This weekend marks the penultimate weekend before Christmas, the weekend before finally wrapping up work for the holidays. This weekend is one destined for guilt-free binge-watching Netflix.
For once, Sunday Scaries will be significantly minimised, safe in the knowledge that you’ve only got five more working days before the Christmas break. You don’t have to feel guilty about not socialising because from next weekend until New Year’s Day, you’re doing more than enough catching up with everyone. It’s time to put your feet up in front of the fire and enjoy some good television while possibly squeezing in some last minute gift shopping.
With 59 new movies, 20 new TV shows, five new documentaries, one new stand up special, three new reality TV shows and a partridge in a pear tree new to Netflix this week, you certainly won’t be stuck for choice.
Here are our top picks to watch on Netflix this weekend.
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle (Netflix Original)
Directed by legendary Mo-Cap actor, Andy Serkis, Mowgli marks the latest iteration of The Jungle Book. The story follows that of orphan Mowgli as he’s raised by a Wolfpack in the jungle. Bagheera the Black Panther and Baloo the Bear take care of Mowgli, teaching him the rules and hardships of jungle life as he grows up. While the majority of the animal kingdom welcomes him as one of them, he’s made enemies with the notorious Shere Khan the Tiger and hyena sidekick Tabaqui. When dangers of the jungle inevitably threaten Mowgli’s life, he must face his true human origins and seek shelter with them
Love Actually (2003)
Love Actually was previously removed from the Netflix library in October 2017. For obvious reasons, many fans were horrified. This Christmas we can all rejoice as the holiday classic makes a return just in time for some festive binge watching. For the few yet to see the film, the movie follows nine intertwining stories through lessons of love, heartbreak, betrayal and loyalty, all wrapped up with a Christmas bow.
The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Get ready for a giggle with this comedy classic.
40-year-old, Andy Stitzer (Steve Carell) is the nice guy. He lives alone and spends his free time playing video games and curating his action figure collection. Upon the discovery by his colleagues that at 40 years old, Carell’s character is still a virgin, they set out on a mission to change that. Watch as socially awkward Andy struggles with female interaction before embarking on a tentative romance with local shop owner, Trish.
The Change-Up (2011)
The much loved Freaky Friday storyline takes on two best friends, Dave (Jason Bateman) and Mitch (Ryan Reynolds) both filled with envy of the other’s life. The pair are a complete contrasts with Dave the resident family man and hard-working lawyer and Mitch living the bachelor lifestyle as an actor whose managed to dodge adult responsibilities thus far. Following a drunken night out, the pair wake the next morning to find they’ve switched bodies and as it turns out, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.
Dumplin’ (Netflix Original)
Set in the world of beauty pageants, Dumplin’ follows a path of learning to love yourself and redefining beauty. Jennifer Aniston stars as a former beauty queen and mother to plus-sized daughter nicknamed, Dumplin’ who breaks tradition by entering a beauty pageant. So far the film has received praise for its clever writing with a few cliches and stereotypes being its only downfall. Plus, Dumplin’s love for Dolly Parton makes for the perfect singalong soundtrack.
The American Meme (Netflix Original)
This Netflix documentary just landed on the streaming platform and has instantly received huge critical acclaim. Upon its premiere it was purchased as one of the most high profile documentary acquisitions of the year at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary stars Paris Hilton, The Fat Jewish, Kirill and Brittany Furlan and challenges the reality of social media stars. It examines the world they’ve created for themselves, exploring the ways in which they’ve built commercial brands out of their online presence. Writing about the documentary, Time Out New York said it “finds the way to an unexpected sadness and maybe something deeper and cautionary” which begs the question, just how much longer will the world of social media influencers last and how much damage is it doing to these people’s lives in the process?