It's cold and stormy, so Netflix is an obvious choice. Here are our picks of series and one film) worth watching next.
There are echoes of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning 2000 film Erin Brockovich in his newest film just for Netflix, that of an unlikely and underestimated woman (in this case, the great Meryl Streep) who attempts to take on and bring down an insurance fraud scheme. Based on Jake Bernstein’s book Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite, The Laundromat stars Meryl Streep as a widow who investigates a massive insurance-fraud scheme that’s benefiting a network of super-rich people around the world. With a supporting cast that includes Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas and Sharon Stone, you just know you’re in for a treat.
The Behavioural Science Unit is now established and we know Charles Manson (played by Damon Herriman, who also portrays Manson in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and Son of Sam, and the BKT Strangler (Dennis Rader), and Edmund Kemper, aka the Co-Ed Killer (played by standout Cameron Britton) will feature second time around. Wendy Carr (Anna Torv) also returns to help the duo continue their groundbreaking analysis. There’s also plenty of new cast members featured including Joe Tuttle, Albert Jones, Stacey Roca, Michael Cerveris, Lauren Glazier and Sierra McClain. The focus is mainly on the Atlanta child murders of 1979-1981 in Georgia, and as the series has been put on hiatus for the foreseeable future, it’s worth enjoying season 2 in all its glory.
Inspired by the short-lived but beloved show from the 80s, GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies Of Wrestling) tells the fictional story of Ruth Wilder (Alison Brie), an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. In addition to working with 12 Hollywood misfits, Ruth also has to compete with Debbie Eagan (Betty Gilpin), a former soap actress who left the business to have a baby, only to be sucked back into work when her picture-perfect life starts to crumble. At the wheel is Sam Sylvia (Marc Maron), the washed-up, B-movie director who now must lead this group of women to wrestling superstardom. It has a brilliant ensemble cast, offers sharp commentary on gender and racial stereotypes, and remains underrated.
Set in 1983 in a small Indiana town, Stranger Things crosses a multitude of genres to combine horror, science-fiction, and coming-of-age drama, with moments of laughter thrown in. It all starts quite simply when a young boy named Will disappears on his way home. At the same time, a mysterious girl known as Eleven arrives in town. These two incidents appear to be linked but the adults don’t have much luck solving the mystery, so it’s up to the children (who are desperate to find their friend) to do some investigating. And so begins the supernatural horror, twists and turns and moments of surprise we won’t spoil for you. It’s a show that has it all; much like a variation of Twin Peaks, it is atmospheric and engaging and even better the second time around.