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Netflix and Chill (NAC) is a Netflix movie review show created by Jordan Randall and Terry Tyler. The original concept of the show was to help viewers find movies to watch on Netflix. Because Jordan and Terry love movies, they've watched all of the usual suspects on Netflix. So now that you've seen House of Cards, Stranger Things, and all of the other talked about blockbusters, what should you watch next? Well, to make things easier, Jordan and Terry randomly select movies to watch using a randomizer. The point is to find and review movies that you normally wouldn't even give a second thought. The guys from Netflix and Chill leave no stone unturned. This way they find those overlooked hidden gems for the serious film fan or they get to laugh at some seriously awful movies.
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10 Most Underrated Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen

The 10 Most Underrated Movies on Netflix You Haven’t See 1. The Hunt Directed by Thomas Vinterberg Mads Mikkelsen who you may have seen is such films like: Casino Royale, Rogue One, and the hit TV series, Hannibal, won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a […] The post 10 Most Underrated Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen appeared first on Netflix and...

The 10 Most Underrated Movies on Netflix You Haven’t See

1. The Hunt

Directed by Thomas Vinterberg

Mads Mikkelsen who you may have seen is such films like: Casino Royale, Rogue One, and the hit TV series, Hannibal, won the Best Actor Award at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Lucas, a former school teacher who has been forced to start over having overcome a tough divorce and the loss of his job. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered when an untruthful remark throws his small community into a collective state of hysteria. As the lie spreads, Lucas is forced to fight a lonely fight for his life and dignity.

With more and more sexual allegations making headlines and the #METOO movement it’s important to remember that there are always two sides to every story and that people are innocent until proven guilty. Allegations can ruin a person’s life and if they’re not true, then that person becomes the victim.  False allegations delegitimize the metoo movement and create unnecessary doubt when real victims come forth.

2. The Wailing

The Wailing is a Korean horror film directed by Na Hong-jin about a policeman who investigates a series of mysterious killings and illnesses. This film is an absolute gem and features one of the best twists in recent memory. Check out our full, extended review by clicking the link in the bio below.

3. Train to Busan

Yet another Korean horror film which makes our list. Train to Busan is a harrowing zombie horror that follows a group of terrified passengers fighting their way through a countrywide viral outbreak while trapped on a suspicion-filled, blood-drenched bullet train ride to Busan, a southern resort city that has managed to hold off the zombie hordes… or so everyone hopes.

4. Good Time

Directed by the Safdie brothers and starring Robert Pattinson, this film was nominated for the Palm D’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

After a botched bank robbery lands his younger brother in prison, Constantine “Connie” Nikas ,played by Robert Pattinson, embarks on a twisted odyssey through the city’s underworld in an increasingly desperate—and dangerous—attempt to get his brother Nick,Benny Safdie, out of jail. Over the course of one adrenalized night, Connie finds himself on a mad descent into violence and mayhem as he races against the clock to save his brother and himself, knowing their lives hang in the balance.

Hands down, this is the BEST performance of Robert Pattinson’s career.

5. Elle

Directed by Paul Verhoeven who you might remember from 90s hits like Basic Instinct, Showgirls, Robocop, and Starship Troopers.

This time he’s back with one of his most ambitious and controversial films. The film stars Isabelle Huppert who was nominated for Best Actress at the 2016 Academy Awards for her performance in this film. She plays Michele, a successful business woman. Head of a video game company, she brings the same ruthless attitude to her love life as to business. Being attacked in her home by an unknown assailant changes Michèle’s life forever. When she resolutely tracks the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game. A game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

6. Blue Ruin

Blue Ruin is a 2013 American independent film written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier, and starring Macon Blair. The film premiered at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Directors’ Fortnight section where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. Saulnier funded production on the film through a successful Kickstarter campaign, which MTV.com called “the perfect example of what crowdfunding can accomplish.”

The film centers around a man whose life is turned upside down when he returns to his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance. Proving himself an amateur assassin, he winds up in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.

