Tired of rewatching FRIENDS for the umpteenth time? Or done trying to avoid certain movies just cause it’s what everyone is talking about? While the multitudes of options on Netflix means that there’s something for everyone – from romcoms to feelgood movies, to crime and some of the scariest documentaries of all time – there are also all sorts of random, hard to digest shows. Now, here are some gems – maybe not the most obvious, but definitely the ones you don’t want to miss – for you to binge on over the weekend!
Unbelievable (IMDb: 8.4/10; Rotten Tomatoes: 98%)
Netflix’s ‘Unbelievable’ is an eight-episode series based on a true story and follows what was written in a 2015 Pulitzer prize-winning article published in a joint project by ProPublica and The Marshall Project. The series is split into two time periods. The first is set in 2008 and follows Marie – a teenager who is charged with lying about having been raped – as she deals with the fallout of her assault and its mishandling while the other sees a pair of detectives’ investigating a serial rapist in 2011. It’s perfect for a creepy, short term binge over the weekend!
Malcolm & Marie (Rotten Tomatoes: 58% ; IMDb: 6.8/10
If you haven’t already seen the buzz over Zendaya’s latest film, or just haven’t gotten around to it, what are you waiting for?? There’s so much that happens in the two hours (or as some would argue, not much at all, really) that see Zendaya (Marie) and John David Washington (Malcolm) hash out their relationship in some of the most emotionally intense onscreen fights. The film is aesthetically pleasing, an emotional roller coaster and no short of perplexing (there’s even a scene where Washington eats mac and cheese in the weirdest way). But if you’re expecting a typical rom-com, this definitely isn’t it. So if you’re into the less-than-pretty aspects of love, this movie is for you.
Space Sweepers (Rotten Tomatoes: 70% ; IMDb: 6.6/10)
South Korea’s first attempt at a film set in space – and it’s already the #1 Korean movie on Netflix. Funny, colourful and impressive with its CGI – ‘Space Sweepers’ is quickly sweeping aside this month’s new releases to take the top spot on Netflix’s “most-watched” list. It may not be a Star Wars/Marvel kind of blockbuster but it’s impressive in its own right – with emotions that only South Korean productions seem to be able to perfectly encapsulate. The movie’s premise introduces use to Earth in 2092, an almost completely uninhabitable planet and ‘Eden’ – a colony that orbits the earth that’s been built by a megacorporation for the worlds richest. Our leads make up a band of “space sweepers”, scavengers who collect and sell space junk to make their living in between the two. If the two famous leads (Kim Tae-ri of “Mr Sunshine” and Song Joong-ki of “Descendants of the Sun”) aren’t enough to convince you to watch the flick, we have three other reasons why you should!
Challenger: The Final Flight (Rotten Tomatoes: 89% ; IMDb: 7.9/10)
If you’re a “how it works” kinda person, ‘Challenger: The Final Flight’ is for you. In a factual, “what & how it happened” four-part documentary, we’re given a look at an extremely devastating event that will forever leave a black mark in NASA’s history. Former NASA engineers, officials and family members of the crew of the ill-fated 1986 the space shuttle, ‘Challenger’, give accounts of everything that led up to (and followed) the shuttle breaking up 73 seconds after launch. From mechanical failures to the decision-making process, the documentary lays bare one of the most-watched failed launches in history, what with the publicity surrounding the inclusion of an everyday schoolteacher to the crew. What the 40-minute episodes lack in sentimentality, it makes up for in the transparency it affords NASA, showing the human (flawed) decisions behind the launch.
When They See Us (IMDb: 8.9/10; Rotten Tomatoes: 96%)
Another enthralling true story-turned-series is the story of the 1989 Central Park jogger case. The case involves a 28-year-old investment banker who was attacked and raped in the park. Following the attack, five young men from Harlem were wrongfully convicted of the crime. The four-part series explores the lives and families of the five male suspects who were falsely accused then prosecuted on charges related to the rape and assault. It achieved critical acclaim and was nominated for 11 awards at the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards.