Welcome film freaks, weirdos, and snowbound shut-ins with cabin fever to this the 38th edition of Netflix Film Festival. Huddle by the warm glow of your television set and be transported to foreign lands, future worlds, and nightmares with me your cinema addicted tour guide of what to watch on Netflix.
Metro Manila (2014)
In all honesty this film will crack my top 10, possibly my top 5 films from 2014. Emotionally powerful, beautifully filmed, this gritty tale of poverty and violence is one for the ages, dear friends. Fire this baby up if you want your socks knocked off but have your tissues ready. This one’s a toughie. Highly recommended.
I Know That Voice (2014)
Another great flick released this year, this documentary delves into the world of voice acting and will have you saying the title over and over. Mr. Krabs in Spongebob is voiced by Clancy Brown, star of Pet Cemetery 2 and Highlander? Mind BLOWN. The film is a cavalcade of voices you know and love, now you get to meet their makers. Super fun and in depth, don’t miss this doc!
Phase IV (1974)
Intelligent ants are trying to take over the world. Sounds stupid right? Wrong. This very well directed/written film is sci-fi at it’s best. It doesn’t rely on huge explosions or crazy special effects, it relies on a very smart script that will keep you glued to your screen. One of the best science fiction films no one’s seen. It was the sole film directed by Saul Bass who was praised for his amazing animated title sequences on many classic films throughout his career. He even won a special Oscar for his title work. Phase IV is the definition of a truly great film that has fallen through the cracks. Scoop it up and take a look. It’s good, my friends.
All is Lost (2013)
Robert Redford in a sail boat. Alone. He springs a leak and things get worse from there. Almost no dialog and just one actor in the whole film. He pulls it off and pulls it off well. This is a suspenseful disaster film starring a rugged older guy who knows how to get the job done.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
John Carpenter’s first feature after Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13 is a master class in siege film making. Tightly written and directed with great snappy dialogue Carpenter is known for. Often overlooked in his filmography, it’s a great suspense flick with bad ass characters and one of the most killer soundtracks Carpenter ever made.