That’s a silly question, isn’t it? There are so many movies and series that are totally worthy of your time, just waiting for you to stream them. Unfortunately, most people choose content that they already know about, not things they’re not sure of, or that have ratings that they don’t think are good enough. Because of this, a lot of the independent films and underground choices get over looked but we are here to tell you that a lot of them might be just as good, if not better, than those you’re already aware of. Spice up your weekend with something new on Netflix, and take a risk on one of these fabulous films we’ve found for you!
Chef (2014): Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, and John Leguizamo star in this comedy about a man who, upon quitting his job in an upscale restaurant, decides to start over again in Miami with a popup food truck. Through his struggles and successes and the help of his ex-wife and best friend, he learns more about life and love than he ever could have expected. A new, uplifting, and fun film, which was directed by its star, Favreau.
It’s Such a Beautiful Day (2012): The tag for this film is simple: “A stick figure contemplates the meaning of his existence.” While the premise may seem sort of odd, this super short (23 minute) film based on Don Hertzfeldt’s animations is beautiful, poignant, and worth the half an hour the seven minutes afterward, you may need to compose yourself with some tissues and nose blowing.
Get the Gringo (2012): Mel Gibson proves that just because you’re the subject of scrutiny for racist comments does NOT mean that you can’t still make good movies! This action thriller has Gibson’s criminal character behind the bars of a brutal Mexican prison and thankfully he gets some help learning how to cope from a youngster.
Ida (2013): In 1962, Ida finds herself extremely close to taking vows to be a nun, until she discovers a dark family secret about her heritage. The film focuses on her journey of self-discovery and how she handles her future. Well reviewed and received, it has a great Rotten Tomatoes score.
The Station Agent (2003): Isolated and lonely Finbar (played by Peter Dinklage), a little person who loves railroads and works in a hobby store, finds himself on the journey of a lifetime when he is given an abandoned railroad station by his late boss. Relationships with locals ensue, and the laughter and sometimes tears are imminent.
The Hunt (2012): After being wrongly accused of sexual abuse as a Kindergarten teacher, Lucas becomes the subject of the town’s rage and hysterics. To top it off, he is a divorced dad who is struggling to maintain a relationship with his son. This Danish drama was nominated for several awards, and Mads Mikkelsen won Best Actor at Cannes.
Detachment (2011): Adrien Brody is Henry Barthes, a substitute school teacher who is so far removed from his own life he doesn’t even realize he has issues. He learns to cope with his past through his encounters with several women, including a prostitute; this film also speaks to the education system as a whole and the ways in which the profession has taken a turn for the worst.
Short Term 12 (2013): Set in an adolescent care facility for troubled and disturbed teens, this drama is a viscerally charged film that will make you examine your own psychoses and wonder if you really do have the answers to life you think you do. Brie Larson stars as a supervisor in the facility, and gives a magnificent performance.
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