Here is a list of all the best Netflix 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 you probably haven't seen yet. Click on a movie and enjoy!
My Take: Haunted by the memory of his parents' murder, a man's solitary life is turned upside down as he decides to exact his revenge against the newly released murderer. A very interesting and attention-grabbing movie. I'm always pleasantly surprised when a movie pulls off an actual description of "gritty". I think it's one of the best movies on Amazon Prime right now. There is a whole lot of blood and Macon Blair seems to always star in some seriously dark movies. I thought Blue Ruin was a pretty unpredictable story of revenge. If you liked Green Room, it is just what you're looking for.
Category: Crime, Thriller
My Take: A team of cave divers go exploring a rare underwater cave untouched by man. The exploration is put in jeopardy as a storm forces the team deeper inside. Things quickly get out of hand as life or death decisions must be made. I get claustrophobic pretty easy so this struck a cord with me. In fact, it's probably on the top of my Netflix list for claustrophobia. I guess it's loosely based on real events. Things get out of control pretty fast.
Category: Action, Thriller
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: Stranded on a remote island and losing all hope of rescue, Hank decides to end it all. It isn't til a body floats up on the beach that Hank re-considers keeping hope alive. This is the weirdest movie I've seen in a long time. It's pretty gross, twisted, and demented. Daniel Radcliffe did a really good job playing this eccentric role and I think it will have you grossed out and interested the whole time. I thought this was just another one of the movies with weird names, but it actually makes perfect sense now. It's also probably one of the best weird movies on Amazon Prime. Swiss Army man is a very welcome addition to my Amazon streaming movies list.
Category: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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: 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: 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: 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: 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: The Platform (el hoyo). In a dystopian future, prisoners are held in vertical cells forced to survive on a limited food supply. Finally something original! It feels like it’s been years since I saw a premise that was completely new to me. Although I wouldn’t recommend The Platform to anyone that’s a little squeamish, if you can take it, you’ll have 2 hours filled with mystery and violence. I mean who wants to be able to finish their dinner tonight anyway?
Category: Drama, ScienceFiction, Thriller
My Take: War veteran Frank Sheeran has a chance meeting with mobster Russell Bufalino, ultimately joining the ranks of his Pennsylvania crime family. I mean it doesn't take much to see that The Irishman is gonna be a good movie. It stars arguably the best trio of mobster actors we have seen, or may ever see in our lifetime. I particularly enjoyed learning about Jimmy Hoffa, as I really had no idea about the man. The cast is great from head to toe, and if you're a fan of classics like GoodFellas or Casino, you're gonna enjoy the Irishman for sure. Another aspect I really liked was the small death facts that get scattered on characters throughout the movie. The last thing I'll say is that this movie is long! I had to watch it in pieces, but it just made for two entertaining nights of the best actors we have on the planet. It's great to see Netflix crime movies get an upgrade.
Category: Crime, Drama, History
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: 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: 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: A suburban homemaker has violent flashbacks that leave her seeking answers about her amnesia. Ah, The Long Kiss Goodnight. This just showed up on Netflix and it's just too much of a classic to pass up. Come to think of it, can you really go wrong with Samuel l Jackson movies? I've always been a fan of Samuel L. Jackson, especially his early work. Also, I don't know what happened to Gina Davis, but she's great in this role and I've always thought she was a good, entertaining, actress. At first, they kind of seem like the unlikely duo, but they're actually pretty funny together. There's a lot of entertainment throughout and way more funny lines that the average Netflix action movie. Take a chance on this throwback tonight and you won't regret it.
Category: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
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 man must rise to the occasion when his town is overrun by zombies. Shaun of the Dead is yet another classic from the mind of Simon Pegg. Shaun of the Dead is one of the last forms of "zombie movies" that actually pulls it off in a funny and non-ridiculously cheesy way. Simon Pegg really produced some of what I like to call "Sunday movies" that you can watch on any Sunday, and be entertained, while being lazy on the couch (usually hungover in my case). I feel like Simon Pegg managed to bridge the gap with English comedies in America and we should all be grateful for it. The Shaun of the Dead cast is great and like Adam Sandler, Simon Pegg seems to have brought all of his friends along for the ride to fame and fortune. Shaun of the Dead is worth your time if you're in the mood for some bloody zombie movies without having to use an ounce of brain power to watch.
Category: Comedy, Horror
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: 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: 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, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
My Take: The Autopsy of Jane Doe. A father and son must deal with the mysterious circumstances surrounding a corpse found in the basement of a brutally murdered family. Finally some fun Netflix gore. Although, the first thing I will say is that having Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox is a great sign for any movie. They’re both great actors and they manage to bring the movie to life throughout all the dark twists and turns. With a name like The Autopsy of Jane Doe, I figured it was going to just be another crappy hack and slash movie that Netflix churns out nearly every weekend. What makes this movie different is the subtle creepiness and disturbing imagery as you delve deeper into the story. It’s not the most amazing horror movie you’ve ever seen, but if you’re a fan of gore, mystery, and originality, I think it’s just enough to make the cut for tonight’s entertainment. Overall, the Autopsy of Jane Doe is a gory movie that should satisfy anyone out there looking for blood.
