While your friends are out having fun this weekend, why not fire up the Netflix? Sure, you’re home alone, but hey, it’s a welcome distraction from Tinder. Bored of watching porn? Watch a movie about the making of porn. Too poor to buy drugs? Watch a doc about the Mexican drug trade!
(Drug taking absolutely not endorsed.)
In all seriously, there’s a movie to satisfy every whim on Netflix this June. Here are eight of the very best you need to see, from ’80s classics to this year’s biggest Oscar winner.
It may have been made in 1997, but even a movie made twenty years earlier would struggle to capture the highs and lows of life on the fringes of society in the 1970s with quite the same sleazy voyeurism as Boogie Nights. Director Paul Thomas Anderson tracks the rapid rise and the inevitable fall of Eddie Adams, a high school dropout whose good looks, sex drive and bigger-than-average penis drag him into the seedy Los Angeles porn scene.
As Eddie, ’90s sex symbol Mark Wahlberg is inspired casting, but an A-list supporting cast of Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly and Burt Reynolds each does his best to steal the show, in a thrilling 150-minute epic which makes the ’70s look simultaneously like a dream and a nightmare to grow up in.
For fans of: Almost Famous, Saturday Night Fever, True Romance, Inherent Vice
Cartel Land may be a documentary, but this gritty exploration of the drug cartels of Mexico is so action-packed and uncompromising you’ll forget you’re not watching a movie pretty much straight off the bat.
Showered with awards recognition, including an Oscar nomination this year, Cartel Land is the doc for people who don’t like docs, but do like real-life stories so dramatic it’s hard to believe they’re not fiction.
For fans of: Sicario, Generation Kill
The Fundamentals of Caring
Not content with giving TV executives everywhere cold chills with its huge and highly impressive collection of original series, Netflix is also expanding on the movie front. Part of that drive is getting exclusive rights to brand new indie flicks which would probably go under the radar in theaters. The Fundamentals of Caring is one of those.
Rising Brit Craig Roberts (who was great in the Amazon comedy series Red Oaks, which you almost definitely haven’t seen, but should) stars alongside the eternally-youthful Paul Rudd in a classic coming-of-age story about finding joy in life after the big man in the sky drops a ton of shit on you. Selena Gomez joins in for the ride. Expect laughs, cynicism and Paul Rudd being delightfully Paul Rudd-ish.
The movie hits Netflix June 24.
For fans of: Me Before You, Manchester By The Sea, Short Term 12
How often does a properly great horror movie come along these days? Probably not often enough, but Hush is here to restore your faith in the genre. Katie Siegel (who also wrote the screenplay) stars as Maddie, a deaf author who lives in seclusion in the woods, where an unexpected visitor comes to call.
You may think you’ve seen enough isolated cabin in the forest stories to know exactly how this tale plays out, but the genius of Hush lies in the increasingly inventive ways it builds suspense without falling into well-worn slasher tropes.
For fans of: The Babadook, It Follows, Goodnight Mommy
This one needs no intro, and nobody needs any excuse to watch it.
, Park exists to remind you that this franchise was once legitimately incredible. And if you loved it, well, you should probably think on your sins. Jeff Goldblum’s unlikely return to the A-list (see him next in Independence Day: Resurgence, and then Thor: Ragnarok) makes this the perfect occasion to revisit one of the seminal blockbusters of the ’90s.
For fans of: nature and history.
If hipster comedy is your thing, you’ve exhausted the filmography of Judd Apatow and you loved the Netflix original comedy Love (which you watched with a poker face, because you’re a cool cat), you might be tempted by The Overnight.
Hipster circuit regulars Adam Scott and Jason Schwartzman star alongside Orange Is The New Black‘s Taylor Schilling in the story of two LA couples who arrange a playdate for their children. As the evening goes on and the kids go to bed, the adults discover a playful side of their own. Needless to say, shit gets weird, fast.
For fans of: This Is 40, Love, The One I Love, Knocked Up
A decade after The Godfather, Al Pacino returned to the mafiosi genre in Brian de Palma’s Scarface. If The Godfather and its sequels are an epic opera, blurring the lines between cinema and high art, Scarface more resembles a soap opera: ridiculous, melodramatic, hilariously over-the-top. So liberally splattered is the cocaine in this movie, you’ll feel like Christmas has come early.
For my money that’s basically the ultimate compliment, and it’s fair to say a movie like Scarface probably wouldn’t get made today. Pretty much everybody in this film is corrupt and rotten to the core, but you’ll find yourself rooting Elvira, the mob wife played with sizzling sex appeal by Michelle Pfeiffer.
For fans of: A Most Violent Year, The Godfather, The Sopranos
It’s not often that a legit, brand-new mainstream movie hits Netflix, so jump on Spotlight while it’s hot. This drama-thriller is the true story of the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and their investigation into widespread sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the Boston area.
The subject matter is pretty grim, obviously, but the movie itself is perfectly paced, drawing you into the world of investigative journalism in a way that’ll make you hate yourself for getting all of your news from Buzzfeed. Seriously. Stop it.
Rachel Adams is particularly good, but this is an ensemble piece and there’s a reason Spotlight won Best Picture at this year’s Oscars. Just watch it.
Spotlight hits Netflix on June 22.
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