So I’m watching a lot of really bad movies on Netflix, but it’s good to be reminded every so often that there is actual quality content alongside the bad. Without further ado, here are 5 movies that are on Netflix that WON’T make you ill (cause, y’know, they’re actually good).
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
One of my all-time favorite movies by the Coen brothers. Loosely based on the Odyssey, the story follows the adventures of Ulysses Everett McGill (George Clooney), a convict trying to stop his wife from getting remarried, and who had no choice but to escape prison with the two men he was chained to: Pete Hogwallop (John Turturro) and Delmar O’Donnell (Tim Blake Nelson). Set in 1937 rural Mississippi, the dialogue is chock full of Southern old-timey sayings and expressions. Half the fun of this movie is wondering what the characters will say next.
This is just a really smart movie, and the Coen brothers did a great job writing the script. The soundtrack is incredible, and includes a lot of music from the early 20th century. I probably watch this film at least once or twice every year.
The Italian Job (2003)
Now THIS is a movie I definitely watch every year. If anyone asks me, I usually say this is my favorite movie. Why? Because it’s an incredible heist film with a brilliant cast. Mark Wahlberg, Charlize Theron, Seth Green, Mos Def (Yasiin Bey), Jason Statham, Edward Norton, and Donald Sutherland – how much better can it get? Well, first you can start by opening up the movie with a 15 minute long heist scene, and then go from there.
This movie has it all: romance, betrayal, big explosions, and a huge car chase in Mini Coopers at the end. If you’ve seen the original The Italian Job (1969), you’ll notice that the only thing the 2003 remake kept is the main character’s name (Charlie Croker) and the Mini Coopers. It also is a great film, but it’s not on Netflix.
The Usual Suspects (1995)
Okay, yes, another criminal caper movie. The Usual Suspects has one of my favorite twists of all time, and the way they explain it at the end blew my mind when I first saw it. It’s a story of five criminals, all of whom are arrested for a carjacking, and decide that enough is enough. To get back at the police, the criminals execute several heists, but eventually get mixed up working for the wrong people when they are hired to destroy $91 million worth of cocaine. Kevin Spacey is one of the main leads (Verbal) in the film, and much of the movie is told from his character’s perspective. The film is a mystery thriller as well, so you’ll find yourself piecing together all the bits and pieces of Verbal’s story to figure out the film’s overarching question: who is Keyser Soze?
Good Will Hunting (1997)
This is a no brainer. Matt Damon plays 20-year-old mathematical genius Will, who, as part of an agreement made after him assaulting an officer, must attend therapy sessions and study advanced mathematics under a renowned professor. Robin Williams, whom you may know as being a rambunctious, ad-libbing, comedian, takes on the serious role of Dr. Sean Maguire, Will’s therapist. It’s a beautiful story where not only is it about Will opening up and moving one, but also about Dr. Sean doing the same. A great story written by Jason Bourne and Batman.
The Princess Bride (1987)
If you haven’t seen this film, I am ashamed of you. This is a classic. The humor is great, almost every line is quotable, and Andre the Giant plays…a giant. A wonderful story about the adventures of Westly as he tries to rescue his one twue wuv, Princess Buttercup. Humor at its finest.
Enjoy this list and stay ill.