I finally saw SPECTRE this week, and after sitting through that two-and-a-half hour epic, I think I learned the importance of getting straight to the point. So, in an attempt to not "do a SPECTRE" (a term I've just coined right now - no need to thank me) we're just going to jump straight into the selection of films this week. After 28 articles bringing you the best Netflix has to offer, you're going to just have to trust us on this one.


Up (2009)

Up

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 8pm
"This is crazy. I finally meet my childhood hero and he's trying to kill us. What a joke."

It's a bit of a running joke these days that Pixar's Up can reduce a grown man to tears within the first ten minutes, and yet it's not an entirely untruthful statement. Up's heart-breaking opening is, well, heart-breaking, and the rest of Pixar's whimsical tale never really lets up in driving the emotional themes introduced in the first act home. There's the classic streak of humour and superb visual gags that you've come to expect from the Disney studio, yet they're delivered in this film under a constant, teary-eyed gloss. It might lose its way a touch in the last 30 minutes, but Up is a highlight in Pixar's encompassing resume.


Romeo + Juliet (1996)

Romeo + Juliet

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 7pm
"I defy you, stars!"

At first glance, Baz Luhrmann and Shakespeare don't really seem like a match made in heaven. That said, considering just how bat-shit insane the director's extravagant adaptation ended up being, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more enjoyable cinematic rendition of the classic play. With all the visual spectacle you'd expect from a Luhrmann flick, Romeo + Juliet pulses with energy and vibrant colour, making for one of the most interesting takes on Shakespeare's story to ever hit the big screen. It's so silly, and the odd post-modern setting feels incredibly dated today, yet Romeo + Juliet never stops being anything less than a crazy, balls-to-the-wall retelling of one of literature's most famous tales.


Purple Rose of Cairo (1985)

Purple Rose of Cairo

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 9pm
"I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional, but you can't have everything."

Woody Allen's love of cinema is perfectly captured in his mid-80s flick, Purple Rose of Cairo. As a movie character somehow makes the jump from the screen to the real world, Allen's film follows as he becomes entangled in the life of a disgruntled housewife and cinema-lover played by Mia Farrow. Classic Allen hijinks ensue, resulting in a movie that blends the work of the director's later-period with the more surreal, humorous flicks of his early years.


Shutter (2008)

Shutter

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 8pm

Although it's not quite as enjoyable as the terrifying original, 2008's Shutter is more than a worthy adaptation of one of the scariest horror films of the 2000s. Haunted by an apparition after a hit and run, a couple is forced to come to terms with a ghostly curse years in the making. As the hauntings grow in intensity and friends suspiciously turn up missing, Shutter's bleak, overbearing atmosphere casts the perfect shadow over an increasingly sinister plot. Boasting some memorable horror imagery, Shutter isn't the perfect genre movie, but it's a damn fine adaptation of one of the most interesting horror films of the last decade.


The Warriors (1979)

The Warriors

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 10pm
"Since when are you a fuckin' diplomat?"

Although you might not have seen The Warriors before, you'll no doubt have heard its name pop up over and over again during conversations about the best cult films ever. The gang warfare on show in the gritty 70s flick might seem a bit tame by today's standards, yet the social issues The Warriors is so riddled with are still just as relevant as ever. With great action set-pieces and some brutal street brawls, the film's broken-down and decaying setting made it an icon of 70s cinema. Memorable characters and moments populate Walter Hill's movie, yet it's the film's sense of atmosphere and style that makes it a stand-out watch all of these years later.