Top 6 Refreshing Netflix Films

This was the first piece I wrote in my journalism class Sophomore year, and the fear I felt when I handed it to my editor was enough to make me tear up. When the experience turned out to be not as bad I thought, I craved to write more, and share my opinions. Ever since I was little I’d have friends coming up to ask me what to watch or read and now that I’m older its exhilarating to share with a broader audience. 

Due to Netflix’s constantly updating archive of movies and shows, it can be hard to find new and intriguing films. No matter the genre you’re looking for, everyone will find something new to watch on my Top 6 Films to Stream on Netflix.

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father (2008) Dir. Kurt Kuenne: No matter how tough of a person you think you are, this heart-wrenching film will make you cry. It is most likely the best documentary I have ever seen. It’s idear-zacharyntensely raw, infuriating and thrilling as Director Kurt Kuenne immortalizes his friends life, a man who was murdered by the woman pregnant with his child. This frightened and disturbed me more than any other horror movie as you follow the murder trial, birth of the son, custody battle, and the life shattering ending.
  • Charlie Bartlett (2007) Dir. Jon Poll: This film holds one of the most unique and funniest plots I’ve ever seen. It follows a rich, well-meaning teenager who becomes the self-appointed psychiatrist and pharmacist to the student body of his new high school. It’s a dark comedy that focuses on teenage 1217367117_3years and what comes with it, but with a Ferris Buellers Day Off twist.
  • Dope (2015) Dir. Rick Famuyiwa: This movie is a refreshingly new film that brings a new kind of plot to Hollywood with its smart and insightful entertainment. It features Malcolm, a geeky teen juggling his academic life in a tough neighborhood, after one party takes him on an altering adventure. The film is shot and edited to the beat of rap music, along with witty scenes that create a new kind of coming of age film.
  • What Maisie Knew (2012) Dir. Scott McGehee & David Siegel: An incredible film that shows the struggles of parenting as well as growing up, through the viewpoint of a young girl caught in the middle of her parents bitter custody battle. The little girl is an incredible actress that brings a new kind of rounded depth to child characters in film. Exploring through the girl’s point of view, it shows snippets of false moments of caring, narcissism and using the child against each other from her parents.
  • Like Father Like Son (2013) Dir. Hirokazu Koreeda: A Japanese film with English subtitles, that tells the story of a parent’s biggest fear: their chirokazu-koreedas-like-father-like-sonhild being switched at birth. A father must make a life-changing decision and choose between his true son or the boy he has raised as his own. The movie has a cold and intense feel to it due to the delicate nature of the situation, but the outstanding performance creates a thought-provoking and beautiful film.
  • Obediencia Perfecta (2014) Dir. Luis Urquiza: This is not a movie for everyone as it deals with the true story of a ring of sexual abuse in a Catholic seminary in Mexico. The cinematography is beautiful and lush set on the coast of Mexico, but it depicts the complex and horrifying abuse as delicately, yet hard hitting, as possible.

Honorable Mentions

  • The Changeling (2008) Dir. Clint Eastwood
  • Instructions Not Included (2013) Dir. Eugenio Derbez
  • The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies (2014) Dir. Roger Michell
  • Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013) Dir. Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla
  • Dirty Girl (2010) Dir. Abe Sylvia
  • Any Day Now (2012) Dir. Travis Fine
  • Four Brothers (2005) Dir. John Singleton
  • Populaire (2012) Dir. Régis Roinsar
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