Most people will be hitting the gym in January. I will be hitting up the supermarket to stock up on snacks for my monthly binge-watch on Netflix. You see, I exercise every single month. Not just in January, which means I am allowed to sit back and eat a pint of Ben & Jerry’s while the resolutioners kill themselves in the gym for a few weeks.
And while I am eating my pint of ice cream, I will be watching an obscene amount of movies on Netflix. Here are the 10 films I will be watching first. Also, I will update this page with direct links to the films once they are added on Netflix.
No. 10 – “Wayne’s World 2” – January 1
I think we can all agree that the original ‘Wayne’s World‘ was better than the 1993 sequel, but that doesn’t mean the sequel was bad. How can you dislike Garth and Wayne? The answer is that you can’t. Invite your friends over, scatter some bags of chips on the table, and watch the lovable duo try to organize a rock concert.
No. 9 – “101 Dalmatians” – January 1
Did this film receive great reviews? No. Should they have even made the film? Probably not. But for some reason, this movie holds a special place in my heart. The place that loves bad movies. I included 101 Dalmatians on the list because it’s something you can watch with your kids without wanting to kill yourself afterwards. Plus, Glenn Close’s performance as Cruella was marvelous.
No. 8 – “Bruce Almighty” – January 1
Jim Carrey, Morgan Freeman and Jennifer Aniston? Sign me up! I have watched this movie at least five times, and it has never failed to entertain me. For those of you who have never seen the film, Jim Carrey plays a down-on-his-luck TV reporter who blames God for not doing his job correctly. God (Morgan Freeman) receives his message and lets him play God for one week. And yeah, it’s a Jim Carrey special, meaning that it will make you laugh and cry.
No. 7 – “Mean Girls” – January 1
Do I even need to explain? Mean Girls is one of the most quotable movies in recent history. The film was written by the hilarious Tina Fey and stars Lindsay Lohan, Amanda Seyfried and Rachel McAdams. One of the reasons this movie is so great is because of the SNL talent behind it. Tina Fey, Tim Meadows and Amy Poehler all play a role in the film, and the producer was the legendary Lorne Michaels. With a name like Smucker’s, it has to be good!
No. 6 – “Cast Away” – January 1
Cast Away has a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and brought in over $400 million worldwide, which was well above the $90 million budget. Tom Hanks earned a Best Actor nomination for his role in the film. He plays a FedEx employee who gets stranded on an uninhabited island after a plane crash in the South Pacific. Co-starring in the film is Wilson, the volleyball.
No. 5 – “Get Low” – January 1
You probably didn’t hear much about this film when it was released in 2009 (2010 in the United States), and that’s a shame because it’s truly a great movie. Get Low scored 87% on Rotten Tomatoes and had an all-star cast with Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and the wonderful Bill Murray. Make sure you add this film to your Netflix queue. You will not be disappointed. If anything, you will be a bit angry you hadn’t watched it before now.
No. 4 – “Frank” – January 8
Out of all the films on this list, I am probably most excited to watch this one, mainly because I haven’t had the opportunity to watch it yet. Frank was released in 2014 and received great reviews from critics. It won Best Screenplay at the British Independent Film Awards. The film stars Michael Fassbender as Frank, the oddball rocker who wears a giant papier-mâché head. There is obviously more to the story, but I feel like that’s all the motivation I need to watch it.
No. 3 – “Election” – January 1
Another great movie to watch with your friends and another film I am really looking forward to watching. It’s been a long time since I have seen Election, so hopefully it will feel like the first time again. Reese Witherspoon brilliantly plays the preppy, conservative high school student Tracy Flick, who believes she will easily win her school’s presidential election. However, the popular and liberal teacher Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick) plans to fix the election so that she can’t win. Election received an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.
No. 2 – “The French Connection” – January 1
There are some good films on this list and there are some great films on this list. The French Connection is a great film. It was the first R-rated film to win Best Picture since the introduction of the MPAA rating system. In addition to the Best Picture win, Gene Hackman also took home the award for Best Actor. Many people believe it’s one of the best films of the 1970s, and it’s hard to argue with them considering it won five Oscars.
No. 1 – “Chef” – January 28
You will have to wait until the end of the month to watch this one, but it’s well worth the wait. Trust me. Chef was not my favorite film of 2014, but it definitely makes my top 10 list. It’s a movie that will just make you feel good. I was in such a good mood after watching Chef that I almost decided to adopt a puppy. The film has Jon Favreauness all over it, which makes sense considering he wrote, produced and directed it. He also stars in the movie, alongside John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara. And even if for some strange reason you find yourself hating this movie, you will want to stick around to see Robert Downey Jr.’s hilarious cameo.