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Restrictions have increased across British Columbia. With increased social distancing measures and colder weather, there's no better time to binge a few movies. Here are our recommendations.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2016)
This film used to grace Netflix in early 2017. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was my first exposure to Taika Waititi, the Kiwi writer/director of What We do in the Shadows, Jojo Rabbit, and Thor: Ragnarok.
The film follows a rebellious kid and his foster uncle who go missing in the New Zealand wild.
First off, it's hilarious. Secondly, Ricky Baker is an international treasure. Thirdly, it's a unique adventure film that mixes comedy and drama. Lastly, just watch it. You won't be disappointed.
Into the Wild (2007)
A film about a young man abandoning their possessions and hitch hiking to live in the Alaskan wilderness may seem like an odd recommendation right now. But I have yet to see this film featured on any streaming library and it's finally on Netflix.
Coincidentally, I just finished the book. Into the Wild is an interesting character study of a polarizing figure. Chris McCandless has been revered by many as someone who decided to live life without society's constraints. Others almost vilified him as an arrogant kid who didn't respect the wilderness.
No matter what your view of Chris McCandless and his adventures may be, this film is an interesting look at solitude and the human experience. Into the Wild does have a lengthy runtime (2 hours, 28 minutes), but I consider it a worthy investment.
The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Netflix seems to have finally (finally) found their footing in original films. This is only Aaron Sorkin's second directing credit (Molly's Game being the other), but his masterful dialogue is the envy of most writers.
This is a story that I was honestly unaware of, even after seeing it spoofed on an episode of Community (also available on Netflix). It's the story of 7 (8 really) people on trial for inciting a riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. The Chicago 7 and various others had arrived in Chicago to protest the Vietnam war.
This movie is an absolute lock for a best picture nomination. Sorkin's dialogue is top-tier and his direction keeps up. It's aided by an all-star cast comprised of Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Mark Rylance, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Michael Keaton (I could keep going).
I'm not sure how Netflix will be able to top this...
Mank (December 4, 2020)
Maybe with Mank, which follows screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz's development of Orson Welles's masterpiece Citizen Kane. This is Netflix's next big original film for 2020.
David Fincher (Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network) is directing this film. That's enough to sell me on it. Mank has already received critical acclaim. Keep an eye for it on Netflix next Friday.
I'm guilty of only watching Bond films from Pierce Brosnan onward. Fortunately, you don't have to live with the same shortcomings, because every James Bond film is on Crave+Movies+HBO (included with the Movies Pack).
Everything from Dr. No to Spectre is here. Even the 1969 On Her Majesty's Secret Service featuring Australian Bond, George Lazenby.
If you're looking for something to binge-watch, there you go. Literally 25 James Bond films.
"I don't like James Bond Movies"
Don't worry, there are many films without James Bond.
Ben Affleck's directorial debut, Gone Baby Gone (2007) is currently on both Crave+Starz (included with the Extra Movies pack) and Netflix. The subject matter is quite heavy, but it's a very strong film and features Ben's more talented brother, Casey. The film follows two Boston private investigators who investigate a young girl's kidnapping, leading to a crisis both professionally and personally. Dennis Lehane wrote the original novel. He also wrote Shutter Island and Mystic River, which have both been adapted into films.
Sound too heavy? Check out Spider-man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018) included with Crave+Movies+HBO. In my opinion, this is easily the best Spider-Man film. Maybe that sounds like an extreme take, but the only way to find out is to watch it.
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