Noteworthy Netflix picks

Published April 20, 2016.

Finals week is coming up; papers are due, an incessant amount of tests are coming up and it doesn’t seem like there’s enough time to finish everything you had planned. Of course, it’s only natural to plan out every day, making sure you allot time for studying, food and friends.

With your plan in your hand, you’re probably going to sit down and watch Netflix, swearing that you’ll watch just one episode to unwind. Six hours later, your eyes are still going to be glued to the screen, your belly will be rumbling, and you’ll realize that you wasted the day. That’s okay!

If you’re going to be glued to Netflix anyways, you might as well watch something worthwhile. Here are some of the best things Netflix has to offer! (Subjectively, of course).

1. It’s Such a Beautiful Day

A movie with a beautifully simple animation style, it has a charm and wit that far surpasses many other films. It takes you on a journey with Bill, a man who is going through a rapid mental decline. The quirky writing behind the movie, paired with the oftentimes overwhelming sound of the director’s voice makes for a movie that is both hilarious and sad. You probably won’t be able to just watch it once.

2. Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt

This is the only TV show on the list; many shows are easy to binge watch, and, of course, there’s a fandom for nearly every single one. Hit Record is a different approach to a TV show. Joseph Gordon-Levitt asks content and media creators online to collaborate with him to create a final product – usually in the form of a skit or a song. He starts with a vague topic, and collaborates with hundreds of people to bring forth an artsy, thought-provoking piece. The innovation alone is enough reason to start watching.

3. Nightcrawler

Those who are fans of Jake Gyllenhaal know that this was probably one of the defining roles of his career. Louis Bloom dives into the realm of crime journalism in Los Angeles, and tests the boundaries of what is acceptable and what his body is capable of. This Oscar-snubbed movie was met with high acclaim, yet was not very commonly talked about. For fans of dark and gritty thrillers, this one’s for you.

4. A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange is a classic – everyone should watch it at least once in their lives. Directed by the perfectionist Stanley Kubrick, this film was meticulously shot and very carefully planned. The protagonist, Alex DeLarge, and his friends commit acts of ‘ultra-violence,’ which leads them into getting into quite a bit of trouble. With the overly prominent use of classical conditioning, DeLarge finds himself with an aversion to acts of violence. This film brings psychological ethics into question, and is not for the faint of heart.

5. what.

If the aforementioned dark and serious movies aren’t your niche, and you’d rather sit down and have a good laugh, what. is for you. Bo Burnham, a super-awkward young comedian, uses his musical talents to bring forth a hilarious stand up-esque show. His humility and ability to make fun of himself are overall charming, and his intelligent use of puns, matched with a really catchy beat of sorts, will be sure to have you singing his songs on the way to class.

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