TAKE FIVE: Janie’s 5 Favorite Netflix Picks

It’s a rainy night, and I’m sitting on my couch with a glass of red wine and a candle going. You know what I think I’ll do?

Netflix and chill.

Join me, friend. We are at no loss of things to choose from, but there sure are some standouts this week. Here are my top five Netflix picks for your immediate binge-watching needs:

1. The Get Down

First things first. The star of this show isn’t Jaden Smith (contrary to Google), it’s the nerdy black kid from Paper TownsJustice Smith, and I love him. While Jaden is on the cast roster, Justice takes the lead. I cannot wait to see how he’ll deliver in this psychadellic, 70’s era musical/drama/historical/coming-of-age series. Secondly, Netflix and Baz Luhrmann? Sign me up. Netflix is on a red-hot roll with amazing new content, and Baz is the master of pizazz (The Great Gatsby, 2006, Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet, 1996). He has a way of glamorizing the destitute and polishing real life that is mesmerizing. I can only imagine the colors, the music and the dancing – the feelings and flare that this show will take on, especially with the musical influence of Nas. The Get Down also features Shameik Moore, Herizen Guardiola and a few more familiar faces from solid TV shows: Jimmy Smits and Gioncarlo Esposito. Just released on August 12, The Get Down is definitely number one in my queue.

2. Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie


Before you write me off for posting something political, allow me to name drop: Johnny Depp, Ron Howard, Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler and Andy Richter to name a few. This is the cast of one of Netflix’s latest additions. We are being inundated by political rhetoric everywhere we turn. Perhaps a satire of this caliber is just what the doctor ordered. Our friends over at Funny or Die have taken the time to make Trump’s 1987 best-selling novel The Art of the Deal into a movie. I feel like we owe them one. I’m willing to give it a shot, if for no other reason, than to see Johnny Depp’s artistic interpretation of The Donald.

3. St. Vincent

As you’re scrolling through the “recently added” category browsing for a feel-good flick, look no further than this little gem. Released in theaters back in 2014, St. Vincent stars Bill Murray, Melissa McCarthy, Naomi Watts and Jaeden Lieberher. While nominated for two Golden Globes, “Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical” and “Best Performance by an Actor – Comedy or Musical” for Bill Murray, Vincent was (in my humble opinion) snubbed for an Oscar nod. Then again, look at this juggernaut of a list from 2014:


  • 12 Years a Slave
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Captain Phillips
  • Her
  • American Hustle
  • Gravity
  • Dallas Buyers Club
  • Nebraska
  • Philomena

I guess I can see why this very real, very relatable, and very moving little film may have been overlooked. Don’t make that mistake now. Watch it tonight. It’s truly a joy, with Bill Murray at his best (as if there were another form).

4. Slow TV

Norway train slowtv

Let me tell you a few things about Norway. The cheese slicer was invented there. The Grandiosa frozen pizza is the unofficial national food dish. Binge drinking on the weekends is a well-established tradition. And… they created Slow TV. I may just move there now. In all seriousness though, you’re probably pondering the concept of slow television. It’s exactly like it sounds. More than 7+ hours of one, ongoing shot to relax your senses and clear your mind. It’s not on a loop either. It’s just life… creeping by. Maybe I’m the minority, but this fascinates me. Just yesterday I started the Slow TV: Train Ride Bergen to Oslo and found myself waiting to go to the bathroom because I didn’t want to miss anything; pausing to grab dinner in case there was something coming up. It’s 7 hours! What could I possibly miss? The best part: the tunnel. For six solid minutes my screen was just black while the train went under a tunnel, only ambient train car noise in the background. Who thinks of this stuff? I know who is watching it – crazy Norwegians, me, and now you. There are several to choose from, and eventually fall asleep to. Knock yourself out.










5. Stranger Things

If you haven’t heard the hype about this one, then get your head out of that hole! Just kidding. But really. Stranger Things might be the best Netflix original series yet. I haven’t watched The Get Down yet (as mentioned in #1), so perhaps my opinion will change, but for now, strange is everything. I watched seven episodes in one night. Seven. That means I began at 9 p.m. and went to bed around 4:30 a.m. I had to get up at 5:30 a.m. for work, so I caught the eighth and final episode on my lunch break. I’m already chomping at the bit for more. Until then click here for some strange fun or just press play on Netflix and start watching!

Janie Pope

Janie Pope

Loves cats and coffee and wine, and Tsum Tsums and old men and young men.

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