Obscure but Bingeworthy

So here we are, stuck at home for a few weeks. Got a little extra time for mindless entertainment, but nothing to watch? Here are some viewing ideas that might help. A few series and a few movies; most of them are are older and some are quite obscure, but entertaining nonetheless. I’m not certain where to find all these gems, but linked the sources I could find.

The Almighty Johnsons

The tale of 4 New Zealand brothers who happen to be the the incarnations of Norse Gods. Unfortunately, they are minor gods (mostly). This dramedy aired from 2011-2013 in New Zealand, is currently available through Amazon Prime and undoubtedly some other sources.

I Am Not OK With This

Sophia Lillis is absolutely delightful in her portrayal of Sidney, a typical teen girl, dealing with all the usual teen girl stuff. Well, except for the whole developing superpowers thing. Season one is available of Netflix.

Ragnarok

Magne, his brother and his mother return to the town of Edda, Norway, where he experiences the problems of a typical, socially awkward high school student. Except that Magne is destined to become Thor (no, not that Thor) so he can battle the forces of evil in Edda. Season one is available on Netflix. There had better be a season 2!

The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension

It’s hard to think of where to begin when describing this cult classic. Buckaroo Banzai is an adventurer, scientist, brain surgeon, and rock star. He and his gang of geniuses attempt to thwart an alien invasion from the 8th dimension.

Banzai is as campy as it gets, and has some real star-power driving it. Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin, Jeff Goldblum, Christopher LLoyd and Clancy Brown are among the stars in this witty, low-budget masterpiece.

Silverado

Everything that Buckaroo Banzai is, Silverado takes it to the other extreme. Big budget, sweeping vistas and gritty, gripping drama make this a western tour-de-force. I am not a fan of westerns or cowboy movies, but Silverado is one of my guaranteed “stall out” movies. If I see that it’s on, I’m in.

Another riff on the Seven Samurai type films, it’s a story of 4 guys who come together to fight evil in a small western US town in the 1880’s.

The certainly pulled out all the stops when they cast this film, it reads like a Hollywood who’s who. Kevin Kline, Scott Glenn, Kevin Costner, Danny Glover, Brian Dennehy, Rosanna Arquette, John Cleese, Linda Hunt, Jeff Goldblum, Jeff Fahey… this list goes on.

If you’re like me, Silverado may just be that one “Cowboy” movie that will do the trick.