Staff Netflix Recommendations
Week of July 14, 2016
As of 14 July 2016, all titles listed below are available to stream on Netflix US. Go to moreflicks.com to learn about international availability
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Hunter’s Netflix Recommendation
Riveting performances, beautiful sets, masterful direction, and astoundingly powerful themes combine to make Amadeus one of the greatest pieces of cinema ever constructed, and my personal favorite film of all time. It is the perfect example of style matching substance, of length equaling interest, of craft rivaling entertainment – and it accomplishes it all so effortlessly and admirably that it propels itself far beyond a few hour’s pleasure. This isn’t just a movie about Mozart, nor is it the snobby Oscar bait some may consider it to be. It’s a film that will stick with you long after it cuts to black, one that has far more to say than it might appear. This is a must-see for any who consider themselves to be film-lovers.
Full Metal Jacket
Jack’s Netflix Recommendation
Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket was released after the initial wave of Vietnam War movies. Because of this, his movie was compared to the other pictures of the 1970’s and early 80’s. Those movies tended to look closer at the dehumanizing effects that The War had on the individual. Movies like Apocalypse Now and The Deer Hunter are great in part because they examine the burden of the war that each of the soldiers faced. However, as is often the case with Kubrick, he wanted to take one step back and look at the impact that The War had on cultures; both American and Vietnamese.
Although this may sound too deep for a casual viewing, part of what is so great about the film is how accessible this is. There is legitimate humor in this film that helps add to the theme of the Vietnam War’s absurdity. There are incredible performances by everybody on screen. There are interesting character studies that examine the strain that this dark part of American history had on EVERYBODY involved. But above all else, the biggest reason why I would recommend this movie is that it is a masterfully crafted, perfectly shot, and incredible film by one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day
Ben’s Netflix Recommendation
2012’s experimental animated black comedy is the first feature film for Don Hertzfeldt. It’s hard to sell this film other than to just say watch it. One hour in running time gives us a series of crudely drawn animations that offer more heart and complexity than most other cinematic offerings. Exploring what it truly means to exist, It’s Such A Beautiful Day is a one of a kind look at how a stick man called Bill can reassemble his psyche. I can promise you, you haven’t seen anything like this before.
Gabe’s Netflix Recommendation
There are tons of great TV and movie options on Netflix, but I always swing back around to BoJack Horseman. It’s the best TV show still running in my opinion. Even though it’s animated, the world of anthropomorphic animals and humans combined is fully developed, feels real, and the show is a riot. Tons of gags, both spoken and in the background, keep the show light on its feet. However, it’s when BoJack takes a tonal turn that it really shines. No show is better at examining depression. The first few episodes are funny but when the show gets comfortable beyond that, it’s an easy binge. Seasons 1 + 2 are on Netflix already but Season 3 comes out in the 22nd. Binge now, so you can catch up!
Big Trouble in Little China
Pop Culture Aficionado’s Netflix Recommendation
John Carpenter’s 80’s classic is a must watch if you’ve never seen it, and only gets better on subsequent rewatches (a signature of Carpenter films). With fun and inventive characters, Big Trouble in Little China really is a film unlike any other. It’s most striking aspect is also a running joke. Our protagonist, Jack Burton (Kurt Russell), walks and talks like he’s the main character of an action adventure film, but he’s so far out of his depth that he’s often left helpless and confused. A comedic, adventurous, and wholly inventive film.