According to The Nerdiot, these 80 films will be removed from Netflix at 11:59 tonight. If you’re suddenly having a panic attack about all the great cinema you’re missing, don’t worry. Just take a deep breath, make an excuse to leave work, and embark on a summer Netflix marathon.
Come for the pump-up music and montages, stay for the pre-U.S.A.-Belgium infusion of patriotism, as Sylvester Stallone trains to face off against a heavyweight champ in John G. Avildsen’s 1976 boxing film. We won’t judge if you slip off into the sequels. …Actually, that depends on the sequel.
Now it’s time for a Noir cool-down: Ponder the intricacies of Los Angeles water policy in Roman Polanski’s 1974 hit as you groove along to Jerry Goldsmith’s haunting jazz score. As you sink into deep cynicism along with Jack Nicholson, you’ll find yourself doubting whether anything in the world is fair. Why can’t all the great films be online all the time? And then the answer floats in like smoke from an ingenue’s lips: “Forget it, Jake. It’s intellectual property law.”
The last film you watched had violence, but now it’s time for some action. Let James Cameron’s 1984 blockbuster teleport you back to a distant, pre-dystopian past, when Arnold Schwarzenegger was an actor, not a politician, and when Cameron was working on projects that weren’t Avatar sequels. Terminator 2 appears to remain on Netflix even after July 1, so before you turn away from John Connor, take a cue from a terrifying robot and whisper to your laptop screen, “I’ll be back.”
Last week brought the 10th anniversary of The Notebook, but it’s also worth revisiting Ryan Gosling’s appearance in a much quirkier romantic comedy. In Craig Gillespie’s 2007 film, Gosling stars as a loner who buys a life-size sex doll, raising eyebrows among his small-town friends and family. Start the film incredulous that Gosling could be unlucky in love, end wishing for more of his neurotic, giggling, full-hearted hero (and from Emily Mortimer as Lars’ exhausted sister-in-law).
Finish off the night with some dense sci-fi: Andrew Niccol’s 1997 take on genetic engineering, government control, and predestination. Focused on a man (Ethan Hawke) born without the aid of genetic manipulation in a society that encourages it, Gattaca probes issues that are still relevant today.
Our list leaves out Close Encounters of Third Kind, Taxi Driver, and much more (see the full take here). But there’s no time to argue about it—seriously, get to your computer now.