Today was the longest day of all time and now you're knackered.
Our proscription? You need to retreat to a blanket fort of some description.
Good thing Netflix is pulling out all the stops as of late and absolutely nailing it in terms of deadly films to slump to. Don't feel bad, slump it up. Here's our pick of the best of the month.
Considered a blueprint for all sci-fi films that followed it, Fritz Lang's last silent film, though pretty wacky, hosts some groundbreaking special effects, complex set design and is deemed the first dystopian film in history.
This film is responsible, in various ways, for the genius and inspiration behind Dark City, Blade Runner, The Fifth Element, Alphaville, Escape From L.A., Gattaca and Batman's Gotham City. A must-see for purveyors of sci-fi, movies or genuinely good set design, Metropolis ticks a lot of boxes in a lot of ways.
2. The Thin Blue Line
A documentary that held its own so much outside of the silver screen, that it unearthed a plethora of misconceptions and blatant lies that made it clear Randall Adams, the protagonist who allegedly murdered a police officer, was being framed.
Errol Morris' first mature feature highlights his almost obsession with the truth, paired with his experience as a private detective, leading to this film totally striking a chord with the general public, and even changing the decision of a court case.
Publicity surrounding the film resulted in his case being re-opened, exonerating Adams.
3. Reservoir Dogs
Almost singlehandedly launching the career of one Quentin Tarantino, Reservoir Dogs is responsible not only for a huge contribution to modern day cinema, but the introduction of a genre that just simply hadn't existed previously.
Since this masterpiece hit the cinema, many have tried to imitate Tarantino's work, but no one has even come close. This is a masterclass in directing, and not one for the faint hearted.
4. The Color Purple
1985 saw the release of Steven Spielberg's adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple.
Conveying the turmoil of a woman desperate to be appreciated and understood in early 1900s America, Whoopi Goldberg breaks away from her traditional entertainment appeal and blows audiences away with her genuine heart and character.
And Oprah is also in it, so you know it's going to be good.
5. No Country For Old Men
From the same people behind Fargo, No Country For Old Men is based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name.
Set in Texas in the 1980s, the plot centres itself around Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), a hunter who stumbles upon the grim remains of a drug deal gone wrong and a bag of money.
The Coen Brothers are known for cutting even their bleakest films with moments of levity. Such isn’t the case with No Country for Old Men, however, a Western which stays true to the gripping, fatalistic source.
New to Netflix since August 11 – you'd be mad to miss this one.