1. The Lost City of Z
Lost city of Z (ee) is based on a novel, which is based on a true story of British explorer Percy Fawcett as he journeys through the Amazon. How much truth there is in that selling point? That I don’t know. What I do know is that the story is told well and paced well throughout the film. Although historically, Fawcett was a well known racist, the film is filled with great talent.
2. Before I Fall
Before I Fall, is subtle, gripping, enticing and empathetic. Although this kind of story has been told before, but for some reason, this time round, it subtle in its storytelling, making the audience hope for the protagonist. Before I Fall is based on the novel of the same name by Lauren Oliver. The story follows Samantha (Sam) is stuck reliving her last day over and over, and has to untangles the mystery around her death and discovers everything she’s losing.
Jessica James is the archetype millennial, who on one side is striving to accomplish her dreams, but the other is struggling not break her life apart. Netflix describes the plot as, Jessica, an aspiring playwright in New York City, is trying to get over a recent break-up when she meets Boone, who’s also recovering from a recent split. Together, they figure out a way to make it in a “post-relationship” world.
4. The Devil’s Candy
This is for the horror lovers. The story is described as: An artist and his family think they’ve moved into the house of their dreams, but when he is possessed by a mysterious dark force the family must fight to save their souls.
5. T2 Trainspotting
The plot is described by Empire as “After living in Amsterdam for the past twenty years on the loot from his 1996 drug swindle, Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) returns to Edinburgh to reconnect with old pals Spud/Daniel (Ewen Bremner) and Sick Boy/Simon (Jonny Lee Miller). Yet as he and Sick Boy move into a business partnership, Begbie (Robert Carlyle), the psycho he double crossed, escapes from prison.”
Colossal have received mixed reviews, but viewers tend to have given high reviews of this film. It received a 6.2 on IMBd and a film by Nacho Vigalondo. It is about Gloria who is an out-of-work party girl who leaves New York and moves back to her hometown after getting kicked out of her apartment by her boyfriend. When news reports surface that a giant creature is destroying Seoul, South Korea, Gloria gradually comes to the realisation that she is somehow connected to this far-off phenomenon. As events begin to spiral out of control, she must figure out why her seemingly insignificant existence is having such a colossal effect on the fate of the world.
Raw is a bit of a weird one. At first, I thought it was just another vampire film. Vampires stories been told repeatedly. But Raw felt a little bit…different. It’s just plain weird. Throughout the film the protagonist experience things from subtle uncomfortable to plain unnatural.
The plot is described as:
Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time. The young woman soon experiences terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.
8. Land of Mine
This film technically came out in 2016, but only became available in the UK this year. Sony describes the plot as:
As world war two comes to an end, a group of German pows, boys rather than men, are captured by the Danish army and forced to engage in a deadly task – to defuse and clear land mines from the Danish coastline. With little or no training, the boys soon discover that the war is far from over. Inspired by real events, land of mine exposes the untold story of one tragic moment in post-war history.
This one has brought about a mix of reviews. Critiques have hated it, and so has some viewers. I thought it was alright. Just alright. Not great. At the same time, I don’t think it was a horrible film. Based on google users, 93% liked the film, whereas it only received 30% on Rotten Tomato. Clearly Netflix listened to the viewers as it has planned for a sequel of the big budget film to come out next year on the streaming service. Devindra Hardawar from engaget clearly agreed with Rotten Tomato.
The plot is described as :
In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.
Another one on the list that has received mixed reviews. Flatliners have only scrapped 5% on Rotten Tomato, and 5.1 on IMBd, but have received 73% on Google Users. Personally, it wasn’t the worst film. Certainly not as bad as 5% on Rotten Tomato. It was a story that has been told before with a slight variation. However, I like it.
The plot is described as:
Five medical students embark on a daring and dangerous experiment to gain insight into the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life. The bold adventure begins when they trigger near-death experiences by stopping their hearts for short periods of time. As their trials become more perilous, each must confront the sins from their past while facing the paranormal consequences of journeying to the other side.