Here’s a scenario. It’s dinnertime. You open up Netflix and you want to catch a movie but there’s so many options that it’s almost daunting.
Well, let me help. Below, I’m going to outline some stellar picks for movies on Netflix, so next time you have a few hours to kill, you have some ideas!
Ideal if you’re okay with a movie nearing three hours, you’re okay with some raunchy language and profanity, and you want a movie that is hilarious.
Ideal if you want an action-packed dystopian adventure, a film with unique style, and a non-traditional movie that take foreign language methods and messes with (mostly) American talent.
Ideal if you want something light and funny, appreciate colorful and vibrant food, and want a movie that is heartwarming and will leave you with a smile on your face.
Ideal if you want something with some edge, fair amount of violence and profanity, and a movie that features probably the best performance of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s career.
Ideal if you like Joseph Gordon-Levitt, want to dive into the complicated topic of pornography and how it intersects with romance, and if you want a fun and realistic look at dating in this day and age. Not one to watch with your parents or anyone that sex might make uncomfortable.
5 star rating. Full review.
Ideal if you like other Quentin Tarantino films, don’t mind violence, and want to see a hilarious and thrilling revenge film. Manages to take a very tragic time in our nation’s history and simultaneously depicts it very seriously yet also adds a sharp edge to it, as Tarantino has done before (see: Inglorious Basterds).
Kill Bill (Parts 1 & 2)
I could probably list every Tarantino movie on Netflix but Kill Bill is a spectacular choice. It’s a little gruesome (actually a lot gruesome) but it has a fantastic arc with a really strong female lead. Since it’s two movies, it’s a bit of a time investment, but it’s worth the journey.
Jake Gyllenhaal is an absolute powerhouse lately but never moreso than his dark turn in Nightcrawler. He plays a down-on-his-luck guy who finds out he can make money by getting footage of crimes and accidents. It becomes a blurred line when he starts to interfere with these crime scenes and becomes entwined in a murder investigation. While the movie sounds dark (it is), it’s absolutely worth watching to see Gyllenhaal absolutely transform into something else entirely. One of the best performances of 2014.
I’ll add more to this list as Netflix updates its films. And I’m sorry if any of these films are no longer streaming, I’ll try to remove them as that happens!