Netflix picks!

My tastes are rather varied, and I like to believe I would give most things a watch, but of course all the reviews  are opinion based on my personal taste.
However with the plethora of shows available, it’s always nice to have some recommendations from others of what they enjoyed.

So without further ado, our Netflix picks for April 2022 are:

Windfall

This was one of those movies that popped up as a suggestion, and I have to confess I am delighted it did!

When a man breaks into a tech billionaire’s empty vacation home, and the owner and his wife arrive unexpectedly, things go rapidly sideways.

There are moments of dark humour, and a great plot twist at the end..But best I not give away too much!

This is a must watch… And a very different performance from Lily Collins vs Emily In Paris (which was a little vapid)

 

This one gets a solid 8.5/10 from me.

 The Unholy

Those who had read my previous reviews will know that this type of film is right up my alley!
I love films with a little supernatural or occult thread, (and no, I do not sacrifice chickens at Midnight when there is a full moon.. The closest I get is tossing one into the oven for Sunday roasts)

And this film did not disappoint.

The film opens with the execution of a woman accused of witchcraft in the mid 1800’s who is then hanged and set on fire.
Before she dies her spirit is bound to the body of a kern baby doll.

Fast forward to current day, and disgraced journalist Gerry Fenn takes on an assignment which take him to Boston.
Gerry discovers and crushes the doll while taking photos for his assignment, freeing the dead woman’s spirit.

After getting into an accident when trying to avoid a young girl on the road, he follows her and finds her in front of the tree where he found the doll, speaking to the tree before collapsing.
He then discovers that the young girl, Alice, is a local and the niece of the community Priest, who is deaf and cannot speak.

Follow this up with Alice then stunning the village when she speaks and claims to have been cured by Mary, who of course the community assumes is the Virgin Mary.
This leads to some hysteria and mass conversions…

The plot is engaging, sometimes predictable, but in a good way, and never dull.

There are also some lessons to be learnt, (if you are inclined to learn lessons from films).
The dangers of mass hysteria and following blindly etc.

Overall, a really great watch!

I would give it a solid 9/10!

Cracow Monsters

I have to say I am developing quite an affinity for foreign language productions, and particularly those coming out of Europe.

The quality of the productions and sense of atmosphere they seem to be able to create really knocks the socks off many of the American productions I’ve seen.

This is a Polish Supernatural thriller series, based on Polish mythology, (which is really interesting), and centres around a young medical student with a mysterious past, who joins a group of fellow students led by their Professor, in the hunt for demons and mythical creatures.

Toss in the Professors young son who is terminally ill and for whom he seeks a cure, and you have a pretty decent plot.

There are moments when I felt it could have moved on a little faster, but then again, I am not known for my endless patience, so that could just be me.

The series was of course originally filmed in Polish, but has been dubbed really well, so no need to follow subtitles (Unless you are a purist and feel the need to hear the original speech even if you can’t understand a word of it… Each to their own I guess).

If demons and mythological creatures offend your sensibilities then this isn’t one for you, but if you are prepared to watch it with an open mind and take it based on pure entertainment value, then its well worth a watch.

 

For me this was a solid 7/10

 The Weekend Away

I have to say I really liked this one!

It was a good paced murder mystery, with some decent twists and a not to predictable ending.

New mom Beth flies to Croatia for a getaway trip arranged by her newly divorced best friend, Kate.

After a dinner, Kate convinces Beth to go clubbing and two men flirt with them and Kate suggests Beth have a one night stand as her marriage has hit a “dry patch”.

When Beth wakes up the next day, unable to recollect much of the previous night’s events,  Kate is nowhere to be found.

Beth goes to the local police and with the help of a Syrian Taxi Driver, Zain, who she befriends, she sets out to find out what happened to her friend.

Add a few twists, a peeping Tom landlord, and hostile police officer, and you have a really watchable movie, (and Croatia looks beautiful..Never been, but now its on my to do list)

I’d give this one a good 8.5/10

Life After Death with Tyler Henry

Oi vey!

I like to believe that I am an incredibly open minded person, and that like all (I think) of us, I would love to believe that there is something more out there after we pop our clogs.

In this series, clairvoyant medium Tyler Henry travels around the country, (well the USA), offering closure for families who have lost loved ones by “contacting the deceased”…Who of course always tells them not to blame themselves and that they are happy on the other side.

Tyler says he discovered his abilities when he was 10 years old, (and here was me still playing with toy cars at that age), and now helps people find peace (at a price)

He is chauffeured around by his mother, (who as a subplot is on a journey to find her biological parents with her adoptive mother being a convicted murderer – Yep, this isn’t just a “I speak to dead people” series), his sister, his assistant or his boyfriend – Because he does not drive.
And his readings are allegedly cold i.e he has no prior knowledge of the people he reads.
He also professes not to watch TV so knows nothing about the celebrities he reads…

The readings are accompanied by much scribbling on a note pad…And phrases like “He is showing me a lemon”, as he gazes into the distance with a fixed smile.
Is it just me.. but if the spirit can show him a lemon to remind the relative how they had a lemonade store on the side of the main road as children.
Why the hell does it just not say that!
Or at the very least write it on a pad! (If it has access to lemons it must have a writing pad and some pens somewhere in that cloud)

I guess this makes me a sceptic. But let me add a caveat.
Not a sceptic re whether there is something bigger than us out there.
For me the jury is still out on that one. But sceptical of people I believe are using others grief to self-enrich.

If there is any positive that comes of this, its that some people find solace and peace in being told their loved ones are still out there.

This one gets a 2.5 out of 10 from me..And that’s only because of the vaguely car crash type entertainment value.

Although these are our “recommendeds”  and “maybe not muchers”, we all have different taste. We may not have liked something very much but it doesn’t of course mean that you won’t.

So give them a try and see how you feel about them.

Full credit to Netflix, and/or the distributor of the film, the publisher of the film or the graphics artist for the images.