5 TV and Movie Gems

nightI recently joined Netflix and have been spending hot English nights watching random movies and TV shows. We don’t get many hot nights here – so I’m making the most of them in my own way! So, I had to put a brief post together to let you know about some of the little gems I’ve found on there and encourage you all to watch them at your leisure. Please note you don’t have to watch them specifically on Netflix – but if you are a member, they are all on there.

We are the Night

A shockingly good German vampire movie that gives you everything a blood sucking movie should, and more. Normally I’d stay away from subtitled movies – after all, if I wanted to read, I’d pick up a book! But I saw it had a good rating and thought, why not. I’m so happy I did. It’s a fantastically epic story that really takes a good ol’ bite out of the vampire mythos. Well scripted, directed and acted, even the soundtrack was good.

Lost in Austen.


An ITV series that throws a sassy 21st century girl, Amanda Price,

head first into Jane Austen’s book Pride & Prejudice. In 4 parts (so is about 4 hours long) it is funny and poignant. If you like Downton Abbey and any of the period dramas currently beingunceremoniously spewed forth by British TV, then settle in to see what would happen if Mr Darcy hadn’t meet Elizabeth Bennett. My favourite line in this is when Amanda talks about how ‘bum crushingly correct’ she will be from now on when she starts destroying Austen’s plot lines. Of course, she can’t help interfering, she does have an inside track about the people she’s with – or does she?



Angels and demons at their best. Creepy ice cream men and scary old ladies. The apocalypse has come and God has turned his back on us mortals, only one baby can save us and Gabriel has been sent to murder him. Fortunately Paul Bettany steps up in the guise of arch-angel Michael and equips a random groupof survivors with a police car full of guns and the knowledge that demons are now possessing the weak willed – Crap, With my Ben & Jerry’s will power, I’d be the first to get possessed! A fab action movie with lots of gore and twists.

Kate & Leopold.


Not only does this feature my favourite hunky actor, Hugh Jackman, but it also weaves an amazing time travel romance which is so easy to watch, you’ll forget the time! Okay, Meg Ryan looks like she’s done something unfortunate to her lips, but she’s still the bumbling romantic lead we (all of us of a certain age) have come to identify with. Grab a bucket of ice cream and enjoy… there goes that will power again!


Day of the Triffids.

I remember the very old British series of this, where the killer plants would only catch you while you were laughing too much at them to move out of their way! This updated version though does do an excellent job of making these alien carnivorous  plants scary. It has a kind of Dr Who feel to it and features one of my all-time favourite actors Eddie Izzard (who, in my opinion, should have been the new Dr Who!)  It has a lot of social commentary going on too and a few politically correct plot lines – overall definitely worth a watch!

 Black Mirror – Season 1 – Episode 2 – 15 Million Merits.

The Black Mirror series was Charlie Brooker’s Twilight Zone style story compilation. And by far, after seeing them all, I felt that this was the best episode. Based around a strange factory style place that has young adults cycling on static machines (one would presume for capturing energy) to gain them credits for


food, entertainment and useless junk to make their lives feel complete – sound familiar? Once they reach 15 million, they have a chance to buy a ticket to audition for a talent show and get themselves out. The whole thing was so clever and thought provoking, that I really can’t say any more for fear of ruining for you, so needless to say just watch it.

So there you go, at least 9 hours of watching some excellent TV – let me know what you think about them…


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