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American DNS codes not working for you? Unblock-Us is the answer!

Here on NDC, we strive to provide access to American Netflix in the UK, Canada, and internationally. We don’t think it’s fair that you pay the same price (or sometimes even more), for less content. Free DNS codes have helped many of you, but they are not without their issues.

Free DNS codes stop working every few days, leaving you to change them over and over again.
Hackers have been known to distribute free DNS codes throughout the web in order to steal your sensitive information. (Credit card numbers, etc)
We have no way of checking if the DNS codes posted here are safe or not. The same goes for any other website that posts DNS codes. It’s use at your own risk.

 

That being said, I’ve found a much better alternative to accessing the US Netflix called Unblock-Us. We’ve written a brief Unblock-Us review for you guys below, highlighting some of their key features.

 

Unblock-Us allows you to access the American Netflix (and all other regions), as well hundreds other channels like Hulu Plus, HBONow, SlingTV, Amazon Instant, and more.
Unblock-Us provides it’s users with an exclusive DNS code that is confirmed to be safe. There is NO intrusion whatsoever on your personal data. 
 After using Unblock-Us for several weeks, I have not had to change my DNS even once. And even better, my internet speed has not been affected one bit.
You’ll also be able to access every region of Netflix (25+ countries and counting), including the US, UK, Canada, and more!
Unblock-Us works with all devices including iPads, iPhones, android devices, Smart TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, and more!
You can also access unblocked content on-the-go with Unblock-Us’ Smart VPN Service. 
There is a 7-day free trial available. No credit card required.
After 7 days, the pricing is just $4.95/month. 
For you Better Call Saul fans, you’ll be able to access each episode a day after it airs through the UK Netflix!

 

Should you decide to purchase subscription of Unblock-Us after the trial, consider these to get the most out of your money:

 

For a limited time, we are giving away one month of Unblock-Us to NetflixDNSCode users for $0.99! For details, click here.
You can get the best value by purchasing an annual subscription, where you will get 2 months absolutely FREE! 

 

 

 

 

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American Netflix DNS Codes February 2015

Warning: Use these codes at your own risk.  Hackers have been known to set up DNS servers as honeypots to steal private information. We do not have a method of verifying which ones are legitimate, and which ones are not. The same is true for any other website that posts DNS codes. If you would like a much safer, and reliable alternative to accessing the American Netflix, click here.

 

The codes listed towards the top are the ones that have been confirmed to be working the most.  Use these DNS codes to watch American Netflix in Canada, the UK, Australia or anywhere else! For guides on how to get American Netflix on a variety of devices and countries, please check our navigation bar.

 

All American DNS code pairs are in the following format.


PRIMARY DNS

SECONDARY DNS

 

Last Update: February 1, 2015

 

General Codes

 

Please remember to restart your device after changing your DNS.

 

192.241.137.65
000.000.000.00

204.232.178.48
000.000.000.000

204.232.178.48
000.000.000.000

104.238.141.64
000.000.000.000

45.63.7.177
00.00.0.000

104.238.141.64
108.61.103.163

104.207.157.151
000.000.00.000

213.005.182.117
204.232.178.48

204.232.178.48
000.000.000.00

213.005.182.117
000.000.000.00

192.241.137.65
000.000.000.00

190.14.36.90
109.123.111.24

88.080.186.067

162.243.065.031

107.191.39.197

192.95.16.109

107.191.39.197

000.000.000.000

190.14.36.90

109.123.111.24

162.248.221.182

70.38.98.32

 

184.169.139.227

177.71.180.81

 

107.170.050.158

000.000.000.000

 

162.243.100.147

108.061.174.195

 

108.61.173.107

108.61.173.108

 

192.95.16.109

184.169.139.227

 

185.051.194.194

185.051.195.195

 

213.5.182.117

23.21.182.24

 

023.021.043.050

054.229.171.243

 

088.080.186.0674

213.005.182.117

 

109.74.12.90

213.5.182.117

 

162.243.065.031
88.080.186.067

 

202.180.064.011
202.180.064.010

 

149.154.158.186

199.167.30.144

 

192.095.016.036
109.074.012.020

 

109.74.12.20
213.005.182.117

 

108.174.147.177

088.080.186.067

 

 

213.005.182.117

109.074.012.090

 

208.122.023.023

208.122.023.022

 

109.14.36.90
109.123.111.24

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Netflix is cracking down on SmartDNS services + VPNs

As many of you may have heard already, Netflix made an announcement earlier today that they would be cracking down on those using “proxies and unblockers”, and that in the coming weeks, those using such services will be limited to accessing their local content catalogues.

