There is no better time than now to sit back and watch a fantastic movie. You can download, stream or rent your films of choice, but many film enthusiasts are now turning towards popular streaming platforms like Netflix to get their fixes.
Netflix is full of great movies, some of which are exclusive to the streaming platform and were directed by its own team of professionals. Here are my top 10 favourite Netflix exclusives that you should watch as soon as you can!
#1: The Other Side of the Wind
Directed by Orson Welles, The Other Side of the Wind is based on the story of Jake Hannaford, a free-wheeling auteur played by John Huston. The film cleverly celebrates and mocks the creations of the ‘New Hollywood’ movement by following Hannaford’s final days as he wades through a fog of alcohol, strange romantic encounters and other eccentric forms of excess.
The Other Side of the Wind owes its brilliance in part to its 70’s-inspired air of melancholy and hedonism, which it uses to tackle a difficult and somewhat taboo topic.
#2: The Irishman
Martin Scorsese is the famed director behind this popular Netflix-only film. The Irishman offers 3 and a half hours’ worth of captivating performance from the likes of Robert de Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino. The main characters delve deep into the vestiges of the Catholic guilt that every sinner experiences as he enters his twilight years, making for an intense but unforgettable experience for viewers. The stream of emotions you’ll go through here could only be rivalled by the real money pokies NZ offers!
#3: Marriage Story
Marriage Story is a Noah Baumbach-directed film inspired by a fictionalization of his own turbulent marriage. It follows the bitter divorce of 2 main characters – Charlie, played by Adam Driver, and Nicole, played by Scarlett Johansson. The situation forces the couple from an uncomfortable ceasefire into a complete psychological war over their son.
The breakdown that ensues explores the topics of insecurity, pettiness, resentment, and all of the other chaotic reactions that lost love can elicit. Marriage Story’s realistic, natural portrayal of a difficult part of everyday life makes this Netflix-created film one for the books.
Bong Joon-Ho’s anti-capitalist masterpiece follows a young girl in South Korea who forms a deep connection with a creature called a ‘super-pig’. When the sly Mirando conglomerate comes to take Okja the super-pig away, the ethics of a profit-driven culture and its evils are directly brought into the spotlight.
Bong’s message is clear, direct and urgent, while also being subversive enough to really make viewers consider the current status quo.
#5: Happy as Lazzaro
Alice Rohrwacher’s film was quick to impress critics at Cannes thanks to its symbolic mishaps and uncharacteristic brightness. That endless positivity is one of leading character Lazzaro’s (played by Adriano Tardiolo) defining traits.
Viewers of the film will watch this character endure a hopeless daily grind that eventually dissipates at a critical point. Rohrwacher’s Italian-neorealist film-making style adds an ethereal quality to the film as Lazzaro avoids atrocity and injustice with an uncanny air of serenity.