Things to watch on Netflix – February 2017

Feb 8 2017 BY Gerald Onyango

We millennials are an interesting generation, we’ve lived through arguably what can be deemed as the quickest technological advancement that modern history has seen. But similarly, while we have seen this advancement we remember simpler times of corded phones, dial-up internet and even TV-sets! The latter is most pressing as we’re a generation who now consumes television through their laptop and one innovation that’s pushed this is Netflix. The streaming website is fixed our today’s culture and the popular platform is always constantly updating its content and us at Bespoke are going to shed some light on the best things to watch on Netflix right now.

 
13th

In the last couple of years, there’s been a greater awareness at the US’ police brutality towards its civilians particularly those of ethnic minority. In light of the awareness, Ava DuVernay directed the monumental documentary 13th that looks at the 13th Amendment to the US constitution that outlawed slavery (unless punishment for a crime). The film looks at and argues that slavery is being effectively perpetuated in US prisons and how this had a greater effect on ethnic minorities in the US, in general. Given the recent news of Emmett Till’s death, this is a timely and important watch.

 

 

The Theory of Everything

If you’re in need of some romance and a quest to learn something new then The Theory of Everything is your perfect choice. The film is based on Jane Wilde Hawking’s memoirs of her ex-husband the theoretical physicist, Stephen Hawking, which deals with his diagnosis of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and his career in physics. It’s a magical tale of science and love and a great insight into Stephen Hawking’s early life.

 

 

 
Requiem for the American Dream

With Donald Trump’s administration kicking off last month and his much talked executive order banning entry of 7 majority-Muslim countries this documentary is timely of the US’ defining feature, the ‘American Dream’.  In his final long-form documentary interview – filmed over four years – Noam Chomsky unpacks the principles that have brought the US to the crossroads of historically unprecedented inequality. Tracing a half-century of policies designed to favour the most wealthy in the US at the expense of the majority, Chomsky lays bare the costly debris left in its wake: the evisceration of the American worker, disappearance of the living wage, collapse of the dream of home ownership, skyrocketing higher education costs placing betterment beyond reach or shackling students to suffocating debt, and a loss of solidarity that has left us divided against US civilians.

 

 

Law Abiding Citizen

Well, this one just had to be on this list as it was added to Netflix’s latest updates. For those unfamiliar, Law Abiding Citizen is about a frustrated man who decides to take justice into his own hands after a plea bargain sets one of his family’s killers free. He targets not only the killer but also the district attorney and others involved in the deal. It’s a great crime drama that’s a perfect weekend watch when you have no serious plans.

 

 

Skins

Just the other week Skins celebrated its 10th year anniversary – yes I said ten years – and social media went crazy with a plethora of throwbacks. The now cult series completely redefined British television and gave a raw view of modern millennial culture. The series focuses on a group of teenagers in Bristol during their 2 years in sixth form and follows their controversial lifestyles. Nostalgia we love you we do!