Netflix January Favourites 

Glitch, Season 1

So I spent my New Year’s Day binge-watching a show on Netflix called Glitch. I’d already decided to do a January favourites post about the shows I’ve watched throughout the month and give my recommendations and ratings for all you lovely people to read – however, I did not expect that I would end up spending 6 hours of my day watching something on Netflix! (If it helps, it was a whole family affair, we were all totally gripped!) 

The premise of the show is that a group of dead people rise from their graves, which obviously has an aftermath. I know that there have been a lot of shows like this (I really liked The Returned) but I do feel like this has something different. Obviously, with a decent number of people returning there are a lot of plot lines to follow, but it’s surprisingly detailed on all of them despite being crammed into just 6 episodes. 

It is seriously hard to figure out what’s going on throughout, but very clear that there is a well-thought out plot. It’s also very obvious that there is going to be more (I’ve already googled and discovered that Season Two will be out later in 2017). 

I think there are definitely some characters that you like more than others, some I just didn’t really sympathise with and then others totally tear at your heart strings – there are odd dilemmas and events that you just can’t wrap your head around dealing with. 

All in all, I think it’s totally worth watching and incredibly easy to binge on, it’s gripping the whole way through and does keep you on your toes a bit. I give it a 9/10! 

Carandiru, Film

Based on a true story, Carandiru depicts the massacre of 111 inmates at the Carandiru Penitentiary in Brazil. It follows the discoveries of a doctor brought in to stem the spread of AIDS. The whole film is really moving, funny and yet serious at the same time. Well worth a watch! 8/10. 

Californication, Series

I’ve watched the entire of Californication before, but January saw a bit of a re-run. 

It’s a series about a struggling writer who also happens to have a lot of sex with a lot of women. 

It’s got David Duchovny in it and this is my main reason for watching…

While being incredibly eventful and a bit near the mark on many occasions, it’s the kind of thing that’s easy to binge watch. Short episodes! It does also touch upon some more serious aspects (for his daughter as she grows up, for example). 

That being said, it starts to go downhill after a few seasons. 8/10. 

A Series of Unfortunate Events, Series One

I found the first episode reeeally strange and wasn’t sure I’d like this, but actually became hooked very quickly. It reminds me of the show, Pushing Daisies, with a narrator and the sense that things are just a bit wrong. It pretends to be in a normal universe but clearly isn’t, which isn’t for everyone. 

However, as I said, you get used to that pretty quickly. It’s addictive and if you remember reading the books as a child, you’ll absolutely love this adaptation.

If you haven’t read the series – the story basically follows three children after their parents are killed in a fire. They’re placed in the care of someone totally after the fortune that their parents have left them, which leads to a Series of Unfortunate Events…

 9/10. 

The Client List, Series One and Two

Ok so, I looked at this before pressing play and thought ‘this is going to be so crap’ and told myself I’d watch just one episode. Then, in true Netflix fashion, I binged. 

A woman named Riley becomes a single mother and needs to make ends meet, so gets a job at a spa that offers extras. I know, it doesn’t sound that appealing. But actually, in a kind of rubbish but good way, I really enjoyed it.

Jennifer Love Hewitt plays the main character, which definitely helped to pique my interest because I was so obsessed with Ghost Whisperer. She’s not too bad in the show, though her accent is a bit all over the place. 

My main issue with the series is that SHE NEVER HAS AN UGLY CLIENT. So many men with six packs are just so lonely but no guys with too much body hair or anything. So basically = totally unrealistic but makes for good viewing. 

7/10 (but totally hooked and I’d probably give it an 8 if I had less shame). 

Lilly x 

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