We’re all stuck at home and sometimes surfing through Netflix, Hulu, or Prime can be a little bit daunting. I’ve taken the liberty of doing it for you! This week we are going to look at what I believe are Netflix’s top ten must watch movies during the quarantine.
10 The Hateful Eight
No list is complete without a Quentin Tarantino film, and The Hateful Eight is one of his best. Kurt Russel stars as “The Hangman” who is transporting Daisy Domergue, played by Jennifer Jason Leigh, to her sentencing in Wyoming. During a blizzard, they have to take shelter in a cabin that is filled with bounty hunters, a sheriff, a hangman, and others who want to see nothing more than to bring Daisy to their own brand of justice.
Potentially one of Christopher Nolan’s craziest films, Inception stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, Marion Cotillard, and Ellen Page as a gang of “mind jumpers” who can install ideas and steal information from their subjects subconscious. It features a talented cast and original story telling.
Long before Green Book, Peter Farrelly had been cranking out hits. Kingpin stars Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, and Bill Murray in a comedy where Harrelson plays a gifted bowler who befriends an Amish bowler prodigy in Quaid. If you want a good laugh, look no further than this 90’s classic.
7 Lethal Weapon
Okay, I get it, Mel Gibson had turned out to be a less than admirable character in real life, however, that doesn’t change the fact that Lethal Weapon is an absolute gem. One of the original “buddy cop” films, Lethal Weapon stars Gibson and Danny Glover as partners who have to investigate a questionable suicide that leads them to drug smugglers, prostitutes, and pornographers. It spawned 3 sequels and one of my favorite television shows of all time (before Sean William Scott got there).
6 Minority Report
Phillip K Dick has a few adapted projects, Blade Runner, Total Recall, and The Man in the High Castle to name a few, Minority Report may be his most ambitious story. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this futuristic police action film stars Tom Cruise, who, after years of bringing criminals to justice before they commit their crimes, becomes the subject of his own manhunt and must prove his innocence before he committed his crime.
5 Mystic River
Mystic River is one of the first films that truly shocked me when I first viewed it. It stars Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, and Kevin Bacon as friends who are reunited after one of their daughters is murdered. Throughout the film, past issues boil to the surface and the group most overcome those issues. It was directed by Clint Eastwood and won Penn and Robbins Oscars for their standout performances.
4 The Other Guys
Where Lethal Weapon used humor in real life like moments, The Other Guys uses humor to detail the absurd. Mark Wahlberg stars as a gung ho detective who’s reduced to sitting behind a desk after making a series of blunders. Will Ferrell is a more reserved detective whose also stuck at a desk for making his own ridiculous blunders. Ferrell and Wahlberg are perfectly paired in this buddy cop comedy. They would then attempt to recreate that chemistry in Daddy’s Home 1 and 2 with little success.
3 The Place Beyond the Pines
One of my favorite films of all time, it initially caught me off guard at my first viewing. My wife and I were looking for something to watch in 2013 and with little option, we landed on this film, purely because Bradley Cooper and Ryan Goslings faces were on the cover. It stars Ryan Gosling as a “Evil Knievel type” stunt man who, in an attempt to provide for his partner, Eva Mendes and their son, tragically dies during a bank robbery midway through the film at the hands of Coopers character. Fast forward a few years down the road we’re shown the fallout that is affecting the next generation because of their parents actions.
2 Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
It really is a shame that this film didn’t perform better at the box office in 2010. What could have potentially been the next big nerd franchise. Scott Pilgrim stars Michael Cera in the title role who must fight off his girlfriend’s (Ramona Flowers, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead) 7 evil exes to prove his worthiness to date her. It features Anna Kendrick, Chris Evans, Brie Larson, Brandon Routh, Aubrey Plaza, Jason Schwartzman, Kieran Culkin, and Mae Whitman in hilarious supporting roles.
1 Step Brothers
What should be everyone’s top movie on Netflix, Step Brothers is largely considered one of the greatest comedies of all time. Its insanely quotable (Pimps and Ho’s, Did we just become best friends?) and this Cruncher has personally viewed it more than 100 times. Step Brothers stars Will Ferrell and John C Riley and made its debut back in 2008, but in no way does this feel like an 12 year old movie. If you haven’t seen it, I question what is wrong with you, but will hold judgement because now’s your chance!
What do you think Crunchers? Is there a movie that you love that I’ve forgotten? Sound off and circle back daily for more articles like this one. We will be focusing on the 3 major streaming platforms (Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video) with suggestions for documentaries, movies, binge worthy shows, and more!