This latest Netflix Originals entry is the second part to last week`s blog post, Best Netflix Originals: Part 1.

With so many great shows to watch and so little time, let`s get right into it.

Dark (2017)

Dark Netflix Original

When two children go missing in a small German town, its sinful past is exposed along with the double lives and fractured relationships that exist among four families.  The series introduces an intricate puzzle filled with twists that includes a web of curious characters, all of whom have a connection to the town’s troubled history; whether they know it or not. The story includes supernatural elements that tie back to the town of Winden. 

Why You Should Watch

If you`re a fan of Stranger Things then you should watch this show (check out our review of Stranger Things here). This is also the first German Netflix Original series ever produced and I jokingly call it Das Stranger Things. Unlike Stranger Things, however, you won`t be able to predict what happens next. It`s dark, mysterious, and worth watching.

Gerald’s Game

While trying to spice up their marriage in their remote lake house, Jessie must fight to survive when her husband dies unexpectedly, leaving her handcuffed to their bed frame. Based off the trailer and synopsis alone, I did not want to watch this film. Stephen King writes so many books (at least 136 as of 2017) and some movie adaptations have been just awful. The Mist is an example of that. Spike TVs version was cancelled after 1 season and Netflix’s retelling might suffer a similar fate.

Why You Should Watch

Gerald’s Game takes some awfully dark, unexpected turns. For a film that centers around a character handcuffed to her bed, the filmmakers proved to be very creative in their storytelling efforts. In 2017, Stephen King adaptations made a revival (‘It’, ‘The Mist’, ‘Gerald’s Game’, ‘1922’, ‘The Dark Tower’, etc) and this was one of the best.

Mudbound

Set in the rural American South during World War II, Dee Rees’ Mudbound is an epic story of two families pitted against one another by a ruthless social hierarchy, yet bound together by the shared farmland of the Mississippi Delta. Mudbound follows the McAllan family, newly transplanted from the quiet civility of Memphis and unprepared for the harsh demands of farming. Despite the grandiose dreams of Henry, his wife Laura struggles to keep the faith in her husband’s losing venture. Meanwhile, Hap and Florence Jackson – sharecroppers who have worked the land for generations – struggle bravely to build a small dream of their own despite the rigidly enforced social barriers they face. The war upends both families’ plans as their returning loved ones, Jamie McAllan and Ronsel Jackson, forge a fast but uneasy friendship that challenges the brutal realities of the Jim Crow South in which they live.

Why You Should Watch

Oddly enough I did not see this film on Netflix. Instead, I watched the world premiere at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival. Since then Mudbound has been nominated for three Oscars (Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay, and the first ever woman nominated for Best Cinematography). With the #BlackLivesMatter movement taking place only a few short months before this films release, the cultural struggles finely detailed in this historic drama never seemed more relevant.

Dirty Money

Using first-hand accounts from perpetrators and their victims, combined with rarely-seen video footage, this addictive series keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Amid growing public and consumer skepticism, Dirty Money is sure to tap a vein of outrage as audiences identify the pervasiveness of corporate greed and misconduct.

Why You Should Watch

Many of the episodes feature recent corporate misdeeds and personal misconducts. From Volkswagon’s systematic corporate fraud to the current President of the United States, Donald J. Trump. Ethics and morality are still something our society struggles with today. This isn’t so much a history lesson as it is a warning for us to open our eyes.

The Ritual

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

Why You Should Watch

The film is inspired by a Norse legend. Ancient Scandinavian people who were burdened by emotional pain were sometimes granted an otherworldly escape—their gods sent a nameless beast to ease their suffering. The beast gave every tortured person a choice: Submit and worship it for life, or die in unimaginable pain. It’s that ancient creature which hunts the characters in The Ritual, but that aspect of the story doesn’t appear until halfway in. The film feels like an all-male reboot of The Blair Witch or The Descent until we encounter the creature lurking in the woods.

Ozark

This drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord in order to keep his family safe. While the Byrde’s fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.

Why You Should Watch

It’s like Netflix’s version of AMC’s Breaking Bad. The script is well written and each episode is designed to keep you wanting more. Some shows require an investment but this one will have you hooked after the first episode. The only downside is that we have to wait a long time for Season 2.

Saving Capitalism

Saving Capitalism is a documentary film that follows former Secretary of Labor and Professor, Robert Reich, as he takes his book and his views to the heart of conservative America to speak about our economic system and present big ideas for how to fix it.

Why You Should Watch

To understand “Saving Capitalism,” Robert Reich’s sweeping treatise on inequality in America, you must accept a central premise: The free market is fundamentally a human construct and so to debate the appropriateness of government in shaping it is beside the point. Someone is always writing the rules of the market. Reich’s concern is that over the last three decades, the lead authors have been Wall Street, big corporations and the wealthy elite. His fear is that “we are lurching toward a capitalism so top-heavy it cannot be sustained.” – via The New York Times

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Terry Tyler

Co-Creator of the Netflix and Chill Show, Actor, Blogger, and Social Media Junkie

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