Here is a list of all the best Netflix and Amazon Prime movies off the beaten path. I created this site to save everyone time searching for good movies. These are the best streaming movies on Netflix and Amazon Prime you probably haven't seen yet. Click on a movie and enjoy!
My Take: Filmmakers go undercover to expose the illegal Ivory trade. So if you didn’t already know, poachers are slaughtering elephants by the thousands to fuel the horrible and deeply corrupted, illegal Ivory trade. It’s kind of shocking that most of us don’t realize that elephants could be extinct in the next few years. The Ivory Game is one of those pretty sad movies on Netflix that really put things into perspective. These journalist risked their lives to expose this, and anyone who risks their life for such a worthy cause deserves our attention at the very least. No good Netflix list is complete without real life examples of heroism.
My Take: Sun Choke. A woman is on a bizarre health regimen administered by her caretaker in the hopes of preventing a mental relapse. I really have no idea what’s going on in this one, but it’s interesting, to say the least. There’s a lot of good cinematography, creepy music, and even creepier characters. I guess this was considered a "mood" piece, but the only mood I got out of it was a really weird one. The whole movie I was struggling to understand what this girl's condition was because you really don't have any clear picture. Sun Choke has a lot of trippy scenes that make this one of the better psychological thrillers on Netflix. It's hard to really explain how to recommend this film from my Netflix movies list, so you really just have to trust me on this. Plus, it was way more violent than I expected!
Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: Surfers travel to a remote corner of Iceland during a winter storm in search of waves. This is definitely one of the best surfing movies I've seen, but you really don't need to be a big fan of surfing to enjoy this movie. Under An Arctic Sky was just a fun ride. It's crazy because I didn't even realize that I went to high school with the director of the movie and I totally recognized him. Small world. The cinematography is great and I hope Netflix plans to add more indie type films like this in the future. I can't imagine anyone would have anything bad to say about this movie. It's just a bunch of surfer friends coming together and venturing off into the unknown. This is one of those good surfing movies that is about a lot more than just riding waves. I give them props for staying the course when the weather gets so crazy. All in all, this was a great story and a great way to spend forty minutes of your life tonight. You won't know it until the end, but this is one of those Netflix movies with a once in a lifetime experience. Under An Arctic Sky is one of the best Netflix new releases I've seen lately.
Category: Adventure, Documentary
My Take: A man seeks answers after a horrible crime is committed. The Fury of A Patient Man. I admit, it starts slow out of the gate, but you might be surprised of what’s to come. I find that's the case with a lot of good Netflix movies. If you’re patient (pun intended), you will be pleasantly surprised. This is probably one of the best suspense movies on Netflix to come out of Spain. You’ll soon figure out how they came up with the title of the movie. When it gets going, it goes 0 - 60 real quick.
My Take: A career criminal struggles between getting through another job and maintaining his life as a vicious alcoholic. Bad Santa is one of the best dark comedy films on Netflix. You will always get mixed reviews from people when it comes to black comedy movies but I can assure you that Bad Santa is not to be missed. I think some people just can't handle dark comedies but I love them. Like I said, I would say that Bad Santa is definitely one of the best dark comedies I've seen added to Netflix in the past year. Billy Bob Thornton is such a mess it's ridiculous. Now this is my type of Netflix Christmas.
Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama
My Take: Narcos chronicles the rise and fall of the Colombian cartels of the 1980's. I would have to say that Narcos is the best series I've seen on Netflix yet. I think most people in America shutter at the thought of a typical Mexican drug cartel, but the Colombian drug cartels are the ones who started it all. Besides my lifelong infatuation with the Colombia cartels, the best thing about Narcos is that it's based on true events that make this series almost as educational as it is interesting. It's always surprising to me that people actually look up to gangster and drug lords as if it's something that's "cool" when they don't really understand the effect these people have on their communities and, in this case, an entire country! This is undoubtedly the best choice for you if you like drug cartel movies. Clearly, drug cartel movies on Netflix don't get better than this. The next best thing about Narcos is the acting. Pablo Escobar, played by Wagner Moura, is one of the most evil and at the same time, likeable, characters I've ever seen. His ruthlessness knows no bounds, but his dominance over his peers from the outset is obvious. Another very cool part of this series is that Narcos is filmed on location in Bogota, Medellin, and Panama, among other Central and South American places and it shows them in all their beauty. So if you like a ton of vicious action and are interested in the true story of the most well-known drug lords out there, you came to the right place. There's a ton of movies about drug cartels, but none of them compare to the real thing. If there was a single series I could recommend to watch on Netflix, it would be Narcos.
Category: Crime, Drama
My Take: A woman fed up with life and the people around her enlists the help of a neighbor to track down the thieves who burglarized her house. This Netflix Original movie that was surprisingly entertaining. The random characters in this one are all original and really good at the roles they play, especially the gritty ones. Add this to your list of good thrillers on Netflix. Good acting throughout and it's surprisingly dark!
Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: 16 Year old John Wayne Cleaver battles with sociopathic feelings while searching for a vicious killer stalking his small town. This one fits perfectly into the “dark” genre and you can’t go wrong when you can pull that off. I love IFC midnight movies, and this one stays true to the honor of being one. There’s mystery, thrill, gore, and a good set of actors to keep you entertained. It's definitely one of the best Netflix streaming movies that have been added lately. Plus, Christopher Lloyd is in it! I mean who doesn’t like Christopher Lloyd? Great to see him back in action. I can finally say I have Christopher Lloyd on my list of movies on Netflix.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: Fresh outta county, Tangerine searches the streets for the pimp that broke her heart. Filmed straight from an iPhone, the performances seem so real that it gives you a candid glimpse into a world you probably have never seen. The characters are un-deniably original with a street-wise attitude that seems impossible to fake. By the way, it's one of those good Netflix movies that has a seriously disturbing scene, so be warned.
Category: Comedy, Drama
My Take: A traveling punk-rock band gets trapped in a green room by white supremacists. Talk about gruesome. The thing with Green Light is that it’s not the most amazing movie you will see this year, but I’m willing to bet it could possibly have the most shocking scenes of brutality you’ve seen this year or any other year. I rarely cringe at scenes, but this one got me. Patrick Stewart plays a particularly nasty character, and it was interesting to see him in a bad light.
Category: Crime, Horror, Thriller
My Take: A man sets out on a journey to find his son and learns a valuable lesson about his own life. I liked this one simply for the fact that you get to see a side of Brazil that isn’t normally portrayed. It showed the country, the people, and the generations throughout the years. It's one of the best Netflix streaming movies I've seen from Brazil. In particular, it's one of the best movies to watch on Netflix about the simple life in Brazil. You usually see bad things from movies coming out of Brazil, but this one sheds light on the normal, interesting, everyday lives of Brazilians...
My Take: After witnessing death at an early age, Francisca develops dark curiosities. I can’t say why I liked this one so much; call it morbid curiosity. I mean the plot, the characters, the whole vibe of the movie was so foreign to me. I'm excited to warn you, you may find this one truly disturbing. I guess you could consider this movie one of the film noir movies too. I mean, the whole reason I gave it a shot was from these actual reviews on Netflix. “The most disturbing movie I’ve seen this decade” “This film will haunt my memories. 'Disturbing' and 'violent' are accurate descriptions for it…” In my opinion, this is actually the best way to find great Netflix movies. And I actually agree that this is one of the most disturbing movies on Netflix. So, naturally I was intrigued and I honestly haven't been this intrigued since Baskin.
