Whenever a new movie arrives on Netflix, it usually shows up on the homepage, resulting in millions of subscribers watching it. This has allowed brand new releases to become big hits and even breathed life into films from years past such as: Den of Thieveswhich was recently in the streaming service’s top 10.
Of course, there are still plenty of films that have flown under the radar and are staying that way on Netflix. They will be added but may not appear on the homepage so people miss them. Thankfully, there are some great ones from the 2010s worth checking out if you take a closer look.
Most of the time, Netflix Originals are pretty heavily promoted by the streaming service, but some don’t get that treatment. That goes for the lesser-known indie films made on a budget, including Kodachrome.
The story of a son who takes his father and his father’s nurse on a road trip to get pictures developed before the Kodachrome photo booth closes for good might not sound all that intriguing. However, the film is buoyed by strong performances from Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen and Ed Harris, who together make it a special film.
What Happened to Monday (2017)
Some of the movies that aren’t heavily promoted by Netflix certainly deserve more love. What happened to Monday is one of them, as it’s an intriguing, high-concept dystopian sci-fi flick about quintuplets living in an era where overpopulation means each household is only allowed to have one child.
The talented Noomi Rapace portrays the septuplets, each named for the day of the week they are allowed to live their lives outside. If one disappears, the others must try to rescue her while remaining secret. While the reviews weren’t overly positive, those who enjoy suspenseful sci-fi stories will likely love it.
2018 cam is a horror film that critics have been big fans of, although not too many people have seen it. The movie revolves around a woman working as a camgirl who is replaced with an exact replica and can’t figure out what caused it.
Led by a stellar performance from Madeline Brewer, the film keeps you guessing at every turn and you’ll never quite understand what set the events unfolding. Everything from the acting to the atmosphere to the mystery was praised, making this a real gem.
It’s hard to imagine anything by Mike Flanagan could be unfamiliar to so many. Flanagan has become a horror legend thanks to Haunted Hill House, Doctor Sleep, and midnight fair but some of his work from before these days deserves to be just as popular.
During Gerald’s game fits into that category, Flanagan’s best project could very well be silence. The film tells a chillingly realistic horror story about a deaf woman who must fend off a deadly intruder. It is absolutely terrifying and will chill viewers to the bone.
I lost my body (2019)
When toy story 4 Winner of Best Animated Feature Film at the 92nd Academy Awards, it wasn’t surprising as it was well received and the most popular of the nominees. That said, there is no doubt that the other films above all deserved the win i lost my body.
This French film only runs for around 80 minutes, but it captivates audiences with the double story it tells. On one side a captivating love story is told and on the other side a creative story is woven about a severed hand that embarks on an adventure to find her body. The film won many awards in various awards shows.
Chasing the Wilderpeople (2016)
These days everyone seems to know who Taika Waititi is. After he directed Thor: Ragnarok and won an Oscar for Jojo rabbitWaititi fans have come back to check out his part work, with What we do in the shadows stand out from the crowd.
However, Hunt for the Wilderpeople is basically Waititi at its peak. The film focuses on a man and his foster son who become the target of a wilderness manhunt. It has Waititi’s signature blend of off-the-wall comedy and surprisingly heartwarming moments, making it a gem of a film.
It’s rare these days that you’ll find a film made for less than $1 million, and it’s even more shocking to find one that was completed for just $100,000. That’s part of the appeal of tangerine as the film feels down to earth and realistic as it was shot on multiple iPhones.
tangerine follows a day in the life of a transgender sex worker who finds out her pimp/boyfriend has been cheating on her. Both the script and the actors were well received, as was the use of the small budget and the booming soundtrack.
Sorry to bother you (2018)
There’s no doubt that LaKeith Stanfield has become a breakout star in recent years, starting with Short term 12 and really branched out thanks Go out and Atlanta. Among his best film roles are Boots created by Riley Sorry to bother you.
Stanfield plays a black telemarketer who uses a white accent to become successful and climb the corporate ladder. The film shines for taking this crazy concept and daring to go further than anyone probably expected, delivering unexpected twists that will really shock you.
Start Over (2013)
When a movie stars Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Catherine Keener, you can almost guarantee it’s going to be great. Start again is indeed a film that celebrates this talented quartet of stars and tells an emotionally compelling story with beautiful music to make it even better.
The plot revolves around an unsuccessful record label exec (Ruffalo) who discovers a great singer (Knightley) and produces an album with her across New York while trying to reconnect with his daughter (Steinfeld). The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song and received consistently strong reviews.
Another French film that should be seen more on Netflix is Raw. It is very different from the above i lost my body However, this is a psychological horror film that tells a really harrowing story.
The film focuses on a vegetarian who tastes meat for the first time at vet school and develops a hunger for human flesh, leading to cannibalism. Though the graphic content made it somewhat controversial, the film garnered widespread acclaim and remains a standout international film of the decade.
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