I bet you folks have watched a lot of Netflix this year. Me too, me too. The streaming giant has done its damnedest to keep us well fed, in the audio-visual sense, while we crawl through the Hell Year that has been 2020.
TV series aside, Netflix has really doubled down on building their brand as a kind of disruptor studio, offering big name auteurs like Spike Lee, David Fincher and Charlie Kaufman the money and freedom to pursue their wild muse, while still offering up plenty of fun pulp for the less high-minded viewer.
It’s been a stacked menu of Netflix Original flicks, to the point where some narrowly missed out on a mention (Extraction, aka White Man on Fire, comes to mind), while others didn’t make the grade because I simply didn’t have time to see ‘em (apologies, Lost Girls—we’ll catch up soon). Of the films I did see, these are the 10 best, listed in alphabetical order (but if you really need to know my number one, it’s a coin flip between Da 5 Bloods and Mank).