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My January Netflix Movie Gems

Netflix movie selections were especially kind to me in January. I’m hoping that I can do this every month as I do spend a lot of time on Netflix. Like an old person, I tend to watch old favourites vs new ones. My Netflix list is actually very full because I keep passing over movies I’ve never seen before, clicking instead on old titles that reappeared after months or years, so I can watch them again.

Each movie below came from a Netflix recommendation

I would never have found these movies if it hadn’t been for this service. It’s really become a gold mine for me to listen to what Netflix has to tell me about my life (lol). So far, they’ve given me a lot of great times and I’ve relied on their recommendations to wind me down at the end of the day. Anyway, here are they are… My Top 5 watched Netflix movies this month:

Movie: Penelope

Pig nose girl catches McAvoy’s heart. There’s hope for me, then, eh?


Penelope is a fairy tale movie that stars one of my favourite actresses, Christina Ricci. It might sound weird telling you that you should really watch the movie about a socialite cursed with a pig nose hunt for the love of her life to break the spell… but that’s exactly what I’m telling you to do here.

The visuals are beautiful. Really simply done, but works well with both the real aspects and the fairy tale aspects of the tale. The dialogue has the perfect touch of light humor that doesn’t turn itself into a parody, but actually takes itself as a story seriously.

The casting is so perfect. I think everyone did an amazing job bringing a really strange story to life.

Sliding Doors Movie

A glitch in the matrix causes parallel universes, except not-so-sciencey.

Sliding Doors

Gwyneth Paltrow isn’t a favourite of anyone anymore, but this is one of her movies (ok, maybe the only one?) that I always have to play repeatedly until Netflix takes it away. I don’t always sit on the couch and watch it intently, but I love having it play in the background.

Mostly, I watch it for John Hannah.

It’s about a woman who’s life splits into two directions (for no apparent reason other than driving the story) and simultaneously experiences two versions of her life on a vague level, coming together at the end.

If I had to take away something from this story, I’d have to say that it’s worth going through some crap as long as you come out alive. (You’ll see what I mean.)

*movie #1 who’s main character gets her heart broken by a writer.




I actually came across this movie by accident. Yes, I’m really into fairy tales. This one has the guy from Netflix’s Daredevil in it, which is really what makes me want to see Daredevil. It’s about a boy who promises the love of his life a fallen star in exchange for her hand in marriage. He goes on a journey to find the star where it falls only to find that the star is actually a woman and now he has to drag her along on a journey back to his home town.

I think this movie really covers a lot of musts in a fairy tale adventure. There’s magic, pirates, witches, gypsies, royalty, and some conspiracies among everyone involved.

The Holiday Movie

Stars Jude Law and Cameron Diaz, but is really driven by Kate Winslet and Jack Black.

The Holiday

I just love the idea of Jack Black as a main love interest. Cameron Diaz and Jude Law seemed like pretty furniture as far as casting goes, but it didn’t bother me enough to stop. I felt as if the whole movie would have been nothing without Jack Black and Kate Winslet.

This is about two women who just had their hearts broken and needed a getaway. They end up swapping houses and meeting the people in each other’s lives that open up new possibilities for them.

Corny and cliché, yes. Enjoyable – totally. Especially if you’re watching it by the fireplace with a glass of wine.

*movie #2 who’s main character gets her heart broken by a writer.

Under The Tuscan Sun Movie

Running away from your problems solves everything. I’M SOLD! (not kidding!)

Under the Tuscan Sun

It’s hard not to love this movie if you’ve had the fantasy of just throwing your stuff in a box, picking a romanticized country, and moving your life there. And actually succeeding.

Diane Lane plays a divorcée who spontaneously buys a house in Tuscany to get away from her life. From there, she has her panic attacks, meets some new friends, tries to start a new romance, have more panic attacks, and ends up… happily ever after. We knew that right? But it’s nice watching her get there, because you see her ups and downs, and her break downs, and – if you’ve ever been through an adult break up – you can really appreciate the moments she has trying to motivate herself not to die.

*movie #3 who’s main character gets her heart broken by a writer.

It looks like there’s a trend out there of writers breaking people’s hearts. Or maybe it’s just the movies I chose. Funny coincidence, though.

Anyway, I’ve recently been introduced to an app called Kodi that’s really allowing me to revisit some old movies I and TV shows I haven’t seen in a while. I’m not sure if I’ll have a Netflix list up next month, but I will attempt to do another set of recommended shows/movies no matter what the platform.

Possibly, I’ll just start up a random list of Top 5s monthly. I’ve been really getting into gaming again lately… it could be anything!

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