CLTure Staff Netflix Picks

CLTure Staff

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 dyeing your beer green for St Patrick’s Day. 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 month:

Cooked (documentary) – In this Netflix documentary based on Michael Pollan’s book by the same title, the author and whole food advocate convincingly explains why cooking isn’t just important for the health of our bodies, but for our cultural and political harmony. Through hands-on learning experiences, interviews, and demonstrations from around the world, Pollan makes the case that getting back into the kitchen (and into grain mills and traditional farming practices) is vital not only to our preservation as a species, but it is actually fun and easy, even for the most novice cooks. Each of the four episodes in the series (and the book) is devoted to one of the main elements– fire, water, air, and earth– emphasizing that cooking is an intrinsic and inherent component of our livelihood, in more ways than one. – Audrey Baran, Dance/Arts Writer

Better Call Saul (series) – When it was announced there would be a spinoff to Breaking Bad, arguably one of the greatest television series of all time, I think we all knew that the showrunners of Better Call Saul, namely Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan, had a herculean task ahead of them. After one season (now on Netflix) and midway through a second (currently on AMC), what they’ve done with the characters and the material is laudable for its compelling backstory arc in the face of knowing how this will all end. Set before he takes the pseudonym Saul Goodman, Bob Odenkirk is hypnotic in the role of Jimmy McGill, a lawyer struggling to do the right thing and reconcile his con artist past, while also contending with his conniving and mentally ill brother played by Michael McKean. But if you’ve watched Breaking Bad, you know how this is going to go down and the beauty is in watching it unfold. I give the show extra points for always putting an emphasis on unique and gorgeous cinematography to help propel the story along.  So far, Better Call Saul has leaned more toward dark humor than its predecessor, but only time will tell how long that will last.  – Sean Titone, Photographer, Music Writer

Grace and Frankie (series) – With an endearingly stereotypical dichotomy of characters, Grace and Frankie is truly an emotional experience pierced with uplifting light-hearted moments. The TV series follows two women, both newly alone in their mature years after their respective husbands leave to start a same-sex relationship with each other. Grace and Frankie find themselves facing their new lives together reluctantly: Can they find mirth in their atypical situation?  – Nikki Panos, Food Writer

Heathers (movie) – Starring Winona Ryder at her most angsty and goth-y and Christian Slater at his most attractively psychotic, this dark comedy cult classic has catchphrases so unrealistically ‘80s Diablo Cody wouldn’t dare attempt having Rainn Wilson spit them out. Heathers is what Mean Girls would be if Tina Fey was brave enough to kill a character. It’s a twisted love letter to all the weird kids in high school that says “I love how cynical and cool you are, let me kill all of your enemies.” For fans of Tim Burton or black comedy, this movie is a necessary and criminally underrated staple. – Alison Tracy

Fuller House (series) – Picking up years later where the original Full House ended, all the adults are moving out of the three-story San Francisco house and eldest daughter D.J. is moving in to raise her three sons. To help her out, younger sister Stephanie– now a globe-trotting DJ (yes, DJ Tanner jokes abound)– and best friend Kimmy Gibbler, along with Kimmy’s daughter, move in to ease some of the load. After eight seasons from 1987 to 1995 on ABC, the time is definitely ripe for a trip down this nostalgic lane and the writers have nailed it. Season One’s thirteen episodes capture the unique spirit of the original Full House, while bringing in its own modern feel. Those catchphrases of yesteryear are back but with a huge wink. Striking that even balance of saccharine family sitcom with the self-deprecation makes this season work. It both reminds you of the wholesomeness of ‘90s television while embracing the fact that each actor has a place in our pop culture zeitgeist, be it through a fashion empire, a Dancing with the Stars stint, or even just simply as America’s favorite dad. Season One premiered on Friday, February 26th and Season Two is already in the works!   – Douglas Davidson, Film Writer

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (movie) – With AMC gearing up for The Night Manager in April, there’s no better time to dive into author John le Carré’s work than right now. Director Tomas Alfredson followed up his pitch perfect euro–vampire movie Let The Right One In with this miraculous adaptation of le Carre’s dense espionage masterpiece. The low burn jazz-infused score and velvety brown cinematography perfectly complement the award-winning screenplay’s rich plot layers and loaded dialogue. Gary Oldman’s intricate performance leads an incredible ensemble including, but not limited to, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth. A movie for grown-ups by grown-ups, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is a master class in subtlety, subtext, and subterfuge that demands and rewards multiple viewings.  – Dan Cava, Film Editor

Call Me Lucky (Documentary) – This gripping documentary directed by Bobcat Goldthwait details the life of the comedian, writer and political satirist, Barry Crimmins. His trailblazing efforts during the 70’s and 80’s in Boston influenced comedians and writers like Lenny Clarke, Kevin Meaney, Marc Maron, Steven Wright, David Cross, and many more. The hard-drinking openly rancorous comic, expressed his disdain for American politics and the Catholic Church during his sets. A victim of horrendous child abuse, his life exemplifies activism efforts to protect human rights, and the healing power of comedy. – Cameron Lee, Founder

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