Netlflix has an impressive line-up of movies and series at the moment, but we would argue that plenty gems of films remain elusive to the streaming platform. Here are several of those titles we believe you should see, even if it means making a bit more of an effort to search for on the internet.
For our team, what we really look for in films to recommend is a certain quality of cinematic artistry, whether that be in the plot, music, cinematography, or set.
1. The Shape of Water (2017)
An unlikely romance between a mute heroine and an underwater creature made for an alternative type of "fairy tale." The movie felt light and lyrical all throughout. Against the backdrop of America during the Cold War, the story also called to attention the general treatment of minorities during that era and made us question and who the monster really was.
2. The Florida Project (2017)
The Florida Project captured us with its liberal use of candy colors to tell a story about struggling households in Florida. Moving and authentic, this movie followed the endless antics of childhood contrasted against the hard realism that settles in after kids grow up.
3. Submarine (2010)
Submarine is a quirky coming-of-age story that has the usual elements of its genre -- adolescent romance, questions on mortality, high school life, and the rest. However, the story is told in a completely unusual manner, rounding out the flawed main and supporting characters, and evoking strong nostalgia and weird teenage angst.
4. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
A Space Odyssey is one of those classic films that must be watched in one's lifetime. The movie influenced a whole generation of sci-fi stories and modern inventions. We also loved seeing the Space Age fashion that was peppered in this technicolor film.
*2001: A Space Odyssey is now available for streaming on Netflix!
5. Big Fish (2003)
Tim Burton's Big Fish is a family movie with a lot of heart and heaps of fantastical elements characteristic of Burton's films. There's so much to love about this visually and emotionally stunning movie.
6. Chungking Express (1994)
A comedy-drama that is told in several parts, Chungking Express has come to be viewed as one of the best Asian films in cinematic history. Cops and waitresses take on a slick appeal in this glorious story directed by lauded filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
7. A Cure For Wellness (2016)
Last but not the least, we touch on A Cure For Wellness. This psychological horror film is set in an authentic abandoned castle that was revived solely for the film. This makes for a creepy, frozen-in-time feel to complement the chilling story.
Have you watched any of these films? We'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations. Comment below on your favorites!