The staff at finder.com.au have spoken. Here are the best movies and shows on Netflix Australia and yes, you have the right to debate.
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- Brain Farter
The Big Lebowski (IMDB rating: 8.2)
If you haven't seen the Coen classic, the Big Lebowski, you're out of your element (and that insult would be out of context). The film is about a fella way out West, a fella by the name Jeff Lebowski ... aka 'the Dude'. The film is pretty darn funny, in the Coen Brothers dark way, but by the end may leave you asking, 'Dude, do you have to use so many cuss words?'
Danger 5 (IMDB rating: 8.5)
It's Australian and actually good. Weird, I know. This SBS TV series is one of those hidden gems you don't mean to stumble upon but are thankful that you did. It's a satirical spy show, kind of like Thunderbirds meets Archer but live action. And with episode titles like "Fresh Meat For Hitler's Sex Kitchen", what other reason do you need to tune in?
- The Tea Queen
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (IMDB: N/A)
There’s only so many times you can read a fantasy book before your imagination starts pleading desperately for a film version. After having my needs quietly met with the first film, I waited as only an impatient child could for the Chamber of Secrets to be opened on film. I was not disappointed. The basilisk was/is terrifying and I still wallow in despair as Harry is thought to have something to do with the petrified students. My only critique is the lack of Nearly Headless Nick’s deathday party.
22 Jump Street (IMDB: 7.1)
I have the utmost respect for a movie that is more than willing to take itself down a couple of pegs and point out almost all of its own flaws before the critics can. 22 Jump Street not only plays on the ‘sequel’ stereotypes but uses it to its advantage – right down to the end credits when we see sequel after sequel flash on screen. Can’t wait for the building across the street, 23 Jump Street, to be used by Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill soon...
- Travel Bug
10 Things I Hate About You (IMDB rating: 7.2)
Introducing Heath Ledger to an international audience back in 1999, to me, this romcom is purely a nostalgia trip. Anyone who grew up in the 90s will understand what I mean. For a teen flick, it's got pretty much everything: a cheesy romance, a musical sequence, a soundtrack of 90s pop-rock and a cast that you (well, teenage you) will swoon over. There's also an educational appeal, but who's paying attention to that anyway?
Let The Right One In (IMDB rating: 7.2)
Forget Twilight, this is a vampire film done right. Based on the book of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist (he's Swedish, much like this movie) it's a beautifully presented film that follows two children - one human, one vampire - and their developing relationship in the garden of their apartment block. It's definitely one for independent / foreign film fanatics and yeah, being one, I snubbed the American version of it on purpose.
- Gaming Expert
Dallas Buyers Club (IMDB rating: 8.5)
As a loyal iiNet customer, I absolutely streamed this cinematic gem through Netflix and DID NOT download it. Jared Leto has always been a much better actor than musician, but DBC and 30 Seconds to Mars' last album make that clearer than ever.
Indie Game: The Movie (IMDB rating: 7.8)
Indie Game: The Movie tells the development stories behind three, now classic, indie video games Fez, Braid and Super Meat Boy. There’s massive egos and quirky, loveable geniuses, each with their own hurdles to overcome towards the release of their deeply personal projects. It has all the emotion and engagement of a big-budget blockbuster and will have you glued to the screen until the very end.
- The Muso
12 Monkeys (IMDB rating: 7.8)
This was one of the first movies I ever saw on the big screen and features some amazing actors and is directed by Monty Python royalty. The post-apocalyptic new world background is perfect for Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt will mind-f&#k you until the end.
American Pie (IMDB rating: 7)
It's hard for American Pie to not strike a chord with every male. Ever. In existence. End.