Premise: On this fantastical darkish comedy directed by Spike Jonze and written by Charlie Kaufman, a tragic, unemployed puppeteer needs to make a radical change in his life. He stumbles upon the chance to take action when he finds a portal that permits folks to enter the mind of actor John Malkovich.
The person obsesses over this expertise and tells his mates, who exploit the portal in numerous methods. Malkovich more and more loses management over his life and profession as different folks take turns taking part in him.
“Being John Malkovich” earned three Academy Award nominations: Finest Authentic Screenplay, Finest Supporting Actress (Catherine Keener) and Finest Director (Spike Jonze).
Setting: Late-1990s New York Metropolis
Netflix descriptors: “Thoughts-bending” and “absurd”
The way it begins: Minimal, dim lighting hits an empty stage and closed blue curtain. The string part of an offscreen orchestra performs over the murmurs of an unseen viewers. The strings cease, and the gang claps. The total orchestra (with percussion) begins up once more, and the curtains open to disclose a marionette in a theatrical set.
The marionette is a person with a ponytail. After seeing his reflection within the mirror, the marionette man trashes the set.
Notable solid: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener and John Malkovich
Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes
Bonus: Kaufman wrote and directed a forthcoming Netflix Movie referred to as “I’m Considering of Ending Issues,” which debuts Sept. 4. This doubtless motivated Netflix so as to add “Malkovich” and one other Kaufman film, “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts,” this month. Right here’s the trailer for the Netflix Movie:
Premise: On this medieval journey comedy, a person of non-noble start needs to turn into a knight and take part within the sport of jousting. The game solely permits nobles to compete, so the person should look ahead to an opportunity to trick the organizers into letting him be a part of.
In his quest to turn into a knight, he befriends the author Geoffrey Chaucer, who in actual life wrote “The Canterbury Tales.” On this model, Chaucer is a younger man who has achieved little and might’t appear to maintain out of playing debt. The 2 work collectively, together with a small group of different strivers, to make one thing of themselves of their world of inequality.
Setting: Fourteenth-century Europe within the time of Geoffrey Chaucer
Netflix descriptors: “Witty,” “thrilling” and “romantic”
The way it begins: Yellow, serifed textual content seems on a black display screen. The textual content:
In medieval occasions a sport arose. Embraced by noble and peasant followers alike although solely noble kings might compete. The game was jousting.
It reads nearly as if written by an AI bot, however not less than the textual content conveys the film’s backstory in a easy method.
Notable solid: Mark Addy, Paul Bettany, Heath Ledger, Rufus Sewell and Alan Tudyk
Runtime: 2 hours, 12 minutes
Bonus: Right here’s an interview with Heath Ledger from 2001 about his position within the movie:
All the films which have joined Netflix this month to date
- “A Knight’s Story”
- “Acts of Violence”
- “An Schooling”
- “Being John Malkovich”
- “Loss of life at a Funeral”
- “Dennis the Menace”
- “Elizabeth Harvest”
- “Everlasting Sunshine of the Spotless Thoughts”
- “Hardcore Henry”
- “Jurassic Park”
- “Jurassic Park III”
- “Mad Max” (1979)
- “Mr. Deeds”
- “Nights in Rodanthe”
- “Ocean’s 13”
- “Ocean’s Twelve”
- “Operation Ouch: Particular”
- “Bear in mind Me”
- “The Addams Household” (1991)
- “The Misplaced World: Jurassic Park”
- “The NeverEnding Story”
- “The NeverEnding Story 2: The Subsequent Chapter”
- “The Ugly Fact”
- “What Retains You Alive”
- “Berlin, Berlin” (Netflix Movie)
- “Work It” (Netflix Movie)
- “The Promise”
- “We Summon the Darkness”