There’s no doubt about it, these months we are spending much more time at home with our house-mates and families than normal. We prepare nice meals, we read books, we have online meetings with friends, we decorate the house and…we watch Netflix.
We asked our colleagues what they are watching and why. We hope we can inspire you with some new cool movies and series to watch this fall and winter.
Julia recommends Cuéntame como pasó:
A Spanish prime-time television drama series since 2001. It recounts the experiences of a middle-class family, Los Alcántara, during the last years of the rule of Francisco Franco and the Spanish transition to democracy. “It’s super interesting!” You can watch this series on RTVE
Céline is a big fan of the Japanese movies of Studio Ghibli which are all on Netflix:
Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation film studio headquartered in Tokyo. The studio is best known for its animated feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film.
“I really like how detailed they are, the drawings, the sounds and the whole Miyazaki universe! I’m a bit sad that I didn’t watch them as a kid aha! And my favorite one so far is Howl’s moving castle!”
This film tells the story of a young, content milliner named Sophie who is turned into an old woman by a witch who enters her shop and curses her. She encounters a wizard named Howl and gets caught up in his resistance to fighting for the king.
Serge recently watched season 5 of Peaky Blinders:
A British period crime drama set in Birmingham, England. The series follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family in the direct aftermath of the First World War. The fictional family is loosely based on a real 19th-century urban youth gang of the same name, who were active in the city from the 1890s to the early twentieth century.
“The series is actually a bit too violent for me, but I couldn’t resist continue watching it. Mainly because of the leader of the family Tommy Shelby and other strong characters. Interesting to see how people lived in the 19th century in England and how crime was organised from (to me) unfamous city Birmingham.” You can watch this serie on Netflix.
Maica highly recommended Merlí, which you can watch on Netflix:
A Spanish television series produced by the Catalan channel TV3 about a philosophy teacher of the same name who encourages students to think freely using philosophy. “The protagonist is a philosophy professor at an institute in Barcelona and his relationship with his students. They deal with current affairs which I find very interesting.”
Gaby watched Beastie Boys Story on Apple TV:
It is a documentary film about the Beastie Boys. Beastie boys were an American hip hop and rap rock group from New York City, three white rappers who started off in punk, accidentally became frat superstars, then reinvented themselves to their own style. The story is told by 2 members in a theater which makes it different to other docus.
“I love watching music documentaries, to hear the stories behind the artists. You understand and appreciate more of their work. I liked the Beastie Boys but was never a ‘fan’, after seeing their story I respect the growth they made from such a young age and especially came back older and wiser to set some past errors straight as well. I love that they like different styles of music and used a lot of their creativity not just to rap but play instruments, produce, shoot videos, you name it. They contributed big in the scene and are a historical part of hip hop. Plus it was nice to see NYC and the 80/90s again”
Liesbet is watching the second season of The Alienist on Netflix:
An ad hoc team assembled in mid-1890s New York City to investigate a serial killer who is murdering street children. The series incorporates fact with fiction by including the characters that are historical figures, such as Theodore Roosevelt, who held the post of police commissioner from 1895 to 1897.
“I like the story, it’s exciting and scary, I love the period in which it takes place. The actors are wearing beautiful clothes and it’s super cool to see what New York looked like back in the 19th century.”
Brenda watched Ratched on Netflix (not for the faint hearted):
Ratched is an American psychological thriller streaming television series about the character of the same name from Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Created by Evan Romansky and developed by Ryan Murphy, the series stars Sarah Paulson in the title role and serves as a prequel to the novel. Ratched received a
two-season series order; the first season premiered on Netflix on September 18, 2020