Instant Gratification: “Wet Hot American Summer” and four other good movies now on Netflix

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Pick of the week: “Wet Hot American Summer — Now that the word is out that Netflix has a new prequel series featuring most of the original cast premiering on July 31, it’s high time to revisit David Wain’s brilliant sendup of ’80s summer-camp sex comedies. I’m curious to see if Paul Rudd can still do that horrible “stud” smile.

The Animatrix” — While the original “Matrix” was still hot, the Wachowskis commissioned this series of short animated films set in the “Matrix” universe. It is so much better than “The Matrix Revolutions.”

The Blues Brothers” — Nothing succeeds like excess in John Landis’ gloriously overblown 1979 comedy featuring John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd as Jake and Elwood Blues, alternately celebrating the city of Chicago and smashing it to smithereens.

Blue Velvet” — David Lynch’s brilliantly creepy exploration beneath the surface of 1980s suburbia still retains all its chilling power nearly 30 years later.

Leon: The Professional — Luc Besson’s director’s cut of his 1994 action film, starring Jean Reno as a mysterious assassin who befriends a young girl (Natalie Portman) in his apartment building, is stylish and elegaic.

 

 

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