Looking to add some international flare to your TV series and movie watching?
Netflix has released its list of the top 10 films and series being watched by Americans on Netflix.
Ellen Gamerman at the Wall Street Journal has shared that list, along with a brief synopsis of each. I feel it is my public duty to not only watch these myself, but to share the list with you.
Top 10 Movies
1. “The Platform” (Spain): In this dystopian study of privilege, prisoners eat food off a platform that grows increasingly bare as it lowers to the inmates beneath them.
2. “Lost Bullet” (France): An ex-con tries to prove his innocence in the type of midsize action movie that used to fill theaters before tentpole pictures took over.
3. “Rogue City” (France): The police saga features bloody shootouts and bad cops in an organized crime unit. In France, where the movie is set, its title is “Bronx.”
4. “#Alive” (South Korea): A gamer quarantines himself and tries not to get killed by zombies in Seoul after a highly contagious infection makes him the lone survivor.
5. “Ip Man 4: The Finale” (Hong Kong): The martial arts series is based loosely around the story of a Wing Chun master who became Bruce Lee’s teacher.
6. “Kidnapping Stella” (Germany): The daughter of a wealthy businessman fights her captors, one of whom is an ex-boyfriend who finds out she is pregnant.
7. “Cuties” (France): A drama about an 11-year-old Senegalese immigrant in Paris who joins a girls’ dance crew. The film sparked controversy over its treatment of their sexuality.
8. “The Crew” (France): Gunfire, sex and drugs fill this action movie about skilled Parisian robbers who make a rare misstep after stealing blank passports.
9. “The Paramedic” (Spain): A man confined to a wheelchair after an ambulance accident turns on his former girlfriend, becoming vengeful and psychotic.
10. “Freaks: You’re One of Us” (Germany): A woman realizes she has superpowers and joins with others like her to investigate a government conspiracy.
Top 10 TV series
1. “Barbarians” (Germany): The historical drama involves a conflicted Roman officer and the battle between Germanic warriors and the advancing Roman Empire.
2. “The Rain” (Denmark): A girl and her brother emerge after years in a bunker and try to survive after a deadly virus carried by rain wipes out most of Scandinavia.
3. “Dark” (Germany): Two children disappear from a small German town and four families embark on a search for answers in this time-traveling sci-fi drama.
4. “Money Heist” (Spain): Robbers take hostages inside Spain’s royal mint as a criminal mastermind manipulates the police to carry out his plan.
5. “Dark Desire” (Mexico): In the telenovela-style thriller, a woman has an affair with a stranger in a nightclub and the fallout includes a dead body in a bathtub.
6. “Ragnarok” (Norway): Inspired by the legend of Thor, the series follows a modern superhero in the form of a teenage boy trying to save the environment.
7. “Always a Witch” (Colombia): A young 17th-century witch travels to the future to save the man she loves, but must first adjust to present-day Cartagena.
8. “To the Lake” (Russia): The end of civilization looms as a ragtag group of strangers bands together to stay alive after a mysterious virus ravages Moscow.
9. “The Seven Deadly Sins: Imperial Wrath of the Gods” (Japan): This anime show is the third season in an adaptation of a manga series about a deposed princess.
10. “The Protector” (Turkey): A shopkeeper discovers his ties to a secret ancient order and must defend Istanbul from an immortal threat in this fantasy series.
Movies 2,3, and 8 look appealing to me, as do TV series 2,4, and 8.
Each title is a link to its trailer.