The beauty of this week's Potential Edition of The 405's Netflix Guide is that I had to include some of the most thought-provoking and interesting films that the streaming service has to offer otherwise I wouldn't have lived up to the theme. So not only are the movies on today's list good movies, they're the type that stick with you for weeks afterwards. Either because their worlds are so rich or because they ask the questions that few other flicks do, each and every entry we've got lined up today has the potential to be your new favourite film.

So it's no surprise that this week's selection of currently streaming movies is one of the best we've ever had. Hell, I've been saving some of the films on this edition of the Netflix Guide for weeks, just to make sure they weren't wasted on lesser themes. Not only do we have one of the best Wes Anderson films, but there's also a seminal early 2000s drama and one of the craziest horror movies you'll ever see to boot.


The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

"There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity."

The best work Wes Anderson has put out in years, The Grand Budapest Hotel was a real return to form for the indie director. While Anderson always nails the look of his movies, his characters are rarely ever the strongest part of his films. Here, however, the director gives every character - big or small - a reason to exist, with motivations and personalities that aren't only defined by their Wes Anderson quirkiness. It's helped in part by stellar performances across the board, of course, with everyone from veteran Ralph Fiennes to newcomer Tony Revolori doing their best to stand out in the ensemble cast. But of course it's the Anderson's style and world-building that makes the film such an instant classic, as the director creates a real, living, breathing place in The Grand Budapest Hotel that you just don't want to leave.


Lost in Translation (2003)

"Let's never come here again because it would never be as much fun."

Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson star in one of the best movies of the 2000s, Lost in Translation. Murray's faded movie-star character and Johansson's young and neglected girlfriend run into each other in the heart of Tokyo - a place that neither of them particularly want to be - and end up bonding over their mutual loneliness. It sounds like a bit of a drag, but there's an optimism at the heart of Lost in Translation that's hard to miss. Plus it's simply a beautiful movie. Tokyo itself is gorgeously captured, and director Sofia Coppola does a great job to make the city feel as alien to the audience as it is to the characters. The environment is practically a character in itself, and it acts as the backdrop for one of the most powerfully romantic movies of the past few decades.


Let Me In (2010)

"I've been twelve for a very long time."

While perhaps not quite as tight as the original foreign-language Let The Right One In, Matt Reeves' American remake of the cult-classic vampire film still does the characters and story of the source material justice. Although it goes out of its way to explain more than the original ever did, the remake is still just as creepy and mysterious as that 2008 film. With solid performances by Chloe Grace Moretz and Kodi Smit-McPhee as the two wayward kids, the movie's exploration of loneliness and isolation never fails to hit home. And even though it's not quite a straight-up horror film, there's still bloodshed to be found during the most intense parts of Let Me In. However, it'll be the more unnerving scenes that stick with you once the credits roll; mysteries that are never solved and the hints of a tragic tale that's never fully revealed.


Beasts of No Nation (2015)

"I just want to be happy in this life."

One of the best movies of last year, Beasts of No Nation's harrowing tale of child soldiers is quite simply one of most affecting films you could watch on Netflix. Idris Elba shines in a menacing turn as the commander of a group of guerrilla militia, yet it's the cast of mostly unknowns that serve to repeatedly steal the show. Chronicling the life of a child soldier drafted into a civil war in an unnamed part of West Africa, Beasts of No Nation can be genuinely heartbreaking. More than that though, it acts as a constant reminder that, although we can just go back to our cosy lives once the film hits the credits after two hours, the real people who lived through the experiences the movie is based on don't have the same luxury.


Antichrist (2009)

"A crying woman is a scheming woman."

Lars von Trier's Antichrist is one of the most infuriating films I've ever seen. The director has always had a thing for pretentious stylistic flairs, yet his 2009 two-character horror film cranks that style so far up to eleven that it almost becomes a self-parody. Fortunately, Antichrist itself is so out-there, so unrepentantly confident in its semi-misogynistic tale of man vs. woman that it never stops being entertaining or thought-provoking. When a married couple decide to seclude themselves away in a cabin after the death of their child, it becomes clear that the two don't quite have the same grasp on their sanity that they used to. It's intense, brutal and at times ridiculous, but Lars von Trier is so dedicated to his story that it makes Antichrist one of the most memorable movies of the last few years.