With so many titles to choose from, Netflix Instant's library can be overwhelming. And so we offer this column as a tool to cut through the clutter by highlighting some now streaming titles that pair nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
While Now Streaming typically runs biweekly, we've shifted the schedule to better offer viewing suggestions timed with the holiday seasons. For the Thanksgiving holiday, we looked to Life Of Pi, Hitchcock, & Silver Linings Playbook for inspiration, and so have provided a selection of whimsical fantasy features, scandalous showbiz stories, and crazy love stories for your home viewing entertainment.
Life of Pi
Based on the Yann Martel's best-selling novel, the latest from Ang Lee centers on the story of an young Indian who survives a cataclysmic shipwreck only to be stranded on a life-boat with a snarling Bengal tiger. Suraj Sharma and Irrfan Khan star.
There are few films that can compare to the sensational spectacle of Lee's Life of Pi. However, if you're thirsting for a fantasy tale with an imaginative storyteller at its core, we've got something for every member of the family.
Phoebe in Wonderland (2008) This Sundance selection stars Elle Fanning as a nine-year-old girl whose Tourette's make her a misfit to her class and an enigma to her family. But once her kind drama teacher gives her the lead in the school's production of Alice in Wonderland, Phoebe finds an outlet to express herself, and begins to see the book's classic character, who provide comfort and welcomed advice. Felicity Huffman, Bill Pullman and Patricia Clarkson co-star; Daniel Barnz writes and directs.
The Fall (2006) Set in a hospital in 1920s Hollywood, this visually striking feature presented by Spike Jonze and David Fincher centers on a rambunctious little girl who forms an unexpected friendship with a crippled and depressed stuntman as he weaves a remarkable yarn of masked men, exotic lands, beautiful princesses, love lost, and hope rediscovered. It's gorgeous, bittersweet, strange and unforgettable. Lee Pace and Justine Waddell co-star; Tarsem Singh directs.
Delirious (1991) For something ten times wackier, check out this comedy that stars John Candy as a soap opera writer whose concussion throws him into the fictional world of his daytime drama, complete with backstabbing socialites, evil industrialists, an eye-patched amnesiac, lovesick doctor, and Robert Wagner. Fate and inspiration combine to help him save his show and discover true love. Mariel Hemingway, David Rasche and Emma Samms co-star; Tom Mankiewicz directs.