I don’t know about you guys, but between that cold spell we had, all the commute-disrupting snow, and my subsequent illness that followed, I spent rather more time than usual camped out with Netflix. I’ve already binge-watched all of Friends, and lucky for me, the film selection is on point right now! I’m also something of a film repeater. I have films I love watching over and over, no matter how many times I’ve seen them! Things that always cheer me up, make me laugh or cry, favorite episodes when I don’t know what else to watch… I know I’m not alone in this! I thought I’d share some of what I’m watching on Netflix!
Funnily enough, I sometimes get a little weird with Netflix recommendations. There have been times in the past when a show or film has been really hyped up and when I watched it, I found it just wasn’t my thing. Case in point… I got about 20 minutes into La La Land before I turned it off. It happens, you know? The thing about Netflix though, is that there is so much great content! At times, I feel a little overwhelmed, which is why it’s helpful to have recommendations!
8 Things I’m Watching on Netflix
I love when you see actors do a film that’s a little different from their usual. Jon Favreau can usually be found in Vince Vaughn type comedy films, and even in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it’s nice to see a sort of stripped back version. In Chef, he plays a character who’s a bit stuck, who has a bit of a breakdown in the age of Twitter and going viral… he has to take a step back and rediscover himself, while also attempting to heal the relationship with his son. It’s such a sweet story, and also, not going to lie, made me hungry!
I mean, I love me a Richard Curtis movie. I watch Love Actually every year at Christmas. Aside from the fact that there is practically no diversity in his films, they’ve kind of come to be synonymous with quintessentially British culture! Everyone is a secret Hugh Grant, bumbling over their words… Whoopsadaisies! Anyway, About Time is a definite favorite, so the fact it’s on Netflix is a real bonus! It’s a classic love story, true… boy meets girl, boy falls in love with girl, boy ges back in time to help a friend and accidentally loses girl… typical rom-com stuff! The thing is, it’s not just that kind of love story. It’s also about the love we feel for our friends and family, too. I cry every time I watch it.
Julie and Julia
I love a good film about food. I’ve got a real appreciation for it, and there’s something about food in films that appeals to me. Julie and Julia is a brilliant Netflix watch… If Meryl Streep isn’t enough to convince you, I’m also a fan of Chris Messina and will pretty much watch anything he’s in! Every time I watch this film, I want to buy a copy of Julia Child’s cookbooks and having a go at boning a duck.
This hilarious and heartwarming film tells the story of Mark Ashton and the group he founded in the 80s, Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners. At the height of the miner’s strike, this group befriends a town in Wales to help them through their hardship. I’m terribly oversimplifying it of course, but it’s a brilliant film that I’ve watched over and over. Plus, it features an all-star cast and some brilliant dancing from Dominic West!
It’s Kind of a Funny Story
A sweet film that I’ve watched more times than I can count. It’s a really unique and quirky look at depression, and mental health. Based on a book by the same, it’s a sweet story that I found my younger self definitely related to. Aside from being a story about finding yourself, there’s a pretty great rendition of Queen’s ‘Under Pressure’ that always puts a smile on my face! The book is on my reading list as well.
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist
I wish I was as cool in high school as these kiddies. I mean, I guess Michael Cera was the epitome of nerdy geek chic in the late 00s. It’s a night out in NYC that dreams are made of. This is one of those films I watch when I’m in need of a pick-me-up, or am feeling a little homesick. This is my city after all! It’s definitely worth a watch in my books!
The Lady In The Van
A delightful adaptation of the play of the same name by Alan Bennet. Apparently it’s all based on a true experience of Bennet’s. The theatre nerd in me also adores the fact that practically every single original cast member from The History Boys (another favorite) makes a cameo appearance. It’s a delightful story, and Maggie Smith puts in quite the performance as a crotchety old homeless woman living out of her van. A film full of very understated laughter and heartache.
Gemma Arterton is an absolute gem in this film and that is the main reason I’ve watched it so many times. I’m also a sucker for a period film, and this one tickes all the boxes. London in the 1940s, it’s a war film about making film. Delightful really, and a lighthearted watch with a stellar cast to boot!