Stream Police: Let's Get Weird
We all like to find odd stuff to watch on Netflix, so I've attempted to find some things that are mostly smaller films, with the exception of my television choice. I didn't have a specific them in mind, but I found that most of these films are pretty dark, so don't expect to be too happy after watching these.
James McAvoy plays Bruce Robertson, drug addicted, borderline sociopathic police officer determined to slither his way to the top. While he's hardly the bad guy in the film, he's clearly no saint. McAvoy owns the role and truly makes his character be filth embodied. The plot tries to be a little too clever at times, but has some neat twists and the basic murder investigation premise works well enough. It's a nice change of pace from McAvoy's good guy roles and is incredibly dark, yet has a surprising amount of laughs.
For Fans Of: black comedies, The Usual Suspects, and any investigation film with a twist
A film released with little fanfare, The Art of the Steal has a surprisingly impressive cast, including: Kurt Russell, Jay Baruchel, Terrence Stamp, and Matt Dillon, among others. Following the cliche "one last job" for ex con Crunch Calhoun (Russell), we're taken on an highly enjoyable small scale art heist with a lot of layers. The interactions between the characters are the high points of the films, as we're given a surprising amount of depth to most of the main cast. Admittedly, I feel like some of the resolution is a bit too convenient, but if you want to see Kurt Russell own a film, check this one out.
For Fans Of: Kurt Russell, Oceans 11, heist movies
The TV show with Kevin Bacon in it. Starring Bacon as Agent Ryan Hardy, a conflicted agent who is called back to the spotlight when James Purefoy's Joe Carroll, a manipulative serial killer who has managed to convert hordes of people into his "followers", willing to do anything he requests. Admittedly, the writing of the show isn't that great, but I love that the show is not afraid to take risks and has no qualms killing characters. You have to turn your brain off for a bit, but it remains highly entertaining regardless. The first two seasons are streaming on Netflix.
For Fans Of: Kevin Bacon, murder mysteries
Trying to explain this film is a fool's errand, but it's a cool exploration of a supernatural comedy, with some truly bizarre imagery. Following two friends who gain an insight into the supernatural and unexplainable, John Dies at the End, provides laugh and gore in in buckets.
For Fans Of: The Evil Dead movies, horror comedy fans
Taking place in two different time periods, 11 years prior to the present and the present, Oculus presents a pretty cool premise in that the mirror that inhabits the protagonists' home causes some sort of unexplained phenomena that eventually leads to psychological breakdowns and ultimately, murder. With one of the main characters sent to an asylum for years based on his response as a child, he and his sister (Brenton Thwaites and Karen Gillan) are forced to confront their childhood fears, documenting it for evidence as they attempt to destroy the source of a lifetime of misery once again. The documentation process of them trying to destroy this mirror is interesting and the constant cuts between the past and present provides nice insight on a need to know basis for the motivations of our characters. While hardly the greatest horror film ever, it is one of the better ones in recent memory.
For Fans Of: Horror films, The Conjuring, Insidious