With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. So we bring you this biweekly column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair well with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Nebraska and The Delivery Man for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of YA-inspired adventures, independent comedies, and funny foreign features.
Alexander Payne's follow-up to the Academy Award-winning The Descendants follows the road trip of a booze-adled old man (Bruce Dern) and his son (Will Forte), to claim a million dollar prize from the dubious Mega Sweepstakes. June Squibb and Bob Odenkirk co-star; Payne directs.
Despite having a heralded reputation, Payne chose to make Nebraska independently, giving him more control over casting and creative choices like presenting it in black and white. For more independent comedies that taking daring risks, check out this trio about late bloomers, unlikely friendships, and a Faustian deal.
Frances Ha (2012) Written by Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig, this spirited collaboration is directed by the former, and stars the latter as the title character. Frances is a twenty-something New Yorker who is struggling to get her career in dance going, and to keep a roof over her head. But as she bounces from own squat to another, Frances begins to understand what fuels her and what she needs to do to get her dreams to align with her reality. Adam Driver and Mickey Sumner co-star.
Robot & Frank (2012) Frank Langella stars as a retired cat burglar whose plagued by boredom and loneliness until his son sets him up with a helper robot. Soon, the enterprising old man decides this robot can be more than a friend, it could be a partner in crime! James Marsden, Liv Tyler, and Peter Sarsgaard co-star.
The Brass Teapot (2012) Juno Temple and Michael Angarano front this dark comedy as a pair of young lovers so dedicated to each other that they'd do anything to keep their partner happy, even if it hurts. When a chance encounter gives them a teapot that fills with cash whenever one of them feels pain, these two poor lovers find a dangerous path to everything they've ever wanted. Aliza Shawkat, Bobby Moynihan, and Alexis Biedel co-star; Ramaa Mosley directs.