Netflix has quietly added 11 great new movies to its library this week
Some perfect mid-week viewing here.
If you're looking for some viewing inspiration, before or after (or at the same time of!) Love Island, then you'll be happy to hear that Netflix has popped quite a few very watchable movies on their library this week.
Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender and loads of other buff, topless, abdominally-superior dudes fight for Sparta against an invading Persian army. One of the most stylistically impressive comic book adaptations ever made.
ATTACK THE BLOCK
Before becoming a huge superstar thanks to the likes of Star Wars and Pacific Rim, this sci-fi/comedy was our introduction to the great John Boyega, as he plays a gang member in South London who attempts to protect his block of flats from an alien invasion.
Christopher Nolan takes the genre of war movies and turns it on its head by giving it a ticking clock element, as a beach full of soldiers try to evacuate before they're completely surrounded with no means of escape. Cillian Murphy, Tom Hardy, Barry Keoghan, and Harry Styles fill out the impressive cast.
We chatted to some of the cast in the run up to the movie's release back in the day, and you can check out that interview right here:
KONG: SKULL ISLAND
Before he got into the ring with Godzilla this year, Kong got his own movie in 2017, featuring an all-star cast - Tom Hiddleston, Brie Larson, Sam Jackson, John Goodman, John C. Reilly - as they set off to discover a mysterious island, only to find it populated with lots of creatures that want to kill them... and one big monkey.
We chatted to the movie's director (who is reportedly currently working on an adaptation of Metal Gear Solid), and you can watch that interview right here:
THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE
A massively impressive voice cast feature in this very funny telling of Bruce Wayne/Batman (Will Arnett) who discovers he has accidentally adopted a son (Michael Cera), who really wants to become his new sidekick. Interesting factoid alert: Zoe Kravitz voiced Catwoman in this movie, and next year she'll be staring alongside Robert Pattinson in The Batman... as Catwoman!
THE MATRIX TRILOGY
Yes, the second and third movies represent some diminishing returns, but even they have some outstanding set pieces to enjoy. However, the real pull here is that iconic original movie, a masterpiece in sci-fi/action, and a film that proved to be so incredibly influential even all these years later. Definitely worth a rewatch ahead of this December's release of The Matrix 4.
Clint Eastwood directs this true story of a pilot (played by Tom Hanks) who successfully managed to land a damaged plane on the Hudson River in New York, saving the lives of everyone on board.
TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY
A tense, intelligent Cold War spy thriller, revolving around a veteran agent (Gary Oldman) who is brought out of retirement to uncover the identity of a double agent within MI6. Co-stars Tom Hardy, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Ciaran Hinds, and Toby Jones.
Gal Gadot stars as Diana Prince, finally given her own origin story (sort of), as she is introduced to humanity (thanks to fighter pilot Chris Pine) in the depths of the first World War. Up there with Aquaman and Shazam! in terms of the best DCEU movies so far.