By Andrea Rogers
It’s cold and snowy (in some parts of the Midwest, at least), and I have come down with an awful cold. So Hygge Week on The Smart Domestic couldn’t have come at a better time, because I’ve become an expert on what to binge-watch from your soft couch, with the the comfort of a cup of tea and warm throw.
Here are my recommendations for what you should stream on Netflix right now:
It’s not too late to jump on the “Stranger Things” bandwagon. If you love monsters, Winona Ryder, “Goonies,” and “E.T.” then you will love this show.
Holy Hell and Deprogrammed
I am fascinated by cults. The gurus, followers, rituals and propaganda are endlessly appealing to me. These two documentaries complement each other so well, you should consider watching them back to back.
“Holy Hell” is a deep-dive into the Buddhafield cult, which started in the ’80s and is still around today. Buddhafield has all of the trappings of a classic cult (not to be confused with a cult classic): New Age guru, lovey-dovey followers, secretive behaviors, but with a late ‘80s, early ‘90s flair. (The guru wears Speedos, a lot).
“Deprogrammed” is about Ted ‘Black Lightning’ Patrick, a self-trained cult de-programmer who rose to fame in the ‘80s by abducting cult members, bringing them home and mentally breaking them into submission to their parents’ will. Patrick went head-to-head with members of Children of God, Moonies, Hare Krishnas, and more. His tactics landed him in jail, and his critics railed against him, but some parents and former cult members laud him as a savior. Whatever you think about him, he’s interesting.
“It Follows” is a scary, original flick that is reminiscent of “Nightmare on Elm Street.” A small, close group of friends fight a supernatural curse that has befallen the protagonist, Jay, after she sleeps with her boyfriend. Like the “Nightmare” teens, Jay and her friends must remain ever-vigilant, as the curse is never far behind. This is one of the best horror movies to come out in recent years, and it just arrived on Netflix.
Period dramas are the television equivalent of comfort food; like a delicious bowl of mac and cheese, they are rich, slightly indulgent and oh-so-satisfying. “The Crown” tells the story of the current queen of England, Elizabeth II. This first season focuses on the early years of her reign and her struggle to balance the changing role of monarchy in the British Empire with her personal need to be a wife and mother. (As an aside, I’m really looking forward to future seasons and the portrayal of Princess Diana.)
What are you watching this week? Share your own #netflixandhygge picks with us.
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