Sure, Netflix might be a little too invested in its subscribers’ lives, but it has also dumped a decade of content on us in just one year. It’s a lot to swim through. Sometimes you just need a massive corporation to reach out and ask: Are you OK?
This week on the Upstream podcast, we’re counting down our favorite Netflix original series and movies of the year, with a special guest appearance from a savvy millennial.
Join us in the feedback loop, and here are our 10 favorites of the year.
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1) American Vandal
A pitch-perfect true-crime mockumentary about dicks that asks the hard questions.
Dee Rees’ devastating Netflix debut explores family, history, and racism in the South, post-World War II.
A story about capitalism, consumption, and morality. But at its heart, it’s about a girl and her pig.
4) Dear White People
Justin Simien’s serialized adaptation of his 2014 film weaves together stories of identity, allyship, and hypocrisy among a group of college students.
Jenji Kohan builds out another great ensemble cast, this time focusing on women’s wrestling in the ’80s.
6) The Keepers
The doc starts off asking about the death of a nun in 1969. But it pivots to a horrific truth about sexual abuse, and how the Catholic Church silenced victims.
7) Alias Grace
The second Margaret Atwood TV adaptation of 2017 tells the story of a woman accused of murder.
David Fincher’s crime procedural goes inside the heads of serial killers.
9) Gerald’s Game
Mike Flanagan’s adaptation of a Stephen King novella improves on the source material.
10) I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Triple Frontier – Netflix Trailer
Make no mistake, this is not a military operation. See Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal attempt to rob one of the world’s most violent cartels in Triple Frontier — on Netflix and in select theaters. Coming this March.
YOU | Netflix Trailer
YOU, a Netflix Original Series, is the riveting and hypnotic story of Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), an obsessive yet brilliant New Yorker, who exploits today’s technology to win the heart of Beck (Elizabeth Lail) amid the growing suspicions of her best friend Peach (Shay Mitchell). Joe transforms himself from stalker to boyfriend while doing whatever it takes to eliminate all obstacles standing in his way — even if it means murder. Set in today’s 24/7 hyper-connected world, YOU explores how vulnerable we all are to stalking and manipulation online and in real life.
The Umbrella Academy | Netflix Teaser Trailer
A dysfunctional family of superheroes comes together to solve the mystery of their father’s death, the threat of the apocalypse and more. Adapted from the comic created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá.
Starring: Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, Camerono Britton, Kate Walsh, Mary J. Blige
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