In this day and age, we are spoiled for choice when it comes to movies with streaming services such as Stan, Netflix, and Hulu, and no matter the desired genre, there is sure to be a bit of something for everyone.
Perhaps there is a little too much choice.
Most busy people suffer from something called decision fatigue, which is where they have used up all of their decision-making skills throughout the day and so will struggle to make decisions when they get home.
This is why so many people settle for the same old takeaway again and again as they can’t decide on what they want to eat.
This is the same when it comes to deciding what to watch.
With hundreds of choices available on streaming services, many people find themselves scrolling through options and never actually finding anything to watch.
As this is the case, it can be handy to have a list on hand for when decision fatigue sets in and when people want to kick back and watch something that they know they’ll enjoy.
And so, here are some classic pieces of cinema that are available on Australian streaming service Stan which can be enjoyed time and time again.
Stand by Me (1986)
The 1986 film that shot River Phoenix into stardom is the perfect flick for anyone wanting to remember what it is like to be a young boy.
This coming-of-age classic is based on the Stevin King novel “The Body”, and follows the story of four young boys who decide to go on a hike after they learn that there is a dead body somewhere in the woods.
Their journey through the woods is sweet, sad, funny, and overall heart-warming.
This is a great choice for parents to watch with their teenage children, or even to watch together to remember what childhood was like before technology came along.
Click here to watch Stand by Me on Stan.
There is a reason why this movie is constantly parodied and this is because it’s creepy as all get-out.
Before movies like Scream (1996) and I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) were bringing teenage girls together to scare the crap out of each other, there was Carrie.
Director Brian De Palma sure knew how to put together a supernatural horror.
Once again based on a Steven King novel, Carrie depicts a young lady with an overbearing and heavily religious mother who shelters her from almost everything.
This doesn’t go down well at school, which leads to bullying and other unfortunate events that cause Carrie to feel unheard and overwhelmed, and seems to give her the ability to move objects with her mind.
After a cruel prank at prom-night, Carrie (Sissy Spacek) finally snaps and the result is bloody, gory, and all-around terrifying, making this flick the perfect choice for film lovers with a bloodlust.
Click here to watch Carrie on Stan.
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
When most people think about their favourite comedies, it is likely that the original Austin Powers film will make it to the top of their list.
With classic dialogue such as “who does number two work for”, Mike Myers sure knows how to deliver great one-liners all while poking some good fun at the James Bond franchise.
Watching a swinging-sixties spy cryogenically freeze themselves for thirty years in order to capture their nemesis Dr Evil is such as good time, is so silly, and is the perfect choice for when you just need a good giggle.
Click here to watch Austin Powers on Stan.
Annie Hall (1977)
Romantic comedies have entertained audiences for many years and Annie Hall is no exception.
Woody Allen directs and stars in this flick which co-stars Dianne Keating playing his love interest.
The couple attempt to figure out their relationship while figuring out themselves, all with the beautiful backdrop of New York City and everything that the city has to offer.
The film somehow makes issues such as anxiety and relationship conflicts hilarious in a way that only Allen can.
But instead of the happily-ever-after ending, we are given something much more real (slightly reminiscent of 2016’s La La Land).
For anyone who considers themselves a movie buff, Annie Hall is one they need to cross off their watch-list.
Click here to watch Annie Hall on Stan.
Deserted Island Movie Collection: Since I would have a lot of time to kill, I would bring all of John Ford’s movies (there are over 140 after all).
Best Movie Snack: Love a good cheese platter.