As a huge Evil Dead fan I finally, albeit a little cautiously, got around to watching the first few episodes of the new Ash vs Evil Dead series over this past week. Although it started off a bit rough, it quickly turned into one of the most ridiculous pieces of TV I've seen in a long time. Seriously, the first episode, in particular, is so weird, so over the top and so violent that I can't believe anyone even let Sam Raimi put it on TV to begin with. So, if you get a spare hour or so this week and have been enjoying the brand of horror that's featured on this guide then you should definitely give this Evil Dead spin-off a go.

But anyway, once you've finished with that we've got plenty of great Netflix movies for you to sink your teeth into this weekend. Fancy one of the best crime films ever made? We got you covered. A Christmas classic one month early? Of course that's in. A documentary about capitalism that would have all first-year uni students going into crisis-mode over? Damn right we've got that too.


The French Connection (1971)

The French Connection

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 8pm
"We blew it. We blew our warrants and we blew our cover."

Kicking off one of the best decades of American cinema the world has ever seen, William Friedkin's The French Connection is a masterpiece of the crime genre. Starring Gene Hackman as a narcotics officer working the beat in a down-trodden and sinister NYC, Friedkin's movie is one of the best examples of neo-noir the entire medium has to offer. Full of iconic characters and brilliantly constructed action set-pieces, the movie still holds up today, even if the flick wears the politics of the time on its sleeve. But even then that's part of the charm; The French Connection lives and breathes for anarchic policing and oppressive crime-scenes, and so as a time-capsule containing some wonky 70s politics it more than lives up to its aesthetic ambitions.


Stake Land (2010)

Stake Land

Recommended Viewing Time: Friday 10pm
"I've seen things you wouldn't believe."

An underrated and overlooked post-apocalyptic vampire flick from a few years ago, Stake Land is much more ambitious and much more inspired than it might first appear. Influenced by similar flicks from the 80s and early 90s, this blood-soaked vampire movie is completely different to anything else currently on the market. Buried under the wealth of apocalyptic movies that released around the same time, Stake Land is a better put together film than any of the other derivatives you might have seen before, and acts as a marvellous hidden gem in a sub-genre that rarely ever sees the light of day in 2015.


Home Alone (1990)

Home Alone

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 8pm
"Keep the change, ya filthy animal."

Look, guys, I know it's still over a month until Christmas, but if you fit in a screening of Home Alone right now you won't feel guilty about using up this holiday classic too early. Plus, there's just never a bad time to watch this film. Joe Pesci's home invader gets even funnier with every rewatch and the physical stunts and effects are the utter pinnacle of slapstick humour. Seriously, the Chaplin-esque weight to each pratfall is essentially an art form in its own right. So, even if you watch this religiously every Christmas, there's no harm in sticking it on a bit early, right?


Pineapple Express (2008)

Pineapple Express

Recommended Viewing Time: Saturday 10pm
"Best fuckin' friends forever, man."

There was a moment around 2007 and 2008 where James Franco and Seth Rogan were on top of the world. Curating their own style of comedy and absolutely nailing that target teen/stoner demographic, the duo churned out release after release over those few years to huge fanfare. And while Franco, in particular, is seen as this kind of hipster god in 2015, it was this film that allowed him to really shift the rather uncool baggage that came with being predominantly known for playing Harry Osborne in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man series. While it's not quite as funny as you remember it being all those years ago, Pineapple Express still holds up today as an impressive and easy-going feel-good movie.


Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Capitalism: A Love Story

Recommended Viewing Time: Sunday 8pm
"This is capitalism. A system of taking and giving. Mostly taking."

Oh boy, a Michael Moore documentary about capitalism, you say? Although you can almost hear sqwees of everyone in the entire history of the world who ever did a semester on Marxism in their first year of Uni, Moore's documentary is much more than just some pseudo-deconstruction of Capitalism. It's not a blanket attack on the principles, but actually a rather nuanced look at the West's destructive relationship with consumerist practices. Like all of his documentaries, your enjoyment of this film probably depends on how much Moore's style of filmmaking bothers you. However, if you can ignore his larger affectations, there's a deeply interesting and complex story ready to be told in this brilliant documentary.