Until this point, Netflix has used IP blacklists of VPN providers to users from switching regions, but they will supposedly start using “newer technologies” as time goes on.

So what does this mean for those of us who use US Netflix DNS codes? To tell the truth, it’s too early to tell. It doesn’t seem like Netflix has deployed its measures against region-hoppers just yet, so we have no idea what is coming.

A lot of you may be a bit worried now, but for now, one thing seems clear:

You’re not going to get banned from Netflix for using a proxy or unblocker. It may stop working, but according to the information we’ve heard thus far, the worst that will happen is a redirection to your native region.

We’ll continue to update you guys as things progress! :)

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Netflix’s Expansion and American Netflix DNS Codes

As many of you probably have probably already heard by now, Netflix expanded into 130 new countries as of January 7th. Among the new countries that now offer Netflix support are India, Russia, and South Korea.

I wanted to take a moment to talk about what this means for Netflix DNS codes users.

Firstly, it can be expected that a lot of these new countries will have sparse content catalogues to begin with.

Regions like Italy and Japan which launched in September and October (respectively) both still have around 1200 and 1700 titles (respectively).

Both of the these regions are dwarfed by the massive American Netflix catalogue, containing over 8,000 titles at the time of this article being published.

Thus, it is inevitable that the clever people from these 130 countries will figure this out and come NetflixDNSCodes in order to access all the great content possible with American Netflix DNS Codes. If you guys are reading this, we’re happy to have you :)

 

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How To Get American Netflix On Xbox One

Overview

 

Along with its rival the PS4, the Xbox One is without a doubt one of the most popular devices used to stream Netflix. Having already written several tutorial articles on how you can get American Netflix on iPhones, PS4s, Rokus and more, I think it is about time we discuss how to get American Netflix on the PS4!

To do this, we will be using a special set of DNS codes that are managed by a company called Unblock-Us. Unlike the free, public DNS codes we post here on NetflixDNSCodes, Unblock-Us codes have quite a few additional advantages.

The main one here is security. Unlike the free codes posted on NDC, Unblock-Us’ Netflix DNS Codes are guaranteed not to intrude on your privacy or personal data. Furthermore, these private DNS codes are tweaked specifically to work on your PS4 (as well as a variety of other devices, which you can see here.)

Lastly, and perhaps most fun, is the fact that Unblock-Us allows you to access 25 countries (and counting), which means access to a total of 17,000+ titles!

Enough of that, let’s jump right into the setup!

 

The Process

 

1) Go to Unblock-Us, enter your email, and press the “Start Trial” button. There is no personal information, or credit card information required.

 

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2) Afterwards, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your computer. This intermediary setup process is required in order for Unblock-Us’ DNS codes to work properly on your Xbox One.

 

3) Head back to the Unblock-Us home page. 3 bars  should light up (as shown below), which means everything is set up properly. Now, go to the “Netflix Region Picker”, choose the US version of Netflix. Press update.

 

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4) After signing up, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your Xbox One. The process will differ slightly, depending on whether you have an older Xbox One

 

5) Enjoy your American Netflix!

 

Please note: Unblock-Us is a paid service that costs $5/month after the 7-day free trial. For a special discount offer, check the green box below!

NetflixDNSCodes has partnered with Unblock-Us to get you an entire month of Unblock-Us for just $0.99! Click here to learn more. 

 

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How To Get American Netflix on PS4

Overview

 

With over 25 million PS4s sold worldwide, the PS4 is quickly becoming one of the more popular devices to watch Netflix. In this article we will be showing you how to get American Netflix on your PS4 with the simplest, most secure method available. It’s called Unblock-Us .

Unblock-Us is a company that runs its own private DNS servers. These servers are similar to the ones we post here on NetflixDNSCodes.com, but with a few key differences. Number one is that unlike the codes posted here on NetflixDNSCodes, Unblock-Us actually runs, and maintains these servers themselves.

We, on the other hand, just gather all the public DNS servers we can find and put them in one place. Unblock-Us is a reputable company that has been running for several years, with hundreds of thousands of customers.

