Netflix may be the star of the TV series world right about now—Orange Is The New Black and House of Cards can be thanked for that—but the company’s ever-dwindling movie titles (no you’re not dreaming, it’s true) still leave some classics for all the viewers and extroverted introverts to cash in on.
So whether you’re planning to ditch the gang this weekend and just stay in or you’re stuck on a brutal commute that mercifully has great service bars, it’s time to activate your account and pull up your online streaming player. Netflix & Chill, anyone?
This heavy title may not be perfect for date night (well, actually it depends on your date) but this award winning film is definitely one that needs to be seen (and rewatched). Starring Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo, it’s the tale of the Rwandan genocide that devastated the country while the rest of the world did little to help.
While the Hutu-majority armed forces sought to cleanse the country of the smaller population, it’s one hotel manager’s tale of an unfolding catastrophe and his part to make a difference in the escalating violence. A sobering film to be sure, and certainly one to spawn conversation of crossover in our current Syrian crisis, this flick was given a 90 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and 4/4 by Roger Ebert—making it an instant, if not heavy, classic.
Pride & Prejudice
Joe Wright’s rendition may not be the universal favorite (BBC fans of the original are a hard-won crowd unwilling to budge), but it’s one of the most beautiful films around and stars such excellent talent as Donald Sutherland, Brenda Blethyn, Rosamund Pike, Matthew MacFadyen and Keira Knightley in the title role of Elizabeth Bennet.
With sweeping, never-ending, uncut scenes that give life to Jane Austen’s famous words and a reputation to Wright for incredible cinematography, this modern remake is certainly a classic for it’s generation. Winner of BAFTA and an Evening Standard Award, this movie is one to park it on the coach and order Chinese takeout for.
Does anyone hear the word Groundhog Day and not immediately picture Bill Murray reliving the same day over and over again in an array of antics that go from normal to crazy pretty quickly? For those of you who missed the first sweep of this film’s extensive infiltration in pop culture, here’s your chance to get a closer look at one weather man’s attempt to escape the icy winds of fate. Joined by Andie McDowell, watch Murray relive the “worst day of his life” over and over and over again—until he gets it right.
Fans of Star Wars, but especially Star Trek, should definitely add this film to their regularly viewed collection. Its thinly veiled comedic rip off of Star Trek’s Shatner, Nimoy and the whole Enterprise crew is universe-winning comedic gold.
But the great thing about Galaxy Quest is that you don’t have to be one of the die-hard fans to enjoy the laughs of stellar cast Sigourney Weaver, Tim Allen, Sam Rockwell, Alan Rickman and more. All you have to do is tune into this screwball comedy as it’s main characters go from re-run TV shows and science conventions to being zapped aboard a bona fide UFO.
Directed and starring Tommy Lee Jones, this film is one of the most star-packed movies to ever fly under the radar—if you call being part of the Cannes Film Official Selection flying under the radar. With Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, John Lithgow, Miranda Otto and more filling out Jones’ feature, it’s hard to understand how a movie this good got away from the cinemas without being, at the very least, a cinephile hit.
Following the story of one woman out in the Wild Wild West and the man she saves from getting hanged, their mission is to take three women across the country, and it’s not a mission for the faint of heart. For people who have a love for good old Westerns and adventure alike, this is definitely your next must-see.
His Girl Friday
Never was there a better idea than Cary Grant and black and white films, and lucky for film lovers, this excellent title has both. Centered around Grant as a newspaper editor and his whip smart reporter Hildy, it’s a time machine back to 1940 for one last assignment on a convicted murderer for the soon-to-be-married reporter. With Grant playing both her boss and her ex-husband, Hildy (played by Rosalind Russell) has her hands full. Between the pair’s chemistry and back and forth charming report, you’ll be on the edge of your seat the whole film, dying to know the truth—will she take him back or won’t she?
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
This Robert Zemeckis classic may be new to the current generation, but it’s cult status still rings true for many. Starring Bob Hoskins as a private detective mired in a world somewhere between film noir reality and animated creativity, the case of a murdered file executive takes viewers through a journey of crazy happenstance and ultimate cartoon mastery. Between the Looney Tunes gang and a special appearance by Jessica Rabbit, this Zemeckis piece is more than just a journey down the rabbit hole; it’s a viewing adventure that has cemented itself not just in the entertainment realm, but in the esteemed halls of art film. So grab the popcorn, and enjoy!
With a list of seven, it’s easy to make this week your own film festival. Just grab the remote and your Netflix login, and get into your film critic mindset. Or better yet, just enjoy these heartfelt, sometimes historical, sometimes wacky movie choices.