The weekend is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and take in a few movies. Going out to the movies is fantastic, however nothing beats sitting at home in bed or on the couch, a short distance from the fridge, with Netflix. Here are my top 5 movie recommendations to watch this weekend on Netflix.
- The Fifth Estate
I just watched this movie a few days ago and it was FANTASTIC. Benedict Cumberbatch is fantastic in it as Julian Assage (almost identical in appearance), as well as great performances from Daniel Bruhl as Daniel Domscheit-Berg. Whoever did the casting was spot on. This movie, without giving anything major away, is about the rise of WikiLeaks and the ultimate fall of Julian Assange. It hasn’t received great reviews from critics, however, I still believe it’s a great movie portraying and interesting story.
I also recently watched this as well. This movie is a documentary about a group of men who “tame” Mustangs (wild horses) and take them on a cross-country journey from the Mexican border to the Canadian border through Arizona, Utah, and Montana. Now before any of my animal activists get all hot and bothered, the US has a wild horse problem, meaning that there are way too many wild horses roaming public land, especially in Nevada. These wild horses are essentially starving to death in the wild because the lands are over-grazed from the booming population. The US is trying to control the population by capturing these horses and putting them in pens for the rest of their lives. Now, it’s just my opinion, having a wild horse be bought and tamed and given a loving home sounds better than them sitting in a holding pen the rest of their lives. These guys aren’t just taming these horses to use them, they keep them and either sell them to someone else after they are tamed or they keep them as their own. You see these guys get emotional when they lose a couple horses due to injuries and great pride in the horses when they complete a trek over treacherous terrain.
3. The Imitation Game
A movie about a British cryptanalyst who decrypted German intelligence codes for the British government during WWII, Benedict Cumberbatch is a standout actor again. This movie is based on a true story about real-life cryptanalyst Alan Turing. The under-lying plot is that Turing was, in-fact, gay at a time when being gay was not accepted. It’s really a fantastic movie with equally fantastic actors.
4. Would You Rather
This is for all you horror/ thriller movie buffs. Would You Rather is a b-list horror movie about a bunch of people being offered money to fly to this dinner party where they play a tortuous game of Would You Rather. The acting is cheesy, but that’s part of what is so great about this movie. The movie stars Brittany Snow and if you like gore, you will definitely enjoy this movie.
5. The Lazarus Project
Not to be confused with the Lazarus Effect starring Olivia Wilde, this movie stars the late Paul Walker and Piper Perabo. Again, without giving too much away, this movie is about a criminal who gets a second chance at life and ends up working at a psychiatric hospital. This movie has a great plot twist that you may or may not be able to see coming; a plot very similar to that of Shutter Island.