I’m back! It’s been a while since I have made a post and I feel pretty upset with myself about it. I have been struggling with some things lately and haven’t made it a priority to write. There’s quite a bit of crazy stuff going on right now and I really don’t want to turn this into any kind of depressing political post, so I decided to write about some of my favorite movies that are streaming on Netflix right now! We are all basically locked in our houses for the most part anyway, right? Now is the perfect time to not feel guilty about just hanging out on the couch, vegging out, and watching some films.
I should preface this by stating that I am mostly into psychological horror/thriller types of movies. I also love comedies. Occasionally, I will watch a Rom-Com (they are like my guilty pleasure). Most of the movies on this list fall into the horror, thriller, or drama category on some level, but I will also list my two favorite romantic comedies that are streaming as a bonus! These will be in no particular order, as I am horrible at choosing my absolute favorite. If you check out this list and decide to watch any of these movies, please comment and let me know what you think of them!
- Snowpiercer (2013) – Drama/Fantasy. 2h 6m. 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I decided to start out with this one to grab your attention. This movie is one of my favorite movies, not just on Netflix, but period. If you haven’t seen it, you are truly missing out! Chris Evans stars in this action-packed drama. After an attempt to stop global warming catastrophically backfires and creates a new ice age, the last survivors of humanity have been placed on a circumnavigational train called the Snowpiercer. The passengers on the train eventually become segregated by class, with the nicer cars towards the front and the poor being forced into the tail compartments by armed guards. I don’t want to go too much into what happens or leak any spoilers, but the general plot of the movie is that the poor passengers decide to attempt to revolt and then all hell breaks loose. I love recommending this movie to people because they ALWAYS come back saying how great it was!
- Dallas Buyers Club (2013) – History/Drama. 2h. 93% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie is rather well known to be a great watch. It was nominated for Best Picture in 2013 and both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto received the Academy Awards for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor. The film tells the story of Rob Woodroof (this is based loosely on a true story), who is diagnosed with AIDS back when treatments were under-researched and the disease was highly stigmatized. Woodruff tries experimental AIDS treatments and smuggles the unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas, both to treat himself and others who have contracted the disease. He faces heavy opposition from the FDA. The performances in this film are absolutely riveting!
- Ex Machina (2014) – Drama/Fantasy. 1h 50m. 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie is pretty crazy and creepy! It’s a story that follows a programmer who is invited by the CEO of the company he works for to administer the Turing Test to an intelligent humanoid robot. The goal is to judge whether or not he believes that Ava (the robot) is genuinely capable of thought and consciousness despite knowing that she is an AI. The fact that it has so much to do with Artificial Intelligence and technology makes the movie feel even more real because of our relationship with technology today. This is a movie where a bunch of super interesting things occur and by the end you’re going, “WHAT THE HECK JUST HAPPENED?!”
- Hush (2016) – Slasher/Thriller. 1h 27m. 91% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I LOVE horror movies, but not the typical slasher movies. I like a good, creepy, twisty plot. If you add some gore and scares, then it’s even better! Hush is listed as a slasher film, but I promise, it’s a good one! The movie is about a young deaf writer named Maddie who isolates herself in a cabin in the woods in order to focus more on her writing. A masked killer chases her neighbor to her house and stabs her to death, but Maddie is unable to hear anything happening. The killer decides that he is going to make her his next victim. The movie follows Maddie as she tries to escape the killer’s grasp. So yeah, maybe it’s pretty typical as far as the story-line goes for a slasher/thriller, but trust me… You definitely want to check this one out! It’s suspenseful and the main character being deaf adds an interesting twist.
- I Am Mother (2019) – Drama/Thriller. 1h 53m. 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
I love plot twists and this movie is FILLED with them! After an extinction event, an automated bunker that is designed to repopulate humanity activates. There is a robot named Mother who is tasked with growing human embryos and then taking care of them in order to eventually repopulate Earth. The movie follows the journey of Mother and her human Daughter through some very tough and trying tribulations that come about. The entire time I thought I knew what was going to happen next and then a complete twist was thrown into the plot. This one is definitely worth checking out!
- The Witch (2015) – Supernatural Horror. 1h 33m. 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This is a fairly popular movie, so chances are pretty high that you may have already seen it. The movie is set in 1630s New England and follows a Puritan family who encounters forces of evil in the woods. It has been a while since I have last watched this movie, so I don’t remember every single thing that happens, but I do know that there is plenty of weird stuff going on throughout the film. I remember this movie leaving me with a strange sense of troublesome dread. If you like weird, well filmed horror movies, give this one a shot!
- The Invitation (2015) – Horror/Thriller. 1h 40m. 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
The concept in this one is very interesting! It showcases some ideas about grief, depression, and how we cope with life-changing events nowadays. This movie could be categorized under the ‘dinner party from hell’ sub-genre. Will and his new girlfriend are invited to the home of his ex-wife Eden for a dinner party (which she is hosting with her new husband David). Will and Eden divorced while trying to cope with their young son’s accidental death. David and Eden tell their guests about a group they joined called “The Invitation” that works through grief using spiritual philosophy. They watch a video and then play a game and then things start getting real intense! It’s a pretty weird and interesting ride, but I loved the story-line in this one!
