Director Steven Soderbergh (Bubble) whips out an iPhone to shoot, edit, and direct a new, direct-to-Netflix feature High Flying Bird starring Andre Holland (Bride Wars). Featuring a buzzy cast of supporting actors (including Bill Duke!) and intercut with documentary interviews (why?), this is an interesting sit.
Writer/Director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) delivers one of the most critically-acclaimed movies of the year with the Netflix Original film Roma. The film has won a number of awards already including Best Director honors from the Golden Globes and Directors Guild and is nominated for ten Academy Awards. The guys were split on this one - Mike loved it, Danny didn’t.
Writer/Director/Son of David Bowie Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) spent nearly a decade to bring his sci-fi film Mute to the big screen. It never made it to the big screen, instead ending up on Netflix as an original film. Starring Alexandar Skarsard (True Blood), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man), and Justin Theroux (Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle), the film follows a mute bartender looking for his girlfriend through a futuristic Berlin. It's about as fun as it sounds.
Brad Pitt channels Sterling Hayden in David Michod's all-over-the-map war satire War Machine. Supported by Anthony Michael Hall, Alan Ruck, and Topher Grace, Pitt plays a tough as nails general tasked with "winning" the war in Afghanistan. Tilda Swinton shows up to steal one scene, and somehow, receives a top billing.
Robert Redford (All the President's Men, The Sting, OK pretty much every good movie from the 1970s), Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) headline this Netflix original film from director Charlie McDowell. Moody, mysterious, and a catalyst for intense conversations, this is a film you may revisit again and again. Check out our episode and, as always, feel free to sound off.
Academy Award nominee Mark Osborne has adapted Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic novella The Little Prince into a full-length feature. The movie won the French Cesar for Best Animated Film in 2015 and stars an impressive crew of award-nominated voice actors. Netflix bought the domestic rights and it is billed as a "Netflix original" film. Check out the episode and leave your thoughts below.
Netflix enters the full-length, feature film market with the incendiary film Beasts of No Nation. Starring Idris Elba, this labor of love for writer/director Cary Joji Fukunaga (HBO's True Detective) is a searing portrait of war-torn Africa and the hellish descent of one innocent. Powered by incredible acting and gorgeous cinematography, this beautifully awful film has a lot to say. Check out what the guys had to say about it.