Category: Drama, Horror
My Take: Two personal trainers are struggling with what they want in life while dealing with a newly wealthy client that just doesn’t care enough. Funny story about the differences of crazy trainers and regular people.
My Take: A mysterious murder plagues a small Wyoming Indian Reservation with a bad reputation. When I originally saw the Wind River trailer I didn't think much of it. When I watched it, the first thing I thought about was, “Wow, Wind River Wyoming looks cold!” I’m not a big fan of living in the snow, never mind dealing with a damn blizzard. The Wind River cast is strong and Jeremy Renner puts on a good performance as a man willing to help his townsfolk find a killer and deal with tragedy he knows all too well. After watching the movie, I looked up the Wind River true story and it was pretty depressing. As if Native Americans didn’t have it bad enough throughout the history of America. It’s sad to read about the crime and poverty-stricken Indian Reservations in the U.S.
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: Betting on Zero is the story of hedge fund manager Bill Ackman’s quest to expose Herbalife as a pyramid scheme. My Netflix movies list just got a whole lot more thought provoking with this one. Ackman is clearly an intelligent, albeit slightly arrogant, person, but his pursuit is clearly warranted. What this movie did for me is remind me of something I’ve known my whole life--billion dollar markets are made by profiting from the hopes and dreams of the lower class. Corporations have always preyed upon people's hopes of a better life and, unfortunately, I think it’s just a fact of life now that has infected every type of industry. It’s the financial advisor who sells you the dream of financial security, but who only really cares about his commission and not his clients. The motivational speaker that will tell you how to live your life and become successful, but only for a hefty fee, of course. It even goes as far as the government pushing millions into advertisements for college degrees as the only way to succeed, while you get stuck with a 40k+ loan that you can never pay off. Oh well, c'est la vie right?
My Take: Years after their father died by getting lost on the mountain, two brothers are reunited in their hometown in the Rocky Mountains. I liked it. Tyler Labine is always pretty funny. Plus I have brothers so I can relate.
Category: Comedy, Drama, Family
My Take: Held captive for years in one room, a woman and her son attempt to escape. Room was a great movie but I have a feeling it will be hard to stomach for some people. Brie Larson is a pretty amazing talent and she has continued to shine from a very young age. It's a suspenseful and heartrending movie on survival. I can't imagine being trapped in such a nightmare but Room manages to be very powerful as a true-crime thriller. For one of the free thriller movies on Amazon Prime, this one can't be beat.
Category: Drama, Thriller
My Take: The story of the unsolved murder and the mysteries that surround the death of a nun decades ago. The first thing that I will say is that it's a downright shame that a lot of people have not heard about The Keepers. This isn't your typical church documentary or one of those cheesy church movies. It's so hard to see another horrible catholic church scandal and this may be one of the first ones that to actually be documented. This documentary is a heart-wrenching tale with some of the vilest human beings I've ever witnessed or heard of. With all the recent exposures of the church being involved in sexual misconduct, The Keepers seems all too real and heartbreaking knowing so many young women's lives were irrevocably damaged at the hands of the people they trusted the most. Once you really dig into the story I have a feeling you will feel the exact same way I did. You wish you could go back in time and find these men and put a stop to all the horrible abuse once and for all. It seems like we're hearing about a new church scandal every day. The Keepers is one of the oldest examples I've seen of how horrible church scandals can be. Skip the nun movie about the horror story, this is true life horror. I admire the main characters of the documentary who stayed steadfast for decades in search of sister Kathy's murderer.
Category: Documentary, Mystery
My Take: Hold the Dark. Welcome to wolf town! A wolf expert is asked to search for wolves that have been killing children in a remote Alaskan village. That sounds like a pretty cheery movie already huh? So this movie was directed by a man named Jeremy Saulnier. If you haven’t heard of him already, he’s one of the men responsible for Blue Ruin and Green Room (along with Macon Blair), which are two brutally violent movies. Hold the Dark is a very strange, albeit confusing, movie filled with a heavy dose of violence. I’ve always been a fan of scenes with realistic, bloody, carnage and even when the story goes off the rails a little bit, I still feel like the pure entertainment of violence makes up for it in the long run. This is actually the first wolves movie to grace my list. This isn't one of those wolf horror movies but it may make you flinch at a scene or two. And this isn't one of those werewolf movies either. One of my favorite parts of Hold the Dark is the wild wolves used throughout the movie. I haven't seen such cool looking dogs since Dances with Wolves. So I don’t really know if you will find the answers to your questions by the end of Hold the Dark but you will find blood and lots of it.
Category: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: Cloud Atlas explores the impacts and actions of lives throughout the past, present, and future. I thought this was one of the top sci fi movies of 2012 and one of the best science fiction movies I've seen lately. So Cloud Atlas is a much bigger movie than I would usually promote, but I'm doing so because it got such bad reviews. I wish I could say it wasn't a common thing, but the more I read peoples reviews, the more I realize that the world is just filled with people that either don't know what a good movie is, or they want to pretend like they are the best critics in the world. I myself don't pretend to be the best critic, but I know a good movie when I see one. Time and time again I have promoted movies that I claim to be in a range of 7 to 10 and, at the very least, aren't a waste of your time. Cloud Atlas isn't a story to be taken literally or to imagine a future that actually consists of the story, as some crazy people have mentioned. It's a movie that is very well thought out and only follows the confines of a story that was completely made up, yet is highly entertaining. It's extremely original and that alone is something that nearly every movie lacks. Even most science fiction movies aren't original these days. In fact, the latest sci fi movies on Netflix are pretty horrible. I personally thought Cloud Atlas was a great movie, but even if you somehow don't, I bet you will admit that the entertainment factor is at the very least, worth a 7 rating. Also, I'm never a fan of promoting big name actors on my Netflix movies list, but I wanted to make an exception here because it's worth it. I haven't read the Cloud Atlas book though, so I can't say how close it was to the movie, but the Cloud Atlas movie is worth your time. Great sci fi movies don't have to be plausible, they just have to be entertaining.
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction
My Take: A student at Frederick Douglass University proudly pledges to a famous African-American fraternity and slowly questions his decisions after increasingly violent hazings. I thought it was interesting watching Burning Sands and getting a glimpse of the mind of college kids pledging to a fraternity. It's crazy what kids will put themselves through just to be a part of a certain group. You can always predict things going badly with fraternity hazing but you still come away with a powerful view of a coming of age story. The acting was great with all characters and there's plenty of violent and ridiculous fraternity antics to keep you entertained. I'm pretty sure it's the first good Netflix movie about fraternity hazing. One thing I will say is that I really got the feeling of wanting to smack that stupid grimace off their faces haha. Give it a try and you'll see what I mean.
My Take: Set in Amsterdam, this is the true story of the kidnapping of the heir to the Heineken brewery. Five longtime friends pull off the heist but tensions quickly grow between them after realizing the consequences of what they've done. I found this one on a 9-hour flight home. It's a pretty interesting true story and a good addition to Netflix thrillers. There is a ton of good actors and after you watch the movie, make sure to Google the rest of the story.
