Broke after Christmas and too cold to leave the house? This is when your Netflix subscription really becomes your best investment. The decade is kicking off with some brilliant new television and on top of that, Netflix is streaming some classic movies too as well as much of the 2017 Oscar nominee list. So get your new pyjamas on, crack open the leftover Christmas chocolates and cwtch up with the remote.
True Romance (1993)
True Romance is a fast-paced, ensemble cast, crime classic movie. It follows Alabama and Clarence as they flee the mafia in a typical non-stop American road movie style. True Romance is wild and careers from plot point to plot point all set to a Hans Zimmer score. True Romance is one of Tarantino’s earliest films – he wrote the screenplay – and it is a must-watch for any and all film buffs.
The Terminal (2004)
Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg doing what they do best: making us laugh and cry in alternated jags through an entire movie. Viktor Navorski finds on arrival at JFK airport that he has become stateless. His home country taken over by military coup and his passport invalidated, he is forced to live in the terminal of JFK. The film is about the concept of home and it’s about immigration and politics and power too but mainly, it’s about relationships and the impact they have on our existences.
Stepford Wives (2004)
Based in Ira Levin’s creepy, unsettling novella, Stepford Wives is a thriller that investigates and destabilizes the cult of domesticity. Another ensemble cast, this time, lead by Nicole Kidman who plays Joanna, a photographer who begins to suspect something untoward is going on in her new neighbourhood…
Wonder Woman (2017)
DC Comics brilliant, female-centric superhero film stars Gal Gadot – which also sounds like a superhero name – in the title role. The storyline is actually really gripping as well as the film being full of incredible acrobatics, action, explosions and other exciting features. Gal Gadot is beautiful and graceful; a true pleasure to see on screen.
AJ and the Queen
RuPaul – of course, from RuPaul’s Drag Race – stars in this comedy series about a drag queen whose life has hit the rocks, who through a twist of fate finds himself looking after a young boy. We’re excited.
Sex Education season 2
The first series of this which came out last year was hugely popular; a slow-burning word of mouth series, the show eventually gained momentum increasingly quickly as it seemed like everyone was talking about it. Sex Education is set in a faux-American high school populated by reliably beautiful, stylish teenagers, it’s filmed in Wales but set in… a kind of transatlantic dream-scape. This is Asa Butterfield’s biggest role since The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and it really couldn’t be more different. Here he plays Gillian Anderson’s long-suffering, sexually stunted son, stymied by the fact that his mother is a sex therapist. Excellent stuff.
Darkest Hour (2017)
Gary Oldman is absolutely unrecognisable in this Biopic of Winston Churchill. Even if you’re not interested in history and politics, this is worth a watch for the performance alone. Beyond brilliant acting, hair and make-up, the film provides a succinct and stylish, as you’d expect from Joe Wright, narrative of Winston Churchill’s decision making process as he deliberates whether to sign a peace treaty with Hitler or keep fighting against the odds.
Phantom Thread (2017)
Daniel Day Lewis’s supposed final role before his retirement, Phantom Thread is a gothic masterpiece. A collage of striking visuals, moving score and creepy, excellent, acting. The film concerns a couturier haunted by his own desires. It owes a debt to Angela Carter, Patrick Suskind and M.R. James with is dark corners and sinister motivations and it is well worth a watch while the nights continue to be so long and cold.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina part 3
When Sabrina came out in 2017 I was sceptical about the fact that Salem was not going to talk (like he does in the old Melissa Joan Hart series) but I was absolutely wrong to be concerned because Sabrina is excellent. It’s dark, its clever, its spooky and its still very funny. Full to the brim with historical, religious and pop-cultural references, and somehow striking the perfect balance we never knew we needed between teen dramady and the concerns of the underworld.
This is a film of many parts: Hans Zimmer’s breathtaking score, Tom Hardy flying a plane, Harry Styles really and truly demonstrating that he’s not just a pretty face… All tied together in an incredible, explosive, heartrending Christopher Nolan multi-narrative package. Dunkirk will go down in history for its depiction of the war on the beaches.
The Last Face (2017)
Leslie Jones: Time Machine (2020)
Get Him to the Greek (2010)
Steve Jobs (2015)
Hip-Hop Evolution (Season 4)
The Bling Ring (2013)
The Queen (2006)
October Faction (Season 1)
Bojack Horseman (Season 6 – Part 2 – Final Season)
Leah is a literature graduate from Bristol. Likes: Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe, My So Called Life, Goodfellas, and Ally McBeal.