12 things to watch on Netflix this month

By CLTure

April 17, 2017

We here at CLTure are dedicated to guiding you toward the very best entertainment in Charlotte and beyond, especially if you can watch it while procrastinating from mowing your lawn. Our staff writers and creatives will help you sift through the myriad of options on Netflix to help you find very the best movies, documentaries, and TV series. Here is what we’ll be watching this season:

13 Reasons Why (series) – Adapted from best-selling novel by Jay Asher, 13 Reasons Why was released by Netflix on March 31, 2017. The series follows the story of Hannah Baker, a high school senior, through a set of cassette tapes and the people that caused her to take her own life. 13 Reasons Why compellingly portrays how one’s actions can affect another person’s world and drive their decisions in ways we could never imagine. This series has the potential to change the conversations about suicide and anxiety while fabricating a captivating mystery around Hannah’s secrets that will keep viewers on the edge of their seats. – Stephanie Hoyt, Food Writer

The BFG (movie) – For lovers of movies, new Steven Spielberg films are events by sheer virtue of their having been directed by Steven Spielberg. The man has given us a dozen classics, and even his good-but-not-great ones are often superior to the middling movies from other filmmakers. Case in point is The BFG, Spielberg’s 2016 adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book. Spielberg teamed up with the screenwriter of E.T. to tell this, their second of tale of a misunderstood child meeting a misunderstood creature. Like Martin Scorsese’s Hugo, another children’s story recently made by an aging master filmmaker, the movie isn’t always quite as zippy as it could be. But Spielberg’s characteristically beautiful craftsmanship, Dahl’s delightful gobbledygook dialogue, and some pitch-perfect bits of low comedy (the Queen of England farts; it’s amazing) make this gently enchanting fable more than worth a look for kids of all ages. – Dan Cava, Film Editor

The Carmichael Show (series) – If you like how Get Out mixes social commentary with humor, than you may like The Carmichael Show; just trade in the horror for family comedy! The series follows a young guy and his exchanges with his quirky family members. I’ve been watching the show, which airs on NBC, for two seasons now and am so glad to be able to relive it on Netflix. So if you like the old school/three-camera sitcom, watch this! If you like uncomfortable humor, watch this! If you thought the best friend from Get Out was cool, watch this, because he’s just as hilarious in the series! – Ryen Thomas, Film Writer

The Chef’s Table (food series) – As a theatre director, I strongly connect to profiles of creative individuals blending flavors and atmosphere to create unique experiences. The chefs covered in this series range from brilliant to bonkers, but all of them have a passionate perspective on the food we eat and the way we eat it. Composed, lit and shot with loving attention to detail and more than a little romance, The Chef’s Table is obviously essential viewing for food lovers, but is guaranteed to inspire bon vivant of all stripes. – Matt Cosper, Arts/Culture Writer

The Fall (series) – A serial killer is stalking young women in Northern Ireland, and it’s up to a high-ranking London police detective (Gillan Anderson) to track him down. This extremely dark 3-season British TV series features great writing and strong performances by all the principal characters. The show also offers a rare glimpse into everyday life in Belfast. The series shines a light, in a roundabout way, on the sectarian violence and division among the population, known as The Troubles, that continues to affect the people of Northern Ireland today. – Matt Gilligan, Writer

I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore (movie) – Writer/actor Macon Blair’s directorial debut I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore opened at Sundance in January before coming to Netflix in March. A quirky crime thriller that’s built positive buzz since its premiere, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore is the story of Ruth (Melanie Lynskey), a beaten-down woman who reaches her wits end after her home is burglarized. With the cops useless, she takes it upon herself to find her missing laptop and grandmother’s silver, dragging her oddball neighbor Tony (Elijah Wood) as back-up. Admittedly, the slightly left-of-center characters that permeate the story, while not wholly engaging, are interesting enough to keep audiences from walking away. And they shouldn’t. Because the further Ruth takes her investigation, the stranger and darker things become. – Douglas Davidson, Film Writer

