Weekend Streaming Recommendations: Run Lola Run, Graceland, & More

By @johng5150
Weekend Streaming Recommendations: Run Lola Run, Graceland, & More

We’ve all been there. We sit on our couch for minutes on end trying to find something to watch. Heck, one time I was on Netflix looking for something to watch and before I knew it, 40 minutes had passed. Well we here at Way Too Indie recognize this issue and are looking to alleviate any future headaches. Welcome to a new feature where I recommend 4-5 under watched, under-appreciated or just films that I personally love. All the films featured in this column will be available on many of the streaming sites that populate the internet.


Immortals movie

Indian director Tarsem made his debut feature with the psychological thriller The Cell before stunning audiences worldwide with his two hour moving painting of a film, The Fall. Immortals, his third feature, is an effects heavy “swords and sandals” epic that is heavily inspired (aesthetically) by 300. The story of Theseus (Henry Cavill), a mortal man who is plucked by the almighty god Zeus, to take on King Hyperion who is looking to end humanity as we know it. I’ll be completely honest; the film is utter garbage. I’m recommending it strictly on how gorgeous the film is. Tarsem paints in all the corners of the frame. Everywhere you look there is something sensational to look at. The film is also loaded to the brim with excessive blood and guts as well as some cheesy, groan inducing performances. It will be difficult, however, to find more dazzling beauty than this brutal fantasy flick. – Watch the trailer

Stream it on: Netflix


Graceland movie

This thriller from the Philippines will take your soul and in 90 minutes completely crush it. When the chauffeur of a corrupt official in Manila has his own daughter kidnapped instead of the official’s (they’re best friends and together when the kidnapping happens), he tries desperately to get her back from a group of thugs who are holding her for ransom. The film is very intense for the final hour as Marlon frantically flies through the Asian capital doing anything in his power to save his daughter’s life. A word of warning, Graceland does feature some questionable material involving underage children. But the film is easily one of the best thrillers of the year and rightfully deserves a wider audience. – Watch the trailer

Stream it on: Netflix

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

Jiro Dreams of Sushi movie

I had heard a lot of good things about David Gelb’s film before watching it. Bored one night I placed my cursor over the film, left-clicked it and threw any doubt under the rug. I think it took me about 10 minutes to fall in love with Gelb’s film. Jiro Dreams of Sushi is a mesmerizing documentary about the life of Jiro Ono, a sushi master, whose restaurant is quietly tucked away underneath Tokyo’s massive subway system. What I loved about the film was how beautiful it looked, how delicate the film was handled (the cinematography and slow motion photography combined with the lush classic music are devastating on the eyes and ears) and the tiny details of Jiro’s life that Gelb features. For foodies, it’s a full 90 minutes of food heaven, while film geeks will get the beautiful story of one man’s life dedication to his art exquisitely captured in high definition. – Watch the trailer

Stream it on: Netflix, Amazon Prime

Run Lola Run

Run Lola Run movie

We all remember this incredibly fun and inventive German film from the late 1990’s about a young red haired Lola, the undeniably cute Franka Potente (in a breakout role), who only has 20 minutes to deliver 100,000 Deutschmarks to her boyfriend (who owes some nasty thugs) before he robs a supermarket. Tom Tykwer’s film literally never stops for a second as you try to keep up with Lola. Run Lola Run is told 3 different times each with different outcomes. Aided by an electronic score that will pulsate through you, Tykwer’s film is kinetic from beginning to end. Tykwer and Potente would team up again in the even better (yet completely different) The Princess and the Warrior. This is one of the most entertaining movies I think I’ve ever seen. – Watch the trailer

Stream it on: Amazon Prime, Crackle


Goon movie

Goon, I’ll admit, isn’t a great film. It’s barely a good one. But it’s very rare that I have a grin on my face for the entire duration of a film and Goon managed to do just that. Seann William Scott (in easily his best film role to date) plays Doug, a loner who is going nowhere in life. One night he happens to catch the eye of a coach of a semi pro hockey team in Canada when he is seen kicking the crap out of a guy. Doug is terrible at hockey, but he excels at causing mayhem. Picked up essentially be an enforcer on the ice, Doug ends up leading the team to glory against a former hockey pro (Liev Schreiber) who made a career out of being a mercenary on the ice; he as the missing teeth to prove it too. The film contains a lot of great moments that will please both genders. Girls will get a fuzzy romance subplot as guys will get their sports fix. Goon is an under-appreciated sports comedy that is a must see. – Watch the trailer

Stream it on: Netflix
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