Thursday, January 26, 2017

10 Movies on Netflix You Need To Watch


Netflix and I have love hate relationship. On the one hand, it, along with its malevolent cohort Redbox, destroyed my favorite places in the world: Video stores. On the other hand, it has thousands of different titles available to watch with the click of a button. But which are the best ones? Here's my list of ten movies on Netflix you need to watch, with the caveat that you probably haven't seen them. So you wont Captain America: Civil War or Zootopia on here since, if you care at all about movies, you've already seen those.

As usual, I am a fan of movies first and a reviewer second, movies that get my inner fan clapping score the list! And this comes with a special shout out to Jared Hayes for suggesting the idea for this blog.

Now that the introduction has been introduced and the disclaimer has been disclaimed, here are ten movies on Netflix you should watch!





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Number 10.
Chef

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 As a director, Jon Favreau has more than proved he can tackle anything. Whether its big budget films like Iron Man or Jungle Book, family classics like Elf, or little indie comedies like Chef, Jon excels in all he does. Chef is a heart warming story about an out of work 5 Star Chef who opens a food truck with his best friend and son. It's funny, sweet, and very smartly written.




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Number 9.
Short Term 12

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This movie is both heart wrenching and full of hope. Focusing on the lives of the staff members of a half way house for troubled and criminal youth, Brie Larson and the crew deliver outstanding performances. Directed and written to perfection, Short Term 12 is a important and entertaining movie with something to say.



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Number 8.
The Invitation

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A man receives an invitation for him and his new girlfriend to attend a dinner party hosted by his ex wife and her husband. The one and girlfriend accept. Once they arrive he begins realize there are more sinister motives afoot. The story is simple, but the movie packs a punch. This paranoid thriller is one of the best things on Netflix.


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Number 7.
Nightcrawler

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As a man muscling his way into the dark world of  L.A. crime journalism, Jake Gyllenhaal delivers a transformative and chilling performance. This movie is serves both as a fresh psychological thriller, while paying homage to past masterpieces of the genre like Taxi Driver.



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Number 6.
Hush

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This movie appeared on just about every movie related list I published for 2016 (except my Worst Of list). The story follows a deaf woman living alone in the middle of nowhere who falls victim to an insanely creepy psychopath. Hush is a terrifying and empowering home invasion thriller, told with remarkable skill and tension.


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Number 5.
It Follows

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One of my favorite horror films of all time, It Follows exchanges non-stop gore and jump scares for an extremely atmospheric setting. Nuanced, original and nightmarish, It Follows is one of the best horror movies I've ever seen.


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Number 4.
Sing Street

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This happy/sad musical about how an Irish teenager starts a band to impress a girl, only to realize art as his respite for the challenges of life. The ending will leave smiling ridiculously, while tearing up. Happy/sad.



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Number 3.
The Babadook

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This is one of the most original movies I've ever seen. And in a day and age where horror movies have been done and redone a million times, that's saying something. The Babadook is more patient than your average scary movie, developing depth and layers to the characters before the terrifying climax.


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Number 2.
Boyhood

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Forty years from now, when future generations are talking about the great movies of the first twenty years of our decade, you'll hear titles like The Tree of Life, Silence, Inside Out, 12 Years a Slave, The Social Network, and, maybe especially, Boyhood. The story follows a boy, Mason, from his early childhood to his arrival at college. The movie was filmed over a period of 12 years, using the same cast the whole time. This is a once in a lifetime movie, my third for fourth favorite movie of the decade, and one of the best things on Netflix right now.


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Number 1.
13th


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13th is quite possibly the most important documentary I have ever seen. Now, if documentaries are not your thing, you need to keep reading anyway. This eye opening and emotional expose tells a story that every person in America needs to hear. The beautiful, and challenging thing about this is that it refuses to choose a political side, featuring interviews from both Newt Gingrich to Michelle Alexander, this is not a liberal or conservative movie; this really is an American movie. It's not very often I watch a movie, and afterwards think "If every person in my country watched this, how much better would things be?" The sheer importance of the thing makes it the best thing on Netflix.


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