On a cold, stormy night there is nothing better than curling up in my bed with my hot chocolate and my Netflix. When I first became a subscriber to this entertainment giant I thought that Netflix was all about movies. It didn’t take long to realize that it offered so much more.
One of my discoveries was a series that appeared on the BBC in England in 2007. The show simply called “Robin Hood” is one of the better remakes that I have seen. The show is a mixture of the legendary action and modern humor. Jonas Armstrong plays Robin Hood so well, that I have a hard time distinguishing between the actor and the character. The development of the character is so compelling, that I fell in love with the show. This show is where I turn when I need that “Feel Good” moment.
Another gem I discovered in the Netflix library is a documentary called “Ken Burns: The Civil War “. This documentary takes the viewer deep in to the conflict. The documentary which originally aired on PBS in 1990 is nine episodes of heart-wrenching battle footage, stories of opposing forces, and the image of President trying to hold the country together. The writing and narration in this documentary is so well executed that it left me wanting more. I began to research and study different series and movies in the Civil War era, because of the impact that this documentary had on me.
“Breakfast At Tiffany’s” starring Audrey Hepburn, is not only one of the best movies that Audrey Hepburn ever made, it is also one of many classics that Netflix offers. Hepburn is superb in her Oscar nominated role as fortune hunter Holly Golightly. Holly becomes fascinated with her neighbor who is living off the fortune a wealthy woman. She has those around her convinced she is a sophisticated socialite. Her world is shaken up when someone from her pat reveals her true identity and story. This is one of my favorites movies because it takes me back to the glory days of Hollywood glamour. Discovering this movie on Netflix opens the movie vault of classics that I thought were lost forever.
“Charmed” , the story of the three charmed Halliwell sisters, was my favorite show when I was in college. This show helped revive the career of two teen icons from the eighties. Alyssa Milano and Shannon Doherty were role models to me during my youth. The two actresses in starring roles in the same show was Hollywood gold. I tuned in every week to see what evil demons they were going to vanquish. Charmed was one of the first shows to have young, hip female leads that carried a successful show. It portrayed women as strong, independent but still sensitive. When the show ended I was devastated. Now that it is on Netflix, I can tune in to my favorite sisters any time I feel the need for some family bonding.
I am ready to log in and surf through the library to see where I end up. My Netflix account transports me to another world at the click of a button, what more could I ask for?