Director: Jason Bloom
Screenplay: Kip Koenig, Scott Marcano
Starring: Pauly Shore, Stephen Baldwin
In the Pauly Shore canon, most people are probably quick to name Son-in-Law or Encino Man as the best of the bunch but we’d beg to differ. Bio-Dome marks an important moment in, not just the career of Shore, but environmental cinema at large. Also, it’s a shining moment for co-star Stephen Baldwin.
Director: Taika Waititi
Screenplay: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi
Boy probably played at your local art house cinema (if you have a local art house cinema) for, like, 6 weeks and your mom probably saw it in that time. It’s about a New Zealand kid who loved Michael Jackson and is seeing his ex-con dad for the first time—lots of emotions.
Director: Karl Markovics
Screenplay: Karl Markovics
Starring: Thomas Schubert, Karin Lischka
Through his work at a morgue, an incarcerated young man trying to build a new life starts to come to terms with the crime he committed in this unmistakably German film.
Director: Brian De Palma
Screenplay: Lawrence D. Cohen
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie
One of the original body-horror classics and it’s probably an hour-and-a-half long euphemism for puberty.
Director: Andrew Bujalski
Screenplay: Andrew Bujalski
Starring: Kriss Schludermann, Wiley Wiggins
It’s the ultimate battle of man vs. machine in this story of—you guessed it—computer chess. Elon Musk recently warned us against the terrors of artificial intelligence and this film traces its beginnings.
Director: Emile Ardolino
Screenplay: Eleanor Bergstein
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach
How do you call your lover boy? We’re not sure what happened to Jennifer Grey after this film took off but for a brief moment, she shined so bright.
Director: David Nutter
Screenplay: Scott Rosenberg
Starring: James Marsden, Katie Holmes, Nick Stahl
In the 90s, adults were so afraid of teenagers that this fear spawned a myriad of “terrifying teen” films. Nowadays, most teenagers are so busy trying to buy Supreme gear and curating their SnapChat feeds that adults are more or less just confused by them.
Gogol Bordello: Non-Stop
Director: Margarita Jimeno
Starring: Manu Chao, Eliot Ferguson
You might never have heard of Gogol Bordello but they consider themselves a “gypsy punk” band if that helps at all. This documentary follows their tour and gives fans a peek behind the scene of their “raucous” live shows.
Director: Adrian Lyne
Screenplay: Amy Holden Jones
Starring: Robert Redford, Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson
This movie was pretty controversial when it came out but, c’mon, we’d all do it right? In this day and age? In this economy? For a million dollars? You’d do it. You’d totally do it.
Lars and The Real Girl
Director: Craig Gillespie
Screenplay: Nancy Oliver
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider
In the future, we probably won’t even date or marry flesh and blood humans. In fact, we probably won’t be able to tell advanced androids and humans apart. We’ll go back and look at films like this and say, “What was so weird about that?”
Director: Tim Hunter
Screenplay: Neal Jimenez
Starring: Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Ione Skye
If River’s Edge had never come out, the world may have never been introduced to the genius of Keanu Reeves. In addition, we’re treated to the absolute insanity of Dennis Hopper opposite bonafide Hollywood-madman-in-his-own-right, Crispin Glover. This film is a true classic of wayward teen cinema.
Director: Louie Psihoyos
Screenplay: Mark Monroe
Starring: Richard O’Barry, Louie Psihoyos, Hardy Jones
Using hi-tech equipment, a group of activists, led by well-known dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose disgusting amounts of animal abuse and serious threats to human health. Watch it with the kids!
The Golden Child
Director: Michael Ritchie
Screenplay: Dennis Feldman
Starring: Eddie Murphy, J.L. Reate, Charles Dance
While certainly not the best or most well-known of Eddie Murphy’s films, the actor brings plenty of charm to a role in which he makes light of plenty of Buddhist customs. Also, it’s got Tywin Lannister!
Director: David Dobkin
Screenplay: Steve Faber, Bob Fisher
Starring: Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Rachel McAdams
There was this amazing time in the early-aughts that every comedy movie starred roughly the same five or six guys (known as the “Frat Pack”) and were endlessly quotable. Wedding Crashers features a star-turning role for Brad Cooper and is certainly one of Chris Walken’s finest films.
The Magnificent Seven (2016)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
Screenplay: Nic Pizzolatto
Starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke
Sort of penned by the guy who wrote the incredible first season of True Detective (as well as its sub-par second season), this remake of a remake of a remake actually isn’t terrible. The ensemble cast has enough charisma to forgive any hiccups in the writing or directing.
One Mississippi: Season 2
Created by: Diablo Cody
Starring: Tig Notaro, Noah Harpster, John Rothman
In this pitch-black comedy, Tig Notaro returns to her hometown after the sudden death of her mother while still battling her own declining health. Needy partners, dysfunctional family issues as well as old friends only complicate matters.
The Ray Bradbury Theater: Season 6
Created by: Mark Massari
Starring: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly
The Ray Bradbury Theater flew under the radar for those of us in the states, as it was a Canadian-produced show. As you might imagine, the programming is sort of like The Outer Limits but better because Bradbury actually wrote much of the seasons.
Unsolved Mysteries: Original Robert Stack Episodes: Season 9
Starring: Robert Stack
Hell yeah, bring on the Robert Stack! We can’t get enough of that voice, that trench coat and these incredible unsolved mysteries! Apparently, more than half of these 1000 cases have been solved. Not so unsolved anymore are they?
Transparent: Season 4
Created by: Jill Soloway
Starring: Jeffrey Tambor, Amy Landecker, Gaby Hoffmann
The Emmy-award winning dramedy returns for its fourth season.
Thursday Night Football
Are you ready for some (exhausted players just going through the motions because they’re usually on a short week and just waiting for the game to be over, man) football? That’s right, Jeff Bezos managed to wrench TNF from… Twitter? And will now be streaming it exclusively for Prime members!