By Dan Leopold
Each month, Netflix adds and subtracts to its impressive list of movies available to stream. While the service’s internal algorithms do their best to suggest films catered to the taste of each subscriber, it can still be daunting to choose from the extensive collection.
So, here is a list of 10 “Hidden Gems” found on Netflix. By no means exhaustive, these movies offer a glimpse into the diverse selection offered by the streaming service.
1. The Place Beyond the Pines
No one working in Hollywood today quite captures the ethos of the rebel quite like Ryan Gosling. Channeling the intransigent spirit of James Dean and (a young) Martin Sheen before him, Gosling exudes a coolness that can’t be taught or faked. And in no film besides maybe Drive is that truer than in The Place Beyond the Pines.
Gosling plays Luke Glanton, a deadbeat working as a stuntman in a small circus. While touring with the show, he reconnects with former lover Romina, played by a doe-eyed Eva Mendes. Luke learns that he has a child by Romina and the two eventually get back together, only for their relationship to succumb to the menacing violence hidden in Gosling’s character. This sequence provides a foundation for the rest of The Place Beyond the Pines, which unfolds as a triptych of stories revolving around Gosling and Avery Cross, played by Bradley Cooper as a sly and ambitious police officer.
Director Derek Cianfrance never lets violence drift too far away from the periphery of his camera, even in sequences where no action manifests. A particular scene where a few crooked cops almost corner Avery in a forest attests to the strength of Cianfrance’s ability to administer intensity without any physical conflict.
That’s not to say that the film is shallow → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema