We’re well into the frosty depths of winter now, and you know what that means – it’s time to snuggle up on the couch, hot chocolate in hand, for a nice long Netflix sesh. One of the best things about having a Netflix subscription is that their catalogue is continually being updated with new additions, whether it’s recent or classic movies and TV shows, original programs or comedy specials. You could honestly spend days scrolling through their endless archives looking for something to watch, so save yourself precious viewing time with our recommendations for the best new additions to check out!
For a family night in: Finding Dory (2016)
When it takes 13 years for a sequel to arrive, you’re going to be expecting big things, especially when it’s the follow-up to a bona-fide children’s classic like Finding Nemo. Good news then that Finding Dory doesn’t disappoint. Following the adventures of our favourite blue-finned friend (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) as she searches for her long-lost parents, it’s got everything to delight the kids – thrills and spills, humour and a heartwarming story.
For food-lovers: Chef (2014)
Feelgood comedy-drama Chef stars Hollywood wunderkind Jon Favreau (who also wrote, produced and directed) as Carl Casper, a creatively-stifled, grumpy head chef of an acclaimed restaurant, who, stuck between a domineering owner who demands he sticks to the classics and a food blogger who tears him down in a review, dramatically quits his job to run a dinky food truck. As Casper drives across America, viewers get to watch him sling juicy Cuban sandwiches, feast on the country’s most delicious dishes and conduct the World’s-Most-Wholesome-And-Supportive-Friendship-With-An-Ex, played by none other than the ever radiant Sofia Vergara. From piping hot beignets to luscious pasta aglio e olio and oozing grilled cheeses, we definitely do not recommend watching this adventurous romp of a film while hungry.
For those who’ve had a long day: Louis C.K’s 2017 Stand Up Special
There’s a reason Louis C.K.’s won six Emmys and is regarded as one of the most honest and raw comedians of his generation. Despite his success, he hasn’t lost his beleaguered everyman credibility with the masses. He continues to approach big issues and daily foibles alike with fearless incisiveness and unmatched comedic skill in this stand-up special. Sometimes gloomy, sometimes uplifting, and always hilarious, it’s perfect for unwinding after a long day.
For those tired of cheesy romcoms: Love (Season 2)
Over the past few years the formulaic, all-too-easy romantic comedy has fallen out of favour with increasingly sceptical audiences (chalk it up to the Tinder age), who crave much more realistic depictions of dating. As such, Judd Apatow’s Netflix series Love arrives like a breath of fresh air. Following the travails of insecure, too-nice screenwriter Gus (Paul Rust) and self-destructive radio producer Mickey (Gillian Jacobs), it’s a “down-to-earth” look at modern romance. The two central characters are funny, flawed, and sometimes downright annoying. Sometimes you root for their burgeoning relationship, and sometimes you question whether they even belong together – just like in real life.