The home movie experience has changed. In replace of the video tape emerged the DVD, quickly followed by a semi-successful Blu-Ray takeover. Now we find ourselves streaming films via online movie databases. Many of us use the Watch Instantly feature on Netflix. And with so many films available, we thought it best if Filmophilia provided a helping hand in sorting out the good, the bad and the ugly from its new arrivals.
In our first edition ever, Filmophilia counts down the hottest movies to the coldest features on Netflix. Every two weeks we will provide you with an updated list as more new arrivals pop up on Netflix. So when searching for a film on Netflix, don’t go spending countless hours researching your next film. Just hop on Filmophilia and use our features of The Netflix Hitlist to guide you, making your movie watching experience that much smoother.
1. A Bronx Tale (1993):
A classic film that if you haven’t yet seen, stop what you are doing, and give A Bronx Tale the time it deserves. In this evocative slice-of-life story, a Bronx boy grows to adulthood worshipping disparate heroes: his hardworking father, who drives a city bus, and the neighborhood mob boss, who becomes a kind of surrogate dad. The film stars Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri and Lillo Brancato.
2. Drive (2011):
A Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver is lured from his isolated life by a lovely neighbor and her young son. His newfound peace is shattered, however, when her violent husband is released from prison. Check out our review of Drive. Clearly we are not shy in suggesting this film. With Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, you won’t be disappointed.
3. Warrior (2011):
Set in the violent world of mixed martial arts combat, this gritty drama follows two brothers at war with each other, who have pursued separate lives. But preparation for a championship soon leads the siblings back into each other’s paths. With a trailer that surely didn’t do the film justice, many doubted Warrior, missing an opportunity to see a wonderfully done film in theaters. Thankfully all is not lost. Tom Hardy, Nick Nolte (Oscar nomination) and Joel Edgerton joined Netflix’s new arrivals. Check out our review of Warrior.
4. Machine Gun Preacher (2011):
Gerard Butler stars in this true-life story of Sam Childers, a drug dealer who turns his life around to become a spiritual warrior. His mission? Rescuing child soldiers in the Sudan from lives ruined by their forced participation in bloody conflict. Not only do we get to see Gerard Butler kick some ass for a good cause, we are privilege to a truly moving story that questions warfare morality and the means to salvation. Machine Gun Preacher, (Golden Globe Nominee) also stars Michelle Monaghan and Michael Shannon.
5. Coriolanus (2011):
Actor Ralph Fiennes makes his directorial debut with this modern update of Shakespeare’s tale about the arrogant general who is banished by the republic he has protected at all costs. This, of course, provokes him to ally with former foes and unleash a bloody revenge. Coriolanus was nominated for a BAFTA award and certainly is deserving of attention. Another great Gerard Butler performance along with Ralph Fiennes and Brian Cox.
6. Detachment (2011):
When a substitute teacher takes a new assignment at an inner-city school, he finds himself becoming involved in the lives of his colleagues and students. At home, he houses a young prostitute and meditates on what happened to his mother. This indie flick, racked up quite the amount of film festival awards with its highly unique prospective on the home-life of teachers. Staring Adrien Brody, Christina Hendricks and Marcia Gay Harden, Detachment is a film you just might want to check out.
7. The Grey (2012):
After narrowly surviving a deadly plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, a band of oil riggers must fend for their lives in the ice and snow. But thanks to wolves that view their presence as a threat, they aren’t alone. Ok, so we’re not going to pretend this film is extremely special, but still, who doesn’t love a good ol’ Liam Neeson-badass-flick. We certainly do. The man punches a wolf, so what’s not to like. Check out our review of The Grey.
8. Lost Empires (1986):
In 1913, an adventure-seeking teen joins his uncle’s magic show and tours the music halls of England, where he learns about romance, loyalty and the dazzling allure of show business, only to be forced back to reality by the beginning of World War I. While this is a TV-series, we thought you might like to take a break from the movies and catch Colin Firth when he was young.
9. The Broken Tower (2011):
Written and directed by star James Franco, this lyrical drama explores the life of renowned American poet Hart Crane, who struggled with his homosexuality and his writing before committing suicide by jumping off a ship at age 32. Equally compelling as the story is the cast. Including James Franco, Michael Shannon and Stacey Miller, this list of crew members need not beg for our attention. Sadly, this film, (with all its promise), didn’t do so well and is set to disappoint.
10. The Ultimate Weapon (1998):
Hulk Hogan is the Ultimate Weapon. When a mercenary named Cutter accepts an assignment in Ireland, he realizes too late that his new commandos are double agents for the IRA. Enraged by the deception, Cutter exacts revenge on the soldiers who hired him to do their dirty work. The Ultimate Weapon is exactly what the title insinuates, Hulk Hogan (Cutter) a badass that just destroys everything in his path. Don’t expect any magical performances in this one. Flip it on if you want to mindlessly watch first-throwing, gun-slinging action for two hours.