Netflix is making its case as the new frontier of film and its experience at this year's Sundance festival is just further proof. The company outbid traditional theatrical distrubutors—as well as Amazon—and swept up nearly half of the total film sales. Amazon may have beat them out by becoming the first screening service to receive a Best Picture Oscar nomination (Manchester by the Sea), but that only seems to have lit a flame under the Netflix execs.
Prior to Sundance's start, Netflix had its eyes on genre-spanning indie films and purchased comedy-crime-thriller I Don't Feel At Home In This World Anymore and sci-fi film The Discovery long before the festival even began. Netflix then added surefire hits like The Incredible Jessica James, starring Daily Show senior correspondent Jessica Williams, and pop culture-meets-politics documentary Nobody Speak, amongst others.
Long gone are the days of actually having to put on pants and going to a theater to watch the hot new movie. Here are 10 Netflix-approved, highly acclaimed films you'll soon be able to watch from the comfort of your bed. Sundance and chill, anyone?
The Incredible Jessica James (later in 2017)
Jessica Williams proved long ago from behind The Daily Show desk that she was a force to be reckoned with. In this film, she plays Jessica James, a playwright in Brooklyn, New York, who finds love with Boone (Chris O’Dowd) as they both navigate prior breakups.