Whenever a new movie hits Netflix, it tends to pop up on the homepage, driving millions of subscribers to watch it. This has allowed brand new releases to be big hits and even bring movies from previous years to life like den of thieveswhich was recently in the streaming service’s top 10.
Of course, there are still plenty of movies that have flown under the radar and remain so on Netflix. They are added but may not appear on the homepage, so people ignore them. Fortunately, there are a few worth checking out from the 2010s if you look deeper.
More often than not, Netflix Originals are promoted quite heavily by the streaming service, but a few don’t get that treatment. This is the case with less famous independent films made on a small budget, in particular kodachrome.
The story of a son taking his father and his father’s nurse on a trip to have photos developed before the Kodachrome photo shack finally closes may not sound so intriguing. However, the film is buoyed by strong performances from Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen and Ed Harris, which combine to make this a special film.
What Happened to Monday (2017)
Some of the movies that don’t get strong promotion from Netflix definitely deserve more love. what happened monday is one of them, as it’s an intriguing dystopian sci-fi film about septuplets who live in a time when overcrowding means each household is only allowed one child.
The talented Noomi Rapace portrays the septuplets, each named after the day of the week they are allowed out to live their lives. When one is missing, the others must try to save her while remaining secret. Although the reviews weren’t too positive, those who like thrilling sci-fi stories will probably like it.
2018 Cam is a horror movie that critics were big fans of, even though it wasn’t watched by that many people. The film centers on a woman working as a camgirl who is replaced by an exact replica and cannot figure out what caused it.
Led by a stellar performance from Madeline Brewer, the film will keep you guessing at every turn and you’ll never fully understand what causes events to unfold. Everything from the acting to the atmosphere to the mystery was praised making it a real hidden gem.
It’s hard to imagine anything about Mike Flanagan being unknown to so many people. Flanagan became a horror legend thanks to The Haunting of Hill House, Doctor Sleep, and Midnight Mass but some of his work from before that time deserves to be just as popular.
While Gerald’s game falls into this category, Flanagan’s best project could very well be silence. The film tells a chilling and realistic horror story about a deaf woman who must fight off a deadly intruder at home. It’s completely terrifying and will chill viewers to the bone.
I lost my body (2019)
When toy story 4 won Best Animated Feature at the 92nd Academy Awards, it was no surprise as it was well received and the most popular of the nominees. That said, there’s no doubt that the other films deserved to win, especially I lost my body.
This French film is only about 80 minutes long but it captivates audiences with the double story it tells. On one side, an engaging love story is told and on the other, a creative tale is woven about a severed hand that goes on an adventure to find its body. The film won numerous accolades at various award shows.
Wild Peoples Hunt (2016)
These days, everyone seems to know who Taika Waititi is. After leading Thor: Ragnarok and won an Oscar for JoJo RabbitWaititi fans returned to check out his part-time work, with What we do in the shadows stand out from the pack.
However, Wilderpeople Hunt is basically Waititi at its peak. The film centers on a man and his adopted son who become the targets of a manhunt across the desert. It has Waititi’s signature blend of absurdist comedy and surprisingly heartwarming moments, making it a gem of a movie.
It’s rare these days to find a movie that was made for less than $1 million, and it’s even more shocking to find one that was completed for just $100,000. It’s part of the call Mandarin because the movie feels down to earth and realistic considering it was filmed on multiple iPhones.
Mandarin follows a day in the life of a transgender sex worker who discovers that her pimp/boyfriend is cheating on her. Both the script and the acting were well received, as was the use of the low budget and booming soundtrack.
Sorry to Bother You (2018)
There’s no doubt that LaKeith Stanfield has risen to stardom over the past few years, starting with Short term 12 and really diversify through get out and Atlanta. Among his best film roles is the Boots Riley created sorry to disturb you.
Stanfield plays a black telemarketer who uses a white accent to succeed and climb the corporate ladder. The film shines because it takes this wacky concept and dares to go further than expected, delivering some unexpected twists that will truly shock you.
Start Over (2013)
If a movie features Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Catherine Keener, you can almost guarantee it’ll be awesome. Restart is indeed a film that boasts this talented quartet of stars and it tells an emotionally engaging story with beautiful music to make it even better.
The plot revolves around a failing record label executive (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 the Oscar for Best Original Song and received strong reviews across the board.
Another French film that should be seen more on Netflix is Raw. It is very different from the above I lost my body however, as this is a psychological horror film that tells a truly heartbreaking story.
The film focuses on a vegetarian who tastes meat for the first time in veterinary school and develops a hunger for human flesh, resulting in cannibalism. Although the graphic content made it somewhat controversial, the film was widely acclaimed and remains a standout international film of the decade.
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