Netflix has spent the past few years ramping up its production of original series and movies. As a result, we’ve been blessed with the likes of Jessica Jones and Daredevil; Grace And Frankie; I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore; Stranger Things; and House Of Cards. We’ve also had the displeasure of watching Friends From College; Deathnote; and Iron Fist.
But Netflix is still most valuable for its catalogue of movies produced externally from the last few decades. Incidentally, if you’re struggling to see a movie that’s not available in Canada, you can use a VPN to get around the regional restrictions. Click through for a Cyberghost VPN review, along with everything you need to know to choose the best among the flock.
It can be difficult to find individual movies to watch within the huge database. To help you, here are 5 movies you need to watch on Netflix.
1. Hacksaw Ridge
No matter what you feel about Mel Gibson, his comeback was spectacular. Starring Andrew Garfield, this war film is deep, engaging, and ultimately very satisfying. Of course, none of this excuses Gibson’s anti-semitism, misogyny, racism, and all. Sometimes you just have to take a piece of art for what it is (and try to pretend it had a different creator!).
2. The Big Short
It’s hard to classify The Big Short. Before watching it, I was expecting something more like a documentary. Clearly, I hadn’t read enough reviews. While based on a true story and highly informative, The Big Short was more of a dark comedy than anything else. Its all-star cast including Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Jonah Hill, and Ryan Gosling does not disappoint.
3. The Matrix
The Matrix was originally released in 1999. Chances are, it’s been almost two decades since you saw it. Are you wondering if it still holds up? It’s past time to rewatch it, as the existential underpinnings are as relevant now as ever. It is also still an unbeatable spectacle, and one of the best action movies I’ve ever seen.
Richard Linklater’s 2014 release is best known for following actors through 12 years of filming, watching the main child actor literally growing up. This film is not for everyone, especially not those who look for intense action in every scene. It’s a slow burner, but it captures its content matter perfectly. It’s definitely worth giving a chance.
5. Punch Drunk Love
Perfect for those who wonder if there was ever a time Adam Sandler was anything more than a bad punchline. Sandler is brilliant in this understated role, making you think he might have been better off leaving over-the-top comedy to Jim Carrey. As an introverted man looking for love in a woman who wants to bring out so much more from him, his performance is nuanced and deeply touching. It’s by far his best ever role, and it’s a movie worth watching for the plot and characterization alone.