2018 was an incredible year for Netflix Originals, so I wanted to take a moment to spotlight some of my absolute favourites shows and films. Netflix have created some truly brilliant and ground breaking shows over a range of genres so there something for everyone.
We’ve had more and more top stars join the Netflix movement, like Sandra Bullock, Natalie Portman and Lucy Liu to name a few. Addict-able shows, binge-worthy series and gripping movies. It’s fair to say I might have spent more hours on Netflix than regular TV this year which is making me ponder over my TV licence.
Here’s some of my Top 10 films and Top 10 shows on Netflix from 2018:
TOP 10 NETFLIX FILMS OF 2018
If you read my Netflix recommendations last month, you’ll know I was a little disappointed with this film. Why is it in the top 10 then?
It’s still a good film, BUT I’ve watched pretty much every post apocalyptic film out there and it does feel like it’s extracted ideas from quite a few films which doesn’t make it very original. A Quiet Place being one of them which was one of my favourite films of 2018.
However, Sandra Bullock totally makes up for this with her incredible performance and shouting at those kids. Great stuff.
Father issues? This one is filled with them but in a funny light-hearted way as this father daughter duo try to rekindle their relationship after she’s left at the altar. Addicted to her cell phone, work and forgetting how to any fun at all, this comedy is just what you need to watch. Or give you some serious wanderlust or wanting to book a cruise holiday!
OK. Well I wasn’t expecting to like this as much as I did, or that twist, or ending, or story in general. I don’t want to give too much away, it’s just something you need to watch.
It’s a sci-fi film about a man who keeps having reoccurring dreams about the end of the world. When an unknown alien enemy launches an attack on their home, he tries to save his family. Just watch it.
To all the boys I’ve loved before
One thing Netflix have done last year, is really nail romcoms. One of my favourites was to all the boys I’ve loved before, which is based from the book by Jenny Han.
Oh wait, one more thing…it’s a TRILOGY! Yes, that’s right. Will there be 2 more Netflix films in the making? By the success of the this film. I’d put my bets on it.
Set it up
I love, love, loved this movie. It’s smart, witty, funny and easily rewatchable. A great romcom is hard to master but this has a great parent trap sort of theme but with your bosses which is a nice twist. The actors are likeable and it’s a hilarious film. The pizza scene is one of my favaourite scenes this year.
Heartstrings be at the ready with a box of tissues for back up. This film made me cry my eyes out with its seriously sad and emotional cancer story line. When Abbie and her fiancé finds out she’s got cancer, she tries to find him a new love. It’s funny but so sad.
Brain on fire
This film blew my mind (no pun intended). It brings to light how quickly people can jump to mental health issues rather than looking into a medical cause. Something that can actually be treated.
However, it also shows how heart breaking it is to see someone you love go through issues closely related to mental health, insanity and violent behaviors. It’s a fascinating watch.
This is an Australian post-apocalyptic drama thriller. Never thought I watch a movie like this? Like I said before, I’ve watched a lot of post apocalyptic films and this was a random film that came to my attention.
For one, it stars Martin Freeman who is not your standard horror flick actor at all. He’s usually more well know for comedies or adventure films so seeing him in this film was refreshing.
The Kissing booth
Another Netflix high school romcom to please the masses. I honestly miss a decent romcom, we’ve been lacking them at the cinema and I can probably count about 5 ok ones in the last 10 years. Netflix seen to have found a magic romcom formula which they are keeping thier lab under lock and key.
This film is pretty cheesy and has the standard “I fancy my mates brother” story line but with an added Kissing booth twist. It’s fun, cheesy and easy to watch.
One of the best films of the year from Netflix. This has a beautiful, mystical feel to it and has an enchantingly spooky score. It’s a stunning film to watch and has a thrilling story line to match.
TOP 10 NETFLIX SERIES OF 2018
Oh hello you! Sexy, suductive and stalker crazy!? If you haven’t watched this yet, you need to asap. This is one of my favourite shows of the year. It’s so messed up and has a “Dexter” quality to it which I love.
It also makes you think a lot about you personal safety and social media security which has made me slightly anxious to double check everything again. I’m highly unlikely to have a stalker though…I hope.
The new seaason of the Sinner was debatably even better than the first. It was intense, exciting, scary, dramatic and very entertaining. It’s a merder mystery with a twist and it’s a greaat show to watch.
Haunting of Hill House
Last Halloween, we had Stranger Things and this Halloween we had a haunted house. There’s some messed up people working on the Netflix production team and I absolutely love it. The bent necked lady still haunts me. Seriously, messed up.
I can’t tell you how PISSED OFF I am that this show is ending after the amazing season they had this year. Seriously what idiot decided that?
Daredevil had an incredible season, storyline and one of the best scenes I’ve seen in a tv show ever! One scene in a prison which had a flawless action scene all shot in one take. It was so impressive. Also, Charlie Cox is my type on paper. 100%.
Yassssss! One word. FABULOUS!
Hello Dexter…with an English acccent??? Weird. However, the show itself is really intense. Lots of twists and turns which you expect from a murder mystery.
I watched the whole series while I was travelling on the road last summer, which made me really look forward to getting my tent up asap to watch the next episode. Addictive stuff.
13 Reasons Why
Not so happy with the ending and it was so depressing but weirdly entertaining for this 2nd season. I didn’t know what to expect from this next season but I was suprised and wanted to see if Hannah would get justice.
I liked how you could see the 2nd side to the story from the other characters perspective too. Life lesson there by showing there are two sides to a story but still a great show which brings a lot of issues to light.
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Lost in Space
If your not into SciFi you might not like this as much but I loved it. SciFi is one of my top genres as I liked to get lost in another world ironically but this Lost in Space remake was actually really good.
I thought the movie was really cheesy and this series is nothing like it which is great. It’s dramatic, exciting but also has a great family element to it which makes it real enough.
It reminds me of Terra Nova which I also loved but I do love dinosaurs. I’m just a massive nerd really.
End of the f**king world
High school losers, one crazy road trip and a lot of swearing. What’s not to love. It took me a few episodes to get completely into it but I’m glad I hung in there because it’s a wild ride.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
OK. I loved it, then I hated it, then I loved it again. It’s like being in a relationship where they keep pissing you off but you love them anyway. For the majority of this series, I did enjoy it. It was never going to be like the original but I do love the dark path it’s gone down. Praise Satan.
BUT there were moments when I was quite bored (thinking of leaving them) and then it turned it back around. Not sure of Sabrina’s friend or Harvey’s brother situation but I think it’s got potential for the next season. It’s a grower.
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What was your favourite film or show on Netflix last year? Let me know in the comments below.