It's hard to weigh if a movie on Netflix is going to be good or not. With a certain mentality you could find yourself skipping over some great films not knowing if they're any good. There are tons of great movies on the streaming device they have yet to be seen, but finding one is like looking for a needle in a haystack. So if you're looking for a great flick to watch, or maybe you just want to kill a couple of hours, give these next movies a try.
This Sundance winner is about a young musician who joins an eccentric pop band which is fronted by a mysterious singer who wears a giant paper mache head. A wonderful dark comedy, "Frank" is funny and touching. It's definitely an oddball comedy, so don't go in expecting a definable picture. The movie's strengths play on the unorthodox and off-beat nature of it's title character, who is played by a literally unrecognizable Michael Fassbender. If you're looking for something funny but has a heart and a unique eccentricity, give Frank a try.
Beasts of No Nation
I just realized that I've been singing praises of this movie, but haven't told anyone why they should watch it. This darkly authentic drama tells the story of a boy soldier in an unnamed African country. Abraham Attah, who plays the conflicted soldier, puts in one of the best child performances I've ever seen. Strikingly mature and beautifully portrayed, Attah is an actor more than convincing in the role. Also worth mentioning is Idris Elba's performance of the power hungry commandant. The movie is discomforting, dealing with brutal subject matter, so if you do decide to watch prepare yourself for some gut-wrenching scenes.
Get the Gringo
I know, the title is completely ridiculous. And it stars Mel Gibson, post crazy. But Get the Gringo is actually a pretty solid action flick. The film is a wildly crazy ride as Gibson is a fish out of water in a Mexican prison. He is shown how to survive in the prison by a 10 year old boy, and soon Gibson finds himself dealing with the criminal underbelly of the prison. The confrontations set off a blinding series of gunfights, explosions and action galore. The acting isn't half bad and the story is interesting enough, so give this one a watch the next time you're looking for an action movie.
Alexander Payne's black and white film about an old, forgetful man who mistakenly thinks he won a million dollars in a sweepstakes, and then journeys with his son to Nebraska to claim his prize. Legendary character actor Bruce Dern plays the old man, who gives the performance of a lifetime. Will Forte plays the son, which is a refreshing change of pace from his usual outlandish comedic roles. Nebraska is not the quickest paced movie ever, but it's filled with rich and interesting characters that find the right balance between comedy and melancholy.
This dark comedy helmed by writer/director Martin McDonagh centers on a guilt-stricken, cynical hitman as he hides out in Bruges with his partner. Disturbingly funny with a script that crackles with witty dialog, the movie is a hauntingly hypnotic journey. Collin Farrell puts in one of the best performances of his career here as Ray, who takes every chance he can get to work in a sarcastic or backhanded comment. The movie is a great comedy and interesting character piece that deals with depression and human drama.
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