It was the first streaming service to really take off, and Netflix still has one of the best libraries of movies and TV shows to check out. Thanks to a combination of compelling original movies and an archive of older movies, Netflix has a catalog of great titles that is worth exploring. Netflix may not have won the Best Picture trophy yet, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of great movies to watch on the platform.
Adapting a musical of the same name, tick, tick…BOOM! tells the story of Jonathan Larson in the years before he wrote Rent. With sharp direction from Lin-Manuel Miranda and an incredible soundtrack of Larson originals, the movie has more than enough frenetic energy to tell its story of a struggling artist with winsome verve. Andrew Garfield’s incredible central performance is the icing on the cake of this vibrant musical.
One of many late-period Martin Scorsese masterpieces, The Irishman tells the story of a mid-level gangster who befriends Jimmy Hoffa and ultimately plays a role in his death. In Scorsese’s hands, though, this becomes an examination of the way one man alienates everyone around him, and ultimately finds himself old, friendless, and totally alone, stuck in a nursing home trying to convince everyone that his life as a gangster was worth remembering.
The kind of horror movie that only comes around every couple of years, It Follows has a remarkably simple premise that it executes on beautifully. The film follows a young girl who discovers she is haunted by a spectral presence that is transferred through sex. As she recruits her friends to take on the force following her, we get to watch along as she tries to find a way to defeat the ghostly presence without simply giving it to someone else.
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