Being a primarily bookish related blog I find I don’t often talk about what I’m watching like I do what I’m reading. I’ve been branching out a little more with my video game posts and some Dungeons and Dragons content a little here and the wrap up for March featured some films I enjoyed so for this weeks #Six for Sunday prompt (normal prompts resume in May) is Netflix! I want to share with you six films and/or shows I have loved in Netflix and six films and/or shows I want to watch that are on Netflix. Obviously, there are plenty of other streaming services out there, Amazon Prime and NowTV being some of the biggest in the UK but for me, Netflix is the one I use the most and the most compatible with my tastes so far. Just as a note there are a TON of great films and shows on Netflix and I wanted to clarify that although A Knights Tale is one of my favourite films of all times I had seen it before Netflix, the films and shows in the list below I hadn’t seen or heard of before Netflix.
My Favourite Films and/or Shows:
What happened to Monday – In a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation, resourceful identical septuplets must avoid governmental execution and dangerous infighting while investigating the disappearance of one of their own.
The action element of this film looked great in the trailer and really drew me in but I also loved the intrigue and deeper parts of the story as well, not to mention some of the great twists along the way.
To all the boys I’ve loved before – A teenage girl’s love letters are exposed and wreak havoc on her life.
A sweet, super aesthetically pleasing film that’s a little predictable but no less great for it. Some great funny and romantic moments with a great protagonist I really enjoyed in Lara-Jean.
Valerian and the city of a thousand planets – In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defence, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.
For me, this film has super Fifth Element vibes with a few different dynamics thrown in. Its action packed, entertaining and an absolute treat for the eyes. I could watch this film over and over.
She-Ra and the Princesses of Power – She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is the story of an orphan named Adora, who leaves behind her former life in the evil Horde when she discovers a magic sword that transforms her into the mythical warrior princess She-Ra.
I loved the original She-Ra cartoon as a child but the updated version made by Netflix absolutely blew me out of the water. Everyone has new looks and there’s just such a great wholesome feeling to it all while still being fun and meaningful. The friendship between the main three characters are one of my favourite things and I adore the love/hate relationship between Adora and Catra, especially as the series develops. We’re so close to season two now as well I can’t wait!
Footloose (2011) – As a transplant from Boston, teenager Ren MacCormack gets a big dose of culture shock when he moves to a small Southern town called Bomont. A few years prior, a fatal accident involving five youths led local councilmen and a beloved clergyman to enact ordinances against loud music and dancing. Ren — never one to toe the line — challenges the ban, simultaneously revitalizing Bomont and falling in love with the clergyman’s troubled daughter.
A few years back my mum was shocked to discover that although I loved the song “Footloose” I hadn’t actually ever seen the film so we checked out Netflix and found the newest version was on there and decided to try it out. I loved it to pieces and watch it semi-regularly. It’s a really fun film with some serious moments and although it’s not perfect I do really enjoy the camaraderie of it and of course the music.
Star Trek Discovery – Star Trek: Discovery follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new lifeforms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.
I’m not a huge die-hard Star Trek fan, I’m usually more geared towards Star Wars but I did really enjoy the Voyager series and after being intrigued by some of the new class and having easy access to this Netflix exclusive (in the UK) persuaded me to try it out and I’ve not looked back since. I don’t even know where to begin with this show, the second season just finished and I have been blown away time and time again. The show is funny, heartfelt, thought-provoking and beautifully diverse and clever and somehow seems to not only embody the message of the original Trek but fantastically brings it into a new era and makes it more accessible
(Special shoutout to Jupiter Ascending because it was so bad and I loved it for that and to Killjoys which I didn’t include as we only watched season one on Netflix and the other three on Prime but we did find it for the first time on Netflix!)
Films and/or Shows on my list that I need to see ASAP:
Isn’t it romantic – Natalie is a New York architect who works hard to get noticed at her job but is more likely to deliver coffee and bagels than design the city’s next skyscraper. Things go from bad to weird when she gets knocked unconscious during a subway mugging and magically wakes up to find herself in an alternate universe. Always cynical about love, Natalie’s worst nightmare soon comes true when she suddenly discovers that she’s playing the leading lady in a real-life romantic comedy.
I haven’t watched this yet because I know its one that will be perfect to watch with my husband, he loves romance films and I’m not often that into them so I think this would be a nice mix for us both. Plus I’m really excited to see Rebel Wilson as the lead instead of a stereotypical, plus-size comic relief backup character.
The Perfect Date – A high school student creates an app to offer his services as a fake date to make money for college. When he develops feelings for someone, his plan gets complicated.
Okay so SOMETIMES I like romance films, this one looks really fun and hopefully at least a little different from the norm? This is another film the husband wants to see and as we don’t always get time together in the evenings once little man is in bed we still haven’t seen it yet.
The Dragon Prince – The Breach, the border between the two halves of the continent, was guarded by Thunder, the king of dragons. Now, after humans killed the dragon king and his egg, war is imminent. The elves attempt to assassinate the human king Harrow and his heir, the young prince Ezran, in retaliation for the egg’s destruction.
I’ve heard a lot of great things about The Dragon Prince animated show, I love the art style and the story intrigues me. I have managed to watch the first episode or two but there are loads more to watch.
Sword of Destiny – A martial arts master assembles a band of fighters to protect a legendary sword from a warlord and his clan.
When I was younger I was hugely obsessed with the film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Michelle Yeoh’s character in particular. A few years back Netflix made a sequel and I’ve been meaning to watch it since then. With Yeoh’s recent appearance in Star Trek Discovery, it’s reminded me that I really need to make the time to watch this as soon as possible.
Bright – In an alternate present day, humans, orcs, elves and fairies have been coexisting since the beginning of time. Two police officers, one a human, the other an orc, embark on a routine night patrol that will alter the future of their world as they know it. Battling both their own personal differences as well as an onslaught of enemies, they must work together to protect a young female elf and a thought-to-be-forgotten relic, which, in the wrong hands, could destroy everything.
As a fairly big fantasy fan, I have been so excited by this because I think it’s a brilliant twist on the old standard fantasy races. I have tried watching it once but was super tired and fell asleep (if I’m tired and get too comfy I’m doomed and fall asleep asap) but I really want to give it another go.
Nightflyers – With humankind’s future at stake, a group of scientists and a powerful telepath venture into the void aboard a spaceship full of secrets.
Honestly, this just kind of sounds like it was written for me don’t you think? Looks to my particular brand of sci-fi; people with powers, intrigue, the fate of the world etc. I can’t wait to get around to this soon!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this slightly different Six for Sunday post today, just one more to go and then talking TBR piles for the month of May. If you enjoyed the slightly different content instead of just the bookish stuff let me know and I’ll make sure to include it more regularly.
Is there anything on here you particularly love or want to watch? Maybe you’ve watched some of the things on my want to watch list if so let me know what you thought!