New to Netflix This December

Another month rolls by and Netflix rolls out more televisual treats for you entertainment addicts. Here is a selection of the best of it.

Divine Comedy

Although now quite literally half the man he used to be, the great fluffy one Gabriel lglesias is still a paragon of affable stand up, and with his new show I’m Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry he brings more of his trademark observational comedy, self-deprecatory ridicule and hilariously unlikely tales just the right side of plausible.

An unexpected and shining beacon in the unrelenting shitshow that has been this year, Hunt For the Wilderpeople follows a juvenile delinquent and his cantankerous foster father who become lost in the untamed wilds of the New Zealand bush, and following a series of misunderstandings must stay one step ahead of the police and the persistent but incompetent social services pursuing them.

Amazing Action

Iron Man 3 finally sees Shellhead face off with his comic book arch-nemesis the Mandarin, skilfully sidestepping the villain’s uncomfortable Yellow Peril roots and exploring how Stark copes without the strength of his armour to fall back on, bringing true meaning to the declaration “I am Iron Man.”

It’s unusual for a trilogy’s middle instalment to be the best, but The Hunger Games: Catching Fire has that dubious honour. Stricken with PTSD and survivor’s guilt, reluctant victor Katniss returns to the arena for another battle royal, facing better trained killers and more elaborate deathtraps, as all the while the seeds of revolution begin to grow.

The Jason Statham movie you forgot about, in The Mechanic The Stath plays a hitman specialising in disguising the deaths of his targets from looking like assassinations. Taking on an apprentice in the shape of rent-a-psycho Ben Foster, he sets out to extract vengeance on those responsible for his mentor’s death.

Another of this year’s best, the deceptively simple Green Room sees a punk bank face off with a gang of ruthless white supremacists, hunted through a secluded skinhead bar with relentless and brutal tenacity. The stripped-down aesthetic and blunt violence makes for compelling viewing.

Tantalising TV

The third season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, an ensemble police sitcom and one of the best new shows of recent years, further develops the interpersonal relationships between its diverse cast of distinctive characters as they continue to act like responsible adults. Most of the time.

Loosely based on the Douglas Coupland novel of the same name, the first and only season of surreal comedy drama jPod follows a group of software engineers creating a gore-laden skateboarding game while dealing with the likes of an incompetent boss, Chinese gangsters, a lesbian commune, a seductive AI and pot-growing parents. Just be sure to stop watching a couple of minutes before the last episode finishes so you can pretend it ended on something resembling a conclusion rather than a never-to-be-resolved cliffhanger.

A Netflix exclusive series from the imagination of fantasy mastermind Guillermo del Toro (Hellboy; Pan’s Labyrinth), Trollhunters follows everyday teenager Jim who discovers a magical amulet that grants him the mantle of the troll hunter, the mystical guardian of a secret underground realm of trolls who must defend it against the evil trolls who would see it destroyed.

It’s a busy and stressful time of year, so should you find yourself at the end of a long and demanding day, just collapse onto the sofa and reward yourself with a bout of binge watching. You’ve earned it.