Snowed In: A World of Netflix Awaits

Snowed in? Snow problem! Just because you can’t leave the house, doesn’t mean you can’t get around town. Here are great ways to pass the time with films that take place in New York City, all available to stream on Netflix! So turn down the lights, snuggle up on the couch, and hope that you don’t lose your Internet connection!

Comedies

Mr. Deed's Mr. Deeds (2002): Adam Sandler stars as Longfellow Deeds, a pizzeria owner who suddenly inherits $40 billion. Winona Rider plays the love interest. There are plenty of goofy supporting characters like John Turturro as the “sneaky” butler, and Rob Schneider reprising his Big Daddy deliveryman.
The Producers The Producers (1968): The Mel Brooks classic, with Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder concocting the perfect plan to make money off of a can’t-miss Broadway flop.  Who would predict that Springtime for Hitler: A Gay Romp would be a hit? Ranked 11th on the American Film Institute’s 100 Years… 100 Laughs list.
Zoolander Zoolander (2001) Ben Stiller and Own Wilson star as male supermodels, with Will Farrell as the fashion designer Mugatu.  Famous for its fashion “walk-off” scene, and Zoolander’s trademark look “Blue Steel.” If only Fashion Week were this funny!
Ghostbusters Ghostbusters (1984): “Who ya gonna call?” A comedy classic; Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis star as the title characters, out to save New York City from paranormal activity.  Dozens of great moments and quotable lines, and great NYC moments like the spectral librarian at the NY Public Library and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man terrorizing the Upper West Side!

Dramas

Almost Famous Almost Famous (2000): Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical look at rock music in the 1970s.  Perfectly captures the period, as the fictional band Stillwater travels the country as it seeks out stardom.  The film won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.  The casting is perfect, down to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson in supporting roles.
Rounders Rounders (1998): This film was ahead of its time, showcasing No-Limit Texas Hold ‘Em before it became popular.  Since its theatrical run, it has gained a more popular following.  Matt Damon stars as a young poker player who has to pay off a debt accrued by his convict best friend played by Edward Norton.  John Malkovich steals the film as “Teddy KGB,” the Russian mobster that they find themselves indebted to.
Ghost Ghost (1990): A romantic drama that wonders if love ever dies.  Patrick Swayze spends most of the movie as the titular ghost, murdered during a robbery.  When he discovers it may not have been a random attack, he sets out to protect his girlfriend Molly (Demi Moore). Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for her role as a psychic who finds out she may actually be able to speak to and hear the dead.  You may never ride the subway the same way again!
Rent Rent (2005): The film version of the Tony Award-winning musical; most of the original Broadway cast reprised their roles, including Idina Menzel, Taye Diggs , Jesse L. Martin and Anthony Rapp.  The tale captures the East Village of 1989, as a group of artists, musicians, and political activists struggle with poverty, relationships and HIV.  The incredible soundtrack and great performances make this worth seeing, whether you’ve seen the show or not.
Wolf of Wall Street The Wolf of Wall Street (2013): Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio team up again to tell the true story of Jordan Belfort, the Wall Street wiz-kid who schemed and scammed his way to millions before attracting the attention of the FBI.  Matthew McConaughey and Jonah Hill give unforgettable performances.

Classics

Saturday Night Fever Saturday Night Fever (1977): The movie that helped popularize disco music, and immortalized a white three-piece suit.  John Travolta stars at Tony Manero, hardware store clerk by day, disco king by night.  The soundtrack, headlined by the Bee Gees, is one of the top selling soundtracks of all time.
Breakfast at Tiffany's Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961):  Audrey Hepburn stars as Holly Golightly, her most iconic role.  The opening shot of Hepburn outside of Tiffany’s is one of the most memorable in film.  The romantic comedy seems a bit dated at times, but still retains its charm due to Hepburn’s performance.
Rosemary's Baby Rosemary’s Baby (1968): That apartment in the Dakota might not be worth it! Filmed at the famous West Side building, Rosemary finds out her neighbors may not be what they seem.  Is she pregnant with the spawn of Satan? This psychological thriller will stay with you- see if you can keep the lights off while you watch!

TV Binge

Friends Friends (1994-2004) Could there BE any more snow? Stay inside and watch all 236 episodes! See how the show evolved over time, and be thankful they got rid of the monkey when they did! Be on the lookout for the guest stars, like Julia Roberts, George Clooney and Sean Penn.
Mad Men Mad Men (2007- present): The stylish world of 1960s New York City advertising is the focus of this 4-time winner of the Emmy for Best Drama Series.  The show focuses on ad exec Don Draper, and follows his life in and out of the office.  Catch up on the first six and a half seasons before the final episodes begin airing this April.
Louie Louie (2010- present): Louis C.K. created, writes, directs, and stars in this series, which airs on FX.  The show takes a fictionalized look at his life in New York City with his two daughters, his ex wife, and his career. The show is unusual in that there is no continuity between episodes, and each episode usually contains two somewhat related vignettes.  The writing is incredible, and is truly like nothing else on television.  The first 3 seasons are available to stream.
30 Rock 30 Rock (2006-2013): Created by Tina Fey, the show chronicles the hijinks backstage at a Saturday Night Live-style show airing on NBC.  Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan are absolutely hilarious, and the show pokes fun at show business, celebrities, and even NBC.  It is often absurd, but usually brilliant.

With the kids

Annie Annie (1982): Forget the Jamie Foxx version, and settle in with this delightful family film.  Aileen Quinn is perfect as the titular red-haired orphan, and Carol Burnett is hysterical as the cruel Miss Hannigan.  Your kids will love the story, and you will no doubt find yourself singing along to the soundtrack, including “It’s a Hard Knock Life.” And hopefully the sun will come out “Tomorrow.”
The Rescuers The Rescuers (1977): This often-overlooked Disney classic will be a nice respite from yet another viewing of Frozen! Follow the adventures of the Rescue Aid Society, an international mouse organization whose headquarters are in New York.  Two of the mice set out to rescue Penny from the evil clutches of Madame Medusa!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1990) The first live action feature with the famous amphibians is still the best.  When the NYPD can’t stop Shredder and the evil Foot Clan, it falls to the four famous Ninja Turtles. Yes, that is Corey Feldman as the voice of Donatello!