I love me some Netflix, and always have several movies or shows on the go that I watch in short snatches throughout the week. Some would say this is a lunatic way to use Netflix, and in many ways I’d agree.
The only sad thing is that I spot lots of bloggy types and tweeters recommending ace things to watch on Netflix, only to find they’re only on Netflix US and I’m all left out.*
So this month I’ll do a few posts on what I’m watching on Netflix UK. If you’re a knackered sub-editor in your mid-thirties who likes rom-coms and can’t handle Breaking Bad, I’m sure it’ll prove really useful.
*Case in point: Gilmore Girls. Get on it, Netflix UK! I need them fast-talkin’ ladies! How did Lorelai eat so many burgers and stay thin? What happened to Mr Medina? Enquiring British minds need to know.
Saturday night wine
Tim Minchin & The Heritage Orchestra Live
Gothic Australian piano scarecrow Tim Minchin performs at the Royal Albert Hall with a fantastic hipster orchestra. Hilarious atheism, incredible swearing, spectacular hair, ‘free jazz’ intervals and a seven minute cheese-themed funk odyssey.
Great with: Wine, chicken, knitting, insomnia (it’s 2.5 hours long)
Short on time? Skip to: 1:12, ‘Prejudice’
YouTube taster for non-Netflixers: The Pope Song. Get through the initial tsunami of swears and you’ll love it. Except you, Mum, don’t watch it.
Father Ted series 1-3
Tiny cows. Forced tea-drinking. Ecumenical matters. You already know about Father Ted, so I’ll just share the harrowing information that this show will be twenty years old next year. Twenty!
Great with: Tea, fathers. You will you will you will you will YOU WILL.
Short on time? Skip to: Everyone’s favourite – Song for Europe (S2Ep5)
YouTube taster for non-Netflixers: Ah, go on then.
You Can Count On Me
Laura Linney and Ruffles are orphaned siblings who share a house for a while. That’s really it. I mostly like it because how often do you see a good depiction of a brother-sister combo in films? Almost never! Do Hollywood screenwriters only have same-sex siblings? What’s going on? Don’t even get me started on Luke and Leia.
Great with: No witnesses to your suppressed weeping.
Short on time? Skip to: 59:28, smoking on the porch with an amazing scene-stealing moth.
YouTube taster for non-Netflixers: Uncle Ruffles tells it like it is to the least-creepy Culkin.