Netflix Picks: February 3-10

In our second addition of Netflix Picks, we decided to give you a nice collection of films with mainstream appeal and some challenging films we feel are essential viewings for any movie buff and people look for something a bit different.

We know many of you have spent hours trying to find the right movie to watch and most of the time, end up binge watching a show instead.

Here’s some of our favorites playing on there right now.

Garrett’s Picks

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Sin City 

This movie is surprisingly close to my heart.

Back in the day, I was just a young movie buff who was in love with talents of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.  When I first saw Sin City, I remember this feeling of pure happiness washing over me and smiling all the way through.

I know Sin City might not seem that cool now but back in 2005, it was like Film Noir and Pleasantville had a baby….and that baby was obsessed with violent cinema.

If you’re looking for a truly unique action film, that boasts awesome performances and quotable lines, look no further.

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The Trip/The Trip to Italy

The Trip is quickly becoming one of my favorite movies.

I watched it two years ago and thought it was instantly wonderful and Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon had the best chemistry I’ve seen since Jennifer Lopez and George Clooney in Out of Sight. 

What really makes these films stick out though is it’s characters. Coogan and Brydon are playing loose characterizations of themselves but there is something so beautifully touching about their struggles, dreams, love, and their hilarious impressions.

The Michael Caine impressions are worth your time alone.

This and it’s sequel are both on Netflix and they are more than worth your time. Make sure you watch it on a full stomach though.  The food they consume will make your mouth water.

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Short Term 12

Most underrated film of 2013. Most underrated performances of 2013. Second Best film of 2013. This is brilliant filmmaking and one of the most emotional films I’ve ever seen.

I went into this film knowing almost nothing about it and left the movie in awe.  The less I say about it, the better.

Brie Larson is a revelation in the lead role and I feel like she should’ve won an Oscar for this, but I have a feeling she will be getting one soon for Room.

I highly recommend this because I know this has wide appeal and I know people will not regret watching this masterpiece. Bring some kleenex.

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Like most of the people on Netflix, I sometimes judge a movie solely based off it’s cover and decide if I want to watch it based of that.

Dale and Tucker Vs. Evil was a film that looked so lame and redundant, that I thought it was just going to be a horror comedy with maybe a chuckle or two. I mean come on! Two rednecks against a group of teenagers? Lame.

Well guess what? I’ve never been so wrong about a horror film in my life.

This is a great movie in it’s own right and when you add all the humor, heart, and hilarious subversion of the horror genre, you have a new classic on your hands.

Watch this film now!

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Chef

There are certain films that come along in your life that you see at the right time. Those films fill you with love, inspiration, and remind you why movies are something that we should all hold dear in our lives.

Chef is that film.

It’s a simple story about a chef trying to reclaim his passion for food and life and it also works wonderfully if you look at it as a film about filmmaking that’s told through food.

This one came along at a crucial moment in my life and I applaud Jon Favreau for making this. Thank you.

Mike’s Picks

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We haven’t included any short films in our writings yet as far as I know of. So I thought it might be nice to switch things up and throw the Oscar nominated short into the mix.

This one comes from virtuoso Don Hertzfeldt, whose been pushing animated boundaries further than just about anyone this century. The film is nearly indescribable on a narrative level, and packs in more ideas into 15 minutes than most feature length films do in 3 hours.

I don’t want to oversell it, but if you aren’t familiar with the director’s previous works then go into this as blind as possible and expect a fairly mind blowing result.

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Grandma’s Boy

Rotten Tomatoes writer Nathan Rabin (previously of The Dissolve) basically wrote the final word on why Grandma’s Boy is such a great and under-appreciated little stoner/gamer comedy.

If you want a more in depth reason as to why this movie should be seen then seek out his article. Otherwise just take my word for it and watch this delightful little romp about a likable game tester and his rag-tag team of friends/colleagues.

It’s actually the type of film that might have done well for itself as a TV series. If you liked my previous recommendation of Half Baked, then this is a no brainer!

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Witching and Bitching

Alex de la Iglesia makes films unlike anyone else working today. If he somehow got to create a season of American Horror Story it might be the greatest piece of horror television ever made.

It’s not that his movies are particularly scary. They are just made with such an absolute gusto that you can never guess where things are heading. And even when you get to the end, you still might be scratching your head in complete bafflement.

Witching and Bitching is actually amongst the director’s more straightforward films (narratively speaking). It concerns a group of ridiculously outfitted thieves who after a daytime robbery, retreat to a secluded house in the mountains. Of course, it’s also inhabited by “beautiful” witches!

It’s campy, violent, hilarious, blasphemous, and everything else I’ve come to expect from Iglesia. If you miss exploitation, this is the recommendation for you.

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Caesar Must Die

I can’t even remember the circumstances that led me to Paolo and Vittorio Taviani’s tragically under seen Caesar Must Die.

Using the feelings and rhythms of a Peter Watkins docudrama to bring you a close up look inside the acting troupe inside Rebibbia prison in Italy.

The group of inmates is attempting to put on a version of Julius Caesar, and as we watch them rehearse, discuss, argue and fuse, it becomes clear that perhaps people aren’t always what they appear to be on the outside.

It’s also a nice look at how prisons with more inventive rehabilitation programs might have a positive effect. This one won’t be for everyone, but if you want something a bit more patient and off the beaten path, this is the golden ticket.

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Serenity/Firefly

If you’ve somehow missed the cult sci-fi phenomenon that is Firefly, then now is the perfect time to catch yourself up!

Playing sort of like a live action anime along the lines of Outlaw Star or Cowboy Bebop; Firefly follows the misadventures of a wild team of space cowboys aboard the Serenity space ship.

If you dig westerns, science-fiction, comedy, and action, then this is going to be right up your alley. It is a television series, which we don’t normally dabble in, so i’m pairing the single season series up with it’s follow up, impromptu finale, Serenity.

Both of which are available right now on Netflix!

 

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