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 nicely with the latest theatrical releases.
Looking to Oblivion, Lords of Salem, and Mud for inspiration, we've pulled together a selection of exciting end of the world tales, edgy horror stories, and mind-bending crime dramas.
Matthew McConaughey stars as the titular vagrant found by two young boys on a rickety island down South. Full of fantastical tales and covered in intriguing talismans, he seems a down and out hero in need of some help to reunite with his true love. But when bounty hunters begin circling, the boys have to wonder if Mud is who he claims to be. Tye Sheridan, Jacob Lofland, and Reese Witherspoon co-star. Jeff Nichols writes and directs.
Nichols' latest offers charismatic characters with conflicting versions of "the truth." In a good crime mystery it's a tricky thing to pick out truth among the laced-in lies. Whether it's a small town missing persons investigation, the incredible true story of an unlikely killer, or a plot to commit the perfect crime, these three titles offer plenty to mull over as they dazzle you with charming liars and dangerous men.
Top of the Lake (2013) Set in the backwoods town of Paradise, New Zealand, this mini-series created by Jane Campion and Gerard Lee follows Detective Robin Griffin (Elisabeth Moss) as she attempts to discover what's become of the pregnant 12-year-old daughter of a local drug lord. I've been raving about this ambitious and intoxicating crime drama since I had the luck to see it's first two chapters during its Sundance Film Festival debut. Now you can see what all the buzz was over as all seven episodes are now streaming. Holly Hunter and Peter Mullan co-star.
Bernie (2011) This polarizing dark comedy from Richard Linklater blends fact and fiction, mixing biopic conventions with doc-styled talking heads of people who actually knew the subject. Jack Black stars as Bernie Tiede, a chipper man who gave a great deal to his community and shocked them all when it was revealed he had murdered his long-time friend. Linklater forces viewers to parse through these jarring sides of Bernie and decide for themselves not so much whether or not he's a killer, but rather whether he should be punished for his actions. Matthew McConaughey and Shirley MacLaine co-star.
Double Indemnity (1944) Ranked #38 on the American Film Institute's list of 100 Best American Films, nominated for seven Academy Awards, Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity is quintessential film noir with dark promises of sex, deception, and murder. Barbara Stanwyck stars as an alluring housewife, and Fred MacMurray plays the insurance salesmen who is sucked into her sob story, and wrapped in her arms. Edward G. Robinson co-stars.