Before Artificial Intelligence takes over completely (and it will be sooner than you think) we are all left scrolling through Netflix, looking for something decent to watch amongst the barrage of shows for 16 year old boys. It's still a bit primitive - the 'what you might like' can often be wide of the mark. I'm going to recommend 3 films that you may have heard of once but just forgotten about.
1. A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS. DIR. FRED ZINNEMANN
Summary: When Henry VIII seeks approval from the aristocracy to divorce, Sir Thomas More finds himself caught between the king and the Roman Catholic Church.
This is terrific. Feels a tiny bit dated, but if you've been a fan of Wolf Hall and want to see a terrific old school actor like Paul Scofield, check it out. Shows you a severely reduced London where everyone got around on the Thames and a lovely brown faded look.
2. Lo and Behold dir. Werner Herzog
Summary: Filmmaker Werner Herzog examines the past, present and future of the Internet and how it affects human interaction and modern society.
A fascinating documentary about the looming technological changes - from artificial intelligence to self-driving cars and the internet of things. It was originally made for release online, hence some chapters feel a bit incomplete, but it's still a great primer for what you need to know about the future.
3. ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICAN DIR. SERGIO LEONE
Summary: While ostensibly an epic gangster story, the film is about friendship, love, betrayal, history, class, memory, and time. The narrative structure is non-linear, starting in the 1930s, moving forward to the 1960s, back to the 1920s and shifting several more times between the three periods. A Classic.
An epic film that requires some commitment but hugely pays off. The story of Noodles (Robert de Niro) and his friends living on the Lower East Side in the 1920s. The film is breathtaking and would be even better in the cinema - but it's worth watching at home on a large telly, even if you might need a few tea breaks.
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