Category: Horror, Mystery
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 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: 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: Fresh outta jail, they gotta figure out a plan to go straight while living in the trailer park. A comedy about the life of the trailer park. It’s the trailer park that made them who they are. No list of movies on Netflix is complete without Trailer Park Boys. Even though I've heard people complain about it, I still consider it one of the best movies to watch on Netflix. It's a cult classic. I don't think I've ever laughed so hard at such a vicious alcoholic before. It's one of the movies at the top of my list of Netflix comedy films.
Category: Action, Comedy
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: 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: 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: 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: Crime, Documentary, Mystery
My Take: You will never see Raizo until it's too late. Taken from the streets and brutally trained in the art of the ninja. Betrayed by his master, he seeks revenge against a secret society hidden in the shadows. Ninja Assassin is one of the more entertaining action movies on Netflix. There's blood, blood, and more blood. I saw this in the movie theatre and didn't really expect much. About ten minutes into the movie I knew I had made a good choice. I liked how in Ninja Assassin there was no secret bloodline of ninjas. They could basically pick up anyone off the street and turn them into one. Like I said, you'd be hard-pressed to find Netflix action movies with more action than Ninja Assassin.
Category: Action, Crime, 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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 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: After her dad dissapears, Ree Dolly is left to deal with the repossession of her family home and the mystery of her father's disappearance. Winter's Bone was one of the first movies on Amazon Prime I saw that starred Jennifer Lawrence. To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of her's right now as I feel like she is just cranking out a lot of lower quality movies lately, but Winter's Bone really showcased how she deserved to be called an A-list actor. This is definitely one of the grittiest movies I've seen her in and the old man is a particularly cruel character. In a way, I thought it was one of the sad movies on Amazon Prime just because her character is left to fend for herself.
My Take: This is probably one of my favorite aussie movies in recent memory. Jay Swan arrives in town in search of a missing person only to unearth a new level of crime and corruption. I swear, there are so many good Australian movies that showcase the beautiful landscapes of the country. In fact, you'll never see an outback movie that isn't beautifully shot these days. I’ve never been, but I hope to get to see the hot, dusty outback one day. I thought Goldstone was a good reminder of how money always has the power to corrupt everyday people. It’s not in-your-face action at every turn, but there’s still plenty of violence in case you’re looking for blood tonight. Goldstone has a great cast and some particularly evil characters. It won’t take long to see why it was nominated for a bunch of cinematic awards. If you're a big fan of aussie movies or in need of a good outback movie, then this is a great pick for tonight.
Category: Crime, Thriller, Western
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: "If you ain't first you're last!". Talladega Nights is the story of Ricky Bobby a Nascar racecar driver. This is another movie I hesitate to put on my Netflix movie list just because it's pretty popular. But, I just couldn't resist this time. I love Talladega Nights. Like most Will Ferrell movies it's hilarious. The story just gets more and more ridiculous as the movie goes on. It's probably one of the funniest Netflix comedy movies we have right now. Talladega Nights is not one of the Netflix new releases per se, but it did get recently added to Netflix streaming.
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: Retired Korean War vet Walt Kowalski expresses his disdain for all ethnicities in his neighborhood while dealing with a local Asian gang. Gran Torino is one of the more gritty movies Clint Eastwood has directed in his later years. Something I love about Gran Torino is that Walt Kowalski is racist towards all races collectively. I don't need to tell you how detestable real racists are, but having experienced racism in my own life, I found it nice to laugh at the old crazy guy that has something negative to say about every race in his neighborhood, including his own. Another interesting thing is that Gran Torino brings to light the Hmong gangs present in the U.S.. You never really hear about Hmong gangs but they're definitely out there and Gran Torino was a good example of them. I've seen a few references to Hmong gangs in Asian movies, but I think it's strange that you never really hear about Asian gangs in American movies. Overall, Gran Torino has a good message and it's one of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies in his later years.
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: 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: The Lobster. In a dystopian society, single people must find a mate or face being turned into an animal of their choosing. I remember seeing the lobster trailer and thinking it was about something completely different. I ended up Googling "Colin Farrell the lobster" and was surprised that it was nominated for a few movie awards. Well, at least I think The Lobster was nominated for some kind of award. Let’s see.. what was it… hmm… maybe the “Goddamn Weirdest Movie of the Year” award? I think some of you might feel like this is a left turn from my usual movies, but I should point out that weird movies usually get a lot of love from me and this movie is one of the strangest I’ve seen. As I’ve stated many times, I have never been a fan of Colin Farrell, but it seems he has decided to move away from his “cool guy” roles and actually dig into original, albeit off-the-wall, roles. You won’t get any answers from The Lobster, but I think you’ll find the time will fly by watching things escalate from one bizarre scene to the next.
Category: Comedy, Drama, Romance, ScienceFiction, Thriller
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: 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: 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: 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: After a horrible tragedy, too young magicians begin a vicious rivalry. Surprisingly, The Prestige is one of Christopher Nolan's lesser-known movies. I have no idea why because it's one of my favorites that he made. How he continues to come up with these mind-bending movies is beyond me. Netflix thrillers don't get much better than this. Both Jackman and Bale give great performances and the setting couldn't be more accurate for the time period. It's a story of obsession, frustration, and hatred. Like I said, one of the great thriller movies on Netflix. Also, a good choice for Netflix sci-fi.
Category: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
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: 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