Maybe you need an excuse to beat the heat? Or maybe you’re single and gearing up for one of the worst holidays of the year…Valentine’s Day. No need to sweat (pun definitely intended there), regardless of your relationship status or lack of air conditioning, Netflix Latin America’s February picks are going to give you what you need. Grab some vino tinto, your bestie, and maybe a tissue or two, because we’ve put together a list of what’s new on the streaming platform.
February features a bunch of new Netflix original series that are sure to appease almost every audience. Additionally, with the recent success of Sierra Burgess is a Loser and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Netflix is on a feel good, rom-com high, so get ready for Dumplin (February 8th) and Isn’t It Romanic (February 28th).
Not to be ignored, the rise of thrillers has also been a huge success for the streaming giant and that means that the must see movie this month is Velvet Buzzsaw starring Jake Gyllenhaal as an art connoisseur in Los Angeles. This dark thriller is sure to have you on the edge of your seat and conveniently drops on the first of the month. It could totally be the first thing you devour or you could pocket it for one of those rainy day of summer in Buenos Aires. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
Be ready to sleep with the lights on because Velvet Buzzsaw is the latest Netflix Original thriller to take the internet by storm. Set in the Los Angeles art scene, an unknown artist dies leaving morbid paintings behind. Jake Gyllenhaal stars as Morf Vandewalt, an artist determined on making money off the dead artist’s paintings. The paintings are sold off for exorbitant amounts. Things start to heat up when you realize the paintings move and are murder capable. This movie is bound to leave you feeling dazed and confused, and the internet readily awaits. Velvet Buzzsaw is written and directed by Dan Gilroy who will be reteaming with Gyllenhaal after the successful Nightcrawler. Twitter is abuzz (ha, get it?) with anticipation for this film, especially after the success of Birdbox.
Other titles being released on February 1st:
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Fifth Wave
Resurrection of Christ
Facing the Giants
High Flying Bird
The Tree of Blood
The Photographer of Mauthausen
(Photo via Variety)
This biographical drama follows the story of Spanish photographer Francisco Boix who survived the Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp during World War II. Boix’s 2,000 negatives are smuggled out of the camp and later play a pivotal role in the Nuremberg Trials. This movie is catered toward a more serious audience and will likely have you reaching for a box of tissues.
Other titles released February 22nd include:
Isn’t It Romantic
Even though this one isn’t set to drop until the end of the month, you can kiss February goodbye with this untraditional romantic comedy. The latest of rom-coms in Netflix’s arsenal, Isn’t It Romantic stars Rebel Wilson as Natalie, a New York architect who is guarded when it comes to love. After hitting her head at a subway station, she suddenly finds herself in an alternate, lovey-dovey universe in which everything is romantic and magical. She awakens to find herself stuck with a slew of rom-com clichés like a gay best friend, an apartment with new clothes, and Liam Hemsworth as the hot man who waltzes into her life (swoon). This light and airy chick-flick is set to drop February 28th and features other stars like Priyanka Chopra and Adam Devine.
Always a Witch: Season 1
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One of many new shows from Netflix (see below), Always a Witch follows Carmen, a 17th century witch who travels in time to present day Cartagena, Colombia with the hope of saving the man she loves. The afro-Colombian witch is seen struggling to adjust to modern day life and new friends but will stop at nothing to accomplish her mission. Hopefully we get to see Carmen figuring out cars and electricity and even things like WhatsApp and Twitter. Based on the novel by Isidora Chacón, Always a Witch is *definitely* going to be good.
Other titles released February 1st include:
Russian Doll: Season 1
Nightflyers: Season 1
Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online Season 1
One Day at a Time: Season 3
Living Without Permission: Season 1
Nailed It! Mexico: Season 1
Dirty John: Season 1
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If you’re into crime, boy do I have a show for you. What started as a ten-part series from the Los Angeles Times, turned into a podcast, and is now a series, Dirty John is the story of Debra Newell and John Meehan.
At first, you think it’s a story of love after divorce. Meehan and Newell meet on an online dating site, ready to give romance another try. Newell found Meehan to be too forward, too fast and yet, somehow he manages to stick around. Her youngest daughter doesn’t like the way Meehan would snoop through their house, eying furniture or expensive handbags (all I’m saying is, listen to the kids every once in a while). The crime anthology centers on Meehan, whose obsession with Newell turns into an ominous nightmare. I’d watch with the lights on, and a friend nearby if I were you.
Other titles released February 14th include:
Velvet Collection: Season 2
The Umbrella Academy: Season 1
Disappointed with all the other superhero shows on the market right now? Look no further. Another Netflix original being thrown your way, this one centers a messed-up family of superheroes who must band together to save the world and are forced to figure out their father’s death.
Fun fact: The Umbrella Academy is based off the comic books created by Gerard Way (yes, the Gerard Way, former lead singer from My Chemical Romance. I know, I know I still listen to The Black Parade, too). The show depicts six kids who were raised by a billionaire to comprise The Umbrella Academy, all gifted with different superpowers and years later tasked with saving the world.
Go! Live Your Way: Season 1
Suburra: Blood on Rome: Season 2
Van Helsing: Season 3
Shadowhunters, The Mortal Instruments: Season 3B
Need to get away from the boring day-to-day? Escape the mundane world and enter a new one. One of my guilty pleasures, Shadowhunters is based on the novels by Cassandra Clare. The lead is Clary Fray (played by Katherine McNamara), a typical teen who discovers on her 18th birthday that she belongs to a race of demon-hunting humans. This show aligns well with Vampire Diaries, Teen Wolf and really, any teen drama. Season three promises a surprising and exciting end to the tales of angels, demons and everything in-between. As someone who read the books, I’m rooting for a satisfying ending.
Who Will Sing to You? Season 1
Documentaries & Specials
As Flat as an Encephalogram (Tan Plana Como un Encefalograma)
Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 2
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Trying to be a little more woke in your life? Want to impress your friends with cynical analysis on the world? Look no further than Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj. This will be the second volume dropped by Netflix, but will still follow the same themes of politics, culture and pressing issues through a global lens. Patriot Act received some backlash in the first volume for their episode on Saudi Arabia. The episode featured critique on Saudi Arabia’s Prince, the death of a Washington Post columnist and the prince’s overall influence over the country. It was not well received and eventually pulled from Netflix in that area.
Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho
Chef’s Table (Volume 6)