A host of great films and television seasons are due to be added next month to Netflix UK. Here are just a handful of those we would recommend:
Bruce Willis dons the white vest in this iconic benchmark for action cinema, playing New York cop John McClane whose Christmas trip back to Los Angeles is interrupted by a terrorist attack. It’s muscular, intelligent and highly entertaining genre cinema. The film’s villain is played by the late Alan Rickman and it remains one of his greatest performances.
How To Train Your Dragon
How To Train Your Dragon is one of the best animated films of the 21st century. It’s gorgeously made with direction from the Canadian filmmaker who visualised Sigur Ros’ documentary Heima and a helping hand from the legendary multi-Oscar nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins. A story about a boy who has a special relationship with his pet dragon, it’s a heart-warming film about acceptance, friendship and the unique bond between man and pet.
A Single Man
Colin Firth should have won an Academy Award for his work on A Single Man, playing a homosexual lecturer at the height of the 1960s who is grieving the death of his boyfriend. Over 24 hours we watch as he lives his final day on Earth, at the end of which he plans to commit suicide. It’s directed by fashion designer Tom Ford for whom A Single Man was a passion project. He gives it a style as elegant as any of his clothing.
Vertigo was recently voted the best movie of all time by critics and filmmakers in a poll by the BFI’s Sight And Sound magazine. Alfred Hitchcock’s thriller was surprisingly dismissed as one of his lesser works at the time of its release. However, Vertigo truly deserves its classic status. It’s a brilliantly made thriller with an ingenious plot, as well as a career best performance from James Stewart as its lead character – a detective afraid of heights thrown in a suspicious, potentially supernatural missing persons case.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Season 2)
Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s delightful comedy returns for a second season in April following more adventures in the life of its eponymous Kimmy Schmidt, a young woman who spent her formative years underground after being kidnapped in a cult and now tries to understand the world upon her release. She navigates the harsh world of New York with a childlike innocence but a persistence to not let the world break her, alongside her gay roommate Titus and her rich boss Jacqueline.