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What’s New – The Netflix Edition

Written by Claudia Arena

Hello Medium friends. You may know me by now as the chick with a procrastination problem. I laugh in the face of responsibility as I watch another entertaining video! Ha-ha! Yep. Also my crying and proximity to a mental breakdown increases exponentially the closer we get to a deadline. 

Today I am here to drag you down to my level and remind you that real life might be important, but fiction is a lot more fun. Let’s be real, who wants to get caught in the fury of Dutch winds and rains, when you can hide under a blanket and pretend the world doesn’t exist? Without further ado, here’s what’s new on Netflix this month. 

Liability disclaimer: I do not assume responsibility for any loss or damage suffered by any person as a result of the (mis)use of the information contained in this article. Don’t blame me for your 3 am binge watching and failed sleeping schedule.

1. MindHunter

So you like gore and blood-chilling entertainment, but you hate those tacky ‘real crime’ documentaries for their silly voice-overs and terrible photography. Say no more, fam.

MindHunter will satisfy your sophisticated palate for gory yet superbly shot visuals, postpunk music (Talking Heads as the closing track for episode 2, yo) and true crime. Set in the late seventies, this Netflix original follows two FBI agents as they interview imprisoned serial killers to get into the minds of criminals. Despite the cliche premise, MindHunter does everything in its power to stand out as an original, exciting show to watch. 

2. Stranger Things 2

The one we’ve all been waiting for. Now, if you’re like me you’re probably done with the whole season or halfway through – but for those living under a rock, it’s time to go back to the Upside Down.

3. Jack Whitehall: At Large

Suffering from commitment issues but still looking for fun? Barely an hour long, this comedy special is made for those of us who are here for a good time, not a long time. What’s it about? Well, the usual. Jack Whitehall trying to be relatable and making fun of his posh. Hey, at least he’s cute.

4. Gomorrah: Season 2

The Savastano family is back. If you’re not familiar with this crime epic from Italy, beware: Gomorrah is dark, unglamorous and totally addictive. A gritty, overly realistic portrayal of crime and corruption in Naples – as someone on Rotten Tomatoes put it, “Gomorrah is the Sopranos on steroids.” 

Not familiar with Dutch or Neapolitan dialect? Sorry fam, Netflix won’t help you here. The show is only available in its original language, with Dutch subtitles.

5. 1922

Tough luck for those of us who are not down for a scare. To stay with the Halloween spirit, this month Netflix has delivered an all-creepy bonanza. 1922 is a slow-burning horror story, based on a Stephen King short story about a man confessing to his wife’s murder.

So, what are you gonna watch next? Happy streaming!

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