After 20 volumes of this guide I always start every new article worrying that Netflix will have run out of films somehow. But, even after 100 recommended movies, there are still plenty of gems hidden away on the streaming service. Hell, we didn't even get to The Shawshank Redemption until the other week, so we can't be doing that badly when it comes to featuring excellent flicks on this list.

And in honour of 20 articles, we've got a bloody good selection of movies in store for you this time around. From the best Coen brothers' film to an underrated late 2000s creature feature, The 405 has something for everyone to sink their teeth into this weekend. And for once that isn't even a huge generalisation; because everyone loves the Pixar movie we've got lined up to kick off your lazy Sunday.


No Country for Old Men (2007)

No Country for Old Men

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 9pm
"The country's hard on people. You can't stop what's coming, it ain't all waiting on you."

The Coen brothers' cold neo-noir is one of the 2000s most suspenseful thrillers. Almost Western in nature, by focusing on the showdown between Javier Bardem's vicious serial killer and Tommy Lee Jones' too-old-for-this-shit cop, the directors were able to create one of the most infectiously cynical cinemascapes of the past ten years. Which isn't much of a surprise really; because that's essentially the only thing the Coens do consistently well. While its subversive narrative techniques might leave some viewers wanting, there's no denying that No Country for Old Men delivers suspense in spades in this stylishly dark modern day thriller.


To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

To Kill a Mockingbird

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 7pm
"Neighbours bring food with death, and flowers with sickness, and little things in between."

A classic in the purest sense, the 1962 adaptation of Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely the most definitive cinematic version of the acclaimed source material. It does take some liberties from the original novel, but even then, the adaptation's incarnations of iconic characters like Atticus Finch and Boo Radley are so astute and well-developed that they've since become icons of the big screen in the same way they were in the pages of Harper's book. With an all-star cast boasting faces like Gregory Peck, Robert DuVall and Rosemary Murphy, the sheer amount of charisma on show in the film is off the scale. While it's probably one of those movies you'll have partially seen in the background while visiting your grandparents over the years, it's definitely worth actually sitting down and giving this dated classic a chance even in 2015.


Where the Buffalo Roam (1980)

Where the Buffalo Roam

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 10pm
"The forecast is for "bad craziness"."

I may be a little biased on this one, because honestly, I'm all-in on anything Hunter S. Thompson related. Like the cliché student I am, I'm fascinated with everything about the eccentric's life - but for good reason. In Where the Buffalo Roam Bill Murray takes on the role of the legendary gonzo journalist in this semi-autobiographical tale, and while still full of the expected Murray affectations, manages to make the role his own. It's a little more down to earth than Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, but there's no shortage of wacky moments in this crazy and over the top drug-fuelled ride.


Toy Story (1995)

Toy Story

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 7pm
"This isn't flying, it's falling with style!"

Every week I find myself trying to sell you on a movie that you've probably already seen a million times before, and right now you're probably thinking "why oh why would I need to watch Toy Story again for the hundredth time this weekend?" Well, because it's bloody good, and because it's finally on Netflix, would be my only argument. There's simply no better way to spend the Sunday before work or school or uni reliving the glory days of when you had none of those to dread come Monday morning. Toy Story remains just as funny (if not more so) upon numerous rewatches, and the added nostalgia that comes with sticking this on just grows with each viewing. And if there's some of you out there reading this who haven't seen this Pixar classic: what are you doing? Shut this down and go and watch it immediately.


Cloverfield (2008)

Cloverfield

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 10pm
"Beth lives in mid-town. Mid-town is that way. Do you know what else is that way? Some horrific shit!"

Kicking off the found footage genre properly as we know it today, Cloverfield provided genre fans with a monster flick like they'd never seen before. Capturing the city-wide destruction from the perspective of a single video camera was genius in creating a sense of scale for the film, and the street level view of a monster invasion made for a heart-pounding 90 minutes. Although the camera work could have been a little bit better and the plot a little more ambitious, it doesn't stop Cloverfield and the wealth of mysteries surrounding it from being a brilliantly engrossing watch even after the genre's subsequent over-saturation.


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