Movie Mondays – Biopics (Netflix edition)

‘I’m talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.’ – Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg)

The Social Network (2010)

What happens when you get one Jesse Eisenberg, one Andrew Garfield and two Armie Hammers acting in a film directed by David Fincher, written by Aaron Sorkin and scored by Trent Reznor? A modern classic.

A Futile and Stupid Gesture (2018)

Appearing straight on Netflix without fanfare is often a cause for concern or dubiousness. That’s not the case here with this knowing look at the life of comedy writer Doug Kenney, during the rise and fall of National Lampoon.

A Testament of Youth (2015)

An excellent cast – Alicia Vikander, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Kit Harington and Miranda Richardson – appear in this sumptuous period drama. Vikander plays Vera Brittain, a woman who documented her incredible experiences during world war one.

Jackie (2017)

A unique take on the biopic, which split both critics and audiences in a manner usually reserved for marmite. Natalie Portman is simply incredible as First Lady Jackie Kennedy in the days after her husband’s assassination.

Lion (2016)

Dev Patel gives a career best-so-far performance in a story that is so devastating that it couldn’t be fiction. At only five years old Saroo was separated from his family after falling asleep on a train. Unable to find his way home, and after eventually being adopted by an Australian family, the now adult Saroo (played by Patel) tries to find home and work out what home really means.



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