Category: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Spring Breakers is the story of a group of girls on spring break who come up with the idea of robbing a convenience store to continue funding their spring break adventure. Man, where do I start with this disaster of a movie? First of all, I think everyone aims for a cheap spring break, but not many people are willing to commit crimes to keep the party going. I'm probably gonna get some flack for even having this movie on my list, but give it a chance, even though the whole Spring Breakers cast is fairly annoying. Although, James Franco probably gives his best acting performance. I'm not really a big fan of his, but this ridiculous movie convinced me that he can actually act. Overall, Spring Breakers is an absurdly entertaining movie of misguided youth mixed with a horribly campy rendition of wannabe criminals. There's plenty of bright lights and cheesy one-liners to keep you entertained. If you're wondering where to go for spring break and feel like getting a primer for the madness, give this a shot.
Category: Crime, Drama
My Take: In an attempt to exonerate her brother, she must face the terror from their past. Oculus was honestly creepy. It has a pretty cheesy name, but you might just be surprised with the quality of this one. Everyone familiar with my Netflix movie list knows I'm a big fan of Stephen King movies based on his books and this one didn't disappoint. It has his stamp of creepiness all over it. There is a strong cast and Oculus might just manage to send chills up your spine. There is also a lot more to Oculus than just the haunted house story. In fact, I thought it was one of the more chilling Netflix horror movies. Watch it.
My Take: Jack Torrance takes a job as a caretaker during the winter at the Overlook Hotel. I've always liked The Shining down to The Shining hotel, The Shining carpet, The Shining twins, The Shining hallway, The Shining maze, and pretty much everything in between. Yes, I know, most people have seen The Shining. But what about the people who haven't? It would be a shame for them to miss out on this gem of a movie while it's still streaming on Netflix. To most, The Shining is Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece. To me, it's just original horror that's rarely duplicated these days. Movies don't really attempt to reach into the depths of madness as The Shining does. Not surprisingly, The Shining is another one of Stephen King's books and it brings all the uncomfortable, dreadful, feelings that he is known for. Of course, Jack Nicholson gets all the praise, but I thought Shelley Duvall (Wendy) really shined as well. One of my favorite things about The Shining is the music. As a kid, it set the bar for what terrifying horror movie sounds should be. It's, of course, a classic that can be enjoyed whether or not you've seen it already. Such classic movies on Netflix never last long on streaming video so make sure to catch it while you can so you don't have to be searching all over for The Shining movie online somewhere. Also, I hear The Shining book is a good read if you want something even better than The Shining movie.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: Two brothers go on a tour of the sites of the Manson murders. One is a successful family man, the other lives his life through nothing but a backpack. This trip will change their relationship forever. I genuinely liked this one. Very good acting and an interesting look into the emotional issues between two brothers. A bizarre story that builds up more tension on the screen than I've seen in a long time. Well worth the watch. I'm excited to see Netflix brought this back to streaming movies. It keeps bouncing on and off my list of movies on Netflix.
Category: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
My Take: A full life documentary from start to finish. Lance Mackey is a champion of the Iditarod who spent his life in the shadow of his father. He takes you through the many steps in life that made him who he is today. No matter how much he tried to run from his destiny, eventually it catches up to him. Man, very inspiring movie. It's another very picturesque Alaska one, but it does a great job of looking into his whole life and what made him into the man he is today. It's interesting, to say the least, and a very uplifting story to add to my Netflix movies list.
Category: Adventure, Documentary, Drama
My Take: The story of recovering addict John Wood attempting to reclaim his own mummified leg from Shannon Whisnant who found it in a grill he lawfully purchased. I mean that says it all right? How could this actually be real? Thankfully, there’s a whole documentary to prove it is. It turns out, some of the best movies on Netflix are also the strangest. Besides all the ridiculousness and laughs, Finders Keepers has a very family oriented feel in the sense of dealing with a family member's addiction and the affects it can have on everyone. Shannon Whisant is clearly delusional and seems to have lost touch with reality in his quest for fame. But still, he’s undeniably interesting just like a zoo animal you’ve never seen before or a mummified human foot showcased behind the glass. A great addition to my Netflix movies list.
My Take: Raoul Duke and his attorney Dr. Gonzo travel to Las Vegas with a briefcase full of drugs to cover a motorcycle race. I was very excited to see this movie added to Netflix. If you haven't seen it, it's an instant classic that you need to watch tonight. Trippy movies don't get better than this. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas really put Benicio Del Toro on the map as one of the best actors we have today. This is literally the top of the heap for mind bending movies. I mean it blows away the competition in every single scenario of the best mind blowing movies, mind twisting movies, top mind bending movies, mind bending films, etc. Be ready to witness the pure drug-induced madness.
Category: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
My Take: A family who lived through the genocide in 1960’s Indonesia gives you a glimpse into their lives while confronting the men that murdered one of their sons. A shocking documentary on the Indonesia genocide of the mid-1960's. The Look of Silence instantly made my Netflix movie list after I saw it. It's definitely one of the more sad movies on Netflix. Be warned, it's extremely graphic content. I thought the director did a perfect job of conveying the message that no matter what, we can't look away, and we must always remember the past or we're doomed to repeat it. Like I mentioned, it's one of the more depressing movies on Netflix, but well worth the watch.
My Take: Follow the story of the original Yosemite rock climbers. Their culture is looked down upon but their skills are undeniable. An amazing tale of the generation that defied the laws of gravity and paved the way for the sport. So glad I found this one and instantly added it to my Netflix movies list. I've honestly only rock climbed one time but I have a lot of respect for the sport after just one time. This a great documentary of the pioneers of the sport. I'm going to go ahead and say it's the best Netflix movie about rock climbing. Then I'm going to say it's one of the best movies to watch on Netflix. It's inspiring, hilarious, and downright terrifying! I haven't laughed so hard I cried in awhile, but "Chongo" definitely got me.
Category: Adventure, Documentary
My Take: 1922 is the story of a simple farmer doing whatever he can to keep his land and live out his days on the farm. Actually, it’s funny, I started 1922 and about 5 minutes in I switch it off and went to bed. I thought it was just gonna be another cheesy movie. For some reason, I decided to give it another shot and it actually turned out to be one of the best Netflix movies I've seen in awhile! Stephen King has his creepy stamp all over it and Thomas Jane did a great job. There are some pretty haunting scenes and lots of bloody action. I will continue to add all these Stephen King gems to my Netflix movie list, so I hope you're a fan!
Category: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery
My Take: A Harvard Medical School graduate becomes obsessed with a female patient in a mental hospital. I've always liked Kate Beckinsale. She's not really kicking ass in this movie, like usual, but she still puts on a great performance. Stonehearst Asylum is one of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix about a mental institution. I don't know why the critics hate on this movie, I thought it was well worth the time. Netflix thrillers are hard to come by these days and Stonehearst Asylum has a great cast. This psychological thriller was actually one of the first movies I added to my Netflix movie list a few years ago, but Netflix removed it for whatever reason. Great to see it back for another run.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: A woman expecting her first child bonds with the neighbor downstairs. After witnessing a shocking accident, she gives birth to her baby and slowly begins to question her neighbor’s behavior and motives. The tension is palpable. It’s been awhile since I found one that kept me interested in a tension building type of way. There is good acting and a lot of twists and turns that continue to ramp up on the creepy neighbor vibe.
