The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
Joel and Ethan Coen’s Western anthology series was a piece of Netflix’s brand-redefining 2018. Indeed, Netflix actually has a bunch of junk, however, it also landed the most recent from Alfonso Cuaron, the Coens, and even Orson Welles. This splendid Western works as comedy, drama, and even a commentary on the Coens themselves.
A Christopher Nolan movie dropping on a streaming service is always a big deal, and the ongoing exclusive home for the beloved auteur’s 2017 war movie is Netflix (after a year run on HBO Max). Nolan recounts the account of the evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II according to three points of view: land, ocean, and air.
The Social Network
Perhaps the best movie of the 2010s has gotten back to Netflix after a brief hiatus to remind individuals how wildly far ahead of its time this film was when it was released. With a razor-sharp screenplay by Aaron Sorkin and probably the best direction of David Fincher’s vocation, The Social Network is a flawless film, one that resonates even more now in the period of constant internet than it did a decade ago.
One of Martin Scorsese’s early masterpieces, Taxi Driver is the wildly influential story of a man pushed off the edge of sanity, including a brave performance from a young Robert De Niro. Barely any movies from this period are cited more than this one, and not just because it touches on themes that stay timeless but that it does so in such a riveting, harrowing way.
We the Animals
Jeremiah Zagar’s adaptation of the hit Justin Torres book was a major player at the 2019 Independent Spirit Awards and the sort of movie that a streaming service like Netflix could truly help bring to a larger audience. It’s a story of adolescence, a tough upbringing through the eyes of three brothers. It’s somehow poetic and genuine at the same time.