There’s so many films to choose from when you flick through the selections on Netflix. So much so that it can be easy to miss new additions to the catalogue. With that in mind, here is a round-up of what’s new to the streaming service.
(Other streaming services are available)
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
It’s frustrating when Netflix only upload fragments of a series. In this case they’ve added the middle entry of the recent Planet of the Apes trilogy, with series opener Rise of the Planet of the Apes and final entry War for the Planet of the Apes nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, Matt Reeves’ film is an excellent watch, and should stand the test even without its counterparts. Focusing largely on the ape’s point of view, it portrays a fascinating image of a world were humans have been annihilated by a virus, as apes continue to evolve. Series protagonist Caesar is played brilliantly by motion-capture genius Andy Serkis, while leading the human side of things is Gary Oldman’s brilliant Dreyfus, a snarling bad guy given real humanity by Oldman. The CGI is stunning, and set a new marker at the time, with the texture of wet ape fur setting new examples of how do deliver realistic computerised animals. Hopefully the rest of the trilogy is added soon, but if not this one is worth a watch regardless.
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Another example of Netflix adding just one third of a trilogy to their catalogue. For those of you who have been revisiting Peter Jackson’s stunning Lord of the Rings series, which was added at the back end of last year, and need an extra dose of Middle-Earth, then this may be of service. The first entry to Jackson’s prequel series which, let’s be honest, pales in comparison to LOTR, may not bring you the same enjoyment as the story of Frodo Baggins, but serves as a nice return to that world nevertheless.
High Flying Bird
Nope, this has nothing to do with Noel Gallagher. High Flying Bird is actually a brand new, straight-to-Netflix sports drama about a sports agent and his basketball playing client. Directed by cinema heavyweight Steven Soderbergh (Erin Brockovich, Ocean’s Eleven), this looks set to be a great watch with a strong cast. At a sharp 90 minutes, a rarity in films these days, it should be a sharp, easy watch that doesn’t take up too much of your time.
ReMastered: The Two Killings of Sam Cooke
There probably isn’t a single hotter genre for Netflix right now than the true-crime documentary. From Making a Murderer to Ted Bundy, people seem to lap up the stuff. On a similar theme this documentary investigates the mysterious death of legendary singer Sam Cooke at age 33. Cooke was shot at the Hacienda Motel in LA in 1964, and though the official line is that the motel’s manager shot Cooke in self-defense, there are many conspiracies which suggest that things were not that simple. This documentary, little over an hour long, attempts to get closer to the truth.