As I’m sure many of you can relate, I spend as much time scrolling the depths of Netflix’s content as I do watching it. The wealth of content should make it easy to find something to watch, but it only makes things harder. So that’s where this article will step in: Irregardless of your mood, this list should be able to help.
The Thrilling One
The Frozen Ground
The Frozen Ground is an ice cold thriller. Caring cop Nic Cage battles against the slithering psycho John Cusack for justice and the life of endearing escort Vanessa Hudgens. The film is dark and gritty, with palpable tension in the interactions between Cusack and Hudgens. A strong plot is the backbone for a film with few flaws, as long as you are willing to forgive a pretty shoddy Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson performance. The Frozen Ground will leave you chilled to the bone.
The Charming One
Robot & Frank
There is little more charming than the elder generation’s reluctance to embrace technology. Well, there’s plenty of that in Robot & Frank. Add some jewel robberies, robots displaying emotion and the evergreen Susan Sarandon and you’ve got a excellent film on your hands. Frank Langella is the perfect combination of ignorant and active, whilst his interactions with Sarandon are delightful. Robot & Frank made me laugh, and at times nearly cry and has more charm than a box of leprechaun-themed breakfast cereal.
The Romantic One
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind isn’t your paint-by-numbers rom-com, but who’d want that? This trippy flick features a quirky and likeable Kate Winslet and one of Jim Carrey’s finest performances. A must see for any fans of Carrey, romance, fun or real life, so all of you.
The Funny One
If you want a stupid comedy, watch Land of the Lost. If you want a stoner comedy, Pineapple Express is the film for you. However, if you want a smart comedy with an innovative story, watch Seven Psychopaths. In Bruges director Martin McDonagh strikes gold once again using his favoured formula of Colin Farrell and outrageous reality. Farrell leads but he is outshone by the three men around him. A crazed Woody Harrelson brings us another deluded miscreant and Christopher Walken is Classic Christopher Walken, whilst another sublime Sam Rockwell performance brings the film to life. This ensemble turns a great story into an brilliant film.
The Important One
Stand By Me
Stand By Me truly feels like an important film. As you watch the youthful cast, you are not only utterly engrossed but also left feeling as if you are watching something important. Movements between childlike glee and adult resilience from the young cast have undoubtedly had major impacts in the film world, in such recent releases as Super 8 and Mud. Stand By Me should be seen and appreciated.