Tuesday, 4 July 2017

The Best of Netflix Spring/Summer 2017


All three of us are huge Netflix fans and we constantly recommend different documentaries, films and series to each other to binge on. As we're sure you know it can be such a minefield out there with so many options available. At least once a week our Facebook feed is filled with people searching and asking for recommendations so we thought it would be great for us to share what we're currently loving on Netflix and leave the comments open for more mini reviews and recommendations. We hope it's of some help!

Lyndsey's Netflix Picks

Drama

Orange is the New Black has been a favourite of mine since it first burst on to Netflix with rave reviews. It definitely has it's ups and downs with some seasons being stronger than others but let me tell you season 5 is AMAZING. I sat down on a rare day off at around 10am and I binged watched the entire season. This season is set over around 48 hours during a prison riot in Lichfield and this premise just creates such an intense, high energy atmosphere. I couldn't turn it off and it was comparable to me reading the latest Harry Potter as a kid. If you like hilarious, sometimes racy, often shocking and really intelligent TV with a strong mostly female cast OITNB is 100% for you.

Guilty Pleasure

Ru Paul's Drag Race is not just a guilty pleasure but also the only series that I will watch over and over without getting bored. Drag queens, drama, Michelle Visage & lip syncing; really, what more could you want? Apart from the fact it's super entertaining, the queens on the show are super creative and talented. It's amazing some of the looks they pull out of the bag. If you have never watched before start with season 5 and you won't be sorry.

Film

Clueless. A total cult classic has been a favourite of mine since I was about 9 and I first saw the best chick flick ever! I fell in love with Cher and Dionne and would quote them at school on a daily basis and nobody had a clue what I was on about #clueless! The costume design is incredible and between Brittany Murphy and Alicia Silverstone you will have a brand new 90's girl crush. If you like Mean Girls with its witty scripting and hilarious cast you will love Clueless.

Documentary

Secrets of Selfridges seems like a strange choice but honestly it is fantastic and super interesting. I feel in love with the story of Selfridges watching TV programme Mr Selfridge on ITV earlier. The story of the American entrepreneur who had it all then lost it all is sad and uplifting in equal measures. The entire 'Secrets of..' series is fantastic and great Sunday night viewing.


Toni's Netflix Picks

Drama

You Me Her is a bit like a rom-com but in a series...basically a married couple try to get out of their boring rut by having a threesome. Obviously it isn't as simple as that and in this case they end up in a 3-way relationship. Series two has just been released and I am so excited to see what happens!

Guilty Pleasure

For me it has to be Pretty Little Liars. To be fair I did start watching this when I was 16 and I absolutely loved it, couldn't put it down. I have to say that as the series have gone on I haven't been quite as enthralled with it as its a little bit samey but they know how to keep you watching with all the unanswered questions and twists along the way. Final EVER episode is out on the 28th of June and I soo hope it's the end that I have been waiting for.

Film

Ugh so many, Ant Man has been put up recently which is hilarious. It stars Paul Rudd who plays a very witty ex-con who is trying to cut his bad/illegal habits so he can build a relationship with his daughter. Of course he manages to get himself back into trouble and ends up getting his hands on a shrink-suit. This new addition to the universe of Marvel is funny and clever with a few little surprises in there to keep you on edge. 

Documentary

Anything David Attenborough - Africa, Life, Planet Earth, The Hunt. All exceptionally and equally beautiful. They are by far the most interesting documentaries I have ever seen, you will learn so much from watching any of them! Most of the time I cannot believe what I am seeing/hearing, they are just such a treat to watch. 



Zoë's Netflix Picks

Drama

For me, it just HAS to be House of Cards. Let me apologise for being late to the party but i'm writing this with only one episode left and can't believe that so much believable drama happens in the White House. From hidden murders, corruption, fake news and everything in-between this is a series I can only urge you to watch and keep going. It just gets better and better and grips you on each episode. Please do be careful when watching as your'e very likely going to binge watch.

Guilty Pleasure 

Riverdale. I can already feel your judging eyes and sigh as you read but I literally couldn't get enough of it. Sorry in advance to Toni but i'll happily admit to binge watching it at Toni's flat after uni when people thought we were doing group work. IT'S SO ADDICTIVE. Yes, the story line is totally ridiculous, yes, it's unrealistic and would never happen but there's definitely that tiny bit in all of us that thinks 'what if'.

Film

The Big Short. So this one is all about the lead upto the economic crash in New York. The cast is solid gold with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Steve Carell and Christian Bale with every fresh face in Hollywood. It's based on a true story and as it unfolds it makes you understand how it happened and why so is actually surprisingly informative too. It's Oscar winning and honestly just a genuinely really really good film.

Documentary 

If it counts, The people V.S OJ Simpson. I know it's not really classed as a documentary because it was dramatised but it in a style that made it feel like it. From start to finish its amazing. It looks into every tiny detail and one episode you'll be thinking he didn't do it then the next your'e feeling disappointed in yourself because how could you NOT think he did it. It's a tough one to try explain but i'm sure you've read and heard everywhere it's totally eye opening to multiple issues including gender, equality and race during a pinnacle time in American history.

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3 comments

  1. Heck yes to RuPaul's Drag Race! Such addictive viewing!

    Gemma
    Faded Windmills

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  2. This is really cool, I like the sound of the Selfridges Documentary. Thanks for the recommendation!!

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