What I’ve Been Watching Lately: Netflix, TV and Cinema

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There is something SO good about finding a new series to get stuck into, or watching a film at the cinema that you get completely absorbed in.

After a month or so of being stuck in a rut over what to watch, I’ve found so many new things to watch, so I’m sharing them all here! Although realistically, these recommendations might go on hold for the next few weeks as Love Island returns to take over our lives again. I’m definitely not complaining though but for those who are looking for something new to watch….

Netflix:

Let’s start with the series I’ve just finished; Safe. The Netflix Original is set in the UK and is crime-drama-thriller. It could just as easily been made by BBC – it actually reminded me a lot of Broadchurch, the addictive ITV drama.

In a nutshell, the main character Tom (played by Michael C Hall from US show Dexter) discovers that his teenage daughter is missing, after not returning from a night out, along with her older boyfriend. The show is set in a wealthy, gated community and the secrets begin to unfold as the show goes on.

It kept us completely gripped, watching the series in about a week. There are eight episodes, each about forty five minutes. At first I thought it would be predictable, and at time the acting annoyed me a little but the show is addictive and ended up keeping me guessing until the end. Not one to watch while you are getting ready though – you want to sit down to give Safe your full attention to get the most out of it.

(P.S. Safe is very good, but not a patch on The Sinner which I watched earlier in the year!)

I have to talk about Queer Eye again, as the new series is about to come out soon. Queer Eye on Netflix has quickly become my favourite feel-good TV show. Five American guys tour Georgia in series 1, helping one man per episode to change his lifestyle, decor, clothing, grooming and eating habits. The show is all about making someone feel good, more confident and the best they can be. I have felt tearful at almost every episode, it is so joyful!

I think I like most that the show is all about celebrating people for being who they are, being an uplifted version of themselves. The ‘Fab Five’ are all gay, and you learn more about their life as ‘queer men’ as the show goes on. They are all amazing! Think Gok Wan meets DIY SOS, that’s the best description I can think of.

I should mention my current ‘getting-ready show’ (you know, the kind you have on in the background) which has been Suits. I started re-watching it after the Royal Wedding. I’d forgotten how good the first few seasons are. Fully enjoying it!

Cinema:

I went to see Deadpool 2 (a Marvel/superhero style action film) at the cinema last week and was surprised at just how much I enjoyed it! Ryan Reynolds is absolutely hilarious – I laughed out loud during the film. If you haven’t seen the first film, you probably do need to watch it first, but I’d feel confident saying you’ll enjoy the second one more.

Its pretty graphic and violent in places, but everything is done with an underlying humour so the film never becomes frightening (although there is a scene with acid vomit that sickness-phobes should close their eyes for!). I loved the clever links to other films; I guarantee you will find yourself smiling. Despite it not being my usual film genre choice, I loved Deadpool 2. It is definitely worth a watch.

What else?

I have to admit that I am not loving the new series of Friday Night Dinner. Sad face. The Channel 4 comedy has been one of my absolute favourites to watch for a few years now, but I’m just not finding myself laughing anymore. Maybe I’ve watched it too much, but unfortunately, the new series has been a bit of a miss for me.

Finally, I have to mention that I’ve watched the Greatest Showman DVD twice already. If you’ve not seen it yet, definitely borrow the DVD from a film or watch on Sky; I’m sure you won’t regret it.

What else do I need to be watching? Let me know in the comments!

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