8 Hidden Gems On Your Set-top Box You Should Already Be Watching
The best things in life are usually the simple things especially the ones you can share with friends and loved ones. We've been digging through apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu and HBO to find something you can see with your friends, family, loved one ... or alone!
From horror movies to science fiction to classics, we left no stone unturned! See what we have chosen for you and have fun!
Hush is a thriller horror film, which takes you to the world of Madison "Maddie" Young (Kate Siegel), a deaf woman living in an isolated house in the middle of a forest. As a neighbour, she has her friend Sarah (Samantha Sloyan) who visits her to deliver a borrowed book and ends up being murdered by a masked man (John Gallagher Jr.). This man, realizing that Maddie is deaf, decides to torment her before murdering her...
The film was well received by critics, who praise the performances of the two main actors and how it managed to cover the best of the classics of the genre. Something that did not escape the critical eyes of the ubiquitous? Stephen King and the director of The Exorcist, William Friedkin.
Time Lapse is an indie sci-fi thriller movie that tells the story of a group of friends discovering a somewhat bizarre camera at the home of an old man who mysteriously disappeared. The three friends (played by Matt O'Leary, Danielle Panabaker and George Finn) conclude that this machine takes 24-hour photos in the future and try to make the most of it. Something they’ll regret...
The reception of the film was very positive. Criticism, overall, despite not considering it a hit, highlights the quality of storytelling, praising the way the story unfolds and captures us until the end.
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Ex Machina is an independent science fiction psychological thriller, starring Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Alicia Vikander (Tomb Raider) and Oscar Isaac (The Promise), and directed by Alex Garland (writer of The Beach and screenwriter of the eponymous film).
The film tells the story of a programmer, Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), who is invited by his CEO to go to an isolated house, owned by researcher Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), and carry out the Turing test on an intelligent humanoid robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander), something that doesn’t go as expected ...
The film has been acclaimed by all critics, in general, for the quality of the acting, atmosphere, visual effects, soundtrack and screenplay.
There Will Be Blood
Claiming that There Will Be Blood is a classic, despite having premiered ten years ago, is not arrogance, it's the truth. This film, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia), tells how the owner of a silver mine, Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), engages in oil exploration in California's oil boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and the high price he has to pay for this ambition.
The critics praised the film, not only for the quality of the cinematography, direction and screenplay, but also due to the superb acting of Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln) who proved once again his great quality as an actor, winning the Oscar, BAFTA, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, NYFCC and IFTA Best Actor awards for his performance.
The film also received recognition. It won the Silver Bear Award, Best Director and a Special Artistic Contribution Award for Jonny Greenwood, responsible for the soundtrack, at the Berlin International Film Festival. In addition, it received eight nominations for the Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Actor for Daniel Day-Lewis and Best Cinematography for Robert Elswit.
Arrival, even though it was only released in 2016, has become an immediate genre of science fiction. Directed by Devis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049) and written by Eric Heisserer (The Thing), the film tells the story of Louise Banks (Amy Adams), a US Army linguist who is asked for help translating the communication of various alien spacecraft that have appeared all over the world. Her mission is to find out why these beings came to Earth before the situation escalates into war. To accompany Amy Adams (Nocturnal Animals) in the cast, we have names like Jeremy Renner (The Avengers) and Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland).
Although some critics point out the lack of action in the film and its focus on language, the great majority point to the issues raised, the introspection, as well as the different and intelligent approach of a genre that was becoming trivialized.
Kill Bill – vol. 1 & 2
Since we are in a list full of classics, of course we could not miss the two volumes of Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. A two-part martial arts film series that draws on a wide variety of genres, such as kung-fu movies, blaxploitation, spaghetti westerns, samurai cinema, American crime films, and animé in both its visuals and story.
Created as a single four-hour film, the film's producer and director Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) decided to split The Bride saga into two. Uma Thurman is in search of revenge for her former colleagues, who tried to kill her at her own wedding and, in the second part, in search of the Bill of the movie’s title.
Scarface is an American crime film directed by Brian De Palma (Blow Out) and written by Oliver Stone (Snowden). The film, starring Al Pacino (The Godfather) and Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys), tells the story of a Cuban refugee who arrives in Miami in the 1980s with nothing and, thanks to his cunning and attitude, becomes a powerful drug kingpin.
Despite being criticized for the way the movie depicted Cuban refugees, with its excessive violence, profanity and graphic drug usage, Scarface later became recognized as one of the best mob films ever made, not to mention its influence on pop culture, especially in the world of Rap and Hip-Hop, as well as in comic books, television and video games.
Her is ... Her! An absorbing film that shows how a man, Theodore Twombly (Joaquin Phoenix), develops a relationship with an intelligent computer, named Samantha (Scarlett Johansson), who communicates with him through its voice.
Directed by Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), this film was unanimously acclaimed by the critics. The emphasis was on the level of writing, and the performances of the main actors, even if only one was a voice. Thanks to the script written by Spike Jonze, the film Her won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, as well as the Writers Guild of America and 40th Saturn Awards.