What to Watch this Winter

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By Arin Barry

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 4 of VARSITY News.

 

I always found Winter to be synonymous with Netflix and binge watching series or movies. So, with vac coming up, I’ve compiled a list of my favourite shows and movies that are offered on Netflix (which is a lot).

 

Action – Gridlocked

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A troubled movie star is forced to job-shadow former S.W.A.T leader, David Hendrix, to help improve his image and attitude. They visit a training facility, but while there, the compound is seized by a team of mercenaries. They must learn how to work together, if they want to take the intruders down. The movie has a killer soundtrack, tons of ass-kicking and masses of bloodshed. What more could you ask for?

 

Comedy – Santa Clarita Diet

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Santa Clarita Diet is a horror-comedy that portrays the lives of Sheila and Joel Hammond. The series focuses on the challenges they face after Sheila is transformed into a zombie and starts craving human flesh. The show is hilarious, and takes an alternate approach to the serious zombie genre that has been used a lot… I’m looking at you, The Walking Dead.

 

Crime – I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

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After her house has been robbed, a depressed woman and her obnoxious neighbour decide to track down the thieves by themselves. This crime film shows how the police refuse to help this woman find her stolen belongings, and how she needs to gather evidence herself if she wishes to find justice.

 

Drama – The Bad Batch

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While trying to navigate the unforgiving landscape of a Texas wasteland, Arlen is kidnapped by a band of cannibals. The film focuses on Arlen and her discovery that the people around us have the power to change our perspectives, regarding of what is good and what is bad.

 

Horror – Veronica

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After playing with an Ouija board, Veronica realises that she may have opened a door to evil forces. This is a new, skilfully-made ‘haunted house’ movie – only this time, factoring in an overworked teenager struggling to raise her younger siblings. With young lives on the line, this ‘based on a true story’ horror really chills you. As with majority of horror movies, Veronica is best when watched alone, at night, in the dark.

 

Reality – Bill Nye Saves the World

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The show focuses on analysing topics from a scientific point of view, debunking myths, and educating viewers on the wonders of science. He also includes different celebrities in various episodes.

 

Sci-Fi & Fantasy – Spectral

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Spectral centres on a special-ops team that is dispatched to fight supernatural beings. The new threat is invisible to the naked eye and instantly kills anything it touches. The film isn’t very deep, but it is highly enjoyable. If you love suspense and plasma weapons, then this is the film for you.

 

Teen – The End of the F***ing World

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James is a psychopath who develops a relationship with the girl he initially decided to kill. The show is hilarious and dark at the same time. The End of the F***ing World is a Netflix gem and with only eight short episodes, you can watch it all in one sitting.

 

Thriller – Stranger Things

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I don’t know how large a rock you’ve been living under if you haven’t heard of Stranger Things, but this is your wake-up call. The show is set in the 80s and features alternate dimensions, supernatural beings, and a badass girl with psychokinetic powers.

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