Armageddon tells to the story of humans trying to stop a giant meteor from destroying earth. And with a cast that includes both Bruce Willis and Ben Affleck, Armageddon is a movie that is literally bigger than life. Sure, the people involved in saving humanity seem like they are only doing it between laughs. And yes, the audience for this movie isn't the same is the one for say, Serenity. That's what makes sci-fi so much fun. Netflix knows that some people might like one style of film or another, but what does it matter as long as they get their content from Netflix?
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Without Rogue One: A Star Wars Story we would never have seen how Princess Leia ultimately got the Death Star plans that Luke would use to destroy the Death Star in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Now, this is a Star Wars film that is in everybody's wheelhouse. It has action, adventure, laughs and tips its hat to Episodes 4-6 to be respectful. What better way to spend a few hours on Netflix than with this baby?
Cloud Atlas (2012)
An ambitious saga from Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowksi and Lilly Wachowski, Cloud Atlas is nearly a 3 hour meditation on human beings and their interconnectedness through time. There... how's that for a one line distillation? Featuring the likes of Tom Hanks and Halle Berry like you've never seen them, Cloud Atlas offers our stars in multiple roles, multiple situations and multiple stories. It also does this with many of the other actors and actresses in this film. The vast bigness of Cloud Atlas represents the perfect way to spend a Sunday with Netflix.
Trollhunter so perfectly melds low budget and large budget filmmaking that this film actually breaks new ground as a sci-fi film. This found footage story of students following a man who who is hunting trolls is the perfect film in the Netflix age. With it's dramatic moments mixed with special FX, Trollhunter truly takes on a life of it's own as you watch it. How many films can claim that?
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie and Giovanni Ribisi top-line Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. This blast from the past film came out in 2004 and did everything it could to recall the acclaimed serial films of the 1930s. With a look and feel that hadn't been seen in years, this film gives us a New York City under attack, disappearing scientists, and two reporters who won't let go of the story of the decade. Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow is the sort of Netflix offering that will make the uninitiated positively giddy!
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Mix tapes, Star Lord, an absentee dad, Drax, and Groot are all the fun elements that appear in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. With a cast that features Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper all reprising their roles from the original (with an assist from Kurt Russell), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 could very well be Director James Gunn's masterwork. So imminently contagious is this film that it singlehandedly revived the cassette tape. Now, if only Netflix could stream all of those somehow?