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I will be the very first person to admit that I love me a good coming-of-age story mixed with a rom-com. Add dancing, cute friendships and a good cast, and I'm all in.
Stranger Things is one of the most successful shows on Netflix and has managed to cultivate a larger fan following with every new season in the last four years. The show broke several records and here are some reasons why:
It seemed like only yesterday I was twelve years old when Jurassic Park first was released into the big screen. Now, in this day and age, in the era of Covid-19, watching movies at home seem to be the new normal. Well, at least, for the time-being.
Nia Long and Omar Epps star in this Netflix original stalker thriller film Fatal Affair. A film about two former colleagues working at the same law firm have an affair until it started to turn into an obsessive and dangerous fatal attraction.
Netflix’s batch of original action movies is pretty hit-and-miss so far, with a tendency to fall in the “yeah, I guess that was ok” zone. They’ve had a bit of a hot streak this year with Extraction and The Old Guard, both flawed films that I still enjoyed immensely, and the trailer for their newest A-list actioner Project Power looks like it might just be extremely my shit. For one thing, it’s damn good to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt back in action on screen after his welcome return with Amazon’s thriller 7500, and he’s got a better-than-average track record when it comes to picking the right scripts.
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Listen, we all miss 30 Rock. That gloriously offbeat tone and pitch-perfect cast made for one of television’s all-time greatest sitcoms, and it will never be replaced. However, the Netflix original series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt is the next best thing. 30 Rock showrunners Tina Fey and Robert Carlock turn their attention to a “fish out of water” story as Kimmy Schmidt follows Ellie Kemper’s titular character, a woman who was held captive for years in an underground bunker and is now trying to start her life anew in New York City. Not only is the show genuinely hilarious, carrying flourishes of the same snappy goofiness that made 30 Rock so much fun, but the series simultaneously works perfectly as a sexual assault survivor story, making it all the more bold and impactful. First and foremost, though, it’s incredibly funny, with Tituss Burgess turning in a genuine breakout performance. And you’ll have the theme song stuck in your head forever.
Fans of the Wonderstorm-produced The Dragon Prince, an animated fantasy series, have gotten their wish and more. The series made its debut on Netflix in September 2018 and has gained a loyal following, with some perceiving it as a spiritual successor to the beloved Avatar: The Last Airbender. Even setting aside the fact that it was co-created by Avatar: The Last Airbender head writer and executive producer Aaron Ehasz, as well as the fact that Sokka voice actor Jack DeSena voices Callum here, The Dragon Prince has a similar type of humor that complements the fleshed-out world that it inhabits.
2018 was a big year for Netflix as they finally began to figure out their original content production formula. Specifically, producing as many romantic comedies as humanly possible. From To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before to Set It Up to even The Kissing Booth, Netflix finally realized a portion of the moviegoing audience was severely underserved in theaters and on other streaming services. It’s fair to say this was also the first leg in the Netflix star machine, with actors such as Noah Centineo, Lana Condor, Zoey Deutch, Glen Powell, Jacob Elordi, and Joey King all increasing their fame drastically.
Brief synopsis: an aspiring broadway dancer returns to her hometown after a failed audition and incident in the city goes viral on social media. She sees a chance to get back to her dream when the hometown dance school’s teacher asks her to train the student for a national competition.