miraculous undefeated seasons or championship runs, but this one is so true to life that it manages to stand out in a sea of true-life sports films.
The 1990 western set in Australia, “Quigley Down Under” is an absolute guilty pleasure of mine. I don’t know if the magic of it from when I was a kid has carried over or if it’s the brilliant musical score, but I really like this movie and look forward to watching it again.
I know this is no masterpiece, but Tom Selleck is a charming actor that is hard not to like and this movie falls into a similar category.
The 1987 comedy “Roxanne” is a modern update to the play “Cyrano de Bergerac” and it totally lands thanks to the one and only Steve Martin.
Martin is a man embarrassed by his large nose and manages to get the woman of his dreams to fall in love with his personality, but another man’s good looks. This is another movie I saw when I was younger and made sure to stop on the channel every time it was on TV. Now, I’m excited to watch it without commercials and whenever I want to.
I’m realizing this list is a trip down memory lane for me because I am now calling out “Spaceballs.”
The “Star Wars” spoof is not Mel Brooks’ finest work, but it is funny and has a boatload of quotable lines I’ve been reciting for years and will continue to quote for years to come.
Now that it’s on Amazon Prime I will be watching this multiple times.
We may as well finish this nostalgia list off with a bang with the 80s classic “The Karate Kid.”
There are so many plot holes, corny jokes, bad acting and 80s clichés jammed into “The Karate Kid,” but who cares? Anyone who is anywhere near my age has acted out the crane-kick scene with siblings dozens of times and repeats the line, “sweep the leg” at least once a year.
It’s amazing this movie became such an icon of America cinema and makes me wonder what movies today will be the “Karate Kid” of our future.
You can relive the magic whenever you want now that it’s streaming on Amazon Prime.