7. It Comes at Night

Award-winning filmmaker Trey Edward Shults follows his incredible debut feature KRISHA with IT COMES AT NIGHT, a horror film following a man, played by Joel Edgerton, as he learns that the evil stalking his family home may be only a prelude to horrors that come from within. Secure within a desolate home as an unnatural threat terrorizes the world, the tenuous domestic order he has established with his wife and son is put to the ultimate test with the arrival of a desperate young family seeking refuge. Despite the best intentions of both families, paranoia and mistrust boil over as the horrors outside creep ever-closer, awakening something hidden and monstrous within him as he learns that the protection of his family comes at the cost of his soul.

8. Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family. Equal parts road comedy and rousing adventure story, director Taika Waititi (who recently directed blockbuster Thor: Ragnarok) masterfully weaves lively humor with emotionally honest performances by Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. A hilarious, touching crowd-pleaser, HUNT FOR THE WILDERPEOPLE reminds us about the journey that growing up is (at any age) and those who help us along the way.

9. Under the Skin

Under the Skin is a 2013 Sci-Fi Horror film directed by Jonathan Glazer. Scarlett Johansson plays Laura, an alien being who spends the bulk of the picture cruising around Glasgow in a white van, picking up single men. Those who join her think they’re in for a quick hook-up with a thrill-seeking hottie; instead, she brings them back to her apartment, where they are consumed by a wet, velvety darkness. And then she goes back out to the van, to find another victim.

Laid out in those terms, the film sounds like what several cynics have dubbed it: an art-house Species. The difference is that Under the Skin is an exploration and subversion of the unstated theme of Species and its ilk: the fear of female sexuality, and the fantasy scenarios that are all tied up in those fears. The cruising sequences are scored (by first-timer Mica Levi) with a quiet dread, emphasizing the notion of a predator tracking her prey — a predator who can never be entirely satiated.

10. Incendies

Incendies is a French Canadian film directed by Denis Villeneuve who you may know from titles like Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, Arrival, and Prisoners. The film centers around Nawal, a dying Middle Eastern woman living in Montreal, who leaves separate letters to her twin children to be read once she passes away. Jeanne, her daughter, is to deliver hers to the father the twins never knew, and Simon is to give his to the brother they never knew they had. The siblings travel to the Middle East separately, where they each experience acts of brutality, uncover a startling family history, and have revelations about themselves.

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Movies About School Shootings – A Statement on Gun Control

Movies About School Shootings A Statement on Gun Control Once again, we’ve watched another American gun tragedy unfold – this time, the massacre of 17 students and educators at a high school in Parkland, Florida. We’ve felt a predictable mix of emotions: above all, horror, disgust, and sympathy for the bereaved families.  The United States […] The post Movies About School Shootings – A Statement on Gun Control appeared first on Netflix and...

Movies About School Shootings

A Statement on Gun Control

Once again, we’ve watched another American gun tragedy unfold – this time, the massacre of 17 students and educators at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

We’ve felt a predictable mix of emotions: above all, horror, disgust, and sympathy for the bereaved families.  The United States is hopelessly awash in gun culture. Its legislators are in the pocket of the National Rifle Association. They are a society paralyzed from curbing gun violence.

This time we’re hopeful for change. Students and youth like Emma Gonzalez are taking a stand and holding the President and Congress accountable and responsible.

Awareness and public education is an important step towards change – and we want to contribute to this awareness in whatever way we can.. On this channel, we often talk about the impact of film. Film is truly not limited to entertainment, but also a powerful medium of education..

The films we will be talking about today highlight and spark important discussions on gun violence and school shootings.

Bowling for Columbine

Bowling for Columbine

In his best-received documentary, director Michael Moore takes on gun violence in America. While some of Moore’s critics question his tactics and self-promotion, at the very least his in-your-face approach creates an entertaining and somewhat educational piece on guns in America. In the span of just two hours, the filmmaker manages to present the problem of gun violence, introduces us to possible causes and confronts the NRA head-on in an interview with the late Charlton Heston. Moore also points out that gun violence in the U.S. is 65 times greater than neighboring Canada but sadly fails to expose the primary reason, unrestricted access to handguns without background checks or oversight by law enforcement compared to Canada where rifles are prevalent but it’s virtually impossible to purchase handguns.

