Netflix Binge For March

Just Because It’s March: House of Cards

If you don’t know what House of Cards is by now, you probably live under a rock. Or don’t leave your house. Or don’t have friends that bug you to no end about “this great new show” they started watching last night that “you totally just have to watch.” Or maybe you just don’t have friends, period. Who knows? Led by stellar performances from Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the leading roles as Frank and Claire Underwood, a power couple leading a political charge in America. House of Cards is filled with intense drama, great direction and incredible acting across the board. Since its introduction, this show has become a don’t-miss, binge-worthy hit from Netflix. Season 4 is now available to watch.

Stephen’s Rating: 3/4 stars

Because the Weather is Getting Nicer: Lilo and Stitch

After recently re-watching this film for the first time since I was in grade school, I realized I never had a full appreciation for this movie. I always enjoyed it as a child, but this film is actually very good and can be enjoyed by the entire family. The charming and colorful story is set against the tropical backdrop of Hawaii, and what more could you need to get you into the Spring spirit than a fun adventure set in a topical setting? Plus you get to relive your childhood at the same time. And it’s only an hour and 25 minutes long.

Stephen’s Review: 3/4 stars

Because DiCaprio Just Won an Oscar: What’s Eating Gilbert Grape

In case you missed it, Leonardo DiCaprio just won his first ever Oscar this year after being nominated for the sixth time in his career, so what better film to watch than the first film that he was nominated for. DiCaprio received a best supporting actor nomination for this early 90s drama about a young boy trying to juggling issues in his own life as well as having to care for his mentally challenged brother and obese mother. A film that shows that the true heroes are those who get by everyday while caring unconditionally for those around them no matter how hard times become, this film gives a good message that counteracts that from the big action adventure blockbusters. One of DiCaprio’s best performances, this film is a must see for any Leo fan.

Stephen’s Review: 3.5/4 star

Netflix Films: February

Looking for a movie to watch on Netflix this February?  Look no further because here are my suggestions for three films you should watch this month:

Feeling depressed about the cold?: Back in the 1990’s before they were household names, the Coen brothers stormed onto the stage with the release of “Fargo.” Packed with dark comedy and brilliantly cast, led by Frances McDormand in an Academy Award winning roll, this movie perfectly blends violence, comedy, and atmospheric ambiance to create an engaging tale. Highly original and brilliantly clever, this movie will help you realize that you can still have fun even when the ground outside is frozen.

Stephen’s Rating: 4/4 stars

Looking for a romantic movie?: Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and I’m sure not all of you have a hatred for this “holiday” like I do, and some of you might be looking for a nice romantic movie to watch with a significant other come February 14th. Look no further than “Silver Linings Playbook” for a romance film that has a brain and a soul that most romantic comedies can’t match. Brilliant chemistry from Bradely Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence make this film soar higher than most other romances. If you’re looking for a more quirky, indie romance film then “Moonrise Kingdom” is a good choice for you.

Stephen’s Rating: 3.5/4 stars (Silver Linings Playbook); 4/4 stars (Moonrise Kingdom)

Holiday season is over and missing your family?: The holiday season is now done and we’ve all gone back to our daily routines, and some of you may be missing your family. Being with family is what makes the holidays so great after all. To help fill the void I suggest watching “Philomena”, a highly sentimental film about a woman who tries to find her son many years after her was taken away from her. Philomena is a film that recognizes the important bond between family members but does the topic justice by not trying to fully explain that bond because its complexity is experienced differently by each of us, just as it is by the two leading characters.

Stephen’s Rating: 3.5/4 stars

 

If you watch all these are you still want more, check out my recommendations for movies to watch during the month of January in my previous post.

Three Movies to Watch on Netflix in January

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.