Five Films To Watch On Netflix

1. God Bless America (2011)

Bobcat Goldthwait brings us this dark comedy with social commentary smeared in blood. Joel Murray stars as terminally ill Frank who joins 16 year old Roxy, played by Tara Lynne Barr, on a killing spree to eradicate the world of the self entitled, reality TV watching Americans that we all know and love today.

2. Surviving Progress (2011)

Steven Hawking, Jane Goodall, David Suzuki and many other great minds talk about Humanity’s technological achievements and whether or not that progress might actually be heading us in the direction towards collapse. A must watch for absolutely everyone. Period.

3. Boy Wonder (2010)

I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this relatively unknown film. A young boy witnesses his mother’s brutal murder and years later secretly carries out vigilante justice in Michael Morrissey’s deeply moody directorial debut. Caleb Steinmeyer does an amazing job as a reserved and troubled teen and I hope to see more from him in the future.

4. Bunraku (2010)

A highly stylized samurai western starring Japanese musician Gackt and Josh Hartnett? Uh, sure. I was totally unsure of how much I’d like this film but the sweeping camera movements around elaborate sets in the first few minutes made me feel like I was watching a musical from classic Hollywood and I was hooked. Woody Harrelson co-stars as a bartender, Ron Perlman is bizarre and intimidating as usual and Demi Moore plays a whore, so we know all is well in the world, right? An odd and fun film for sure.

5. Hugo (2011)

If you didn't see Hugo last year you've now got the opportunity to check it out on Netflix. I didn't know what to expect from Martin Scorsese taking the reigns of a family film and I was delighted to find myself smiling throughout. Asa Butterfield (The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas) is a young man to keep an eye on, very similar to his on screen co-star Chloë Grace Moretz. These two teenagers can evoke more emotion on screen in two hours than Paris Hilton probably has in her entire life. Scorsese brings a sense of magic back to cinema and tells an enchanting story about one of the pioneers of early film making, Georges Méliès.

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