When it’s freezing cold outside, what better way to spend your time than to bundle up in those warm, comfortable cinema seats? Exactly, to bundle up on those warm comfortable cinema seats with a huge bucket of popcorn in one hand and a refreshing Coke in the other. In this month’s Cinema Club there’s two must-see cinema films and two must-see Netflix shows if you’d rather not battle the cold and stay cozily inside.
// Alias Grace
After the huge success of The Handmaid’s Tail, Netflix adapted another Margaret Atwood novel. Through six episodes, Alias Grace follows the story of real-life ‘celebrated murderess’ Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), who got convicted for a double murder in 19th century Canada. The storyline jumps back and forth between the past and the present, between Grace’s troubled youth and conversations with doctor Jordan (Edward Holcroft), who tries to uncover the truth about Grace. As a viewer, you’re constantly trying to decide whether or not Grace is guilty of the murders she was convicted for and this uncertainty, this mystery, keeps you on the edge of your seat all throughout the binge-watching session.
// Justice League
If you’re looking for some action-packed entertainment, go and see Justice League this month. It has cool superheroes (Batman! Wonder woman! Khal Drogo… uh… Aqua man!), fast-paced action scenes (Ezra Miller’s The Flash in cleverly edited slowmotion sequences!) and a story that is easy enough to follow with your face in a bucket of popcorn, but just entertaining enough to keep the audiences intrigued (superheroes fight villain and save the day!).
// The Crown
Now Netflix’ anchor show House of Cards has tragically fallen, all eyes turned towards the second season of the most expensive Netflix-original ever: The Crown. The show follows the British Royal family in the second half of the 20th century. Slow-paced and delicately written, The Crown portrays the members of the royal family as both the actors we see in the newspapers or on TV, and the people they are behind closed doors. It’s epic, with a gorgeous soundtrack and probably the most beautiful costumes and sets on screen, but it’s also intimate, as the shows portrays marriage struggles, familial differences and personal growth. I would highly recommend The Crown if you love history and drama, but definitely if you’re a fan of Downton Abbey.
// Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Then finally we have the highest anticipated release of the year: the new installment of the Star Wars series. The Last Jedi takes off where The Force Awakens left the characters and the audiences, with young Rey (Daisy Ridley) on a remote island trying to persuade Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to join Princess Leia’s (Carrie Fisher) rebellion. In the meanwhile, Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) are trying to fight a vicious First Order attack, and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is feeling all the feels. Still with me? The Last Jedi is action-packed, full with sudden bursts of humor, heart-warming characters and a thrilling adventure. Perfect to brave the winter storm with!