One of the best benefits in using Unblock-Us is their codes don’t stop working! After several months, I have not had to switch my DNS codes even once. Even better is the fact that Unblock-Us allows you to access every Netflix region. Not just the American (although it includes this one too).

This method should take less than 5 minutes to setup, and will work for you regardless of the country you are in. Whether you’re in Canada, the UK, Australia, or wherever, this will get you American Netflix as well.

 

The Procedure

 

1) Go to Unblock-Us, enter your email, and press the “Start Trial” button. There is no personal information, or credit card information required.

 

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2) After signing up, go here and follow the steps to set the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your computer (compatible with Macs and PCs). Setting Unblock-Us up on your PC first is a necessary step in getting it to work on your PS4.

 

3) Now, return to the Unblock-Us home page. 3 bars  should light up, which means everything is set up properly. Now, simply go to the Netflix region picker, select the USA region, and click Update!

 

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4) After signing up, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your Apple TV. The process will differ slightly, depending on whether you have an older Apple TV (generations 2 & 3), or the newest one (generation 4).

 

5) Enjoy your American Netflix!

 

Please note: Unblock-Us is a paid service that costs $5/month after the 7-day free trial. For a special discount offer, check the green box below!

 

NetflixDNSCodes has partnered with Unblock-Us to get you an entire month of Unblock-Us for just $0.99! Click here to learn more. 

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How To Get American Netflix On Apple TV

Overview

 

With Apple releasing the fourth generation of the Apple TV just a few months ago, now is an exciting time to be exploring all the new features. Among the latest additions to the Apple TV are Siri functionality, a swipe-enabled remote, and perhaps most important, APPS! Tons, and tons of new apps and games. Apps for movie rentals, apps for movie purchase, new streaming services, and so much more. Among the new app additions are Shomi and CraveTV – perfect for Canadian cord-cutters.

 

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As it so happens, the Apple TV is also one of the best devices for accessing American Netflix. While some devices (like Rokus) lock the ability to change your DNS, the Apple TV does not. However, in this tutorial, we will be using a special set of DNS codes from a company called Unblock-Us. Unblock-Us runs its own private DNS servers which are optimized specifically for the purpose of accessing American Netflix and other geo-blocked US content.

They are also optimized to work with the Apple TV (they will also work with any other device). We do not recommend using the free codes posted on our website, which are often unreliable and expose you to security risks.

In this tutorial, we will be showing you how to get American Netflix on Apple TV. The process is simple, intuitive, and should not take more than a few minutes of your time.

 

The Process

 

1) Go to Unblock-Us, enter your email, and press the “Start Trial” button. There is no personal information, or credit card information required.

 

unblock-us-homepage

 

2) After signing up, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your computer (compatible with Macs and PCs). Setting up Unblock-Us on your computer is required in order for Unblock-Us’ DNS codes to work properly on your Apple TV.

 

3) Now, go back to the Unblock-Us home page. 3 bars  should light up (as shown below), which means everything is set up properly. From here, go to the “Netflix Region Picker”, choose the US version of Netflix. Press update.

 

unblock-us us netflix

 

4) After signing up, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your Apple TV. The process will differ slightly, depending on whether you have an older Apple TV (generations 2 & 3), or the newest one (generation 4).

 

5) Enjoy your American Netflix!

 

Please note: Unblock-Us is a paid service that costs $5/month after the 7-day free trial. For a special discount offer, check the green box below!

 

NetflixDNSCodes has partnered with Unblock-Us to get you an entire month of Unblock-Us for just $0.99! Click here to learn more. 

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How To Get American Netflix On Roku 4

Overview

 

The Roku is (arguably) the best set-top box for streaming Netflix, Hulu, and 2,500+ other channels – the most of any set-top box to date. With the introduction of their newest model, the Roku 4, things have only gotten better. Support for 4K TVs and built-in price comparisons are just a few of the fancy new features.

With that being said, there is one fairly large problem with the Roku 4, and all Roku devices in general. They don’t allow DNS changing. At a first glance, this may seem like the death of access to American Netflix for international Netflix users. If you can’t switch to an American Netflix DNS, how can you spoof your location?

Worry not my friends, a solution has been found. It takes a little more time and effort, but it will get you American Netflix all the same.

Because Roku intentionally blocks users from using DNS codes to bypass geographical blocks, we will need to use a special set of DNS codes from a company called Unblock-Us. Unblock-Us is a company (founded in Toronto, Canada), that runs its own private DNS servers.

These servers are unique in that in addition to letting you access the American version of Netflix, they let you access 24+ other Netflix regions as well! They also unblock 500+ other streaming websites including Hulu, HBO Now, and more.

Lets get started!

 

The Process

 

1) Go to Unblock-Us.com, enter your email, and press the “Start Trial” button. No credit card or personal information required.

 

unblock-us-homepage

 

2) Once you’ve signed up, click here and follow the guide to configure the Unblock-Us DNS codes on your computer (compatible with Macs and PCs). Setting up Unblock-Us on your computer is required in order for these DNS codes to work properly on your Roku.

 

3) Finally, go back to the Unblock-Us home page. You should see 3 bars light up (as shown below), which means everything is set up properly. From here, go to the “Netflix Region Picker”, choose the American version of Netflix. Press update.

 

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4) Follow the instructions on this page to complete the set-up process from your Roku. It’s a fairly lengthy process, (10-15 minutes), and Unblock-Us does a great job of explaining the full process in-depth with screenshots.

 

Please note: Unblock-Us is a paid service that costs $5/month after the 7-day free trial. For a special discount offer, check the green box below!

 

NetflixDNSCodes has partnered with Unblock-Us to get you an entire month of Unblock-Us for just $0.99! Click here to learn more. 

 

 

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Top 10 Comedies on Netflix UK – 2015 Edition

There are a million different types of humor in the world, and Netflix has the best of the best available. Romantic, bromantic, situational, screwball, farce, parody, satire, slapstick, or stand up, these movies have you covered for every type of humor. Check out these Top Ten Netflix Comedies to get your giggles. Here are the best from the last 75 years.

 

1. Whip It (2009)

Roller Derby. If you’ve never seen one it’s full contact roller skate races. Girls only. These are some hard core babes who suffer broken bones and bloody noses for their sport. It’s the same plot line as Pitch Perfect (rag tag band of losers go up against faster, stronger, better funded team) with each character more of a caricature than an believable person. But the movie has heart, and a training montage. A superstar cast includes Ellen Page (Babe Ruthless), Drew Barrymore (Smashly Simpson), Eve (Rosa Sparks), and Jimmy Fallon (Hot Tub). Yes, the names are as insane as they sound. There’s a teenage love story, a mother-daughter relationship, and a girl finding true friends. What’s not to love?

 

2. Clueless (1995)

 

It’s been 20 years since Clueless came on the scene and made it socially acceptable for girls everywhere to say, “like” every other word. But valley girl charms aside you have to love a teenage rom-com that’s based on Jane Austen. So don’t feel guilty watching, because you’re watching a film adaptation of “Emma.” Cher (aka Emma) sets up two teachers from her high school, takes an uncool new girl under her wing, and falls in love with her step-brother. The dialog is hilarious and expect to see lots of familiar faces in the cast, albeit much younger since the movie has been around for awhile. The farmers in Jane Austen’s original works have been swapped out for pot smokers (an equally undesirable social standing if one is looking for a mate to financially support her) and the brother-in-law becomes a step-brother. But not related by blood because ew. Cher and her friends are obsessed with boys and clothes and their antics to achieve more of both are what make the movie so hilarious.

The one liners in this movie are incredible and you will be quoting it for weeks afterward. Feel good about the direction your life takes while you watch, even if that direction is towards the mall.

 

3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

 

A classic John Hughes film about a group of high school friends, this particular iteration involves Matthew Broderick as a popular high school senior who is bored at school and plans the perfect day of truancy. He elaborately fakes being sick, waits for his parents to leave for work, and sneaks out with his best friend and girlfriend. They spend the day galavanting around Chicago trying to avoid detection. The school principal is dead set on catching Ferris, convinced he’s gaming the system (which he totally is). Ferris, Sloan, and Cameron steal a Ferrari and visit the Sears Tower, the Merc, Wrigley Field, and The Art Institute. They crash a parade where Ferris lipsyncs “Twist and Shout” from a parade float. Meanwhile, back at school, news of his faked sickness has gotten around and the entire student body is collecting money to “Save Ferris”. If this were more recent I’m sure there would be a hashtag involved, or maybe a Kickstarter campaign. The movie comes to a dramatic close with a final chase scene as Ferris tries to get home before his parents return from work. No spoilers here. You’ll have to watch to find out.

