Blessed be Netflix, especially at a time like this when a trip to the cinema seems like a distant memory. The government has practically ordered that you boost your film knowledge from the comfort of your own home, and the hallowed ground of Netflix is the best place to do it.
Whether you want a laugh and a bit of comedy escapism from a childhood favourite, a jolly good cry to vent any anxious feelings or are looking to watch on wistfully as people find their one true loves (desperately trying to remember a time before social distancing when dating was, you know, a possibility), there’s no better way to achieve your goals than diving head first into Netflix’s extensive offering of films. And in 2020, the streaming giant has got something for everyone to cosy up on their sofas to.
From the talk of the town new arrivals to get watching quickly to the ones Netflix just can’t afford to get rid of, the cult classics and Oscar winners to those expertly crafted Netflix originals… We’re saving you an hour, we’re saving you an argument, we’re giving you fail-safe options for guaranteed entertainment, and you are most welcome. (Please note, the Lord of The Rings franchise once again features, so we recommend a bumper marathon while you can).
Call Me By Your Name
Who: Timothée Chalamet, Armie Hammer
What: An unbelievably aesthetically-pleasing heated summer tale drenched in Italian sunshine, where a young boy forms a close relationship with his father’s intern.
The Best Bit: Timothée Chalamet is a wonder to behold, providing pure, romantic escapism. This, combined with the brilliant soundtrack will have you staring out of your window, daydreaming of summer.
A Quiet Place
Who: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski
What: An edge-of-your-seat dystopian thriller following a family living in their adapted bunker, where the new dominant life force tracks the human race by sound. Perhaps a little too close to home right now, you’ll be jumping every time the silence is disturbed.
The Best Bit: If you’re a fan of horrors, this one has a pace like no other. Juxtaposed to Bird Box, something about the possibility of sound at any moment will have you more tense. Plus, our own pandemic is still pretty far-removed from this nerve-shattering horror film, so you might just feel a little safer and happier to stay at home.
Who: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey
What: A swirling, sexy romantic drama about a rich girl resident at a holiday resort who falls for the bad-boy dance instructor.
The Best Bit: The montage of the lead characters learning the infamous routine will have you pausing, rewinding and replaying on repeat, inadvertently swaying your own hips in time to the music and wondering how you’d look in a little crop top.
Who: Saiorse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf
What: A coming-of-age tale of a teenager frustrated by her quiet life in suburbia.
The Best Bit: Ladybird and her mum’s heart-warming relationship that will bring you to tears and laughter as you recognise similarities between the mother-daughter duo and your own teenage relationship with your parents and caregive
West Side Story
Who: Natalie Wood,
What: The musical re-imagining of Romeo and Juliet is a musical classic, to say the least. The New York turf war between the Poles and the Puerto-Ricans is fuelled and showcased via the medium of faultless song and dance. It has action, humour, and heartbreak in spades – there’s a reason it won 10 Academy Awards at the Oscars, you won’t be disappointed.
The Best Bit: The perfectly choreographed dance routines in expertly executed colour palette costumes – no special effects here.
Who: Gina Rodriguez, LaKeith Stanfield, Brittany Snow
What: A rom-com about love, loss, growth and female friendship. One that reflects more accurately the real problems women deal with today, and isn’t afraid to have ‘grey-area’ characters whose moral compasses are askew.
The Best Bit: The post-breakup dance to Lizzo that helped Truth Hurts burst back into the charts.
Who: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
What: Alfonso Cuaron’s semi auto-biographical film is about a maid working for a middle-class family in Mexico City’s Roma neighbourhood in the early 1970s.
The Best Bit: It’s the first ever Netflix film to be nominated for an Academy Award meaning you can watch award-worthy content from the comfort of your bed. Winning!
Who: Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes, John Malkovich
What: An apocalyptic thriller about an ominous unseen presence that has driven most of society to suicide. It garnered record-breaking viewership figures when it first aired in December
The Best Bit: The star-studded cast including Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes and John Malkovich. You’ll be more on-board with the concept than you expect thanks to their stellar acting.
Back To The Future
Who: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover
What: Teenager Marty McFly is transported 30 years in the past to 1955 in a time-travelling DeLorean with the help of his inventor friend Doc, but ends up stuck in the past trying to get back to the future. There he encounters his parents, and faces the challenge of fixing their romance.
The Best Bit: Marty McFly’s guitar solo. You know the one.
Dallas Buyer’s Club
Who: Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Jennifer Garner
What: A biographical film telling the story of the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s, following the tale of Ron Woodruff as he starts a business importing illegal, unapproved drugs into Texas and the personal relationships he forms along the way.
The Best Bit: Stunning performances in an enlightening film which tells an important stor
The Lord of The Rings: The Fellowship of The Ring
Who: Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, Viggo Mortensen
What: A high-fantasy journey based on the epic Tolkien books, this is the first in a trilogy and tells the tale of countryside hobbits beginning a mammoth quest across the land to destroy a magic ring, protected by a Fellowship of skilled warriors.
The Best Bit: Watching the innocent hobbits leave the comforts of their cosy shire and enter a brave new world. And blonde Orlando Bloom, obviously.
The Breakfast Club
Who: Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson
What: An 80s classic John Hughes teen movie about a diverse group of kids from different school factions who form an unlikely bond in an excessively long day of detention.
