Tuesday, 06 February 2018 03:05

What's on Netflix in February 2018

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We're already six days into February, and a whole stack of Netflix content has either dropped, like the stunning, must-watch Altered Carbon, to the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox, and more.

It's 2018, and kids of a certain age haven't known a reality that didn't include not only running water, electricity, wired and wireless Internet, but also SVOD - subscription video on demand.

Netflix and its brethren only fail in the paradox of instant gratification not being instant enough, because selected shows and movies don't start streaming in 4K fast enough, but once you get over that, or get a faster connection, or both, legal streaming is pretty darn sweet.

Now, before we get to this month's content, Netflix has also shared some "Netflix tricks for a new you."

Promising to help you keep your new year's resolutions, especially if they revolve around watching "more and better shows and movies", the first tip is about learning a new language.

Netflix advises us that, "this year, become a citizen of the world without leaving your couch, simply by flipping on subtitles for any Netflix title. Alter their font colour and type in Preferences > Account > Subtitle appearance to suit your new outlook, you renaissance (wo)man you".

The company also wants to help couples "Find more 'us' time", and says "you two crazy kids have more in common than you realise. Make a separate 'date night' profile and we'll give you suggestions that miraculously suit both your tastes. We promise it can be done".

Finally, Netflix even promises to help you "get fit", so you get fewer couch potato negatives and more entertainingly fat-burning positives, with the statement that: "Don't have time to work out and watch all seven seasons of 'Offspring' this week? You can do both! Download your favourite shows and taken them with you to the gym. Now you have no excuse... Sorry."

So, with that cinematic rambling with some Netflix tips and tricks out of the way, what televisual light through yonder browser window breaks? Let us take a look and see.

In Netlflix's burgeoning range of original series, we are offered:

Damnation: Season 1 (1/2/2018)
In a rural Iowa community during the Great Depression, a stranger with a violent past poses as a preacher and rallies the farmers to mount a strike.

Altered Carbon: Season 1 (2/2/2018)
A new series set over 300 years in the future, when human minds are digitized and downloaded from body to body. Based on the classic cyberpunk novel. The trailer is below.

Coach Snoop: Season 1 (2/2/2018)
Iconic rapper Snoop Dogg stars in a series about the youth football league he created to keep kids from making the same mistakes he did growing up.

Queer Eye: Season 1 (7/2/2018)
With a new Fab 5 and some very tough missions, the Emmy-winning show is back and ready to make America fabulous again ... one makeover at a time. The trailer is below

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Part 2 with George Clooney (9/2/2018)
David Letterman returns in a monthly series of in-depth interviews with globally relevant personalities, plus field segments expressing his curiosity. The trailer is below.

Re:Mind: Season 1 (15/2/2018)
Eleven high school classmates awaken, restrained to a large dining room. While fearing for their lives, they question a motive to this bizarre act.

Everything Sucks!: Season 1 (16/2/2018)
Two groups of high school misfits -- the AV club and the drama club -- collide in this quirky coming-of-age story set in 1996 Oregon.

First Team: Juventus FC: Season 1 (16/2/2018)
Go in-depth with Italy's Juventus FC in a series that spotlights the storied soccer club's superstars and rising prospects looking to make an impact.

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale (18/2/2018)
Trending news, pop culture, social media, original videos and more come together in host Joel McHale's new weekly comedy commentary show.

Marseille: Season 2 (23/2/2018)
The battle for the heart of Marseille heats up as right-wing nationalists gain power and a shadowy conspiracy targets the city's beloved soccer team.

Seven Seconds: Season 1 (23/2/2018)
Tensions run high in Jersey City after an African American teenager is critically injured by a cop.

Derren Brown: The Push (27/2/2018)
Mentalist Derren Brown engineers an audacious social experiment demonstrating how manipulation can lead an ordinary person to commit an appalling act.

When it comes to new Weekly Episodes, our new selections are as follows:

Riverdale: Season 2 (1/2/2018)
If Jason Blossom’s murder revealed the slimy underbelly beneath Riverdale’s surface, as we enter season two, the shooting of Fred Andrews threatens to plunge the entire town into utter darkness.

Dynasty: Season 1 (1/2/2018)
With a new face poised to join the family, the Carringtons and the Colbys feud for control over their fortune -- and their children's lives.

