Five Netflix Titles To Watch While In Isolation

I can't think of a better way to spend some self isolation time then by watching something new on Netflix!


A few weeks ago, before things got very serious in North America, our house started watching all of our favourite disaster movies. This Is The End, I Am Legend, World War Z but by the time we got to Contagion, things got real here. And frankly, if you watch Contagion which was made in consultation with the CDC, it will frighten you so right now I'd recommend you stay away from that one.

We needed to switch gears and get into something that would take our minds off of the fact that we are to remain indoors as much as possible for the next few weeks. So I'm back with a few more Netflix titles to help you through this trying time. I always start this list at five but I always add more because I can't help myself! This is no different so here's everything I can think of



Comedy Specials


I could write an entire post just about comedy specials but I'm going to roll up our family's favourites into one heading here. Most are less than an hour so they are incredibly easy to get through. There are a lot of different specials on Netflix right now, but these few titles are truly the best of the best (also, follow @Netflixisajoke on Twitter for recommendations and new releases)

John Mulaney, Kid Gorgeous at Radio City

Aziz Ansari, Right Now (I saw this one live and it was incredible!)

Tom Segura: Disgraceful

Ellen DeGeneres, Relatable

Bert Kreischer in this order,  The Machine, Secret Time, Hey Big Boy

Sequels


Narcos Mexico Season 2, Ugly Delicious Season 2, You Season 2

Three very different second seasons but all of them are hits in their own right. They build on the success of the previous seasons and advance the story in such surprising ways. You Season 2 is IMO much better than season 1. Narcos Mexico brings the story to a point that combines what was happening on the cartel end and with news information we all know from the drug war of the 80's in the US. Ugly Delicious with chef David Chang is only 4 episodes this season but each episode is fantastic. Chang recently became a father so the first episode follows that change in his life, as well as exploring how other parents manage their roles in different restaurants.


Osmosis


Osmosis is a French science fiction web television series with 8 episodes (my fingers are crossed for a second season!) Set in near-future Paris, the science-fiction drama sees a new dating app called “Osmosis” developed that can decode true love, digging deep into its users’ brain data to find a perfect match with 100% accuracy.

And of course, there's a lot of drama that comes with combining technology and love! So well acted, watch it with subtitles and practice your French a little.


American Factory


A documentary about a Chinese company, Fuyao, and their factory in Moraine, a city near Dayton, Ohio, that occupies Moraine Assembly, a shuttered General Motors plant. It's a fascinating look at auto manufacturing and is an indepth look at the cultural differences between American and Chinese workers. In my real life role I work with people all over the world and my company offered a course in working with our Asian counterparts. I always recommend that course to new team members and if you find yourself working with people on that side of the world, find a course. I have found it immensely helpful. 


The Irishman


The Irishman is a crime film directed and produced by Martin Scorsese. It stars Hollywood heavyweights Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci, with Ray Romano, Anna Paquin, and Harvey Keitel in supporting roles. The film follows Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a truck driver who becomes a hitman involved with mobster Russell Bufalino (Pesci) and including his time working for the powerful Teamster Jimmy Hoffa (Pacino).

I'm including this because everyone I live with and know loved it. Personally, it was alright. I actually didn't know much about Hoffa so this was a good start at learning a little more about him and his story. To me, it just felt a little long. But right now all we have is time so have at it! 


Schitt's Creek


The wealthy Rose family; Johnny (Eugene Levy), his wife and former soap opera actress Moira (Catherine O'Hara), and their adult children David and Alexis (Dan Levy and Annie Murphy suddenly go bankrupt and the only remaining asset they have is an ugly small town named Schitt's Creek.

The Roses move into two adjacent rooms in a run-down motel and their well-to-do attitudes come into conflict with the residents of this small Canadian town, including mayor Roland Schitt (Chris Elliott), his wife Jocelyn (Jenn Robertson), and the motel's manager, Stevie Budd (Emily Hampshire)

It.Is.Hilarious! Our family watched the first few seasons in just a matter of days. It's fresh and funny and the best part it is Canadian!

As usual I went well over the five titles I usually set myself to. Here's another one, El Camino for Breaking Bad fans!

Right now we need as many recommendations to entertain ourselves while we are to remain at home during this pandemic. No one knows when this will end but what we do know is that we need to act now so that there will be an end. Stay home, keep physical distance when you do need to go out and wash your hands often. Take care of yourselves!