The 10 best additions to Amazon Prime this April
It’s finally British Summer Time and the evenings are getting lighter, so we should be spending more time outside… but we won’t. We’ll be in, watching all of these new additions to Amazon Prime.
Catastrophe: Season Two (2015)
The second season of the hilarious Amazon Prime original series sees hapless couple Sharon and Rob in more awkward situations. Following their marriage, they find the stork has visited them once more. With Sharon battling depression and Rob battling unwanted sexual advances, this season shapes up to be just as addictive as the first.
Home Fires: Season One (2015)
This ITV drama, set at the onset of World War II, follows the lives of Women’s Institute members in a rural community in Cheshire. Samantha Bond leads the cast of impressive women including Francesca Annis and Claire Rushbrook. The second series will come to UK television screens in April so here’s your chance to get up to speed.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Matthew Broderick stars in this classic comedy about every teen’s ultimate sick day. Convincing his parents that he’s ill, Ferris Bueller spends the day with his girlfriend exploring Chicago. Bueller famously steals his friend’s dad’s vintage Ferrari and takes part in a street parade – all the while avoiding his parents.
With Jack Nicholson as the Joker you just can’t go wrong. This incarnation of the famous DC Comics anti-hero was directed by Tim Burton and boy, does it show. In a horrific accident involving Batman, the grisly appearance of the Joker is born and he sets his sights on revenge. Batman must stop the villainous madman taking over Gotham City with his deadly poison “smilex” – an ironic weapon that causes its victims to laugh themselves to death.
Stephen Spielberg’s comedy horror tells the story of Billy and his pet Gizmo the mogwai. The cute little creature has a scary dark side that comes out if you break one of the three golden rules: “Don’t get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight.”
The Ides of March (2011)
Directed by George Clooney this award-winner has a stellar cast including Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, Evan Rachel Wood and Clooney himself. The political thriller sees Clooney as Governor Morris – vying for a nomination in the Democratic primaries. Gosling plays his press secretary who after a meeting with their opponent’s campaign manager, begins to doubt Morris’ integrity.
Mad Max (1979)
After the popularity of Tom Hardy’s stint in Mad Max: Fury Road, Amazon Prime gives you the chance to see where it all began. Mel Gibson stars in this dystopian action film as a Main Force Patrol officer, attempting to bring some order to a world plunged into chaos. When his wife and son are brutally murdered, he vows revenge on the biker gang that committed the atrocities.
Risky Business (1983)
A breakthrough film for a 21-year-old Tom Cruise, this 80s classic sees Cruise as high school senior Joel. After his parents leave on vacation, Joel decides to go wild and hires a lady of the night to really make the most of being home alone. When her “bill” is a little too much, Joel has to go to extreme lengths to recuperate before his parents return. Worth the watch just to see Cruise dancing half-naked to “Old Time Rock and Roll”.
Sliding Doors (1998)
The ultimate question of parallel universes – in this romcom we see Gwyneth Paltrow (Helen) catch a train… and miss a train. The film then alternates between the two timelines, following the trials and tribulations of Helen’s love life. Ignoring Paltrow’ hideous attempt at a British accent, the film is enjoyable and poignant.
You’ve Got Mail (1998)
Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan star in this heartwarming romantic comedy. Kathleen Kelly (Ryan) owns a small bookshop that is threatened by the opening of corporate chain store, Foxbooks, across the street. Owner of the chain, Joe Fox (Hanks) begins an intimate relationship with Kathleen via email. The quirk? Neither is aware of who the other is. When Fox discovers the identify of his cyber lover, he has to contend with the hatred he thought he had for her.