- Calibre (2018) – Thriller. 1h 41m. 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This movie had me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire thing! Based on the general description of the movie, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect, but the amazing ratings on RT pushed me to pull the trigger (lol). This movie is about Vaughn and Marcus, friends since childhood, and their trip to the remote countryside in Scotland for a hunting trip. Something extremely crazy and unexpected happens and they are forced to deal with it. I really don’t want to go anymore into a description for this because the less you know, the better it is. I rarely physically react to movies, but this one seriously had me gasping and WTFing quite a bit. I will say that I have recommended this movie to a few people and most have stated that they didn’t really see the point. BUT the 95% rating on RT seems to disagree and so do I!
- The Endless (2017) – Science Fiction Horror. 1h 56m. 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Okay, I randomly decided to watch this one night simply because it had good ratings and was listed as a horror film and I am SO glad that I did. The story in this is extra bizarre. The main characters are the directors of the movie – Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead. They play brothers who visit an alleged cult that they formerly belonged to. Obviously, weird and spooky things start happening. One brother wants to leave and the other wants to stay. They go back and forth on what they are going to do, all while even MORE weird stuff starts happening. There were a few parts in the movie that blew my freaking mind! Seriously, so good. I watched the movie Resolution (2012), by the same directors, quite a while ago and loved it. I would recommend watching it first if you can find it somewhere, although it is not necessary. The Endless can be seen as a partial sequel to Resolution, as it appears to share the same universe and plot points. I went into The Endless not knowing this was even by the same people or anything and that totally made my experience of watching it even better.
- Freaks (2018) – Science Fiction Drama/Thriller. 1h 45m. 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
This one has the worst rating on my list, but it is honestly probably one of my favorite movies EVER. It is the movie that I have watched most recently from this list. I randomly heard about it on Reddit the other day and went home that night to watch it and absolutely adored it. The acting is beyond superb and the plot is very intelligent! If you like science fiction things, then you will LOVE this. I am not even going to go super in depth with a description because this movie is better going into it not knowing much. Chloe is a 7 year old girl (Lexy Kolker – AMAZING performance) who leaves her home for the first time after being kept inside by her father for her entire life. Why was she being kept inside? Seriously, watch this movie and find out. I am not going to say anything else other than you will not regret it!
So that is my top 10 list. I know I said I wouldn’t put them in any particular order, but I would probably pick the last 3 that I named (Calibre, The Endless, and Freaks) as my tentative top 3. Please, if you check any of these out, let me know what you think of them!
Here is a list of honorable mentions. These are all really good movies, but didn’t quite make my personal top 10 list. Look them up for more information! They are all worth checking out, as well.
– Gerald’s Game (2017)
– Creep (2014)
– The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)
– 1922 (2017)
– Under the Skin (2013)
– The One I Love (2014)
– Room (2015)
– Her (2013)
And last but not least, I wanted to make a list of movies that are on my radar to watch! If you have seen any of these, let me know what you thought! Should I definitely check them out? Maybe they weren’t worth it?
– The Interview (1998)
– Creep 2 (2017)
– Marriage Story (2019)
– Train to Busan (2016)
– Moonlight (2016)
– Super Dark Times (2017)
– Amanda Knox (2016)
– The Perfection (2018)
– All the Bright Places (2020)
Oh yeah! I said I would give y’all a bonus mention of my 2 favorite Rom-Coms that are on Netflix! Here they are!
1. Always Be My Maybe (2019) – RomCom. 1h 42m. 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
What is there really to say about romantic comedies? They are either super cute or they are just not great. This one is super cute! The acting is adorable and so is the plot. I know, some of you are probably thinking that it’s just a typical rom-com, but seriously. This one is so cute! And hilarious! If you dig that cutesy stuff, check this one out!
2. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before (2018) – Drama/Romantic Comedy. 1h 39m. 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Yeah, I know what you’re thinking! I didn’t even plan on watching this movie, to be completely honest with you. I was doing some stuff in the living room and wanted some background noise and turned this on and ended up getting hooked! It’s a perfect feel good movie. Plus, any time you can stare at Noah Centineo (he plays Peter Kavinsky) for over an hour and a half, it’s a win. I love the quirkiness and awkwardness of this movie. It’s too charming for it’s own good. Check this one out if you love heartfelt comedies about love, self-confidence, and honesty!
Alright! I sure hope everyone is staying safe out there right now! Hopefully my lists can help you get through this tough time of recommended quarantine. Again, please let me know your thoughts on any of these movies! I love discussing theories on why something happened or didn’t happen. Or give me some suggestions on what I should watch next! If anyone wants to write a guest post regarding entertainment (music, movies, tv shows), make sure to hit me up!