The Dirties

The Dirties by Matt Johnson

“ The Dirties” is a 2013 Canadian found footage drama film directed by Matt Johnson. This was Johnson’s debut feature. The film has received praise from critics as well as numerous awards, including the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 2013 Slamdance Film Festival. Kevin Smith, who helped distribute the film, dubbed The Dirties “the most important movie you will see all year.

The Dirties is an acute study of the effects of everyday harassment. Johnson, retaining his first name, plays Matt, a cinema obsessive making his own film; a revenge fantasy through which he mythologises himself to compensate for his lack of social status. Johnson was determined to have The Dirties be authentic, and managed to shoot much of it in an active school. Staff were supportive of a project that aimed to give a realistic portrayal of bullying, and allowed Johnson and his crew to embed themselves in the school for a week. Students weren’t told about the film; they assumed Johnson and his team were new students.

Shot undercover in Toronto, this story of a high-school shooting asks uncomfortable questions about identity and alienation in the digital age

The Armor of Light

The Armour of Light

Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, The Armor of Light, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti-abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who starts questioning whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long-time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.

Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida and whose story has cast a spotlight on “Stand Your Ground” laws. McBath, also a Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro-choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action-where so many before her have failed.

Armor follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at America’s fractured political culture and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.

Elephant

Elephant Movie Gus Van Sant

Gus Van Sant’s “Elephant” is a record of a day at a high school like Columbine, on the day of a massacre much like the one that left 13 dead. It offers no explanation for the tragedy, no insights into the psyches of the killers, no theories about teenagers or society or guns or psychopathic behavior. It simply looks at the day as it unfolds, and that is a brave and radical act; it refuses to supply reasons and assign cures, so that we can close the case and move on.

Van Sant seems to believe there are no reasons for Columbine and no remedies to prevent senseless violence from happening again. Many viewers will leave this film as unsatisfied and angry as Variety’s Todd McCarthy, who wrote after it won the Golden Palm at Cannes 2003 that it was “pointless at best and irresponsible at worst.” Nevertheless, Elephant remains a controversial film about a sensitive and important subject matter that continues to challenge American society.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

We Need to Talk About Kevin Movie

“We Need to Talk About Kevin” features a ripped-from-the-headlines plot about a school shooter, but it is much more a story about the dark side of motherhood.

Eva Khatchadourian (Tilda Swinton) is a travel writer/publisher who gives up her beloved freedom and bohemian lifestyle to have a child with her husband, Franklin (John C. Reilly). Pregnancy does not seem to agree with Eva, but what’s worse, when she does give birth to a baby boy named Kevin, she can’t seem to bond with him. When Kevin grows from a fussy, demanding toddler (Rocky Duer) into a sociopathic teen (Ezra Miller), Eva is forced to deal with the aftermath of her son’s horrific act.

Polytechnique

Polytechnique Denis Villeneuve

Inspired by the tragic school shooting that took place at Montreal’s Polytechnique school on December 6, 1989, director Denis Villeneuve’s melancholy docudrama portrays the events as seen from the perspective of two students, Valérie (Karine Vanasse) and Jean-François (Sebastien Huberdeau). When an armed madman enters the school with the intention of killing as many females as possible, the lives of every student involved are forever changed.

Zero Day

Zero Day Movie

Andre (Andre Keuck) and Cal (Cal Robertson) are a pair of military-loving misfits from small-town America. They harbor a hatred of their high school so caustic that they come up with a plan of attack called “Zero Day.” As the days count down, they record their preparations in video diaries, hoping to achieve fame after their demise. When Zero Day arrives, Andre and Cal drive to school with a trunk of munitions and take aim. The film is based on the Columbine High School massacre.

Blackbird

Blackbird Movie

Blackbird is a film about a troubled teen who is falsely accused of planning a Columbine shooting scenario. It all begins when an unlikely bond forms between Sean Randall (Connor Jessup) and a preppy teenage girl named Deanna Roy (Alexia Fast). Deanna’s boyfriend is deeply threatened by Sean and Deanna’s friendship, resulting in a violent confrontation. Seeking to protect himself, Sean issues a death threat online, and is swiftly arrested. When the police raid Sean’s home, they find rifles, shotguns, knives and ammunition – all property of Sean’s father Ricky (Michael Buie), an avid hunter. They also find a sup- posed “revenge plan” targeting over twenty people who have tormented Sean. The authorities and the media proclaim another Columbine situation has been narrowly averted, and soon Sean faces a terrifying imprisonment in a youth detention facility. Sean’s only hope is to overcome his dark image, and prove his innocence to Deanna and to his community.

