Here’s some of the things on Netflix Canada that I’ve seen and really enjoyed.
- Jeff, Who Lives at Home
I wouldn't put this in the "really liked" category, but it is enjoyable. Worth a watch to see where mumblecore's darling Duplass Brothers have gone.
- Teen Wolf
Michael J. Fox turns into a werewolf, surfs on top of vans, and gets the girl.
- Art of Flight: The Series
Amazing cinematography in this behind the scenes look of the snowboard film of the same name.
- House of Cards
This will be the first straight-to-Internet series to win some major awards. You need to watch it.
BBC copper series. Dark, smart, and entertaining.
- Never Let Me Go
A romantic drama with a pinch of sci-fi. Definitely worth checking out.
- Rise of the Planet of the Apes
- The Way
"When his son dies while hiking the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees, a grieving father flies to France to claim the remains. Looking for insights into his estranged child's life, he decides to complete the 500-mile trek to Spain."
- Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey
- From Dusk Till Dawn
- The Greatest Movie Ever Sold
Hadn't watched this since it first came out in 1997. Classic 90's action. So much fun.
Great BBC series. Only three episodes on here so far, but they're 88 minutes long each, and they blow your grandfather's police procedurals out of the water.
- These Amazing Shadows: The Movies That Make America
Ninety minutes of film archivists, critics, directors and actors discussing the National Film Registry. If you are a fan of cinema, you must watch this documentary.
- Jackie Brown
Tarantino's most un-Tarantino film. Good heist/con flick with fun characters and great performances. Definitely worth checking out.
- 127 Hours
Despite being nominated for Best Picture, I didn't think I was going to enjoy this nearly as much as I did. Fantastic editing and directing. Never boring, despite being about a guy stuck in a canyon for days on end. Danny Boyle's style works incredibly well in this film.
- The Princess Bride
One of those movies I saw pieces of on TV for years, but never actually saw from start to finish. Finally caught up with it, and was glad I did. Fun and funny.
- The Walking Dead
It's a zombie TV series. It's dark and violet and gory. You've been warned. If you're still okay with that, then you owe it to yourself to at least watch the first episode, which is one of my favorite hours of television ever. The rest of season one goes down hill, though season two has been much better so far.
- Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Despite being an icon of the 80's, John Hughes movies consistently stand the test of time.
- Rachel Getting Married
Not at all what I expected, but a good movie none the less. Intense family drama mixed with some recovering addict character study. Cinematography feels up close and personal, and brings an interesting level of realism to the film. Anne Hathaway earns her Oscar nod, though some scenes drag on far too much.
- The Thing
Fun sci-fi monster flick, with a very bearded Kurt Russell. Graphically violent. Over-the-top. Lots of fun.
- The Game
Pre-Fight Club David Fincher's thriller. Much fun.
- Inside Job
Winner of Best Documentary Feature at the 2010 Oscars, this film explores the 2008 financial meltdown and those greedy few behind the whole thing. Two warnings: First, unless you're already familiar with workings of global finance, there's a lot to learn in the first reel or so; and secondly, this film will leave you angry as hell.
Just watched this for the first time. Fantastic sci-fi. I always wondered why Sigourney Weaver was such an acclaimed actress. After watching 'Alien' and this film, I understand.
- The Host
Korean monster movie that's more about family than a creature that lives in the Han River. Special effects are spotty at best, but the film is beautifully shot and the characters – which start off somewhat goofy and annoying – grow into some of the best disaster-movie characters in recent memory.
The story of the rise of Genghis Kahn. Great direction and cinematography. Plus, it's in Mongolian, so you know it's going to be good.
- Shaun of the Dead
A romantic comedy set during the zombie apocalypse. Very fun and entertaining, and one of the few movies I can watch over and over and enjoy every time.
Two engineers accidentally build a machine that can take them back in time. A very smart film with a plot that is not for the sleepy or easily distracted. As film critic Mike D'Angelo stated: "Frankly, anybody who claims he fully understands what's going on in Primer after seeing it just once is either a savant or a liar." Made for $7000 by an engineer-turned-filmmaker, one of my favorite parts of this whole movie is the end credits, and how short they are.
- My Kid Could Paint That
A man, suffering from short-term memory loss and unable to create new memories, hunts for his wife's killer. Great early film from Christopher Nolan.