Still, Netflix has been a loyal and reliable companion on many an occasion in 2015. It’s amazing how much stuff you can watch when you can’t go out for an impromptu trip to the pub (#mumlife). Here, in no particular order, are a few of my stand-out Netflix viewing pleasures of 2015.
X and Y
Oh my goodness what a beautiful film. That is all.
No, really. X and Y tells the story of a boy with autism, who has a love of maths. But it’s about more than that. It’s about his own adventure of self-discovery, along with his desperation to make sense of the past and the world around him. Along the way we get to meet some of the key people in his life and see their own struggles for happiness. It’s a sad film – one of the only ones that the NLM has cried at (don’t tell him I told you that) – but also desperately uplifting and funny.
Watch it. Watch it now.
Some lighter viewing for the romantics amongst you, this is a love story with a twist. It’s told in a really inventive way and manages to get that tricky balance between being unusually creative and still intensely gripping. I loved it. PS. Justin Long is my new weird crush.
The True Cost
After watching this film I didn’t buy any clothes for at least two months. It was one of those documentaries you watch and then get terribly evangelical about, telling anyone who will listen (and many who won’t) about the profound effect it’s had on you. But every person who I’ve recommended it to has said it the same effect on them, so it can’t just be me.
This is an epic documentary encompassing the entire globe and hundreds of thousands of people around it. It will make you think differently about clothes and fashion and the high street in general. Don’t watch it on a night when you need lots of sleep, because I can pretty much guarantee you’ll lie awake for ages afterwards thinking about it.
Friday Night Lights
I pine for this series, literally pine. When I’d finished the last episode I didn’t know what to do with myself. It got to the point where I was so involved in the plots and the characters that I found myself thinking about it at strange points of the day, sometimes imagining myself in my very own Friday Night Lights episode.
Set in Texas and following the story of a high school American football team this is, on paper, not a show I’d have ever thought I’d like. But I started watching it after a recommendation from Ellie at The Mumday Times and didn’t look back.
I could write an essay on why Friday Night Lights is such a brilliant series, but after much careful thought (and you can guarantee I HAVE put much thought into this) I think it’s because the characters are all so well cast, acted and likeable. It’s gripping – ridiculously addictive really – and funny, sad and uplifting, sexy and escapist all at once. Also: Tim Riggins.
I miss it so much I might have to start watching it from beginning to end all over again.
I feel nostalgic when I look back at my 5 year old’s Netflix viewing over the past year. In a funny sort of way, her taste in TV reflects her growing up. At the start of 2015 she was obsessed with Max and Ruby, a cartoon about a rabbit called Ruby and her mischievous little brother. Fast-forward a year and she’s all into this girl power stuff, featuring female teenage protagonists who often tend to have some kind of magical power. Winx Club is her current favourite, which is all of the above. She also loves Equestria Girls (a My Little Pony spin-off) and Littlest Pet Shop. It probably explains why she’s often talking in an odd faux American accent these days…
Tell me, what are your top Netflix recommendations of 2015?
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. All opinions, words and Netflix addictions are my own.