Ah, December. Between the holidays, frantically crossing every box and bow off of our shopping lists... let's be honest, December (and the holiday season) sort of casts this spell on us. It's like all of a sudden, being 100% cozy becomes our main prerogative. The oversized sweaters come out, the hot beverages come in and we're all dreaming of all that's warm, soft and comfortable. I mean, honestly there's nothing better than an evening snuggled up in a warm blanket, snacks in tow, and a movie on deck for the night. December is also the time when we start feeling super reflective and excited for what lies in the year ahead. What adventures will we have? What experiences will leave an impact for years ahead?
And that, my friends, is why I'm here to share with you the best meeting of these two very opposite ideals. Adventure and excitement, meet your friend cozy and comfortable... Blankets and hot cocoa on the couch, meet your new passport to adventure. Because Netflix is here to save the day.
I don't know about you, but I don't necessarily consider an afternoon spent laying on the couch as a productive encounter. However, when I heard that Luma was encouraging everyone to create playlists of their favorite movies, I realized that streaming movies can actually be an adventure all of its own (as long as you have a solid home wifi system)! With a compelling look into the lives, customs and cultures of those from those completely different from our own, we truly do get a glimpse of what it would be like to hop across a plane for adventure (even for an hour or two).
Feeling the need to dream big, or scheming about your next adventure? Consider these six Netflix picks to help you feel like you're escaping to a new, exciting culture, country or continent.
A quirky look at Paris's Montmartre neighborhoods and outlying area, following the absolutely charming, albeit nervous and shy, Amélie who makes it her mission to return a long-lost childhood toy found in her apartment to his former owner. Following her discovery in finding happiness through connecting with others, the story that unfolds in this movie is so incredibly witty and its unique view of Parisian life is always a great solution for anyone craving a bit of France's charm.
On The Road
If you've read this classic American novel, you owe it to Kerouac to at least give his one a chance... if nothing else but to see what life on the American road is all about. After being rocked by the death of his father, Sal Paradise takes it upon himself to go on a road trip in search for inspiration. On his journey, we get a glimpse into the wild American road through the free spirited romps with himself and his friends as they search for the unknown and change the course of their lives around the way. This one is great for anyone needing a boost of inspiration or craving a old fashioned road trip.
This dark comedy (not for kids, folks!) takes place in, yep, you guessed in Bruges, Belgium. After being guilted with a hit gone wrong, lead character Ray and and his partner Ken are taken from their roots in the U.K. to the title city to await orders from their ruthless boss. What plays out is a classic story in which they fall in and out of love with their new city. The setting has us scheming of when we can schedule a time to stay and explore in one of Belgium's coolest cities.
This fairly new movie stole our hearts with its romantic storyline and the sweeping views of the title city's streets and countryside. After weeks of traipsing around Europe, William finds himself in Copenhagen, where is father was born. After meeting Effy, a wise and bright young girl who quickly steals his heart, the connection they build is unlike anything he's experienced before... especially when he finds himself reasoning with his family's twisted past.
A classic! As you all know, we're huge fans of Audrey Hepburn around here... so it would only make sense that we include one of our favorite flicks with our favorite gal. After deciding to divorce her husband, Regina finds that he's actually been murdered after all of their cash has gone missing. The mystery that ensues has her falling into the arms of handsome Cary Grant, who may or may not be a swindling anti-hero who has an interest in Regina's missing money as well. A great mystery with even better style... and set in Paris!
We just had to include this one on the list as well! Want to see the safari or wild jungles or antarctic tundras? Guess what show is guaranteed to have a lot of what you're looking for? Planet Earth is not only EPIC shots of wildlife, but also educational and downright inspiring. You guys, we live in such an incredible world!
We wanted to challenge ourselves to choose some unlikely picks for you to have fun bingeing with... but here are some of our honorary mentions (if you're reallllllly on a roll!): Midnight In Paris, Lost In Translation, The Last Geisha, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Italy Job, Before Midnight, Slumdog Millionaire and The Sound Of Music.
We would love to know your favorite binge-worthy Netflix choices that make you feel like you've hopped on a plane to another country! Where do you dream of exploring one day and how does viewing a movie from that location make you feel while you watch?