Since summer is slowly coming to an end and reality is about to kick in, why not indulge in a little more Netflix than usual? It’s okay to be sad, actually, as colder weather is perfect for staying cuddled up inside with a cup of coffee and some streaming. If your plans got cancelled or Carnaval this weekend just isn’t for you, take advantage of the days off and throw on some pajamas, grab that blanket, and get ready because March is bringing us everything from action-packed movies and gritty new dramas.
This month features a bunch of edge-of-your-seat content and sure to appease thrill seekers with Triple Frontier (March 13th) and Formula 1: Drive to Survive (March 8th). In case adventure isn’t your forte, the highly regarded and overall fun Queer Eye is blessing us with another season March 15th. And last but not least, it might not be Christmas but an all-time classic Love Actually is back on the streaming platform at the start of the month.
A compliment to Netflix’s all-star Narcos (and now Narcos: Mexico) comes Loving Escobar. The movie stars Javier Bardem as the famed drug lord and Penelope Cruz as the journalist-turned-lover of Escobar throughout his years. The film debuted in 2018 but is just now making an appearance into the action section. Critics of the movie dislike that it was filmed in English but it gives more insight as it’s set from the perspective of Cruz’s character. If you just can’t get enough of Colombia in the 1980’s or want to better understand the complex relationship Escobar had with Vallejo, look no further.
Other titles being released on March 1st include:
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Perfect Crime
Living with my Ex
Life is a Rodeo
Following the line of gritty dramas, Triple Frontier follows a former Special Forces team and their plan to reunite to preform a heist in South America. The team of five chooses one of the world’s deadliest cartels as their target, hoping to make it out alive with US $75 million. The usually honorable and proud military men find themselves choosing personal benefit over their country due to financial insecurity and lack of respect. The dream team is made up of Pedro Pascal, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund (I mean, really, what more could you want?)
During the Storm
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
In case you loved last month’s recommendation Always a Witch, get ready for more magic to be thrown your way with The Order. The new series set to debut March 7th features college freshman Jack Morton pledging to a secret order in hopes of avenging his mother’s death (totally normal extracurricular to add to your resume). He gets more than he bargained for when he realizes he’s in the middle of a war between werewolves and those who practice magic. The perfect new show to watch as fall heads our way with hopefully cool weather to follow.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Terrace House: Opening New Doors (Part 6)
Queer Eye: Season 3
The Fab Five are back, and this time they’re taking over Kansas City, Missouri. In case you aren’t familiar with Jonathon Van Ness, Bobby Berk, Tan France, Antoni Porowski, and Karamo Brown Netflix already has two seasons out (so catch up, and fast!) The style experts create relationships with men (and this season, women) who have different perspectives on life than they do, opening up a dialogue for change on societal issues. This feel-good show is an absolute must watch and drops the middle of the month.
Other titles being released on March 15th include:
Turn Up Charlie
Love, Death & Robots
Arrested Development (Season 5B)
The Most Beautiful Thing (Coisa Mais Linda)
Need a new female empowerment show? Look no further than Coisa Mais Linda. Set in Rio de Janeiro just before the 60s, main character Maria realizes her husband disappears…with all of their money. Left to fend for herself she turns his property into a club and begins to thrive as an independent woman. She encounters friends and challenges along the way but overall learns to value herself in a man’s world. Come for the fierce female lead, stay for the friendship and empowerment.
Other titles being released on March 22nd include:
Crime Story: Colosio (Historia de un Crimen: Colosio)
Santa Clarita Diet: Season 3
If you’re somewhere in-between tired with action but not yet ready for mushy feel good content, try Santa Clarita Diet: Season 3. Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant team up as this dynamic couple just trying to live a regular life after Barrymore’s character wakes up half-dead one day. Stuck somewhere between dead and not dead, Barrymore realizes she has endless energy and newfound confidence. The only catch? She can’t stop craving raw meat. Her accepting husband takes it with stride, helping her find a way to balance murder and a clean life. Hilarity ensues. Catch this dark yet witty series at the end of the month.
Documentaries & Specials
The Chosen Weapon
Jimmy Carr: The Best of Ultimate Gold Greatest Hits
Amy Schumer: Growing
The Miami Showband Massacre: Remastered
The Legend of Cocaine Island
In case it wasn’t blatantly obvious, I can’t stop binge watching Narcos. That being said, it seems I’m not the only one who can’t get enough of the cocaine business and its impact, both in the past and now. Netflix recently acquired The Legend of Cocaine Island and it’s dropping at the end of the month. The documentary follows a small business owner who is enticed by the legend that US $2 million worth of cocaine is hiding, buried in the Caribbean and waiting to be found. He formulates a plan, gathers a diverse band of misfits and heads out there having no prior experience in the drug trade. I mean, what could go wrong? The original name of the documentary: White Tide, the Legend of Culebra was well received at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival.