Hey You! Here's My October 2017 Netflix Picks! ✨

I watch Netflix almost every single day. So obviously, I know my way around their selections! Not only do I religiously check their monthly new releases, I'm also constantly poking around to find hidden treasure for my own enjoyment and so I can share them with the world.

Dozens of films / docs / shows I watch don't make it into my Netflix picks. In fact, I'm sooo not into Netflix originals Reality High and You Get Me, which are literally the cheesiest teen films to ever curse the earth. (Seriously. Whoever made them is ridiculously out of touch with teen culture!)

In my last Netflix Picks, I included gems like To The Bone, Life Partners and What The Health. But now, I'm coming at you with more selections! I hope you love these picks as much as I did. Happy binging!

1. Okja

Okja is without a doubt the best film I've seen in 2017. This Netflix original tells the story of Mija, a young girl that risks everything to save the life of her animal friend Okja. It may sound cute, but Okja is a heartbreaking tale about corporate greed and animal cruelty.

Not only will Okja make you reevaluate your life choices, but it'll force you to come to terms with how the world treats animals. 

2. 3 Generations

3 Generations made waves online after they decided to cast a ciswoman (aka Elle Fanning) as a transgender man. While I don't approve of this controversial choice, I do think 3 Generations tells a compelling story that everyone should see.

Coming terms with who you are is a lengthy process, but having to get your entire family's approval adds a whole other layer of complicated. Especially when you need your deadbeat father's approval to transition..

3. Liberal Arts

I included Liberal Arts in a Netflix picks a year or so ago, but considering it's still on Netflix, I had to add it again. (Yes, it's just that good.) 

In Liberal Arts, two people separated by age and location come together by fate...but something just feels off. While the connection was there, their "relationship" was romanticized, inappropriate, and just wouldn't last in the real world. How they come to terms with things will shock you and make you feel allllll of the feels. I won't spoil things for you, but I will tell you this: Liberal Arts is anything but cliche.

4. Portlandia (Season 7)

Oh, Portlandia. How I love you.

The best thing about Portlandia is you don't need to get to know the characters to understand the skits. You can watch the episodes in any order you want and skip over anything you please. It's a casual watch, averaging about ten 20-something minute episodes per season, so it's not like you have to commit your soul to it.

But on a more serious note, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are frickin' hilarious. Portlandia is like SNL without a filter. Because it's not broadcasting on NBC, they don't have to try to please a mainstream audience, meaning the humor is more specific and dark. I will say some skits are hit or miss, but the ones that hit hit you hard.

5. Gaga: Five Foot Two

You had me at Gaga. 

GAGA: FIVE FOOT TWO shows us a side of Lady Gaga we haven't seen before. We'll get a look inside her breakup with Taylor Kinney, her Super Bowl performance, her struggle with fibromialgia and more. Even if you're not a little monster, I recommend giving this documentary a shot. 


There's also so many Disney films on Netflix right now! Pocahontas, Hercules, Mulan, Moana, Nightmare Before Christmas, Zootopia and so much more! Make sure to watch them while you still can!


Maria Elena

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