Friday, February 20, 2015

Five Netflix Picks for the Weekend

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It seems that regular dialogue consists of people not knowing what to watch on Netflix these days… I love Netflix and I probably use it almost every day. Because of that, I've had a fair few people ask me recently what they should be watching, so here's a list of some of my favorite films that may have been overlooked, but are totally worth checking out.


It's not too hard to work out that there's a pretty good possibility of a film starring Ryan Gosling, Kirsten Dunst and Frank Langella being a good bet. Inspired by a true story, All Good Things is about one of the most notorious missing person's cases in New York. Ryan Gosling plays David Marks, a young man who stands to be the heir to a rather impressive real estate empire run by his father who is played by Frank Langella. Rather than jump right into the family business, David meets Katie, a free-spirited girl who supports his loftier ideas and ambitions. When money gets tight, it's decided that David will work for his father after all and there ensues his demise. It's no secret that this film is based on the story of Robert Durst and his wife Kathie McCormack who disappeared in 1982 and was never found. The performances are fantastic, the story is interestingly tragic and the glamorous backdrop of 1970's New York is visually stimulating. Though the story is not exactly a biopic, it does gain a bit of depth having been based on a real story. If nothing else and without giving too much away, it might be worth watching this flick just to see Ryan Gosling dressed up as a woman… "Hey Girl!" takes on a whole new meaning. 

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I was actually pretty surprised to learn that Remember Sunday was a made-for-tv film. Starring Zachary Levi and Alexis Bledel, it's about a brilliant scientist whose short-term memory is shot - he can't remember anything that happens to him during the day once he sleeps. Upon meeting a lovely, down-on-her-luck girl played by Bledel, he struggles to remember what he desperately doesn't want to forget. Interesting, sweet, romantic and hopeful, Remember Sunday is perfect for anyone who has ever enjoyed a Nicholas Sparks film and Zachary Levi is pretty hot in it too! 

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I had no idea what I was in for when I started watching Thanks for Sharing, but I really enjoyed this film. Starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Pink among others, this film is about a group of people who come together at a time when many of them are learning how to cope in the real world while battling a sex addiction. Gwyneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo have a great chemistry and the cast of characters alongside them is brilliant. Thanks for Sharing is an endearing, heart-felt and a lovely film that addresses a rather taboo subject gracefully. Well worth watching!

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Starring Jennifer Fischer, Chris Messina, Topher Grace and Malin Akerman, The Giant Mechanical Man is one of the kookiest love stories I've seen in a while and quite possibly one of the best films I saw in the whole of 2014. A 30-something girl who hasn't quite figured life out yet and works in a zoo meets a street performer dressed as a giant, silver man who doesn't speak and it changes both their lives forever. Without giving away too much, I will say that this film is a touching story of love, second chances and finding one's way in a world where sometimes nothing makes sense. Lovely film - I really enjoyed it!

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I had never heard of The Whistleblower when I pressed play, but I'm glad I found it…  A fast-paced, thrilling film starring Rachel Weisz, The Whistleblower is based on the experiences of Kathryn Bolkovac, a cop from Nebraska who served in post-war Bosnia working for the UN. The film tells the story of a woman who risked everything to expose a sex scandal cover-up involving human trafficking and forced prostitution. Thought-provoking and disturbing though it may be, The Whistleblower is a harrowing film with a rather inspiring, strong female lead. Rachel Weisz is brilliant in the film as are her co-stars which include Vanessa Redgrave, David Strathairn and Monica Bellucci.

What films have you enjoyed recently on Netflix?
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