Netflix End-of-May Binge Watching Guide (2015)
[This binge-watching guide is for the American version of Netflix. Apologies to our readers from the rest of the world.]
It’s the end of another month, and like clockwork Netflix will be purging some movies and TV series from its lineup starting June 1st. However, there’s still time before the dog days of summer arrive, and chances are there are some raining spring days in the forecast, perfect time to binge watch some movies you may have overlooked between binging Friends and blocking off time for Orange is the New Black. Luckily, we’ve got just the guide to help you decide what to watch late at night instead of getting good sleep or studying for that exam.
Say what you will about present-day, crazy Scientology Tom Cruise, but back in the day you couldn’t find a hotter (in more ways than one) actor on the planet. Tom stole hearts in movies like Risky Business, Jerry Maguire, and Top Gun, but my personal favorite from his earlier works is Rain Man. Granted, Tom benefited massively from a stellar performance by Dustin Hoffman as Cruise’s estranged brother who’s also an autistic-savant, but both actors turn in performances that leave little doubt as to why this was the highest-grossing film of 1988 and also won several Oscars (including Best Picture and Best Actor). If you’ve never seen this movie, you owe it to yourself to catch this sophisticated and witty drama before it’s gone from Netflix.
The Silence of the Lambs
The Exorcist may be the most iconic horror film of all time, but when you’re talking about pulling in major hardware, no other horror film can hold a candle to The Silence of the Lambs. It’s one of only three films to win Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, and there’s a clear reason for that: the movie is bone-chillingly good. Chances are you’re familiar with Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal, but the story really centers around Jodie Foster’s search for a terrifying serial killer known as “Buffalo Bill”, during which she enlists the help of Hopkins. The Academy definitely got things right when they awarded this film, so rub some lotion on your skin and watch The Silence of the Lambs now or else you’ll get the hose again.
This isn’t my favorite Guy Ritchie film (that distinction belongs to Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels), but Snatch comes in at a close second. Brad Pitt’s performance as a fast-talking pikey is likely the most notable, but the ensemble cast is perfectly balanced to create this insane joy ride of a movie that will leave you laughing until it hurts, then immediately grimacing and trying to not get too squeamish. I highly recommend you put on subtitles if this is your first foray into the world of Guy Ritchie: it’ll make the movie a little easier to follow, plus it gives the added benefit of actually understanding Brad Pitt’s pikey-talk (or will it…?).
Unless you were a serious comic reader back in 1980s Britain, chances are you didn’t have much reason to check out the very bizarre yet campy-enough-that-it-is-entertaining film Tank Girl. I personally watched the film when I learned about the comic’s connection to one of my favorite bands, the Gorillaz, and it was definitely rough to watch (it hasn’t aged well, IMO).
However, the soundtrack alone is worth sitting through the movie. It’s just so quintessentially 90s that it’s impossible not to love. I mean, it was assembled by the trash-queen of the 90s herself, Courtney Love, which makes sense given the dark and twisted world of Tank Girl. It truly has to be experienced to fully understand this oddity, and you’ve only got a few days left to do so before Netflix blasts it from your My List.
BONUS: A nifty little “Tank Girl – Then and Now” for you to read as a primer.
Deep Blue Sea
I’m going to be honest with you: I only put this here because Samuel L. Jackson gets eaten by a shark, as referenced in one of my favorite (NSFW) Chappelle’s Show skits ever. Feel free to watch the movie…or don’t. Whatever.