We've all had moments trying to hunt down films that just don't seem to be anywhere online, whether on streaming services, for rent or to purchase. Screenwriter John August (Charlie's Angels, Big Fish, the upcoming live-action Aladdin) noticed that Ron Howard's light sci-fi film Cocoon wasn't available online, he started a list collecting other popular films from the last 30-odd years that are completely absent from the internet for reasons unknown -- and he's asking fellow cinephiles to help fill it out.
I'm curious how many other movies aren't available online. So I'm starting a list. You can add to it. https://t.co/WUMx8TRFTW— John August (@johnaugust) August 9, 2018
August set criteria for the list: Only English-language films released from 1980 to 2016 that were in the top 100 films of the year in the box office will be considered. The current collection can be viewed here, with some surprising omissions from the internet's collective catalog, including Willow, David Lynch's Wild at Heart, the John Cusack classic Better Off Dead and True Lies. Of course, some might just be unavailable at the moment but had likely been on the internet at some point, like Ocean's 11, but it's still a surprise to see that such old favorites have fallen off the edge of the web.