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
Private Life Netflix Movie Trailer
The new film from Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills), PRIVATE LIFE is the bracingly funny and moving story of Richard (Academy Award-nominee Paul Giamatti) and Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), a couple in the throes of infertility who try to maintain their marriage as they descend deeper and deeper into the insular world of assisted reproduction and domestic adoption. After the emotional and economic upheaval of in vitro fertilization, they’re at the end of their middle-aged rope, but when Sadie (breakout newcomer Kayli Carter), a recent college drop out, re-enters their life, things begin to look up.
Netflix’s spooky ‘Sabrina’ trailer is nothing like the ’90s sitcom you remember
If you’re a fan of the sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch…Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may not be for you.
The first trailer for this dark take on the powerful teen (from the makers of Riverdale) promises creepy woods, minotaurs, the occult, and a terrifying cover of “Happy Birthday.” And it’s just a teaser!
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina stars Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men), whose half-human half-witch identity clashes along with the magical and mortal worlds. A far cry from its ’90s cousin, Netflix describes CAOS as “tonally in the vein of Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist.” So…no animatronic cat?
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hits Netflix Oct. 26.
Netflix’s Quincy Jones documentary drops trailer with too many legendary stars to count
“Quincy Jones has too many awards, accolades, and accomplishments to list.
And the legendary musician and film producer’s upcoming Netflix documentary, directed by his own daughter Rashida Jones, features almost as many stars.
The trailer for Quincy shines a spotlight on the influence he had on some of the most talented people in the entire entertainment industry: Oprah Winfrey, Kendrick Lamar, Will Smith, Lady Gaga. And we heard a little Barack Obama moment in there too.
But the doc appears to focus on his life both before and after becoming the iconic Quincy Jones.
You can catch it on Netflix Sept. 21.”
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