You know how new DVDs and Blu-rays always come out on a Monday? Netflix laughs in the face of such regimented scheduling and instead releases all of its new TV shows and movies whenever the heck it feels like it.
That can make keeping track of all of the new stuff a first-world nightmare of epic proportions.
But help is at hand: here we highlight all of the best new stuff on Netflix. And yes, that does mean we've left out all of the rubbish (I'm looking at you, Frontier). So with no further ado, allow us to guide you, truffle pig-like, to the finest and freshest streaming fungus.
Note: the newest stuff is at the top of the list, with subsequent pages showing the shows and movies we added previously
As a sport in which a 70-year-old woman once gave birth to a human hand, wrestling isn’t exactly known for its nuanced storytelling. Thankfully, Glow isn’t really about wrestling at all, but a gang of kickass women rallying against their demons and the dudes who’d rather keep them down.
Featuring a stellar lead turn by Alison Brie, this is Netflix's best original series since Stranger Things. Even if you've no idea of the difference between a suplex and a powerbomb.
THE BREAKFAST CLUB
The Breakfast Club should be the worst film ever made: five of the most broad-brush-stereotyped high school kids get put in the same detention. They’re all radically different. But they find common ground. Puke.
And yet it's more than a mush of obvious heartstring-tugging, rite-of-passage nonsense. Or, if it is, The Breakfast Club did it before it was a mechanical format trick pulled from the script template drawer for Hollywood high school flicks. That is to say this movie defined – if not invented – the teen genre as a journey of discovery. No Breakfast Club, no Dead Poet’s Society. No Superbad. You get the picture.
Yes, it’s dated, corny and the hairstyles are reason enough to pull all research grants for time travel. But The Breakfast Club is a bona fide gem that spawned a million imitators. And the original is still the best.
Castlevania is a good example of how video game titles can be adapted to TV series or movies. Only the Prince of Persia movie could put faith back into live action adaptation of a video game but we rather stick to good 'ol anime for delivering some binge worthy content.
If you're unfamiliar with video games, Castlevania is about Dracula and his terror reign. The first season consists of only four episodes which revolves around a vampire hunter, a speaker (magician) and a vampire. We don't like to give away spoilers but expect a lot of gore and violence.
ARCHER SEASON 7
A James Bond-esque secret agent with the womanising, drinking and love of casual violence turned right up to 11, Archer is one of the greatest anti-heroes we’ve seen in an animated show. He's in good company at private spy agency ISIS (in hindsight, an unfortunate choice of name - and one that was eventually changed by the showmakers) staffed as it is with a collection of selfish, bungling agents and perverts.
Perfect for Netflix binge-watching, thanks to its 20-minute episodes, it's generously packed with snappy one-liners and Arrested Development-esque in-jokes. It’s just as good as it sounds. And even if you've blitzed through the first six seasons, there's fresh grist for the mill in the form of the newly-added seventh. Fill your boots.
Reservoir Dogs may have put Quentin Tarantino on the map, but it was Pulp Fiction that cemented him as the enfant terrible of 1990s cinema, as well as inspiring an entire generation of imitators – none of which came close, we might add.
What is Pulp Fiction? On the face of it, a trio of interweaving stories set in the Los Angeles criminal underworld, which is in itself a pretty interesting, novel way to structure a movie. But it’s the film’s style, its snappy dialogue, its music, its depictions of violence and drugs, and its dance sequences that truly make it something special.
Tarantino has yet to make a better film than Pulp Fiction. And judging by his recent efforts, enjoyable as they are, he never will. It manages to feel both fresh and classic at the same time, both a tribute to cinema and a mould-breaking, pioneering piece of filmmaking. If we had to pick a movie that best sums up cinema in the 1990s, it’s tough to think of a better bet.