Our monthly round-up of the most talked-about Netflix works you should be shortlisting:
What it’s about: Satire meets supernatural horror, set in the vicious contemporary art scene. The house of a recently deceased artist turns out to be a “treasure trove” when many of his oil paintings are discovered there. Not so – once the inexplicable “accidents” start befalling the industry denizens fighting to lay claim to his works.
Who stars in it: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, John Malkovich, Daveed Diggs and Toni Collette
Why watch it: Two words — Jake Gyllenhaal.
What it’s about: Software engineer Nadia Vulvokov is a party girl and cat lady. After leaving her 36th birthday party to search for her lost cat, she’s struck down and killed by a car. The next moment however, finds her right back at the party and she’s apparently stuck in a loop where she’s inevitably killed, only to be rebirthed at the same place and time over and over. Despite this nightmarish setting, she becomes determined to find the “bug” in this insidious system — all while avoiding the various and increasingly comical yet Final Destination-esque deaths awaiting her.
Who stars in it: Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Charlie Barnett
Why watch it: Lyonne and the series as a whole has been receiving rave reviews, with publications calling it “the first great show of 2019”. Granted it’s early in the year but still. Comedy queen Amy Poehler is also one of the show’s producers and we’re always down for anything Amy Poehler.
What it’s about: A newly widowed mother Sanlian discovers that her husband altered his insurance payout to benefit someone else instead of the family — his male paramour. She attempts to confront him together with her son but is forced to reassess her relationship with them both when her son starts to side with the outsider over her.
Who stars in it: Roy Chiu, Hsieh Ying-hsuan and Chen Ru-shan
Why watch it: Dear Ex had its local debut at last year’s Singapore International Film Festival and its screening was completely sold out — so you don’t have any excuse not to check it out this time.
What it’s about: Humanity is once again setting out for the cosmos in the near future (2093, to be exact) because our own self-inflicted damage to the environment and planet (still want to take that straw?) has left us nowhere else to ravage so we have to turn to the stars. On board: a bunch of colonists and science-y types, including a telepath who’s been brought along for their ultimate aim: to communicate with aliens in the (delusional, if you ask me) hopes that they can help humanity. However as time passes, strange and unsettling things start to take place and the crew realises that something else might be on board their spaceship.
Who stars in it: Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Gretchen Mol and Sam Strike
Why watch it: Nightflyers is based on George R. R. Martin’s eponymous 1980 novel — yes the same guy who wrote Game of Thrones. Unlike the universally beloved latter however, Nightflyers has been receiving mixed reviews for its plot — though the special effects department has been praised. If you love the disquieting industrial setting of classic sci-fi gems such as the Aliens series, this might be the show for you.