Now Streaming: Netflix Instant Alternatives To Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past And Blended

By Kristy Puchko 2014-05-23 08:33:30discussion comments
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With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.

Looking to Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past and Blended for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of monster movies, time-travel tales and romantic comedies.


Godzilla
The biggest movie monster of all time rises from the depths of the Pacific Ocean to reclaim his title of King of The Monsters, defending humanity against some massive and world-rattling creatures. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe star; Gareth Edwards directs. Read our review here.

If the latest addition to the Godzilla mythos has made you feel nostalgic for the Japanese originals, you're in luck. Netflix has a mammoth selection of monster movies, including this Godzilla-centric trio.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters (1956) An English-redubbed version of the original 1954 film that proved a groundbreaking hit in Japan, this monster movie sees the awakening of a 400-foot-tall beast. When nuclear tests rouse him from 1,000 years of sleep, Godzilla terrorizes Tokyo, tramping it to ruin. Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kochi, Akihiko Hirata, and Kokuten Kodo star; Ishirô Honda directs.

Godzilla vs. Mothra (1964) In this, the fourth film in the growing franchise, Godzilla battles one of his best-known nemesis: Mothra. When the great Godzilla rises from the sea, this massive moth takes to the air to defend the people of Japan, setting up for an earth-shattering showdown. Akira Takarada and Yuriko Hoshi star; Ishirô Honda directs.

Godzilla's Revenge (1969) Also known as All Monsters Attack, this is the tenth film in the Godzilla franchise, but the first created specifically for kids. Though it boasts plenty of monster-on-monster violence, the core of the story is about a lonely latchkey kid who dreams of Monster Island. Specifically he fantasizes about the exploits of Godzilla's Son, Minilla, who shares the boys' problems with bullies. Kenji Sahara and Machiko Naka star; Ishirô Honda directs.

Bonus Godzilla titles: Godzilla Raids Again, Ghidorah: The Three Headed Monster, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Terror of Mechagodzilla, and Rodan.
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