The Good Place: Season 2 (Finale) (2/2/2018)
In the wake of her suspicions about Michael and the Good Place being confirmed in last season's shocking finale, Eleanor's last-ditch endeavor to trigger her memory may not succeed after all.

Star Trek: Discovery: Season 1 (5/2/2018)
The iconic franchise returns with a fresh series, new characters and a new ship. Their mission: Explore new worlds, bring hope to a new generation.

Black Lightning: Season 1 (6/2/2018)
A retired vigilante leaves behind his quiet life as a school principal and returns to fighting crime in his New Orleans community.

And the winners of the opportunity to be featured in 'Netflix Film' are...

When We First Met (9/2/2018)
Using a magical photo booth that sends him back in time, Noah relives the night he met Avery over and over, trying to persuade her to fall for him.

The Ritual (9/2/2018)
Four friends with a long-standing -- but strained -- connection take a hiking trip into the Swedish wilderness, from which they may never return.

Love Per Square Foot (14/2/2018)
In this quirky Bollywood romantic comedy, a couple enters into a marriage of convenience so they can buy a flat in Mumbai together.

Irreplaceable You (16/2/2018)
When Abbie is diagnosed with cancer, she sets out on a humorous mission to find a new love for Sam, her fiancé and best friend since childhood.

FullMetal Alchemist (19/2/2018)
While alchemist Edward Elric searches for a way to restore his brother Al's body, the military government and mysterious monsters are watching closely.

Forgotten (21/2/2018)
When the older brother he idolizes is abducted and comes back completely changed, Jin-Seok tries to uncover the truth in this twisty thriller.

Mute (23/2/2018)
A mute man with a violent past is forced to take on the teeming underworld of a near-future Berlin as he searches for his missing girlfriend.

And now, for the newest original comedy candidates:

Kavin Jay: Everybody Calm Down! (2/2/2018)
On a mission to defy stereotypes, Malaysian stand-up comedian Kavin Jay shares stories about growing up in the VHS era with his Singapore audience.

Fred Armisen: Standup For Drummers (6/2/2018)
Live from San Francisco, comedian Fred Armisen shares and demonstrates his thoughts on musical genres, being a drummer, regional accents and more.

Marlon Wayans: Woke-ish (27/2/2018)
Rollicking, outrageous and audacious, Marlon Wayans gets raw on racism, age-appropriate rap rhymes, gay rights, raising kids and even the Kardashians.

Reading from the envelope, we see these tiles are in this month's original documentaries:

The Trader (Sovdagari) (9/2/2018)
This documentary examines life in a rural corner of the Republic of Georgia, where potatoes are currency and ambition is crushed by poverty.

Seeing Allred (9/2/2018)
Explore the public and private sides of feminist firebrand attorney Gloria Allred, who has battled some of the biggest names in politics and business.

Ugly Delicious: Season 1 (23/2/2018)
David Chang and Peter Meehan uncover the world's best food as they visit far-flung cities and learn how local culture affects gastronomy.

Got kids? Then these three original new shows with new episodes may well appeal:

Luna Petunia: Return to Amazia: Season 1 (2/2/2018)
Luna Petunia returns to magical Amazia, adding memories to her scrapbook with old friends -- and a new pal from the Animal Empire.

Greenhouse Academy: Season 2 (14/2/2018)
New student Aspen comes between Hayley and Leo. Max and Jackie investigate Emma's sudden departure from the school. Brooke falls under a bad influence.

DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 6 (16/2/2018)
TBC - Check the Netflix site for details

Looking for some selected highlights?

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (1/2/2018)
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an ongoing battle between the gods.

How the Beatles Changed the World (1/2/2018)
Interviews and rare archival footage illuminate how the Beatles’ influence over music and culture continues to be felt around the world.

Nightcrawler (1/2/2018)
When Louis Bloom, a con man desperate for work, muscles into the world of L.A. crime journalism, he blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story.

The Huntsman: Winter's War (4/2/2018)
Eric and fellow warrior Sara, raised as members of ice Queen Freya's army, try to conceal their forbidden love as they fight to survive the wicked intentions of both Freya and her sister Ravenna.

Sharknado 5: Global Swarming (6/2/2018)
With much of America lying in ruins, the rest of the world braces for a global sharknado, Fin and his family must travel around the world to stop them.

The Pianist (9/2/2018)
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II.

Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (13/2/2018)
Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the trident of Poseidon while being pursued by an undead sea captain and his crew.

