July 18, 2016

Netflix and Chill: What You Should Watch On Netflix



Ever since Military Husband bought me a subscription when we were dating, I have been obsessed with Netflix. Being that I am currently on a "work sabbatical" (translation: yup, still lazy as ever), I am always able to find a new series or movie to pass the time. Most of my favorite Marvel series find their home on Netflix. I recapped Netflix's Jessica JonesDaredevil Season 2  and plan to recap Luke Cage this fall. If you have not seen any of these series, they both come with my highest recommendations. Netflix currently carries all three seasons of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD and Marvel fans are hoping to see Agent Carter on Netflix soon.

Photo Credit: Marvel/ABC 
If you know me, you know Agent Carter holds a special place in my heart. I wrote a post titled 10 Reasons Every Woman Should Care About Agent Carter and recapped Agent Carter Season 2. Agent Carter is my favorite Marvel heroine and I was absolutely heartbroken when ABC canceled the series. However, Marvel's Agent Carter has a good chance at being revived by Netflix. Fingers crossed, Peggy Carter fans!

Until then, I thought I would tell you about a few unique films and television series on Netflix that I think you might enjoy watching this summer. 

Luther


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I have always fancied Idris Elba as one of the greatest actors of our time (plus, he is a Virgo, like yours truly), but never was this cemented more until I watched the BBC's Luther. I first became aware of the series when I saw it was nominated several years for Emmys and Golden Globes and Idris himself won both a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award. Once I learned it was available streaming on Netflix, I was compelled to watch the series.

Idris portrays DCI John Luther (Detective Chief Inspector in Scotland Yard speak), a tough, but brilliant detective tasked with solving crimes involving heinous murders, serial killers, all the while dealing with his own personal demons and a corrupt police department. Luther has incredible powers of perception and has no problem doing whatever means necessary to solve the case. The series is addictive; no one is who they seem, everyone has dark secrets and try not to get too attached to anyone or lest you be left in tears. If you love comic book style action, Luther is the show for you. I could practically write an entire post telling you how much I love this show and absolutely imploring you to watch every episode.

Luther also incorporates the use of music throughout the series to move the plot, and Idris Elba released his own "Luther inspired album" available on iTunes and Spotify titled "Murdah Loves John." If you were not aware, Idris is a pretty renowned DJ.

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I am so saddened that Luther has not been renewed for a new season, but Idris has promised to portray Luther again in the future.

Life

Photo Credit: The Film Magazine
Ever since I was a child and my father introduced me to the film Rebel Without A Cause, I have always been fascinated by James Dean. Living only to the young age of 24, Dean's life was the epitome of the phrase "live fast, die young." A complicated man, the loss of his mother and lack of a relationship with his father seemed to haunt him throughout his life. This is something captured in the film Life, currently available on Netflix, which focuses on the friendship between Dean and Dennis Stock, a photographer at Magnum Photos Agency, who shot some of the most famous pictures ever taken of James Dean.

Photographs like this:

Photo Credit: Dennis Stock/Magnum Photos
Believe me when I tell you that Dane DeHaan's portrayal of Dean is so accurate it is almost creepy and Robert Pattison as Dennis Stock is quite excellent, as well. There are a lot of other famous names in the film as well, such as Natalie Wood, Eartha Kitt, and of course, Jack Warner, head of Warner Bros. Studios., who is portrayed by quite superbly by Ben Kingsley. This is a sleepy little film that left me feeling a bit sad when the credits rolled. There is something about DeHaan's Dean that is lonely and vulnerable, and makes you sympathetic to the life that James Dean would never realize.

In Your Eyes

Photo Credit: Tribeca Film Festival
If you are familiar with my blog, you probably know I heart Joss Whedon. One of my favorite self-made quotes is "When in doubt, Whedon it out." Of course, I am grateful to Joss for The Avengers, the greatest superhero movie of our time, but even more so for creating one of the most iconic female characters in television history, Buffy. Perhaps one of the few male writers who can perfectly capture the emotion and complexity of a woman's heart and soul, Joss never fails to deliver female characters driven by passion, intelligence and bravery.

When I learned about a little film available on Netflix titled In Your Eyes written by a 28 year old Joss Whedon, I was intrigued. Friends, the only word to describe this movie is wow. If you love Joss Whedon, you will adore this movie. The story is of two complete strangers with an inexplicable connection. And while not everyone will understand its greater meaning, those of us who believe in soulmates and a connection through words will be spellbound. I watched this movie for the first time while Military Husband was sleeping and was literally crying my eyes out towards the end of the movie. Bring your tissues, your imagination and enjoy this science fiction romantic film.

Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23


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If you are a fan of my kind of humor (sarcastic, ridiculous and "where does she come up with this stuff?" kind of joviality), Don't Trust The B In Apartment 23 is the series for you. With only two seasons prior to its cancellation, this show is absolutely hilarious and a true gem.

Krysten Ritter portrays the completely over the top Chloe, a New York party girl who lacks any morals whatsoever, who just happens to be best friends with James Van Der Beek. Yes, you read that correctly, James Van Der Beek playing himself as an arrogant, self absorbed celebrity proving that he has a great sense of self awareness and humor. Legit, I love James Van Der Beek for this role - he is simply brilliant and had me and Military Husband in stitches laughing.

