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The best show you aren't watching and the greatest war film ever made: This week's biggest and best on Netflix

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

Apocalypse Now

There is no war film more iconic than Apocalypse Now. John Cusack once said watching this flick for the first time felt like “getting the back of his head blown off”, and I’d tend to agree.

This Heart of Darkness-inspired path into the psyche of a crazed Special Forces Colonel residing in the Vietnam forest.

From the direction of Godfather auteur Francis Ford Coppola, this is one of the best shot, most grueling, grandiose film experiences I’ve ever had.

Martin Sheen, Robert Duvall – and especially Marlon Brando – are incredible, and this has gone down as one of the very best films of all time, of any genre.

It’s a must-see, and it always merits a rewatch.

5/5 Stars

Inception

The most mind-bending film of the last decade, Inception is an imaginative take on the typical crime caper that will leave you dazzled.

Writer-director Christopher Nolan’s success with The Dark Knight bought him the freedom to make this passion project, and was it ever special that he did.

This film about a thief who steals through dream-sharing technology is intense, visually stunning and complex in story and character development.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Oscar-worthy in another key performance here, and he’s surrounded by a stunning cast including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Halifax favourite Ellen Page, Tom Hardy and Ken Watanabe.

This is one of my favourites and each re-watch reveals something more intense about the plotting. It really is a work of art.

4.5/5 Stars

Jurassic Park

Is there a blockbuster movie more universally loved than this one? Sure, I think Jaws is a better-made film, but man, do families young and old ever love Jurassic Park.

With it, Steven Spielberg captured the imagination of Michael Crichton’s novel and special effects for the dinosaurs hold up, even 25 years later.

The film has wonderful performances, from Sam Neill and Laura Dern to the show-stealing Jeff Goldblum. Even Samuel L. Jackson appears in a small-but-pivotal role.

This is one of the best, most action-packed films of all time, and a personal favourite in my collection. This is a timeless classic, no doubt about it.

5/5 Stars

Homefront

This one doesn’t receive much love, but it’s one of my favourite Jason Statham films from recent years. Playing as a crime saga version of Road House, it’s a pretty fun ride.

Statham plays former DEA agent Phil, who must protect his family when he runs afoul of a local druglord.

James Franco is vicious as Gator, a no-nonsense criminal, and Kate Bosworth is uncharacteristically unhinged as the Franco’s wife. For these two interesting performances alone, Homefront is worth a shot.

But it also comes from a Sylvester Stallone screenplay, and has a ton of action and a B-Movie feel that’s refreshing.

It doesn’t take itself too seriously, and in the end, that’s an asset.

3.5/5 Stars

Animal Kingdom (Series)

This TNT drama adapted from the 2010 Australian crime film of the same name both replicates and expands on the former’s prowess and intrigue.

The series moves things to Southern California, where a family of bank robbers live a lavish life off the avails of their crimes.

Mother Smurf, masterfully played by Ellen Barkin, runs things as her four sons – one fresh out of prison – do the grunt work and take on jobs she suggests.

But when young Josh ‘J’ Cody comes to live with the family after the drug overdose death of Smurf’s only daughter, the 17-year-old is thrust into a life of drugs, crime and deception.

Make no mistake, folks. Animal Kingdom is the best show on TV right now, and after two episodes, you’ll find yourself craving the next one.

This is binge-worthy TV at its absolute, twisty, turny finest.

5/5 Stars

New Releases To June 7, 2019:

  • Police Academy
  • Shoplifters
  • The Net
  • The Quake
  • Baroness Von Sketch Show: Season 3
  • Babe
  • Black Mirror: Season 5
  • Couples Retreat
  • Nanny McPhee
  • The Chef Show (Netflix Series)
  • Designated Survivor: Season 3

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




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About the Author: Jordan Parker

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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