The seemingly endless options afforded by Netflix are a blessing and a curse. Though you might find something to watch eventually, you might also just end up spending an hour scrolling through movies without settling on anything at all. To help minimize scrolling time — and maybe bring some underseen gems to your attention — we’ve put together a rolling list of the best movies on Netflix. We’ve got everything from Oscar-winners to recent hits to peak action movies and no-holds-barred comedies, so close your eyes and throw a dart (not literally), and give whatever you land on a shot. We promise it’ll be worth the watch. For more recommendations, read our list of The Best Movies of 2018 The Assassin (2015) If you like your wuxia artful, methodical and meditative-to-a-near-breaking-point, you must behold this low-key masterpiece by Hou Hsiao-Hsien (Three Times). The film centers on Nie (Shu Qui), who was kidnapped as a girl, trained by a … [Read more...] about The absolute best movies now on Netflix
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It’s that magical time of year again, the week where the biggest companies in the gaming industry start trotting out their best and brightest new projects for the world to look at. From Bethesda to Sony, everyone who is anyone is going to try to pull off that perfect E3 presentation that will drum up excitement from gamers new and old. Some may succeed, and for the next few weeks or so, everyone will be busy speculating about the next potential Game of the Year. Of course, we can’t all be perfect, and some things sound way better in rehearsal than they do in front of an audience of millions. However, some presentations fall flat because someone decided that it would be a brilliant idea to basically run a marathon while wearing a blindfold. This year, at E3 2018, there were a few big-name stinkers that, like a fiery car crash, are irresistibly bad to the point that they may even be amusing. The Winners Microsoft Historically, Microsoft’s E3 presentations could be … [Read more...] about The Winners and Losers of E3 2018: Microsoft, Sony, Bethesda, and More!
Publishers sometimes get a bum rap, especially when you get to the more independent focused corners of the web. They’re the monster corporations that devour studios and drown players in microtransactions. However, it’s not all bad news, and We Happy Few‘s long road to release is proof of that. Without publisher support, this game had nothing going for it but a killer E3 showing. Its Early Access release can charitably be described as a bad time, turning many players off the project. It’s clear that what Compulsion Games wanted to make wasn’t feasible without some help, and that came in the form of Gearbox Publishing. No longer a weak clone of Sir, You Are Being Hunted, We Happy Few emerges from its cocoon as the story-driven British Bioshock experience we all hoped for. This transformation doesn’t come out of left field either. All the way back at PAX East 2015, I played We Happy Few behind closed doors. Talking with … [Read more...] about The British Bioshock Formula Works Wonders For We Happy Few
Watching the original Star Wars trilogy, viewers couldn't help but feel like there was a larger galaxy living just off-screen. The things you didn't see--battles, characters, and places only mentioned, never shown--sparked the imaginations of millions. As Star Wars spin-offs, prequels, novels, comics, shows, and games have illuminated more and more corners of that far-away galaxy over the decades, the results have been mixed. Over-explaining things that were only hinted at before can take the mystery away. Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception to that, but there's good news too: All the references, callbacks, and over-explanations are accompanied by a really fun, solid, and good-looking Star Wars movie.Solo tells the story of famed space scoundrel Han Solo--and I mean the whole story. It feels like Solo explains or shows every aspect of Han Solo's life that was ever referenced in any previous Star Wars film. This movie covers how Han met Chewie, how he met Lando, how he won the … [Read more...] about Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: Heavy On The References
Into every generation a Slayer is born… so said Giles in the very first episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, 21 years ago. It was our first (technically second, if you count the movie) introduction to a girl who would change the world of TV and film. Joss Whedon’s creation would not only go on to become one of the most successful series of all time, but it would help define the generation of TV and movies that came after it. Without Buffy, we’d have fewer female action heroes, smaller movie universes, and a very different TV horror genre. You could kiss goodbye to your Veronica Mars, your MCUs (as you know it), and your Supernaturals, and while it’s easy to look back now and see how a pretty blonde girl fighting monsters would one day become such a huge pop culture icon, back in the early ‘90s no-one really noticed Buffy at all. Let’s talk about the thing none of us really want to acknowledge: the movie. In 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer made … [Read more...] about 21 years of the Slayer: How Buffy defined a generation of TV and movies