Premise: In this documentary, a daughter films her dad dying in different ridiculous scenarios. Her father has dementia and agrees to indulge his daughter through this filmmaking experiment, but of course, it’s murky how much he can understand. The different portrayals of death ultimately celebrate the life he still has while helping the family embrace the inevitable.
Netflix descriptors: “Witty,” “intimate” and “emotional”
How it starts: An overhead shot in a barn-like structure shows a kid swinging back and forth on a hanging rope while his family watches and sings a jokey song about the French and their pants. Dick Johnson sits to the side and smiles.
The kid on the rope gets off and tells Johnson that he almost died while he was swinging because he was too high. He says he “loved it.”
Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes
Bonus: Editor and co-writer Nels Bangerter did an interview at Sundance explaining the thinking behind the movie.
Premise: In this dramatic black comedy written by the Coen brothers and directed by Joel Coen, a sales manager for a car dealership racks up debts he can’t pay and, out of desperation, hires two men to kidnap his wife. The plan is for the men to hold his wife hostage and make her wealthy father pay a large ransom. The scheme goes sideways, and all involved get in over their heads.
The movie earned seven Academy Award nominations, winning two: best actress (Frances McDormand) and best original screenplay (Ethan and Joel Coen).
Setting: Minneapolis in 1987
Netflix descriptors: “Deadpan,” “offbeat” and “witty”
How it starts: Over a black screen, apocryphal text explains that this is a true story, to confuse the viewer.
All the movies that have joined Netflix this month so far
- “Pasal Kau / All Because of You” (Netflix Film)
- “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”
- “Along Came a Spider”
- “Basic Instinct”
- “Black ’47”
- “Cape Fear”
- “The Dukes of Hazzard” (2005)
- “Employee of the Month”
- “Enemy at the Gates”
- “Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma: The Second Plate”
- “Free State of Jones”
- “Ghost Rider”
- “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past”
- “Gran Torino”
- “House of 1,000 Corpses”
- “Human Nature”
- “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”
- “I’m Leaving Now”
- “The Longest Yard” (1974)
- “The Pirates! Band of Misfits”
- “Carlos Almaraz: Playing With Fire”
- “The Prince & Me”
- “Poseidon” (2006)
- “The Outpost”
- “Stranger Than Fiction”
- “Superman Returns”
- “Sword Art Online: Alicization”
- “We Have Always Lived in the Castle”
- “Yogi Bear”
- “Ahí te encargo / You’ve Got This” (Netflix Film)
- “The Binding” (Netflix Film)
- “Dick Johnson Is Dead” (Netflix Documentary)
- ″Òlòtūré” (Netflix Film)
- “Serious Men” (Netflix Film)
- “Vampires vs. the Bronx” (Netflix Film)