2 Free Weeks of Netflix Part One, Dun Dun Dun

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20080923-Netflix_CompositeToday marks the end of my two weeks free Netflix trial, and also the end of my obligation to see as many free movies as possible. 20 movies later, I feel like I’ve gotten my metaphorical money’s worth. It was mostly a good experience; at least good enough to make a top ten list out of everything I’ve seen in those two weeks. So here goes Part One of Stuff’s Top Ten Box of Netflix Movies:

10. The Orphanage
the orphanage

As a fan of Pan’s Labyrinth, I was immediately attracted this when I noticed it was produced by Guillermo Del Toro. The story is about Laura who returns to an abandoned house where she was raised in an orphanage. She aspires to fix up the house as a facility for ill children, but her son starts to have strange and somewhat cliché behavior (kid with imaginary friend who isn’t really imaginary). On the surface, The Orphanage might seem too familiar, but it goes in a somewhat unique direction; don’t confuse this with a horror movie because it’s a suspense/thriller.

9. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
The Diving bell and the butterfly

This movie is based on an autobiography of Jean-Dominique, who had a stroke and, as a result, became a paralyzed mute. But wait, the book was dictated after the stroke by blinking; I didn’t even know that was possible. The majority of the movie shows you everything from the perspective of Jean-Dominique; you hear his thoughts, see his imagination, and sense his pain.

8. Delicatessen
Delicatessen

Before Amelie, there was Delicatessen. Jean-Pierre Jeunet gives us a similar type of wit and humor, but he also turns up the absurdity about 10 notches. A clown moves into an apartment with a cannibalistic deli, a woman who constantly makes failed attempts at suicide, and a man who likes frogs a little too much. I’ll be honest, I didn’t get half of the stuff going on in this movie, but it was an adventure to say the least.

7. The Host
the host

I remember seeing a lot of hype for this movie a couple of years ago, but I overlooked it for its seemingly simplistic plot: giant river monster made by toxic waste. So fast forward to 2009, Netflix told me to give it a chance, and I’m glad I did. The Host has the perfect blend of campy and serious that gives us plenty of humor and the dramatic interaction of Hie-Bong and his family, and sure there’s a huge monster too. The cinematography is also nicely done.

6. Happiness
happiness

The ironic title instantly sets the mood for this somewhat funny but mostly disturbing movie. Happiness centers on a dysfunctional family, an extremely dysfunctional family. It reminded me of the movie Little Children, but instead of immaturity, the theme here is sex and love: two things the characters of Happiness constantly struggle with.

Stay tuned for the top five.

Sources: Netflix, Rotten Tomatoes

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2 Responses to “2 Free Weeks of Netflix Part One, Dun Dun Dun”

  1. Kevin Says:

    If netflix sees this entry, you will ruin it for the rest of us common folk who can’t get a free two week trail anymore. I will watch Delicatessen… How was Happiness disturbing?

  2. Everett Turner Says:

    “How was Happiness disturbing?”

    It deals with pedophilia, murder, and rape, and presents it to you almost as if it’s all normal behavior.

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