My Take: The high-profile case of Michael Peterson on trial for the murder of his wife. The Staircase is the next logical step after Making a Murderer. I know there are a lot of people out there that love true crime and as far as Netflix true crime goes, this is one of the best true crime series they got. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you on the edge of your seat and ultimately you'll either lean towards one side or the other. Also, I'm always surprised at the amount of footage people collect during trials that they don't necessarily know are going to be so sensational at the time. The Staircase truly is a puzzle of a story and it's hard to talk about it without giving anything away. Regardless of your ultimate opinion on what really happened, I'm sure you will agree that this is a must-watch documentary for anyone who enjoys true crime and it's a powerful representation of what the justice system is capable of. This is definitely one of the strangest true crime stories I've seen in a long time.
Category: Crime, Documentary
My Take: A young man goes in search of his brother who is thought to have left their tiny village to gain success in America. This one is chock full of laughs and serves as an interesting glimpse of how lives are lived throughout the most impoverished parts of the world. I have a feeling it is one of the best bollywood movies on Netflix right now. I thought it was a meaningful story that really put into perspective the view other cultures have of America as some mythical land where all your dreams come true no matter what.
Category: Comedy, Drama
My Take: Donald Cried. Peter Latang returns to his hometown after 20 years to take care of the estate of his recently deceased grandmother. Once back home he runs into an old friend from high school. One word describes this movie, awkward. But there’s a lot of humor mixed into pretty much every awkward scene so don’t worry about cringing for too long. Donald Cried was actually a very well acted movie. There’s clearly not much of a budget, but it keeps your attention pretty much the whole time. In a way, it’s kind of scary to think about people you knew in high school turning out this way and maybe Donald Cried should almost be in the category of sad movies on Netflix. I think we all had at least one friend that reminds you of Donald’s character at least a little. Needless to say, this is great character work and a great addition to my Netflix movie list. In fact, if you like awkward comedies, this is one of the best new movies on Netflix and one of the very funny indie movies on Netflix.
Category: Comedy, Drama
My Take: A successful criminal considers taking on one last score while a fearless detective tries to hunt down him and his crew. Heat will forever remain as one of my favorite action movies of all time. Of course, it doesn't hurt that this Heat movie has two of the greatest actors ever born in it. Robert Deniro and Al Pacino go at it in a classic cat and mouse game in Heat. I honestly don't even care that this is a very popular movie because it absolutely belongs on my Netflix movies list. Netflix drama and Netflix crime don't get much better than this. Even if you aren't a fan of Deniro or Pacino (really!?) you will enjoy the vicious action through this Heat movie. You will find that Val Kilmer has one of the most impressive action scenes ever and Ashley Judd is great in her role as well. What's really weird is that Al Pacino and Robert De Niro are hardly in any movies together aside from the classic The Godfather. As it turns out, even as they get older, Al Pacino and Robert de Niro movies are still very limited. There are numerous other big name actors that all bring something to Heat. I promise you that you won't be disappointed if you haven't seen this yet. Heat is well worth your time.
Category: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Embarking on his annual journey, the story of Hector’s fall into homelessness slowly comes to light. A very interesting film about the struggles of homelessness and how differently some people deal with tragedy. This one is chock full of compassion, empathy, and a general feeling of goodwill towards people from all walks of life. I felt like it was one of the sad movies on Netflix just because homelessness is such a hard life to live. Oh, and there’s about 5 minutes I challenge you to try and decipher the thickest Scottish accents in the world! This actually might be the only Scottish movie on my list of movies on Netflix.
My Take: In the near future, the Japanese government decides that it will force a class of outcast 9th graders to fight to the death on a remote island. Man, that description alone just sounds awesome, doesn’t it? I was very excited to see Battle Royale added to Netflix. The Hunger Games clearly stole their plot from this movie and still pales in comparison. I really think you’re gonna like this dark, bloody, spectacle of a movie. In an age where Netflix only seems to care about Netflix Original series, I'm very grateful to add this to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Jerry is a normal guy working at the Milton Bathtub Factory. He lives a normal life and has a not so normal personality problem. Ok, so I know this is blasphemy to some people, but I'm really not a big fan of Ryan Reynolds. To me, it just seems like he tries a little too hard injecting jokes in every single one of his lines. But I will say that The Voices really changed my opinion of him and his ability to do a decent acting job. He may actually star in one of the best serial killer movies on Netflix. The Voices is a grisly movie that was darker than most dark comedies. What's really creepy is being inside his mind knowing that there are people in the world that have actually committed such crimes. The Voices managed to put chills up my spine thinking about that. They recently added this back and I'm happy to have it on my Netflix movie list again.
Category: Comedy, Crime, Horror, Thriller
My Take: An eccentric high school student with contempt for his peers has a seemingly sinister friend named Frank. I was excited to see Donnie Darko get added to Netflix streaming movies this month. It's a strange, gripping, type of mind bender movie. I remember thinking it was really underrated when I saw it for the first time. I'm a much bigger fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's early work than his new stuff and this is my favorite movie of his. You might need to watch it more than once to really grasp how deep it goes. Even though it was made in 2001, it's probably one of the newly added best thrillers on Netflix.
Category: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
My Take: Justine is a brilliant teen who slowly uncovers a dark family secret. I actually didn’t read any reviews about Raw before I saw it so everything really came out of the blue. I suppose this is a horror, but there’s a lot more story to this one than your typical horror. I thought it was actually one of the new best thrillers on Netflix too. I always get a little bit of a culture shock with foreign movies, but the focus of Raw is something everyone in the world has heard of and we all know how gruesome it is. Raw is a great addition to my Netflix movie list. If you're searching for "best horror movies streaming Netflix", give Raw a try.
Category: Drama, Horror
My Take: A fun and bloody movie that follows an orphaned kid in a post-apocalyptic wasteland. Turbo Kid was happy spending his days searching for random items that survived the apocalypse until one day he meets a girl. Soon, Turbo Kid finds himself fighting a warlord and all his twisted goons. Ok, it takes about 5 minutes to see how cheesy and low quality this movie is. But give it a chance. Lots of "B-rate" blood and gore await! Quirky and entertaining.
Category: Adventure, Action, Comedy, ScienceFiction
My Take: Drifting criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping and holding for ransom a surrogate mother. This is another throwback starring Benicio Del Toro and Ryan Phillipe. What I really liked about this Netflix thriller is that these guys are a very different type of criminal. It's one of those exceptionally violent Netflix thrillers with two of the most carefree criminals you might ever see. And when I say carefree, I mean they don't seem to really care about anyone or anything except for money. The Way of the Gun has a very famous, and funny, opening scene of the likes I'm guessing you've never seen before. As an added bonus, I finally get to add Juliette Lewis to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: A family must come together to reconcile the mystery and terrifying experience of living in Hill House. There are not that many scary movies on Netflix right now but we just got a pretty scary Netflix show. I never really thought I'd be into one of those scary Netflix haunted house shows, but The Haunting of Hill House changed that all for me. For those not familiar with Mike Flanagan, he is an extremely talented director that has a knack for translating terrifying books onto the big screen. I first thought of watching The Haunting of Hill House after Stephen King gave it such raving reviews but, to be honest, I wasn’t really into the idea of a “scary” Netflix series to watch. I didn’t think it would actually offer anything that could be considered horror throughout multiple episodes. But I was wrong. The Haunting of Hill House is good and it’s very creepy. Even for someone who was never into the haunted house themes, I’m betting you will find more than a few scenes that will get to you and I’d be surprised if you didn’t jump at least once. But don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.
