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Since there are so many - and since the notion of what constitutes an "original film" seems to be rather fluid - rather than start an individual thread for each new one (except for some major exceptions), I thought it might be good to have a place where we can discuss some of the minor ones and buried treasures. 

I'll start by saying COIN HEIST is quite fun. Very low key, very clearly shot for six cents, but the cast of teens are all great, and the soundtrack is stellar. I hadn't seen any of Emily Hagin's b-movies/BNAT fan favorites before this, but she's a very capable director. 

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I give high recommendations to Beasts of No Nation, Hush, The Little Prince, The Siege of Jadotville and ARQ. Spectral is a decent time waster. The upcoming iBoy looks like fun.
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Looking forward to how they'll handle David Ayer's BRIGHT. Will it get a theatrical release or will it be the most expensive VOD-flick ever made?
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I'm pretty sure it's cheaper than Spectral actually. The difference being Spectral was a dumped acquisition rather than something Netflix built from the ground up.
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I doubt that. BRIGHT has a 90 million dollar production budget, stars Will Smith and Joel Egerton, and was shot in LA. SPECTRAL was shot in Budapest, stars James Badge Dale and doesn't look like it cost anywhere near that.
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I swear I read somewhere it had a $100 million on the dot budget. Seems like they supressed the budget after the acquisition.
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Quick google later, SPECTRAL was originally a Legendary Films production. For some reason it moved to Universal, who I assume issued the budget cuts. Universal dropped it from its release schedule (first time director + late minute budget cuts = WHO COULD'VE KNOWN), and then Netflix acquired it.

That said, I thought SPECTRAL was pretty good.
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I give high recommendations to Beasts of No Nation, Hush, The Little Prince, The Siege of Jadotville and ARQ. Spectral is a decent time waster. The upcoming iBoy looks like fun.

ARQ is very cool. Kind of an even more high concept, sci-fi Groundhog Day by way of The Twilight Zone.

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ARQ is very cool. Kind of an even more high concept, sci-fi Groundhog Day by way of The Twilight Zone.

Yeah, it's part 3 in a loose series including Source Code and Edge of Tomorrow for me.

Can I get reccomendations on I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in The House, Mercy and Clinical? Hush was one of the best horror movies of 2016, and then Netflix burned me with Rebith.
post #10 of 86
I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House is an arty as hell ghost story and the pacing makes The Neon Demon look like Hardcore Henry, if that's your thing then you may get something out of it but it's a slog.

Clinical is actually ok, does nothing new but manages to consistently entertain.

I have to say Coin Heist was terrible and I'm baffled by people giving it a pass although I think I know why. Every performance in that film was blanks reading off cue cards with nothing approaching a performance, shame because the story had potential.

In good news though, the slate of Netflix original films this year looks amazing, loving the look of Girlfriends Day and The Discovery.
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Shot on location, Imperial Dreams tells the story of a single father and aspiring writer (The Force Awakens' John Boyega) trying to keep himself and his son out of danger in Los Angele's infamous Imperial Courts housing projects. Debuts on February 3rd and looks pretty good.

 

 

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weird... I was wondering when that movie was coming out.  I think I heard about it around the time forwakens was coming out.

 

I guess Netflix is the one that finally got distribution for it?

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You'd guess right, Mr Nooj! But, yeah, I read that it made it's debut at Sundance (where it was very well received) in 2014, so it's been in limbo for a while.

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I caught iBoy last night, despite the astronomically stupid set up, it plays like a cyberpunk Firestarter. Pretty slick and decent potboiler.
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I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives In The House is an arty as hell ghost story and the pacing makes The Neon Demon look like Hardcore Henry, if that's your thing then you may get something out of it but it's a slog.

Clinical is actually ok, does nothing new but manages to consistently entertain.

I have to say Coin Heist was terrible and I'm baffled by people giving it a pass although I think I know why. Every performance in that film was blanks reading off cue cards with nothing approaching a performance, shame because the story had potential.

In good news though, the slate of Netflix original films this year looks amazing, loving the look of Girlfriends Day and The Discovery.

Thanks for the lowdown. Believe me I can sit through paint drying, so I'll give Pretty Thing a shot.
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Shot on location, Imperial Dreams tells the story of a single father and aspiring writer (The Force Awakens' John Boyega) trying to keep himself and his son out of danger in Los Angele's infamous Imperial Courts housing projects. Debuts on February 3rd and looks pretty good.


 

Holy shit that snuck up on me, I'm definitely giving it a whirl.
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I have so many of these movies waiting in my queue.

