Ay, You're Watching the Good Netflix Movies of 2017
The Best Movies in 2017, On Netflix
Netflix has been blowing up in 2017 with fresh content, making movie and TV show watching the ultimate late night, pre-day experiences ever. There was a time before Netflix that young people (and everybody not living under a rock) would get super-excited for weekdays watching Sky Movies on cable. There was always fresh releases that racked up throughout the year, and my family would always activate Sky Movies at Christmas time. You know, the two weeks when your off school for a cool, relaxing, chilling, snowy Christmas - and all the while feeling buzzed for the presents that you are going to get on Christmas morning from Santa (perhaps the only kid to still believe in Santa up until the age of 8). Still do, spiritually, as there is still that amazing feeling in the air during the December build-up to the childhood memories of Christmas morning. You know, that dog (ours, named Fame) that you used to have whilst you were a child growing up, and it is these memories that leave such an amazing and lasting feeling around the winter season.
Netflix, now this is for the generation. It makes life simple, and the red screen is so beautiful. I mean, have you ever seen such a Christmas relevant red on the big screen television that looked so damned good. The white and red coloured iconic online portal to movies and TV shows in 2017, and Netflix, you know that this is you we are talking about. For a sweet price of £7.99 a month, this has to be the greatest online service provider for instantly watching any movie and TV show that they add to their growing collection. In fact, Netflix are generous enough to maintain their most viewed and popular movies and TV series, so there is never any greats being missed from the Netflix subscribers in the region.
Here are the movies:
It sure does feel like the great movies from 2015 have come to Netflix, this October, and ain’t nobody complaining.
- 1922 (2017)
In 1922, there is a man and his family, and they own a crop field and all of the land that comes with it. The man is a husband to a lost wife, and a son that is in his teens learning the ways of the crop fielding from his father. The land belonged to the mans wife (and mother to their son) parents, and inherited it ten years earlier, but since they have fallen on hard times with the US recession. The wife wants to sell, split the money, and the two of them go their separate ways (the wife taking custody of their son), but the husband has another plan. After lying to his wife about agreeing to sell the land; she decides to celebrate and starts drinking liquor, and her drunken stupor the husband and son kill (the wife/mother) in her sleep. Afterwards, there is a whole bunch of bad luck, misery, and hauntings from the other side.
- American Sniper (2014)
Clint Eastwood tells the true story of Chris Kyle, an army veteran who served in Iraq as a sniper. The movie is gripping; starting at the beginning for how Chris Kyle entered into the Marines, and every moment is emotionally entangling, as Chris is stuck between two worlds - the world where he is a sniper watching the backs of ground troops from dangers above and afar - to the world where he is a husband and a father. Chris Kyle survives two tours in Iraq, and is later killed back in the US as a citizen helping a war veteran who proceeds to shoot him dead on a firing range.
- Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials (2015)
The sequel to Maze Runner, and the lead group is free in the world where there are dangers at every turn. Their captors are in pursuit and the once safe and secure planet earth has turned into a wasteland of survivors and crazy, homicidal infected once-humans that want to tear the flesh off a humans bones.
- Crimson Peek (2015)
A haunted house, and everything about the movie screams Guillermo del Toro (director of Hellboy, and co-writer for The Hobbit trilogy), and gothic fans for some reason seem to have taken a liking to this movie. The time-period, the haunted house setting, and the brilliant acting performances from Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass) and Tom Hiddleston (Thor) are marvellous.
- Rush Hour 3 (2007)
Seen Rush Hour or Rush Hour 2? Yeah, then this movie is a great sequel that offers something new to the series, and that is all that need be said. Or, no (not seen), then in which case all that is required in being said here would be - forget Rush Hour 3 - you still need to watch Rush Hour’s 1 and 2. Seriously though, Rush Hour 3 is easy to pick up, watch and not need any information from the previous two Rush Hour’s to have fun (and reassuringly know what is going on).
- Inherent Vice (2015)
Set in LA in the 1970s, this is a fun comedy to pick up and watch because Joaquin Phoenix is in his prime doing investigative comedy, drama work. Basically, did you like The Nice Guys? Yeah, then this will be the movie for you (offering a similar experience).
- The Babysitter (2017)
Teen fans of Stephen King’s 2017 movie adaptation of “It” are going to go crazy for The Babysitter, as the nerdy kids are once again receiving the star treatment. Find your inner nerd, and remember that this is not your typical teen horror flick on Netflix.
The Babysitter, Bee, is a killer psychopath, and her victims are laying the massacre for what is this movie. One nerd dies, and the entire movie takes off, and the events that come afterwards are somewhat of a surprise.
- Jurassic World (2015)
Chris Pratt is back, and The Guardians of the Galaxy fans will have been anticipating the next Pratt led movie since 2014, so immediately the bulb in peoples imaginations will have been shining bright around the time when Jurassic World was seeing some extreme marketing audience attention. The movie is great. Chris Pratt plays the behavioural expert for the penned velociraptors in the Jurassic World theme park, and by the end of the movie he is there pack leader, and uses the furious power of the pack velociraptors to assist in the takedown of the mixed breed hybrid T-Rexed abomination. But, to keep the movie a true sequel to the shadow of Jurassic Park, the final takedown of the hybrid big-sharp-teethed abomination is through the power of the normal T-Rex, as this breed is dinosaur was the king of the jungle back in the days of the dinosaur age.
Directed by Colin Trevorrow (director of Safety Not Guaranteed and The Book of Henry), and co-starring Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village and Lady in the Water), Ty Simpkins (Insidious and Iron Man 3), and Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer and Everything, Everything); this is a movie for the ages. The beginning is the spin-off trilogy to proceed after Jurassic Park; one of the movie ages greatest trilogies to ever walk the earth.
- Silent Hill (2006)
A woman, Rose, goes in search for her adopted daughter within the confines of a strange, desolate town called Silent Hill. Now, Silent Hill is an old town that used to exist, but when the adopted daughter enters into the town boundaries the adopted mother, Rose, crashes the car curving an unusual woman in the middle of the road -knocking herself unconscious. When awakening, there is ashes falling from the sky (where before there were clear skies), and there is a creepy, mysterious fog filling the surrounding air. The adopted daughter is missing, but thankfully the pursuing police officer (a hard looking patrol officer - woman) has caught up to Rose, and it isn’t long until it becomes clear that the town has turned into a ghost town and swept up Rose, the adopted daughter (with mysterious origins to Silent Hill), and the police officer. As it turns out, this particular ghost town is hell, and the only gateway into this hell was through the body of the adopted daughter (as they entered into the perimeter of the now abandoned [in the real world] ghost town, Silent Hill).
Starring Radha Mitchell (starring in Man on Fire and The Crazies), Sean Bean (starring in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring and The Hitcher), and Jodelle Ferland (The Messengers and Case 39); this movie was an adaptation from the video-game by the same title. The director, Christophe Gans (director of Brotherhood of the Wolf and Crying Freeman), is a French director and has had few commercial successes (more so, before the making of “Silent Hill”), including “Silent Hill”. The budget for “Silent Hill” was $50 million, and it reeled in more than $97 million at the global box office, but this was far from the expectations of the producers. And, so since, Christophe Gans has not been doing too much work in the business of movie making, especially not in the likes of Hollywood.
In truth, Silent Hill is a very good movie, as Radha Mitchell (playing the role similar to her performance in 2010’s “The Crazies”) is a natural, and her performance as Rose is uplifting; as there is always that well-kept fear that her child is missing, and the horrors around her are only making her more concerned for the well-being of her daughter, and the horrors in this ghost town movie, are more than a tad horrifying. Even the movies slogan - “We’ve been expecting you”, sounds great, and in 2006 audiences should have been flooding to this movie since it had all of the tie bits of horror amusement, acting brutalities, and genuine ties back to the original video-game. Strange turn out, but then again, this may be one of the key reasons why the acting cast from this movie have been swift to move onto newer projects since the movie ended.
- The Ring Two (2005)
Directed by Hideo Nakata, the director of the Japanese original Ring movies (1998-1999), it seems that the DreamWorks studio were if-ing and are-ing about who should be contracted to direct The Ring sequel to 2002’s (Gore Verbinski directed) The Ring, starring Naomi Watts and David Dorfman. Gore had moved on to newer, more profitable projects like Pirates of the Caribbean (a series that he was at the directing helm for the original, and 2 follow-ups), and he clearly had no ambitions to move back into the horror genre. So, being the genius horror producing studio that DreamWorks were, they opted to (rather than hiring a ‘risk’ factored director) hire the director that started the movie success in Japan. Hideo Nakata, clearly did not take well to the Hollywood forms of movie-making, and nearly completely ruined the series entirely. Naomi Watts and David Dorfman (playing the mother and so) returned for the sequel, but were met with a poorly executed movie, and the script clearly felt promising, as no one would have turned away from the movie with complete distaste for the movie, and that would be the acting gems that were the mother and son characters (playing by the same actors as the 2002 The Ring movie).
Which of these movies would you most recommend to other people to watch (before they die)?
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