Category: Drama, Mystery
My Take: After a sexual encounter, a girl is stalked by a nightmarish spirit. It's really hard to actually scare an audience these days, but I have a feeling there's gonna be a scene or two that might get you! In my opinion, it has a perfect concept of psychological horror and the impending threat is undoubtedly a little nerve-racking. I wouldn't call this one of the good thriller movies on Netflix, I'd call it one of the best. The best movies to watch on Netflix are the ones that get you thinking about it after you watch it. There's something about a never-ending, never-sleeping threat that sends chills up your spine. I can't exactly say that this fits into the genre of zombie movies on Netflix, but I feel like it almost should be in it. This one has got to be on everyone's Netflix movie list and it's also one of the best suspense movies on Netflix.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: A sex game gone wrong forces visions and secrets to surface for a woman trapped in handcuffs. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You don’t have much chance going up against Stephen King in the horror genre. He always has to take things a step further and gently eases you out of your comfort zone and slowly into the depths of his twisted mind. Gerald’s game is very well acted and is one of the best thrillers on Netflix right now. I'd say this is the best Stephen King movie out this year. Be warned, like any good Stephen King movie, gruesome scenes await. Gerald's Game is also one of the best new Netflix movies by Netflix Originals. Good new movies on Netflix are hard to find so take advantage of Gerald's Game while you can.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: A terrible sickness is spreading through a small village thought to be caused by a mysterious outsider. So, if you didn’t already know, Korean movies on Netflix have really come into their own when it comes to thriller/horror movies. I rarely get to use the words like “disturbing” or “grotesque,” but this one actually fits the bill. International movies on Netflix are tough to find and there are more than a few Korean films that have really left a chilling mark on me. In fact, Netflix Korean movies have been some of the scariest I've ever seen. They always seem to take it a step further into very dark, almost pervasive, scenes. I haven’t been this glued to the screen since Baskin. For a horror movie, this is one of the best Netflix movies right now. Don't sleep on these Netflix Korean movies.
Category: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: A deaf woman is stuck in her home terrorized by a psychopath. I heard Stephen King really liked this one so I decided to check it out. Actually turned out to pretty good. It's hard to be original in the horror genre but this one worked. Aside from being one of the best horrors on Netflix, it's also one of the best suspense movies on Netflix. A great addition to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: Teenager Marie lives in a small Danish village with her mother and father. She slowly starts to notice increasingly strange changes in her body that she cannot explain. I thought this was a very well done Danish thriller. Above all, it was original and that says a lot for any movie on Netflix these days. Some of these foreign films are the best movies to watch on Netflix right now. If you’re a gorehound like me, this is a much more reserved film when it comes to bloody action, but there is still plenty of interesting scenes that keep your attention throughout the whole film. It has a haunting feel to it, mixed with a coming of age story and a new take on an age-old myth. This is a great addition to my new Netflix movies list and one of the good new movies on Netflix.
Category: Drama, Horror, Mystery
My Take: A couple's lives are thrown into a tailspin after an acquaintance from the past begins to bring them mysterious gifts. Here is another great addition to my Netflix movie list. The Gift really got lost in the shuffle for me. I remember seeing something about a Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton movie, but I never followed up with it. Turns out it's one of the best psychological thrillers I've seen in a long time. The whole plot is very clever and manages to keep you guessing the whole time. Throughout the movie, you get the chilling thought of things in the past coming back to haunt you. Overall, if you like Netflix thrillers The Gift movie is for you.
Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: A cop too good at his job is relocated to a quiet town so his fellow officers don’t look bad. However, the town is anything but quiet. When two people are found decapitated, the cop and his partner look into the crime. What was first ruled as an accident soon becomes a string of murders. Usually, it's pretty hard to find the best Netflix movies, but this one was easy. A great Simon Pegg comedy. Hot Fuzz was one of the first on my streaming movie list. With all the mindless garbage Netflix is producing these days, it's nice to finally find one of the actually good movies on Netflix.
Category: Action, Comedy
My Take: This drama is through the eyes and life of Agu, a child soldier in an African civil war. After his village is attacked, Agu escapes and is ultimately caught and forced to become a soldier. Though he is too young to understand the politics of the fighting, he is as deadly as any soldier can be. Beasts of No Nation is one of the most realistic Netflix war movies. No Netflix movies list would be complete without the tough to watch ones. I personally think it's one of the more sad movies on Netflix. You've probably heard about Beasts of No Nation before, but it's really good. Like I said, it's hard to watch because you know things like it actually exist in the world.
Category: Drama, War
My Take: After more than 20 years on Death Row, Nick Yarris petitions to remove all appeals and have his death sentence carried out. As far as documentaries go, it's on my list of top Netflix movies. It’s quite the story. One of those “stranger than fiction” type of documentaries where so many things come together to make up a nearly unbelievable, but true story. The accused comes across as a clearly intelligent and eloquent man who is also a very compelling storyteller. One of the best stories to add to my Netflix movie list.
Category: Documentary, Thriller
My Take: A pregnant woman, who is taking care of her son with development problems, is at her breaking point when a caregiver from the Philippines steps into her life. Madre is a pretty strange movie but new movies on Netflix are hard to come by. It had of way of keeping me on the edge of my seat without me even realizing it. I mean it's not a perfect movie, but it does manage to throw some originality on a played out thriller genre. One of the best parts is the realistic depiction of how difficult life can be for both the parent and the child with autism. I'm really glad I had a chance to add this to my Netflix movie list because I feel like it opened my eyes to how severe autism can be.
My Take: A mysterious couple pit two friends against each other in quickly escalating bets for cash. Man, I guess the power of money really takes ahold of some people. This is one of those rare fun ones that you can't look away from. Besides, good Netflix movies always have at least a little blood in them. I wish I had these dark, twisted ones for you every week! The best movies to watch on Netflix are usually the weird, and twisted, ones and my Netflix movie list is much better with Cheap Thrills.
Category: Comedy, Crime, Drama
My Take: Living in the slums on the outskirts of Paris, a teenager hungry for money and power quickly slips into a life of crime. An interesting story about how poverty can light a fire under you and cause your drive and ambition to lead you down certain paths in life. The main character didn't mind that her direction led her to live life as a criminal. This one actually turned out to have great acting. A top vote for French movies on my Netflix movies list.
My Take: The story of a man dealing with dementia, his murderous past, and a looming evil threatening his daughter. I really love Netflix Korean movies. The first thing I thought of after watching this movie was how horrible dementia must be. The main character puts on a great performance and it really shined a light on Alzheimer's disease. I've noticed that the best Korean movies always have some interesting twists in them and there’s plenty of action to keep you interested in this sordid tale of a man with an extremely dark past. This is definitely one of the top Korean movies 2017.
