Netflix is a revelation.
As subscribers know, it’s very rare that with a Netflix account you’ll have no way to spend a rainy afternoon.
But sometimes, you just need to double up on your films, and turn movie night into a double feature.
Here are seven suggestions to get you started, each with a unique, if not obvious, connection.
Winter’s Bone and The House at the End of the Street
Jennifer Lawrence’s star continues to be on the rise, picking up award nominations at just about every major event going.
Revisit a simpler time for the star with this double bill that takes in two films from early in her career: the brilliant Winter’s Bone, and The House at the End of the Street, a film which proves Lawrence can do wrong (but is still a hell of a lot of fun anyway).
Romeo + Juliet and The Wolf of Wall Street
Fancy something of Leo retrospective?
See both sides of the eventual Oscar winning actor with these two films: the first with DiCaprio in full blown pretty boy mode as he flops his blonde locks around Shakespeare’s verse in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and the second as he indulges his vices (mainly cocaine and hookers) in the brilliant Wolf of Wall Street.
Two very different sides of one actor.
Short Term 12 and Lost River
Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan made their presence felt with Academy Award noms at this year’s Oscars, so why not kick back with two films from earlier in the careers of two young actresses that are sure to be a force to be reckoned with in years to come.
Short Term 12 sees Larson in a drama that’s rated 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, and Lost River is Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut that features Ronan among a stellar cast.
Slow West and Starter For 10
X-Men: Apocalypse hits cinemas at the end of May, so why not celebrate with a double bill starring two of the X-Men universe’s most revered arch-rivals.
Last year’s Slow West saw Fassbender at his brooding best, while Starter For 10 is an oft-forgotten comic gem from James McAvoy’s early career.
War of the Worlds and Super 8
Want to watch two of modern cinemas masters of suspense at work? Stick this double bill on and you’ll get a veritable passing of the torch from Spielberg to JJ Abrams, who modelled his Super 8 on the great works of Spielberg’s early career (E.T. et al).
Push and The Singing Detective
With Captain America: Civil War on its way to cinemas in a couple of weeks, you’re probably being asked whether you are #TeamCap or #TeamIronMan. Well, here’s as good way as any to make your decision: with a Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. solo film.
Injustice sees Evans in action hero mode in a sci-fi that includes all kinda of future-gazing shenanigans, while Downey Jr. plays the titular singing detective in the 2003 musical crime comedy film.
Changing Lanes and The Fighter
Battle of the Batmen as the current incarnation (Affleck) takes on perhaps the finest Caped Crusader yet (Bale).
The Fighter saw Bale pick up the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor back in 2010 (and is an amazing biopic all round), while Changing Lanes pits a game Affleck against a peppy Sam Jackson in a 2002 drama-thriller.