Ittttttt’s April! My birthday has come and gone. The weather is (finally) beginning to warm up. Easter is far in the rearview mirror. And, of course, the Kentucky Derby is in two days. Where has all the time gone? Who knows.
What we do know, however, is that we are again getting in under the deadline (barely) for April and our Netflix Pix for the month. For those who may be unfamiliar, remember: These are five suggestions you might want to think about the next time you pull up Netflix’s instant streaming library. They keep getting more titles. And I keep making more lists.
Why? Because I love you. That’s why.
This month, we have my favorite sleeper television series that pretty much nobody else in the universe liked. We have a “30 For 30.” We have another Trip. We have a fabulous foreign film. And, of course, we have Django.
So, sit back. Fire up the Roku. Or Apple TV. Or Amazon Fire. Or your computer. Or your gaming system. Or … well, you get it. Either way, keep these in mind as you peruse the Netflix instant library for the next 31 days. Enjoy!
Onward and upward …
1. “Halt And Catch Fire” (Season 1) – Well, I wrote this. And, ironically, the very same day that published, AMC announced plans to renew the series for a second season (many had speculated that it would be kaput after its first run). If nothing else, it will make you fall head over heels in lust with Scoot Mcnairy, whose Gordon Clark quickly became one of my favorite Awww-Shucks characters in all of television. The second season is right around the corner, so you can knock out these 10 episodes quickly and get ready before we press play again. Forget the snobs. Check it out and get lost in 1980s drama and 1980s technology. What’s not to love?
2. “I Hate Christian Laettner” – Those ESPN “30 For 30”s just keep coming out, now don’t they? This, the most popular film the series has produced in a good bit, is worth all of the extra time you might have this month. It paints the Duke bad boy in a completely different light and it allows the world to see a side of the athlete that many had never seen. There are a lot of good “30 For 30” documentaries. This one is great.
3. “Django Unchained” – This is easily a top three role for Leo (side: What’s up with putting Leo movies on these lists lately?) and Jamie Foxx owns the lead role as much as he did when he put on those sunglasses and won his Oscar as Ray Charles. It’s Quentin Tarantino at his longest, graphic-est and uncomfortable-est best. Put the kids to bed. Have a look.
4. “The Trip To Italy” – The first one was brilliant. This one? Maybe not as brilliant, but still worth a watch nonetheless. Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan play off each other like the best friends they want us to believe they are and there are more impressions here than a Friday night at the Apollo. But the food is magnificent and the comedy occasionally cuts through. There are certainly worse ways to spend an evening.
5. “Amelie” – I’m so surprised I hadn’t already put this on here! Audrey Tautou is brilliant and as the great, sorely missed Michael Hunley once told me, “You won’t find a more delightful movie.” He was right. Just take a peak at the trailer and decide for yourself.