Swamp Talk: Hidden Gems of Netflix

By Emily Stanton

Photo Courtesy: jovino
Photo Courtesy: jovino

Call the Midwife

“Call the Midwife” is based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth and set in east London in the 1950s. It follows the lives of young nurses and nuns of Nonnatus House. The show has a cast of lovable characters who grow on you every episode. The costumes are amazing. The attention to detail and level of care put into the wardrobe and set rival “Mad Men.”  The show manages to be both heartfelt and sincere while dealing with heavy topics like race relations, abortion and faith. “Call the Midwife” is critically acclaimed in the United Kingdom and will return for a third season in 2014.

Dirty Girl

“Dirty Girl” is a 2010 coming-of-age comedy starring Juno Temple and Milla Jovovich. It’s set in 1987 Oklahoma. The hair in this movie is perfect. It’s got the ‘80s flip hair down to a science. Though a comedy, the movie handles its dramatic moments with care. The two leads play off each other well, and you’ll be surprised how invested you are in them by the end of the movie.

Freaks and Geeks

A cult classic, “Freaks and Geeks” will give you serious early high school nostalgia. The show follows two groups of teens – the trouble-making freaks and the nerdy geeks – at a suburban Michigan high school in 1980. You’ll be amazed how many big stars were in this show. Seth Rogan, James Franco and Jason Segel star opposite Linda Cardellini and Busy Philipps. Judd Apatow was the executive producer. If not for the teen angst, watch “Freaks and Geeks” for baby-faced celebrities

Get Over It

“Get Over It” is one of the many late ‘90s/early ‘00s teen adaptations of Shakespeare plays. Kirsten Dunst shines in this retelling of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Though unoriginal in concept, the movie makes up for it in humor. It’s a rare teen comedy that knows how ridiculous it actually is. It doesn’t go for gross out humor like “American Pie” or take itself seriously like “She’s All That.” Also in the movie are Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Sisqó and Colin Hanks. The end credits also have a dance party.


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