People always ask me, “What is there to watch on Netflix?”. That might be the 2nd most popular question after, “What good movies are out?”. I will be having a monthly column titled “Buttered Gems on Netflix” to help answer that question! The column will have the following: some movies I recommend, some of the movies I look forward to debuting on Netflix that same month, and what may be leaving Netflix as well. So on that note, let’s begin!
Drama/Thriller – Zodiac
Being from San Francisco, I love a good movie that takes place in my city. The first movie that I recommend will be “Zodiac”. The film tells the story of the manhunt for the infamous serial killer called the “Zodiac”, which took place in the late 60s to early 70s in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film is directed by David Fincher(Fight Club, The Social Network), and has an all star studded cast – Jake Gyllenhaal, Mark Ruffalo, and Robert Downey Jr. The film is easily in my “Top 50 Favorite Movies of All Time” list. The running time is a bit long(2 and 1/2hrs), but if you like suspense and mystery – the movie will go by quick. Keep in mind, the actual true story is STILL unsolved.
Comedy – Goon
Comedy might be the hardest genre to recommend because everybody has a different funny bone. What may be funny to me, might not be funny to you and vice versa. Goon is a comedy about a bouncer turned hockey player. The film stars Seann William Scott(Stiffler in American Pie) as our lovable hero. If you love sports movies, this is the movie for you. The movie has everything from great laughs, solid performances, and most importantly – a heart touching story.
Classic – Full Metal Jacket
Everybody loves a good war film. Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket ranks up there with the best of them(some people even have it at #1). The movie follows a soldier nicknamed “Joker” and his platoon during the events of the Vietnam War. This movie has many memorable scenes(the opening boot camp, the prostitute giving us the “Me love you long time” quote). With this being a war film, the violence is heavy, but at the same time the humor is perfect as well. The film celebrated it’s 30th Anniversary this year, and with a score of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes – this movie will be remembered for a very long time.
Musical – Sing Street
Sing Street was a sleeper hit for the year 2016. It flew under everyone’s radar and turned out to be one of the year’s best. I love a good musical and I love a good coming-of-age movie. This has both. The story follows a young boy who starts a band with his friends to try and impress a girl. The story takes place in the 80s, so the soundtrack has everyone from Duran Duran to The Cure. I HIGHLY recommend Sing Street!
TV SERIES- Riverdale
If you follow me on Twitter(@TeejayMcFly), then you have seen me RAVE about The CW’s Riverdale. Based on the Archie Comic series, the story follows Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica as they try to solve a murder mystery in their town of Riverdale. Season 2 has just been announced for an October premiere, so that gives you plenty of time to watch Season 1. To be honest, this is my favorite TV show right now.
Horror – The Sixth Sense
When I was younger, The Sixth Sense scared the living shit out of me. It has been called “One of the scariest movies of all time’, and has also been labeled as director M. Night Shyamalan’s best film. This is actually the movie that skyrocketed his career. The movie gives us great performances from Bruce Willis and a young Haley Joel Osment. If you need a perfect horror movie to watch – whether you have seen this movie or not – The Sixth Sense will be sure to fulfill your horror needs.
MOST ANTICIPATED MOVIE JOINING NETFLIX IN JUNE – Moana(will be on Netflix June 20th).