Netflix Picks – September 2016

September; autumn is creeping in, the weather’s starting to turn and you may have gone back to school or university. What better way to get through it than to watch a recommended series or film from the world’s most popular streaming site in our new feature every month, Netflix Picks.


A firm favourite of many after bursting onto screens in May 2010 with an emphatic 6 part series that brought gritty criminal drama back to BBC- building on the legacies from shows such as Silent Witness and Waking the Dead. The gnarly character of DCI John Luther, portrayed by Idris Elba, had all the facets of a complex 21st century ‘hero’; a troubled personal life which sees him treading the line between order and chaos and a keen awareness of London, the setting for the show, as a city full of lost souls and hidden depravity.

DCI John Luther (Idris Elba) does not hold back, the action is fast paced and frequently erratic, teetering on manic.

Ever since then Luther has gone from strength to strength attaining a large following in America and an even greater following thanks to its placement on Netflix. Credit is also due to the incredible performance from Elba in a role that arguably brought him to the attention of so many. Since Luther Elba has taken on a variety of challenging roles, including that of an African warlord in the memorable, dark, critically acclaimed drama Beasts of No Nation and be linked with big jobs in the industry (Elba as James Bond is an exciting prospect).

As it is on Netflix you will only find the first 3 series but the fourth, once the rights are released by the BBC, shall also be available. Be sure to watch it this September, (but maybe not on your own and with the lights off as some episodes are particularly unnerving…)

Want to see what MaverickFilm thought of Idris Elba in Netflix’s Beasts of No Nation?  Click Here!

Dazed and Confused

If you are at school or university looking for a film about purely having a great time whilst drinking with your friends and ‘kicking back’, Dazed and Confused is for you. Admittedly it is not a plot heavy film that delivers a groundbreaking narrative; in fact it does not try to be that. It instead tries to capture perfectly that feeling at the end of term and the feeling of beginning your journey up the academic ladder as you get older.

Matthew  McConaughey stars in this coming-of-age film about the 70s, perfectly summarising why fashion from that era is not highly regarded. 

Quentin Tarantino listed this in his top 10 favourite films in 2002; two of his reasons given were the great soundtrack, perfectly matched to the madness of that last day at school, and the energised cast performance of which many, in 1993, were only just starting out. Amidst the alcohol, very heavy 1970s nostalgia (flared trousers and bad haircuts aplenty) and zeal for life look out for Matthew McConaughey, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich and more. If you are a fan of those actors and actresses that star then you should watch it, if not because it’s simply a fun film, then to see how far they have all come/not changed.

So if you are trying to make new friends at university make sure you watch Dazed and Confused with them. Or, if you fancy something slightly more modern and 1980s, watch Everybody Wants Some, the spiritual successor to Dazed and Confused, out on DVD now.

By Arran Byers

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