It’s Winter. That’s not shocking news, I know. But if you’re feeling restless and super cooped up, you aren’t alone. It’s perfectly normal for many people to feel a desire to hibernate in their homes and avoid the cold. A good chunk of the Winter season for me is spent inside.
What do I do with all that time spent inside all Winter, you ask?
Most of my free time (aka time where I’m not toddler wrangling, cooking, cleaning, or running errands) is spent writing, or networking, or replying to emails. And whenever I am doing that there is ALWAYS something on Netflix in the background. No joke. Always. Right now as I write this I am re-watching The Office. And then when I’m finished working, it is time to relax. With more Netflix in bed, of course. It’s a glamorous life, I gotta tell ya.
Since I’m seemingly addicted to and/or obsessed with Netflix, I’ve come up with some of my recent MUST WATCH titles for you guys, and separated them into some popular categories. Enjoy, and don’t forget to let me know what you think if you watch any of them!
16 Things You Need to Watch on Netflix NOW!
Disney Nature’s Monkey Kingdom – A documentary narrated by Tina Fey telling the story of a female monkey who is low on the totem pole in her tribe of monkeys, and the hardships she endures to move herself and her family up! I love the stunning images of the Disney Nature movies, and they’re always a family friendly learning experience.
Brother Bear – A young Native American boy doesn’t like bears. When his brother is killed by one, he kills the bear, only to be magically transformed into one himself. The lessons he learns as a bear are incredible. This is a great movie for families but if you’re anything like me, make sure you have some tissues!
Paul Blart: Mall Cop – A single suburban father works at a mall as a security guard to make ends meet, and he takes his job very seriously, even though most of his colleagues and customers don’t. Rated PG due to a little good guy/bad guy violence, this title is suitable for older kids. I saw it when I was in my 20’s, and I loved it. It’s funny and has a great message – being yourself is ALWAYS best.
The Longest Ride – Former bull-riding champion Luke and college student Sophia are in love, but conflicting paths and ideals threaten to tear them apart. There’s also a second story within this story – the complicated love and life story of Ira and Ruth. The Longest Ride is another movie based off of a Nicholas Sparks novel. Seriously, Mr. Sparks is a talented and romantic man – the stories he comes up with…. I can’t EVEN. You’ll need tissues for this one, too.
5 to 7 – A young writer in New York falls for a stunning, older French woman. Problem is, she’s married. Or is it a problem? This movie is a beautiful conversation about love, and the many shapes and forms it can take in our lifetimes.
About Time – When Tim turns 21, his father tells him a secret: The men in their family can travel through time. However, as his unusual life progresses, Tim finds that his special ability can’t shield him and those he loves from the problems of ordinary life. It sounds cheesy, but it was beautiful and thought provoking. Honestly, watching it was life changing for me. It’s might be my favourite movie now, so I very highly recommend it.
True Story – Journalist Michael Finkel loses his job and learns he’s a victim of identity theft; a man named Christian Longo assumed Finkel’s name and stood accused of murdering his own family. Seeing a way to rebuild his shattered reputation, Finkel meets with Longo to hear his story. This movie stars Jonah Hill and James Franco, and they both do impeccable jobs in their roles. The movie is also based on true events.
Wild – Driven to the edge by loss, the end of her marriage and a dive into self-destructive behavior, Cheryl Strayed makes a decision to halt her downward spiral and put her life back together again. With no outdoors experience, a heavy backpack and little else to go on but her own will, Cheryl sets out alone to hike the Pacific Crest Trail – one of the country’s longest and toughest trails. I loved this story based off of true events!
Gone Girl – Writer Nick Dunne and his glamorous wife Amy present a portrait of a blissful marriage to the public. However, when Amy goes missing on the couple’s fifth wedding anniversary, Nick becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance. The resulting police pressure and media frenzy cause the Dunnes’ image of a happy union to crumble, leading to tantalizing questions about who Nick and Amy truly are. This was a GOOD one, with a super crazy story line. You’ll love it if you love being on the edge of your seat!
Making a Murderer – Exonerated after spending nearly two decades in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery filed suit against Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, and several individuals involved with his arrest. Shortly after, however, Avery found himself behind bars again, this time accused of the murder of 25-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. This riveting and controversial 10 episode documentary series was filmed over 10 years, and will have you hooked from the first episode.
Jesus Camp – This film visits an evangelical Christian summer camp called Kids on Fire, where children take part in programs designed to strengthen and intensify their beliefs. The camp’s founder, Becky Fischer, discusses her mission to indoctrinate youths in the word of God, while young campers play combat video games and talk about their love for Jesus. A very interesting and compelling documentary.
Dear Zachary – In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew’s child. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend’s son an opportunity to discover who his dad was. This is an unbelievable story, with an unexpected twist. A must see.
Jim Gaffigan: Mr. Universe – One of Jim Gaffigan’s newest and funniest stand up routines. Mike and I saw this one live, yet we still watch it on Netflix sometimes and it’s just as funny as the day we saw it live.
Schitt’s Creek – Video store magnate Johnny and his soap opera star wife Moira suddenly find themselves completely broke and they must give up life as they know it. With their two spoiled children in tow and their pampered lives behind them, the Rose family is forced to move to their one remaining asset, a small town called Schitt’s Creek, which the Roses bought years earlier as a joke. This comedy starring Eugene Levy is pretty hilarious, and I’m glad I gave it a shot!
Grace and Frankie – For as long as they can recall, Grace and Frankie have been rivals. Their one-upmanship comes crashing to a halt, however, when they learn that their husbands have fallen in love with each other and want to get married. As everything around the ladies is coming apart, the only thing they can really rely on is each other. A quirky comedy starring mega stars like Jane Fonda (love her!) and Martin Sheen.
We’re the Millers – Small-time pot dealer David learns the hard way that no good deed goes unpunished. Trying to help some teens, he is jumped by thugs and loses his cash and stash. Now, David’s in big debt to his supplier and to wipe the slate clean he must go to Mexico to pick up the guy’s latest shipment. To accomplish his mission, Dave devises a foolproof plan: He packs a fake family into a huge RV and heads south of the border for a wild weekend that is sure to end with a bang. I haven’t laughed this hard at a comedy like this in a while – you’ve gotta see it!
Have you seen any of these titles? What did you think? Did I miss anything you’d recommend?