John Wick: Chapter 2 (16/2/2018)
After returning to the criminal underworld to repay a debt, John Wick discovers that a large bounty has been put on his life.

Neighbours 2: Sorority Rising (25/2/2018)
When a sorority with a progressive agenda moves in next door, parents Mac and Kelly must keep them at bay before closing the deal on their house sale.

Insidious: Chapter 3 (26/2/2018)
When psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to help a teen contact her deceased mother, she unwittingly unleashes a demon that torments the girl.

Still want more? Then sure, here's a stack of content and more for your eyes to adore:

Liberated: The New Sexual Revolution (1/2/2018)
Filmmakers explore how pop culture shapes a new generation's beliefs about gender, sexuality and violence on display among students on spring break.

Gun Shy (1/2/2018)
A beer-guzzling rockstar in early retirement is forced to learn real life skills when entry-level pirates kidnap his ex-supermodel wife.

John Mellencamp: Plain Spoken (1/2/2018)
Iconic rocker John Mellencamp lights up Chicago in an electrifying live performance featuring old classics and new tracks.

Nine to Five (1/2/2018)
Three women fed up with their boss entertain fantasies of revenge -- which become reality when they believe they’ve inadvertently poisoned his coffee.

42 Grams (1/2/2018)
42 Grams is an intimate portrait of how chef Jake Bickelhaupt evolved from running an illegal restaurant out of his home to being a culinary celebrity in less than a year and the toll it takes on his personal life.

78/52 (1/2/2018)
Filmmakers and movie buffs examine the 78 setups and 52 cuts Hitchcock used to create the iconic -- and terrifying -- shower scene from "Psycho."

At First Sight (1/2/2018)
A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.

9 (1/2/2018)
In a post-apocalyptic world, rag-doll robots hide in fear from dangerous machines out to exterminate them, until a brave newcomer joins the group.

Death Note (1/2/2018)
When a Japanese high schooler comes into possession of a mystical notebook, he finds he has the power to kill anybody whose name he enters in it.

Good Bad Ugly (1/2/2018)
A bounty hunting scam joins two men in an uneasy alliance against a third in a race to find a fortune in gold buried in a remote cemetery.

One Punch Man: Season 1 (1/2/2018)
Saitama possesses strength so extreme that nothing can stand in his way, but he gets no respect. He joins the Hero Association with mixed results.

The Adventures of Tintin: Season 1-3 (1/2/2018)
The adventures of the young reporter, his faithful dog and friends as they travel around the world on adventures.

The Garfield Show: Season 1-2 (1/2/2018)
A lasagne-loving pussycat adventures and explores the differences between good and bad, and right and wrong.

Grimm: Season 6 (7/2/2018)
Nick and his allies go to battle when the relentless Wesen attack with renewed force, determined to overwhelm the city of Portland.

I Know What You Did Last Summer (7/2/2018)
After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets an anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.

Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (9/2/2018)
Two seemingly dumb teens set off on a quest to prepare the ultimate historical presentation with the help of a time machine.

Saw II (9/2/2018)
A detective and his team must rescue 8 people trapped in a factory by the twisted serial killer known as Jigsaw.

Saw III (9/2/2018)
Clinging to life, a psychopathic killer orders his new protege Amanda, to kidnap a doctor in this third installment of the horror series.

Wanted: Season 1 (9/2/2018)
Polar-opposite strangers Lola and Chelsea become partners on the run when they witness a murder involving dirty cops and are framed for the crime.

The Boss (11/2/2018)
After serving time for insider trading, a broke tycoon seeks to restore her former glory with homemade brownies, but she has unexpected competition.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (14/2/2018)
After an accidental encounter with otherworldly vessels, an ordinary man follows a series of psychic clues to the first scheduled meeting between representatives of Earth and visitors from the cosmos.

The Final Year (18/2/2018)
Filmmakers follow U.S. President Barack Obama and his foreign policy team through 21 nations as they craft his diplomatic legacy during his last term.

Bugs (20/2/2018)
A willing team of chefs and researchers goes on a gastronomic adventure around the globe to weigh the benefits of using bugs as a future food source.

Sparkle (21/2/2018)
In the 1960s, three sisters form a girl group and soon become local sensations with major label interest, but fame becomes a challenge as the close-knit family begins to fall apart.

3 Days to Kill (27/2/2018)
A dying CIA agent trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter is offered an experimental drug that could save his life in exchange for one last assignment.

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