It’s time for five fresh picks of what to watch on Netflix this week courtesy of #NowOnNetflix Vol. 41. As you may already know, we’re highlighting five movies and shows that you can’t miss out on. Some are classics, others are a little more obscure. No matter what, we try to cover all genres, from documentaries to drama and beyond, for an eclectic mix.
This week’s selections bring us a film that defines the term classic, a new horror movie with serious buzz, a documentary series full of gangsters that would make Birdman put some respek on it and so much more. Check out the picks below.
#NowOnNetflix Vol. 41
5. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
More than 30 years after its release, E.T. is still touching hearts and unsuspectingly teaching us acceptance. Tell yourself that E.T. is just a movie about an alien and a boy and you’ll play yaself. What makes Steven Spielberg‘s 1982 film so important is the way it subtly pushes the notion of love for all man — and aliens — alike. Considering 2016 is so far off the tracks that we’re worried about who’s in the bathroom with us, it might behoove EVERYONE to watch E.T. again.
Now that we’re done preaching we should mention how the special effects manage to hold up all these years later. It sorta reminds us of how Jurassic Park still looks dope even though it’s almost old enough to drink at a bar.
Check out Drew Barrymore’s debut role in E.T. on Netflix now.
What do you do when you’re a deaf and mute author looking to focus on your next novel? You move to a cabin in the middle of the woods, duh. But seriously that’s the premise of Hush, and it works. The thriller is produced by Blumhouse Productions, which basically puts out all the good horror movies these days. And that’s part of the reason why Hush was so dope.
Mix quality cinematography, terrifying sound FX and edge-of-your-seat thrills, and you’ll come away with Hush. Katie Segal plays Maddie, the author who is trying to finish up her latest masterpiece when things go horribly wrong. Without notice, a masked stalker is at her place with the worst of intentions. She can’t hear or speak, but does that make her an easy victim?
If you were a fan of You’re Next and its unique take on the survival-horror genre, then you owe it to yourself to see this.
Check out the chills and thrills of Hush on Netflix here.
3. Underworld, Inc.
This is the time where #NowOnNetflix Vol. 41 features a bunch of gangsters doing a bunch of gangster $hit. Sound good? It definitely will if you’re a fan of the Drugs, Inc. series. As our staffer Robert described it as basically the “same series, different vices.”
Unlike Drugs, Inc., Underworld Inc. focuses on things like the black market, chop shops and all sorts of other ratchet hideouts. If you’ve ever wondered how human trafficking works — and you’re sorta weird if you have — this is the docu-series for you. With the National Geographic Channel backing this series you can expect a truthful and insightful look into the “wrong side of the tracks.” We can tell you first hand this series is almost as addicting as the things sold on the black market.
Get your binge on with Underworld, Inc. on Netflix.
2. The Best Man
If you’re caught up in Empire mania like us right now and need another dose of Terrance Howard, check out The Best Man. Beyond Howard, this movie features an all-star cast that includes Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Nia Long, Sanaa Lathan and countless others.
The story revolves around Harper (Taye Diggs) and the release of his first novel, which is “loosely” based on his life. When he and the rest of their college friends gather for Lance’s (Chestnut) wedding some secrets come out thanks to Harper’s novel. What follows is hilarious and all too real at the same time.
In addition to the cast, there’s a pretty lit soundtrack that basically captures the late-’90s in musical form. With Malcolm D. Lee (Barbershop: The Next Cut) in the director’s chair, you can’t lose.
Maybe we’re still too lit from 4/20, but we had to throw some more adult animation into our weekly picks. Brickleberry debuted on Comedy Central three years ago, but somehow we’re just catching wind of it. The good part is Netflix has all 36 episodes of the series here to fuel your binge watching appetite.
What sets Brickleberry apart from more popular cartoons like American Dad is the way the creators give no fucks. The trailer above is a great example of how the series takes jokes to hilarious levels and then pushes them juuuuust a little further to the point of “holy $hit did they really show that?”
With a comedic gawd like Daniel Tosh helping out with the voice duties, you can see why we’re big fans.
Laugh so hard you might shart when you watch Brickleberry on Netflix now.