It's friday! Which means it's the start of my new Friday column: Friday Netflix Nitpicks! In a nutshell, every Friday I'll offer my recommendations for what you should watch on Netflix this weekend, based on what was recently added. If there's nothing new to recommend, maybe I'll find some old stuff you should watch. Who knows?
All right, here are this week's picks:
I haven't seen this one yet myself, but it's definitely on my "to watch" list. It's based on an acclaimed graphic novel and won both praise and controversy on the festival circuit last year. A love story about two lesbian teens, this NC-17 rated film features the most explicit lesbian sex ever filmed for a mainstream release (including one particularly eye-opening SIX-MINUTE love scene). There are a lot of reasons to recommend this one: the critical praise almost guarantees that it's a well-made film, there aren't nearly enough movies that feature two LGBT romantic leads, or, if you wanna be extra pervy, just watch it for the lesbian sex.
I really need to turn in my geek card for having not watched this webseries yet. I do love Felicia Day in Supernatural, and I've heard nothing but good things about this show. The Guild follows a group of friends that play a World of Warcraft-esque online MMORPG. It's a comedy, so I assume hijinx abound. The first 6 seasons are now available on Netflix.
This French series (also known as Les Revenants), which puts a unique spin on the familiar zombie trope, has been earning nearly universal praise ever since it started airing on the Sundance Channel here in the states. But, if you're like me and don't have the Sundance Channel, you've been anxiously awaiting a Netflix release. Well, here it is! All 8 episodes of the first season are now available (which should make it a quick one to binge watch).
I know this was already available on Netflix once upon a time, because that's where I originally saw it. But for whatever reason, it was apparently gone for awhile and it's back now. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it. Regardless of your religious beliefs (I'll leave mine out of it for the moment), you're sure to have some strong opinions about the horrible stress placed on these children and the early indoctrination they endure.
No, the upcoming CGI version of Mr. Peabody & Sherman isn't already on Netflix. Rather, this is a 22-minute preview of sorts. Hosted by Patrick Warburton, it promises to look back at the original Peabody & Sherman shorts and look forward to the new big-screen version. Sure, it could be dry marketing bullshit, but the movie itself actually looks really entertaining (it's directed by Rob Minkoff, one of the co-directors of The Lion King), so I'm planning to give this a go.
This looks like one of the most bizarre, hilarious movies I've seen in a long time. Sort of an homage to 80's-era creature flicks, the film stars Ken Marino (no relation to Dan, I presume) as a frazzled twentysomething whose stresses actually form a disgusting pink monster in his gut. The creature eventually makes its way out and causes all kinds of chaos. Co-stars include Gillian Jacobs from Community, the always awesome Peter Stormare, as well as Stephen Root and Patrick Warburton (Weird, that's two Warburton mentions this week). Seriously, if you haven't seen the trailer, do yourself a favor. Weird, funny stuff:
All right, that's it for this week. What did I miss? Do you disagree with any of my recommendations?
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