There are so many quotables in this series and Military Husband and I often laugh thinking back at our favorite episodes, most notably, "Bar Lies," "Sexy People," and "Shitagi Nashi." You will not regret watching this series.

Faces In The Crowd


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I stumbled across the film Faces In The Crowd one Sunday afternoon and was pleasantly surprised by its unique premise. Milla Jovovich stars as Anna Merchant who is attacked by a serial killer named Tearjerk Jack. When she awakes from a coma a week later, she learns she has prosopagnosia, a certain kind of brain damage that causes "face blindness" or the disability to recognize or remember faces.

While Anna cannot see the face of the man that attacked her, the killer most definitely remembers her and is determined to obtain her silence. Anna is faced with the terror that he could be virtually anyone around her. I was definitely kept on the edge of my seat wondering the identity of the killer. This is more along the lines of a "Lifetime movie," but with much better acting. I would definitely suggest checking this movie out on a rainy day.

Have you watched any movies or television series recently on Netflix that you enjoyed? Let me know your suggestions in the comments below!

Watching Netflix with my pugs, I am,


42 comments:

  1. Love this list! I need some new shows

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  2. I love Milla Jovovich soooooooooooooooooooooo much.

    One thing I can tell you absolutely not to watch ever on Netflix is The Last Kingdom. It's like someone tried to rip off Vikings (very badly), but didn't even bother to change any of the character names.

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    1. Oh! Thanks for the heads up! I also forgot to mention the two Netflix produced movie I loved: Beasts of No Nation and Hush!

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  3. I loved Don't Trust the B! I was bummed when it got cancelled!

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  4. Love, love, love Don't trust the B! And I loved Buffy!! LOL

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  5. I've heard such good things about Luther! It's on my list of shows I want to watch.

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  6. That's a great collection! I don't watch Netflix as much as Hulu these days...I've gotten bored with the stuff on there. I'll check some of these out, though!

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    1. Yeah it can be hit or miss with Netflix. I try to keep my eye out for good stuff!

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  7. Military Wife -
    You hit the proverbial nail on the head with this list. Most I am up on but In Your Eyes I have been scrolling past and will now get a looksee when I have some downtime.
    I am hooked on Grace and Frankie and Kimmy Schmidt BUT more recently I latched onto Shannara. I was cool to the books but the series has me considering a new look at the series.
    Love Noodles

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  8. Just in time....I am running low on things to watch!

    My hubby and I LOVED Luther, thanks so much for turning me on to it I'm bummed it didn't get renewed. British TV is probably some of the best stuff out there, but their seasons are wonky. I discovered Benedict Cumberbatch's (and more importantly, Martin Freeman) Sherlock, and their seasons are catch and catch can :-).

    Lately we are re-re-re-re-watching Buffy, and I will definitely add In Your Eyes to our "Watch List". Also OITNB, House of Cards, and even TSL of Kimmy are all good TV!

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    1. You're going to love In Your Eyes! It's so sweet!!

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    2. I 2nd SHerlock, it's amazing. Once John meets Sherlock it never stops being amazing. It's not even really a TV show, it's like 3 movies in one season.

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    3. I still need to watch this show! Love Cumberbatch...he is such a fun guy!

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    4. Luther wasn't cancelled, it has to fit around Idris Elba's busy schedule so expect new episodes at some point (both Elba and creator Neil Cross have discussed future episodes on BBC1).

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    5. Yes yes!! And a movie was in the talks!!

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  9. Nice list I am adding the ones I have not watched to my que!

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  10. I watched Luther when it was on BBC 1, I luffed it, Idris is soooo amazing
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

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  11. I enjoyed Don't Trust The B. I was bummed when it went away.

    We've recently started watching House Of Cards on Netflix. It's good so far.

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  12. Ooh, I'm saving this down girl, defo need new things to watch on Netflix and these all sound ah-mazing!!

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  13. I just love Idris Elba. Thanks for the suggestions!

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  14. Thank you!
    On boring weekends when there's no plan of going out or vacay, I've always wondered what great shows to watch. I'm excited to see these.

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  15. I love Netflix. I am watching Pretty Little Liars still!

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    1. Julie @jewelswandering is too! Lol I'm like the only one not watching that!

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  16. No surprises, as we don't watch much telly and don't have Netflix, haven't watched ANY of those....lol!

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  17. LOVE Don't Trust the B and I am dying to watch Luther but Hubs is like "nah..."

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    1. Omg Luther is a great great show! It's so smart!

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  18. I just caught up with Better Call Saul and love the Marvel originals - Daredevil (season 3 soon), Jessica Jones and I can't wait for Luke Cage. We just got every episode of Star Trek and will be getting the new show in January!

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  19. In Your Eyes sounds interesting. I loved Firefly. :) I have been curious to watch Don't Trust the B but never got around to it.

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    1. In Your Eyes is so sweet! Whattttt you watched Firefly but no Buffy or Angel? Those are Joss staples! Joss at his best'n

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