We hope you not only watch these movies but also share them with your friends and family. Awareness sparks change and we seriously hope that over the course of the next few months we will see some progress in the right direction.

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The Ritual Movie Review

The Ritual Movie Review Director: David Bruckner Cast: Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier Synopsis: Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn. Review: […] The post The Ritual Movie Review appeared first on Netflix and...

The Ritual Movie Review

Director: David Bruckner

Cast: Rafe Spall, Robert James-Collier

Synopsis:

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

Review:

8/10 Beer Cans

Terry Tyler: ” One of the best movies of 2018! This is a much watch Netflix horror movie. Really entertaining and suspenseful. ”

Jordan Randall:  “A good movie is a movie that makes people think. Today we shared some of the “thoughts” we had while watching the new Netflix Original film, “The Ritual.” And boy oh boy, I thought it was GREAT!”

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Best Horror Films on Netflix Made by Women – WiHM9

The Best Movies on Netflix Made by Women – WiHM9 In honor of Women in Horror Month (WiHM9), we decided to put a list together of the best movies on Netflix made by women. There are plenty of incredibly talented women out there who are making some serious strides in the film industry! Let us […] The post Best Horror Films on Netflix Made by Women – WiHM9 appeared first on Netflix and...

The Best Movies on Netflix Made by Women – WiHM9

In honor of Women in Horror Month (WiHM9), we decided to put a list together of the best movies on Netflix made by women. There are plenty of incredibly talented women out there who are making some serious strides in the film industry! Let us know what you think of our list in the comments below.

Honeymoon (2014)

Director: Leigh Janiak

Honeymoon

Honeymoon is the directorial debut from Ohio-born director and screenwriter Leigh Janiak. The film stars Rose Leslie from Game of Thrones and Harry Treadaway from one of our favorite movies Brothers of The Head.

Honeymoon was released in 2014 and is an eerie tale of newlywed couple Paul and Bea who decide to spend their honeymoon in a remote lake country. Things get creepy shortly after arriving when Bea starts to exhibit signs of a behavioural shift. As the film progresses, Paul begins to question if the person he is on the honeymoon with is even his wife at all.

A bit of a slow-burn, Honeymoon is a film that is perfect for those who enjoy supernatural horror, the occult and possession films. The film drips with tension, the pacing is near perfection and the dialogue is on point. Not too lengthy of a watch, Honeymoon ’92s run-time is just under an hour and a half, but its content will stick with you well after the credits roll. A must watch for any horror fan.

The Babadook (2014)

Director: Jennifer Kent

The Babadook Movie

Born in Queensland, Australia, Jennifer Kent is a woman who does it all. Shes a writer, a director, a producer and an actor. In 2002 she began her foray into directing when she assisted Lars Von Trier as part of a directing attachment on the set of his film Dogville, starring Nicole Kidman.

One of her first directorial efforts came in the way of the short film Monster which was screened at over 50 festivals worldwide. This film was actually the blueprints that would later be adapted into the feature length, The Babadook.

The Babadook is the tale of a widowed mother who’s son believes that there is a monster that hides in the dark areas of their house. While trying to dispel any irrational fears in her child, she soon discovers that there is indeed a sinister presence encircling her.

This film works on a lot of levels, as a nightmarish creature feature and also as an allegorical drama dealing with pent up aggressions and emotions.

This film has managed to become a cult-status film in just four years since its debut at Sundance where it was received as a phenomenal success.

Jennifer Kent is currently working on her follow-up feature entitled, The Nightingale, which is set to be released later this year.

The Invitation (2015)

Director: Karyn Kusama

The Invitation Movie

Karyn Kusama is no stranger to horror filmmaking. The American independent film director previously directed the Diablo Cody written Jennifers Body starring Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried.

With The Invitation, Karyn Kusama truly outdid herself with what might have been one of the most tense films of 2016. The film stars Logan Marshall-Green, who you might remember from Prometheus and focuses on a man who is invited to a dinner party where he believes that his ex-wife along with her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

The film is cleverly crafted and keeps the viewer guessing as the story moves along. It’s a great thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat with a very engaging story and superb acting.

