Hello everyone, I know this may seem like the most random and trivial post. However, I’ve been having a bit of bloggers block as of late and I wanted to write SOMETHING to get me back in the groove. I saw this on someone else’s blog and thought that it sounded like a good idea, seeing as I spend most of my time watching Netflix anyway.
It was so hard to choose only five titles. I love so many shows and originals on there that I’d love to tell everyone about. I decided to restrict it to things I’ve watched most recently, even if they aren’t new. They’re mostly comedies as because I’m always looking for a good laugh. I also love the true crime and documentary genres, the ones that leave you thinking, “did I do it?”
- Daniel Sloss: Live Shows – Dark & Jigsaw
If you love dark comedy and aren’t easily offended, you’ll love Daniel Sloss’ stand up specials. Dark and Jigsaw are a hilariously pessimistic take on religion, disability, death and relationships. I’m not going to go too much into it because it’ll ruin the squeaky bum moment that will make your breath halt in your chest. This kind of comedy isn’t for the faint-hearted. Sloss even claims that the shows have caused thousands of breakups and multiple divorces. If you’re in a relationship that’s on shaky grounds and you want to live in that denial, I don’t recommend watching. Even with all that said, you’ll come away thoroughly entertained, even though you’ve just had an existential crisis.
- Jack Whitehall: Travels With my Father
I watched the first series after being a fan of Jack Whitehall for quite some time. I think his relationship with his father is hilarious and imagining some of the jokes in Michael Whitehall’s voice now seems even funnier. I’m particularly thinking of the joke about Jack dressing up as Robin Hood and “running away” and his father going after him shouting “I love you, now get in the car.” The second series is based on places in Europe, rather than last series’ Asia and my favourite episode would have to be the Ukraine trip. It’s a great perspective of a young man’s relationship with his father and seeing them grow a real bond. You want Michael to just tell Jack he’s proud of him and give him a hug, but in reality, Jack just gets told to fuck off. You know the love and pride is there in that “fuck off” and that’s what makes it great.
- 3096 Days
This is a film that should not be watched for a casual viewing. 3096 Days or 3096 Tage is the real-life story of Natascha Kampusch, the young girl who was abducted and held a prisoner for eight years. She was kidnapped by Wolfgang Priklopil, who kept her in a deeply hidden cell. It’s such a great film in terms of cinematography, simplicity and harshness. I remember watching it and trying to comprehend how that young girl must have felt in that cell, not even knowing what time of day it was. Of course, I couldn’t imagine, no-one that hasn’t been in that situation could. I’m not going to give any other potential spoilers but it is a definite watch for true crime story lovers.
- F is for Family
I’m not a huge fan of animated shows. It took me years to even think about watching Rick and Morty. However, I was pleasantly surprised when I found this. It tells the story of a suburban white family in 1973’s America and their experiences going through an era that style forgot, the 70’s. F for Family is not for kids and it’s not for the Family Guy lovers out there. There are no chicken fights or talking fishes and that’s what makes it great. It’s great casual viewing that you can dip in and out of, although there is a series arc that ties it all together. I’d definitely give this a chance the next time you’re scrolling forever deciding on what to watch.
- Addicted to Food
Watch this series and it will change your life. Or at least, it will make you start to think differently. Addicted to Food is not your average weight programme. It’s about people who have an addiction, be it overeating, bulimia and even anorexia. They all go to a rehab centre to deal with their addictions and go on their journey together. Tennie McCarty runs the centre and has been through it all herself. She offers these people a new perspective of treatment. She deals with people’s addiction. She believes that if you treat the addiction, the food issue will come eventually. It completely changed my way of thinking about my own situation. Not necessarily with food, but to my own mental health. It gave me the strength to confront my problems, go through them and get to the other side. It’s definitely worth a watch for anyone who is feeling de-motivated with themselves and looking for help.
Technically not on Netflix, but I couldn’t do a post like this without mentioning this show.
Available on BBC iPlayer, Killing Eve is the amazingly beautiful, witty and conniving thriller from Phoebe Waller-Bridge. You can’t help but fall in love with Villanelle and have to remind yourself over and over that she is an actual serial killer, who would kill you without hesitation. It’s exceptionally written and is set in beautiful cities all over Europe. Every episode will leave you wanting more and you’ll hate yourself for bingeing it in one go. Like when you carelessly eat the last chocolate in the packet without realising, not giving it the attention and care that it deserved.
What have you been watching lately? What do you think of my selection? Let me know in the comments below.
See you next time!