Monday, February 2, 2015

Keep it Detroit Even When You're Staying In: Movies to Watch on Netflix Right Now!

Living in Michigan means snow, lots of snow. Sometimes it gets so rough out there that staying in and watching a movie seems a lot more appealing than going out on the town. If you find yourself more attracted to the couch than the bar, but still want to add some Detroit into your night, watch one of these following movies, all of which are currently on Netflix. Each one will add a little Detroit into your night without leaving the couch. Some are "set in Detroit" and some were actually filmed in Detroit. All of them are worth a watch!

RoboCop - The Original 1987
The Original RoboCop was a pretty solid film.  I watched it over and over as a kid and found that it held up as an adult. I used to get scared when I watched it, now it will more than likely just make you laugh. If you haven't watched it in the last ten years, I highly suggest revisiting this one.

Detroit 9000 - 1973
This is a film about two cops in 1970s Detroit. It has some vintage shots of the Renaissance Center and is hailed by Quentin Tarantino as one of his all time favorites.

The Crow - 1994
I'm not ashamed to admit that this is one of my all time favorite movies. It's a love story, it's dark, and the lead character died while shooting the film. The film takes place on Devil's Night in Detroit and has a killer soundtrack. If you haven't seen it, you must. And if you haven't seen it lately, give it another watch. It not only holds up, but it will bring back some good memories of my favorite decade, the '90s.

Detropia - 2012
This is a documentary about the struggles Detroit has faced after the collapse of the manufacturing businesses. You will see some familiar sites and it will make you think, no matter what your personal politics are.

Here are some other notable films set in or about Detroit that aren't currently on Netflix, but are worth a watch if you can get your hands on a copy.

Detroit Rock City - 1999
A film about four hot dudes getting to a Kiss show at Cobo, um yes!

8 Mile - 2002
You know this one, but it's always worth a re-watch. R.I.P. Brittany Murphy

Beverly Hills Cop - 1984
1980s Eddie Murphy. Need I say more?

Dream Girls - 2006
Queen B, Jennifer Hudson, Eddie Murphy, and Jamie Foxx. Set in 1960s Motown.

Grosse Pointe Blank - 1997
John Cusack!!!

Transformers - 2007
Appearances by the historic Michigan Central Station.

Whip It - 2009
Scenes filmed at Lafayette Coney Island and Ferndale High School, plus Drew Barrymore and Derby Girls!


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