With the days growing shorter and the nights getting colder, it’s fair to say that winter is well and truly on its way! Now is the time to think about hibernating for the colder months, and what better way than to stock up on great movies and shows to see you through the dark evenings.
Whether you’re looking for a romance, action, thriller, or comedy, there is plenty to watch this winter. Get the popcorn ready and settle in for a great night in front of the TV with these recommendations.
If you’re not up to date with this Karate Kid-inspired series, then you are in for a treat. Back for the third season in January 2022, Cobra Kai is a martial arts comedy-drama following the down-and-out Johnny Lawrence who seeks redemption for a tournament defeat in 1984 by reopening the famous Cobra Kai dojo thirty years later. This reignites the conflict with his old opponent Danny LaRusso and the rivals go head-to-head to try and gain the upper hand.
This great series is a must for Karate Kid fans as it follows on from the original characters in a sharp and funny way, frequently referencing the storylines from the films. Ideal for those nights when you want pure entertainment, Cobra Kai has great acting, brilliant storylines, and a hefty dose of nostalgia.
Directed by Guy Ritchie and starring Jason Statham and Josh Hartnett, Wrath of Man tells the story of H, a mysterious and aloof character who is responsible for transporting millions of dollars around Los Angeles in an armored vehicle every week. Reunited on a movie set for the first time in 15 years, Jason Statham and Guy Ritchie deliver the high-octane thrills that they are well known for in this action-packed heist.
Based on a 2004 French film, Wrath of Man is a slick crime thriller packed with charismatic actors and a huge dose of vengeance. This is a great movie to watch with friends or on an evening when you need something with a bit of energy.
For those who love a good documentary, then All In: The Poker Movie is the one for you. Arguably a little dated by today’s documentary standards, it does feature an impressive array of interview subjects from the early 2010s, many of whom appear in the Poker Hall of Fame. This is a great look at the history of poker, particularly the exponential rise in popularity of online poker and how this has shaped the way the game is played to this day.
A peek behind the veil of what is usually a close-knit and private world of poker, this documentary goes some way to dispelling the false stereotypes that are often associated with the game, showing what it’s like to be immersed in this world while explaining the long and fascinating history it has. There are ups and downs, trials and tribulations, and the one constant, which is the love of the game. Perfect for poker players and history buffs alike.
Originally a Japanese animated television series, this live-action remake follows the story of Spike Spiegel as he leads his rag-tag bunch of bounty hunters to capture some of the worst criminals in the galaxy. Often only working for the right price, the crew encounters dangerous situations and unexpected perils at every turn – sometimes saving the world but always leaving serious damage in their wake.
Scored by composer Yôko Kanno who scored the music for the original anime series, this space Western might not have the full impact of its predecessor but don’t let that bother you. As a stand-alone work, it is brilliant viewing and well worth watching alone or with friends.
Whether you want to watch documentaries or space Westerns, there is plenty to catch up on over the winter period this year. Kick back, relax, and let Hollywood guide you through the darker months!