Current Netflix & TV Recommendations October 2020 Edition

Here at, we love a good movie/series/doco to keep us entertained.  

We have recently enjoyed & finished some that are listed below and can recommend them for different reasons. 

Others watched this month but not on the recommended list include Enola Holmes (just OK), The Haunting Of Bly Manor, Tarzan, Season 3 of Marcella (nowhere near as good as the first 2 seasons IMO), Rebecca (not dynamic enough for the classic story, although I love the actors in this film) .

Our next review will be for November/December and some on the list will be: NETFLIX: The Queens Gambit,  The Last Measure, Barbarians (Series). The Alienist, A Suitable Boy.

Here are our thoughts:

Current Netflix/TV Recommendations Oct/Nov 2020
AWAY – (NETFLIX 10 Episode Series)

Season One – 10 Episodes

Netflix Synopsis: As she embarks on a treacherous mission to Mars commanding an international crew, Emma Green must leave her husband and teen daughter behind.

Review: This Series starring Hilary Swank, surprised me: I didn’t think I would like this science-fiction drama as much as I did. I couldn’t stop watching once I’d started. The synopsis above does little to justify the story. Away follows a group of NASA astronauts that have been specially selected from various countries around the world: Russia, China, USA, India and the UK. There are the usual international tensions but added to that are the personal emotions and subsequent tensions of each character as the episodes play out. There is a bit of everything here; from patriotism, humour, sexism, personal loss, friendship, romance and isolation etc… I had to binge-watch this one and I definitely needed tissues.  7/10

THE SPY (NETFLIX 6 part series)

Starring Sacha Baron Cohen, this 6 episode mini-series is based on the real-life exploits of Israel’s top Spy Eli Cohen.

While there is some historical inaccuracy, I enjoyed the excitement the series built.

Normally, I would have flicked-over this one as I identify Sasha Baren Cohen as a comedic performer. But he surprisingly delivered a solid and moving performance throughout the series which attests to his acting skills.

Still terribly sad and unethical that Syria, to this day, has not returned Eli Cohen’s remains to his widow and family.

Netflix Recommendations

Starring Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz this Movie surprised me with it’s thrilling twist.

Craig stars as Will Atenton, husband and father of two who gives up his high-stress city editorial job to move with his family to a small town to spend more time with them and to write a novel. He finds that he has moved his family into a home that was a scene of several brutal murders.

This psychological thriller had me hooked. 7.5/10

Netflix recommendations
INSTANT FAMILY (Netflix Movie)

Stars Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne, this is a real feel-the good comedic piece. Absolutely loved it! It was light-hearted, sometimes dramatic, funny, heartfelt and nostalgic.

Two 30-Something house-flippers decide to become foster parents to 3 troubled children in care. What follows is their hilarious, sometimes frightening yet sentimental journey of first-time parenthood.

One of the best movies on Netflix this year IMO.  9/10

current Netflix recommendations

Did I just say the previous movie was one of the best all year? Ok, I just found another fave!

Along the lines of The Notebook and Safe Haven (if you haven’t seen those, you are missing out). This movie adaptation was originally a book by Nicholas Sparks the same author of said movies above. The Choice is a love story that plays hard on the emotions. 

It begins when typical Southern ‘ladies man’ – Travis, finds himself attracted to his feisty new next-door neighbour – Gabby. The pair really get on each others’ nerves, until they both realise it must be something more… cue sparks flying. I won’t reveal anymore because it is worth watching IMO.

I dare you not to ball your eyes out with this one!

The Choice didn’t rate as well as Spark’s other movie adaptations, but I loved it! 8.5/10

current Netflix recommendations

Based on the real-life tragic murders of Shannan, Bella, Celeste and Nico Watts and the subsequent arrest of their husband and father Chris Watts. When you hear the motive for killing his whole family and then what he did to them postmortem, it will leave you spinning. Pure selfish narcissism.

I remember being stuck at home with a bad back in 2018 when these murders actually occurred. I followed the drama unfolding at the time, the search for the girls and the subsequent arrest and trial of the accused: Christopher Watts. 

I feel like this doco left out quite a bit of crucial info (which can easily be found on youtube). 

If you follow true crime, you might like to research this one a little more.

EMILY IN PARIS Season One (NETFLIX  10 part series)

A light-hearted, get-lost-in, easy-going series starring Lily Collins.

I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted dramedy. Revelling in the iconically romantic landmarks of La Ville Lumière.  It’s a fun view of the Parisian culture: their stylish and sophisticated couture and the generally gruff nature of ‘the typical French citizen’. Oh, and the eye-candy aka French Men in this series are seriously worth a glance or two. (just sayin!). 9/10

Synopsis: It follows an adventurous, eternally optimistic American girl who moves to Paris for her dream job. 

Current Netflix Recommendations

Starring Liam Neeson as an ex-detective turned Private Investigator, this an excellent crime thriller that sees his character race against time to catch some seriously evil serial killers before they kidnap and kill again. 8/10

Romance on the Menu
Netflix 2020 (Film)
Made in Brisbane’s own suburbs of Shorncliffe and Woolloongabba.
When New York restaurateur, Caroline Wilson inherits a café in Lemon Myrtle Cove, Australia, she begins to fall in love with the place and its people, in particular, the cafe’s charming local chef, Simon Cook.

An absolutely lovely romantic adventure with a cast including Cindy Busby. Think ‘Eat, Pray, Love meets The Holiday! 8/10