If you’ve grown tired of watching average crime thrillers on Netflix Australia, you need to give this cult classic a try. Departing from the regular linear narrative style and favouring violence and unabashed delivery of dialogue throughout its run, Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction is arguably one of the best films ever made, and it showcases all of his signature styles that would manifest in his later works too. Some may find its content a little hard to digest because of liberal usage of abuse and violence, but in reality, it is a work of art.
Gripping audiences from the start with its crisp and witty dialogue, and subtle complexities presented in a non-linear storyline. It exposed the acting talent of Samuel L. Jackson and reignited the career of Grease start, John Travolta.
This isundoubtedly one of the best crime dramas on Netflix US right now, and it is worth getting a subscription for its sake alone.
This movie is a poignant portrayal of the lessons life teaches you, and shows how the innocence of one man affects the lives of many others. Its bittersweet story drives home the importance of optimism, why it’s necessary to appreciate the little things, and why one shouldn’t get bogged down by hurdles. A young Tom Hanks plays the lead character, and it remains to date, one of his best works ever. He plays the role of a challenged individual who keeps on trying to achieve his goals convincingly, and I daresay that you may have a lump in your throat by the time you reach the end of this one.One of the best drama movies available on America Netflix right now.
City of God
Properly known as Cidade de Deus, this movie racked up widespread praise from critics as one of the best contemporary movies. It is based on real life events and characters from the slums of Rio de Janeiro, where the mortality rate is high, and drug dealers are the kings.
The movie goes about its storytelling through Rocket, a young man who wants to succeed in life, while staying clear of the drug dealers and gang wars. Besides its endearing and fascinating characters, it is unique in that it casts an unknown bunch who manage to play their roles with flair. The stories of the characters may even come off as amusing to some, in their own way, but mostly, you’ll experience one shock after the other.
The comic book illustrations and non-linearity harkens to the techniques of Tarantino, to the point that it could be called a Brazilian ‘Pulp Fiction’!
Once Upon a Time in the West
This Henry Fonda movie is worth a watch even if you think you’ve had enough of the Spaghetti Western genre after watching the likes of John Wayne, Glen Ford, Audie Murphy, Richard Wildmark and Jimmy Stewart. Highly recommended for those who have enjoyed movies such as ‘The Good, The Bad and The Ugly,’ this movie, in its original form, is both engrossing and visually stimulating, portraying the real version of the Wild West, without any censorship to make it more digestible.
Even though the Netflix USA version is censored, the Old West doesn’t get any realer than this movie. Give it a try even if you aren’t a fan of Westerns and cowboys!
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
The sequel to the Terminator managed to surpass the original in all regards, and is widely regarded as the best action movie ever. Set 15 years ahead of the original, it has Arnie returning as a Terminator on the side of the good, to protect John Connor from the considerably superior T-1000.
The opening hour of this movie, along with last half hour, are a tour-de-force in action sequences, and there is yet to be a film that could surpass them easily – recently, the new Mad Max robot does come inch achingly close though. The storytelling is also remarkable for an action movie, especially three quarters in when Dyson understands the horrible consequences of his work that made him neglect his family.
Apart from the stoic, dogged Terminator portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton impresses with an equally convincing Sara Connor. In fact, this movie was so good that none of the sequels its spawned have managed to come close to its greatness, and goodness knowns there have been enough of the recently!
This is but the tip of the iceberg, as far as Netflix US’s movie line-up is concerned. And although the Australian library will catch up in content over time, that time is still quite far off, so your best bet is indeed to go for the US subscription.