“netflix and Chill” was a phrase coined in the early 2010s, once a low-key innuendo that involved five brief minutes of capturing a movie or TV show with a love interest, before an even shorter three minutes of a sexual nature . It’s invariably used as a tongue-in-cheek phrase these days, though it begs the question of what people were watching that was so uninteresting it made them turn off after five minutes. Or even more pertinently, what were they looking at that only made them last three minutes? If it was the Lord of the Ringsmaybe it’s time to talk to a therapist…
In 2018, Alfonso Cuaron Rome made history by becoming the first Netflix Original to win an Oscar, triumphing in the Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography categories. Since then, the streaming site has been on the rise, with eight other Oscar successes for its feature and short films, as well as many for its documentaries. The quality of the streaming platform’s output has been top-notch, which has no doubt seen a big decrease in couples disconnecting after five minutes, although we can only speculate on the longevity of what’s going on. afterwards…
5 Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom turned out to be the brilliant, Chadwick Boseman’s last film, and it’s a truly illuminating and incandescent parting gift. George C. Wolfe’s semi-biographical film about early 20th century blues pioneer Ma Rainey (Viola Davis) and the assembly of her band in a Chicago recording studio in 1927 is equally fun, dramatic and exuberant. than the singer herself.
Boseman took on the role of Levee, a pushy, opinionated, passionate trumpeter who attempts to push his own version of Ma Rainey’s song “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”.” down the throats of his contemporaries, as he and the revolutionary Rainey come to the proverbial blows.
4 Marriage story
The wonderful film by Noah Baumbach, busy but charming Marriage story, won Scarlett Johansson the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. Johansson and Adam Driver play the on-screen couple of Nicole and Charlie Barber, two successful entertainers, actors and playwrights from the East Coast, respectively. Devoted parents to their son Henry, the couple’s troubled relationship and irremediable differences eventually lead to an acrimonious divorce. While Nicole thrives in a TV role on the west coast of Los Angeles, Charlie stays in New York as the divorcees must come to terms with navigating their new lives and resolving personal differences to facilitate a stable education for their son.
3 power of the dog
There was a real expectation power of the dog romp at the Oscars, and while director Jane Campion winning Best Director was no small feat, there were certainly some disappointed expressions from Netflix when this great modern western didn’t win more. , especially given his dozen nominations . Although not initially apparent, power of the dog quickly descends into a story of forbidden feelings, lust and a convoluted type of love.
It’s a modern LGBTQ+ classic, from the likes of Moonlight and Call me by your name, running through the story of rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch), a cruel, resentful and ill-disposed man towards his brother George (Jesse Plemons) who brings his new wife and son to live with them. It emerges, through several passages, that Phil is a closeted homosexual, as he strikes up a friendship with Peter (Kodi Smit-McPhee).
Gary Oldman stars as Herman J. Mankiewicz in David Fincher’s monochrome centerpiece, Man. Winning two Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Decor, man comes to life, or rather, stumbles as a Mankiewicz in his forties arrives on the scene accompanied by two of his weight lifters and a limp, having recently been discharged from hospital following a crash in car left him with a broken leg. Taught by a demanding and unfettered Orson Welles, Mank was given only two months to write Citizen Kane.
David Fincher’s film travels back and forth between the early 1930s and the current state of the physically embarrassed and often alcohol-induced Mank as he rushes to complete the (now) world-famous screenplay and highly regarded from the confines of his bed, with his transcription assistant and secretary, Rita Alexander (Lily Collins).
Set against the backdrop of 1970s Mexico City, Alfonso Cuaron’s modern black-and-white drama Rome is an atmospheric masterpiece that encapsulates a segment of the life of a Mexican family. Claiming three Oscars, the film confronts the idea of forced single parenthood with the idea that it takes a community to raise a child. A family of six, living with two au pairs, soon becomes a family of five, as the mother, a pregnant Sofía, is abandoned by her seemingly always absent husband, Antonio, in favor of his mistress.
Rome is a reminder of the wonders of the human spirit, of the resilience of a family in the face of adversity, and that class is simply a social construct that does not separate some of life’s fundamental experiences, such as working servant Cleo, and Sofía’s affairs of the heart.