I'm more than half way through February, meaning more than half way through the little challenge I set myself. I would be lying if I said I wasn't happy about that. It's difficult to do this, the house work, love Heidi (and Liam, obvs) and my full time job. I sit on the sofa, curled up with a blanket and appropriately watching something on Netflix. One thing I have learnt writing every day is that I need a comfier office chair. The heating is on so my feet and finger tips are lovely and cosy, I have a glass of lemonade and I am ready to crack on.
My favourite films on Netflix and the series that I can't get enough of (even if I have watched them all 100 times!) are sometimes much more appealing to me than a evening out. Sometimes you just need to curl up in a ball and turn off your brain. Sometimes you need someone else to do the thinking for you.
Along with all the other clear winners (Stranger Things; Breaking Bad; Orange is the New Black; Friends; Making a Murderer... I could go on), these are some of my favourites.
The Danish Girl - a romantic drama staring Eddie Redmayne as Lili Elbe; a mid-1920s painter and the first known person to have gender reassignment surgery. It is a beautiful film full of beautiful people.
Black Fish - the story of Tilikum; a killer whale who killed several workers at the sea park where he was held captive.
Pride and Prejudice (1995 BBC series) - Based on Jane Austin's novel.
Black Mirror - I don't even know how to explain this. Each episode is a stand-alone story that dramatises the the modern world
The End of the F***ing World - two teenagers, one who thinks he's a psychopath and secretly wants to murder the other, embark on a road trip to find her estranged father. Stuff happens on the way. It gets weird.
The Crown - Follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II. I'm not at all into the Royal Family really, but love the history.
The Tudors - Being on the topic of history; this follows the life of King Henry VIII. Say it with me... divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.
Dallas Buyers Club - Follows a man who is given a diagnosis of HIV in the mid 80s. He smuggled unapproved pharmaceutical drugs into Texas to treat himself and other's with the diagnosis.
Hannibal - Criminal profiler working with the FBI teams up with psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter through this series. Again, shit happens and it gets weird BUT IT'S SO GOOD!
The Martian - astronauts accidentally leave behind one of their team (Matt Damon) when leaving Mars due to a storm. Damon's character has to get message back to Earth that he was not killed in the storm and survive until a rescue mission reaches him.
The Keepers - a documentary series following the murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik in the late 60s.
Grimm - Nick Burthardt is a descendent from a long line of warriors called Grimms; who hunt down and kill wasen (magical creatures who are part human, part animal - obviously).
The Sinner - Jessica Beil plays a young mother named Cora, who for no explained reason commits a very violent murder, very publicly. A detective follows her case to try and uncover the hidden motive.