In the past month or so, I've been watching a lot of things that were recommended to me by Lindsey (@ltoiaivao). It turns out that she has an impeccable taste. All of these have been so good that I wanted to share these with you. Don't forget to follow her as well.
  1. Simon Amstell's stand-up specials
    Simon Amstell is a brilliant British comedian and writer. His stand-up specials 'Do Nothing' and 'Numb' are perfect examples of this. He speaks poignantly about subjects like social anxiety, family issues, loneliness, and dating life. His performances are very vulnerable, yet confident, in a way that really spoke to me. Both specials are very much worth your time. A+ recommendation. You can watch 'Do Nothing' on Youtube:
  2. Never Mind the Buzzcocks
    Especially the episodes hosted by Simon Amstell. It is a British pop music panel quiz a lot of famous comedians, actors, and of course, musicians have appeared on. Amstell really pulled no punches and made fun of a lof of famous people, often to their face. It is glorious. This is one of my favorites, with Martin Freeman among the panelists:
  3. Grandma's House
    You might have spotted a theme by now, this show also stars and is written by Simon Amstell. It is based on his life, and as the title suggests, it all takes place at his grandma's house. A lot of themes from his stand-up are also present on the show. It's a very funny and touching show, with strong female characters. Every episode is available on Youtube. Here's the first episode to get you started:
  4. Outlander
    I hadn't heard of this show until it was suddenly nominated for a Golden Globe. Now I know why. It's @ltoiaivao's favorite show for a reason. It is about Claire, an English combat nurse, who gets transported back in time from 1945 to dangerous Schotland in 1743. There she meets and falls for Jamie, a Scottish warrior. They have a romantic and physical chemistry like you've never seen before on tv (I swear). Season 2 starts in April, so you have some time to catch up.
  5. Flight of the Conchords
    A musical sitcom about a two-man band from New Zealand struggling to make it in New York City. It stars Jemaine Clement, Brett McKenzie, and Rhys Darby. You'll also see a lot of famous comedians make appearances, like Kristens Schaal and Wiig, Aziz Ansari, and Will Forte. I love it. They've also released albums and there may be a movie in the works. Here's a trailer:
  6. What We Do in the Shadows
    A hilarious mockumentary about three vampires who share a flat, and struggle with adapting to modern life in New Zealand. It's from the creators of Flight of the Conchords and stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, among others. You'll love it, I promise. Trailer:
  7. Whale Rider
    One of @ltoiaivao's top 3 movies. A truly beautiful, powerful, and heartbreaking story about a young Maori girl who wants to fulfill her destiny, one that is usually reserved for firstborn boys in her tribe, while her grandfather, the patriarch, refuses to accept this. It stars Keira Castle-Hughes, who got an Oscar nomination for her role, and who can now be seen on Game of Thrones, in which she plays Obara Sand. Check out the trailer:
  8. Dope
    A fast paced and fun comedy about Malcolm, a highly intelligent high school kid from a tough neighborhood in LA. He's on track to interview for Harvard when his life gets flipped turned upside down by a drugdealer at an underground party. It stars Shameik Moore and features Zoë Kravitz and A$AP Rocky, among others. The soundtrack is absolutely fantastic, btw. Trailer:
  9. The Final Girls
    An incredibly weird and fun comedy about a group of young people who get pulled into a classic slasher movie when a fire breaks out in a movie theater during the showing of that movie, which featured the mother of one of them, who died in a car crash years ago. It stars Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam DeVine, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch, and Nina Dobrev. Trailer:
  10. Boy
    A very sweet and funny film about a young Maori boy who is obsessed with Michael Jackson (it's set in the 80s), who reconnects with his absentee father who doesn't turn out to be the hero Boy imagined him to be. It stars James Rolleston and Taika Waititi (who also wrote and directed the film). Trailer: