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MFF Amazon/Netflix Streaming Recommendations: Ewan McGregor Edition

September 2, 2015

Hello all. Mark here

Ewan McGregor is one of my favorite actors. The dude can sing, fight, charm, ride motorcycles and climb through really dirty toilets. He has had an eclectic career where he has played a clone (The Island), Jedi (Phantom Menace) and a guy with stellar medieval hair.

Jack the Giant Slayer Ewan McGregor

The reason I am writing this post is because of the fantastic documentaries he made with Charley Boorman called Long Way Round and Long Way Down. These documentaries focus on Ewan and Charlie riding around the world on BMW motorcycles. I recently found out they were on Netflix so I scoured Amazon Prime and Netflix in order to find the best Ewan McGregor films that are streaming right now.

Long Way Round/Long Way Down (Netflix)

Long Way Round and Long Way Down are the kind of documentaries that make you want to do something with your life. I know that you are a busy person and there is never enough time in the day. However, if you watch these documentaries try to absorb the proceedings and appreciate the journey.  They chronicle McGregors and his friend Charlie Bormans ride all the way around the world. I’ve read the companion books and I appreciate the journey because it  isn’t sugar coated by “reality TV.” These documentaries cover the warts and all trek that takes them to some beautiful places.

Long Way Round


Son of a Gun (Amazon Prime)

Son of a Gun is a twisty Australian crime thriller that has a stellar cast and fun story. You can tell Ewan McGregor loves every second of playing the bad guy and it shows in his performance. The movie is worth a watch for the final 10 minutes. Ewan McGregor holds the screen like none other and you actually feel bad for the murderous criminal. I hope Son of a Gun opens up more bad guy doors for Ewan because he is really good in this film. Also, Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair, Man from U.N.C.L.E, Ex-Machina) is always good.

Son of a Gun Ewan McGregor


Beginners (Netflix)

What I love about Beginners is that it isn’t about starting a relationship. It is about people finding somebody who they want to share the hard times with. So many times people fall in love then realize they don’t like each other and split. It takes a commitment to stay together after the meet cute fades. Beginners may be occasionally too cute by half but it tells a heartfelt story about two likable people who “meet cute” then get into the real stuff. McGregor and Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) have fantastic chemistry and their indie romance is a thing of indie beauty.

beginners roller blading


Trainspotting (Netflix)

Danny Boyle is one of the my favorite directors. Trainspotting was his second film and it hit the world like a bomb. The cast is stellar and Ewan McGregor does a fantastic job spouting the iconic dialogue. I love Trainspotting and hearing Irvine Welsh’s dialogue onscreen is always welcome.

Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f**king big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of f**king fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the f**k you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f**king junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, f**ked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life… But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin’ else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you’ve got heroin?

Ewan McGregor in Trainspotting


Big Fish (Netflix)

Big Fish is a fantastic Tim Burton joint. It is loaded with oddities, glorious visuals and Alison Lohman (Matchstick Men, Drag Me To Hell) being stellar as always. Ewan McGregor does a fantastic job playing the younger version of Albert Finney (?) and his moments on screen are meant to be larger than life and weirder than heck. I love this scene below because it shows McGregor can be cheeky whilst getting the living daylights beat out of him.



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