Best TV shows and Movies to watch on Netflix
1. SACRED GAMES
It’s India’s first Netflix ‘original’ series, starring Saif Ali Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Radhika Apte and directed by all-time favourite Anurag Kashyap. Sold? Okay but let us tell more. It's based on a best-selling novel (Sacred Games) by Vikram Chandra, and a theme set in Mumbai, India. Inspired by the classics of 19th century fiction, Sacred Games portrays the filth, crime, politics and sin in Mumbai or India in general. We’d not really call it a ‘web-series’ but it's more like a movie stretched out to eight episodes. The genre is crime/thriller and it's going to be on Netflix globally, in 20 languages. But what makes it so special is the cast and its ‘original’ Netflix tag.
2. Taxi Driver
Martin Scorsese’s classic exploration of isolation, obsession and mania has just landed on Netflix, and you know what that means: anyone who considers themselves a fan of cinema should drop everything, fire up their Netflix app of choice and settle down for 113 minutes of masterful moviemaking, as Scorsese’s camera follows increasingly unhinged cabbie Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro in one of his defining roles) as he navigates the sleazy streets and avenues of 1970s New York.
3. Evil Genius
Another month, another gripping documentary makes its debut on Netflix. If you loved the recent cult series Wild Wild Country, Evil Genius: The True Story of America’s Most Diabolical Bank Heist (from the same executive producers, Mark and Jay Duplass) should be right up your street.
Recounting the unbelievable events of what later came to be called the “pizza bomber heist” (and, let’s face it, those three words alone should be enough to pique your interest), this four-part miniseries starts with a dazed man walking into a bank with a bomb locked around his neck and finishes… well, that would be telling.
Created by bestselling crime author Harlan Coben and starring Dexter’s Michael C. Hall, this Netflix original series is a slightly silly but gripping suburban drama in the mould of Broadchurch, Marcella or Line of Duty.
Part police procedural, part soap (maybe a little too heavily weighted towards the second part at times), Safe is a missing person story in which the suspects are many – and all of them have some kind of dark secret or dodgy agenda. This kind of twist-heavy thriller is perfect for bingeing on, which makes it a good fit for Netflix.
5. BOBBY KENNEDY FOR PRESIDENT
This four-part documentary series explores the life and death of Robert F. Kennedy, seventh of the Kennedy children and looking likely to follow in his brother’s footsteps as American president, until he followed in his footsteps in another way – by being assassinated. For those who know a little about RFK but want to get a clearer picture of his political journey, this series is a fantastic primer, full of new interviews with people who knew the man and contemporary footage examining how he became one of the foremost proponents of American liberalism and racial and economic justice – a stance that conspiracy theorists believe got him killed.
6. THE RAIN
Brits love talking about the weather as it is, but we suspect the frequency of such conversations would increase exponentially if rain actually started killing everyone that got caught in it. That’s the premise behind this Scandi drama series, in which precipitation brings with it a deadly virus that offs its victims in minutes. This, naturally, leads to a Walking Dead-style civilisational collapse, within which a pair of siblings must not only stay alive but attempt to find out how their father is involved in bringing about this damp apocalypse.
7.THE WEEK OF
Adam Sandler and Chris Rock play the fathers of a bride- and groom-to-be in this Netflix original movie, which aims at being a sort of National Lampoons meets Parenthood mashup – but falls a few yards short of the mark. Netflix’s movies have been a mixed bag in general and The Week Of, while it does offer up the occasional laugh out loud moment, does nothing to challenge this perception. It’s both undercooked and bloated – a film like has no business being two hours long – with too much reliance on its two stars. It is presented in 4K and HDR, however, making it bizarrely among of the best-looking movies on the service!
Forget little green men from Mars. The Alienist is a tale firmly rooted on our own planet, more specifically New York in the late 19th century, when an alienist was (according to the show’s opening title) the preferred name for a psychiatrist. Mentally ill people, you see, were thought to be alienated from their true nature, and it appears one such individual is responsible for a series of brutal child murders in the bustling city. Police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt, keen to see this killer swiftly brought to justice, assembles a motley band of would-be detectives, played by Daniel Bruhl, Dakota Fanning and Luke Evans, who must use psychology and forensic science, still in its early infancy, to put an end to the reign of terror.
Inspired by 2010’s true-life exodus of shutterbugs to a small camera store in Parsons, Kansas – then the last place on the planet able to process Kodachrome film, and about to stop doing so – this Netflix original movie is a story of family, loss and redemption starring Ed Harris as a dying photographer, Jason Sudeikis as his estranged son and Elizabeth Olsen as his nurse and assistant.
While Kodachrome seems just the kind of weighty and well-acted drama that could turn around Netflix’s growing unwanted reputation as a peddler of patchy original movies, it falls somewhat short of greatness, with characters that develop (no pun intended) a little too fast to be truly believable. Still, if you’re in the market for some #feelings this weekend, Kodachrome might well click.
10. THE WITCH
A desolate forest… creepy twins… missing babies… failed harvests… and an aggressive goat called Black Phillip. Indie hit The Witch really ticks off the classic horror movie tropes, as it tells the story of a farming family’s brush with the occult in colonial America. Ye olde worlde 17th century dialogue might put some viewers off, but it also fuels the feeling of authenticity and adds to the unshakeable sense of otherworldliness. If you’re looking for jump scares and excess gore go elsewhere, but if you like your horror films creepy, slow-burning and full of dread, you’ll find them all here in plentiful supply.