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What To Watch On Canadian Netflix In January 2014

Don't waste 20 minutes trying to get to the good stuff.

Sure the holidays are over and it's back to the daily grind. but let's not kid ourselves here, New Years resolutions aren't gonna stop you from procrastinating. And so here to feed your Netflix addiction are the movies and shows y0u need to check out!

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City of God

This is not a movie for the faint of heart. It's got drugs, guns, violence in droves. It'll show you a side of Rio De Janeiro you may not want to see, but in a story so captivating (and based on actual events), that you won't be able to not get sucked in to. This is definitely among the films you should watch simply for the message it carries about how drastically the choices in our lives affect us.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ioUE_5wpg_E

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Orange is the New Black

This is a prison show about women. Now before you skip right on to the next recommendation, these women are tough shit. I'm talking back stabbings (both metaphorical and literal), rape, and a plethora of situations you'd never want to be in. Add to that the acting chops of Jason Biggs (Jim from American Pie) and Laura Prepon (Donna from That 70's Show) for some good old fashion early 2000's nostalgia. And while completely justified in its use, this show'll give Game of thrones a run for it's money on the "Boobies per episode" scale

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nryWkAaWjKg

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The Change-Up

Ryan Reynolds has been typecast as the Van Wilder type douche, whereas Jason Bateman is usually the softie good guy. Well that's why this movie is so great. These dudes swap bodies and end up acting as each other's typecast, which is funny in a tame Reynolds, but hilarious in a douchey Bateman. This body swapping premise has been done to death, but never above a PG-13 rating. This is not Freaky Friday!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQdLHrrGzlA

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Homeland

If you're not crazy about political dramas then Homeland is going to flip you on your head. This is the perfect combination of political commentary, mystery and the cast are phenomenal.  Damian Lewis's Nick Brody as the show-runner will make you second guess yourself every step of the way. You're not sure if he's a good guy or a bad guy, and you'll go from viscously hating him one minute to hoping he gets out alive the next.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W18ZHrU3XYQ

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Real Husbands of Hollywood

"Kevin Hart is so so short". That could be this show's banner. Also "Kevin Hart fights and whines like a 10 year old" would also work. Basically this show is about comedian Kevin Heart, now having made it big, spending his time hanging out with his friends Nick Cannon, Nelly, Robin Thicke and a few others in what can pretty much be described as Entourage with black dudes and Robin Thicke. This is one of the funniest shows I've seen in a while and the ways Heart self-sabotages himself make the show amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRXRAZvedJ8

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Sharknado

A tornado. Carrying sharks. Launching them at buildings, people and your cat. There really isn't much more to say about this piece of art other than don't take it too seriously. Just turn your brain off and enjoy the fact that the worst weather you'll have to death with today is some icy rain.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwsqFR5bh6Q

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Happy Endings

This is a show that you probably heard about but dismissed as a chick show. Listen bub (or bubette), you could not be more wrong. You've got a funny, attractive late 20's/early 30's cast sorting out  their lives, while still getting drunk and making the same fuck ups you do. Here's your plot summary: Dude gets left at the alter by his long time girlfriend (who by the way is played by Elisha Cuthbert, you're welcome) and he's got to pick up the pieces with the help of his friends, and Elisha Cuthbert. If nothing else, just watch it for Elisha Cuthbert.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvZ8BcgWnUo

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Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

This is an oldie but a goodie. A lesser known Steve Martin/Michael Cain film you need to see. It pits the two classic actors as con men targeting the same woman for her millions. The result is a hilarious film that will make you hungry for comedies before the Hangovers and Superbads. This is by far one of Steve Martin's best roles and  must for anyone looking for something they haven't yet laughed at.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ke-v0e3Cd4

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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Look, Daniel Day Lewis is a great actor and Spielberg is one hell of a director, but that biopic got it all wrong. It completely missed the part where the American president fought off Vampires. The story is absolutely ridiculous, and it takes itself seriously. Look past it and just enjoy the absolutely epic slow motion fight scenes that are a testament to how a well staged battle sequence can save a film from being utter drudge. Lincoln slaying Vampires.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqbjdU-Jzdk

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Community

It has Chevy Chase as a racist old man, Mr. Chow from the Hangover as a terrible Spanish teacher who goes by "El Tigre". Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), Joel McHale from  "The Soup" and Alison brie who you will fall in love with in seconds. It's a show that thrown the conventions of what a college theme should be out the window and instead opts for epic paintball fights, massive pillow forts, and a whole mess of misadventures. This is without a doubt one of the best shows to grace the world. Do yourself a favour and start bingeing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqz1w22Lz1U

Alex Melki

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Alex is a Montreal native, with a DEC in Media Arts at John Abbott College under his belt, he is currently pursuing a BA in Journalism at Concordia University. TV addict, video game junkie, avid moviegoer, Alex also has an unhealthy obsession with the newest tech on the market. And if you don't think Anchorman is the greatest film of all time, he will fight you.

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