Happy Summer! While tis the season for sitting poolside and vacationing, we also all know it’s time for relaxation and catching up on Netflix. Honestly nowadays I always find myself gravitating towards my laptop for TV than my actual TV, especially with so many shows and new movies streaming in. Bored of your same old shows or wondering what to watch on Netflix? Check out my list below of both TV shows and movies I personally recommend + let me know in the comments what you’ve been loving recently!
What to Watch on Netflix:
Young & Hungry
I believe I mentioned this a while back, but Young & Hungry is one sitcom I’m surprised is not talked more about. Airing on ABC Family (sorry, still struggling to call it Freeform), it’s a hilarious young adult comedy dealing with the messiness of relationships, work life, and friendships. It does feel a bit like a “Disney channel all grown up” show, but in a positive way. I just think it’s well done and definitely good for some laughs. Can’t wait for season 5 to come out on Netlifx because Season 4 left us on edge. What’s going to happen with Gabby and Josh after their friendship-sleeping-together-punch-card plan?? Is Sofia going to stay in the same job under Logan? June 21st come faster.
As a young adult and Asian-American adoptee myself, I found this documentary fascinating. Through the power of today’s media, two girls on separate continents no less connect with each other online and realize they are twins. They end up meeting and confirming they are in fact identical twins, separated at birth. Overall, I found the story and documentary very endearing and thought provoking. It was so interesting to see the differences and similarities between the two and their journey back to their birth roots in Asia. The documentary deals a lot with transnational identity and goes back to the whole nature vs. nurture debate, but in an organic and authentic way.
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
I have to say, beyond crime shows, this has to be one of my favorite series to watch. (Also talk about a wild but dream lifestyle?). Beyond the food and travel aspect, every episode really captures the culture, and sometimes dissonance, in the cities/countries he visits. I love how Tony really gets down in conversations with the locals and his unassuming approach to other cultures and people. Furthermore, the filmography and shots of these places are great. My favorite episodes from those on Netflix include Iran, Ethiopia, Thailand, and South Africa.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
I don’t think you guys understood my excitement when this came out. Growing up, I loved the book series and actually saw the author speak at my school back in sophomore year. Interestingly, Snickett (real name: Daniel Handler) didn’t seem a big fan that a Netflix series was in the works, at least at the time. However, I think Netflix did a great job with the first season, covering books 1-3. They capture infinite more details than the full length movie releasedyears ago, which I appreciate since I read the series front to back many times. I admit Jim Carrey in the original movie comes off the best as crazy Count Olaf, but Neil Patrick Harris exceeded my expectations in taking on the role. Definitely looking forward to the next installment!
Released in 2015, Spotlight won many awards and nominations and is a not to be missed movie. The film documents The Boston Globe’s investigative journalism that exposed the Roman Catholic priest sex abuse scandals in the Boston area. Personally, I found this incredibly well done and it kept my attention from start to finish. Additionally, the basis for the whole movie/ the real-life person who uncovered the Catholic sex abuse scandal, received an honorary degree at my university and spoke at our graduation. It was so neat to see him in person powerfully emphasizing the need for the truth and journalism in this day and age. Thus, I’m excited to add it to my “What to Watch on Netflix” list.
To top it off, the Boston accents are not done horribly. They’re pretty authentic as Hollywood-Boston accents get, compared to some major trainwrecks in the past. (I spent most of my childhood growing up in Boston and come from a family of New Englanders, so I have some authority on this). A fun article: definitively ranked best and worst Boston accents by Hollywood movie.
Another movie totally worthy of making my “What to Watch on Netflix list” is Fruitvale Station. I saw this a while back in a Race, Gender, & Law class and it’s easily stuck with me ever since. In an age where race and police tensions remain high, watching this film remains as relevant as ever. It’s so well done and can’t recommend watching it enough while it’s available.
The Place Beyond The Pines
Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper in a drama together? Uhm…yes please. Shamelessly, I have a highkey crush on Bradley Cooper but I also think he’s an amazing and versatile actor as well. The Place Beyond The Pines is a crime drama intertwining ideas of fatherhood, family, and corruption. In terms of cinematic flair, the style reminds of Gone Baby Gone with Casey Affleck.
- Midnight in Paris
- Two Weeks Notice
- Dear White People
- Begin Again
- Remember Me