The Best Bit: The fist-pumping iconic ending.
Who: Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, David Alan Grier, Bonnie Hunt, Jonathan Hyde, Bebe Neuwirth
What: Based on the novel, this is a fantasy adventure about two teens who accidentally release a boy-man who gets trapped in a board game. Destruction ensues as more parts of the boardgame come to life in reality and have to be returned to the jungle.
The Best Bit: The “special-effects” are now so date they’re funny, meaning you can get through that spider scene with a bit more composure.
Who: Tilda Swinton, Paul Dano, Ahn Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Steven Yeun
What: An emotional tale of a GM future, where a prize-winning super pig raised by a young girl in Korea is taken by a large American conglomeration but a team of fearless bandits come to her aid. You’ll maybe cry. You’ll maybe go vegetarian.
The Best Bit: Jake Gylenhaal as the villain’s humurous sidekick we all love to hate.
Who: Rachel McAdams, Domhnall Gleeson, Bill Nighy, Tom Hollander, Margot Robbie
What: The cutest, heartfelt romantic comedy tale of a young man who discovers he has the chance to go back in time to change his past and give him a brighter future. All he wants to use it for? To find love. Sincere, charming, a bit tear-inducing but a whole lot reaffirming.
The Best Bit: That rain-blessed wedding and its accompanying soundtrack.
Who: Danny DeVito, Michael Shamberg, Stacey Sher, Liccy Dah
What: A fantasy all children dream of, Roald Dahl’s creation comes to life in this tale of a young, incredibly smart girl who loves to read, but who is very different from her family. Sent to a new school, she meets a loving teacher and a terrifying headmistress, then discovers she has been blessed with a little more power than she thought…
The Best Bit: That little nose wiggle.
When Harry Met Sally
Who: Meg Ryan, Billy Crystal, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby
What: Can men and women ever just be friends? After bumping into each other multiple times, estranged aquaintances Harry and Sally realise they have a lot more in common than they first anticipated and become close friends, but vow it’s nothing more.
The Best Bit: Probably Sally’s timeless style after all these years – we still adore those curls
Who: Sissy Spacek, John Travolta, Piper Laurie, Amy Irving, William Katt, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley
What: Stephen King’s horror tale comes to life when a quirky young bullied girl experiences the wrath of nasty teenagers, a peculiar mother, and puberty complications you weren’t quite expecting.
The Best Bit: The infamous ending. Long live Carrie White.
The Wolf of Wall Street
Who: Leonardo Decaprio, Jonah Hill, Margot Robbie, Matthew McConaughey, Kyle Chandler, Rob Reiner, Jon Bernthal, Jon Favreau, Jean Dujardin
What: Based on the real-life tale of Jordan Belfort, Wall Street mogul who founds his own stockbroking venture but soon finds himself making more money than he can dream of thanks to the enticing plans of Mark Hanna (McConaughey) and gets carried away with the wild lifestyle that comes with his money and fame.
The Best Bit: Margot Robbie’s signature heel move.
To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before
Who: Lana Condor, Noah Centineo, Janel Parrish, Anna Cathcart, John Corbett
What: When Lara Jean Covey’s secret, hidden, innocent love letters to five boys she’s had crushes on somehow find their way to the intended recipients chaos inevitably ensues – not least because one of them is her sister’s ex-boyfriend. A tale of teen shyness, bravery and navigating romance when the complications of high school become even more overwhelming than usual.
The Best Bit: EVERYTHING. ABOUT. PETER.
Who: Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce
What: This Oscar-nominated series of imagined conversations between two men who feel a calling to serve the Roman Catholic church will have even the non-religious hooked.
The Best Bit: The fascinating yet humorous insight into what it means to be a “Pope” in the 21st century.
Who: Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, Harry Styles
What: Another big Oscar-nominated picture, this is an epic war story of the evacuation from Dunkirk, told from three different perspectives land, sea and air, all running in conjunction with each other.
The Best Bit: The truly gripping fighter plane scene that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Who: Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson , Laura Derne
What: An emotional rollercoaster of a film that will tug desperately at your heartstrings as it portrays the breakdown of a marriage between a director and his lead actress in a theatre company, and the heart-wrenching reality of what separation means for both individuals and their son.
The Best Bit: The astounding musical performance by Adam Driver that will have you belting your own fury-filled rendition of Sondheim.
A Cinderella Story
Who: Hillary Duff, Chad Michael Murray, Jennifer Coolidge
What: A noughties classic, where an orphaned diner worker who’s being raised by her nasty stepmother is chasing after her prince charming via the form of anonymous emails and messages. A dazzling teen romance with a traditional makeover scene to send you reeling.
The Best Bit: The gorgeous ballgown scene at the masquerade – and we’ll forgive the fact that we’re supposed to believe masks make everyone completely unrecognisable.
Who: Bill Murray, Michael Jordan, The Looney Toons
What: A merging of cartoon worlds and reality as Michael Jordan is recruited by The Looney Toons to play basketball with them against some evil aliens. It’s cute, it’s funny, it’s child-friendly and it’s a fun bit of escapism.
The Best Bit: Lola Bunny’s sassy domination of the basketball court.
From Glamour UK