As NYC is bracing for 10-18 inches—of the white stuff (snow, folks, snow) here are 5 things you can binge watch on Netflix while you stay indoors in the comfort and warmth of your own home (for those of us fortunate to have any of the aforementioned). Are you ready to Netflix and Chill?
Top on our list is Rita, a Danish show (yes it’s not in English and yes it has subtitles but you’ll love it so much you’ll learn to deal with it).
How to describe Rita? It’s so many things. The show centers around a school teacher in Denmark (shockingly named Rita who’s portrayed phenomenally by Mille Dinesen) who’s a single mother of 3, lives on campus in the caretaker’s house, and is as rebellious as your typical teenager—except she’s an adult, or at least tries to be, and gets things done. She’s loved by her students, well most of them, and not so much by adults. If you loved Nurse Jackie, you’ll warm up to Rita as there are some similarities. Rita has many vices but like Jackie she’s out to do as best as she’s able to working within the system as best as possible. Others see her as selfish but in reality she’s just doing what others want to but won’t do in complex world we live in. Trust me. you’ll fall in love with Rita as much as I did.
You have all 3 seasons on Netflix and there just over 40 minutes and only 8 episodes per season so it’s PERFECT for blizzard binge watch. Oh and did we mention how catchy the show’s theme song is?
Dr Who is next up on the list and well I’m a sucker for sci-fi with comedy and moments that make you want to scream and cry at the same time. This BBC show is the longest running sci-fi show now in its 52nd year. The story follows the Doctor and his companion throughout space and time from the ends of the universe to the end of time to the deepest reaches of earth’s past. Much like Game of Thrones, don’t get too attached to characters (which is hard to do because they are so well written) because you’ll never know when they’ll be gone. Some of the best story lines and plot twists, along with awesome villains have kept this show a fan favorite for so long.
If you’re into horror and suspense then The House at the End of Time is for you. Ok so it’s in Spanish and yes it has subtitles but just like Rita, you’ll deal with it. Dark Sky Films writes: “Thirty years ago, young mother Dulce was accused of murdering her husband and two children in their home. Despite her pleas that a malevolent force in the house was responsible for the killings, Dulce was sentenced to the maximum penalty of imprisonment for a crime she ultimately did not commit. Now, as part of her sentence, Dulce is sent back to her old home and the scene of the crime under house arrest, where she’s forced to confront the horrifying memory of what happened there. But this time around she’s determined to unravel the mystery that has haunted her so for long, and with the help of a local priest, give both her loved ones’ and her own spirits their much-needed peace. Filled with suspense from beginning to end, THE HOUSE AT THE END OF TIME is a gripping thriller about the demons that follow us and the power we have to vanquish them.”
Got your attention? Good. Now watch!
Like grim, dystopian movies that will simply blow your mind away? Snowpiercer, based on a French graphic novel Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob and Jean-Marc Rochette was one of those splendid surprises I came across on Netflix and thought it was gonna be one of those really, really bad B movies widely available on the streaming network but no. Oh was I wrong about this movie. Imagine being stuck on a train because the world is frozen and what’s left of humanity is on that train all lined up in a seemingly perfect society considering the circumstances. Now picture folks stitching the truth together piece by piece leading to the search for the ultimate truth of what’s really going on.
It’s one of those films that has you rooting for the good guys and loathing the bad ones with such passion.
Hitchcock anyone? Alfred Hitchcock Presents is perfect for Hitchcock lovers with thirty-nine 25 minute episodes are available for your viewing binge. We really need Netflix to drop the remaining 200+ episodes of this series which originally ran from 1955-1962 (we won’t talk about the 80s reboot thank you very much). Classic Hitchcock suspense, mystery, drama, need we say more? I mean if you liked Psycho (the original), The Birds, Rear Window, Dial M For Murder. Well you get the picture.
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