By now, the mighty streaming service Netflix has been known to have content for just about everyone, from romantic comedies and documentaries to action thrillers and international movies. Netflix plans to spend $19 billion on original content in 2022 and plans to release 61 live-action movies in English. Netflix – which over the years has become synonymous with the term “binge-watching” – released its first original series, “House of Cards”, in 2013.
Netflix is certainly adding to its growing list of original content, including this month’s release of the documentary “White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercombie & Fitch.” The clothing brand was highly relevant during the height of mall culture in the late 90s to early 2000s, but fell apart after a few scandals.
Another track to check out is “Dancing on Glass,” which tells a story of suicide, pain, and growing friendship, while showcasing the art of ballet.
For those who love all things animation, have an interest in NASA, or just want to learn more about the 1969 moon landing, “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood” might be the place to go. the thing to watch this weekend.
In order to save time on the mindless scrolling and keep things fresh, Stacker offers a look at five films produced and streaming on Netflix that were released in April 2022.
1. Apollo 10 1/2: A Childhood in the Space Age
– Director: Richard Linklater
– Release date: April 1
– Duration: 97 minutes
In “Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood,” writer and director Richard Linklater takes an animated look back at his childhood in Houston on NASA’s historic 1969 moon landing. He blends childhood memories with imagination vivid, recounting the moon landing from the perspective of a middle-aged man nostalgic for the milestone events.
The film may appeal more to viewers who were familiar with the events of the 1960s, or it may fire the imagination of young children who are currently dreaming of life as an astronaut landing on the moon.
2. Return to space
– Directors: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
– Release date: April 7
– Autonomy: 128 minutes
If you’re an Elon Musk fan, you might enjoy the “Return to Space” documentary that would be a two-hour endorsement of the multi-billionaire. Part of the documentary details an actual astronaut adventure, while the other part focuses on Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX) which he founded in 2002. No corporate technology secrets have been revealed, but viewers can be amused as they learn about the fundamental ideas behind SpaceX’s Dragon system.
“Return to Space” was directed by husband and wife team Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin, who won an Oscar in 2019 for their documentary “Free Solo.”
3. Dancing on glass
– Director: Jota Linares
– Release date: April 8
– Duration: 137 minutes
The Spanish film “Dancing on Glass” chronicles the struggle of two ballet dancers as they maneuver their dancing careers and personal lives while sharing a special bond with each other. After a company dancer commits suicide, Irene (María Pedraza) is cast as the lead in the ballet showcase titled “Giselle” – and she faces pressure to prepare for her new role.
Irene quickly befriends Aurora (Paula Losada), an introverted newcomer to the ballet company. The film shows the journey of the two dancers as they create their own world, without judgement.
4. Yaksha: Ruthless Operations
– Director: Na Hyun
– Release date: April 8
– Autonomy: 125 minutes
“Yaksha: Ruthless Operations,” starring Park Hae-soo, best known for his role in “Squid Game,” and Sol Kyung-gu follows the story of a prosecutor who inspects a covert operations unit in China. The South Korean thriller is filled with car chases and fight scenes.
The name “Yaksha” comes from a Buddhist deity, known to devour human souls. Throughout the film, viewers can expect to see why the protagonist is given the extreme alias.
5. White Hot: The Rise and Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch
– Directed by: Alison Klayman
– Release date: April 19
– Autonomy: 88 minutes
The Netflix documentary “White Hot: The Rise & Fall of Abercrombie & Fitch” may serve as a mixture of nostalgia and mild distaste for the once ultra-hip clothing brand, Abercrombie & Fitch. The documentary details the height of the all-American brand’s popularity from the 90s to the early 2000s. The documentary explores how the clothing retailer strived to be the definition of “cool” through its marketing. It also tells the story of the retailer’s exclusionary and alleged discriminatory practices, where several former employees filed lawsuits.
The documentary’s producer and director, Alison Klayman, was able to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, ranging from historians and journalists to activists and former employees.
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