We’re well into the summer now. School’s out and the sun is shining (sometimes) but whether you’re a student or not you might all be feeling the boredom this summer. Even if you have a summer job or regular job you might come home and think ‘what should I do now?’
My suggestion; watch everything. Okay, maybe not everything but Netflix and Amazon Prime does have a whole host of shows and films to feast on this summer to help kerb that boredom and I have kindly provided a list of the best. You’re welcome.
Stranger Things (Netflix)
This new Netflix original series has been hugely successful since it was released ad deserves to be at the top of this list. Set in the 80s with constant 80s pop culture references from The Goonies to E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, this show sees a group of kids searching for their missing friend. Featuring government conspiracy, sci-fi, and dashes of horror this series is something that everyone can get their teeth into.
Jessica Jones (Netflix)
Set in the same Marvel universe as the Avengers films, Jessica Jones is a more gritty and realistic viewpoint of the world from the titular character. I say realistic, but the main character has super-strength and the main villain can control people’s minds. Regardless, private investigator Jessica Jones makes for an interesting heroine as she is a raging unapologetic alcoholic who is constantly making bad decisions. But she’s really cool. This was one show that I had to finish in just two sittings as the story and characters were that captivating.
Between is set in a small town in the U.S. that is quarantined and cut off from the rest of the world as it is ravaged by a deadly disease wiping out everyone over the age of 22. This series explores what would happen if teenagers and children were left to rule. It might not be the best show acting-wise, but the concept is compelling enough to warrant a binge.
A comic book adaptation about a small town preacher who is possessed by an entity which gives him the power to control minds, Preacher explores what would happen if a man who felt like nothing went his way suddenly found he could make everything go his way. Every character in this show has flaws, making it a great watch as it acknowledges that nobody is perfect and because of that you never know what’s going to happen next.
This book adaptation is a historical sci-fi drama about a World War II nurse who finds herself transported to 18th century Scotland amidst another war. Both the first and second seasons are available to binge on Amazon Prime, and don’t worry if you get as obsessed with this show as much as I am. It has been renewed for a third and fourth season. That should prove just how good it is.
Another comic book adaptation, this series features Lucifer himself as he decides to abandon Hell and open up a successful club in Los Angeles. Lucifer then finds himself helping the LAPD solve crimes and almost caring for the humans he always detested. The premise might sound stupid but it actually works, sort of like a more interesting CSI show. Tom Ellis from Miranda fame portrays Lucifer in such a brilliant way that you find yourself loving a character who is, by definition, evil.
The latest film of the many Godzilla adaptations is a whole world better than the last American attempt from 1998. This adaptation makes Godzilla a gargantuan hero as he battles other giant monsters to stop them destroying cities around the world. This film is full of giant monster vs. giant monster fight scene (my favourite) that can easily be watched with buckets full of popcorn that definitely won’t get you summer body ready.
One to watch even if you’re skipping the wedding season this summer. One of the funniest films of this decade, this side-splitting comedy sees Kristen Wiig as an unlucky and unfortunate single woman who is asked to be maid of honour at her best friend’s wedding. However, her life is plagued with misfortune after misfortune as she tries to outdo the other bridesmaids. Wiig is a comedic genius, orchestrating the funniest scenes as the most real.
X-Men: Days of Future Past (Netflix)
X-Men: Days of Future Past saves the franchise in my opinion, with this addition uses time travel to low-key rectify the bad decisions made in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand. Hugh Jackman is once again playing the main role as Wolverine must travel to the past to stop an event which will lead to mutant persecution. Although with all your free time this summer, feel free to relive X-Men in its entirety too.
A brilliant 80s film starring the late David Bowie, may he rest in peace. I mention Labyrinth in this list because it’s one of my favourite films of all time and if you haven’t seen it, I don’t understand why. It includes the puppet mastery of Jim Henson and a fantastical make-believe world akin to Alice in Wonderland as well as a message of sibling love and believing in yourself. If you haven’t seen it, summer is the perfect time to do so. Go now. GO.