What I have managed to watch so far I liked. Hush was pretty good but kind of didn't like the video gamey scenarios at the end.

I really liked the Fundamentals of Caring with Paul Rudd. Kind of charming little story.
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Girlfriend's Day was ok. Kind of monotonous, I get that it's Odenkirk, but it's a little too dry. Has you thinking you're about to be dragged into the Glengarry Glen Ross of greeting card movies, but it takes a turn into wannabe Big Lebowski territory. I guess the big talking point of the movie is going to be the length. This movie clocks in a lean 65 minutes. I'm normally someone who wishes hollywood would take a risk and do the occasional return to the lavish 3-4 hour David Lean epic but I must admit, watching this a few beers in, tired as hell on a Friday night, I wouln't be adverse to Netflix putting one hour movies on a regular basis.
post #18 of 86
Yeah Girlfriends Day didn't do it for me, well when it started to do some it was over and was too in debated to the Coens.
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Hazing as horror? Looks pretty interesting.

 

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Girlfriend's Day was ok. Kind of monotonous, I get that it's Odenkirk, but it's a little too dry. Has you thinking you're about to be dragged into the Glengarry Glen Ross of greeting card movies, but it takes a turn into wannabe Big Lebowski territory. I guess the big talking point of the movie is going to be the length. This movie clocks in a lean 65 minutes. I'm normally someone who wishes hollywood would take a risk and do the occasional return to the lavish 3-4 hour David Lean epic but I must admit, watching this a few beers in, tired as hell on a Friday night, I wouln't be adverse to Netflix putting one hour movies on a regular basis.

I forgot about this thread!

I watched Girlfriend's Day recently as well, and it was thoroughly bleh. It looked like a lark for Odenkirk in between seasons of Better Call Saul. The cast is stacked with recognizable faces, but it never quite goes anywhere. Even at just a little over an hour, it felt padded out. 

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Macon Blair's directorial debut, "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore," is now available.

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Macon Blair's directorial debut, "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore," is now available.

And FYI it's FANTASTIC

It's everything Girlfriends Day wanted to be just with more wit, charm and style. I just got done watching it and I'm considering watching it again tomorrow
post #23 of 86
I'm extremely keen for that one. The trailer was great.

FYI the BLAME! anime adaptation hits May 20th according to wikipedia.
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I'll have to look that one up, I really want to know when Mute will be live....
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It'll be interesting to see something like this by David Ayer that wasn't hacked to shreds.
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I thought with Smith and 90 million budget they'd go theatrical. Guess not - "ONLY ON NETFLIX"
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Goddammit December is ages away!!!

This will be an interesting test, who's going to stay in and watch this in lieu of heading out to catch episode 8, Jumanji and whatever else is playing in theatres

Oh Bright was written by Max Landis........excitement tempered....
post #28 of 86
It's a pretty good script. Basically it's END OF WATCH with orcs, witches and trolls.
post #29 of 86
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Macon Blair's directorial debut, "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore," is now available.

Yea, this movie is aces.

Several times it left me with a "ohhhhhhhh shhhhhiiit" look in my face.

And the soundtrack is great.
post #30 of 86

From Screenrant: 

 

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Fortunately for film fans everywhere, Scorsese has a new partner for The Irishman, and it comes in the unexpected form of Netflix. While details are sketchy on exactly how much the streaming service paid for the long-gestating project, it is estimated to have been a highly expensive deal given the necessity to buy out the rights from Paramount and STX Entertainment, the latter of whom paid $50m for worldwide distribution rights last year.

 

I didn't know Netflix had also acquired Bong Joon-ho's OKJA. I can't see the logic behind this business model but good for us, I guess. Here's an image of a Netflix CO hard at work at the office:

 

 

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I can't see the logic behind this business model but good for us, I guess.

 

I'm curious how it all works. Like how do they quantify how much they're making back on a specific movie against what they spent on it? Could they ever justify spending serious (like $200m+) blockbuster money on a Netflix only movie?

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I'm curious how it all works. Like how do they quantify how much they're making back on a specific movie against what they spent on it? Could they ever justify spending serious (like $200m+) blockbuster money on a Netflix only movie?

Subs.

 

If they have enough interesting content they'll get more subs.  

post #33 of 86

Checked the numbers, at the end of last year Netflix had over 90 million subscribers. So it's a movie studio that has 90 million guaranteed ticket buyers for each month. The upside in making your own content is that it's a one-off investment for unlimited rights. So chances are funding your own blockbuster is actually cheaper than paying annually for the rights of an existing one.

