I’ve decided that I am going to start periodically recommending movies that are available on Netflix Instant.
My first pick is Julia.
Julia is a thriller full of hijinks, debauchery and a disregard for the safety of children. It is powered entirely by Tilda Swinton’s performance as the titular anti-hero, which is of the caliber of Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood and DeNiro in Raging Bull. Watching Julia perpetually lie her way though life is pure cinematic pleasure.
According to Box Office Mojo, Julia grossed $65,108 in the US, and in its widest release it was playing on four screens. Netflix is pretty much the only reason that anyone has seen it at all. It’s certainly how I found it. Roger Ebert even boldly speculated in early 2010 that Netflix could pave the way for Tilda to earn a Best Actress nomination (this did not happen, and I cannot avoid mentioning that the award ultimately went to Sandra Bullock). Read his four-star review of Julia here.
Most of the world has still not seen Julia, and it’s likely to stay that way. A movie like this that’s kind of lacking a moral compass and would make any parent squirm is not necessarily going to find mass appeal. Some (not me) would say it’s too long and the plot is outlandish. Fair enough, but it deserves, to at least earn some kind of cult status.
Watch the trailer here and watch the whole goddamn thing (if you’re a Netflix subscriber) here.