Videodrome (Netflix, 1983)
Videodrome is the ultimate addiction. Videodrome will shatter your reality. Videodrome will change your body.
Videodrome is a kick-a** David Cronenburg movie starring James Woods and drop dead gorgeous Debbie Harry who both seem to enjoy copious amounts of sado-masochism. Okay, okay, they may have been under the spell of a pirate television broadcast, but does that really matter?
Via IMDB: “A sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control in a very unusual fashion when he acquires a new kind of programming for his station.”
Class of Nuke ‘Em High (Netflix, 1986)
Never buy drugs from a nuclear physicist.
As with a plethora of other films the Troma Team has released, Class of Nuke ‘Em High ranks so high up on the crap-o-meter that it manages to transcend into pure awesomeness. The tagline could have been Breakfast Club meets The Warriors a mile from Chernobyl.
Corvette Summer (Netflix, 1978)
Cars, Cars, Cars
Mark Hamil (of Star Wars fame), a senior in high school, sets out on a summer-long adventure to find his stolen Corvette in Las Vegas. Along the way a wanna-be hooker (Annie Potts) teaches him how to be a man. Between Corvette Summer and Fear and Loathing, I am almost convinced that Vegas used to be less of a dump.
Special When Lit (Hulu, Netflix, 2009)
When hobbies attack!
Speaking of Vegas, after watching this pinball documentary, I was not only prompted to visit the Pinball Hall of Fame in Las Vegas, but even joined a pinball league here in NYC. While the film does get a bit long at times, it is overflowing with interesting (understatement?) characters who have devoted their souls to pinball. Admittedly, Special When Lit is distributed through The Orchard, but it will be the only shameless plug on the list, I promise.
Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (Hulu, 1980)
Laugh and learn with Carl Sagan as he takes you on a “personal” journey across the stars.
Ah yes Carl, a very personal journey Cosmos is indeed. Taking you aboard his 70′s shaggin’ wagon of an intergalactic space cruiser, Carl delves into the very pulp of human existence. Climate change, space colonization, supernovae, artificial intelligence… it’s all there. Sagan narrates in an almost god-like fashion while chillin’ out in artist interpretations of both ancient and futuristic lands. Cosmos is perfect for those (myself included) who are often too lazy to read, but still pretend to know a thing or twelve about our place on this rock.