by CHOLO SEDIAREN
Whether you’re looking for a light watch while chilling at home, or something to exhilarate you while you’re stuck in the horrible Christmas traffic, Netflix has brand new films to keep you entertained this holiday season.
We’ve compiled a list of five new Netflix films for anyone and everyone to enjoy:
For the thrill seeker…
Directed by Mikhail Red
Starring Khalil Ramos, Vance Larena, Gabby Padilla, and Sue Ramirez
After repping the country with the internationally-acclaimed Birdshot (the first Filipino film to be distributed on the platform) director Mikhail Red makes history once again with the first-ever Filipino-produced Netflix Original Film Dead Kids. Inspired by true events, this sleek new thriller follows four high school kids as their attempt to kidnap their classmate goes awry. But don’t just expect this to be all action and aesthetic. Just like in his previous works, Red ties the thrilling story with socially relevant issues, such as class inequality.
For the nostalgic kid inside…
Directed by Sergio Pablos
Featuring the voices of Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, and Rashida Jones
From Despicable Me creator Sergio Pablos comes Klaus, a heartwarming Christmas tale that unveils a secret origin story of everyone’s beloved holiday icon Santa Claus. Holiday spirits will be on high when you follow Jesper (Schwartzman), “the worst postman” designated to the farthest land in the north, as he meets toymaker Klaus (Simmons) and attempts to bring joy to an otherwise dreary town. While the story is enough to keep you cozy and warm for the holidays, the film’s “revival” of gorgeous 2D animation will definitely appeal to the child within you.
For the historical buff…
Directed by David Michôd
Starring Timothée Chalamet, Joel Edgerton, Robert Pattinson, Lily-Rose Depp, and Ben Mendelsohn
If you’re in for some history and action, bow down to The King, a historical drama based on several plays from William Shakespeare’s Henriad (Richard II, Henry IV, Parts 1 and 2I, and Henry V). Starring one of Hollywood’s (and Twitter’s) golden boy on the rise, Timothée Chalamet, the film follows the story of young King Henry V as he dives into the realms of war and politics in 15th century England. Chalamet is joined by an all-star cast including Joel Edgerton and Robert Pattinson, all of whom will bring you to the edge of your seats in this period drama.
For the hopeless romantic…
LET IT SNOW
Directed by Luke Snellin
Starring Kiernan Shipka, Isabela Moner, Liv Hewson, and Jacob Batalon
Ready to unleash the kilig you’re feeling inside? Let It Snow may just be the film for you. Based on the young adult novel of the same name (written by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle), this light-hearted teen romantic comedy features the intertwining stories of friendship and love of eight high school students as a snowstorm hits their small town. The film brings together Netflix’s bright young stars such as Kiernan Shipka (The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Liv Hewson (Santa Clarita Diet), Hollywood newcomers like Isabela Moner (Dora and the Lost City of Gold) and our very own Jacob Batalon (Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man films).
For the burgeoning cinephile…
Directed by Martin Scorcese
Starring Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci
Master filmmaker and visionary Martin Scorcese delivers a new masterpiece to Netflix with his latest film The Irishman. Scorcese brings together longtime collaborators Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci together with Al Pacino in this biographical crime thriller that follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro) as he recalls his years working for the Bufalino crime family. This gangster drama may run for a whopping three hours and 30 minutes, but it is worth every second. The film is already being hailed as one of Scorcese’s best, where he puts together topnotch actors and familiar themes into a film that’s poignant and profound in every sense of the word.
Dead Kids, Klaus, The King, Let It Snow, and The Irishman are now streaming on Netflix.