Rather than ‘what have you been up to?’ I’m now asking, ‘What have you been watching?’ With not much to do other than watch TV on cold and snowy evenings, I’m not the only one who’s been watching more Netflix than previously. I sometimes struggle to find things to watch, so find posts like this helpful. I hope you enjoy, please let me know any recommendations or thoughts in the comments below.
Tiny Pretty Things – 3/5
A very cliche representation of the ballet world when Neveah gets a space to study at an elite ballet school after another student Cassie, mysteriously falls off the roof and ends up in a coma. There’s a lot of dancing, bullying, corruption and sex, which is really what you would expect. It’s supposed to be a mystery, but that seems to fall into the background until the end. It’s okay, if it wasn’t for my obsessive need to finish things, I may have given up but actually, the last episode was pretty good.
Back to Life – 4/5
A six part British drama which follows Miri on her return from spending the last eighteen years in prison for murdering one of her best friends. With episodes less than thirty minutes, I put this on for a background watch but actually struggled to give my attention to anything other than this programme. It’s dry, crude, mostly somber and harrowing, with comedy laced throughout. I really enjoyed watching this although, it’s not for the faint hearted. The humour and storytelling reminded me of Afterlife, while the plot keeps the viewer interested until the end.
Life of the Party – 4/5
I love any film with Melissa McCarthy so I was excited when I saw this on Netflix. When Deanna’s husband asks for a divorce once they’ve dropped their daughter off at college, she goes back to finish her degree in the same year as her Daughter. It’s a light-hearted, coming of middle age, find yourself kind of comedy. It’s a nice film to relax to, it won’t leave you thinking too hard. I enjoyed it.
Get Organised with The Home Edit – 5/5
If you’ve ever wondered what Reese Witherspoon’s wardrobe (closet) looks like, Chloe Kardashian’s garage or how to best organise your kitchen so it looks straight out of Pinterest then this is the show for you. Clea and Joanna have made a living out of successfully organising all things home and take pride in making any space, not only aesthetically pleasing but organised, practical and personal to each of their clients. A mixture of famous faces and ordinary people, the programme is incredibly therapeutic.
Gilmour Girls – 5/5
The ultimate feel good, comfort watch. Following Lorelai and her daughter Rory as they navigate school, friendships, relationships and Lorelai’s complicated relationship with her parents. This is the ultimate, wrap you up in a blanket, show. The mother-daughter relationship is what most would dream of and it’s generally light hearted and entertaining.
That is my Netflix picks for January, please let me know if you’ve seen any of the above shows or if there’s anything else you would recommend I give a go on Netflix. I’m going to watch Ratched in February, and everyone is talking about Brigerton so I may give that a go too.