March is here, and as sure as the list of new titles on Netflix has arrived, the roster of outgoing product has landed on our desks as well. And as usual, we have a list of 10 movies that are leaving to make you wish you'd watched them while you could. Be it your first or one last time watching these films, you should probably watch them before March is out, as they'll be slowly disappearing throughout the month of March.
The film that made tourists afraid to go into the water and studio executives afraid to miss out on the next hot best-seller fit for a summer blockbuster, Jaws has given the world a lot of gifts that it still reaps to this very day. Steven Spielberg's career, the modern summer big budget flick and even Kevin Smith were all given shots to the arm, as they all were inspired by the success of the film adapted from Peter Benchley's novel. Trust us, it still holds up after all of this time.
Jaws: The Revenge
Funny story: there's three sequels to Jaws, and this one's probably the most infamous. So why are we suggesting Jaws: The Revenge as an "awesome" movie to watch before it's removed from streaming? Well, it's technically still awesome: awesomely bad! All logic is left at the door, and if you've ever wondered what paying for Michael Caine's boathouse looks like on screen, this is the movie that answers that question in spades. Surely a couple of drinks, and some good friends on your couch, should make this an exciting romp.
National Lampoon's Animal House
Time may pass, oceans may rise and elections may distract and distress our weary society, but National Lampoon's Animal House will always be a landmark comedy classic. Full of up-and-comers and character actors of the era, some are known to be able to recite this film verbatim by just the slightest prompt. And why not? It's got lines and gags that belong in the hall of comedic fame, and it's the perfect movie to bring up at a party. Doubly so if you happen to be at a gathering of the toga variety.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Truth hurts, and no one knows this better than DC Comics. Perhaps the greatest truth that cuts like a knife for the folks at Warner Bros' comic arm is the fact that their animated films are way better than their live action films. Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is a movie that not only proves that point, but ranks up pretty high on the scale of the DC Animated Universe. Depicting the legendary moment where The Flash accidentally reset the DC Universe, it's action packed and full of stellar performances that make you wish this was the film you got in theaters instead of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
While it's not Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey is still a pretty fun romp with everyone's favorite pair of rock obsessed slackers. Not to mention, it's been a good couple of decades since their adventure with Death itself has been released into the consciousness, so perhaps it's time for a bit of a refresher. But if we were to give you one reason to watch this one before it leaves Netflix, it'd probably have to be William Sadler's performance as Death. That board game scene lampooning The Seventh Seal still holds up.
Somehow, someway, American Dreamz got lost in the satirical shuffle of films lampooning the politics of its era. And it's a shame too, because this parody of both American politics and reality TV is an entertainingly dark look at what some will do for fame, and what happens when the leader of the free world starts to realize just how big of a job they truly have. Also, if you're one of those people that loves to pick out familiar faces in an all-star cast, you could make a party game out of this one. We'll give you one for free: yes, that is Willem Dafoe under the Dick Cheney makeup.
The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness
Hayao Miyazaki's animated works are nothing short of breathtaking, and their history is only part of what makes Studio Ghibli an animation house that has transcended time and technology to remain a leader in animated films. The Kingdom of Dreams & Madness focuses on the studio's production of two recent films, The Wind Rises & The Tale of Princess Kaguya, as well as Miyazaki's reflections on various subjects of interest. If you're an animation fan, or even a student of documentaries, you've probably already added this title to your queue.
Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark
Yes, this is another one of those "awesomely bad" movies we're suggesting you watch. However, Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark, the third in a series of sweeping Mega Shark films, is awesome because it just doesn't care about what people think of it. While Sharknado feels like the king of cool when it comes to "so bad it's good" movies, it tends to work too hard at being bad. Mega Shark vs. Mecha Shark is just plain laughably bad, and it doesn't pretend to anything else. If you're looking for a good time, pay some respects to this daring vision of cheese-tastic cinema.
The Invincible Iron Man
The Marvel Cinematic Universe's version of the Iron Man saga isn't everyone's cup of tea. It might feel a little too grounded in reality, and maybe a bit too Robert Downey Jr. for some of Marvel's "true believers." With that in mind, we'd submit The Invincible Iron Man, an animated movie that not only uses more of the mystical approach to the Mandarin, but also eventually lead to an animated Planet Hulk adaptation. So if you've been waiting to see Hulk smash the universe, you should probably watch this one for some background.
The Nanny Diaries
Speaking of Marvel's finest, imagine telling Scarlet Johansson and Chris Evans in 2007 that they'd be teaming up together to bring some of Marvel's most memorable heroes to the big screen. Especially after they'd helped to make the dramedy The Nanny Diaries in that same year. Though we're not trying to sell this one on its Marvel-ous cast members alone, as Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are also part of this story of a woman and her misadventures involving her duties caring for a household's young charge. Also, we will admit, it's kind of funny seeing Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanov in a romantic setting, especially considering their time together in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.