Category: Crime, Thriller
My Take: A young heroin addict roams the streets of New York, chasing down her next fix. Her boyfriend and random drugged fueled relationships drift in and out of her daily existence. Wow. What a mess of a movie this was. There's a lot of movies about drugs on Netflix, but this one takes the cake. The life of a junky is such a horrible existence and this is one of the best movies to watch on Netflix about it. This movie is raw and frighteningly real. If you're looking for cringe worthy addiction and desperation, this is the best movie to watch on Netflix. I know I sound like a broken record, but honestly, it's either AMAZING acting or they just mixed in real addicts with the actors.
My Take: Two lifelong friends head out into the Highlands of Scotland for a weekend hunting trip. There's a lot of things that come to mind when you think of what could go wrong in a hunting movie. My guess is that you won't see what's coming in Calibre. This movie is definitely true to its craft from the authentic Scottish pubs to the dreary Scottish weather. I haven't really seen many good Netflix suspense movies lately, but Calibre managed to finally fit the bill. It's the type of Netflix thriller that really puts you in the unfortunate position the characters find themselves in. I saw some movie reviews about it fits into the category of the best psychological thrillers on Netflix right now. I don't know if I would say all that, but it's probably the most original thriller on Netflix I've seen in a while. Netflix is seriously hurting for new movies lately, so take advantage of Calibre while you can.
My Take: A young couple on a camping trip quickly become lost in the Canadian wilderness. I think this one struck a chord with me because I have always had a fear of bears in the wild! I thought Backcountry was one of the best suspense movies on Netflix. It’s loosely based on a true story and I think most people can relate to this classic idea of a nightmarish survival. A great addition to IFC midnight movies and a very welcomed addition to my Netflix movies list.
Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller
My Take: Down on his luck, a small time gambler agrees to hold a bag for a friend while he does a stint in jail. All he has to do is keep his head down, go to his gamblers anonymous meetings and not open the bag. Gambling movies on Netflix are kind of hard to come by. There are a lot of funny characters and the main actor always seems to keep things interesting. A great supporting cast, especially the brother. I’ve always been fascinated by the destructive nature of people with addictions and Jake Johnson really gets into this role. Plus, Netflix best bets are hard to come by. Get it? Ok ok, enough already.
My Take: A talented programmer wins a contest to win a week with his companies brilliant CEO in an experiment of human and robot interactions. If you're into artificial intelligence, this is one of the best movies on Amazon Prime. It's smart, sleek, and slightly terrifying. Everything is very thought out and methodical in Ex Machina, which makes it pretty hard to see things coming. If you're looking for a clever film that will leave a mark on you, check out Ex Machina.
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction
My Take: A robbery gone wrong in Erie, Pennsylvania brings to light a diabolical plan that leads the FBI on a cat and mouse chase. It's hard to come up with an Evil Genius review that actually makes sense. I came cross Evil Genius by searching for "evil genius Netflix" when I thought I was looking for a kids movie for my niece. Man, talk about a too weird to be true documentary. It seems like each Evil Genius episode gets weirder and weirder. Evil Genius will have you scratching your head in disbelief that something like this actually happened. It just seems so weird and ridiculous. I struggled to understand why in the world someone would want to put in so much effort for such a strange and twisted plan. I mean it's a fascinating story even if you can't quite put your finger on the reason why. It's a bizarre mix of hoarders, true crime, and social outcasts. Each character brings their own level of strangeness and you can't really figure out what's going on in any of their heads. I know I sound like a broken record but I just can't come up with any answers in this one. Evil Genius will hook you though. I couldn't stop watching from the first episode on and this Evil Genius documentary isn't something you're likely to forget anytime soon. If I were you, I'd start with the Evil Genius trailer just to get an idea of what you're getting yourself into.
Category: Crime, Documentary
My Take: Set in Rome, rival families and politicians collide over an ambitious real estate venture. Ever since I saw Gomorra, I've been hooked on the modern day Italian mafia movies and this one doesn't disappoint. So as far as gangster movies on Netflix go, this is a great addition. Suburra also fits into the category of one of the best foreign movies on Netflix right now. There's great acting from all angles and no punches are pulled throughout. We have officially added ruthless mafia wars and corruption to my Netflix movies list.
Category: Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Brave men risk their lives protecting the last mountain gorillas on the planet. Man, good war movies on Netflix are hard to find and I'm so glad I finally got one! This is a heartfelt story of the effects of war and corruption on the beautiful and bio-diverse Virunga National Park. Forget the theatrics of war movies, this is raw and real. One of the best Netflix war movies and best Netflix original.
Category: Documentary, War
My Take: Two hillbillies, Tucker and Dale, are looking forward to a vacation in their cabin in the woods so they can relax, fish and drink beer. However, their peace is interrupted when a bunch of snobby college kids decide to camp next door. After getting mistaken for backwood serial killers, more mistakes lead to more bodies. This is definitely one of the best Netflix movies. I'm pretty sure Tucker and Dale vs Evil is on just about everyone's list of movies on Netflix. You know, it's never enough to just find the good movies Netflix has. You have to find the GREAT movies Netflix has. And look no further than Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. Very funny. My kind of dark comedy.
Category: Comedy, Horror
My Take: Under The Skin is a dark movie about a voluptuous woman lurking the highways and targeting unsuspecting men. Alright, so the first thing I'll say, is that you have to be willing to sit through this movie and not expect to understand what the hell it's really all about. I haven't seen a movie like Under The Skin in a very long time. I remember just sitting there and staring at the screen and not realizing that I actually watched the whole movie. It wasn't boring, it was just... strange. I guess it's supposed to be one of those atmospheric movies but I don't really see it. There's no good way to describe this movie, but I would say it's probably the best performance I've seen from Scarlett Johansen lately, even though I'm not really a fan anyway. Also, I don't know the Scarlett Johansson age of this movie, but she seems surprisingly young. Under The Skin is dark, it's twisted, and I 100% guarantee you will not guess what is going to happen in the end. It's guaranteed! I feel like this is the type of movie that doesn't really hit you until after you've seen it. Then you look back on it and think, "What did I just watch". I hate when people try to go into how "deep" the movie is and whatever art it's trying to convey. This movie is damn weird and that should be the description. It's damn weird lol. Old Scarjo outdid herself in this one. But hey, maybe this movie will get "under your skin". Huh? Huh?? Ok, enough.
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction, Thriller
My Take: Hikers stumbled upon a child locked in the ground in the Scottish Highlands. But freeing her from her prison may bring worse consequences. It's weird because I've never seen this movie on anyone's list of movies on Netflix. There's a lot of high-altitude moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Most good Netflix movies have a lot of originality to them and this one is no different. An adventure story with tense moments throughout.
Category: Adventure, Action, Crime, Thriller
My Take: Will is trying to recover from a horrible marriage while juggling his two daughters in the process, but getting back on his feet is not as easy as it once was. At first, I thought the main character was too pathetic, but it gets pretty funny after that. There's a lot of charm in this one and it's a fun movie no matter what mood you're in. People Places Things was on my Netflix movie list a long time ago, but of course, Netflix deemed it unworthy and removed it from streaming movies. Glad to see it's back! Very cute kids.
