I have devoted so much time into watching Netflix, and I have seen some really awesome films and shows. There were some difficult decisions while narrowing down my favorites, because I have so many. Also, my taste in film is very broad, so there was so much for me to choose from.
I tried to avoid listing some of the most obvious items, like Orange is the New Black or classics like Pulp Fiction, but there were some I just could not stand to not put on my list. My goal is to introduce my fellow addicts to things they may have not seen yet, that will hopefully find interesting.
Well, let’s get to it!
Filty, gritty, grotesque, and raw are all words that quickly come to mind when I think of this movie. It’s so real and honest, and explores a world that most people don’t know about.
The film centers around a young guy named Renton (Ewan McGregor, far right) who provides narration throughout a part of his life in which he is dealing with addiction to drugs. There are many other aspects surrounding his addiction, like the fact that he has to steal from retirement homes to pay for his drugs, all the issues in his circle of friends, and his relationships with his girlfriend and family. It’s exciting and crazy and gross and you have to watch it.
6. Parks and Recreation
This is one of the shows that I talked about that I couldn’t leave off this list. Everything about this show is so perfect. It’s hilarious, and has some of the funniest, well developed characters I’ve ever seen in television. I started watching this show my sophomore year of college, and managed to finish every episode in a week. I couldn’t stop watching because I had fallen in love with the show.
These lovable characters all work in the Parks and Recreation department of a fictional town called Pawnee. It revolves around Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a driven individual that wants nothing more than to succeed at her job and make Pawnee a better place. However, it seems like everything in her town, which sometimes includes her own boss Ron Swanson (Nick Offerman), is working against her.
It was fascinating to see the effect this show had in my life socially. It was like once I watched this show, I was able to level with people in a brand new way. This show had an incredible ability to bring it’s viewers closer together, which is something that I admired very much. This show has it all. From chubby Chris Pratt to the establishment of Treat Yo Self Day, everything in this show makes it worthy of a binge session.
This movie is about three kids growing up in Inglewood. Three self-titled “geeks” who are obsessed with 90s hip-hop music and culture get themselves into trouble when they seek validation from a guy named Dom. Malcolm (Shameik Moore) provides narration throughout the film, giving his first person perspective of the whole situation.
After attending a party that is busted by the police, Malcolm leaves with his bag filled with hidden drugs. He does everything he can to get rid of the drugs before he gets busted and ruins his change of getting into an ivy league school after he graduates.
One of the best elements of this film is that the title is a triple play on words. It represents drugs (obviously), being an idiot, and slang for something considered cool.
4. The Propaganda Game
This is probably the most far removed item on the list, because it’s the only documentary. However, I do believe that this is an important film for people to see. It’s about North Korea, which in itself is a highly fascinating subject. This movie actually has footage from filmmakers inside the country, and gives viewers an idea of the reality of life to the millions of people that live their lives there.
It’s something that I’m sure many people don’t consider when they think of North Korea. Instead, people immediately think of nuclear weapons and corrupt governments. For the people living there, they are happy and thriving. At least, that’s what they show to visitors. It’s a very interesting film and leaves a lot of questions.
Documentary film structure is actually a subject I studied when I was working on my associates degree, which is probably why I enjoy watching them so much. I know what elements to look for, and what they’re supposed to mean. I guess it’s true that taking a Film class will ruin the way you watch movies, because you will know what to look for and analyze the whole time instead of actually enjoying it.
3. Corpse Bride
Cartoons are typically bright, colorful, cheerful, and happy. This movie takes a completely different route.
Tim Burton’s style is so iconic and recognizable at this point, and stop motion animation is such a commendable art that takes a lot of patience. That’s why this movie is so fascinating to me, knowing that every move that the characters make had to be adjusted and recorded on the spot by animators.
The story is great as well. A man, who is stuck in an arranged engagement, runs off into the woods during his wedding rehearsal, and accidentally marries a corpse. From there, he has to fight to get back to the world of the living and figure out how to get out of this unholy marriage.
Heather, Heather, and Heather are three friends that are the most popular girls in school. Their friend, Veronica (Winona Ryder), hates them. So if you hate your friends, why are you friends with them? Veronica is such a complex character, and is often hard to understand. That’s why I find this film to be so compelling.
Not to mention the murders, suicide attempts, homicidal psycho boyfriend, and explosions that ensue.
This film goes from 0-60 way too fast. It’s like Mean Girls, but with murder. If it wasn’t for the Harry Potter books being turned into movies, this would be my favorite movie. It’s more than a suggestion, it’s a requirement. Don’t talk to me until you’ve seen this movie.
1. Stranger Things
This is the most beautiful work of art I have ever seen. Everything from the countless pieces of symbolism and incredible music, to the phenomenal acting and gripping story line. I started this and watched every single episode in one binge session. I laughed, I cried, I was scared, I was happy, and when it ended I wanted more.
This is without a doubt the best show I have ever seen in my entire life, and I’m so thankful that I was able to see this. I could go on and on about this show, and probably even make multiple blog posts about it. I’ll just say that if you have not seen this, then you’re doing life wrong. Stop what you’re doing, go home, cancel all your plans, get a bunch of food ready, and watch every episode right now.