Personally, I haven’t finished Daredevil yet, because this nasty little thing called Real Life intruded on my TV watching time. Rude. If you have watched the last episode and find yourself staring at your open Netflix tab waiting for your brain to buffer, don’t start yourself on an endless browsing jag. Let me tell you what to watch instead. Kneel before Zod.
If you want to watch… Charlie Cox
Before he was Matt Murdock, Daredevil star Charlie Cox was a relative unknown who was cast as the lead in Matthew Vaughn’s Stardust, based on Neil Gaiman’s fantasy novel of the same name. For whatever reason, the film fizzled, earning only $38 million domestically, and Cox’s career stayed relatively quiet barring a run in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. For all that it came and went at theaters, Stardust is still a fine film that currently enjoys a sizeable following. Watching Robert De Niro really have fun with a role is its own unique joy, though, again, Mark Strong should not have hair.
If you want to watch… kick-ass fight scenes
Ip Man and Ip Man 2 are both on the ‘flix, and they’re both more than worth watching, but for sheer butterkickery nothing beats the latter film’s Donnie Yen-Sammo Hung table fight.
If you want to watch… questionably accurate depictions of New York City
Friends is set in an alternate version of New York where 20-somethings with menial jobs can afford apartments larger than a shoebox. Daredevil is set in an alternate version of Hell’s Kitchen where there are fewer bakeries and fancy restaurants, ie the ’90s. Get over near the far west side of Manhattan, around the Javits Center, and Daredevil’s squalor will start to look a little familiar (as anyone who’s looked for nearby dining options while attending New York Comic Con can tell you), but for the most part Wilson Fisk has already won the real-life gentrification war.
If you want to watch… abs that just don’t quit
Lee Byung-hun’s abs only get a cameo appearance in Korean “kimchee Western” The Good, The Bad, The Weird, but the they’re in scene is so blatantly, delightfully fan service-y that it earns them a place on this list. It doesn’t hurt that the movie itself is 130 minutes of high-octane bonkerness, including a chase scene near the end that lasts for a good 45 minutes.
If you want to watch… underdogs going up against The Man
Don’t think of The Battered Bastards of Baseball as a sports documentary. Think of it as the closest thing to a real-life Sandlot the world’s ever gonna get. I do not give a single shit about any sort of sport, and I love this movie.
If you want to watch… quasi-modern-noir
The Internet tells me that A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night goes up on Netflix Instant starting today, and the Internet never lies, so if you don’t see it there, you’re stuck in an alternate hell dimension of your own making, and there’s really nothing I can do for you. If it is there, it’s an Iranian vampire western with an ’80s-inspired soundtrack that’s shot in sumptuous black and white and absolutely oozes cool.
If you want to watch… an attractive man wearing a mask
If you want to watch… something where you’re like “OK, I’m not sure if this’ll be good, but I guess I’ll give it a shot, holy shit I am actually liking this.”
Pain and Gain. Yeah, I know, Michael Bay. And Pain and Gain’s not a great movie—it could stand to be about half an hour shorter, for one—but it’s a genuinely (intentionally!) funny movie, and The Rock shines as a dim-witted former convict who doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but Jesus Christ himself has blessed him with many gifts, and one of them is knocking someone the fuck out.