Creator: Shonda Rhimes Stars: Viola Davis, Alfred Enoch, Billy Brown Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
This show has no equal. Giving the audience only a glimpse into the past at ever turn, How to Get Away with Murder is my drug of choice. The brilliance of its design is slipping just enough information to entice you and then a little more, then a little more, and so on. It is a craving you cannot get rid of, not that you want to. Good thing Netflix has season one ready for us to consume.
Creator: Jonathan Nolan Stars: Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman, Micheal Emerson Genres: Action, Drama, Mystery
From the brilliant writer of Interstellar, comes Jonathan Nolan to create Person of Interest, a world parallel to ours. Some would say, this show is an example of today’s big brother dominating our world. The concept centers around “The Machine.” Designed by the mysterious and wealthy Harold Finch (Micheal Emerson) to protect American citizens from relevant and dangerous threats. Brought on by Finch, John Reese (Jim Caviezel) is the handsome ex-CIA strong-arm in the twosome. With the basic set up of good verse evil, this show intrigues the audience to blur the line by doing what every it takes to protect the good. Society tries to teach that choices are black and white, though there are some who have the capacity to evolve. Can you decipher what is right and what is wrong or is there ever a real choice? Watch the first three seasons of Person of Interest on Netflix to find out.
Director: Kevin Macdonald Screenwriter: Jeremy Brock, Tony Grisoni, Book: Meg Rosoff Genre: Drama, Romance
Love has the power to take you anywhere. How I live now, adapted from a novel by Meg Rosoff, tells a story of a teenage girl, Daisy (Saoirse Ronan) who tries to survive World War III along with her cousins. Director Kevin Macdonald brings the humanity and suffering of the characters to the surface of this film. Giving it an edge and a heart racing feel to the movie, he keeps you wondering what could happen next. For a cursed Daisy who feels nothing but hate and abandonment, especially for her father, decides quickly she has to grow up in order to survive. And just as she is finally finding love, it’s ripped away leaving her with only a desperate hope to find it again. This is a movie of survival, willpower, and love for a coming of age Daisy, who only wants to find that love once more.
Director: Cate Shortland Screenwriters: Cate Shortland, Robin Mukherjee Based on Novel “The Dark Room” by: Rachel Seiffert Genre: Drama, Thriller
From the history channel and books, we learn early on of the true evils of World War II and the waves of devastation that ripped through the world. Lore is a grigging story taking place at the end of this war. A young girl, Lore played by German actress Saskia Rosendahl, is a forced to take charge of her siblings to travel across miles with no one to turn to but her sworn enemy. This young girl, only 14 years of age, has been engrained from her birth with her parents’ Nazi beliefs. With Hitler dead and the end of the war, Lore is relieved to see her father once again, but soon both parents are taken. Then life as she knew changed forever in an instant. This gruesome backdrop sets the scene that will leave you with permanent chills and unforgettable images. Director Cate Shorland’s sophmore film surpasses any limitaions put in her way. The Australiam film shot in Germany with mostly English subtitles is unlike any Holocaust story told before. From the point of view of the Nazi war criminals’s children, we see the innocents tainted by their parents’ beliefs. With the brilliant you cast and enticing cinematography brings tension to film that cuts our breath stort and leaves us gasping for more.
Director: Joseph Garner Producer: Zach Galifanakis Genre: Documentary
Not your average boring documentary, Joseph Garner sets out to make a living relying on nothing but craigslist and the kindness of its users for the whole month of December. His theory is that America has not lost its sense of community because of technology and social media. He believes that community is all around us and craigslist is one outlet for it. So he sets out to prove this by making this documentary with the help of a cameraman he found on craigslist. He starts with no food, no money, and no contacts. You follow his amazing journey across the United States as he meets interesting new people and lives off the kindness of others. But don’t think of him as a moocher – he does his fair share of charity along the way. He meets people from different cultures, religions, and walks of life throughout his journey, learning from all of them. We feel moved and inspired to become better people in our own community because of this documentary. The camera work is impressive considering it’s all done by one cameraman with a handheld camera. Joe’s story even reaches the creator of craigslist and he lands an interview with him. This documentary reaffirms faith in humanity and the sense of community that we all share as human beings. It is a truly inspiring tale of kindness and charity in a time when America’s economy makes those traits seem almost non-existent.
Directors: Jake Kasdan, Judd Apatow, etc. Screenwriters: Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Mike White, etc. Genre: Comedy
This comedy show only ran from 1999 until 2000 but has a huge fan base, probably because it is one of the best comedy television series to be on TV. James Franco, Linda Cardellini, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel star in this tribute to the outcasts of high school. These stars are all well known today for their starring roles in comedies such as This is The End, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and Knocked Up. But this is where they got their start. The storyline takes place during the 80’s and centers around two very different high school cliques, the freaks and the geeks. The show follows their hilarious blunders in trying to fit in, trying NOT to fit in, and growing up. Amidst their amusing slip-ups are real life lessons about making mistakes, family, and love. All of the actors do an amazing job in portraying the teenage angst that everyone experiences during the rough years of high school. Be expecting to see some famailar faces if you check it out, including a very young Shia LaBeouf in one episode. Unfortunately the show only aired for one season, but lucky for us – it’s on netflix! And that is why it’s one of our NETFLIX WHAT TO WATCH.
Directors: Deran Sarafian, T.J. Scott, David Semel, David Straiton Screenwriters: Brian McGreevy, Lee Shipman, Daniel Paige, Mark Verheiden Genre: Horror, Thriller
Recently Netflix has started producing its own television series. With the success of House of Cards comes the horror mystery Hemlock Grove. Enticing as the trailer was, the series was a bit of a let down. Even though there was a top billing cast with Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Swedish new comer Bill Skarsgard (Simple Simon), it seemed as if something was off. The longing looks and the long pauses created an awkward finished product. The gorgeous Landon Liboiron (Terra Nova) was absolutely fantastic in his performance. Forewarning though, the werewolf transformation scene was gruesome and practically left nothing to the imagination. Therefore this show is not for the lighthearted with brutal murders and intense rape scenes. With werewolves, vampires, and angels, oh my!, it certainly has epic moments. Comparing it to other television shows, it is definitely a level up from Twilight in intensity and lacking Supernatural’s brute strength. For anyone who is looking to kill some time, maybe on a lazy rainy Saturday, this show might be what you need. Only to blow off some time, Hemlock Grove is not worth much more. A pro with the Netflix series is the instant gratification of having access to the whole show with the click of a button. So bring on that long afternoon.