Any Amazon Prime members out there? Obviously, Netflix still rules the streaming membership land, but don't count Prime out. I'm a card carrier for both services and, although the crossover is significant, Prime does have a lot of great movies Netflix doesn't.
Admittedly, the Prime user interface needs a lot of help, both online and on streaming devices (I have Tivo, and Prime makes me use buttons on my remote I've never even noticed). Netflix has this problem too, but they've improved with each iteration. Prime doesn't seem to get it.
However, browse interactivity aside, Prime does offer a solid selection of movies, old and new, if you know where to look. Sick of Netflix? You may want to give Prime a shot. Amazon currently offers a free trial month before hitting your credit card for $99 for the year. That's a little less than the $107.88 Netflix HD streaming costs for the year. Decisions, decisions. Maybe this article will help yours. These are five great movies to watch on Prime that you can't get on Netflix.
[Selections are taken from the American Amazon Prime and Netflix menus. Apologies if any aren't available in your country.]
1. Under the Skin (2013)
Directed by Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Scarlett Johansson, Paul Brannigan
Not for the faint of heart, Under the Skin is one of the best films of 2013. A shocking, pitch black portrait of an alien seductress and her time on Earth collecting human males to send back home for dinner. Yes, it made waves for Johansson's first nude scenes, but the film is a masterpiece. A visionary work of alien noir by director Jonathan Glazer that will live in film history.
Watch it if you like: Species, Dark City, The Terminator, Her, Fire in the Sky, There Will be Blood, Fallen Angels, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (US)
2. Slow West (2015)
Directed by John Maclean
Starring: Micheal Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn, Caren Pistorius, Rory McCann
One of 2015's best movies thus far, Slow West is a heavily stylized, poetic tale of a young Scottish man's venture to the United States to search for his lost love. She disappeared months earlier and the old west beckons. But the new land carries unforeseen danger and violence he never dreamed.
Watch it if you like: The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Ain't Them Bodies Saints, True Grit (2010), Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia
3. Life After Beth (2014)
Directed by Jeff Baena
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, John C. Reilly, Anna Kendrick, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines
Another genre-mixing horror comedy of recent years, Life After Beth is one of the unheralded good ones. The script won't knock your socks off, but this is a movie to see for the performances. DeHaan plays a grieving young man who misses his recently deceased girlfriend (Plaza) so much, he brushes it off when she suddenly emerges from the dead. But Beth is not the same girl, and slowly he begins to realize that fact.
Watch it if you like: Evil Dead II, Shaun of the Dead, Warm Bodies, Hot Fuzz, Zombieland
4. Spring (2014)
Directed by Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead
Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker
From the directors of Resolution, one of the smartest horror films of the past 10 years, Spring is an indie romance crossed with a wild monster movie. The result is an ominous love story that just feels wrong. Set in Italy, an American falls madly in love with a beautiful local girl. The fact she's strangely aloof, and kind of mean, only seems to turn him on. But she's got a monstrous secret.
Watch it if you like: An American Werewolf in London, Thirst, Only Lovers Left Alive, Resolution, Spellbound, Species
5. Obvious Child (2014)
Directed by Gillian Robespierre
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jake Lacy, Gaby Hoffman, Richard Kind
Amy Schumer gets all the headlines, but Jenny Slate has been doing the "honest sex life" thing just as long and her first starring role puts the comedienne front and center. Slate plays a version of herself, a stand-up comedian in New York City trying to find her voice, her life, and her love all at the same time. But she gets pregnant and things start getting insaneeeeee.
Watch it if you like: Girls (TV), Inside Amy Schumer (TV), The Sarah Silverman Show (TV), Parks and Recreation (TV), Bridesmaids, Trainwreck, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin