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The Top 10 Best Songs Of Russian Doll

Russian Doll Netflix
Russian Doll Netflix
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“Dying is Easy. It’s Living That’s Hard” isn’t the catch phrase of the game Russian Roulette, but from the new Netflix series Russian Doll. Released on February 1, the series tells the story of New York game developer Nadia who keeps dying and re-living her birthday party every day. Like the Russian dolls that influenced the title, it’s a multi-layered story, which gets increasingly intriguing as you binge through the eight episodes.

A dark homage to the 1993’s classic Groundhog Day, the comedy-drama series was created by Natasha Lyonne (of Orange is the New Black fame), Leslye Headland (Heathers), and Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation). The series is entirely written and directed by women, allowing the actresses to really dive deep into their complex roles.

Natasha Lyonne stars as Nadia and is stuck on the day of her 36th birthday party. Later in the series she meets Allen played by Charlie Barnett and learns he too is stuck in the loop. As the story develops we also learn more about Nadia’s background with her mother (played by Chole Sevigny). Other actors in the series include Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez, Elizabeth Ashley, Dascha Polanco, Brendan Sexton II, and Rebecca Henderson. It’s tough to explain too much of the story without spoiling it, but we’ll give you an idea as we look at our favorite songs.

1. Ariel Pink & Weyes Blood – Morning After

This 2017 song, a collaboration between Ariel Pink and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood) is in episode one – the first morning after Nadia’s first death. It plays while Maxine, Nadia’s friend and host of the birthday party, is showing off her art projections. Ariel Pink’s hypnagogic pop melody and Weyes Blood’s folksy voice provide the perfect background for Maxine’s art.

2. Pony Sherrell – Don’t Put Off ‘Til Tomorrow

Pony Sherrell’s “Don’t Put Off ‘Til Tomorrow” from her 1956 album Jungle, Ungle, Um, Bai! features in the second episode of the series. As Sherrell sings, “Don’t put off ‘til tomorrow what you can do tonight…Why take a chance on losing something great?” Perfect advice for Nadiya who will be facing death yet again at the end of this epside. Jungle, Ungle, Um, Bai! was just re-released last year.

3. The Limiñanas – Migas 2000

Playing in episode two as Nadia finally decides it’s not worth trying to fight her death, this garage-psych song is a perfect fit. The Limiñanas are a French husband-wife duo who sing in a mixture of French, English, Spanish, and Italian. “Migas 2000” actually gives the singer Lionel’s grandmother’s recipe of a popular Spanish dish made from bread crumbs and meats (migas).

4. Caldera, Caldera!

Classified as a pop-noir song, Gemma Ray’s “Caldera, Caldera!” plays as Nadia drunkenly stumbles through a park in episode three. There she meets a homeless man, Horse, who attempts desperately to cut her hair.

5. Gang Gang Dance – MindKilla

Episode three ends with “MindKilla” – right as Nadia has the mind-blowing realization that she is not the only person who keeps experiencing death day after day. The NYC experimental group’s synths and singer Lizzi’s distinct vocal styles put you in the mindfuck moment Nadia is experiencing.

6. Beethoven – Piano concerto No.4 in G major, Op.58: Rondo-vivace

While Nadia wakes up each day to Harry Nilsson’s “Gotta Get Up”, Alan wakes up to this upbeat Beethoven classic in episode four. He has a much more optimistic look at his repeated death!

7. Timber Timbre – Black Water

“Black Water” plays out the fifth episode as once again death strikes. The desire “all I need is some sunshine” helps bring the viewer back to their (hopefully) brighter reality from all the darkness of the series. The freak folk, bluesy Canadian group’s music is a perfect spooky cinematic fit.

8. Jacqueline Taieb – La plus belle chanson

A French pop song from the 1960s, “the most beautiful song in the world” plays in the sixth episode as Nadia and Alan have sex for the first (and only?) time. The yé-yé song provides a magical escape for the two characters who are stuck in a seemingly-endless time loop.

