Five Movies Dads Should Stream ASAP

Blue-RuinStreaming technology has been a bonanza for this dad. Sometimes, I even have time to watch a movie myself.

Services like Netflix offering a crush of content for the little ones, all without commercial interruptions. You don’t need me to recommend G-rated shows like “Curious George,” “Caillou” (shudder…) or “Scooby Doo!” But since I review movies for my day gig, I thought it was time to steer fellow dads toward some quality features streaming now.

Yes, I’ll make a stereotype or two in the process. You won’t find “Beaches” or “Steel Magnolias” on this list. Still, I’m confident the following suggestions will make at least a few dads enjoy their rare leisure time.

For Dads Who Love Thrillers…

“Blue Ruin” – How can a movie this good fly so low under the radar? While you’re puzzling your puzzler over that one, watch a film that takes the tired vigilante genre for a spin. A tortured man (Macon Blair) wants to kill the thug who murdered his parents. Only nothing that follows is what you expect. A taut, terrific thriller than never wavers in intensity, “Blue Ruin” may be the best movie you’ve never heard of.

 

For Dads Who Love Horror Movies …

“Housebound” is a horror-comedy from New Zealand. Excited yet? Well, you should be. It’s arguably the best horror movie from last year, and that’s including “The Babadook.” This dad has a soft spot for the elusive horror-comedy gem, such a rare beast that we’re still talking up 1981’s “An American Werewolf in London” as the genre’s standard bearer. Give this film a shot. You’ll thank me later.

 

For Dads Who Love Sci-Fi…

“Snowpiercer” is the best global warming alarmism film ever made. How many did I lose with that? No matter where you stand on Al Gore’s cause celebre, this science fiction romp is a hoot and a half. Yes, the ending is too bleary and dark for its own good, but up until then you’ll enjoy furious action and some jaw-dropping sequences. You may never eat (black) Jello again. And check out Tilda Swinton’s latest disappearing trick.

 

For Dads Who Love Quirkie Fare…

“Bernie” proves that Jack Black isn’t a one-smirk pony. The comic actor digs deep into the real-life tale of a mortician who charms an entire town – including a grouchy widow (Shirley MacLaine). What follows is too wacky to be true, but oh, it is. Black is mesmerizing, but so too is Matthew McConaughey in a small role as well as the eternally fascinating MacLaine.

 

For Dads Who Love Pitch Black Comedies…

We lost Robin Williams roughly a year ago, which makes watching this coal-black story an even darker experience. It’s worth it all the same. Williams plays a sad sack whose jerk of a son kills himself in embarrassing fashion. Dad tries to cover up the act, but ends up becoming a literary sensation in the process. Pathetic? Sure. Funny? In a bleak, soul-crushing way. Williams is so good you wonder why the film didn’t receive a speck of Oscar buzz. Life isn’t fair, but “Dad” illuminates society in profound ways.

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