April is set to be a big month for streaming, with a bunch of good stuff being added to Netflix Instant stream. March was a little light on incredible content, but in April the highlights include the new Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, Season 7 (the final season) of Sons of Anarchy, Darren Aronofsky’s smash hit Noah and the ridiculously scary Australian horror, The Babadook. Those are some key highlights, but there’s plenty more. The full list will be posted at the bottom of this article, but here is our curated list of the best movies on Netflix instant for April 2015.
Bound is a sneaky sexy little crime thriller starring Gina Gershon as an ex-con and Jennifer Tilly as her girlfriend Violet. The two of them come up with a scheme to steal the big bucks from a bunch of criminals and pin the crime on Violet’s old boyfriend. But needless to say, things get messy. The film is most well known for a particular scene between the two leading ladies, but is an underrated movie in it’s own right too.
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
Another underrated film, this one revolves around a U.S. unit in the Cold War. Joaquin Phoenix stars as a soldier with a decent heart working a bunch of black market schemes within the military, while working with his commanding officer (Ed Harris) as his normal role. However, when a new big boss comes in with different intentions, things get hairy.
Down to Earth (2001)
Alright, before you yell at me, I know that Down To Earth isn’t very good. But this remake of Heaven Can Wait from 1978 stars Chris Rock, and that in itself makes it at least worth a watch, particularly for fans of Rock. He plays a promising comedian who dies before the heavens intended, and is therefore sent back to earth. Only it’s in the body of a rich, white man played by Chazz Palminteri who happens to be the target of a murder plot.
The first of an ongoing series of successful films, Underworld has Kate Beckinsale playing a beautiful vampire named Selene who is in the middle of an epic war between Vampires and Werewolves. However, she and a human fall in love, and she quickly learns that said human is being hunted by the werewolves. There’s much more to the plot than meets the eyes though, and the twists and backstabbing ensue. Look out for Bill Nighy as the sinister leader of the blood suckers.
Life Partners (2014)
An interesting little indie starring a Lieghton Meester and Gillian Jacobs as a pair of young women who are best friends and the epitome of codependents. However, when Jacob’s character falls in love with a handsome lad played by Adam Brody, things begin to get difficult for everybody involved. Not groundbreaking but an entertaining little number.
Derek is the wonderful Emmy nominated series from Ricky Gervais, in which he stars as a gentle, slightly strange and sheltered care worker at a nursing home, who is quite literally the kindest person on earth. It ended the show after two seasons but as Gervais is known to do, he released a final extended special episode that ties the series up. Great stuff.
Starry Eyes (2014)
I’m not even sure what genre to classify this one in, but it falls somewhere between drama, sci-fi and horror. A unique take on the old ‘deal with the devil’ story, Starry Eyes is about a young woman who is desperate to be a big time actress, who learns that the route she needs to take is a little more sinister and perhaps even supernatural, than she initially realized. Stars Alexandra Essoe.
A lot of these ‘survival’ horror films have been popping up lately, some good, some bad. This one falls on the pretty good side, and follows a couple guys and one of their wives on a hunting trip that is already doomed on a personal level. But to make matters really bad, they begin to be hunted by an unknown assailant, and they are forced to take drastic measures to survive.
“Wilfred” Season 4
A bit of a cult favorite, Wilfred starred Elijah Wood as a troubled young man who spends his time seeing and talking to his neighbor’s dog, who happens to present himself as a crude, human man in a dog costume. The show has a unique sense of humor, but was loved by a decent fan base, which allowed it to get to this, its fourth and final season.
“Halt and Catch Fire” Season 1 (2014)
AMC is known for making incredible TV shows, from Mad Men, to Breaking Bad, to The Walking Dead. Lately it’s been delving into some new territories, one of which is the 1980’s when personal computer technology is about to boom, with the likes of IBM and co battling for control. It stars Lee Pace as an eccentric and troubled man who works his way into a position to bring Cardiff Electric, a fictional company from nothing to the top of the industry. It’s an engrossing show, and although Pace is just not a good actor, the rest of the cast bring some credibility and the material is fun. It’s recently been renewed for season 2.
An overall average, but at times intense little thriller set during the Norwegian Oil boom back in the 80’s (yeah, you knew about the Norwegian Oil Boom right?). It revolves around a highly ambitious guy with big goals to reach new depths of oil diving, but finds himself caught up in a tragic and conspiracy filled mess.
An engaging little British drama about a young girl, and her loss of innocence as she gets caught up in the neighborhood drama around her. A young boy has been accused of rape, and the father of the accuser viciously beats the boy, which the young girl, Skunk, witnesses. As she begins to see and learn more her pure and loving view of the world begins to be polluted.
“Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 1
Now this one I can’t give you any first hand details about, because, well…I haven’t seen it! It’s Marvel’s first Netflix exclusive series, and a new take on their famous blind superhero lawyer, last seen in the skin of Ben Affleck. Charlie Cox takes the lead role as the hero of Hell’s Kitchen, and word is that Daredevil is like nothing the site has done yet and will be one of the most action packed shows on Netflix instant. It looks fantastic, and I can’t imagine it being anything other than completely amazing. It will be a nice ongoing stability for superhero fans, as we have to wait between big Marvel and DC releases.
The Awakening (2013)
A sneaky little old fashioned scary story, starring Rebecca Hall and Dominic West. Hall plays a writer who exposes the supernatural as fake back in the 20’s, that goes to a boarding school to investigate the death of a young boy. We’ve heard this old yarn before, but The Awakening is actually pretty good. It’s a good old fashioned story that doesn’t resort to the cheap stuff too much. If you’re into the chills, check it out.
The Babadook (2014)
Possibly one of my top three movies this year, The Babadook was a shocking and surprising hit from Australia and director Jennifer Kent. Essie Davis is phenomenal as a widowed mother who is attempting to raise her troubled 6 year old son. When her son, Samuel, says he’s seeing a monster that he’s read in a strange book, his behavior takes its toll on her, and she gradually begins to see the monster too. The Babadook is a remarkably scary film that builds the dread and tension slowly, but without remorse, and skips the cheap scares for visual and psychological terror. It works as a horror and a tragic drama, and is the best horror of 2014. I’m absolutely thrilled to see it coming to Netflix instant so soon.
Goodbye to Language (2014)
Legendary French director Jean-Luc Godard delivers this 3D film that has been acclaimed by many and won the Prix du Jury at the Cannes film festival. It shows us a unique and artistic view of a couple, from the eyes of a few different sources. We see them candidly as we follow a small dog around the country. We see the couple in a variety of situations and just observe their relationship and all it’s joys and sorrows. A film like no other, as is standard for Godard, this is a must see.
This strange, but also strangely good documentary gives us an inside look into Kink, a website which provides BDSM (think 50 Shades of Grey but real) content. However, Kink isn’t what you might expect. It’s a very professional, intelligent and seriously designed bit of ‘art’ that is created in a safe and creative manner, which is far from the way many less credible groups do it.
Hot Fuzz (2007)
The British comedy duo, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, who brought us Shaun of the Dead also gave us this police comedy which was possibly a better film. My personal favorite of their little satirical trilogy, this one follows some police officers who get stuck in a quiet, friendly town where there is little police work to do. Of course, things get insane and hilarious pretty quickly. Will immediately become one of the funniest comedies on Netflix Instant.
They Came Together (2014)
Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd star in this indie romantic comedy about a man and woman who meet and instantly hate each other. Yet they somehow manage to fall for one another and begin to date. It’s a smart and funny film and is actually not well known at all. Colbie Smulders and Ed Helms add a little more fun to the proceedings and while it’s not an incredible movie you could do a whole lot worse.
Darren Aronofsky’s huge scale blockbuster take on the epic biblical tale of Noah and his Ark was at the center of a lot of controversy. It takes a distinctly scientific and at times fantastical take on the biblical tale, and pretty much leaves religion (but not necessarily spirituality) out of it. It’s an approach that I happen to appreciate, and the result is a pretty damn good movie. It is engrossing and at times down right suspenseful, with a great cast that includes Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ray Winstone and Emma Watson.
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)
This bizarre and critically acclaimed film is one that I haven’t seen but is right at the front of my radar. It is touted as an Iranian Vampire Western and the way it was described to me makes it sound like an Iranian version of the horror film ‘Let The Right One In’ mixed up with a Quentin Tarantino style spaghetti western, and some comic book elements. The folks in a quiet, almost empty place called Bad City fall victim to a vampire. It sounds insane, and amazing.
“Sons of Anarchy” Season 7
One of the most popular series in recent history, Sons Of Anarchy finished it’s epic and crazy run with this final season this past year. Creator Kurt Sutter went out with a bang, and one of the most violent and controversial seasons of all. Charlie Hunnam is insane after the events of Season 6 and his rampage causes big trouble for the rest of his gang.
National Treasure (2004)
National Treasure is Nicholas Cage’s poor man’s version of Indiana Jones, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a pretty good effort. Cage plays Ben Gates, a treasure hunter who has big ambitions that inevitably get him caught up in all kinds of trouble all around some of the worlds most famous historical sites. It also stars the likes of Diane Kruger, Sean Bean, Jon Voight and Harvey Keitel.
Well folks, there are our picks for the best movies on Netflix instant for April 2015. Let us know what you think.