Stuck Inside? Netflix and (Wind) Chill With These Popular Shows and Movies
Snow days are great for movies and binge watching. With the forecast ranging from 3-6 inches on the Seacoast, 6-9 inches in Manchester and Concord and maybe a foot in the North Country, if you can’t make it to work or school, it's a great day to hunker down and enjoy some great Netflix offerings.
NH1.com asked our readers for their best picks. Here's their recommendations (along with some popcorn and hot chocolate):
"Stranger Things": Receiving multiple votes, this popular series (94 percent Rotten Tomatoes score) stars Winona Ryder. It is a supernatural mystery-drama that has two seasons available. There are 17 episodes so it will be tough to get through them all in one day, but you can watch enough to get hooked.
"Peaky Blinders": Another show that got multiple votes. Netflix has four seasons of this British post World War I crime drama. Also well regarded (96 percent Rotten Tomatoes score), the cast includes Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy.
"Narcos": This drug enforcement drama focuses on the cocaine trade in Columbia. The series looks at the war on drugs from all fronts – political, legal, military, law enforcement and civilian. While not as highly regarded as the other recommendations, the 88 percent Rotten Tomatoes score is nothing to sneeze at (that was a cocaine pun). There are three seasons available.
"The Crown": Back to England we go for a historical drama about the reign of Queen Elizabeth from the 1940s to modern times. The second season dropped in December. The beautifully done series makes history personal and gives an inside look into the life of a living monarch. It has a 91 percent Rotten Tomatoes score and counts MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough among its fans.
"F is for Family": An animated series from comedian Bill Burr, Netflix has two seasons with a third on the way. It is set in the '70s and a bit raunchy. The series celebrates all that was fun about the '70s – music, clothes, lifestyle and more. Warning: despite the title and the fact that it's animated, it is not for kids.
Honorable mention: "Altered Carbon," new episodes of "Grace and Frankie" and all the Marvel series (catch up or re-watch "Jessica Jones" before season two drops in March).
Netflix has a mix of original movies and theatrical hits. Here are a few popular choices that are currently available.
"The Cloverfield Paradox": Produced by J.J. Abrams, the movie takes place in the same universe as the films "Cloverfield" (2008) and "10 Cloverfield Lane" (2016).
The movie dropped after the Super Bowl to mixed reviews, but if you liked the first two sci-fi psychological thrillers, give it a shot.
"Star Wars: Rogue One": The trailer for Ron Howard’s "Solo" was just released but the movie is months away and some people were disappointed with "The Last Jedi." If you are looking for a space adventure on a snowy day, you could do worse than "Rogue One," which scored an 85 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and includes appearances from some of Star Wars’ most iconic characters.
"Our Souls at Night": A Netflix original starring Oscar winners Jane Fonda and Robert Redford, this understated romantic drama tells the story of a complicated, unconventional relationship. Redford and Fonda deliver strong, deep performances reminding us why they rank among Hollywood’s best actors. The film earned a 92 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
"Mudbound": A Netflix original that was nominated for four Oscars including Best Supporting Actress (Mary J. Blige) and Best Screenplay, "Mudbound" is the story of two families on a farm in the Mississippi delta. One family owned the land while the other worked it for generations. It has a 96 percent Rotten Tomatoes score.
"Goodfellas": What is better on a snowy day than a good mob movie? New to Netflix and winner of five Oscar nominations (including a Best Supporting Actor win for Joe Pesci), this Martin Scorsese classic is right behind "Godfather" I and II in the mob movie hierarchy. "Goodfellas" is based on the true story of Henry Hill and in addition to Pesci stars Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro, Paul Sorvino and Lorraine Bracco (long before she played Dr. Melfi).
Bonus Kids Double Feature: "Moana": Looking for something for the kids? Disney’s "Moana" is available and comes highly recommended (96 percent Rotten Tomatoes score). "Moana" is about an empowered young girl who saves her island from a demigod’s curse. "The Boss Baby": Another kid-friendly option, this animated comedy about a bossy kid features the voices of Alec Baldwin, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy Kimmel, Steve Buscemi and Tobey Maguire.