Netflix unveiled its third original feature film last week (not counting documentaries and TV) with the long-awaited sequel to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The response so far has not been great, but that’s because Ang Lee’s original tried hard to transcend the martial arts genre, and the sequel simply is a terrific martial arts film (it doesn’t try to be grandiose). True kung-fu fans will get it. For a Michelle Yeoh double-feature, I’ve also included her appearance as a Bond girl in this week’s list.
And in the tradition of Bond, I have selected a batch of other worthy English films, as well as one from Germany (featuring the beautiful and deadly 1930s equivalent of a Bond girl). There’s also an indie, a creepy animated feature, a forgotten crime film, and the original version of a long tinkered-with sci-fi classic.
Finally, we have one of the best films of 2015, and yet another film that turns 100 years old in 2016, but remains timelessly funny+