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 Nightcrawler, Interstellar, and The Theory of Everything for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of anti-hero adventures, space odysseys, and bold biopics.
NightcrawlerJake Gyllenhaal stars as Lou Bloom, an opportunistic night owl who finds a career he can really sharpen his teeth on when he stumbles across the seedy underbelly of Los Angeles's news media. Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, and Riz Ahmed co-star; Dan Gilroy directs. Read our review here.
For more mesmerizing tales with astonishing anti-heroes, check out this trio that boasts an Oscar-winning homage, an under-seen dark comedy, and one of the best movies of 2014.
Django Unchained (2012) Quentin Tarantino's love letter to the spaghetti Western plays out in antebellum South, centering on a freed slave turned bounty hunter on a desperate search for his lost bride. Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington, and Samuel L. Jackson star; Tarantino directs.
Whitewash (2013) Thomas Haden Church fronts this indie as a snowplow operator in rural Quebec who's life is thrown into spin by a deadly collision. In trying to hide the crime, his behavior becomes erratic, and darkly hilarious. Anie Pascale and Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais co-star; Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais directs.
Snowpiercer (2014) In this post-apocalyptic drama, the last dregs of humanity are confined to a train that's racing around a world caked in a new ice age. But even with mankind reduced to a few hundred people, class conflict thrives. Chris Evans stars as a have-not ready to overthrow those living in luxury, who ignore the starving. Song Kang-ho, Ed Harris, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton and Jamie Bell; Bong Joon-ho directs.