XX (2017)

Director: Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark, Jovana Vuckovic

The XX

Karyn Kusama returns with a short film in the female helmed horror anthology XX along with directors, Roxanne Benjamin, Annie Clark and Jovana Vuckovic.

As the title would suggest.. XX rather than XY is a horror anthology with a gender twist. The directors were given free creative rein within the budget and time constraints but all are within the horror genre.

Our particular favourite segment is Annie Clark The Birthday Party. This combines horror and deadpan comedy and stars Melanie Lynskey from Peter Jackson classic film, Heavenly Creatures. It centres around Lynskey’s character Lucy as she tries to prepare a birthday party for her daughter whilst in the midst of discovering that her husband has died. Trying to shield her daughter from the bad news of her fathers death, Lucy attempts to hide the dead body and eventually settles on stuffing him in a panda suit which sits at the table with the children as the birthday party goes on.

This short film marks the directorial debut of Annie Clark who is also known worldwide for her music as St. Vincent.

Hisss (2010)

Director: Jennifer Lynch

Hisss Movie by Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch began her career at an early age, making a brief appearances in her fathers debut film Eraserhead. Although the footage never made it to final cut, Jennifer Lynch subsequently worked as a production assistant on Blue Velvet in 1986.

Jennifer Lynch’s first film Boxing Helena came out in 1993 and garnered praise from Sundance, while receiving mixed reviews from independent critics. She later went on to direct the film Surveillance starring Bill Pullman.

In 2010 Jennifer Lynch released the film Hiss with three S’s. This film has been in the crosshairs of much ridicule and criticism since it’s conception.

The films plot focuses on the mythological shape shifting snake woman Nagin, which actually comes from Indian mythology. The film was originally designed to be a story of feminism through the sexual empowerment of the Nagin, but as production became wrought with calamity, the message began to wain.

In the end we were left with a half hollywood, half bollywood hybrid that definitely puts more emphasis on the horror elements rather than the love story that Lynch originally envisioned.

Its still a fun watch though, and works on multiple levels. Fans of B-movies will get a kick out of the cheesier elements of the film, namely its CGI snake effects. Fans of practical effects will love what Robert Kurtzman and co. did with the transformation scenes. And fans of bollywood cinema will be pleased to see Indian actor Mallika Sherawat bare it all in the role that solidified her status as a sex symbol in India.

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Best Netflix Originals: Part 2

This latest Netflix Originals entry is the second part to last week`s blog post, Best Netflix Originals: Part 1. With so many great shows to watch and so little time, let`s get right into it. Dark (2017) When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the […] The post Best Netflix Originals: Part 2 appeared first on Netflix and...

This latest Netflix Originals entry is the second part to last week`s blog post, Best Netflix Originals: Part 1.

With so many great shows to watch and so little time, let`s get right into it.

Dark (2017)

Dark Netflix Original

When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and fractured relationships that exist among four families.  The series introduces an intricate puzzle filled with twists that includes a web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town’s troubled history; whether they know it or not. The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the town of Winden. 

Why You Should Watch

If you`re a fan of Stranger Things then you should watch this show (check out our review of Stranger Things here). This is also the first German Netflix Original series ever produced and I jokingly call it Das Stranger Things. Unlike Stranger Things, however, you won`t be able to predict what happens next. It`s dark, mysterious, and worth watching.

Gerald’s Game

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame. Based off the trailer and synopsis alone, I did not want to watch this film. Stephen King writes so many books (at least 136 as of 2017) and some movie adaptations have been just awful. The Mist is an example of that. Spike TVs version was cancelled after 1 season and Netflix’s retelling might suffer a similar fate.

Why You Should Watch

Gerald’s Game takes some awfully dark, unexpected turns. For a film that centers around a character handcuffed to her bed, the filmmakers proved to be very creative in their storytelling efforts. In 2017, Stephen King adaptations made a revival (‘It’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Gerald’s Game’, ‘1922’, ‘The Dark Tower’, etc) and this was one of the best.

