Although it’s been a few months since we got over the controversial issue of Netflix implementing a series of measures to prevent subscribers from saving money by sharing accounts, the truth is that the streaming platform that changed the way we watch series and movies and which we once put on a pedestal has not gone through its best times since 2022 began talking about its subscriber crisis.
Along the way, Netflix has released great series, but many others have fallen by the wayside to the dismay of some fans, but the company shows calm and great confidence in its future in the industry.
In addition, Netflix was the subject of fantastic news very recently: its production Snow Society, a new film by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), will represent Spain at the 96th Academy Awards.
Based on Pablo Vierci’s novel of the same name about the survival story of the passengers on the Uruguayan Air Force plane that crashed in the heart of the Andes in 1972, Snow Society will not see the light on Netflix until January 4, 2024 and probably sometime before that in theaters, but some have already had the honor of being able to see it: it was in charge of closing the 80th Venice International Film Festival and received the audience award at the 71st San Sebastian International Film Festival with the highest score in the history of the festival. So far, the film has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Take note below of other recent films produced or distributed by Netflix with a perfect score that are well worth watching and that you won’t be able to see anywhere else:
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Directed by Jane Campion and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog was one of the most acclaimed films of 2021, as well as the most nominated film at the Oscars.
The film, a western drama based on the 1967 novel of the same name by Thomas Savage, explores the story of the two very different brother owners of Montana’s largest ranch: Phil (Cumberbatch) and George (Jesse Plemmons). When George unexpectedly marries a young widow (Kirsten Dunst), Phil embarks on a relentless campaign to destroy her.
Written and directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, Roma turned out to be the second highest grossing non-English language film nominated for the Oscars and one of the protagonists of the debate at the time over whether streaming platform films should be eligible for awards ceremonies.
Set in the 1970s in a Mexico City neighborhood called Roma, the film follows an upper-middle-class family made up of a married couple and their four children as well as Cleo and Adela, the two maids responsible for caring for the children. A harmonious life marked by routine that is disrupted by private and public events.
THE MITCHELLS VS. THE MACHINES
A pleasant surprise in animation that captivated everyone alike, young and old, and that definitely no one should miss. At its core is the Mitchell family, an atypical and somewhat dysfunctional unit that loves each other like any family, even if they don’t always show it.
They are not perfect, or the bravest, or the smartest, but they will become the world’s unexpected saviors when, in the middle of a road trip, an unexpected technological uprising threatens to end humanity forever.
Directed by Noah Baumbach and starring Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson in the lead roles, Marriage Story managed to captivate audiences and critics alike with the brilliant performance of its protagonists and its realistic and raw exploration of a story of heartbreak.
That of Nicole (Johansson), an actress who left a promising career in commercial film to work in her husband’s theater company, and Charlie (Driver), a thriving theater director. A couple who had overwhelming chemistry but whose love story breaks leaving them at the extreme and having to give their all to achieve vital stability for their child in common.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO
Just under a year ago, Guillermo del Toro won all our hearts with his take on Carlo Collodi’s classic and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. However, Del Toro, who feels a very special connection with Pinocchio, had quite a hard time getting it made before finally getting the definitive opportunity from Netflix.
In the acclaimed stop motion film, Geppetto (David Bradley) lives alone and isolated in 1930s Italy, with fascism on the rise around him. Tired of his loneliness, the carpenter creates a wooden son named Pinocchio (Gregory Mann) who comes to life one magical night but who does not turn out to be what his “father” expected.
Directed by Ramin Bahrani, White Tiger is a film based on Aravind Adiga’s novel about a poor Indian villager named Balram Halwai whose incredible ambition and cunning eventually takes him to the zenith of India’s cultural businesses. Taking advantage of the upcoming trip of China’s president to Bangalore, Balram writes him a letter describing his experience as driver and servant and his transformation to make his a rich family’s, which, according to him, highlights the contradictions and complications of Indian society.