Are you sick of hearing about The Avengers yet? The superhero blockbuster has only been out for a couple of weeks but the constant over-saturation everywhere you look combined with the monotony of seeing the same article being pillaged from website to website, the incessant coverage has just about sent me into superhero exile.

In an attempt to escape the shackles of colourful blockbusters I've turned my attention to Netflix this week, scouring the website in the hopes of finding the best dark and delirious flicks the streaming service has to offer. So if you're like us and sick of seeing the same thing over and over again, we've got a top five list that acts as an almost direct antithesis of family friendly superhero movies. But be warned: not all of these film are for the faint of heart.


Frank (2014)

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 9pm

"Put your arms around me. Fiddly digits. Itchy britches. I love you all."
One of the best under the radar films of last year, Frank spins a tale of sex, drugs and rock and roll that's so charming, so oddball, and so heart-warming that it's impossible to not fall in love with all of its quirky eccentricities. Admittedly most of this affection rests squarely on the shoulders of Michael Fassbender, who embodies the titular role with an exceptional amount of charisma and personality - a big feat considering he spends the entire film encased in a comically large Frank Sidebottom mask.

Aided by a standout supporting cast who round out a rag-tag troop of well written and remarkably funny characters, this comedy drama is one of the only movies that understands what makes films about music so special. Fortunately for us, that means there's no cringe-worthy scenes where characters hear a Beatles song for the first time and get all wide-eyed and patronising about it, like the audience hasn't heard 'Hey Jude' one or four hundred times already before. Instead, Frank places a nice focus on the pure joy of creation and the satisfaction and comradeship of making music as a group, while the off-kilter tone and spot-on comedy thankfully doesn't permit the film to get too sentimental or indulgent in its themes.

As a result, the picture is a joy to watch from beginning to end; it's one of those films that can having you falling off your seat laughing one minute while stunning the room into silence the very next. Boasting one of the most emotionally affecting and greatest movie music moments of last year, Frank is an outstanding effort and an all-around brilliant British film. Whether you're an appreciator of music, movies or ridiculous Frank Sidebottom heads, this outrageously funny flick has all the hallmarks of a modern classic.


Spring Breakers (2013)

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 8pm
"This is the fuckin' American Dream."

Annoying labelled upon first release as the film that saw a bunch of ex-Disney stars get all sweary and fighty, in reality Spring Breakers is a mesmerising piece of cinema and much more interesting than its reductive labels and criticisms would have you believe. Director Harmony Korine is admittedly an acquired taste (and this film doesn't do much to change that, let's say, polite criticism), but while this weird and wonderful film shouldn't work, it delivers what could have been a rather run-of-the-mill experience with such gravitas and sophistication that it becomes almost impossible to not be seduced by Spring Breakers for its entire hypnotic run time.


Blue Ruin (2014)

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 10pm
"This is how it works, man. The one with the gun gets to tell the truth."

A revenge flick gone wrong, Blue Ruin tackles the often glamorised film genre head-on in a frank, gritty and refreshing subversive treat of a movie. Depicting what would really happen if you went on a violent revenge fantasy against people who wronged you, Blue Ruin is messy, dirty and uncomfortable to sit through - but it provides audiences with one of the most energising and interesting modern takes on a film genre that's almost as old as cinema itself.


Frances Ha (2012)

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 7pm
"The only people who can afford to be artists in New York are rich."

A kind of Woody Allen by way of Lena Dunham, Frances Ha has all the hallmarks and tropes of both directors; everything from always on-point and witty dialogue to themes focussing on the plight of the privileged New Yorker (and even throwing in a trip to Paris for a good measure of Euro-swooning) the film make sure to hit all of the best philosophising rom-com beats. But when it comes down to it, Greta Gerwig's titular character is so charming, flawed and relatable that the narrative clichés can easily be overlooked to find what's essentially a passionate, low-key and ultimately optimistic mumblecore drama.


Nymphomaniac vol. 1&2 (2014)

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 9pm
"Perhaps the only difference between me and other people was that I've always demanded more from the sunset."

Oh dear; how does one attempt to write about a film called Nymphomaniac without sounding like a bit of a perv? Lars Von Trier's sex thriller a is hugely ambitious but completely divisive movie; it's not for the faint of heart, and at times it'll have you looking at an imaginary camera like you're Tim from The Office, but both volumes of Nymphomaniac have enough going on to make watching the complete double-bill a truly memorable experience from beginning to end.


One to avoid:

A Long Way Down (2014) // Recommended Viewing Time: Never.