My Take: Gone Baby Gone is the story of a private investigator taking the case of a kidnapped girl. Gone Baby Gone is gritty to the core. I haven't really seen too many movies that portray Boston crime so realistically. Casey Affleck puts on a great performance and the streets of Boston have never looked grimier. I honestly can't believe that Ben Affleck directed this movie. Gone Baby Gone is really good and Ben Affleck's acting, it's really bad. Good thing he's not in this movie! Somehow he managed to knock this one out of the park for his career highlight. Casey Affleck movies have always been better than Ben's but somehow the teammate really worked this time. Gone Baby Gone is definitely a crime drama that fits in nicely with Netflix crime. These days there aren't many movies to pick from that fit the genre of Netflix crime on Netflix streaming. Gone Baby Gone is a much bigger movie than I would normally have on my list, but it's good enough for me to give it a pass this time. Trust me, Gone Baby Gone is worth your time.
Category: Crime, Drama, Mystery
My Take: The story of Marty Byrde, a financial planner and money launderer who finds himself and his family at the mercy of a vicious drug cartel. The Ozark is a fresh new look at a typical story of getting involved with a Mexican drug cartel. Jason Bateman pulls off a great role as a man constantly under pressure but who must always come up with solutions to life or death situations. Even though Jason Bateman is essentially the same character in everything movie, I thought he did a great got in Ozark as the tension just doesn't stop. One of my favorite aspects of the show is the hillbilly type characters that portray the citizens of the Ozarks. I don't know whether or not that is an accurate portrayal, but they definitely have a tendency to steal the show. Overall the Ozark cast is great and pretty much all the Ozark episodes bring something new and interesting to the table. Right now we're on Ozark Netflix season 2, but make sure to start at the beginning to get the whole storyline. Ozark season 1 was great, but Ozark season 2 is picking up right where we left off without a hitch. Give Ozark a try if you like a lot of action, lots of thrill, and plenty of murder at every turn.
Category: Crime, Drama
My Take: Saroo gets separated from his family as a child and must survive many challenges in the hopes of one day seeing them again. Just to warn you, this one is gonna pull on your heartstrings a little bit! It's a great story of love, survival, and determination. I particularly like the little Saroo who did a great acting job. This might just be one of the best movies to watch on Netflix this month. There's a whole lot of emotion throughout, but it's an uplifting movie for sure. I'm actually pretty happy I found this one because I've been getting complaints about the lack of "emotional" films on my movie list. I consider it one of the sad movies on Netflix, but it's truly uplifting as well. This is also probably one of the best movies on Netflix I've seen with Nichole Kidman and definitely one of the best Indian movies on Netflix.
My Take: In a world where siblings are not allowed to live due to over population, a man raises 7 identical twins and devises a plan to keep their existence a secret. The first thing I thought of when watching this movie was, wow, that was a lot of acting for one person! Makes you wonder how long it took to actually get this movie finished. The next thing I noticed was that this movie was a lot more violent than I thought it was going to be. It's definitely one of the better Netflix action movies right now. Also, I’m glad to see there’s some creativity left at Netflix. It’s fun to watch this fast paced thriller no matter what mood you're in. I'm always happy to add Noomi Rapace movies to my Netflix movies list. She is a great actor and I've loved watching her since The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. Maybe the best Netflix original I've seen this month.
Category: ScienceFiction, Thriller
My Take: Searching through a missing student's house, a couple stumbles upon a collection of horrifying video tapes. So this one was fun. It's a decent addition to my Netflix list. If you've seen the first one, this one stays along the same path but comes with a whole new set of originality. Short films of horror that will have you cringing. I think hardcore horror fans will love it. VHS 2 is one of the best movies for just pure entertainment. I don't know if you call this a found footage movie, but for that genre, I still think this is one of the best Netflix movies.
Category: Horror, Thriller
My Take: The daughter of a doctor falls for a dangerous criminal. The Oath is one of the more interesting new Netflix releases I've seen in awhile. The first thing I noticed with The Oath is how beautiful Iceland is! There’s a ton of beautiful landscapes throughout the movie. The second thing I noticed was that the bad guy says some seriously disturbing things. I always feel a little bit of a culture shock with foreign movies, but something about the sexual insults in this movie were pretty disturbing. With that aside, it's a great thriller Netflix just started streaming. There’s plenty of action and it’s tense the whole time. New Netflix movies are hard to find so give this one a shot.
Category: Crime, Drama, Thriller
My Take: James White is a story about a young New Yorker struggling with his own life and the deteriorating life of his mother. Now, this is New York cinema. Obviously, it has a very New York feel, which is a great thing. James is a fun, caring, reckless person trying to cope with his day to day feelings. It’s about a whole lotta life and a whole lotta death. The lead actor is great and is very convincing in a real and uncomfortable way. I'd say this is definitely one of the best Netflix New York movies. While Netflix new releases are usually filled with too much Hollywood drama, James White is a sobering look at the real lives of everyday people.
My Take: A rebellious young teen, Mackenzie, is sent to Alaska to live with her uncle. Desperate to escape, she ends up befriending a lonesome backpacker who helps her out and shows her how to find peace. I thought this was a great portrayal of how beautiful Alaska is. Lots of very picturesque scenes which always goes a long way. Watching anything to do with the abuse of kids is always hard to watch, but it has a good message and a story that kept my interest.
Category: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
My Take: Consumed by the dream of a better life, two friends slowly drift apart in search of wealth and power. Ever since I saw City of God and Elite Squad the Brazilian movies have always struck a chord with me and I'm quick to add them to my Netflix movie list. Especially ones based on real events and this one is no different. You can feel the heat and taste the dirt in the air in this one. Brazilian crime lords are always so ruthless, it's great. Some of the best thrillers on Netflix are starting to come out of Brazil.
Category: Drama, Western
My Take: The story of an exonerated man who spent two decades in prison for a crime he didn't commit, only to become a suspect in another crime. So I know most people have seen Making a Murderer by now, but it's still one of the best series on Netflix right now. If you are lucky enough to have not seen it yet, you should know it's one of the most spellbinding documentaries made this century. It excellently captures the mistakes the system can make and how ordinary citizens can pay for it with their lives. Whichever side you take, it's undeniable that this documentary will keep you on the edge of your seat and wondering how in the world this man could find himself in this position. Maybe it's horribly bad luck, or maybe something more sinister. One thing is for sure, Steven Avery's story is a captivating one that you won't soon forget.
My Take: Prisoners recount the events that lead to their murderous crimes. Ok, so I am usually not one to have much sympathy for murderers, but give this one a shot. This isn't just a story about serial killers or anything like that. Even I have gotten tired of serial killer documentaries. And this isn't your typical prison documentary either, even though I love a good prison documentary. This series is undeniably more and more interesting the deeper and deeper you go. If you’ve already made up your mind about death row inmates, I have a feeling that you might develop a least a little bit of empathy towards them after you hear about some of their experiences growing up. Some of the best prison movies are based on real events and this stuff is as real as it gets. With that being said, another interesting aspect of the series is deciphering the men who know they clearly made the biggest mistakes of their lives, and are able to reflect on it as adults, from the men that seem to still just be, for lack of a better word, evil to the core. If you're a fan of prison movies and want to get a glimpse of the real thing, this is a great pick tonight.
