• Tuesday, 20 December 2016

    Netflix Picks for When You Really Need to Get Away from Family

    Firstly, let's say a prayer that my own family don't read this title and get offended. Because that'll make for great Christmas conversation.

    It's a widely known fact that Christmas is a time for family, but also that prolonged periods of exposure to family can be really stressful. Particularly for any of my fellow introverts. So when you need to escape to your room and watch something that doesn't have snowmen in it, here are my top Netflix picks for you.

    Call The Midwife
    I know, I know, it's been out for years, but I've only recently started watching Call The Midwife. I was never too interested and then a friend lent me the first book and I fell in love. Set in the East End of London, a special place in my heart, and featuring Miranda Hart, who I adore, it involves a ton of really strong women and some great fifties costumes. It's a bit of a tear jerker at ties, but I am a wuss.

    Hector and His Search for Happiness
    Any fans of Simon Pegg or Rosamund Pike (and you should be, if you ask me) will not be disappointed by this excellent film. Pegg playing a classic, slightly awkward, British bloke on a journey; involving travel, drama and a lot of inspirational moments. It'll give you a bit of wanderlust but mostly, it'll just make you smile.

    I'm a sucker for a good period drama. Belle tells the true story of the mixed race daughter of a British admiral and an African mother, finding her place in high society and battling for slaves rights. Also, it features Tom Felton as a mean, racist, white man. Which is a new role for him, obviously.

    Beauty Shop
    Ah, a favourite film of mine from my youth. Queen Latifah and Alicia Silverstone (with a very dodgy accent) star in the most noughties films to ever exist, pure 2005. Kevin Bacon (with an even dodgier accent) plays the classic evil boss figure fighting a large group of very sassy women, out to prove independence, strength and an excellent sense of humour.

    Jessica Jones
    I've definitely talked about my love for Jessica Jones before. I've never been a Marvel fan before, being part of the slightly geeky group throughout my entire education system, I was dragged to various superhero films that I just never could get on board with. I loved Harry Potter and my Lord of the Rings and I dabbled in Star Wars, but I just didn't do comic books. But then I was introduced to Jessica Jones and I loved it. It helps that it's cast include Krysten Ritter and David Tennant, but it's cleverly done and doesn't feel quite so much like the fantasy of a five year old boy.

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