By: Stephen Feely
Still on break from school and don’t know what to do with your life? Already back at school and trying to find something to distract you from the work that you should be doing? Looking for a movie to watch by yourself since your Netflix and Chill date fell through? Trying to find a movie to watch with friends on a casual Wednesday night? Look no further, because I’ve got some suggestions for three good movies to watch on Netflix this month!
Movie to watch with friends: If you’re a guy with a group of your guy friends and you’re looking for a movie that everyone will love, then look no further than “Django Unchained.” The seventh film to come from the mastermind that is Quentin Tarantino, this pre-civil war western film won two Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Christolph Waltz as the dentist bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz). Fantastic dialogue, brilliant characters, outstanding acting from Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Leonardo DiCaprio, all combined with Tarantino’s love of extreme violence make this film a standout from recent years. It is quite violent, especially towards the latter stages of the film, so if you’re looking for a film with a little less blood spewing everywhere, then Chef is a good replacement. Just make sure you aren’t hungry before watching though!
Stephen’s Rating: 3.5/4 stars for Django Unchained, 3/4 stars for Chef
Movie to watch by yourself: When I first started writing about movies at the beginning of last summer, the first film that I ever reviewed was this brilliant little indie film by the name of “Short Term 12.” Thought provoking by the way that it puts life into perspective, this film takes the phrase “emotionally deep” to an entirely new depth. With the astounding ability to move from heartwarming comedy to tearjerking sadness in the blink of an eye, this film is an emotional rollercoaster that needs to be experienced by everyone, but maybe not when there are other people around to see you break down in tears. The connection between characters and audience in this one is that strong.
Stephen’s Rating: 4/4 stars
Movie to watch no matter what the situation: If your heart isn’t warmed by “Good Will Hunting,” then you clearly have no soul. While it may not be the most original in terms of its plotline, “Good Will Hunting” still manages to hold enough sentimentality to stand out as one of the defining movies of both Matt Damon’s and Robin Williams’ careers. My favorite film from Robin Williams, it’s a movie that can be enjoyed by all on any occasion, and reminds us all why the world of cinema was so saddened upon hearing the news of this iconic actor’s death back in 2014.
Stephen’s rating: 3.5/4 stars
If you manage to watch all three of these great films, odds are you’ll have a pretty good start to your 2016.