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The Late Movies: Amazing Films from Down Under

There are some pretty amazing Australian films out there, but by and large they're only well-known in their home country. I thought I'd use tonight's Late Movies to share a few of my favorites.

Bad Boy Bubby

This is one of my favorite Australian films, and also one of the weirdest and most disturbing movies I've ever seen. It centers around an abused man-child, the titular Bubby, who was kept indoors and told that outside was poison for the first thirty-something years of his life. When his long-gone father returns for a fling with his mother, he freaks out and suffocates them both with cling-wrap, finds out that outside's not actually poison, and escapes into modern-day Adelaide to wreak havoc, befriend a cat, start a rock band, and have other wild adventures. Adding to the weirdness is the fact that this film was shot using at least a dozen different cinematographers, giving the film a visual style at least as schizophrenic as its protagonist.

Some NSFW stuff in this trailer, btw.

Walkabout

Two modern-day kids from Sydney drive out into the deep countryside with their stressed-out dad for a picnic. Dad freaks out, tries to kill them, then shoots himself and sets his car on fire. They're left to find their way home through the harsh Australian bush in a bizarre and visionary journey that mimics that of the Aboriginal walkabout. The film debut of legendary Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil.

Picnic at Hanging Rock

A group of Victorian-era schoolgirls go on a day's outing to a local monolith in the outback. Several of them disappear in a mystery that consumes their mannered school and ultimately tears it apart. A formal-looking period piece with haunting, supernatural undertones. Fascinating.

The Last Wave

Another Peter Weir masterpiece, this one set in modern day Sydney, about a lawyer who takes the case of several Aboriginal men accused of murdering one of their own. He becomes embroiled in secret rituals and a powerful belief system that seems to predict the end of the world, and discovers that he, too, may be a powerful shaman in his own right. A work of subtle psychological weirdness and beauty.

Muriel's Wedding

The film that brought Toni Collette into the international spotlight, and an hilarious spoof on small towns, small minds and the travails of a fat, Abba-loving girl who wants desperately to be one of the beautiful people.

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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

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