Back again with the resurrection is #NowOnNetflix Vol. 42 with your five must-see picks of the week. 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 timely summer classic, a documentary all about BEER, a crime mystery and a tale all about life on the open road plus so much more. Check out the picks below.
#NowOnNetflix Vol. 42
5. The Sandlot
With Memorial Day just around the corner here in the States we had to kick of #NowOnNetflix Vol. 42 with a summer classic. The Sandlot hit theaters in 1993, and it’s been a classic basically ever since. The 1962 setting gives the film a sense of true Americana with a timeless, endearing story at the heart of it all.
If you haven’t seen this yet, prepare for a tale of the new kid in town joining up with a ragtag group of neighborhood kids for the ultimate summer. There’s plenty of baseball at the core, but it’s more than that. As the group bonds they also get into a little trouble, which drives the storyline — along with a dog that’s larger than life. Once you’re finished you’ll be screaming with all of us that “Squints is that dude!”
Hit up The Sandlot on Netflix now.
4. Crafting a Nation
As the numbers on the thermometer grow so does our need for that refreshing beverage known as craft beer. Because most beer fans have all entertained the thought of “I can do this myself,” Crafting a Nation is included in this week’s picks as a sort of public service announcement.
The 2013 documentary follows a handful of American craft brewers as they work to brew the perfect beer and a perfect life one pint at a time. The film gives you an up close look at the work that goes into crafting beer, which is, sometimes, a cautionary tale. But when you’re chasing your passion, nothing else matters, and that’s the point Crafting a Nation brings home.
Pour yourself up a pint and watch Crafting a Nation.
3. Primal Fear
If you’re looking for an under-the-radar mystery to wrap yourself up in, we’re thinking Primal Fear is the ticket. Somewhat overlooked upon its 1996 release, Primal Fear is based upon the novel of the same name by William Diehl.
This adaptation sticks well to its source material, which provides a razor sharp murder mystery with a moment that will drop your jaw, buckle your knees and blow your mind all at the time same time. The film also serves as the debut of Edward Norton whose talents aren’t utilized in Hollywood enough these days. His performance is so good in this he earned an Oscar nomination. Nuff said.
Dive into Primal Fear on Netflix here.
2. Into the Wild
With Summer comes thoughts of never-ending road trips and boundless freedom. If you’ve ever thought about packing up and heading cross country or giving away all your shit and going nomad style, let Into the Wild be your guide.
Based upon a true story, Into the Wild tells the tale of Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch), a top student and athlete in college who gives away everything he owns to experience life. His journeys take him to Alaska where he wants to live and go…wait for it…into the wild. As with any good travel movie, he encounters all sorts of characters on the way that help to shape him. The Sean Penn film is about as realistic as it gets with the perils of such an adventure at the forefront throughout.
If you’ve ever dreamed of the open road, watch Into the Wild now.
1. The ‘Burbs
We felt like #NowOnNetflix Vol. 42 needed some irreverent comedy, and 1989’s The ‘Burbs more than fits the bill. Have you ever had a weird neighbor that didn’t quite make sense? That’s the basic premise of this comedy classic. The film follows Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks), who is on a week-long vacation at home when he notices some strange things happening at the home of the new neighbors, the Klopeks.
Are they digging graves? Has Ray lost his mind? We find out those answers as Peterson enlists the help of his over-the-top neighbors, Lt. Mark Rumsfield (Bruce Dern) and Art Weingartner (Rick Ducommun), to begin a full spy mission when someone goes missing. What follows is a comedy of errors as the three go through the trash, break into the Klopek’s home and more. With a little help from vintage era Corey Feldman, the situation goes from bad to worse — and all while hilarity ensues.
Find out for yourself as you visit The ‘Burbs on Netflix now.