IMDB has a list of movies and TV shows that will air on Netflix in April 2019. It’s a long list, some of the movies I have seen before, some I don’t care to see again and others I’ve never heard of. There are three I want to see again.
All the President’s Men (1976)
I was still a child when All the President’s Men first came out. If I heard the title back then, it couldn’t have made an impression because I had never heard of Watergate. But we grew up with a set of encyclopedia which was religiously updated with yearbooks. While I may not have opened those yearbooks on the years that we acquired them, I did so years later when I was old enough to be curious about Watergate.
All the President’s Men is about the Watergate scandal that led to the resignation of United States President Richard Nixon and the two Washington Post investigative journalists, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, who did much of the investigation and reporting. Special credit, of course, to the confidential informant, “Deep Throat” (I didn’t know back then that “Deep Throat” had another meaning), whose identity would not be publicly revealed for three decades.
It should be interesting watching the film with my younger daughter, Alex, with whom I watched Vice. For background, context and more intrigue to whet the appetite of a curious mind.
Spy Kids (2001)
According to my daughter, Spy Kids was already on Netflix a while back but was pulled out. So, I suppose that, to be more accurate, Spy Kids is not debuting on Netflix in April but, rather, returning to it.
My family has a special affection for this film. We must have watched it a gazillion times when the girls were growing up. They just never got tired of it. I bet it would be fun watching and re-watching it again with them.
Spy Kids is a story about a family of spies. Rival spies Gregorio (Antonio Banderas) and Ingrid (Carla Gugino) fell in love, married and had two children, Carmen and Juni.
Although Gregorio and Ingrid were confined to desk work after their marriage, they were called to field duty when an agent went missing. When husband and wife themselves went missing, another agent whom the children previously believed to be their uncle had to tell the children the truth. And so the adventures of the Spy Kids to rescue their parents began.
What makes Spy Kids so memorable (for my family at least)? It’s fun. And it introduced us to two actors whom we would develop so much respect for since — Alan Cumming and Danny Trejo.
Although Evolution came out in the same year as Spy Kids, we didn’t get to see it until a year or so later when got hold of a DVD copy.
Like Spy Kids, we have seen Evolution countless times. In fact, it became a go-to film for us for a while. Nothing interesting to see? Let’s watch Evolution.
Never mind that humorless critics said it was a lame attempt to duplicate Ghostbusters. We love Evolution for its irreverent (if, occasionally, dirty) humor and its oh, so original take on how to kill an invading alien species and how the lethal weapon was discovered.
The funniest scene in the film? Seann William Scott singing and communicating with an alien.