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Blue Velvet, Lost in Translation and Roma make it into Bishop's Stortford College student Charlie Hughes' top 10 movies on Netflix




Indie film reviewer and Bishop' Stortford College student Charlie Hughes counts down his top 10 movies available to watch now on Netflix...

10. 12 Years a Slave

Sometimes the Oscars do get it right, as was the case in 2014 with the triumph of Steve McQueen's harrowing antebellum saga, 12 Years a Slave.

12 Years A Slave
12 Years A Slave

Chiwetel Ejiofor is note-perfect as Solomon Northup, a violinist who is abducted and forced into the slave trade.

It is, without a doubt, the best 'Best Picture' available on Netflix.

9. Love and Death

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Love and Death (34725795)

Although the likes of Annie Hall and Manhattan are more fervently celebrated, this early Woody Allen effort stands among his best.

The plot, featuring a Napoleonic war, an assassination attempt, and a typical Allen romance, takes a backseat to a wealth of ingenious gags and hilarious set-pieces parodying everything from Russian literature to Ingmar Bergman. What a treat!

8. mother!

The most distressing cinematic experience of the last decade came in the form of Daron Aronofsky's allegorical home-invasion epic, mother!, which has continued to incite heated debate among both audiences and critics.

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mother! (34725792)

It stars Jennifer Lawrence as an anonymous 'mother', whose microcosmic life is upturned by the arrival of strangers.

You'll either love this acid-black comedy or hate it, but you won't be able to take your eyes off it.

7. Princess Mononoke

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Princess Mononoke (34725789)

There is a whole selection of Studio Ghibli animations available on Netflix, but perhaps the best of the bunch is this 1997 offering about a conflict between a mining colony and the nature gods of a forest.

Visionary director Hayao Miyazaki effortlessly evokes a sense of wonder and magic which, coupled with a timely ecological message, make this a perfectly-realised fantasy adventure.

6. You Were Never Really Here

Lynne Ramsay's kaleidoscopic vision of violence and redemption through the eyes of a conflicted hitman is a feat of uncompromising filmmaking, with a performance from Joaquin Phoenix that outclasses his own Oscar-winning turn in Joker.

The film flew under the moviegoer radar on its release in 2018, but will hopefully get the audience it deserves on Netflix.

You Were Never Really Here
You Were Never Really Here

5. Goodfellas

A classic of the crime genre and the highpoint of Martin Scorsese's late career, Goodfellas provides an adrenaline-fueled immersion into the gangster lifestyle which brims with toxic masculinity.

Although he might have complained about those 'theme park' Marvel movies, Scorsese has created an undeniably thrilling rollercoaster ride.

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Goodfellas (34725785)

4. Phantom Thread

Daniel Day-Lewis gives one of his greatest performances (and allegedly his last) in Paul Thomas Anderson's beguiling costume drama, which explores the ever-shifting power dynamic between a dressmaker and his muse.

The film is stitched together with an intricate narrative, embroidered with humour and laced with mystery. Its ghostly touch lingers long after the credits have rolled.

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Phantom Thread (34725457)

3. Roma

The only Netflix original to make it onto this list is that rare thing: an international film nominated for the Best Picture Oscar.

Whilst it somehow didn't win the top honours, Alfonso Cuarón's moving masterpiece is nevertheless a staggering technical achievement.

Cuarón takes us back to his roots through the life of a Mexican family during a time of political turmoil in the 1970s. It is a stunning, deeply moving work of art.

Roma
Roma

2. Lost In Translation

Despite being the daughter of the guy who directed Apocalypse Now, The Conversation and The Godfather Trilogy, Sofia Coppola has never failed to live up to her namesake. Surprisingly, this 2003 existential comedy about the collision of two wandering souls in Tokyo couldn't be more different from her father's films.

Coppola has created something entirely unique and personal, imbuing her film with sardonicism, intimacy and melancholia.

Watch out for Bill Murray's performance, simply one of the finest of all time.

Lost in Translation
Lost in Translation

1. Blue Velvet

There are a lot of movies on Netflix, but none compare to David Lynch's nightmarish voyage into the underbelly of small-town America.

Lynch takes us behind the curtain as we follow an idealistic young man's investigations into a severed ear, a nightclub singer, and an oxygen-sucking sadist.

Dream logic and subversive humour are employed to create a surreal and horrifying exploration of the duality of good and evil, complete with unforgettable imagery and one heck of a scary villain. Truly soul-shaking cinema.

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Blue Velvet (34725783)

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