Best pics on Netflix
Netflix Instant is full of junk. It’s stuffed with all the usual crap from Hollywood but occasionally you do stumble upon a few good movies. There are the ones that they don’t seem to make in Hollywood and the ones that the millions of American do not watch. So I decided to keep a log of some of my favorite films on Netflix Instant. This list is in no particular order and I will keep adding to this from time to time. Oh and for cinephiles, there’s also an alternative for Netflix, an online cinematheque, a site called MUBI.
Anyways here’s the list.
Divine Intervention (2002)
In this comedy tinged with pathos, love blossoms amid the confusion and despair of Nazareth, a city caught in the crossfire of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Elia Suleiman (who directed the film) stars as E.S., a man who observes the ravages of war alongside his girlfriend (Manal Khader). Surreal vignettes underscore the war’s ability to erode this city’s sense of community and its residents’ ability to coexist.
The Time That Remains (2011)
From the creation of Israel in 1948 through the early 21st century, a Palestinian family experiences myriad triumphs and tragedies over the course of several generations in this sweeping drama from writer-director Elia Suleiman.
A self-confessed lost boy heads for the big-city grit and glamour of London to escape the repercussions of his most recent misstep — the sexual assault of a young woman. But a fresh start isn’t meant to be.
A murder rocks a South Korean town and suspicion quickly falls on a reclusive, mentally challenged — and alibi-free — young man (Bin Won). When an inept public defender botches the boy’s case, his mother (Hye-ja Kim) sets out to prove her son’s innocence. Acclaimed director Joon-ho Bong (Memories of Murder) explores the lengths a mother will go to protect her child in this atmospheric crime thriller.
A poetry-writing class inspires serenely self-possessed grandmother Mija (Jeong-hie Yun) to open her senses to her suburban surroundings, but in rushes an array of unsettling discoveries in this lyrical South Korean melodrama. Along with a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease comes information that Mija’s teenage grandson was party to a horrific incident, and it is left to Mija to compose order from the untidy emotional consequences.
Let the Right One in (2008)
Twelve-year-old Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), the constant target of bullies, spends his time plotting revenge and collecting news items about the grisly murders plaguing his town. But things change when he meets a new girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson), a misfit vampire who steals his heart. As a serial killer continues to prey on teen boys in their small Swedish village, Eli helps Oskar find the courage to stand up to his tormenters.
Spring Fever (2009)
Qin Hao and Wu Wei star in this erotic tale of three friends entangled in a torrid love affair. Defying his government-imposed ban, controversial Chinese filmmaker Ye Lou helms this entry for the 2009 Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or. Set in modern-day China, the film was shot secretly in Nanjing, after an uproar over Summer Palace, Lou’s 2006 depiction of the Tiananmen Square massacre, resulted in his five-year ban from filmmaking.