Netflix Streaming and I are tight these days, thanks to a recent break up with cable and a new-found love for Apple TV. With hundreds of movies and TV shows on offer in every genre, it can be tough to make a good choice. Today I’ll make it easier for you: Here are three thought-provoking movies and one groundbreaking British TV show that are among my recent favorites. Check them out!
Jim Sturgess stars as Jamie Morgan in this British horror film that explores themes of loss, self-acceptance, and violence in society. Morgan is a troubled young man living with an extensive birthmark covering much of his upper body, including a heart-shaped mark on his face. When a series of gang-related murders causes Morgan to seek vengeance, he is instead confronted by a demon who gives him a choice: the demon will remove the birthmark, but only for a price. This story struck me as a captivating expression of perception and love.
On May 7, 2011, Thomas Bridegroom fell to his death during a photo shoot. What happened afterward to his partner, Shane Bitney Crone. serves as a wake-up call to any unmarried couples — same-sex or otherwise — who have no legal protections to fall back on. Bridegroom celebrates the incredible relationship Tom and Shane shared and documents the heartbreaking aftermath wrought by the Bridegroom family after Tom’s death. Have your tissues ready.
Boy Wonder (2010)
Boy Wonder features Caleb Steinmeyer as Sean Donovan, a young man still reeling from witnessing his mother’s brutal murder 10 years earlier. An awkward teenager, Donovan physically trains to do more than seek vengeance: he seeks to punish. This vigilante film explores the emotional trauma of loss and helplessness and exposes the darkness that can be unleashed when consumed by obsession. I found that it also cautions us to move on from tragedy or risk losing ourselves to it.
Waiting for God (1990-1994)
Waiting for God is an excellent British television series revolving around Diana Trent and Tom Ballard, two pensioners living in a retirement community. This is by far one of my favorite comedies, not just because of the gags, but because at the time it was considered groundbreaking. It places a glaring spotlight on how senior citizens were (and are) treated by those of us still spry: shoved off, forgotten, and left to wait for the Big Sleep. Stephanie Cole’s turn as the “vile and bloody minded” Diana Trent is perfectly complimented by Graham Crowden’s daft Tom Ballard.