I hope you like superhero films, because this past week has been pretty much non-stop in regards to film news about the caped crusaders that'll be hitting cinema screens over the next few years. With leaked trailers, comic con announcements and the recent release of the middling Ant Man, this past news week has either been a film fan's dream come true or their worst nightmare.

So to either get over the superhero hump or to celebrate it, this week's 405 Netflix guide features Iron Man 3, one of the most enjoyably subversive (well, as subversive as the genre gets anyway) superhero movies of the past few years. But if that isn't enough to convince you just how solid this week's selection of movies are, Shane Black's film is joined by a brilliant Tarantino flick, a campy B-Movie throwback, a gloriously unassuming documentary and the perfect '90s film. You can't say that isn't good company.


Reservoir Dogs (1992)

Reservoir Dogs

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 8pm
"All right Ramblers, let's get Rambling!"

Although Reservoir Dogs established Quentin Tarantino as the visionary director he is today, his debut film often gets pushed aside by critics and fans in favour more mainstream efforts like Django Unchained or the admittedly better Pulp Fiction. Which is a shame, because the simplistic nature of Tarantino's first film makes Reservoir Dogs a more direct and engaging experience than anything the director would later go on to do.

Without the grandeur or scale that would come to define his later flicks, Reservoir Dogs is a more subdued and focused affair (although, it's never lacking in Tarantino's distinctive brand of self-indulgence) that feels more intimate and personal than anything else the director has done. Because you come to know all the charismatic anti-heroes that populate this botched heist flick so well, it means that when Tarantino's classic over the top ultraviolence finally arrives it only serves to hit even harder because the film has spent 90 minutes building up such a memorable and diverse rogue's gallery.

Even with a more streamlined plot though, the movie doesn't lose any of its Tarantino affectations in its smaller scale; the witty dialogue, superb sense of character and action, and even the film's pastiche nature are all still central to the experience. However, the movie is so memorable because the more intimate setting allows for deeper character beats. The approach works because in reality, Reservoir Dogs isn't an action film, but a darkly funny character study of some of the most ridiculous, captivating and detailed gangsters ever put to celluloid.


Boyz n the Hood (1991)

Boyz n the Hood

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 10pm
"Rick, it's the Nineties. Can't afford to be afraid of our own people anymore, man."

There's something uncomfortable about the gritty realism of Boyz n the Hood. With a name that could only be taken seriously at the dawn of the nineties, John Singleton's racially charged drama is just as relevant now as it was in 1991. However, unlike other films that tackle the effects of racism on the American youth, there's an authentic air of cynicism around Boyz n the Hood that makes it feel much more significant - and much more genuine - than any of its better-known peers like Crash or American History X. Without any flashy moments of melodrama, Singleton's film delivers a naturalistic take on racial relations in the '90s that never succumbs to compromising Hollywood influences.


Iron Man 3 (2013)

Iron Man 3

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 9pm
"The guns are all fake 'cause the wankers wouldn't trust me with real ones."

As far as Marvel movies go, innovative directors are usually hired to essentially colour within the lines, sticking to a set template that rarely allows for unique plots or subversive characters. With that said though, Iron Man 3 manages to push the Marvel boundaries to about as far as they can go, creating a vibrant, explosive, character-driven movie in the process. With most of the film featuring Tony Stark out of the Iron Man armour for a change, director Shane Black is able to embellish all the best features of Robert Downey Jr's signature character in a genuinely refreshing way. The plot is still confined to the generic Marvel structure, but the little control Black showcases in Iron Man 3 makes for one of the best superhero epics of the past few years.


Indie Game: The Movie (2012)

Indie Game: The Movie

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 8pm
"I'm gonna fucking murder that guy and it's going to get everybody in trouble."

Although video games haven't really translated well to film or even TV, this investigatory look into indie game development proves that there are indeed stories worth telling within this cinematically overlooked industry. Focusing on a select few independent developers as they struggle to finish and sell a product they've spent years single-handedly completing, Indie Game: The Movie provides a heartfelt and unbiased look into the risky, overwhelming and surprisingly cut-throat realm of independent game development.


John Dies at the End (2013)

John Dies at the End

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 10pm
"Do you dream, man? I interpret dreams for a beer."

John Dies at the End, based on the book of the same name by Cracked.com head-honcho David Wong, is absolutely bat-shit insane. When a new drug hits the streets that has the side effect of allowing its users to travel across dimensions, it's up to two under-achieving monster hunters to save the day in the most unassuming of ways. With a pulpy, B-Movie inspired plot, the horror film is one part The Thing, one part Big Trouble in Little China and one part Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, all wrapped up in a hilariously odd-ball action extravaganza.


Notable Additions

As Chosen by Mike Clark.

Bojack Horseman Season 2 (2015) – It's probably a dereliction of duty to admit that I've never actually seen the first season of Bojack Horseman, but I mention it here because it's a thing that people care about.

Coherence (2013, James Ward Byrkit) – Super intriguing low-key, low-budget science fiction pitched somewhere between Primer (2004) and Another Earth (2011).

Creep (2014, Patrick Brice): Found footage horror-comedy starring Mark Duplass that people won't shut up about. Also notable because its global release has been handled by iTunes and Netflix.

Gone Baby Gone (2007, Ben Affleck): Affleck's surprisingly very good first feature as a director, based on the Dennis Lehane detective novel of the same name.

The Legend of Drunken Master (1994, Chia-Liang Liu): Classic Jackie Chan, need I say more?

Rumble in the Bronx (1995, Stanley Tong): No, it's classic Jackie Chan, of course I don't need to say more!