Here are some of our picks for the best and most interesting offerings from Netflix streaming this month.
Last year’s critical darling (and one much-appreciated by Ticket) is many things: an unconventional spook story, an examination of suppressed parental grief and rage, and an art-house treatment of the standard boogey-man myth. But mostly, Jennifer Kent’s film is straight-up scary as hell. Served best at night, long after the kid(s) have been put safely to bed.
“We totally just hacked the shit out of this, and it’s amazing!”
Last week, the good folks at theweek.com gave us a smorgasbord of what they called Netflix hacks to help improve your overall Netflix experience. While we technically wouldn’t call any of these “hacks” exactly, they do work as enhancers, broadening and strengthening your experience on the site. Here’s what they came up with:
1. Netflix Internacional: Perhaps you are a cultured, multi-cultural sort who would enjoy shows and movies from other countries not being shown in the States. This here browser extension, Hola, should have your bases covered. Essentially, it fools Netflix into thinking you’re based in another country, allowing you access to shows and films otherwise unavailable to you. As it’s technically not exactly on the up-and-up (and apparently Netflix doesn’t give this practice any kind of smiley face emoji), you are assuming a bit of a risk, but it’s your call to make.
2. Netflix Personalized: This is one for heavy users who would like more control over their Netflix experience. Brought to us by Lifehacker, the Chrome extension Flix Plus gives you all sorts of say on how the site runs for you: Check the IMDB/Rotten Tomatoes score, rate things by half-star (for extra precision), hide potential spoilers, and, most importantly, it allows you to filter recommendations so you don’t keep getting the same damn ones over and over.
UPDATE [4/7/2015, 11:17 am]: This event is officially (and sadly for those who didn’t get tickets) sold out.
ORIGINAL: You’ve already binge-watched the entire first season of Tina Fey’s new Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so what’s going to tide you over until the release of season two? This:
The show’s star, Ellie Kemper, is coming to Penn on April 21st to chat about her career and experience on the show, and then open up the floor for audience questions.
But don’t come prepared only with questions about crazy cult hairstyles, hilarious gay roommates and stories about working with Tina Fey. As The Daily Pennsylvanian points out, “Kemper is a strong voice for gender dynamics in the entertainment industry. In 2014, she hosted a TED Talk entitled ‘Women are Funny!’ and spoke about her experience as a female comedian in the male-dominated industry.”
We rounded up some of our favorite lesbian movies on Netflix Instant Streaming, adding in each of their Rotten Tomatoes scores to back up our claims. We’ve included some well-known films, like the much-talked-about Blue is the Warmest Color and the Meryl Streep-starring The Hours to some under-the-radar picks that we think you might enjoy. Lesbian aliens, anyone?
A Marine Story: “A decorated Marine officer unexpectedly returns home from the war and is quickly recruited to help a troubled teen prepare for boot camp.” While working with the teenager, the Marine officer struggles with accepting herself.” Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%
Still trying to figure out whether you’ll need to wear hiking boots, snow shoes, or Wellingtons before venturing outside? Weather is for suckers! Stay inside and fire up the TV for some home entertainment instead. Here are some of our picks for the best and most interesting offerings from Netflix streaming this month.
Finding Neverland (2004)
Before he became a weird, self-conscious parody of himself, Johnny Depp was a spry, sublimely talented actor who would seek out roles that were genuinely interesting to him. Playing Scottish author J.M. Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, was just such an opportunity. The film posits Barrie’s first meeting the Davies family, four children and a stunning widow (played by Kate Winslet), whom he would go on to befriend. Later, of course, he would be inspired by them to write his seminal children’s novel about a group of kids who don’t want to have to grow up. The performances are rich and nuanced and Marc Forster’s direction is steady and sound. It might not be a homerun, but it’s a solid base hit.
We round up the newest and best gay movies to hit Netflix instant streaming since the last time we did this, in January. We narrowed down the selections according to Rotten Tomatoes scores, nixing ones that got one of those green-spooge ratings. This does not apply to Sordid Lives, however, which is an amazingly hilarious film—a gay classic!—which only pulled in a critic rating of 37 percent. Blasphemy!
Check out the full list below. Hopefully it’ll keep you entertained as we eek through these last few weeks of winter.
The Brothers Bloom (2008)
Between making the shatteringly brilliant high-school noir Brick (2005), and the perplexingly dense Looper (2012), writer/director Rian Johnson made this twisty big-con caper flick, starring Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. The pair star as brothers involved in a giant, multi-leveled gambit—yes, the last one of their careers—trying to scam a beautiful heiress (played by Rachel Weisz) out of a fortune.
Snowstorm duds are the best kind of duds: Many of us still get a snow day from work and we don’t have to worry about shoveling our sidewalks. What you can do, however, is stay in your PJs all day and watch movies. To help you take advantage of your day off, I asked Philly Mag staffers to share their favorite snow-day movies and TV shows that you can watch for free on streaming services like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. Here’s what I got:
Netflix has released the first trailer for Tina Fey’s upcoming Netflix comedy, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
The series, created by Fey and Robert Carlock, concerns a woman (Ellie Kemper) who is looking to get back on her feet after escaping a cult. It also stars Tituss Burgess as her roommate and 30 Rock‘s Jane Krakowski, who will play a recurring role as a wealthy Manhattanite who hires Kimmy as a nanny.
Thirteen episodes of the series will premiere on Netflix on March 6th, and it’s already guaranteed to have a second season.
Netflix continues to add to the LGBT movies available on its streaming service, and giving viewers more of a variety to choose from. Today, we take a look at some of the best gay films to pop up over the past few months. If you’re a fan of Magic Mike, you’ll enjoy La Bare‘s provocative glimpse at the world of male stripping. The film offers a unique perspective on the demands male strippers have to go through to keep their bodies in shape and the dollars flowing. One of my favorites on the list, however, is Out Late, which concerns five senior citizens who come out after the age of 55. The subjects explain why it took them so long to come out and the reactions they got from their families, spouses, and friends.
There’s 10 more where that came from. Check out our list of the best new gay movies on Netflix streaming below: