With nearly 7,000 films available on Netflix, picking something to watch can become an anxiety inducing ordeal. If you’re anything like us, you’ll scroll through every genre without finding anything you’re really in the mood for. Your “My List” would better off titled “Things I Might Watch, Eventually,” luckily, MoviefiedNYC is here to help. Here’s our pick of the best films that were recently released on Netflix Instant Streaming.
Dir: Robert Zemeckis, Starring: Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez
Robert Zemeckis and Tom Hanks teamed up again in 2000 after sweeping the Oscars in 1994 with Forrest Gump to make Cast Away, the story of a Fed Ex employee who tries to survive in seclusion on a remote island after being involved in plane crash over the ocean. The film explores the physical psychological toll on Chuck Nolan (Hanks) as he fights to survive and to stay sane in the face of intense hardship and loneliness. Some iconic moments from the film include Nolan’s euphoria when he finally manages to start a fire, and his unlikely friendship with a bloodstained volleyball named Wilson. Hanks, showing impressive commitment to his character, put on 50 pounds before shooting the film. After shooting all the scenes that take place in the civilized world, the crew took a year long break so that Hanks could lose all the weight and let his hair grow in order to look like a true castaway.
Dir: Terry Gilliam, Starring: Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, Tobey Maguire
Dir: William Friedkin, Starring: Gene Hackman, Roy Scheider, Fernando Rey
Dir: Mark Waters, Starring: Lindsay Lohan, Jonathan Bennett, Rachel McAdams
Mean Girls is Tina Fey’s first and only screenplay before she began writing for SNL and eventually 30 Rock, but her comedic sensibilities work just as well on the big screen as they do on the small screen. Fey’s quotable and witty dialogue drives a film that dissects the brutal, clique-driven world of high school girls. Lohan plays Cady Heron, who spent the majority of her childhood home schooled in Africa, making her the ultimate outsider. The film follows Cady as she attempts to navigate high school life after being adopted by the school’s most exclusive clique. Mean Girls is one of the smartest teen movies in recent memory thanks to Tina Fey’s astutely observant and well written screenplay.
Dir: Claudia Myers, Starring: Emmanuelle Chiriqui, Michelle Monaghan, Pablo Schreiber