While the movie selection on the streaming services can be hit or miss, there are a lot of small gems to be found on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Whether its a critically praised gem you missed in theaters, an interesting flick that flew totally below your radar, or even a critically savaged film youd still like to check out without investing in a ticket, theres plenty to see if you poke around the streaming catalogs.
Better yet, let us do it for you.
Being suckers for a good science fiction outing, weve sifted through Netflix and Amazon to find six speculative tales that you probably missedassuming you even heard about them in the first place. Clear your schedule and enjoy these tales of artificial intelligence, space journeys gone wrong, time travel perils, and the meaning of life.
Nobody makes movies like Terry Gilliam, the visionary but ill-fated director whose past work includes Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, and Time Bandits. You know his movies are going to be visually spectacular and deeply weird, and The Zero Theorem definitely lives up to both. Christoph Waltz stars as Qohen Leth, a programmer in an Orwellian future who toils away under the auspices of a mysterious entity known as Management (Matt Damon), tasked with solving an equation that will reveal the meaning (or meaninglessness) of life. His efforts are regularly sidetracked by both Managements teenage son, Bob (Lucas Hedges) and the seductive Bainsley (Mlanie Thierry). Although Gilliam himself hasnt officially classified it as such, many consider The Zero Theorem to be the capper to a sort of loose thematic trilogy begun in Brazil and continued in Twelve Monkeys, full of paranoia, madness, and unhelpful bureaucracies.