TOP FIVE NETFLIX ORIGINALS TO WATCH
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?
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
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
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” 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.
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.