Well, look at this: We’re two days early this month! In February, we took our Netflix Pix deadline up to the very last minute and now, we’re getting back on track. Or something.
Anyway, behold March’s five picks for what you might want to stream via Netflix’s instant streaming library. This time around, we have some better-than-solid suggestions that feature one of 2014’s great foreign films, a classic Woody Allen work, the middle of the end for “Mad Men,” Jen Lawrence’s Oscar turn, and, of course, “W.”
The weather is finally breaking for the better now, so as those springtime memories begin to show their faces over the next few weeks, try and attach one or 92 of them to any of the following options, all available to stream on Netflix. Because is there honestly a better way to celebrate warm weather than watching a Swedish film about an avalanche? I think not.
Onward and upward …
1. “Mad Men” (Season 7, Part 1) – Because, as you know, we love us some “Mad Men” here at TV Without A TV. And surely, you don’t forget our Mad Men Project, right? RIGHT?! The flagship AMC series will come to an end this spring and the final part of the final season begins this Sunday. They only recently made this first part available to stream on Netflix so take advantage of it, friends. You wouldn’t want to go into the series’ swan song without a tiny refresher first, now would you?
2. “Silver Linings Playbook” – Here’s my problem: I wanted to love it and I only really liked it. Brad Cooper and Jen Lawrence have a chemistry that doesn’t come often on the silver screen, and Chris Tucker is a bit of a pleasant surprise, (plus: John Ortiz from “Luck” and “Togetherness” shows up!), but all told … a dancing competition? Like, really? It could never decide if it wanted to be a comedy, a drama or a dramedy. Blerg. Still, it did earn the two leads, among others, a heap of nominations. Check it out …
3. “W.” – Well, this was all right. The movie took a lot of flak for being a bit slanted. Because … well … what doesn’t take flak for being a little slanted these days? It’s hard to think it’s already seven years old, but indeed: It’s a 2008 Josh Brolin playing the most polarizing political figure of the Aughts’ first decade. Or, in other words, what’s not to love? Oliver Stone be Oliver Stone’in.
4. “Force Majeure” – It didn’t even get a foreign film Oscar nod, but it was perhaps the most talked-about non-American film of 2014. There is an undercurrent of suspense that you can’t shake from start to end and you never, ever quite know where you’re going. But if you sit on it, and you think for a minute or 10, it will all snap into place and you’ll be blown away.
5. “Annie Hall” – If you give me three Woody Allen movies, this one is on the list. “Stardust Memories” is No. 1, but this thing is a strong No. 2. Most people err on the side of “Manhattan” as the writer/director’s masterpiece, but of his two most signature films films, this is far and away the better one of the pair. It’s smarter. It’s funnier. It’s awesome-er.