I can’t believe we’re just a month away from Christmas. As we mentioned last month, the nights are closing in which in some senses should mean we’re watching more TV cosying up by the fire.

However, in actual fact we’ve been frantically trying to buy gifts for family and friends, visiting London for the SHOMOs and selling and buying houses so in actual fact the list is no more extensive than usual.

Adults

The Sinner

The Sinner is currently available on Netflix. We never watched the first series as the lead character was called “Cora” and it was just too strange to have someone called the same name as you that isn’t you when you’re kind of used to being ‘one of a kind’ all your life.

However, when the second series was recommended to us, we decided to give it a go. We binged watched all eight episodes of the series over the course of just three nights. If you’re into mysterious thrillers, think The Staircase but fictional then this is 100% for you!

Star Wars Films

Me and Cora have been keeping up to date with the latest releases of the Star Wars franchise but haven’t really watched the older ones together. I have seen them a thousand times with my dad over the years but not seen them with Cora. Lately Joy, Cora’s mum has been catching them on TV and has even made the effort to be in and home in time to watch the full film. She is usually into her murder mysteries but these have really got her hooked. They are great traditional films with a huge fan base and so great to watch and rediscover. the

Teens

Wonder

Based on the best-selling book by the same name, Wonder is now available on Netflix. Which gave me zero reasons not to watch it having had it on my ‘must watch list’ since it was released in the cinema a couple of years ago now.

Staring both Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson, this film is based on a young boy’s challenge of starting school for the first time with a facial disfigurement. The arrangement of the film mirrors the series ATypical in many ways which is probably the reason why we fell so in love with it. That said, for this one… you’re probably going to need the tissues!

Crimes of Grindelwald

The latest instalment of the Fantastic Beasts series by J.K Rowling, Crimes of Grindelwald was released this month. Without a doubt, this particular Harry Potter / Fantastic Beasts movie has the most high profile cast including Johnny Depp playing Grindelwald, and Jude law playing a young Albus Dumbledore.

However, no amount of fame could in our opinion make up for the slow moving, highly complex plot that you’d find yourself following here. While I try and make minimal comparisons to the main Harry Potter films, I can’t help but feeling this film missed the comedy and natural simplistic story-telling of the originals.

ATypical

Back in January, we mentioned about the Netflix series ATypical. This heart-felt comedy follows Sam Gardener, an autistic teenager on a quest for a girlfriend. Helen and I were both so excited by the release of the second series, especially after the first ended with such a cliffhanger.

Luckily, the second series didn’t disappoint and took us on a wonderful world-wind of a story as we continued to discover not only Sam’s relationships but the lives of his close family.

Kids

The Christmas Chronicles

This is a new series come to Netflix, the story is about 2 children who aim to tram Santa Claus but the night is turned around when they team up to save Christmas. It is definitely a new Christmas film to add to the list. It is light, fun and heartwarming with lots of mischief and festive cheer. The trailer alone is a great watch with a great cast and adorable reindeer!

That is another month gone and we are ready to really settle down and snuggle into bed with those hot chocolates and hot water bottles. I have my list at the ready for all the Christmas films we want to watch in December ready for the big day! Let us know in the comments below your favourite film and what you love to do when you watch a film.

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