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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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: 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 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.