Netflix Suggestions (April 13th)

I spend a ridiculous amount of time watching movies, so I know the struggle of finding something new to watch all too well. Digging through various websites and list, I constantly have to navigate through BS ads, old suggestions, and no useful context to help me pick something.

So here’s my attempt to make some quality Netflix recommendations. No BS. Just meaningful movie suggestions from a guy who loves a good story.


Halt and Catch Fire

3 Seasons
Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths

Technology is progressing at a breakneck speed, and for most people, it’s easy to overlook the fact that the super computer you call a phone that’s sitting in your pockets. But before they started selling computers, they had to get a computer in our homes, which couldn’t be comprehended by the majority of the world, until the right people ignored the road most travel and paved their own way. That beautiful story couldn’t be recreated any better than this and is one of the rare shows that gets better and better with each episode you watch. Full with quote gems, memorable characters, and fascinating insight on how computers and the internet came to be, I can only hope you’ll be half as inspired as I was after watching it.

Abstract

8 Episodes
“The art and science of design with some of the world’s greatest designers.”

Picasso once said “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” And I couldn’t agree more. Regardless if you count yourself as a creative or not, everyone has their own little creative magic, and this documentary is all about the people who’ve done a masterful job capitalizing on theirs. If your looking to be fascinated, inspired or informed on the creative process, look no further than this remarkable documentary series.

5 to 7

“ An aspiring novelist enters into a relationship with a woman, though there’s just one catch: She’s married, and the couple can only meet between the hours of 5 and 7 each evening.”

Breaks my heart that such a talented young actor like Anton Yelchin, lost his life before he got to shine as a real star in the industry, but I’m glad he was able to leave such a meaningful piece of work like 5 to 7 as his last film. I have no shame admitting that Romance Comedies is my favorite movie genre, but it has to have the right balance of romance, comedy, and realism for it to work for me. It’s tough to pull off for most, but movies like 5 to 7 is the genre at its finest. If you’re a fan of romance comedies like I am, you’ll find this story beautiful, intriguing, and are bound to fall in love with the lead lady — I already called Dibs.

The Get Down

2 Seasons
A ragtag group of teenagers run wild in the streets of the Bronx in the late 1970s.

If you’re fan of Hip Hop, this is a must watch. I admit the only reason why I watched this show was because I had nothing to watch and needed some background noise. I thought it was going to be some cheesy musical BS like grease (yeah I said it!) but once I heard that Nas played a role in its creation, I had a glimmer of hope, and once I set eyes on the lead female character Mylene — one of the most beautiful actresses I’ve seen in a long time — I was ready to tough through it just for her. But it didn’t take long for me to fall in love with the rest of the cast. Each one holds their own, are casted perfectly, and have great chemistry, making it easy for me to invest in the story emotionally. Not only that, the impressive production made me feel like I’m walking the streets NYC right alongside the characters…the music performances isn’t half bad either.

Neal Brennan: 3 Mics

“Neal Brennan is taking multitasking to a whole new level in his new Netflix special, 3 Mics, which features the comedian switching between three different microphones symbolizing three different styles of comedy.”

I grew up a huge fan of stand up comedy, and as i’ve gotten older and started taking swings at becoming a writer, I’ve begun to study it as an art form (cool video that does just that). With that said, Neal Brennan was one of the brilliant writing minds behind The Chappelle Show — RIP Charlie Murphy — and his stand doesn’t disappoint. Its creative, informative and inspiring, which aren’t words used to describe stand up too often. Even if you aren’t a typically fan of stand up, I still think it’s worth checking out, if only to hear his crazy life story.

Lie to Me

3 Seasons
About Cal Lightman, the world’s leading deception expert who studies facial expressions and involuntary body language to expose the truth behind the lies.

I’m a bit of a TV/Film snob, so whenever there’s a “good show” on regular channels (Fox, ABC, NBC,etc.) chances are I hate it or will learn to hate it soon enough — I get bored of the repetitive nature of 30 mins shows. Of course, like every rule in life, there are exceptions and this show is one of them. If you’re a fan of characters with super deductive reasoning skills (Sherlock Holmes, House, etc.) and crime shows, you’ll love this. What makes it stick out in my mind is the body language/mental tactics used by the main character are all rooted in reality and are full of tidbits that can be used in real life scenarios.

Spartacus

3 seasons
“Watch the story of history’s greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.”

When My brother recommended this show and told me that it was better than Game of Thrones, I went in with ridiculous expectations. As a diehard Game of Thrones fan — winter is coming! — for him utter such words, is blasphemy. I was ready to hate it and was excited to rip each component apart, but after a few episodes, I was speechless. Of course, it’s not as good as GOT, but Spartacus is a special show in its own right. The lead character is one of the best portrayals of a bad ass gladiator in history, has over the top action that’ll get your heart pumping, and sprinkled with the kind of sex scenes that make GOT look PG-13. The show was clearly before it’s time, so if you’re looking for something to hold you off until winter officially arrives, check this show out.

Bronson

A young man who was sentenced to seven years in prison for robbing a post office ends up spending three decades in solitary confinement. During this time, his own personality is supplanted by his alter-ego, Charles Bronson.

When it comes to my short list of actors/actresses that can do no wrong, Tom Hardy might be sitting at the top. He kills every single role that he’s in, good or bad, making it impossible to root against him — this film being a perfect example. Based closely on a true story, this movie is still hard to believe and is a trippy exploration of one of the most infamous humans in history. If you’re a Hardy fan like I am or just love a dope bio pic, this is for you.


Found something you like? Got your own recommendation to add? or just want to talk film? Don’t hesitate to leave a comment or find me on twitter @wordsofslim

Till next time.