This is an as of today tally on my favorite original Netflix movies in no particular order.
Okaja – look at the cast. Tilda Swinton, Giancarlo Esposito (love this guy), Jake Gyllenhaal, Paul Dano, and young Ahn Seo-hyun in this magical movie directed by Bong Joon-ho. It’s a rare movie that offers up something in actual substantive theme and craft & style while still also being an entertaining watch.
It’s a work of such evident sincerity that it’s hard to forget it even after you get past the grand imagination of it all.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before – Netflix has decided to grab on to this teenage YA romantic comedy segment we don’t see a lot of anymore and I’m guessing it’s crushing for them, not only offering films people have a desire to see, but cultivating a generation of young viewers for whom Netflix will remain life-ubiquitous.
This movie is just feel good, fun, a loud and seamless shot of representation, a young star maker and is the most rewatched movie by my goddaughter this year for sure. It’s an institution here and super cute and charming.
Set It Up – see above. Netflix’s algo is clearly saying people want romantic comedies and they made one that may be the most easily recommendable one in a decade. You may not love it but it’s awfully hard not to like.
There are other films like The Meyerowitz Stories or Mudblood that I considered (and def Top 10, and movies people should watch) but I think, especially with the last two, Netflix is carving out this space I’m not getting anywhere else but feels like should be everywhere.
Further, Okja and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before have Asian flavor. The best kind.