Richard Pryor: Live & Smokin’ (comedy special) – I know everyone is talking about Chapelle and Louis CK, but this guy did it all and saw it all first. I love taking the time warp on these old stand-up routines to see where the country resonated on social issues and also what it meant to push the boundaries of political correctness for the time. – Alex Cason, Photographer, Music Writer

Love – Season 2 (series) – Co-created by Judd Apatow, this Netflix Original Series is a can’t miss. Mickey and Gus navigate the complexities of the “It’s Complicated” relationship status together in Season 2. Supporting each other through difficult situations like addiction, parental deficiencies, and career setbacks, the duo keeps it light and relatable to the modern dating world. The full first and second seasons are available now for a solid Netflix binge weekend. – Jen Fralin, Writer

Mad Tiger (documentary)Peelander-Z is a US-based Japanese punk band known for their songs about food, color-coded superhero names, and live shows that involve monster costumes and “human bowling” (in which frontman Peelander-Yellow flings himself into a set of ten pins). But after 14 years with the band, bassist Peelander-Red decides to leave music behind to pursue his own interests. This documentary follows the struggle of Peelander-Z as they try to stay a cohesive band without a core member. There are egos involved, which makes things complicated, but also deep friendship and a commitment to art that transcends any stage, even one populated by neon punk superheroes. – Carson Risser, Music Writer

Peaky Blinders (series) – This show reveals the brutal, grimy criminal underworld of Birmingham, England after the close of World War I. Tommy Shelby and his gang, The Peaky Blinders, make their name in racetrack bets, but Tommy hungers for more. Through sabotage, deception, and good ol’ fashion violence, the Shelby boys and the gang rise up to conquer and expand, quickly becoming one of the most feared syndicates throughout all of England. Peaky Blinders is engaging, compelling, and powerful, entrancing anybody with a taste for the darker side of organized crime and leaving viewers craving the next chapter in the drama at every turn. – Delaney Clifford, Music Writer

Terriers (series) – Right up there with Firefly among the “greatest shows ever with only a single season” is this outstanding 2010 crime drama about two private investigators — one a former cop, the other a former crook — who become embroiled in a corrupt criminal conspiracy in a small coastal California town. The two leads, Donal Logue (Gotham) and Michael Raymond-James (True Blood), are real-life best friends, and it shows through their pitch perfect on-screen chemistry. From showrunner Ted Griffin, whose previous writing credits include Ocean’s Eleven, Matchstick Men, and Tower Heist, it may sound like your typical detective setup, but that’s the ONLY thing unoriginal about this equally dark and humorous masterpiece. FX may have given it the axe after thirteen episodes but they thankfully live on today via Netflix for your viewing pleasure and, while the pilot is fairly clunky, I dare you to watch the first three episodes and tell me you don’t want to watch 300 more. If you’re a fan of police dramas like The Wire and True Detective, where a case realistically takes a full season to solve rather than a measly 40 minutes, this one’s for you. – Jonathan Shuping, Film Writer

Dave Chappelle (comedy special) – This is a no-brainer. It’s Chappelle’s first stand-up special in over 12 years. So much has changed since he was widely regarded as the top comic and television star on the planet when Chappelle’s Show ended in 2006. With the sad news of Charlie Murphy passing away and having lost Prince, Chappelle’s comedic style seems timely when so much in our world seems like a bad improv skit. His commentary on social perspectives and insights on his personal life proves much has stayed the same with the 43-year-old comedian. He opens Episode One talking about when he bombed in Detroit (smoking weed with Danny Brown) and got straight into his crude and sometimes extremely insensitive observations on everything from Flint, homosexuality, OJ, race (of course), and Bill Cosby. At times his approach seems lazy and built for the shock factor more so than comedic mastery, then you forget that Chappelle’s Show was exactly that: overly asserted jokes about stereotypes and odd social norms that made it okay to laugh at ourselves. It allowed us to think on a different wavelength, and Chappelle seems to remain a powerful voice that is afforded the attention to speak so candidly with very little repercussion. The two episode stand-up special provides what it was intended to: laughs. Lots of them. – Cameron Lee, Founder, Editor-in-Chief

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