Would you employ this man as your lawyer?
Video-streaming service Netflix gives you a vast number of films, TV shows and documentaries to choose from – and that can be a problem.
More often than not, you find yourself spending your entire evening shuffling through the selection trying to pick something to watch – before realising that you no longer have time to actually watch a film.
Never fear; we've rifled through the Netflix catalogue to bring you our top picks, from chucklesome comedies to action-packed adventures. Let Stuff be your guide on your cinematic odyssey.
And before you cry, "Wait! Where's [insert your favourite critically-acclaimed and highly popular show/movie here]?" we'll add the following disclaimer: we overhaul the list regularly and try to skew it towards things that you may not have seen yet.
Better Call Saul
Everyone's favourite sleazy-yet-likeable lawyer Saul Goodman (well, Jimmy McGill) returns to Netflix, in a series which throws us back seven years before the explosive events of Breaking Bad.
Bob Odenkirk slips into his cheap suit with remarkable ease, and his superb performance allows his character's desperation, tenacity and humour to seep through the screen and grab our attention with both hands.
It's always fun to root for the underdog, and from the very first episode you're right there alongside Goodman, wanting him to fight to the top - all while being aware of the dark things to come. Congratulations, Netflix. You've done it again.
In the last ten years, Disney has consistently produced films that don’t feel like a chore to watch as an adult. Wreck-It Ralph is one such movie, a Golden Globe-winning example with a well thought out plot and brilliant animation which combine to make a great family film.
In fact in many ways Ralph will resonate more strongly with the adults among you, brimming as it is with some of the most iconic video game characters of yesteryear: Q*bert, Clyde from Pac-Man, Zangief from Street Fighter II and Sonic The Hedgehog, to name a few.
The acting is also excellent. From what we’d seen of John C. Reilly in Step Brothers and Talladega Nights, he seemed destined to be the ‘other funny guy’ to Will Ferrell, but here he steals the show in this story of a video game bad guy who wants to turn good.
The World's End
Director Edgar Wright reunites with stars Simon Pegg and Nick Frost for the follow-up to Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz – the finale of the loosely-linked Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy. Pegg plays Gary King, a local legend who peaked early in life; he never managed to complete his town’s infamous pub crawl as a teenager, and now he’s rounded up the old gang to finish what he started. Along the way they face alien infiltrators, martial-arts robots, and, yes, the end of the world.
The World’s End lacks the laser-focused movie genre pastiche that characterised Shaun and Fuzz – Wright was inspired by literary sci-fi rather than the cinema this time out. But the finale to the Three Flavours Cornetto trilogy is a more nuanced effort, striking a melancholy tone as the ageing band of heroes confront the demons of their past and present.
This classic crime thriller is a fascinating snapshot of a lost world: Soviet-era Moscow, complete with Cold War-tensions, KGB 'disappearings' and ramshackle cars.
It's based on the acclaimed novel of the same name, and that's evident from the taut, tight script, believable characterising and plentiful attention to detail.
William Hurt leads a fine cast which also includes Lee Marvin, Brian Dennehy and Joanna Pacula, but the real star of the show is the city and its environs: shrouded in snow, teeming with betrayal and easy to lose yourself in.
Everyone loves a good monster movie, and Cloverfield is one of the best in recent years.
Produced by JJ Abrams and directed by his long-time cohort Matt Reeves, the film actually owes more to The Blair Witch Project than to the classic '50s creature features: it's presented entirely as found footage from a shakycam that is about as shaky as they come and you don't really see very much of the monster at all.
Then again, you don't need to. The plot follows a group of New Yorkers attempting to rescue a friend across town, and there's no shortage of peril provided by the sight of the Big Apple crumbling around them. Further on they encounter other hazards, which we shan't say any more about for risk of revealing too much. The important thing is that while it may be a monster movie with very little monster in it, it's still a thrilling ride from start to finish.
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