We know each other well enough now for me to admit that I live a very quiet, indoor life. We’re also close enough for me to admit that I live vicariously through excellent TV shows and movies, but I do have one more admission to make – I don’t watch any ‘normal’ television. I can’t be bothered with ad breaks, TV licences, satellite dishes that cut out in bad weather, or putting up with the absolute crap that most channels broadcast. So I pay my £5.99 to Netflix every month and enjoy amazing programmes without all of that rubbish. And today I’m sharing with you my current favourite series and movies that are on Netflix right now.
Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
The Art Deco, the glamour, the gold pistol, the Poirot-esque atmosphere – Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has everything you want from a tea-time friendly murder mystery show. But, it also has the huge advantage of being fronted by the absolutely stunning Essie Davis, whose cheekbones and wry smile remind me of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Holmes, but with higher heels and much more bad-assery. Also, the stories are brilliantly original, and the men are all completely dashing. There’s a kick starter campaign and rumours of a movie trilogy in the works as well and I’m so excited at the thought of a movie. If you haven’t already, go and watch this. It’s three seasons of great fun, beautifully shot.
Most people prefer The Hunger Games, but I found the never-ending love triangle really bloody annoying. The Divergent series is by far the better of the two not least because it’s all about the kick-ass leading female and there just so happens to be a hot guy involved too. I love this series for that fact alone, but it’s also a brilliantly made, well acted story with plenty of meat to the bones. I just find that most action films with female leads are so heavily based on their romantic entanglements, but not with the Divergent series.
Just because it’s a swashbuckling, adventurous good time. Again (spot the theme here) the female characters in this series are, mostly, completely bad ass. And the 4 actors playing Athos, Porthos, Aramis and D’Artagnan are so, so good at what they do. The re-imagining of the classic tale is very well done, remaining true to the original ideas of the book but with a whole host of new story lines and interesting details. I’m not normally one for classic fiction being taken and warped for TV, but this series is too good for that to matter.
I’m a big fan of the whole Marvel universe, but Jessica Jones is by far the best. I wasn’t the biggest fan of her character development in the newest instalment of Marvel’s Defenders; she came across as whiny and a bit pathetic. But in her own series she’s absolutely amazing. David Tennant plays the villain and I love everything about him – his character is so unique and original and the chemistry and back story between the two is palpable and exciting. It’s got a real feeling of psychological thriller to it whilst still being unashamedly Marvel and a proper superhero storyline.
Angus Thongs & Perfect Snogging
If you don’t know this film you’re either too young to be on the Internet unsupervised or you live under a rock and won’t be reading this blog post anyway. I recently rewatched this hilarious film and it took me right back to those awkward teenage years and the weirdly important politics that go with them. I had already left school when this film was released, but it was still a pillar of my youth and rewatching it as an adult cemented it as a genuinely brilliant film that stands the test of time. Now it’s on Netflix I’ve seen a lot of other people my age going back to it and loving it just as much. If you ever need a feel-good, girly pick-me-up then this is the film for you.
Another BBC series that’s made it to Netflix, and another unbelievable modern adaptation of a classic. I feel like there’s almost no need for me to even explain why this show is so good, if you’ve seen it, you know. Mark Gatiss and Steven Moffat are possibly the most intelligent writers in TV at the moment and have such an original way of looking at things. It doesn’t matter how many times I watch Sherlock, it still amazes me and I still find it so engaging and one of a kind. Also props to them for making Moriarty the most adorable bad guy ever.
Anne With An E
Anne With An E is the Netflix adaptation of the novel Anne of Green Gables. It was a favourite of mine as a child, and the old VHS boxset I had of the 1985 mini series was also well loved. Years after first watching that though, I found it to be far too sweet and idyllic for my taste. I’d grown up a bit and knew more history that simply didn’t support the clean, friendly, easy time Anne had. So Anne With An E was a welcome, gritty, more real version of a story I loved so well. Do not watch this series with anyone else if you’re easily embarassed about crying at a TV show. I balled my eyes out from the first few minutes of the first episode and only stopped a couple of times. Also not wise viewing if you’re very emotionally sensitive. I thought I was pretty tough but my God. Brutal. Amazing, but brutal with it.
So there’s my current favourite Netflix listings and why I love them. There’s a second series of Anne With An E due in about a year’s time, awful reprts of the new Sherlock not being released until 2020 (sweet Lord), and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries will hopefully be getting a movie or three. I’m interested to see what Netflix and Marvel do with Jessica Jones in her next season, since I wasn’t massively sold on her performance in The Defenders, but I remain hopeful.
What’s your favourite Netflix show and what should I watch next?