Ready to kick back with a movie or show? Netflix has you covered this weekend.
New week, new titles. And a new month! It’s time to start gearing up for the holidays which means you’re probably sick of it already. A long list of classic titles was added on the first and a large number of BBC specials and documentaries were added today. If you’re looking for an escape from the pressure of the impending chaos, you have plenty of things to kick back with and watch. Start by adding the following titles to your queue.
Alias Grace Netflix Original
Adapted from the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood (The Handmaid’s Tale), this six-part mini-series is a true-crime mystery. In 1859 in Victorian Canada, Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), an immigrant and servant, has been imprisoned for the murder of a farmer (Paul Gross) and his housekeeper (Anna Paquin). A young doctor, Simon Jordan (Edward Holcroft), is hired to question and hopefully save her from the fate of death. It’s a wonderfully layered story with a very strong performance from Sarah Gadon. Put some time aside to binge this dark period drama. You’re going to get hooked.
I’ll Have What Phil’s Having: Season 1
I just have to say it: Phil Rosenthal (Everybody Loves Raymond) is delightful. His enthusiasm for friends and food is infectious. He’s the kind of guy you want as a buddy. And soon his series will be a Netflix production. Originally on PBS, this food and travel show introduces us to different region’s local flavor, people and culture in a most relatable way. Rosenthal himself isn’t a gourmand. Just a nice guy that loves great food and sharing it. Stay tuned for the premiere of his Netflix Original series.
Ellen Page and Patrick Wilson star in this slick thriller about a teen who agrees to meet a thirtysomething photographer she became acquainted with in an online chat room. After going back to his place, he soon learns that things aren’t about to go as he planned. This film keeps the tension high. Page puts forth a dominant performance that is going to make you squirm and keep you on the edge of your seat. Prepare to be uncomfortable.
Judah Friedlander: America Is the Greatest Country in the United States Netflix Original
In his first Netflix special, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) presents his testimony on why America is the greatest country. Directed by Friedlander, the black and white special follows the comedian across multiple tour stops, taking shots at the world’s weighty issues like U.S. foreign policy, fascism, climate change, mass incarceration, and health care. His stone-faced, flat delivery belies the hilarity in his observations. Even the heaviest of topics get twisted into funny.
This stirring bio-pic stars Harrison Ford as legendary Brooklyn Dodgers GM Branch Rickey and Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson. In 1946, Rickey defies major league baseball’s notorious color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to his team. The deal puts both Rickey and Robinson in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players. They overcome the odds, with Robinson letting his talent on the field do the talking. Ultimately he silences his critics and paves the way for others to follow. This is the feel-good movie you need this weekend.
What are you looking forward to watching this weekend? Let us know in the comments!