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This weekend in Netflix: The best and worst of new instant stream releases

We’re all guilty of lying hungover on the couch all day Sunday, putting the phone on silent, closing the blinds, exerting energy only to put a frozen pizza in the oven, and putting on movie after movie after TV show on Netflix instant stream. Do you ever feel as though there’s no method to your movie selection madness though? An hour later and you’re still searching for something that isn’t a low budget sequel to a ‘90s movie? We’ve got you covered. Every week, Netflix adds new material to its digital library, some good, some really bad. Here are some options for both, because sometimes a bad movie is the best move.

The Good:

“Aziz Ansari: Buried Alive” (2013)

The “Parks & Recreation” actor/comedian returns with another standup special for those who are growing tired of quoting his Kanye bit. This time, the funnyman bears down to focus on love, marriage, and pending adulthood. Fear not: he still finds ways to make it all seem ridiculous.

“Broadcast News” (1987)

The 1987 classic presents a peek into the TV news industry and a love story of two of the dysfunctional workaholics that work in it. It’s quotable, sarcastic, and vintage in the best way possible.

“Say Anything” (1989)

John Cusack stars in this classic romcom that was so good that an indie band named themselves after it. An army brat woos a high school valedictorian and the rest is history. It’s a great date movie too, if you were too lame to take your special someone out.

“National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” (1989)

One of the best of a brilliant comedy series, “Christmas Vacation” is both an ‘80s classic and a timeless holiday film. Clark Griswold and family are good for more than a few laughs but it’s Randy Quaid as Cousin Eddie that truly seals the deal.

“Great Outdoors” (1988)

Very similar to “Christmas Vacation.” This classic flick stars John Candy as a nice guy family man whose patience is tested by his idiot brother-in-law played by Dan Aykroyd. Mishap humor at its finest when those two are in the leading roles.

“The Addams Family” (1991)

This early ‘90s adaptation of an old TV show certainly wasn’t an Oscar contender, but it was good enough to hold up over time and timeless enough to rediscover. The humorously macabre family film is a bit of a cult favorite but translates to any audience that needs to not take themselves so seriously.

“Dexter” (seasons 1-4)

One of the biggest dramas to hit cable the past few years, “Dexter” is now streaming seasons 1 through 4 on the ‘flix. TV series on instant stream can be a dangerous thing, though. First, you’re curious about a pilot. Next thing you know, it’s been 12 hours and you haven’t left the couch. This might be one of those.

The Bad:

“Sharknado” (2013)

This TV movie was something of a sensation this past summer, if for no reason but how entertainingly horrible it is. Tara Reid delivers the best performance in this Syfy monster thriller — and that says something.

“Blacula” (1972)

An African prince rises from his coffin 200 years later to terrorize the Watts district of Los Angeles. I’m not sure if this is racist or not, but I also don’t think I’m the one to judge.

“Best Defense” (1984)

Eddie Murphy was on fire in the ‘80s, but one of his films that remained lukewarm was “Best Defense.” Perhaps it was was the lack of synergy between he and the lead role played by British comedian Dudley Moore or maybe it was just because it wasn’t really that funny at all.

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