GIFF is here to save the day with a much-needed list on some of the best films you can stream. Here are GIFF’s top picks to watch this weekend on the most popular streaming platforms.
Full Metal Jacket, 1987 (Netflix)
Based on Gustav Hasford’s novel The Short Timers, the film’s first half showcases the horror and the struggles of the voulenteers going through the boot-camp training for war. The second part takes place in Vietnam, as seen through the experiences of marines.
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Matthew Modine, Vincent D’Onofrio
Hush, 2016 (Netflix)
Writer Maddie Young who’s lost her hearing (Kate Siegel) lives in the middle of the woods. Isolating herself from family and friends to live in her own silent oasis. But one night a masked man appears in front of her window to ruin her life.
Director: Mike Flanagan
Starring: Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 1986 (Hulu)
Ferris Bueller (Matthew Broderick) is a legend in his own time thanks to his skills at cutting classes and getting away with it. Intending to make one last hoorah before graduation, Ferris calls in sick, “borrows” a Ferrari, and embarks on a crazy adventure with his friends in the city of Chicago.
Director: John Hughes
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeffrey Jones
Swimming With Sharks, 1995 (Hulu)
When Guy (Frank Whaley), a recent film-school graduate, takes a job as assistant to major studio executive Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey), he believed his dreams of being in the film industry were finally achieved but it quickly turned into a nightmare.
Director: George Huang
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley
The Big Lebowski, 1998 (Amazon Prime)
Jeff Lebowski (Jeff Bridges) who refers himself as “the Dude,” a laid-back, easygoing guy who happens to have the same name as a millionaire whose wife is in big trouble with some dangerous people — resulting in the Dude having to deal with thugs and sending him spiraling into the Los Angeles underworld.
Director: Joel Cohen, Ethan Cohen
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman
Amy, 2015 (Amazon Prime)
Footage and testimony from close friends and family showcase the life and career of the British songstress Amy Winehouse.
Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Amy Winehouse, Lauren Gilbert