Its awards season so I know there are lots of great films to go and watch at the cinema at the moment, but there’s also lots of great new releases coming to Netflix.
It’s still really chilly outside, and it’s tough to gather the energy together to leave the house out of choice, for me anyway, but before we know it, the evenings will be lighter, the weather will be warmer and our streaming services will be slightly less overworked. But for now, here’s the best of what’s new on Netflix UK in February.
Just in time to refresh your bank of cultural capital before the 2020 remake of Emma is released, Clueless is coming to Netflix at the start of the month. This nineties stone-cold classic is a must see; if you’ve never watched it before then now’s your chance to understand the yellow tartan, ‘you’re a virgin who can’t drive’ and Coolio references that infiltrate every ‘only nineties kids…’ lists. If you’ve seen the film before then you know it’s a cultural touchstone with way more meaning than a Pauly Shore movie.
The Studio Ghibli back catalogue
Praise the anime gods: at the beginning of the year, Netflix announced that as of February 2020, they would be carrying 21 films from the Studio Ghibli back catalogue to be released in batches of 7. The first group includes titles such as Kiki’s Delivery Service and My Neighbour Totoro, both key players in the anime starter pack and essential viewing for anyone with an interest in animation.
For Keeps (1988)
Not a Brat Pack movie, despite starring Molly Ringwald, For Keeps is a coming of age eighties drama about a high achieving teenage girl who finds that she is pregnant months before finishing school and heading to college. The film follows the young girl and her partner as they try to grow up and look after a child. The film addresses some tricky topics and does so gracefully. It’s well worth a watch, especially for Brat Pack fans who are interested in seeing Ringwald in a different role.
Serendipitously, as the awards season approaches peppered with nominations for Gerwigs’s Little Women and the film’s protagonist, Saoirse Ronan, Ladybird was the duo’s first foray into working together. The film also stars the brilliant Timothée Chalamet who’s on screen chemistry with Ronan is palpable in both films. Ladybird was a runaway indie success in 2018 and it seems as fresh and clever now as it did two years ago.
Just as we would expect from a Judd Apatow film, especially one starring the hilariously uninhibited Amy Schumer, Trainwreck is hysterical. Not afraid to make fun of herself, Schumer steals the show; getting drunk, smoking weed and genuinely seemingly to enjoy herself; it’s fun to watch a film where the actors are genuinely having a good time.
To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You (2020)
Just in time for V-day, Noah Centino and Lana Condor return with part two of their classic teen rom-com franchise. I can’t be the only one who feels wonderfully nostalgic about romantic comedies on Friday nights? They remind me of going to choose a video from Blockbuster for a sleepover. This promises to be a cheesy and cosily romantic as the last instalment.
Narcos: Mexico season 2
Not so romantic, but very eagerly awaited, Narcos returns promising drama, drugs and exciting storylines. Narcos Mexico follows a similar premise to the original series only instead of being set in Colombia and following Pablo Escobar’s footsteps, the series is set in Mexico and follow’s Félix Gallardo construction of a drugs empire. The series draws on real life events but it fictionalises them, making a fast-paced, yet criminally accurate addictive series.
Spielberg’s directorial interpretation of Roald Dahl’s children’s classic, BFG is true comfort watching. The film glosses over some of Dahl’s signature unsettling, sinister elements which make the story particularly brilliant, but none the less, the film is enjoyable and an easy watch on a Sunday afternoon.
Castle in the Sky (1986)
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989)
Tom Papa: You’re Doing Great! (2020)
Isi & Ossi (2020)
Followers: Season 1
All the Bright Places (2020)
Leah is a literature graduate from Bristol. Likes: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, My So Called Life, Goodfellas, and Ally McBeal.