5 MORE Controversial Movies on Netflix to Watch at Your Own Risk
Let's go deeper into the abyss.
Controversy breeds public interest so why aren't more movies made about graphic murders, heinous crimes, and other sordid subjects? Well, they are for the most part. But it takes a brave filmmaker to go the extra distance to where truth and controversy live together. Those are the movies that stick with people and cause real ruckus. And sex... the powers that be hate sex.
Here are five more controversial movies on Netflix for you to chew on. We've been over these five already. And, again, I'm less interested in the films everyone has already seen. Hopefully, the below selections will open some eyes. Just like in the first article, these aren't recommendations, but more a glance at the kind of diverse movies Netflix has available. Seasoned film buffs know how shocking this stuff can be. Fair warning.
[Selections are based off the American Netflix menu, apologies if any aren't available in your area.]
Fish Tank (2009)
Starring: Katie Jarvis, Kierston Wareing, Michael Fassbender
First time actor Katie Jarvis gives a startling performance as an angry 15-year-old who can't stand her family, her friends, or her East London neighborhood in director Andrea Arnold's 2009 drama. Filmed with handheld cameras, the movie is largely realistic which makes the dangerous flirtation between Mia (Jarvis) and her mother's new boyfriend, Conor (Fassbender), all the more creepy. The movie is known for one very uncomfortable scene in particular. You'll know it when you see it. [123 minutes]
Enter the Void (2009)
Starring: Nathaniel Brown, Paz de la Huerta, Cyril Roy, Ed Spear
Director Gaspar Noé's movies are always challenging, to say the least. The director made one of the most violent films of the past 15 years with Irreversible, and Enter the Void was almost as controversial when it was released. Noe tells the story of a hard luck drug dealer and his sister trying to make it in Tokyo in the 2009 film. Noé has called it a "psychedelic melodrama," but it wasn't the head trip visuals, point of view camera work, or crane shots that had critics up in arms. Enter the Void has a lengthy sequence of graphic sex, including a shot from inside a vagina during sex. There's no line for Noé; he's erased it. [161 minutes]
Starring: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stellan Skarsgård, Stacy Martin, Shia LaBeouf, Christian Slater, Uma Thurman, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Connie Nielsen, Jamie Bell, Willem Dafoe, Mia Goth, Udo Kier
Lars Von Trier's epic is available in a theatrical release and in a 325 minute director's cut. Its the story of Joe (Gainsbourg), a self-described nymphomaniac, and her evolution as a sexual being over years with many partners of all kinds. This is one of the most controversial films ever made. Von Trier's films are always talked about, but this one was another level. Consider the title alone. Containing realistic sex scenes (achieved with CGI), plenty of nudity, and fetishistic acts of assorted levels of experiment, this isn't a pornographic movie. Far from it. The characters are vivid; Joe's story is haunting; and the ending will rock you. [241 minutes, 325 minutes - uncut]
The Killer Inside Me (2010)
Starring: Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, Bill Pullman
Based on Jim Thompson's cult novel of the same name, The Killer Inside Me was largely skewered by critics and audiences alike for being overly violent, especially against women. The film's narrator, Lou Ford (Affleck), is a sadistic sheriff and he shares his thoughts as he beats and murders men and women alike. But the scenes where females are treated to violence seem to last a little longer and are much more graphic. Director Michael Winterbottom has a long, impressive resume and The Killer Inside Me is beautifully. But it's about a despicable man and a nightmare to get through. [109 minutes]
The Believer (2001)
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Summer Phoenix, Billy Zane, Theresa Russell, Garrett Dillahunt
Gosling would forever leave his Tiger Beat days behind him with this memorable indie about a Jewish skinhead coming to grips with who he really is. A walking contradiction, Daniel Balint (Gosling) can quote the Torah from a childhood spent in yeshiva school, but he struts around wearing a swastika shirt and assaulting young Jewish kids. Brilliant and well-spoken, Daniel is recruited by local fascists where he meets other skinners like him and sees what the world he thinks he belongs to is really all about. Hailed by critics for its intellectual ambition and spiritual dilemmas, The Believer also features one of Gosling's best performances. [98 minutes]