The wide variety of movies and shows on Netflix can be overwhelming at times, but here are five things to put at the top of your list. Putting aside the obvious big name movies, I will be suggesting lesser known movies each month that are worth checking out.
While not a laugh out loud type comedy, the quirky and independent film from writer, director and star Jon Favreau is a feel good story all should see. Favreau is probably someone you didn’t realized you already loved, directing films such as Elf, Iron Man and the most recent Jungle Book adaptation. Chef follows a father who tries to reconnect with his son through his love of the culinary arts.
The Battered Bastards of Baseball (Documentary)
With baseball season right around the corner, The Battered Bastards of Baseball will help you get into the swing of things. This documentary follows the life cycle of a minor league baseball team from Portland and their fight to stay in organized baseball. Bing Russell (father of Kurt Russell) brought together a cast of loveable losers and cast offs from other minor league teams to bring baseball back to a seemingly forgotten city.
Cuban Fury (Romantic Comedy)
Salsa dancing in England, need I say more? Albeit an unconventional combination, Cuban Fury is an endearing movie about an everyday office worker trying to compete with his brash, Irish coworker for their new boss’ affection. Cuban Fury’s quirky humor will keep you laughing all the way until the end.
Cold In July (Thriller)
After shooting and killing an intruder during a home invasion, a man is tormented by the dead man’s father. After looking into matters more thoroughly to protect his family, Dane discovers that there is more than what the police were telling him after the incident. A thriller until the very end, Cold In July will keep you drawn in with a perfect combination of suspense and action.
Although a bit brash and rough around the edges (much like the main character), Goon is a hilariously action packed hockey movie about a dying breed of hockey players; goons. Doug Glatt doesn’t have much going for him but he knows how to give out a beating as well as he can receive one, and this garners the attention of a minor league hockey team who decides to give him a shot on the ice as their new enforcer.
I’d love to hear from you if you liked (or didn’t like) any of these, would like to recommend your own movies, or just want to talk movies. You can find me on Twitter @ndemerson