FRIDAY FAVORITES: NETFLIX ORIGINALS TO BINGE, PART 3

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Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes.  It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my mood 😉


As my queue continues to expand (not quite to the extremes of my TBR but close), I have decided to share more Netflix Originals. I continue to discover series that are definitely binge-worthy, and well, most of us are often seeking that next good watch when we are not immersed in books.

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Netflix Originals: Round 3

requiem-e1520840445578Netflix Original: Requiem
Cast:  Lydia WilsonJames FrechevilleSian Reese-Williams
The Skinny: This British thriller offers a nice mix of fantasy and the supernatural. When cello star Matilda Gray’s mother takes her own life, she discovers a concerning link to the disappearance of a Welsch girl years ago and travels to Wales in search of answers.
Pros: Atmospheric and brooding plotline with a slow revelation. Excellent cast.
Cons: An ultimately far-fetched ending that some will struggle with.
My rating: 4/5 – the ending was not enough to deter my love for this series.

tabulaNetflix Original: Tabula Rasa
Cast: Veerle BaetensStijn Van OpstalJeroen Perceval
The Skinny: A Dutch thriller centered around a young woman, Annemie D’Haeze. After an accident leaves her with amnesia and no short-term memory, she becomes the center of a missing person investigation.
Pros: Well developed, complex plot with unexpected twists.
Cons: A few themes that may be sensitive in nature for some.
My rating: 5/5 – I binged this one hard and was caught off guard by the end events.

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Netflix Original: The Frankenstein Chronicles
Cast: Sean BeanRichie CampbellTom Ward
The Skinny: John Marlott is an inspector tasked with a gruesome job. He is investigating a set of mysterious murders that appear to be the work of a scientist attempting to reanimate the dead.
Pros: Beautiful period piece set in 19th Century London with superb acting (hello Sean Bean).
Cons: Often graphic and sometimes slow pace.
My rating: 4/5 – Loved the setting, costume, and well.. Sean Bean.

fullmetalalchemistNetflix Original: Fullmetal Alchemist
Cast: Ryôsuke YamadaTsubasa HondaDean Fujioka
The Skinny: This is the live adaptation of the beloved manga and anime series and a film, not actually a series. It follows the Elric brothers whose attempt to use alchemy to revive their mother goes horribly wrong, leaving the younger brother without a body. Now they search for the Philosopher’s Stone, which they believe is the answer to their problems.
Pros: The spirit of the brothers and key elements of the story are captured.
Cons: The graphics felt over the top, and there were a few omissions.
My Rating 3/5 – This is worth a watch if you are fan! Once I let go of my initial hangups, I really enjoyed the film.


The list is a little smaller this round, as I have not been able to watch as much television. What have you been watching? Any thoughts on the above or any recommendations?

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: Netflix Originals To Binge, Part 2

Friday Favorites

Picking up where we left off last week, I am wrapping up my Netflix Originals with a few more binge-worthy series this week. Here are five more favorites to consider adding to your queue.

Binge-Worthy Part II

aliasgraceNetflix Original: Alias Grace
Cast: Sarah GadonEdward HolcroftRebecca Liddiard
IMDb Synopsis: In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Why you want to watch: This adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel delivers an outstanding cast backed by an incredible script and setting. From costumes to dialect, be prepared to be transported back in time and immersed within a series that only improves with each episode.

breakNetflix Original: The Break
Cast: Yoann BlancGuillaume KerbushAnne Coesens
Personal Synopsis: Inspector Yoann Peeters finds himself called to the scene of a crime shortly after moving back to his home town. The discovery of 19 year-old Driss Assani’s body leads to an ongoing investigation that begins to reveal many troubling details surrounding the town and its residents.

