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My 8 favorite Netflix picks

10.06.2016

Remember when I promised a few weeks ago that I would share my favorite Netflix picks? I haven’t forgotten, so here they are. Some of these are not that new, but new to me, or newly available on Netflix. I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries on Netflix these past few weeks, along with movies, and these are my top picks – the ones that leave you both filled with emotions and empty at the same time, because they give us a new perspective about a topic, or make us personally relate to a character’s experience.

Favorite Netflix Picks Fall 2016 | French By Design

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  • The Fundamentals of Caring A writer retires after a personal tragedy and becomes a disabled teen’s caregiver. When the two embark on an impromptu road trip, their ability to cope is tested as they start to understand the importance of hope and friendship.
  • We Need to Talk about Kevin With so many stories of mass shootings on the news, how about the perspective of the mother of said shooter/murderer? What would you do if you felt that something was terribly wrong with your child? We need to talk about Kevin, featuring my all time girl-crush actress Tilda Swinton, is a powerful tale about motherhood and our society’s lack of preventive mental care. This movie changed me forever. Chilling; scary to the bone; and heartbreaking, all at once.
  • The Fear of 13 After more than 20 years on death row and countless appeals, Nick Yaris, a convicted murderer, petitions the court judge assigned to his case, asking to be executed. But as he tells his story, it gradually becomes clear that nothing is quite what it seems. This movie comforted me in the idea that death penalty should never be an option, and that if I was a juror in a criminal trial, I would have a very hard finding guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. What is reasonable doubt? Where/ how do we set the bar?
  • Matt Shepard is a Friend of Mine explores the life and tragic death of Matthew Shepard, the gay student murdered in Laramie, WY through the personal lens of his friend and people who knew him well.
  • Wentworth If you are a fan of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black, then you’ll likely be addicted to Wentworth. This Australian series recounts the life of Bea Smith, locked up awaiting trial for the alleged attempted murder of her husband, in an maximum security female prison. More raw, less Hollywood than its American counterpart, Wentworth is a must watch. I watched the whole 4 seasons in less than a week if that’s any indication of the the level of entertaining Wentworth offers.
  • Philomena In 1952, Irish teenager Philomena, played by the brilliant Judi Dench, became pregnant out of wedlock and was sent to a convent. When her baby, Anthony, was a toddler, the nuns took Philomena’s child away from her and put him up for adoption in the United States. For the next 50 years, she searched tirelessly for her son. When former BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) learns of the story, he becomes her ally. They travel together to America to find Anthony and become unexpectedly close in the process. A heartbreaking story, based on true life events.
  • Fruitvale Station Based on a true story, this movie recounts the events that led to the tragic death of Oscar Grant after an altercation with San Francisco transit police on New Year’s eve, in 2009. This movie epitomizes the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and what needs to be changed in America.
  • My beautiful Broken Brain The human brain is a fascinating beast. What do you go through when you’ve had a stroke? This documentary stroke a chord in me, as a family member that experienced the devastating effects of a brain aneurism first hand with my own dad. 34-year-old Lotje Sodderland recounts how she experienced life, what she went through, and how her brain recovered after a massive and devastating brain hemorrhage accident.

Favorite Netflix Picks Fall 2016 | French By Design

What have you watched lately, whether on Netflix, theaters, or on-demand, that you’d recommend? I’d love to read your recommendations!

 

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8 comments

  • Taste of France

    One of the best films I’ve seen lately is “Timbuktu, le Chagrin des Oiseaux,” about Islamists taking over the famous city. It shows how people try just to get along and survive while their new overlords make up illogical rules as they go along. The kids playing football without a ball, after the Islamists have declared football a Western sin, is amazing.

    • French By Design

      Thanks for the info, @Taste of France, I’ll try to find it online – not sure Netflix has it, but maybe via Apple TV? Will check. Thank you!

  • Sarah

    I loooooved Narcos! The second season is now available on Netflix. Xx-

    • French By Design

      Ohh, good one! Forgot about it in my list. Watched both seasons and loved it too! Thanks Sarah!

  • Jana Miller

    Just watched the fundamentals of caring loved it…now reading Me Before You…similar but I haven’t gotten to the end yet :)

  • Lynne Stanshine

    I just loved this post. I’m always looking for recommendations for good movies. I’d love to see this list continue.

    • French By Design

      Thank you @Lynne! I’d love to share more of my finds on a regular series! Xx-