Column: Buser’s Best Netflix Additions April Edition

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By: Dan Buser

April is an exceptional month when considering movie additions to Netflix, the most popular online streaming website. Here are three movies to look for on Netflix.

2001: A Space Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey is one of the most influential movies of all time. The movie is broken up into 3 main segments the first being on Earth and in prehistorical times. This story follows a group of gorilla like humans and their fight for survival. The segment takes place far in the future and follows a space crew and their investigation of a mysterious object on the moon. The third act is so shocking and influential that one has to see it for themselves to understand it.       

It’s just one of many classic films that the visionary director, Stanley Kubrick, has brought us. Kubrick is now famous for his excessive attention to detail and confusing yet engaging stories. His hand can be seen in every aspect of the film, assuring that nothing but the highest quality makes it onto the screen.

2001’s special effects are still good today and features a fantastic soundtrack of classical music. The movie also features outstanding cinematography and performances from the entire cast and if nothing else one of the best jump cuts in movie history.  

This movie has stood the test of time and is considered among the best films ever made. 2001: A Space Odyssey is a must watch for fans of great filmmaking.

The Shawshank Redemption

Another must-watch movie is the The Shawshank Redemption, a near-perfect film. It stars Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman and is directed by Frank Darabont.

It follows the story of Andy Dufresne, portrayed by Tim Robbins, a man wrongfully accused of killing his wife. He ends up in jail where the story follows the friendships he makes and his attempts to prove his innocence as well as his struggles with a corrupt warden and the everyday struggle of finding humanity in prison

Shawshank features outstanding performances, terrific direction, and a truly moving story. While Morgan Freeman has been around hollywood for quite some time, it was his performance in Shawshank that launched him from a solid character actor to the international superstar that he is now.   

Every movie fan from the casual to the extreme cinephile owes it to themselves to see The Shawshank Redemption.

The Running Man

If you are simply looking for a fun and carefree popcorn movie, then you don’t have to look any further than The Running Man. The 1987 film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger at the height of his powers and is directed by Paul Glaser.

The Running Man takes place in a dystopian future where convicted criminals are forced to appear on a reality TV show. The only catch is the contestants are forced to fight against trained gladiator-like characters. Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Ben Richards, a man who was framed for a mass killing and thrown in jail. Eventually he ends up on the TV show where he has to fight for his life and try to prove his innocence.

The Running Man is nowhere near a perfect movie, but it’s an entertaining ride. Schwarzenegger proves once again the reason for his success by delivering crazy entertaining action sequences and spouting out lots of one liners. Schwarzenegger also has a great cast of supporting characters around him and a villains gallery that Batman would be jealous of.

The Running Man is a fun action filled movie that never takes itself too seriously.