Why you want to watch: Because while this Belgium crime thriller moves at a leisurely pace, it ultimately leads to an incredible plot full of twists and turns. Atmospheric and brooding, this one manages to grab you unexpectedly and pull you in. It is worth hanging out through the first few, slower episodes.

hotelbsNetflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour 
Cast: Lynn Van RoyenInge PaulussenJan Hammenecker
IMDb Synopsis: A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

Why you want to watch: Because you will think you have it figured out only to continually discover you do not. Dark and immersive, Hotel Beau Séjour delivers a unique experience in a very subtle yet rewarding manner that manages to keep you guessing and leaves you satisfied in the end.

stranger things.jpgNetflix Original: Stranger Things
Cast:  Millie Bobby BrownFinn WolfhardWinona Ryder
IMDb Synopsis: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends, must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Why you want to watch: From an opening theme that brilliantly captures the show’s nostalgic, 80s science fiction vibe to an incredible cast, Stranger Things will instantly deliver a fun throwback for older fans and something rare for younger. And with 2 seasons available, there is plenty to binge!

wormwoodNetflix Original: Wormwood
Cast: Peter SarsgaardChristian CamargoEric Olson
IMDb Synopsis: In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

 

Why you want to watch: While Wormwood will not be everyone’s cup of tea, this docudrama attempts to shed light on the truth while exploring the CIA’s Project MK-Ultra (aka Mind Control Program). If offers a unique look at the often illegal experiments that took place.

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Have you watched any of the above? Or maybe you have enjoyed some of the series from Part I of my list. I have to admit that I am a fan of Netflix Originals. I would love to know what you are watching!

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: Netflix Originals To Binge, Part I

Friday Favorites

Let’s face, I do not read 24/7. Part of my time is spent binge watching anime, original series and true documentaries. And sometimes I play mom (aka Meme). I am a woman of many hats.

Today, for your viewing pleasure, I have compiled a list of the more memorable original series I have encountered on Netflix. You know the ones. You say one more episode, and then before you realize it, you are trying to figure out how to carry on with life until the next season. So grab a drink and pull up.. well another drink. Let me fill that void..

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Binge on This..

mndhntNetflix Original: Mindhunter
Cast: Jonathan GroffHolt McCallanyAnna Torv
IMDb Synopsis: In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.


Why you want to watch:
Based on the book by retired FBI Special Agent, John Douglas, this is a first hand look at the birth of serial killer profiling.  And if that is not enough to tempt you, Britton’s downright haunting performance as Edmund Kemper should be.

blackmirrorNetflix Original: Black Mirror
Cast:  Daniel LapaineHannah John-Kamen, & many more.
IMDb Synopsis: An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Why you want to watch: This ongoing collection of roughly hour-long stand-alone episodes offers a disturbing glimpse into an alternate world where technology and human desires are brought together in a horrifying manner. The end result is unsettling and for great reasons.

dark.jpgNetflix Original: Dark
Cast: Oliver MasucciKaroline EichhornJördis Triebel
IMDb Synopsis: A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Why you want to watch: A German thriller with a dark plot centered around the disappearance of a young boy, it offers a nice twist with stranger elements of science fiction and a dose of the unexpected. Original and immersive, this one manages a successful creep factor on multiple fronts.

erased.jpgNetflix Original: Erased
Cast: Yûki FurukawaTomoka KurotaniReo Uchikawa
IMDb Synopsis: After finding his mom killed, Satoru’s time-traveling ability takes him back 18 years for a chance to prevent her death and those of three classmates.
Why you want to watch: Because they nailed it! If you are familiar with the manga or anime, and a fan, you cannot afford to pass this one up. Beautifully written with an incredible cast, smart directing creates a completely atmospheric experience that draws you in until the very end. I think I must have went through an entire box of tissues.

anneNetflix Original: Anne with an E
Cast: Amybeth McNultyGeraldine JamesR.H. Thomson
IMDb Synopsis: The adventures of a young orphan girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Why you want to watch: Because it’s Anne, with an “E”! While some viewers seemed to struggle with the slightly darker take and realism incorporated into this childhood classic, the harsher elements added a true air of credibility to an old favorite. It was refreshing and comfortably familiar all at the same time. Simply beautiful and endearing.
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Not all-inclusive by any means, the above are a small handful of my favorites.  We certainly cannot forget gems like Stanger Things that have stormed the spotlight for great reason. My list will continue next week 😉 What are some of your favorite series (Netflix or not), to binge when time allows? Have you watched any of my favorites?

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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