Netflix Recommends

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I am an avid Netflix watcher, and during the time that I have had Netflix I've managed to watch A LOT of things. In this post I am going to suggest 5 things that you should watch on Netflix, but rather than talking about things that I know are already insanely popular, I'm going to suggest my little hidden treasures that I have discovered, things that I've never really heard anyone discuss before but things that EVERYONE should see.

1. Ask Me Anything (film, 15) 

The main character is played by Britt Robertson (amazing actress) who decides to take a yearlong break after high school before she heads off to college. Her teacher suggests that during this time she should write a diary or a daily blog to maintain some kind of structure in her life, at first she dismisses the idea and thinks it's stupid, but eventually she decides that starting a completely anonymous blog wouldn't be such a bad idea. She writes about her life and what happens during this yearlong break (changing a few details like people's names etc), she especially talks about her sex life which attracts a lot of attention.

The story tackles a lot of issues from abuse to alcohol problems to mental health issues, although I'll admit while watching this film I failed to see the main point that it was trying to make, but at the end of the film something happens that is truly chilling and the point is so extremely clear. I'll also admit that the end of the film left me unable to sleep that night. The ending puts the entire plot into perspective and you don't even see it coming.

2. Lovelace (film, 18) 

This is the true story of the life of Linda Susan Borman, or more commonly known as Linda Lovelace. Since it was a true story and I knew nothing of Linda Lovelace, I decided to do a little research before watching the movie. Linda was a woman who became a pornographic actress after meeting her abusive boyfriend, Chuck Traynor (who would later become her husband). She was most well known for her role in 'Deep Throat', which was released in 1972, it was one of the first pornogrphic films to have a real plot with character development, and it received A LOT of mainstream attention.

But while everyone around her was celebrating and sipping on champagne, Linda had a shocking life with an abusive husband who treated her like property and seperated her from everyone else, including her own parents. The cinematography of this film is truly remarkable, you feel every inch of pain that she does and only wish that you could help her in some way. It's a true story that really captures 'not everything is as it seems'.

3. The Get Down (series, 15) 

This is a series set in the 70's following a South Bronx group of youths trying to achieve their dreams and make a difference. Zeke is an extremely talented young poet and after he meets an aspiring DJ, Shaolin Fantastic, they team up with Zeke's friends to make a hip-hop group named 'The Fantastic Four Plus One'. Mylene is Zeke's best friend (and long time crush) and she also wants a career in music. She dreams of breaking into the disco world and breaking out of the Bronx, but her father is heavily religious and bans her from singing anything other than 'church music'.

I cannot explain to you how incredible this series is, but I'll go as far to say it is the best series that Netflix have ever produced. It's incredibly artistic, with its use of music, dancing, poetry & even graffiti, you can't help but feel motivated to do something more with your life. It also focuses strongly on the violence and the poverty that the people of the Bronx had to deal with, each episode features real footage and newscasts from the 1970's, which only adds to the emotive and artistic quality of it all.

You walk away from each episode feeling something that you never expected to feel and you learn something that you never expected to learn, and that's what I love most about this show.

4. The Diary of a Teenage Girl (film, 18)

This is a coming-of-age movie set in the 1970's following a girl called Minnie. She starts an audio diary after she loses her her mothers boyfriend (yes you read that correctly). The 15 year old girl and the 35 year old boyfriend start having an affair and, as you can imagine, things get a little wacky. Minnie turns into some sort of nymphomaniac and engages in a lot of sexual activity with Monroe (the boyfriend), boys from school, strangers at bars and even her own best friend, Kimmie.

The reason why I love this film so much is because it's so honest. It's extremely raw and bold with the way that it explores the sexual awakening of a female protagonist who's not a girl anymore, but not quite a woman yet. Although at times it can be uncomfortable to watch, you can't help but root for the lead woman who embraces her sexuality in all its glory. She's smart and funny, she learns lessons between right and wrong along the way, but she's still never ashamed to be who she truly is, and it's refreshing.

5. Audrie & Daisy (documentary, 15)

This is a documentary that examines two sexual assault cases of two teenage girls. Audrie and Daisy were both sexually assaulted at the ages of 14 & 15, after the incidents both the victims and their families received a backlash of abuse and cyber bullying. The documentary follows their recovery and reflection over time and the investigations that the police executed.

It's a great documentary for one reason, it shows that many people still have a 'blame and shame the victim' attitude when it comes to sexual assault cases which is disgusting. The documentary scrutinises the shocking miscarriage of justice across both cases and rather than blaming the victims, they blame the police force and the accused (rightfully so). And although Audrie and Daisy are the main stories, it also showcases other victim stories which lets the viewers know that this isn't a one-time thing and it's happening everywhere and more often than you might think. I'm hoping that this documentary will open the eyes of some people.

Thank you so much for reading, if you have any recommendations yourself then please feel free to leave them in the comments below.
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  1. I've been thinking about watching Ask Me Anything for ages. I might give it a go
    also as for reccomendations I one hundred percent reccomend the tv series "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" and for movies I Don't Feel at Home in this World anymore and I Dream Too Much


    1. I watched it on a complete whim and I'm so glad that I did. Thank you so much, I'll have a little look into them 😊