There are some shows and films that everyone always talks about when it comes to Netflix. Some mean you pick up even more details with a second viewing and others are the distraction we need in lockdown 3.0
The Trial of the Chicago 7
What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organisers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale — were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history. This has quite a cast, including Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Sacha Baron Cohen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Michael Keaton and is extremely compelling. It scored a Golden Globe nomination but there hasn’t been too much publicity around it.
For 10 idyllic years, young Mija has been caretaker and constant companion to Okja – a massive animal and an even bigger friend – at her home in the mountains of South Korea. But that changes when family-owned, multinational conglomerate Mirando Corporation takes Okja for themselves and transports her to New York, where an image-obsessed and self-promoting CEO has big plans for Mija’s dearest friend. A rescue mission quickly ensues. This modern fairy tale from director Bong Joon Ho is an extraordinary watch.
The Kissing Booth
A high school student finds herself face-to-face with her long-term crush when she signs up to run a kissing booth at the spring carnival. This was Netflix’s Original teen movie that was a startling hit, given that it’s quite a bad movie. It’s quirky for sure, but not exactly progressive. Nevertheless, is one of Netflix’s most-watched films. Worth adding to the lists just to see what all the fuss was about.
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
On the opposite side of the coin, this teen movie was enchanting. Lara Jean, a Korean-American 16-year-old girl with an addiction to romance novels and a terror of talking to boys, must pretend to date Peter Kavinsky, the most popular boy in school. The plan is that with a fake relationship, Lara Jean will buy the time to get over her crush on her sister’s ex-boyfriend, and Peter will be able to make his ex-girlfriend jealous. Of course, you can guess what happens next and it’s utterly endearing and honest. Watch this one ASAP