Update: Return to the monster-ridden world of J.J. Abrams Cloverfield with this week's surprise new entrant, The Cloverfield Paradox, revealed and released by Netflix on the very same day. Read on to find out more.
All those channels, and nothing to watch. A giant TV that seemed to take a note out of your wallet for every pixel, but you’re still turning to the same reruns and comfort movies you’ve watched for years. Enter Netflix.
The streaming giant has invested heavily in its original content for many years now, meaning Netflix is always chock full of brand new shows and movies to try out if you’re at a loss for what to watch.
But what’s the newest of the new? Rather than trawling through the thousands of options available on the service, or relying on an algorithmically-chosen, machine-selected recommendation system, we’ve hand-picked the best of the new titles heading to the service. And, for your viewing please, we’ll be updating this article every single week, so you’re always on top of what’s headed to a TV near you.
New movies on Netflix this week
Now here's a surprise! Totally turning the usual movie marketing system on its head, Netflix not only kept The Cloverfield Paradox's existence a secret, but it also decided to reveal it with a big-budget Superbowl commercial...and then release it onto the service the very same day.
So, is it worth a watch beyond the insta-hype? Well it's divided opinion, that's for sure, with apparently the 'Cloverfield' franchise tacked onto an existing script. So what you're left with is a competent, if uninspired space horror movie, only loosely linked to the events of the films that it shares a stable with. Fun in places, but you might not come back for a second viewing.
New TV shows on Netflix this week
Altered Carbon: Netflix's latest big-ticket TV extravaganza, Altered Carbon looks to have a budget that most Hollywood movies would be craving. A sci-fi spectacular, this dystopian cyberpunk series is based on the lauded Richard K. Morgan novel of the same name.
With consciousness a commodity to be uploaded, and bodies replicable as industrially built "sleeves", there are obvious shades of Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell to this murder mystery. But it's rare to see the cyberpunk genre expanded to an ongoing series, so it'll be interesting to see if the tropes of the genre hold out over an extended run. (Showing from February 2).
Recently added movies on Netflix
Dazed and Confused: The amazing Richard Linklater cemented his reputation as the premier director of bittersweet nostalgia with Dazed and Confused, this coming-of-age comedy about a gang of jocks, losers and stoners on the last day of school in 1976. On the cusp of the rest of their lives, keep an eye out for a young Matthew McConaughey and Milla Jovovich in supporting roles.
Shakespeare in Love: A bit syrupy at times, but this Oscar winning comedy looking at the fictionalised love life of the titular playwright has a good heart, and plenty of smart jokes for anyone that's enjoyed the bard's inimitable work.
The Zero Theorem
Now, we’re not going to pretend it’s an easy watch. But if you’re up for some real mind-bending, chin-scratching sci-fi action, you should definitely be giving The Zero Theorem a go.
Directed (somewhat unsurprisingly, in fact) by Monty Python Alumni Terry Gilliam, it’s a darkly comic, bittersweet and, to be honest, somewhat confusing story of a computer programmer (played by Christoph Waltz) tasked by a bureaucratic boss to solve ‘The Zero Theorem’. Its purpose? To prove that the universe ends with nothing, and that life is meaningless. So, what, if anything, will he find?
Jiro Dreams of Sushi: A fantastic documentary following the life of master chef Jiro Ono, whose 3-star Michelin restaurant is regularly considered the best in the world.
Pride: A wonderful, uplifting true story about how the UK's embattled gay community teamed up with downtrodden coal miners in the dark days of 1980s Britain's miner's strike to bring justice to those left isolated.
Recently added TV shows on Netflix
Can’t get enough of those super-heroic kicks? Netflix is back with more comic book action in the shape of Black Lightning. For once, it’s not a Marvel property, but a DC Comics one. And, also for once in recent times, it’s a DC property not starring Wonder Woman that doesn’t suck.
It follows a high-school teacher with the ability to conjure lightning and bend it to his will. And while the show makes good use of its superhuman effects budget, it’s real heart lies in its stories, which discuss racial tensions, gangland turf wars and the abuse of power in the justice system. Definitely worth a go.
Fargo: Season 3 of the acclaimed crime drama, built upon the Cohen brothers film of the same name, hits Netflix. Starring Ewan McGregor and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, it's a self-contained story arc, meaning you can jump right in, regardless of whether or not you caught the earlier series.
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