The latest social media film, Friend Request, hits cinemas this week, and once again showed the entire world that films just have no idea how the internet works. The online space could make for a terrifying and suspenseful movie if done right, and for all its problems, last year's Unfriended more or less nailed the anxiety-inducing underbelly of social media. However, once you start throwing in ridiculous aspects that seem as though they were written by a 50-year-old who can't turn on a laptop (the website's code is a ghost!), any suspense or credibility the film may have otherwise had is completely lost.

So to rectify all of the wasted potential of those movies, for our Social Media theme this week we've got some of the best films on Netflix either about, or funded by, online services. From Bret Easton Ellis penned thrillers to skype-based horror films, there's plenty of movies on today's guide that will keep you off the internet for the rest of the weekend.


Frank (2014)

"I'm not playing the fucking ukulele"

Look, we've had Frank on these guides loads of times now, but it's just that good. It's quite a hard sell, but this quirky indie flick is way more complex than you might have originally thought. About an eccentric and volatile rock band who locks themselves away to create their masterpiece, Frank has the goods that will satisfy the needs of any film fan out there. Whether you're an appreciator of movies, music, or ridiculous Frank Sidebottom heads, this outrageously funny flick has all the hallmarks of a modern cult classic.


The Canyons (2013)

"Don't worry, baby. It'll be alright. It'll be okay."

Essentially a Bret Easton Ellis novel brought to life on the big screen, The Canyons was crowd-funded thriller shot on a micro-budget a few years ago and has pretty much caused controversy ever since. But in its defence, it seems as though this sun-drenched Hollywood film only exists to rile people up. From its themes right down to the casting of porn star James Deen in the lead role, The Canyons was seemingly only made to ruffle someone's feathers. While it doesn't exactly succeed in pushing too many buttons, the movie is still a fascinating experiment, even if it doesn't quite achieve what it set out to do.


Paranormal Activity 4 (2012)

"Please don't hurt me"

While it's definitely not the best entry in the Paranormal Activity series, this fourth instalment is perfect for our social media theme this week. Taking place quite a bit over Skype, the fourth Paranormal Activity film doesn't add any new tricks to the franchise but it's still a rather effective thriller for the most part. Less about the series-long story and more about straight up scares, Paranormal Activity 4 is silly, fun and at times even scary.


Life Itself (2014)

"Look at a movie that a lot of people love and you'll find something profound no matter how silly the film may seem"

Roger Ebert was one of the most famous - if not the most famous - movie critics of all time. Chronicling both his first and last days with exclusive interviews along the way, Life Itself mythologises the movie critic as a defining part of modern pop culture. More than that though, it's just a well-told documentary. Depicting the grim reality of how cancer can tear a whole family apart, the film is surprisingly unbiased when it comes to capturing the life of Ebert, never portraying him as a simple saint or a man without flaws. As a result Life Itself manages to be one of the most affecting documentaries on Netflix even if you have no idea who Ebert was, or why he was so important to film culture as a whole.


Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

"The things I've sacrificed are social"

While documentary Indie Game: The Movie is certainly about video games, it's also a deeply interesting character study about the independent developers who put their lives on hold to finish personal art pieces. There's a surprising depth to the film, and while it only offers a narrow case study of a small pool of developers, the subject of the documentary might prove to be way more interesting than you'd initially think.