Top 5 Netflix Additions: Winter 2014

By Julia Ricci

It’s the middle of winter and it’s way too cold to consider leaving the house, so Netflix has become your new best friend. However you’ve already gone through every film in your queue and binge-watched the first two seasons of Scandal—twice. Luckily, a ton of movies has been released on Netflix Instant to give you something to help beat the winter blues. Here are the Top 5 latest additions that deserve a spot on your Instant queue.

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5. Spaceballs (1987)
Want to warm up with a good laugh? Look no further than Spaceballs, Mel Brooks’ hilarious parody of the Star Wars films. It follows space bum Lone Starr and his half-man half-dog copilot Barf the Mawg. The two reluctantly rescue Princess Vespa when she is threatened by Lord Dark Helmet. Starring Bill Pullman, John Candy, Daphne Zuniga, Rick Moranis, and Dom DeLuise as Pizza the Hutt, Spaceballs has become a cult classic just like the movies it lovingly spoofs.

4. the usual suspects (1995)
In the film for which Kevin Spacey won his first Academy Award, a police investigation of a waterfront explosion leads to the questioning of the only survivor (Spacey) who tells a convoluted story of the events leading up to it. At first, the movie seems like a conventional whodunit, but as the plot moves along it turns into something completely unexpected. It also won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, so who can resist?

3. play it again, sam (1972)
In this underrated comedy written by and starring Woody Allen, an overwrought film critic tries to get over his ex-wife by dating again with the help of a married couple (Diane Keaton and Tony Roberts) and the ghost of his film idol, Humphrey Bogart. You’ll laugh and cringe as Allen awkwardly navigates the dating scene while attempting to be smooth like Bogie. This movie is relatable for two reasons: we’ve all had a cringe-worthy date at some point, and who wouldn’t want their favorite movie star as their love guru?

2. West side story (1961)
Rival NYC gangs + epic dancing + amazing songs = the best Romeo and Juliet adaptation of all time.

1. some like it hot (1959)
This gut-busting comedy follows two Chicago musicians who witness the St. Valentine’s Day massacre and are forced to leave the city before the mob finds them. The only available escape is a job with an all-female big band and the two dress up as women to get the gig. One of them falls for another band member but can’t reveal his real gender while and the other unintentionally attracts a rich suitor who won’t take “no,” for an answer. Starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, and Marilyn Monroe, this film was declared the greatest comedy of all time by the American Film Institute. So stop what you’re doing and watch it, because the AFI doesn’t lie.