Neatflix

It’s been waaaay too long since I’ve posted anything, but between the job search, illness, and other miscellaneous adventures it’s easy to fall behind on blogging. Oh well, that’s life and I’m back, so let’s go.

While I have a couple of rather in-depth posts in the works, I haven’t been able to polish and publish them as of yet. So for now, I’m sharing some quick reviews of the neat stuff I’ve been watching on Netflix. If you’re looking for your next binge, you’ve come to the right place.

I proudly present to you the first installment of “Neatflix.”

Don’t worry there will be no spoilers: where would the fun be in watching these Neatflix if I gave it all away? That’s especially true for the first show on my list…

Stranger Things

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Image property of Netflix

Yes, I know everyone is talking about this Netflix Original Series, but I am here to say it lives up to the hype. No really, it does: even if you’re skeptical – like I was. Just be ready for some dark elements throughout. I had no warning about some of the heavy material when I began watching this. I was under the impression it would be similar to E.T.

But nooope, it isn’t and the inhabitants of the fictional Hoosier town where Stranger Things takes place now know that all too well.

How to Get Away With Murder

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Image property of ABC

The same can be said for this ABC drama. I’ll bet none of the law students in this show saw any harm in taking a 100-level class with renowned attorney Annalise Keating. I’m sure you can infer here that sh*t hits the fan as soon as classes begin.

Having blown through both seasons currently available in record time (30 episodes, ~45 minutes each, in five days), I can definitely give this show my seal of approval. It’s full of gripping and complex plotlines, tough decisions, and, most importantly, relatable characters. When characters do low-down, dastardly deeds (which is quite often) a satisfactory explanation is provided as to explain their motivations. You can tell how much fun the writers have playing with flaws in the legal system, while the actors’ enthusiasm for their roles also shines.

Colonia 

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Image property of Majestic Films

Speaking of actors who shine….

Okay, I have to admit it: I mostly watched this movie because of Emma Watson, who is and forever will be my celebrity crush. But even though Emma drew me in, the film itself kept my attention thanks to its suspense and historical basis.

Although the film’s protagonists are fictional, Colonia Dignidad was a very real place. It’s leader Pius was also real, and life in the cult is presented with historical accuracy. While the harsh realities of Chile at this point in history may be relatively obscure to Americans (I know I never heard about them in school), Colonia is able to effectively communicate the important points in order for the plot to make sense. Basically, don’t be scared off from this excellent suspense film by believing you need to brush up on Chilean history.

If anything, just watch it because Emma Watson is a brilliant human being.

Futurama

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Image property of Fox/abyss of internet memes

Speaking of history, here’s an older (premiered in 1999) Neatflix selection focused on the future.

I had never really given this series a second thought before. It just seemed like the less-successful offspring of The Simpsons. While my opinion wasn’t too far off the mark, I do have to admit that Futurama was much funnier than I had expected.

Most of the episodes are that of an animated sitcom, but as the show matured the material did as well. The fifth season actually consists of a four 90-minute-long features with surprisingly thoughtful plot lines. By the end of the series, Futurama had achieved a unique balance between humor-a-la Simpsons coupled with sci fi twists worthy of Doctor Who.

The Little Prince

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Image property of Netflix

How’s this for a twist: billed as the adaptation of a beloved children’s book, this Netflix Original Film ended up being watched by me, a 22-year-old who had never heard of said book. I selected it because the animation looked neat. Guess what? I wasn’t wrong.

I’m not sure how to describe the plot, but can say the characters were great and I especially loved how the movie made great use of both computer and stop-motion animation. Seriously, the stop-motion is bomb. I dare you not to be wowed by the fox’s tail.

The cast is star-studded and the message is clear: have fun in life, don’t let others dictate what you can and can’t do. In the end what’s the point of life without some childlike wonder?

Broadchurch

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Unfortunately, Broadchurch takes childlike wonder and throws it off a cliff…literally. Murder and scandals rock a small, seaside town in series one, while court proceedings get out of hand in series two. Plus it stars David Tennant so you know it’s good.

And a third series is forthcoming so thank you, British television.

Mortified Nation

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I’ll conclude this list on a lighter note and there is no better way to do that than to recommend this film. Part stand-up comedy, part documentary, Mortified Nation details the story of a pubescent comedy sensation on its way to global popularity.

The premise is simple: adults dig out their teenage diaries and dig into its embarrassing excerpts in front of a live audience! If that doesn’t sound like comedic gold, then I hope you manage to dig out your sense of humor someday.

Maybe it’s stuck in those old journals of yours? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Thanks for checking out this list of Neatflix: the neat stuff I’ve seen on Netflix. Leave a like and a comment, especially if you have another neat recommendation.

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