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Don’t you forget about this teen classic, and an incredible Swedish crime show: This week’s best and biggest on Netflix

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Check out Jordan Parker's 'The week's best and biggest on Netflix' every Friday on HalifaxToday.ca.

The Breakfast Club

From jocks to geeks an everything in between, The Breakfast Club may be the biggest cult classic about teenage angst ever to hit the screen.

The coming-of-age drama, written and directed by the master John Hughes, is a look at a group of students who, on the surface, couldn’t be any different as they spend a Saturday in detention together.

Soon, the band of schoolmates from different sides and social circles realize they have more in common than they ever knew.

The performances are fantastic, and include young stars Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, and Ally Sheedy. But you can’t forget Principal Vernon, played with a rough exterior by the hilarious Paul Gleason.

The ensemble is incredible, but that said, Judd Nelson’s performance defined for a generation what it was to be an outcast. He was a shining light in this truly classic flick.

5/5 Stars

Vertigo

This classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller is one of his best, and takes its rightful place high atop everyone’s queues this week.

The movie about a detective suffering old demons who becomes obsessed with a young, beautiful woman is an intricate, interesting crime suspense.

With a winning key performance from Jimmy Stewart and a crackerjack script, this is one of my favourites. Some tricky camera work and a sense of dread outlines the whole film.

Hitchcock was the master of suspense, and this was one of his greatest flicks.

5/5 Stars

The Guilty

I caught this taut thriller at the FIN festival in Halifax last September, and it was one of the huge surprises to come out of the week.

The Danish crime film – directed and written by Gustav Moller – is a master showcase in skilled storytelling and craftsmanship.

It follows a dispatch officer on thin ice who answers a call from a kidnapped woman, and must cross company lives to save her.

Acted with grace, wit and formidable screen presence by Jakob Cedergren, he’s basically a one-man-show and he holds this entire thriller up.

It’s worth the subtitles. Check this film out stat.

4.5/5 Stars

Do The Right Thing

This right here is writer-director Spike Lee’s crowning work, and he’ll never top this as the most innovative, interesting film of his career.

He was even nominated for best original screenplay in 1990 for this tale about hate and bigotry boiling over in Brooklyn on the hottest day of the year.

With standout performances from Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson and Giancarlo Esposito, this is a great ensemble.

This film about race relations, human connection and brotherhood has stood the test of time. It’s a winner, through-and-through.

4/5 Stars

Trapped

This Icelandic crime series is one of the most riveting, gripping shows on Netflix.

I’m convinced it hasn’t found a following because people don’t like to read subtitles. Baltasar Kormakur developed this series about a small-town detective who becomes the lead investigator for a murder in his small village when everyone becomes snowed in – or snowed out.

The lead actor, Olafur Olafsson, is incredible and has a screen presence that you don’t often see.

It’s an interesting crime thriller with unpredictable twists and turns, and this is well above the average American crime thriller. Give it a try immediately.

5/5 Stars

New Releases To June 14, 2019:

  • Rocking Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese
  • Cinderella Pop (Netflix Film)
  • Murder Mystery (Netflix Film)
  • IZombie: Season Five

Jordan Parker's weekly film reviews can be found on his blog, Parker & The Picture Shows




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Jordan Parker is a freelance journalist & public relations student. He's been a movie nerd since he was old enough to walk, and the first movie he saw in theatres was Beauty & the Beast.
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