A quick update about my favourite, recent TV and/or Film discoveries, coming right up!
SEX EDUCATION (S1). This new Netflix series (with its not-so-subtle eighties vibe, clever Netflix) definitely charmed the hell out of me, especially after a couple of episodes. I felt for each and every character as they went through their own little story lines. The most intense one is definitely Eric’s (Ncuti Gatwa), as his struggle with (self-) acceptance often leads to the more serious moments in this bittersweet, quite comedic series in general. Also, Gillian Anderson is practically perfect, as usual.
DERRY GIRLS (S1). My God, this one’s just hilarious and a must-see, I promise you. Every standalone episode is a hoot, as you watch these girls work their way out of the most ridiculous and unexpected situations. The actresses portraying our Derry Girls are brilliant, really, but my absolute favourite character? Sister Michael, hands down.
THE GOOD PLACE (S3). I L-O-V-E The Good Place, I really do, so let’s rip this band-aid off quickly and get on with raving about it further on, ok? This third season didn’t have me hooked as much as the previous two. There. On the other hand, this season does contain the best episode ever written (ep. 9 should get a special award, that’s what I’m saying), so never mind said band-aid. 🤷🏻♀️ The ending, though. No, no, N O !
CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE TED BUNDY TAPES (MINI SERIES). If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you already know how much of a True Crime fan I am. If you haven’t, well, let’s just say there’s not a documentary, podcast, serie, etc. about this kind of topic that I wouldn’t want to see. They do always leave me torn, however, and get me thinking about why we’re so obsessed with stories like these. I realise that I, personally, like watching these things because I find the why behind all of it intriguing. You know, why does a person get this way and how can a human being do something that seems so unimaginable and horrible to the rest of us. But then there’s just the thought that, if this would have happened to me, or someone close to me, I can imagine that it would be devastating to see - or even just know - that the whole thing is being relived mostly for entertainment purposes. That’s why we should never ever forget about the victims when we’re enjoying our little True Crime moments. As for this mini series, it does not tell us things that we don’t already know or could look up about Bundy, but the final episode left me feeling kind of sick and numb, so Imma say: watch it.
DE DAG (S1). You know, I’m generally not a fan of Flemish series, although there have definitely been a couple of rather good ones (or so I’m told, ha!), but De Dag has me hooked. The brilliant writing probably has something to do with it (wink, wink), but it’s also simply the nostalgic anticipation of having to settle myself into my sofa on THAT day and at THAT time, traditionally pairing the whole thing with heavenly takeaway, that makes me love it even more. The only thing that annoyed me at first was how our own media over-hyped it a bit and made it sound like there has never been a series like this (there hasn’t, sure. In Belgium), while in fact it’s a lot like La Casa De Papel, with a duo-episodes-approach The Affair already introduced us to. But, again, it truly is an exciting watch and written extremely well.
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT (S4, PART TWO). I am in mourning, people, because I was not ready to say goodbye to the Tina Fey brainchild that is Kimmy Schmidt. So, no matter how pretty and awesome the ending was, I can’t help but hope that those film rumours are true.
OSCAR NOMINEES. In addition to Netflixin’ a lot of my evenings away, I’ve also started on the annual ‘working my way through the Oscar nominees list, so I know whether to cheer or roll my eyes when the winners are announced’ tradition (yes, that’s legit what I call it). This year, I think it’ll be painfully clear by the end of the list that I’m actually really more of a blockbuster kind of girl, but - hey ! - I do enjoy a good (so-called, sigh) good movie once in a while, especially if that means I’m finally reminded that I STILL haven’t seen a certain yellow bear’s film, proceed to watch it with a ridiculous smile on my face and then feeling angry at myself because I let the reviews talk me out of watching it in the movie theatre. Silly old Nelle.
(Yes, The Favourite was quite good, too. Green Book is up next!)
Q || What’s the best series or film you’ve watched recently?