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TOP FIVE NETFLIX ORIG­I­NALS TO WATCH

JJK e-magazine - - ENTERTAINMENT - By CHIKA HALIM

Acen­sor­ship and op­er­at­ing per­mits, Netflix, the USbased stream­ing video ser­vice, has man­aged to make movie buffs in Jakarta go men­tal. Well, who can re­sist a monthly fee of Rp.109,000 for a mas­sive range of shows to choose from? I can’t. I’m not go­ing to dis­cuss the rea­sons why In­done­sia’s Min­istry of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy shouldn’t block the ser­vice, nor am I go­ing to rec­om­mend fa­mous Netflix orig­i­nal se­ries. What I’m go­ing to do is in­tro­duce you to Netflix orig­i­nal movies, some­thing which will make your week­end at home more en­joy­able.

WHAT HAP­PENED, MISS SI­MONE? š

This doc­u­men­tary, di­rected by Academy Award nom­i­nee, Liz Gar­bus, cen­tres around the life of Nina Si­mone, a leg­endary mu­si­cian and civil rights ac­tivist. Beau­ti­fully crafted, “What Hap­pened, Miss Si­mone?” com­bines rare archival footage, Nina’s best-known songs, and never-heard-be­fore record­ings with per­sonal anec­dotes told by friends and col­lab­o­ra­tors. This flick ex­poses the racial is­sues of the late 1960s as well as the mu­si­cian’s in­volve­ment. Al­though the movie re­ceived mixed re­views, it was nom­i­nated for the 2016 Academy Award Best Doc­u­men­tary-Fea­ture.

A VERY MUR­RAY CHRIST­MAS š

If you’re a fan of “Lost in Trans­la­tion”, you should in­clude “A Very Mur­ray Christ­mas” on your list of movies to watch. With this Netflix orig­i­nal hol­i­day spe­cial flick, you will be wit­ness­ing an­other col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the man him­self, Bill Mur­ray, and Sofia Cop­pola. ”A Very Mur­ray Christ­mas” re­volves around Bill’s frus­tra­tion when a snow­storm in New York causes the guests of his live show in Car­lyle Ho­tel to can­cel their ap­pear­ances. Ex­pect to see Sofia’s Mi­das touch. An added bonus is a line-up of Hol­ly­wood celebri­ties like Michael Cera, Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, and Ge­orge Clooney.

PEE£WEE’S BIG HOL­I­DAY š

On March 18, Paul Reubens, Amer­i­can ac­torslash-co­me­dian, re­turns in an un­der­sized plaid suit for Netflix’s orig­i­nal fea­ture-length movie “Pee-Wee’s Big Hol­i­day”. Once again, Paul plays his best­known char­ac­ter, Pee-Wee Her­man, who this time meets with a mys­te­ri­ous yet cool stranger who gets him to take his first-ever hol­i­day. It won’t fail to amuse you as Pee­Wee hitch­hikes his way across Amer­ica.

WAR MA­CHINE š

“War Ma­chine” must surely be the most an­tic­i­pated Netflix orig­i­nal movie of 2016. Star­ring Brad Pitt and Ben Kings­ley, it is based on a book called “The Oper­a­tors: The Wild and Ter­ri­fy­ing Story of Amer­ica’s War in Afghanistan”, writ­ten by Michael Hast­ings. It tells the story of Stan­ley McCrys­tal, an Amer­i­can Gen­eral, who was ap­pointed to com­mand the In­ter­na­tional Se­cu­rity As­sis­tance Force in Afghanistan in 2009. Netflix has in­vested ap­prox­i­mately US$60 mil­lion in the film, which sug­gests it will be worth watch­ing.

MAS­COTS š

Af­ter a decade-long hia­tus from pro­duc­ing mock­u­men­taries, Christoper Guest is back with a new film ti­tled “Mas­cots”. Pre­mier­ing on Netflix this year, the story re­volves around the pres­ti­gious Gold Fluffy Award in the 8th World Mas­cot As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship. Ex­pect drama, in­trigue, and ex­cite­ment as quirky men and women with big heads and furry suits com­pete for the award.

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