The Netflix Hitlist: 2nd Edition
And we’re back with the second edition of The Netflix Hitlist. Stepping up its game in the drama department, Netflix added several intriguing movies that will certainly serve its purpose on that cold rainy day. So before you decide to make any drastic movie decisions, why not take a look at this list of Netflix movies that you may or may not want to miss.
1. Hotel Rwanda (2004):
Amid the holocaust of internecine tribal fighting in Rwanda that sees the savage butchering of hundreds of thousands of men, women and children, one ordinary hotel manager musters the courage to save more than 1,000 helpless refugees. This heart string pulling, inspirational stories has found its way on IMDB’s Top 250 #141, and was nominated for two Oscars including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role, Don Cheadle, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Sophie Okonedo. If you haven’t already, its our must see on Netflix of the week.
2. Indie Game: The Movie (2012):
This captivating documentary follows several independent game designers as they painstakingly develop their games and hope for breakthrough success. It also explores the quirky sensibility these personalities bring to their art form, showing just how heart-warming it is to see such care given to a film about video game development. Check out our review of Indie Game.
3. Bringing Out the Dead (1999):
An ambulance driver on the verge of a nervous breakdown stumbles through three sleepless nights on the job accompanied by a callous crew and finds humanity in an unlikely friendship with a heart-attack victim’s ex-junkie daughter. An Actually-Not-Bad-Nicolas Cage film, directed by Martin Scorsese, Bringing Out the Dead is worth a watch. Supported John Goodman, Patricia Arquette, Ving Rhames check the film out on the Flix.
4. The Rum Diary (2011):
Eager to flee his humdrum life in 1950s New York, booze-loving journalist Paul moves to Puerto Rico, but his life becomes unhinged when he falls for a gorgeous woman and clashes with her shifty fiancé in this adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson’s novel. With a cast including Johnny Depp, Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent), Giovanni Ribisi and the beautiful Amber Heard, its hard to imagine a film that is anything less than stellar. Unfortunately this film amounts to nothing better than mediocre.
5. Max (2002):
Menno Meyjes directs this fictionalized account of the troubled relationship between a young German painter — the yet-to-be-notorious Adolf Hitler — and Max Rothman, a Jewish art teacher who doesn’t nurture the fledgling artist. Staring John Cusack, and Noah Taylor, the film isn’t going to wow you artistically, but the concept is intriguing enough to draw out attention.
6. The Deep Blue Sea (2011):
This remake of the original 1955 film, adapted from a Terence Rattigan play, stars Rachel Weisz as a wedded woman who falls hard for a younger man. Her determination and emotional obsession lead her into tragic conflict with the morals of the day. The film picked up a few minor film festival wins, but is not a sensational pic. Tom Hiddleston and Ann Mitchell play the support.
7. Bruno (2009):
Flamboyantly gay reporter Bruno stirs up trouble with unsuspecting guests through frank interviews and painfully hilarious public displays of homosexuality. Chameleon Sacha Baron Cohen successfully serves up laughs by rubbing people the wrong way. You either love him or you hate him.
8. The Woman in the Fifth (La Femme Du Vème) (2011):
When Yankee scribe Tom Ricks moves to Paris to be closer to his daughter, he quickly finds the City of Lights to be a special and miserable place. Robbed and broke, Tom slowly climbs out of le gutter with the help of a beautiful and kind new friend. Ethan Hawke, Joanna Kulig, and Oscar nominee Kristin Scott Thomas, a cast of names that should be enough to entertain, unfortunately falls short of reaching average.
9. Hobo with a Shotgun (2011):
A bum rolls into town hoping to start over, only to find his adopted city saturated in violence and ruled by a vicious crime lord known as the Drake. We must confess, we’ve not seen this film, but the name is so absurd, that we just had to bring to your attention. Rutger Hauer, who has quite the résumé, stars the film, so who knows. You just might end up liking it.
10. Act of Valor (2012):
The mission of rescuing a kidnapped CIA agent from a lethal terrorist cell falls to an elite squad of Navy SEALs in this covert-action thriller. Active duty SEALs play the lead fighting roles in a saga based on actual events from their service. Now, one would think that the SEALs could appear natural (they are after all themselves going on mission based on their actual missions), but their acting is as stilted and wooden as their dialog delivery is atrocious. Check out our review of Act of