Netflix Spotlight

When I first joined Netflix, I didn’t think that much of it, and I’d heard a lot of contradictory things about the lack of subtitling (essential for deaf and hard of hearing people). I remember what changed my mind about it – when I realised that, actually, it is a vast improvement on any other streaming channel available for the price, depending on what you like watching. For me, it is brilliant – it has a great selection of drama, supernatural, horror, superhero films and series, and old favourites.

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The only problem is that it encourages binge-watching, and if you’re not careful, you’ll be caught out watching something all day and/or night (!). Another issue is that the subtitles are mostly in capitals, so if you’re not used it, they look like SHOUTING (although not on TV streaming, strangely), and don’t include the sound-captions that are a sign of good quality subtitles eg. [Wind Blows]. They have improved the range of things that have them now – in fact, most things now have English subtitles (at least on the UK Netflix).

The main issues are the aforementioned subtitling, and the fact that the content sometimes gets swapped and replaced, or that there is a lot of random and so-so quality stuff mixed in with the exceptional things. I do feel that Netflix has changed the way we consume film and TV, for the better. The pricing is great – you can pay £8.99 a month and add 5 people to the account, which is what we have done. It’s an affordable way to watch things if you can’t afford Sky, Virgin, or Amazon Prime (the yearly fee actually works out cheaper but it’s a pain to have to pay it all in one go).

Recently, they’ve done well with some Netflix originals – the first (that I’m aware of) was Orange is the New Black, and the recent Daredevil and Jessica Jones. I also like Hemlock Grove, which is an acquired taste, and watching guilty pleasures like Pretty Little Liars. For me, the greatest thing is the chance to watch things that I’ve never seen, that I’ve been meaning to watch, and that I’m also exposed to a range of genres that I might not otherwise be drawn to. As with most things, I think it’s about choosing your viewing wisely, because it’s easy to be overwhelmed.

The best things I’ve watched lately on Netflix are:

  1. Jessica Jones – A Marvel creation with flawed and (often unpleasant) interesting characters. I haven’t finished watching it yet but so far it’s excellent.
  2. Daredevil – Again, a dark turn in Hell’s Kitchen, a major improvement on the film. Season 2 is coming in March.
  3. Once Upon a Time – they are up to date with all the seasons so far on Netflix – and awaiting the second part of season 5 which airs in March. I like the way they’ve glued together all these fairy tale storylines and made them real and complicated.
  4. Street Food – I stumbled upon this randomly, but I like the way it’s filmed and the variety of food that the host, Ishai Golan, reviews on his travels.
  5. Zombieland – one of those kooky comedies with Jesse Eisenberg, this time during the Zombie apocalypse. It also has a geeky Bill Murray cameo.
  6. Scream (Season 1) – I wasn’t sure if I would like this, and was surprised to find that it’s quite good. It has all the usual slasher high-school stuff but the heroine is worth rooting for.
  7. Iris – I would describe this as feel-good and a journey into Iris Apfel’s life and style. Inspiring because it shows that you can be yourself at any age.
  8. Advanced Style – I have a thing for style documentaries! This is worth watching if you like offbeat style and being inspired.
  9. Marina Abramovic: The Artist is Present – This is a fascinating documentary about Marina’s art and the way she connects with people.
  10. Dead Like Me – This is hilarious if you like ironic, sarcastic black humour. I wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did, and I’m sad that there were only two seasons.
  11. Girl Rising – A great documentary following some young women around the world, talking about their experiences and dreams.

So, yes, I’ve grown to appreciate Netflix and I’m looking forward to the various films and series they’re adding this year. Do you have any Netflix favourites?

15 Comments Add yours

  1. Kat says:

    Netflix was just launched in Malaysia a month ago – so I’m planning to subscribe to it as I have been reading a lot of positive reviews of Netflix in the US. Hope I won’t be a couch potato!

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      The struggle is real – very difficult not to turn into a couch potato! ^_^ I try to just stagger things out rather than watching them all in one go but I have been known to binge watch things! They may have a trial period – so you can see if you like it or not 🙂

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  2. Stephanie Austin says:

    Making A Murderer is actually the rage these days, but haven’t been able to get into it yet. Also, Dexter is pretty good. Give yourself time to warm up to the protagonist–he’s an odd one. I never really thought Always Sunny in Philly was very funny until this newest season. So I’ve just started it from the beginning. OH! JANE THE VIRGIN! So so good!

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      Me neither re. Making a Murderer. May check it out soon. I’ve watched a couple of episodes of Dexter, I’ll try and persevere with it! 🙂 I’ll check the others out.

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    2. Thanks for advice re Making a Murderer..wasn’t sure. Loved the first few seasons of Dexter but like Criminal minds will do your head in if you watch too many in a row!

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  3. Sara Lopes says:

    How to Get Away With Murder, Orange is the New Black, How I Met Your Mother, Doctor Who, Mad Men….the list could keep going on but I’ll stop there! So many great shows!

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      All great! I’ve seen a few episodes of How to Get Away With Murder – gripping. Mad Men isn’t on UK Netflix yet, but I’m looking forward to when it is.

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  4. Right now my queue is filed with stand up comedy specials, but if you are looking for a good series there is always Firefly, and I just finished Making a Murderer, it was unsettling and well made.

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    1. Liz Ward says:

      Firefly is amazing – my husband loves it. It’s great to re-watch it every now and then. Seems like I’ll be checking out Making a Murderer soon!

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      1. I don’t know if you are a fan of ’90’s grunge rock or of Kurt Cobain, but if you are I just got done watching Soaked in Bleach. It gives a different side to his suicide.

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  5. Nice blog. Its really interesting and also letting people know of what you like to watch.

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