The Top 10 ‘Film Movement’ Movies on Netflix Instant
Matchup of the Day
We have a Danish skinhead vs. a British skinhead:
Made in Britain was originally broadcast on television in the UK back in the 80’s. What makes the movie notable is that it was Tim Roth‘s first acting role. Also, the director, Alan Clarke, worked with Danny Boyle early in his career on the controversial short film Elephant. The short, which realistically depicts a series of IRA assassinations, would later influence Gus Van Sant‘s high school shooting movie of the same name. The intent of Elephant was to shed light on the senselessness of political violence. Made in Britain is about the system’s inability to deal with the antisocial young neo-Nazi, Trevor, played by Tim Roth.
As the movie opens, Trevor is being sent to a juvenile assessment center after a spree of criminal activity. He continues to behave destructively. The staff attempts to reason with Trevor even after he steals a car and kicks the center’s chef in the “bollocks”, but to no avail. Similar to Made in Britain, the title character in Adam’s Apples is a recently paroled skinhead. As a part of his rehabilitation, he is required to live in a church under the supervision of the vicar, Ivan (Mads Mikkelsen). Like Trevor, Adam doesn’t take very well to the controlled environment. The difference is that, while Trevor’s overseers are well-meaning but ineffectual, the vicar is pathologically optimistic. Incredulous and agitated, Adam makes it his goal to force some sense into Ivan.
Adam’s Apples is a Black Comedy with a strangely uplifting ending, unlike Made in Britain, which goes for the gritty realism. If you watch Made in Britain first, it’s possible to imagine Adam’s Apples as Trevor’s continuing adventures after having been through the British legal system. With Adam representing Trevor. Adam’s Apples could’ve been a pretty amusing sequel, actually. It would’ve also given the Trevor character some closure. Watch them both and see what you think.
This is Alan Clarke’s short film Elephant, if you’d like to check out how it influenced Gus Van Sant’s movie:
Top 10 ‘Film Movement’ Movies on Netflix Instant
Currently, Adam’s Apples is the #1 ranked movie on Flickchart from Film Movement, a distributor of foreign and independent cinema. According to their website, they’ve released films from 25 countries. Netflix has quite a few movies from their catalog available for instant viewing. These are the top nine after Adam’s Apples according to Flickchart’s global rankings:
#2 Alamar (Mexico)
#3 The Bothersome Man (Norway)
#4 Somers Town (UK)
#5 XXY (Argentina)
#6 The Rage In Placid Lake (Australia)
#7 Ben X (Belgium)
#8 How I Ended This Summer (Russia)
#9 Welcome (France)
#10 Antares (Austria)
Antares is the one movie on this list that’s so steamy I couldn’t even include the trailer (here it is on YouTube). It’s similar in structure to Amores Perros, in that there are three segments linked together by a car accident. The first segment involves a married woman carrying on an affair, and it’s surprisingly graphic with the sex and nudity. So, if you sit down to watch it, make sure there’s no easily offended people in the room.
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