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Checked the numbers, at the end of last year Netflix had over 90 million subscribers. So it's a movie studio that has 90 million guaranteed ticket buyers for each month. The upside in making your own content is that it's a one-off investment for unlimited rights. So chances are funding your own blockbuster is actually cheaper than paying annually for the rights of an existing one.

Exactly.  I wish they would give more stats on what movies\series are popular and whatnot.  

 

I know they said that the Sandler netflix flick was the most watched movie?  

 

Edit:  Yep.  http://www.cinemablend.com/new/Most-Watched-Movie-Netflix-History-According-Netflix-104377.html

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Checked the numbers, at the end of last year Netflix had over 90 million subscribers. So it's a movie studio that has 90 million guaranteed ticket buyers for each month.


Fair enough, I just wonder how they measure success, and how they decide how much it's worth spending for the sake of retaining subscribers.

 

Like, for Disney it makes sense to put out two or three Marvel movies a year because at the moment they get a fat return every time they do. But if Netflix found themselves in the same situation they presumably wouldn't see much more benefit to putting out three movies than one, so long as they kept people interested enough not to unsubscribe.


All I know is, if I ran Netflix I'd find it very hard not to at the very least introduce some kind of premium or pay per view service, or even just advertising space, for big budget high profile stuff.

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It's a pretty good script. Basically it's END OF WATCH with orcs, witches and trolls.

You read it?
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You read it?

Yeah, a (first?) draft from 2015. Ayer wasn't attached yet, though Landis cited him as an inspiration on the title page, along with JRR Tolkien.
post #38 of 86

Just noticed that both OKJA and Scorsese's THE IRISHMAN already have their own pages up at the Netflix site, the latter doesn't even have a start date yet! Motherfuckers don't dick around.

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Macon Blair's directorial debut, "I Don't Feel At Home in this World Anymore," is now available.

Hot damn, this was so good.

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Hot damn, this was so good.

Sure was.  I watched it twice. So, so good.

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It'll be interesting to see something like this by David Ayer that wasn't hacked to shreds.

So Alien Nation with fantasy creatures. That's what I'm getting here.
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So Alien Nation with fantasy creatures. That's what I'm getting here.

 

That's pretty much what it is, except devoid of any sort of allegory or meaning or backstory behind the aliens / fantasy creatures. Still an entertaining read, and chances are Ayer's revised it quite a lot. For example that Youtube preview -image hints at a significant change in the story's macguffin, which I can imagine being the first thing "manly man" Ayer re-wrote.

post #43 of 86
Thread Starter 

Got this in my e-mail: 
 

Today, the South Central Los Angeles Police Force announced that Nicolas Jakoby, the first ever Orc Police Officer, joined the department solidifying their commitment to diversity and their acceptance of all communities and races.  Jakoby will be partnering with the esteemed Human Officer Scott Ward and providing much needed insight into the Orc community in the Los Angeles area.
 
"Orcs have been a part of our society for over a millennia and we welcome all who are ready and willing to serve on the force.  Jakoby will be an excellent partner to Ward."  said Captain Perez.
 
 
Set in an alternate present-day where humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time, this action-thriller directed by David Ayer (Suicide Squad, End of Watch, writer of Training Day) follows two cops from very different backgrounds.  Ward, a human (Will Smith), and Jakoby, an orc (Joel Edgerton), embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it.  Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which in the wrong hands could destroy everything.

 

So it literally is Alien Nation with monsters.

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\I'll pass on Bright, then.  Can't stand Max Landis.

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\I'll pass on Bright, then.  Can't stand Max Landis.

To me, Landis is to movies/tv what Millar is to comics: great at concepts, horrid at executing them
post #46 of 86
I'm not gonna lie, I'd just as soon beat the shit out of him, but I've actually enjoyed just about everything Max Landis has written.
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To me, Landis is to movies/tv what Millar is to comics: great at concepts, horrid at executing them

To be fair, he's not generally the one executing them, as finished movies anyway. I've heard pretty good things about his Dirk Gently.
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Hazing as horror? Looks pretty interesting.

 

 

This was pretty good. Difficult to watch in parts but overall sort of fascinating. Not sure where the realism ends and dramatic license begins. I do know that none of this shit would be allowed if U.N. Jefferson was still running the show.

post #49 of 86

Heads up for Tramps coming this Friday.  Saw it last September in Toronto, thought it was very good.

 

 

post #50 of 86
I watched Sand Castle today......it was not good..

I hope War Machine turns out to be better.
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