Mudbound

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, his wife Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson – sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations – struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Why You Should Watch

Oddly enough I did not see this film on Netflix. Instead, I watched the world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Since then Mudbound has been nominated for three Oscars (Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and the first ever woman nominated for Best Cinematography). With the #BlackLivesMatter movement taking place only a few short months before this films release, the cultural struggles finely detailed in this historic drama never seemed more relevant.

Dirty Money

Using first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage, this addictive series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Amid growing public and consumer skepticism, Dirty Money is sure to tap a vein of outrage as audiences identify the pervasiveness of corporate greed and misconduct.

Why You Should Watch

Many of the episodes feature recent corporate misdeeds and personal misconducts. From Volkswagon’s systematic corporate fraud to the current President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Ethics and morality are still something our society struggles with today. This isn’t so much a history lesson as it is a warning for us to open our eyes.

The Ritual

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

Why You Should Watch

The film is inspired by a Norse legend. Ancient Scandinavian people who were burdened by emotional pain were sometimes granted an otherworldly escape—their gods sent a nameless beast to ease their suffering. The beast gave every tortured person a choice: Submit and worship it for life, or die in unimaginable pain. It’s that ancient creature which hunts the characters in The Ritual, but that aspect of the story doesn’t appear until halfway in. The film feels like an all-male reboot of The Blair Witch or The Descent until we encounter the creature lurking in the woods.

Ozark

This drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrde’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

Why You Should Watch

It’s like Netflix’s version of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The script is well written and each episode is designed to keep you wanting more. Some shows require an investment but this one will have you hooked after the first episode. The only downside is that we have to wait a long time for Season 2.

Saving Capitalism

Saving Capitalism is a documentary film that follows former Secretary of Labor and Professor, Robert Reich, as he takes his book and his views to the heart of conservative America to speak about our economic system and present big ideas for how to fix it.

Why You Should Watch

To understand “Saving Capitalism,” Robert Reich’s sweeping treatise on inequality in America, you must accept a central premise: The free market is fundamentally a human construct and so to debate the appropriateness of government in shaping it is beside the point. Someone is always writing the rules of the market. Reich’s concern is that over the last three decades, the lead authors have been Wall Street, big corporations and the wealthy elite. His fear is that “we are lurching toward a capitalism so top-heavy it cannot be sustained.” – via The New York Times

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Best Netflix Originals: Part 1

The Best Netflix Originals: Part 1 Since Netflix launched its streaming services in 2007, hit the final nail in the coffin for Blockbuster (in 2000 Blockbuster could’ve bought Netflix for 50 million), and became the 10th largest internet-based company in the world, it has created over 100 Netflix original series. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted […] The post Best Netflix Originals: Part 1 appeared first on Netflix and...

The Best Netflix Originals: Part 1

Since Netflix launched its streaming services in 2007, hit the final nail in the coffin for Blockbuster (in 2000 Blockbuster could’ve bought Netflix for 50 million), and became the 10th largest internet-based company in the world, it has created over 100 Netflix original series. Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos has admitted that it has been a costly affair. In 2017, Netflix’s content expenses totaled USD 15.3 billion. In the midst of all that, Netflix has been nominated for 432 Emmy’s and won 72. Not too shabby, I must say.

And because of Netflix’s success and popularity, we started Netflix and Chill. Their content algorithm, which recommends shows and movies for you to watch, isn’t that good…..at least not yet. And even if they do nail it one day, their AI won’t be nearly as entertaining as watching us throw pies in each others faces and eat hot sauce laden chips. For the time being, we’re still aiming to be your number one source for Netflix reco’s. Today, we’re giving you our two sense on the Best Netflix Originals to date. (Updated as of Dec. 1, 2017)

Mindhunter

Netflix Original Series: Mindhunter

David Fincher is one of the best filmmakers out there. Even his worst projects would be considered personal bests for a lot of Hollywood filmmakers. He sets the bar high when it comes to quality content. Mindhunter is the first of two Fincher Originals on this list. Adapted from the book Mind Hunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Killer Crime Unit, by Mark Olshaker and John E. Douglas, Mindhunter tells the tale of a number of real-life serial killers, and the FBI’s early days of criminal profiling. It’s amazing to watch and learn how little criminal investigators knew back then. Some techniques and terms have become so commonplace that we take them for granted. But, apparently this was cutting age stuff and really controversial at the time.

