10 things to watch on Netflix: Second edition
A while back, my brother David and I compiled a list of twenty things (ten from each of us) that we thought were not only really good, but were being somewhat overlooked on Netflix. Well, I felt like it was again time to write up a list of my own personal (David is currently busy running culturesnaps.com) list of things I think everyone should watch, on the most used streaming service in the world. So without further ado, I give you the film philosopher’s second edition of “10 things to watch on Netflix” (again, I know it was 20 last time, but it’s just me doing the list this time around).
Shane Carruth has only made a couple of films, to this point in his young career, but both are works of absolute genius. Primer, his debut film, is not only one of the best time travel movies of all time, it is one of the best films of the 2000s. I would stay away, if you are not a patient movie watcher. If you are, though, this is one of the most thought provoking films you will ever see.
9) “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night”
Ana Lily Amirpour burst onto the directing scene with this beautifully filmed vampire film. In a tired genre, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” stands out as a unique and powerful entry. The film features what is, in my opinion, one of the single most breathtaking shots in the history of film. Oh and Sheila Vand is incredible!
8) “Tiny Furniture”
Everyone knows about Lena Dunham, and her HBO smash hit series “Girls”. Not everyone knows, however, that the show sprung from her self-written, directed, and starring film “Tiny Furniture”. Take all of the best things about “Girls” and smash them into 99 minutes, and you have this film.
7) “White Bird in a Blizzard”
I didn’t need much selling, when I heard that Gregg Araki and Eva Green were teaming up to do a psychodrama movie. I was not disappointed, and even surprised at not just how good the film was but how good Shailene Woodley (“The Fault in Our Stars”) is in it. Great film with a shocking ending.
In my “I don’t care about ‘The Walking Dead’ any more, and ‘Game of Thrones’ isn’t here yet.” lull, I stumbled upon “Bloodline”. Do not doubt me when I tell you this is one of the best shows Netflix has brought us yet. It features a stellar cast led by Kyle Chandler (“Wolf of Wallstreet”), Linda Cardellini (“Freaks and Geeks”), and Ben Mendelsohn (“The Dark Knight Rises”) in a career making performance.
5) “The Boxtrolls”
Here’s one for the kiddos (or adults who, like me, enjoy a good kids movie once in a while). Just the amount of time and creativity that go into creating something like “The Boxtrolls” should blow your mind. The movie is a perfect family night watch. Funny, touching, and adventurous how could you not enjoy that?
For my money, Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance in “Nightcrawler” is his finest. He is just so dirty, and weird, and on the edge of insanity. If you haven’t seen this movie yet, get on it! It is one of a kind.
3) “The Dramatics: A Comedy”
A wickedly funny, dark comedy about… what else? Relationships. This one may take some people a bit to get into, but once you do it is worth the wait and will be a film you won’t soon forget. If for no other reason, watch it because the “Fifty Shades” mockery is laugh out loud hilarious!
2) “Before I disappear”
Another great dark comedy. This one features brilliant performances by two actresses you wouldn’t think would be found in a movie about a botched suicide, drug overdoses, and a seedy nightclub owned by a character played by a terrifying Ron Perlman. I am speaking of Emmy Rossum (“Phantom of the Opera”) and the super impressive Fatima Ptacek (better known as Dora… yep… the explorer).
1) “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” (2014)
I am typically a huge crybaby, when it comes to remakes and re-imaginings. Sure one out of every twenty is pretty good, but at what cost?!? Well, when I watched Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s remake of “The Town that Dreaded Sundown”, I was blown away. This will probably stand, for a long time, as one of (if not THE) best horror film remake/sequels ever.
Well… That’s it for this list. There are many, MANY more films I could have added, but those will have to wait until the next edition. Hope you all find something on here that peaks your interest, or that you at least haven’t seen already. Now, I have to get back to watching movies.