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Netflix is giving its viewers the chance to take advantage of their extra time indoors by adding old, must-see classic movies.

It’s time to catch up on your movie watching list and catch onto the cliche references from old movies you just haven’t had the time to commit too yet. Recently, Netflix has added an extended list of classic adventure, homage, and 80’s cop movies and full movie series to their watching selection. 

If you have been looking for an exciting adventure series to watch,the Indian Jones series is an entertaining set of movies. The movies consistently keep their beloved charm while they still manage to hold a large selection of eccentric settings and villains.

It goes without saying, these movies are a bit dated, but it’s always interesting to see Stephen Spielberg’s admirable love and dedication to practical effects in play. The action scenes are engaging, and Harrison Ford’s quotable one liners are both something to love and laugh at just a bit.

Some of the Indiana Jones movies are better than others. If you are interested in seeing the origins of the popular Indiana Jones quotes and references, watch Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark or Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. The unique thing about this specific series is you can really just pick any one of the movies to watch as the context and connections between the movies are not absolutely crucial to understand the individual films.

Poster for Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures

If you love crime tv and are interested in digging into the archetypal figures of the genre, the Lethal Weapon movies are a must-see. These films make the best movie nights and have the most untraditional and praise-worthy endings.

Almost every other sentence of dialogue is an unbeatable one liner which nearly always finds a creative way to come back around again at the end of the movie. It’s hard to watch these movies without hanging on to a few of these signature choice phrases.

The action is never-ending, yet there is somehow room for the outstanding development of the two cop partners, Riggs and Murtaugh. Even if the story fails to entertain you, the characters of Murtaugh and Riggs are more than enough to keep the narrative engaging in an unforgettable and interesting approach. 

Unlike Indiana Jones, I would not recommend watching these movies out of order. The biggest flaw in watching these movies in the unintended organization would be the weakening of the character’s development. 

The first film introduced both of the main characters to the audience and to each other. You can trust Richard Donner’s narrative skills, it’s easier  to appreciate the growth of the characters when you have been there from the start.

1976’s Taxi Driver is an eternally iconic Martin Scorsese film which adopts the plot and aesthetic of a classic noir film while displaying strategically colorful composition. The film is drenched in dismal yet mysterious foreshadowing, and it shows off Scorsese’s knack for utilizing the unreliable narrator.

The movie follows the sleepless night life of a young cab driver, Travis. He is an odd character on the prowl for an outlet to contain his endless frustration toward the sin stained city of New York. 

The signature hipnotic score by Bernard Herrmann is fitting, and it’s the glue that holds the abstract relation between the viewer and the protagonist together. If you’re looking for a thoughtful classic film, Taxi Driver’s metacognitive story-telling and direction methods will not let you down. And if Taxi Driver has lured you into Martin Scorsese’s auteur direction style, Netflix has made his 1990 film, Goodfellas available to help you fall right down the rabbit hole. 

Eli Wallach and Clint Eastwood in The Good, The Bad, The Ugly. Courtesy of United Artists.

If you’re looking to start watching some classic western movies, The Good the Bad and The Ugly is a great place to start. It’s iconography is nothing short of outstanding, and the soundtrack is a familiar tune which any viewer will recognize in a heart-beat. It’s full of action and classic western characters. 

Its biggest flaw is its length as it is nearly a three hour long movie. If you aren’t a fan of western films or have little interest in the genre, it simply won’t be able to hold your attention. However, if you do love classic westerns, or have recently stumbled upon the genre and want to catch up, The Good The Bad and The Ugly is a must-watch.

Not only has Nextfix provided its viewers with some great yet charmingly dated movies, it has also added a few of Quentin Tarantino’s most transparently homge styled films to their watch list. 

Tarantino’s ‘09 historical fiction film, Inglourious Basterds, displays an original and engaging storyline while showing off Tarantino’s expertise in war-movie iconography. In this movie, a Jewish cinema owner in occupied Paris has no choice but to host a Nazi flim premiere, but she has unique plans of her own in mind. 

Simultaneously, a group of American soldiers plan an attack at the same cinema. There is not a single thoughtless shot in this film as the careful composition and classic characters, with an added modern spin, work together to create this quintessential tribute to both the war film genre and revenge driven story lines. 

Lastly and most recently, Nextflix has made Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino’s 2012 western-revenge tribute to cinema, available. This movie tells the story of a recently freed slave named Django and his admirably moral colleague, Dr. King Shultz, a German bounty hunter.

They work together as they devise a plan to free Django’s wife from an unpredictably depraved plantation and slave owner named Calvin Candie. This movie exhibits Tarantino’s extensive knowledge of the western genre while demonstrating his own signature and modern stylistic choices. 

Both of these Tarantino movies display his love and commendable knowledge of classic cinema. If this movie catches your interests of modern takes on classic westerns, Tarantino’s second western, The Hateful Eight is also available on Netflix.

Netflix has only begun to generously expose its viewers to the beloved stepping stones in film history. These are only a few of the most shocking and high quality classics but it’s a great place to start watching and a good way to pass the time. All these movies will provoke reflection, keep you entertained, and get you hooked on a number of amazing directors.

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