9. Cults – You Know What I Mean

Episode six ends with this doo-wop 2011 song that is all about a desire to be saved from everything that is going wrong in life. (Like continuously dying.) “Tell me what’s wrong with my brain cause I seem to have lost it”…

10. When In Rome – The Promise

Episode seven opens with 1987’s “The Promise”, a love plea that plays while we see Nadia as a child with her mother. As Nadia’s family and friends steadily disappear, a promise to “always be there” seems to be floating away.

What to Watch on Netflix Now

What to watch on Netflix
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There’s no other way to describe it: we are living in a golden age of TV shows. Streaming series has changed the way a lot of people live their lives – I know it has changed mine. This might be the very definition of a first-world problem, but I have to think really carefully before I commit to finishing another series– I just don’t have space in my life for them all.

So with that in mind, allow me to present a few of the best serials on Netflix (the granddaddy of the streaming platform) right now. From punchy in-house originals to old favourites to the reboots everyone has been begging for, I can almost guarantee that you’ll love these and will be far to engrossed to do any – ahem – chilling.

American Vandal

If you’re a fan of moody true-crime documentaries like Making a Murderer and The Keepers (don’t forget to add them to your queue) you’ll get a kick out of American Vandal. Shot in the same way and superbly well-written, it follows the story of Dylan Maxwell (Jimmy Tatro) who has been accused of spray-painting “dicks” on the cars of faculty members at his school, Hanover High.

Maxwell says he is innocent, but his past behaviour (including drawing the offensive items on whiteboards) suggests otherwise. Peter Maldondo (Tyler Alverez), who works on the high school’s morning show, is the only one who thinks Maxwell might be telling the truth. This brilliant parody won a Peabody Award in 2018, and once you’ve watched it you’ll see why.

Bojack Horseman

The premise seems a little ridiculous, but that’s a device that has proven successful for a lot of satirical cartoon shows. The titular Bojack, voiced by Will Arnett, is a washed-up actor and horse from a ’90s sitcom called Horsin’ Around. By the final episode of season 1, this series has already evolved into the acerbic, hilarious and poignant look at pop culture and depression that has made fans appreciate it so much.

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Arrested Development

Arrested Development was incredibly popular when its first 3 seasons were released. The series followed the escapades of the dysfunctional and once high-society Bluth family once they fell from grace. As the family patriarch languishes in prison, first-born son Michael (Jason Bateman) vacillates between hating everyone except his son George-Michael Michael (Michael Cera) and trying to reconcile them all.

Seasons 1 through 3 are definitely worth watching again, and you can also check out the Netflix-commission reboot. Season 4 deviated from the ensemble cast structure of each episode to focus more on a single character at a time, and got mixed reviews. Stick it out though; it’s worth it for Season 5 (now halfway-through) when the scriptwriters return to form.

Mindhunter

During the 1970s and 1980s, the FBI ran a behavioural science unit to study a terrifying crime phenomenon that seemed to be on the rise; serial killers. This series is based on that, and the life of John E Douglas who served as the inspiration for the Jack Crawford character in Hannibal. Douglas is channelled into the character of Holden Ford, who is played by Jonathan Groff. Watching the evolution of now-commonplace profiling is fascinating, even more so because Ford becomes dangerously obsessed with the killers who were fixated on their victims. With David Fincher serving as executive producer and sometime director, you can expect a visual and psychological feast.

Dear White People

Based on a movie with the same name, this thought-provoking Netflix original takes more bites out of modern society than a pint of acid. Dense layers of -isms are explored as Logan Browning and the rest of the cast grapple with college-campus racial politics. Expect issues such as the different challenges that darker- and lighter-skinned people of colour face, and whether black people should work within the current system or fight it with something new. Always well written, always eye-opening, and always thought provoking, it’s an all-round winner.