Why You Should Watch:

David Fincher. He doesn’t put his name on something unless it gets his stamp of approval. He’s obsessive and controlling but the man has a vision and knows what he wants. He was in charge of the writing room and moved the project from HBO to Netflix because he wanted more say. Fincher directs 4 episodes in the series. Watch it and you’ll be hooked.

13 Reasons Why

Netflix Original Series: 13 Reasons Why

I’d like to do an extended version and include thirteen reasons why you should watch this show. The show struck a chord with me. I was able to identify with the characters and it felt like brutally honest storytelling. We’ve all encountered bullying at some point. Whether we’ve been affected by it personally or we know someone who was a victim themselves. It’s easy to turn the blind-eye or to dismiss it as “no big deal”. What I loved about the show was that they emphasized Hannah Baker’s reality. It doesn’t matter what you think or how you perceive it, it’s her reality. It feels real to her.

Why You Should Watch: 

Brilliant cast and an incredible, heartfelt story. It may be difficult to watch at times. The creators worked very hard not to be gratuitous, but wanted it to be painful to watch because they wanted to be very clear that there is nothing, in any way, worthwhile about suicide.

The Fundamentals of Caring

Netflix Original Series: Fundamentals of Caring

This was a movie I overlooked a few times before deciding to watch it. It would always pop-up in my recommendations and time and time again, I would skip over it. No matter what you tell yourself, people do judge a movie by its cover. You don’t base your entire decision on it but, it does play a part. The Fundamentals of Caring was one of those cases. The lack luster cover didn’t make me care to watch it. But, if you want a heartfelt, feel-good film then this is it.

Why You Should Watch:

Paul Rudd delivers another likeable performance in this story of an unlikely friendship between a retired writer and disabled teenager. During the course of their relationship, you learn about life, hope, and friendship. To truly listen, you have to care. That’s something not too many people do well.

Abstract: The Art of Design

Netflix Original Series: Abstract Art of Design

This series provides s look beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world. From graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, and architects, these artists are anything but starving. They’re an inspiration to a younger generation trying to find their place in today’s modern workplace.

Why You Should Watch:

With more and more graduates finding it hard to land jobs post-grad, this Netflix Original series provides hope. If you’re good at what you do and you’re passionate, you can build a great career. It’s amazing to see talented people doing what they love.

Making a Murderer

Netflix Original Series: Making A Murderer

Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach.

Why You Should Watch:

It’s hard to believe this actually happened to someone in real life. Steven Avery’s whole life has been spent behind bars. This documentary series presents a compelling argument that a man was wrongly convicted for murder by a corrupt justice system. If you watched and enjoyed  The Thin Blue Line  then you will definitely be up in arms over this one.

Stranger Things

Netflix Original Series: Stranger THings

Stranger Things was one of the best Netflix Originals to date. It’s hard not to fall in love with Mike and the gang. The chemistry between those talented young actors is incredible. Add a small town conspiracy based on The Montauk Project and you get an Emmy nominated series. It was one of those shows that all of your friends and coworkers talked about and you just HAVE to watch. I know some people who got Netflix just to watch the show. The 80’s influences and nostalgia factor on this show continues into season 2. I will say that the first season is better than the second but that’s to be expected with almost every sequel.

Why You Should Watch:

Watch our full review of Stranger Things: Season Two. Subscribe to our YouTube channel and get a chance to win a copy of Notes from the Upside Down.

House of Cards

Netflix Original Series: House of Cards

A congressman nears the pinnacle of power but his rapid rise creates more powerful enemies and the increasing chance that his dark secrets will be exposed……this is the tagline for House of Cards in 2013. Four years before Donald J. Trump was elected president of the United States of America. At times this political drama seems more believable than the shenanigans we see on CNN. Jokes aside, this Netflix Original Series was one of the network’s first attempts at making a critically acclaimed show. And they did just that. To date House of Cards has won 27 Emmy Awards.

Why You Should Watch:

David Fincher directed the first two episode of the show. He won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright deliver some of the best performances of their illustrious careers. That being said, we do not in any way condone or support what Kevin Spacey has done in his personal life.

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