Let the Netflix Binge Begin: Series and Movies to Get You Through the Month
Lockdown 2.0 is here. Instead of panicking and starting to count the days why not make a list of all the movies and shows you haven’t had time to watch in these past months. Netflix is always there for us and this is the perfect time to take advantage of its wide array of shows, take a break from your remote routine and make your days a bit more entertaining without the necessity of going out.
Maybe you’re not in the mood to navigate its extensive list or watch shows based on its recommendations, which is why we’ve come up with a list of our own. A list with all our favourite latest shows, classic movies, awarded documentaries and much more. Check it out:
Ryan Murphy’s latest series that’s got everyone’s attention. The story revolves around the infamous nurse Ratched interpreted by Sarah Paulson and taking inspiration from the movie One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The medical villain was once again immortalized in the mediatic scene by Paulson’s acting and ‘Murphy-esque’ style. An intriguing watch and unpredictable story to add to your list.
2. Enola Holmes
Enola Holmes, Netflix
A fun and engaging spin to the usual Sherlock Holmes stories. Enola Holmes, interpreted by Millie Bobby Brown and directed by Harry Bradbeer, takes us on the journey of a strong and independent girl. A girl who’s willing to do anything to find her mother and prove herself not only to her brothers but the world.Daring, charming and witty are some of the characteristics that will make you love this character and get lost in her anecdotes and adventures.
3. American Murder: The Family Next Door
American Murder: The Family Next Door
The Netflix documentary tells the infuriating and heart-breaking story of the 2018 Watts family murders. It explores the disappearance of Shannan Watts and her children and everything that encompassed the after-math of this tragic event. With the use of social media posts, recordings, messages and even home videos it delves into the lives of the victims and role of the father and husband of the family. It’s worth a watch and will also helps us understand the superficiality of social media and how it can often make us create and believe in false realities...
4. Grand Army
Grand Army, Netflix
Based on the theatre play SLUT, the series created by Katie Cappiello is everything but your typical teenage drama. We live the story of five teenagers from the Grand Army High School and go through their reality of living and studying in Brooklyn in this modern era. Racism, prejudice, religion, inequality and privilege are just a few of the many topics you’ll hear about in the story of their chaotic world.
5. The Last Dance
The Last Dance, Netflix
A docuseries produced by ESPN that chronicles the career of Michael Jordan, considered the best basketball player in history. It focuses on the 1997/98 Chicago Bulls season, Michael Jordan’s last renown season in Chicago, as well as on Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman and coach Phil Jackson, the four people behind the strength and fame of the Bulls in the 90s making it one of the strongest teams in the NBA history. NO, you don’t need to be a basketball aficionado in order to watch the series, we can assure you that anyone will enjoy learning about the path and challenges of one of the most acclaimed athletes in the world. So why not give it a try?
6. The Holiday
The Holiday, classic trailers
A classic light-hearted rom-com to brighten up the upcoming cold days. With the incredible cast of Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, Jack Black and many more you can’t but add it to your must-watch list. It’s ideal to take your mind off the lockdown days that may feel lonely. It focuses on women’s struggles and the challenging interdependence of professional and personal lives. From failed love experiences to workaholic habits and the importance of taking some time off, perfect for this season don’t you think?
7. Chewing Gum
Chewing Gum, Netflix
The comedic story of Tracey, a young black woman living in London in order to accomplish her goals, and honestly, also escaping the reality of her highly religious Christian family. A hilarious and maybe controversial watch that will make you reflect on the different realities that surround us and the importance of following your own dreams. Cheesy, we know, but at times that’s exactly what we need.
8. ‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’
‘David Attenborough: A Life On Our Planet’ , Netflix
The acclaimed documentary has been said to be the most important one of the year according to Forbes, and we can’t help but agree. David Attenborough’s latest documentary collects testimonies of experts and helps us understand the fight we’re currently undertaking for our future, or at least the one we should undertake. It may seem discouraging at first, but it’s completely the opposite. It’s an encouraging lesson, through this project the 93 years old naturalist is trying to teach us something and help us re-evaluate our role in this plane through explaining his.
The series is based in the 1970s and tells the story of two FBI agents in their mission to understand the human mind, but any mind, the one of serial killers in order to get through them in a manner that had never been considered before. It’s based on the begging of profiling and the many challenges along the way for the method to be recognised. The perfect series for a lover of psychology and mystery.
A good alternative if you’re looking for something more informative yet entertaining. A docuseries with short episodes focusing on different topics relevant to our contemporary society, from the wealth gap to monogamy. With episodes ranging from 16 to 25 minutes each making it the perfect option for someone with a short attention span, or someone with a busy schedule that wants to take a break without taking their mind completely off ongoing social issues. And if you happen to watch it and love it, there are a few spin-offs that will entertain you just as much, such as The Mind Explained or Sex Explained.
Words by Chiara Ferrari