The best films on Netflix right now
From a seasonal classic to a neon arthouse romp, there's plenty to uncover and rediscover in the CW roundup: the best films on Netflix right now
The one with a seasonal touch When Harry Met Sally...
Just to be clear – there is never a bad time to watch When Harry Met Sally. Perfect for an Autumnal evening but iconic all year round, Rob Reiner's romantic comedy asks the eternal question: can men and women ever just be friends? Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan do an excellent job of proving the fascination around this question, and the Katz's Delicatessen scene will always one of the best performances and most iconic lines of all time.
The one everyone's talking about The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
In their first collaboration with Netflix, the Coen Brothers playfully explore the expanse of the wild west with crystal precision, through simple minds and doomed identities. Six stories stitch together an anthology tale, showcasing singing cowboys and silent performers in turn. An all-star cast brings excellent charisma, with standout performances from James Franco, Zoe Kazan and Tim Blake Nelson.
The one you might have missed at the Oscars Dallas Buyers Club
In 2013, Leonardo Di Caprio lost out on an Oscar to Matthew McConaughey for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodroof, a fearless man diagnosed with AIDS who began smuggling unapproved drugs to treat the disease that he and many other patients were diagnosed with. McConaughey delivers a vulnerable and affecting performance, alongside Jared Leto who plays Rayon, a fictional trans woman based on interviews of AIDS patients from the time.
The one to watch to catch up with the film buffs Some Like It Hot
Celebrating music as much as love, drag as much as conventional Hollywood glam, Some Like It Hot remains one of the most enjoyable black-and-white gems today. Marilyn Monroe graces the screen as Sugar Kane, the singer of an all-female band who charms two mischievous musicians (Tony Curtis and Jack Lemmon respectively) all while they have to keep up appearances under their disguises as women. A love triangle and love letter to jazz music and carefree hedonism, Some Like It Hot is a treat time and time again.
The one you can learn something from Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The idea of David Gelb's documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi stemmed from far more than the taste of raw fish. While the film shows a man who is master of his craft, the filmmaker wanted to tell a story of the person everyone could relate to. 'I thought "here's a story about a person living in his father's shadow while his father is in a relentless pursuit of perfection". It was the makings of a good feature film'. Capitalizing on the fascinating appeal of bitesized perfection in Jiro Ono's 10-seat, sushi-only Michelin three-star restaurant, the documentary also offers an inspirational insight to the importance of following your dreams. Just because it sounds cheesy, it doesn't make it any less true.
The one Culture Whisper loves Spring Breakers
Indie filmmaker Harmony Korine has been keeping things rather quiet in the past few years. Fans of the director's loose narratives and dirty aesthetics have been on board since his debut, Gummo, but with a new film finally around the corner in 2019 (The Beach Bum will star Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron), what better time to revisit his biggest hit, Spring Breakers. A neon-soaked vacation that goes all the way to hell – Disney princesses go dark in this risky romp. Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens surprised the world in 2012 as they took on these roles alongside slimy but seductive co-star James Franco. Six years later, their reputations have changed but the film still holds up.