Monday, June 6, 2016


by Cassie Phillips

I'm thrilled to welcome Guest
Contributor, Cassie Phillips,
to The Show Biz Guru. Cassie
is an entertainmement writer
and online security blogger
who specializes in all things
movies and getting around
geo-restrictions. She's been
known to take entire weekends
off from her engagements
to admire the work of Nolan, 
Hitchcock and Wright. And
she's also mildly obsessed
with movie theater popcorn!

There's nothing better than a night to yourself and a Netflix binge session. And anyone who cares to oppose me can continue down this list of best movies you won’t believe are on Netflix.

Pirates of the Caribbean

It’s hard to imagine that the Pirates of the Caribbean craze went viral ten years ago, long before viral was even a part of our everyday vocabulary. But the truth is, Captain Jack Sparrow is as engaging in TheCurse of the Black Pearl as he has ever been and put Johnny Depp back on the map as one of the greatest actors of his generation. And who doesn’t love a little time spent singing: “Oh, it’s a pirate’s life for me?” Buckle up for a ride down memory lane when Orlando Bloom was the world’s “it” boy and marvel in the beautiful Caribbean beach scenes. At the very least, you’re going to get some serious wanderlust.


Morgan Freeman and Clint Eastwood — need I say more?

For those who are unconvinced by the name dropping, Unforgiven is a classic that makes other classics look bad. While many films of the Old West that many love to reminisce about gloss over the actual nature of the wild west, this flick is a truer tale of what went down while the country was still stretching its reach to the Pacific. Rife with lawless ways and violence, Unforgiven follows two men who are not new to the rough life and offers an up close and personal look at what it does to a man’s soul. Gunslingers, this is your kind of tale, and it is worth every minute!

To Catch a Thief

No matter what anyone says, there’s no Hollywood like Golden Hollywood — the peak years when men were gentlemen and women were ladies and Alfred Hitchcock owned the movie screens. For fans of the modern romantic comedy, To Catch a Thief is the kind of film that makes those movies pale in comparison.

With a string of jewelry heists in the French Riviera, a renounced old cat burglar, played by Cary Grant, finds himself embroiled in the comings and goings of a new mastermind to clear his name of any blame. Along the way, he meets the gorgeous Grace Kelly (before she became an American princess) in the greatest couture the fashion houses had to offer, and she falls for him hard. So take a leaf out of our book and sit back with a lazy afternoon and a good snack. Before long, it'll be you falling in love with this classic love story.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial

Steven Spielberg's E.T. was a follow-up to his Indiana Jones smash hit, and it only further cemented the director as a household name. Following a charming ten-year-old and his encounter with the third kind, E.T. is the route back to childhood and all the warm fuzzies that go along with it. From iconic scene to iconic scene, it's a great trek down memory lane and also an accurate picture of childhood life in the 1980s. For anyone with a penchant for reminiscing, it doesn't get much better than this.

Inglourious Basterds

Nazis, laughs and Brad Pitt — who could say no to that? Following an American group of Jewish soldiers on the hunt to end the life of Hitler during WWII and the Third Reich’s first year occupying France, there are bloody altercations, chance meetings and, of course, a run in with Christoph Waltz, playing devilish Nazi Hans Landa. And man, is it glorious!

Mixed up with a theater, a well-known actress and plenty of revenge, director Quentin Tarantino himself has named this flick his masterpiece. And while we don't necessarily believe he's only got one, who are we to argue? By streaming on Netflix, you can contemplate whether you agree with Tarantino no matter where you are  which is great news. You just never know when you’re going to need a hit of the best there ever was.

Classic movies aren't just ones that have been around for a while. They just have to have that certain something that makes them different from all the other options out there, and that's surely what Netflix had in mind when they licensed to stream these hits. Sit down, grab the remote and begin your education with some of the greatest titles the movie screens have ever seen.

-Cassie Phillips
(June 2016)

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