Netflix TV series are the only thing that keeps me sane through the depths of Winter, so if you’re struggling too, you should consider taking up this addiction.
Firstly, you should probably understand my preferences when it comes to films and TV. I’m an ex Film Studies student, with a weird interest in dark crime thrillers and horror films (I’ve seen all the classics and more). Quentin Tarantino is my favourite director, because of the wit and epic soundtracks. My sense of humour is sarcastic, self-deprecating and never slapstick. I also like hard hitting documentaries and anything with Will Ferrell.
You may think I have too much time on my hands, but I could not possibly comment.
This is now a cult classic, people. If you haven’t already watched it, I suggest you at least try a few episodes, because otherwise you will be missing out on a lot of jokes and references.
It’s extremely dark yet subtly funny, and the story of Walter White is one you won’t forget. It’s also incredibly well made.
Robert Rodriguez also directed/produced Machete, Planet Terror, Sin City, Spy Kids (yes, you heard me right) and the original From Dusk Til Dawn series in 1996. So it’s fair to say that you know this series is going to be pretty awesome.
Don’t get me wrong, I really dislike vampire movies etc, but this is very different and stylised in a fabulous Robert Rodriguez way that kind of mutes the fact that we are dealing with vampires.
I followed 80% of what was going on throughout House of Cards, and am fairly sure I missed out on some of the more nuanced goings on, but what I understood of it what great.
The best thing about it is watching the power shifts between Francis, his wife Claire, and the other congressmen. I learned two things from watching this series:
1. American politics is ridiculously confusing.
2. Kevin Spacey is a bit of a hero.
I just finished this last week and am still sad about it. I think I actually liked this show better than all of the others, and I can’t recommend it highly enough.
When I first heard of it, I didn’t think think it would be something I’d like. I assumed it would be very gangster-movie-like and I really can’t get on with those. However, I was happily mistaken.
You have to be okay with reading subtitles to watch this, as it’s mostly all in Norwegian (except for ex New York mobster Johnny), but don’t let that put you off! The humour is on point, the scenery is beautiful, and its dark story-lines will keep you playing episode after episode. Also you will probably fall in love with Torgeir.
This will not be to everyone’s taste, and considering how many weird horror film’s I’ve sat through in my life, I was surprised to find that it was only just on the edge of my taste.
Potentially the most bizarre, disgusting and confusing show I’ve ever watched, American Horror Story is a mind-f***. It’s clever though, and I like that they use the same actors to play totally different characters throughout each series. However I wouldn’t say I actually liked watching it. It’s more about being fascinated by how many gruesome, twisted ideas they can shove into one show!
I’ve only watched Seasons 1 and 2, but I couldn’t get very far with Season 3. It felt too much like Sabrina the Teenage Witch, or some horribly cheesy teen movie.
I have just started watching this (to help me get over Lilyhammer) and I must say it’s incredibly gripping! I’ve nearly finished the first series and it’s only been 2 days…
Be prepared to be shocked by how deep it goes into the mystery of Rosie Larson’s murder. I wasn’t prepared for how dark and serious it was going to be, and the way the show also follows Rosie’s family dealing with the loss of their daughter is heartbreaking.
It’s not a cheery one, but it will keep you on the edge of your seat.
Netflix is now £6.99 a month (I’m still paying £5.99, because I’m a long-time customer), and for the amount of great shows and movies on there I rather think it’s a bargain you can’t miss if you don’t already have it.
From looking at the above, if anyone would like to introduce me to any other Netflix shows to eat up my evenings I’d welcome any recommendations!