You always need movies to watch over the weekend, and our contributors are always happy to help. This week, we’re recommending Australian TV, a Disney classic, and one of the best movies of 2015! Kick back with some popcorn and a cold drink this weekend and enjoy our streaming picks.
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The Code is back on Netflix! You should go watch it. Just trust me. But really, you don’t need to know anything, except that its an Australian show that may blow most of the stuff on Netflix out of the water, because The Wire still evades them. Two brothers get all wrapped up in a huge government conspiracy, one of them being a reporter, the other a hacker on the Autism spectrum. It’s a gorgeous show, set against the reds and yellows of outback Australia, with great acting which makes it one of my favorite things I found on Netflix in the last year.
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Fantasia (Netflix) – One of the most mainstream experimental films of all time, Fantasia is a masterpiece of animation, with everything from abstract shapes to solid character animation. It represents Walt Disney’s passion for animation as a storytelling medium, and his desire for it to get the respect he felt it deserved – worthy enough to be paired with world-famous works of classical composers. The symphonic soundtrack conducted by Leopold Stowkowski gives the film gravitas and a throughput connecting the very different segments. If you haven’t seen this film yet, do yourself a favor a stream it now.
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TImbuktu (Amazon Prime) – A 2015 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, this Mauritanian movie from Abderrahmane Sissako attests to the extremism and hypocrisy that can inhabit religious fundamentalism. Filled with beautiful camerawork and powerful performances, the movie takes its time in unfolding the story of one small town outside Timbuktu taken over by jihadists. A couple particularly memorable sequences in the movie convey the absurdity of the jihadists laws and the injustice and hypocrisy of what they preach. A compelling narrative with lasting images that is one of my favorite US releases of 2015. If you have not seen it, you have to. If you have seen it, you need to see it again.