Blockbusters aren’t really the talk of Netflix town this week, but perhaps that’s a chance for you to discover some hidden gems in the indie world and impress your really “alt” buddies. Forecast calls for snow in Boston this weekend. Sounds like a perfect opportunity to fire up the Jiffy Pop, curl up on the futon, and do a good old fashioned Netflix marathon.
“Prince Avalanche” (2013)
Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch star in this offbeat indie comedy playing two brothers working on a country highway that has been torn up by wildfire. Heightened by a soundtrack from post-rockers Explosions in the Sky, the depressing setting is lifted by the jokey exchanges and the unlikely bond that the two form.
“The Short Game” (2013)
A documentary that follows eight of the elite seven-year old golfers in the world as they go for Junior World Championships. It’s like “Spellbound” meets “Toddlers and Tiaras” washed down with a sip of champagne, and brings youthful energy to a sport that can sometimes be a snoozer.
Amanda Seyfried, known more commonly as the constantly confused one from “Mean Girls,” portrays this porn pioneer, following her troubled experience and relationships within the business, and then her activism after exiting.
“The Angels’ Share” (2012)
Taking home the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, this British comedy trails a young new father who has dodged troubles with the law. His desire to improve himself won’t come easy, as many of those closest to him want his head.
The film adaptation of the David Sedaris work joins a young man who travels to Oregon to work on an apple farm. Despite his over-confidence, he is far out of his element and begins to rethink his way of life.
“GLOW: The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling” (2013)
In 1986, GLOW burst on the scene as the first ever all-female wrestling show on TV. Much like the WWF, GLOW featured wild storylines and elaborate characters, but was gone after just one year. This documentary follows the short-lived phenomenon, and its lasting legacy.
“Berberian Sound Studio” (2013)
An anti-horror film about a sound technician who goes to Italy to do sound effects for a horror film. By immersing himself in the nightmarish movie, it begins to take a toll on his mind, causing for a terrifying, but thrilling plot within itself.
“Paranormal Whacktivity” (2013)
No good actors star in this awful spoof about a couple that experiences strange terrors in their new house every time they try to have sex in it. Where do people come up with this stuff?
“Zombie Hunter” (2013)
Danny Trejo has developed something of a cult fan base, but no cult I know of would ever subject themselves to this uninspired zombie flick. Actually, cults are pretty weird so maybe.