It's been a while since I've shared some Netflix gems. Every now and then I'll turn on something I've never heard of, without reading the synopsis, and am pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoy the film. Since Netflix updates their library regularly, I'm always stumbling upon something that has me feeling like man, that was actually really good. And so, here are some movies I've loved lately.

1. Hush (2016)
Synopsis: a deaf woman lives in seclusion, tucked away in a cabin in the woods. She's a writer, and she's working on the ending to her newest novel, but she's interrupted by a deranged killer who thinks he has the upper hand.

Why I liked it: There's very little dialogue in this movie, but that doesn't impede the dynamic between the two main characters. The limited script adds to the suspense! This movie did a great job at showing how a handicap can (and sometimes does) work to your advantage.

2. Time Lapse (2014)
Synopsis: three friends discover an old, clunky camera that can predict the future. A new photo develops every day, and things go as far south as any movie about trying to change your fate can.

Why I liked it: The twist at the end was one I never saw coming, and I'm notorious for spotting a twist a mile away.

3. Brotherly Love (2015)

Synopsis: Gang rivalry rears its ugly head in the streets of Philadelphia.

Why I liked it: This movie explores love and hate in a way that felt honest and uncensored, and I'll always have a soft spot for an all black cast.

4. The One I Love (2014)
Synopsis: A married couple on the brink of separation spends a solitary weekend away from home. Their therapist assures them it will help solve their problems, but things start to get... weird. Fast.

Why I liked it: This was one of the strangest plot lines I've come across in a while. Halfway through the movie, the story will throw you for a loop, and then another loop, and then another...

5. Burying the Ex (2014)

Synopsis: A pushover boyfriend wants to break up with his girlfriend, but she dies before he has the chance. Thanks to some random juju, she comes back from the dead with a hunger for human brains. Oh, and she wants him to die so the can be happily undead together forever.

Why I liked it: It was funny and cute, and who doesn't love a movie with some random juju thrown in?

*Sometimes I stumble upon really crappy movies too, so an honorary mention goes to 10.0 Earthquake (2014). This one was so bad that it was actually good in a I-can't-believe-somebody-actually-funded-this kind of way. If you feel like laughing at how terrible a movie can be, give this one a go.

And previously on The Active Spirit: The Netflix Recommendations Series