Valentine’s Day is over – the flowers are wilting, the chocolates decimated – but that doesn’t spell the end of ‘Netflix and chill’. Get comfy, and add these new listings to your Watchlists.
‘The Immigrant’ (2013) – Japan, USA, Canada – February 19th, 2016
Well-received with a limited release and box-office, ‘The Immigrant’ is quintessential independent drama material for fans of the alternative. Visually powerful, with expectedly strong performances from the likes of Marion Cotillard (‘Inception’), Joaquin Phoenix (‘Gladiator’) and Jeremy Renner (‘The Avengers’), ‘The Immigrant’ delivers where it matters.
‘Chatô, O Rei do Brasil’ (2015) – Brazil – February 21st, 2016
This Brazilian biographical drama dramatises the history of political and media mogul Assis Chateaubriand, a fascinating character that works wonders for the silver screen. Many have labelled Assis (and the film) as the ‘Brazilian Citizen Kane’ – there can’t be much higher praise than that.
‘The Babymakers’ (2012) – Luxembourg, Netherlands, Australia, Denmark, Ireland, Norway, New Zealand, Sweden, UK, Mexico, Finland – February 20th, 2016
Jay Chandrasekhar – one part of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard – directs an alternative rom-com about two millenials looking to have a baby in a very unconventional way. Led by Paul Schneider (‘Parks and Recreation’) and Olivia Munn (‘Magic Mike’), this comedy offers a taste of what people would come to expect from the man who helped conceive ‘Super Troopers’.
‘Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón’ (2007) – Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia – February 16th, 2016
Think ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ with a Spanish flair and a dramatic touch – ”Ladrón Que Roba a Ladrón’ (‘To Rob a Thief’) sees two thieves team up to take on a personality making millions by shipping worthless products on TV. A Robin Hood tale with a clever twist, ‘To Rob a Thief’ is an intelligent caper crime drama that offers up a European alternative to Steven Soderbergh’s popular Clooney-led trilogy.
‘Family Guy’ – Season 13 (2014) – Canada, USA, Luxembourg, Sweden, France, Norway, Finland, Belgium – February 19th, 2016
While Seth McFarlane’s persistently crude and rude animated comedy works hard to mock just about everything possible, ‘Family Guy’ is beginning to fall into the same trap ‘The Simpsons’ has. Moving past its peak of popularity, yet still successful in the all-important broadcast ratings, ‘Family Guy’ is stuck struggling to provide refreshing social commentary. The show however can still hit the mark, and fans will always find something to like, 13 seasons in.
‘Vikings’ – Season 3 (2013) – New Zealand – February 19th, 2016
This Irish-Canadian medieval drama is fast-becoming the definitive alternative show to the ever-popular ‘Game of Thrones’. Inspired by Norse tales of Ragnar Lodbrok, ‘Vikings’ takes advantage of its fascinating locale and history to provide an engrossing, brutal drama. Where many have failed, ‘Vikings’ succeeded in providing gripping dramatic storytelling, while not feeling like a George R.R. Martin-inspired cash-in.