Streaming junkies, you’re in luck: 2016 is a Leap Year, which means there’s one extra day in February for you to try to cram in everything that will disappear from Netflix at the end of the month. And seeing as how spring has not yet sprung, it’s the perfect time to hunker down on the couch to plow through all the movies and TV you’ll regret not watching once they’re gone. Need help deciding what to prioritize? We’re here for you. This month the best picks range from outlandish action films and raunchy teen comedies to a Shakespeare adaptation and a Best Foreign Film Oscar winner. Enjoy.
Leaving February 28
Sonic the Hedgehog, Season 1 (1993)
This animated adaptation of the classic Sega videogame depicts Sonic and his friends as freedom fighters against the evil Dr. Robotnik. It somehow ran for two seasons on ABC, and boasts a voice cast that includes Jaleel White, Tahj Mowry, Christine Cavanaugh, and Jim Cummings.
The Sea Inside (2004)
In this Best Foreign Film Oscar-winner, Javier Bardem stars as quadriplegic assisted suicide activist Ramón Sampedro, a man whose decades-long struggle to die peacefully became a central case in the public conversation over euthanasia in Spain. It wasn’t Bardem’s first breakthrough in America—that was Julian Schnabel’s Before Night Falls—but it was another step along the way to Bardem taking acting roles in English.
Leaving March 1
American Pie (2003)
In this raunchy ensemble comedy four teens (Jason Biggs, Thomas Ian Nichols, Chris Klein, and Eddie Kaye Thomas) make a pact to lose their virginities by prom night. But you knew that already. If you were alive at any point in the last decade, you know American Pie. Not only did it bequeath the brash comedic talents of Sean William Scott upon the world, it also ensured none of us ever saw pastries the same way again. The original title for Adam Herz’s screenplay was Untitled Teenage Sex Comedy That Can Be Made For Under $10 Million That Most Readers Will Probably Hate But I Think You Will Love, which expresses the exact self-deprecating underdog sentiment that made it such a huge hit.
Masters of the Universe (1987)
Based on the Mattel toy line, this science-fiction fantasy adventure begins on the planet Eternia, where the warrior He-Man (Dolph Lundgren) battles Skeletor (Frank Langella). Ultimately, He-Man and his companions end up on Earth, interacting with teenagers Julie (Courteney Cox) and Kevin (Robert Duncan McNeill). (You’ve probably heard of one of those actors.) Despite having the power of Grayskull, this movie was a critical and commercial failure when it was released. Now, however, it is a magnificently silly cultural artifact that everyone should watch at least once. If you haven’t already, now is the time.
Cradle 2 the Grave (2003)
Didn’t think the creative team behind Romeo Must Die would ever reunite? Think again, as this is the third film from longtime cinematographer-turned-director Andrzej Bartkowiak to feature rapper DMX. In this balls-to-the-wall action film, X plays expert thief Anthony Fait, who teams up with a Taiwanese intelligence agent (Jet Li) to steal a bag of black diamonds from a crime lord and free Fait’s kidnapped daughter. In case you’ve already cut the cord and can’t watch vintage action movies on TNT, this one is for you.
Last year saw the 20th anniversary Blu-ray of this cult classic, which centers on a group of high school hackers led by Zero Cool (Elementary’s Jonny Lee Miller) and Acid Burn (Angelina Jolie). But why buy a form of physical media when you can enjoy it streaming via the Internet?! It’s a hilariously outdated take on the early days of the web—the War Games of its generation—but it’s still a great midnight movie for anyone looking to immerse in a throwback to a bygone era.
The most famous play in the English language, Shakespeare’s Hamlet follows the titular Prince of Denmark, who returns home after his father’s sudden death to find that his mother Gertrude has already married his suspicious uncle, the newly crowned King Claudius. Director Franco Zeffirelli already made the definitive film version of Romeo and Juliet, but while his version of this epic didn’t enjoy the same accolades, it’s still memorable for Helena Bonham Carter’s turn as Ophelia and Glenn Close’s Gertrude. Not to mention watching Mel Gibson slowly unravel into madness as Hamlet now seems like some awful career foreshadowing.
Quick, name Will Smith’s best movie of the last decade. Since Suicide Squad doesn’t arrive until the summer, it’s this romantic comedy that also features career-highlight performances from Eva Mendes and even Kevin James. Valentine’s Day was a few weeks ago, but that doesn’t mean you and a loved one can’t curl up and revisit this underrated romantic comedy.
A mysterious board game possesses the ability to conjure up frightening jungle animals, and hold a grip on players until they finish playing an entire game. That’s not exactly a family-friendly premise, and yet this Robin Williams action film still became a hit 20 Christmases ago. Two orphaned children (Kirsten Dunst and Bradley Pierce) move into a vacant mansion with their aunt and discover the game Jumanji in the attic. Before they understand the consequences, they begin playing, unleashing disastrous stampedes, poisonous plants, and a ceaseless hunter upon a New Hampshire town. This is getting a remake in 2017, but the original still holds up as a silly CGI-heavy blockbuster.
Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
Before he was Steve Rodgers, aka Captain America, Chris Evans was Jake Wyler, hunky quarterback who bets he can make even the nerdiest girl the prom queen in this teen movie satire. At the time this was rejected as an over-stuffed send-up of already absurd films. But more than a decade later it should be reclaimed as a poignant parody of Pretty in Pink, She’s All That, Can’t Hardly Wait, Cruel Intentions, and many other films in the genre. Scary Movie and its ilk—Date Movie, Epic Movie, Disaster Movie—have given this unrelated generically-titled film a bad name. It’s an unheralded classic that also stars Supergirl’s Chyler Leigh, Jaime Pressly, Samm Levine, and Mean Girls’ Lacey Chabert.