My Take: Christopher McCandless has no use for material things. He wants to get away from it all and live his life on his terms. He finds many important people that inspire him and mold his character but he ultimately treks into the Alaskan Wilderness on his own. Into the Wild is a very good movie and one of the best adventure movies on Netflix. I think a lot of people could do with a lot fewer materials things in life but Chris McCandless took it to the extreme. It's a feel-good movie and I thought it had a great life message. You gotta give him credit. He truly lived his life his own way. I was really glad to see this one back on Netflix instant video after they removed it from my Netflix movies list.
Category: Adventure, Drama
My Take: Inspector Carl Morck and his assistant investigate the cold case of a missing woman. So this is actually the first of a trilogy of movies and like most trilogies, the first is the best, and it steadily goes down from there. I always enjoy the tough cop crime thriller type of movies, when it’s done right, and I thought The Keeper of Lost Causes pulled it off. This is one of those dark Scandinavian films with a good amount of suspense and an interesting enough plot to keep your eyes on the screen and your mouth shut. I'd say it's definitely one of the best Danish movies I've seen so far and one of the best cop movies to come out of the country.
Category: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: A single mother struggling to get control of her increasingly erratic son. While battling the recent death of her husband, a fear is growing in the home of an eerie presence that only her son believes in. It doesn’t take long for her to feel the terror of the presence all around her. In the horror genre, it's the best movie on Netflix. Matter of fact, The Babadook is probably the best horror I've seen in recent memory. It's in my top 10 for IFC midnight movies. It's original and creepy as hell. One of the scariest movies on Netflix.
Category: Drama, Horror, Thriller
My Take: Three fairy tales inspired by the work of Giambattista Basile, a 16th-century fairy tale collector. This is one of the new fairy tale movies on Netflix. It's hard to find good fairy tale movies, but this is one of them. What I can say about this movie is that for the first 10-20 minutes you might just be wondering why the hell you’re watching it. But give it a shot. As the story goes on, I have a feeling you’ll get sucked in just like I was. Also, this is not one of the kids movies on Netflix. Some of the best kids movies on Netflix are about fairy tales, but I don't recommend this one for children. This is not one of the fairy stories I grew up with, but it was probably the most interesting one I've ever heard or seen. Other than that, I can’t really think of a good description of this movie other than it’s weird. Very, very weird.
Category: Fantasy, Horror, Romance
My Take: The Ritual is the story of four friends going on a hike through the Scandinavian wilderness to celebrate the life of a friend they lost. I suppose The Ritual movie is a ritual movie but that doesn't really sum up the whole movie. Although I do hesitate to call it a scary movie, I personally thought The Ritual managed to get pretty terrifying to start. As the story goes on, things just get very weird. But above all, it’s an original story with some interesting cinematography. Just make sure that you Google The Ritual 2017 and not other versions. It reminded me of a mix of The Blair Witch Project and The Hallow. Creepy, and very weird.
My Take: The Mexican cartels are destroying the country along with its innocent citizens. The citizens are forced to come together to arm and protect themselves against the Knights Templar when the government isn’t doing enough for the people. Cartel Land is a very interesting movie and drug movies on Netflix don't get any more realistic than this. I had some idea of the lack of protection citizens of Mexico get from their government, but I had no idea it was this bad. Definitely worth the watch.
Category: Documentary, Drama
My Take: Oklahoma City. The story behind the infamous Oklahoma City federal building bombing and the series of events that led up to it. I knew Timothy McVeigh was evil but I didn't know he was this evil. All American’s know the story of the Oklahoma bombing, but few of us know the events that ultimately led to the worst act of domestic terrorism in American history. I actually thought I knew the story already and nearly passed this documentary up. I had also thought I was fairly familiar with stories of Ruby Ridge and Waco, but this documentary really shines a light on things. What Oklahoma City provides, besides what you think you may already know, is a pretty educational look at a recent history of racist ideology in the U.S. and what it can ultimately lead to. It’s a very gripping and cautionary tale of former and current threats of anti-government groups. Besides being the only Oklahoma movie on my list, it's one of the best documentaries I've added. It's also the only real-life disaster movie on here and it's definitely one of the best government movies I've seen.
My Take: Ok, so I would never give anything away but The Boy is a fairly fresh take on the classic creepy doll movie. It's funny how no matter what, the creepy dolls are here to stay in Hollywood. I mean scary doll movies are really made every other month now. And just like 99% of all doll horror movies, they're horrible. The creepy doll movies always end up being an evil little doll thing that lurks around the corners with cheap scares and an even cheaper budget. I don't know what makes this movie worth watching, other than the fact that it's not as horrible as all the other doll movies you've seen. I know that doesn't sound very reassuring, but trust me, it made this list for a reason. There's enough of a story to keep you intrigued, the plot goes places you may not see coming, and hey, it has a super creepy doll. Aside from that, if you like tense/horror-like movies that don't settle for all the blood and guts and are more geared towards building an atmosphere, then this is a fun choice tonight. It's not going to be the best horror movie ever made, but it will get you through the night. You could always do a creepy search for "dolls movie" and see if you find anything better, but I wouldn't waste your time. Above all, at least it's better than the Annabelle movie. Though I did think this doll looks like the male version of that conjuring doll. Speaking of dolls, the saw movie doll was probably the creepiest. Ok, ok, enjoy.
Category: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: The story of the biggest police corruption scandal in New York history during the 1980's and early 90's by members of the 75th Precinct. My Netflix movie list just got a whole lot more corrupt. It really is a pretty incredible true story of police corruption. I mean, I knew the NYPD was famous for having a history of corruption, but I had no idea how deep it went and how widespread it was. I kept hearing about how this story was supposed to be the cop version of Goodfellas. I suppose it is, in a way, but at least Goodfellas was based on criminals that started and ended as criminals. Mike Dowd and Kenny Eurell took the public’s trust and poured gasoline on the already blazing fire of some of the most desperate and destitute lives of the people they were sworn to protect. The best streaming movies on Netflix are pretty hard to find, but this one came out of nowhere. The whole story is kinda like watching a car crash in slow motion. Mike Dowd just didn’t seem to have the sense of caution at any time during his corrupt career. He just stepped on the gas and hid behind a badge.
My Take: A man runs a kidnap for hire business to help people get over their issues. I gotta say, it’s a pretty random movie, but most are on my Netflix list. The premise is funny, in a ridiculous type of way, and the acting holds up, in an absurd type of way too! I guess this one was just fun guessing what’s gonna happen. It reminded me a little bit of Cheap Thrills with the same lead character. Don’t take yourself too seriously because good movies on Netflix are hard to find. Just sit back and enjoy.
Category: Comedy, Crime
My Take: Three elite climbers struggle with loss and obsession attempting to climb Mount Meru. It's one of the best climbing movies you'll see this year. You have to have a serious mix of technical skill and nearly insane passion to even consider ice climbing. I will never know (or understand really) the need to consistently risk my life and the people’s around me in an obsession to best Mother Earth. This is an outstanding documentary about climbing and really shines a spotlight on the harrowing dangers of the sport. I could also say something about how this amazing sport leaves both physical and mental scars. Sure, these guys know how to ice climb, but at what cost? What I really want to say is, are these guys just insane? Do some people just need to cheat death over and over in an attempt to stroke their ego or achieve zen in the least inhabitable places on the planet? In my opinion, no sport is worth dying for, but hey, what do I know. Either way, this is a very compelling movie. Definitely one of the best rock climbing movies I've seen.
Category: Adventure, Documentary