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I’m clocking up hours on Netflix again. I had a brief affair with Showmax, but I blew her off, and now I’m safely back in the arms of the video-on-demand behemoth. If you are into Netflix we should share notes on this blog. On a fairly regular basis I’m going to knock out a post dedicated to the stuff on Netflix that I think is worth a mention. If you are a real dude, you will reciprocate and show me some love back. You get how that works for everyone, right? I share what I like, you share what you like, and everyone binges on the good stuff.

In no particular order, here are my 6 favourite Netflix watches of late:

The Night Comes For Us

Word of warning guys. Don’t sit down to watch this straight after your weekend braai. There is a good chance your Grabouw wors and potato slaai are going to come straight back up. The Night Comes For Us is a Kung Fu bloodbath, and for 2 solid hours people are dying and severed limbs are flying all over the place. If you’re a little squeamish, you might want to give this one a miss. But for the guys who enjoyed movies like Kill Bill, strap in, because this movie makes Tarantino’s flick look like a boy scout outing. I don’t need to even get into the plot because movies like this don’t need a plot, do they? One sentence should do it.

After sparing a girl’s life during a massacre, an elite Triad assassin is targeted by an onslaught of murderous gangsters. That’s how Netflix summed it up and that’s all you really need to know.

Send the chick out on a ladies night, put a few beers on ice and push play.

SLEB overall rating: 4/5

22 July

Remember that Neo-Nazi maniac Anders Behring Breivik? The one who visited the summer camp on the island of Utøya in Norway and mowed down 77 people with an automatic rifle. That was back in 2011, and 22 July is based on the events of that horrific day. Don’t make any plans if you get into this because it’s a 3 hour marathon. You might recall how that day played out. The car bomb goes off in Oslo and while emergency services and police are scrambling to the scene, Breivik heads off to the island to massacre innocent teenagers. What you don’t know is how it all unfolded in the courts in the months that followed that dark day. That’s what makes it a great watch. You get an insight into this guy’s head and his right wing views on ethnic cleansing.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Ozark – Season 2

Jason Bateman in a dark crime drama. Not words that normally exist in the same sentence. I mean this dude is the guy from TeenWolf Too and Horrible Bosses, right? He has no business acting in a gritty series like this. Perhaps Bateman isn’t a one trick pony after all? This role would suggest the brother has some layers and I’m digging it. In case you’re wondering what the hell Ozark is, here is a summary of the plot. Marty Byrde (played by Bateman) is a seemingly straight laced financial planner living the American dream, but you find out soon enough that he actually launders cash for the ruthless Mexican cartel. Things go pear shaped quickly (like in the first episode) and Byrde finds himself packing his family up and moving from the leafy suburbs in Chicago to the Ozarks. If you don’t mind the occasional baseball bat to the skull, and constantly trying to adjust the brightness of your screen because the series feels like it’s been shot with the lights off, then get stuck in. Just a word of warning – pick a weekend when the wife is with her parents or you are away on business for a few days because you are going to binge on this one like a fat chick at a cake sale.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Minimalism: A Documentary About The Important Things

This is a cool documentary about a couple of guys who decided to “give it all up” and start living a life of less. It’s odd because 10 years ago I would have laughed this off as “hippie mumbo jumbo”, and might have gone as far as calling these guys cop-outs. That was then. Now I’m starting to think they might be onto something, and while I’m not prepared to live out of a suitcase just yet, I am contemplating how much stuff I really need in my life. Give it a watch and let me know what you think. If you’re really stretched for time, check out their website.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Black Mirror – Season ? (Well All The Seasons)

I stumbled upon Black Mirror by accident and it cost me 5 hours of my life that same evening. I popped off 3 consecutive episodes while telling my wife I was working on a strategic marketing proposal 🙂 This is the hook – each episode (regardless of the season) is an individual stand-alone story and the underlying theme running through all of them is technology. Hold on, let me elaborate. The theme is how technology has infiltrated our lives. It’s futuristic, trippy as hell and also not far off a reality we could call “our lives” down the line.

SLEB’s overall rating: 4/5

Manhunt: Unabomber

I thought I knew the story about the Unabomber, but I didn’t until I watched this on Netflix. Ted Kaczynski (The Unabomber) is a math’s prodigy and an American terrorist who killed and horribly disfigured innocent people by sending them bombs in the mail. Imagine getting a parcel in the post and having it blow your face off? That was Ted’s calling card. He alluded FBI and local police for decades until one FBI agent found a way to identify Kaczynski through the numerous letters he had sent the newspapers. Now I know what you are thinking – The plot sounds flimsy as hell and you are going to be disappointed 2 episodes into the series. You are wrong. Paul Bettany (English actor you might recognize) plays Kaczynski and it will be a long time before you see anyone get into a character like this guy does. And Sam Worthington gets a shout out for an equally good performance playing the FBI agent hell bent on catching the bad guy.

It’s a true story that leaves you asking yourself a whole bunch of questions that might keep you up for a night or two. Just watch it.

SLEB’s overall rating: 5/5

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