Whether you realise it or not, there is a level of comfort that we all enjoy knowing that the majority of our favourite movies are available at the touch of a button, thanks to the ever-expanding streaming universe. Disney movies, classic horror films, and even the entire Pauly Shore collection are all available when and where you want them.
Take, for example, HBO Max. Subscribers are well aware that the channel provides some fantastic movies and TV shows (along with a few duds) to watch at any time and from any location. Although you may not know which of these titles are currently available to watch, it gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling to know that they are ready and waiting for you to watch when the time comes.
What if you didn’t get the movie in time? What if that particular piece of entertainment is no longer available when you go to that list? So, try not to worry. We’re here to alleviate your “missing out” anxiety by providing you with a list of some of the best movies that will be leaving HBO Max at the end of this month, so you can get one last taste before it’s gone.
The Goonies (1985)
A treasure map left behind by “One-Eyed Willy” can bring back childhood memories of being followed by the Fratellis while your friends and you searched for hidden riches as a kid. To top it off, isn’t it convenient to know you can go back in time and relive the magic of that moment whenever you want? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but that option will be gone from the site as quickly as Troy’s bucket in the near future. Keep your inhaler handy, but not quite yet. You still have time to catch up with Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Brand (Josh Brolin), and John Matuszak’s Sloth (John Matuszak) in 1985’s The Goonies, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Event Horizon (1997)
For those of you who have a sci-fi horror itch that needs to be scratched, HBO Max has a plethora of spine-chilling titles to choose from.
However, some of those titles stand out from the crowd. Movies that, no matter how many times you watch them, provide you with the spine-chilling discomfort you crave. Movies like Event Horizon, which, despite knowing what’s going to happen next, forces you to hit the pause button in order to mentally prepare for what you’re about to watch.
This horror classic, which gained a cult following years after its initial release, follows Captain Miller (Lawrence Fishburne) and his crew of the spaceship “Louis and Clark” as they investigate an abandoned ship, the “Event Horizon,” that has been missing for seven years. Dr Weir (Sam Neill), the missing ship’s designer, gradually shifts his emotions from excitement to insanity as the alien forces extend their psychological control from the starship itself to his consciousness.
When technology collides with an unstoppable evil, it’s clear that the crew of the Lewis and Clark don’t have much time left, much like the movie’s availability for streaming.
Gangs of New York (2002)
Martin Scorsese’s Gangs of New York is brimming with star power, with performances from Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, and, most notably, Daniel Day-Lewis.
During the Civil War, the film is set in the historic Five Points neighbourhood of (you guessed it) New York. The city has been ruled by feuding gangs, each with its own claim to territorial control. Bill “The Butcher” Cutting (Day-Lewis) leads the most powerful gang and is as ruthless as he is fascinating. Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) joins the powerful gang in order to exact revenge on his father, who was murdered by Bill in a previous gang conflict.
Take advantage of this historical tale with a Scorsese flavour before it goes the way of the stovepipe hat.
Independence Day (1996)
Independence Day, the go-to guide for repelling extraterrestrial invaders, is sailing off HBO Max to dock with the mothership.
In the film, Earth is invaded by city-sized flying saucers that are strategically positioned to end human existence. But who do you call in these circumstances? If it’s summer blockbuster season, it’s almost certainly Will Smith. Captain Stephen Hiller, an Air Force pilot leading his squad in the fight against these galactic intruders, is played by Smith. However, for a job like this, brawn requires some brains, which is provided by “cable-signal specialist” David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum), who is the ideal person to infiltrate the aliens out-of-this-world Wi-Fi signal.
Ready Player One (2018)
With the rise of Oculus Rift, PS5-VR, and a handful of other VR headsets, the world of Ready Player One is just around the corner. Even if you haven’t tried it yet, pressing a button puts you in the centre of your favourite first-person shooter game, a genuine stadium field where you can play quarterback or even a professional skydiving experience.
The characters in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One spend the majority of their time in the “Oasis,” a virtual reality world that is as detailed as you could hope for in the future.
To win an online “Easter Egg” quest (game clues) devised by the Oasis’s founder, Halliday, Parsival (Tye Sheridan) partners up with Aech (Lena Waithe) and Art3mis (Olivia Cooke) (Mark Rylance). Faced with a cutthroat technology business, Parsival and his pal’s race to uncover the golden egg, which will reward them with sole possession of the Oasis, worth a staggering $300 billion.
With a clever and intriguing plot, this film not only provides thrills and a glimpse into a possible future, but it also provides many nostalgic nods to pop culture from the 1980s and 1990s.
The Color Purple (1985)
For those who haven’t seen the 1985 picture The Color Purple, which was directed by Steven Spielberg and based on a 1982 novel of the same name, now is your chance.
Celie (Whoopie Goldberg), an African-American southern child in the early 1900s, is the focus of the storey. She is barely 12 when she is forced to marry an older widower who is looking for a new bride to take care of his own two children and run his entire house after awful experiences with her violent father.
The Color Purple takes you on a journey that begins with sadness and ends with optimism, triumph, and a little revenge, and it’s full of fascinating scenes about overcoming many obstacles. The Color Purple, directed by Spielberg and starring Danny Glover as Celie’s new widower-husband Albert, is a visually stunning film that also has strong performances from Oprah Winfrey and Danny Glover.
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
Most people know Beverly Hills Cop as the movie that made Eddie Murphy a humorous action star, and he’ll be leaving soon. Actor Murphy plays Axel Foley, a wealthy Detroit police officer who is investigating the death of a close comrade in California’s Los Angeles area. It’s up to Axel (Judge Reinhold), accompanied by Sergeant Taggart (John Ashton), to infiltrate the criminal gang he suspects is responsible for the killing of his comrade.
Lieutenant Bogomil (Ronny Cox), like most police commissioners in 80s movies, isn’t going to stand for this any longer. This murder must be solved quickly or Axle will be sent back to Detroit. Does this sense of urgency ring a bell? In addition, you have a limited period of time to watch Beverly Hills Cop before it’s mailed off!