 

4. His Girl Friday (1940)

 

 

Cary Grant’s ex wife is getting remarried and he doesn’t like it. What man would? His offense is not against the boring insurance salesman that she’s marrying, but the fact that she’s quitting her job as a reporter and moving out of New York City. Cary tries everything to keep her around. He gets her fiance arrested, he kidnaps her future mother-in-law, and he promises to quit the crazy antics only if she’ll cover one last story. He’s convinced that a major scoop will remind her how much she loves her job, and Cary Grant, of course.

The big story is that the local government is executing a criminal. This action will get those elected officials re-elected in the next election. A stay of execution comes down from the governor and the local bigwigs try to send the delivery boy away, even bribing him to come back after the deed is done. The uncoupled couple works night and day on the story to save the inmate’s life and, whoda thunk it, they do. They fall in love all over again in the process and decide to get remarried, which seems to be a running theme in movies from the era. If you watch it for nothing else, watch it for Rosalind Russell’s hats.

 

5. Pineapple Express (2008)

Seth Rogan + James Franco + Judd Apatow = Comedic Trifecta. It doesn’t get any funnier than these guys. For serious. At its most basic level the movie is about some dudes who smoke pot. Lots of pot. Specifically a choice variety of marijuana called “Pineapple Express.” The good stuff. The high-larious adventures involve an Asian gang, disguises, and a murderous drug lord. If you’ve seen anything else by this crew (Knocked Up, Superbad, The Interview) please know that this one takes the cake. You don’t even have to be high to think it’s funny.

 

6. The Jerk (1979)

Steve Martin’s breakout lead film role features some incredible comedy. “I was born a poor black child,” is as famous an opening story line as, “Call me Ishmael.” Steve Martin is adopted by a black family in the American South. Not until he is fully grown (read: 18) does he find out he was adopted. If you’re not familiar with the great Steve Martin just know he’s a white guy. He decides to leave home and make his fortune in St. Louis. He hitch hikes into the city, joins a circus, falls in love, and becomes a wealthy man by inventing the Opti-Grab (a handle added to the front of a pair of glasses to make them easier to take on and off). Fast forward and he gets sued for causing people to go cross-eyed after continued use of his device. The lawsuit costs him every dime he has which leads to what will be your favorite scene in the movie. His wife throws him out and he says he doesn’t need anything. Well, nothing but the lamp he picks up off the nearest table, and nearby radio, and a chair, and anything else he passes on his way out the door. But good news! He has been sending money home to his adoptive family and they have (somehow) managed to invest it and become millionaires (what?). So all is not lost and Navin (Steve Martin) can get back together with his wife and live happily ever after.

 

7. Some Like it Hot (1959)

If you accidentally see a mob massacre in Chicago and need to create your own Witness Protection Program (American WITSEC was not created until 1970) you should immediately begin cross-dressing and join an all female band bound for Miami. Sounds obvious, right? Then, once there, you should fall in love with Marilyn Monroe, who stars as the band’s ukulele player, with the name of Sugar Kane. Oh Marilyn, you beautiful blond bombshell, you. But don’t forget, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis have joined the band as women and can only hope to become friends with the lovely Sugar Kane. What’s a guy, dressed as a girl, to do? Why, dress up as a man who is a millionaire to win the affection of the delightful Sugar, of course. Then get the other guy, still dressed as a woman, to distract a REAL millionaire man so you, as a fake millionaire man, can steal his boat to impress Sugar. It’s all terribly complicated and entails enough cross-dressing and gender-bending to be written by Shakespeare. Prepare yourself to laugh out loud, even if you don’t think you’re the type of person who likes old movies. You’ll love it. Promise.

 

8. Office Space (1999)

The best workplace comedy that covers everything you love to hate about your office: Equipment malfunctions, jerk bosses, commuter traffic, breakroom coffee, supply hoarding, and the dreaded procedural manual. It’s all here. Bring in the downsizing consultants and you have a recipe for employees going over the edge. The main office drone, Peter, even goes so far as to try hypnotherapy. But the hypnotist has a heart attack during the hypnosis session and Peter is left in a constant state of relaxed bliss. So instead of drinking away his off work hours in front of the tv, he and the guys from this office decide to steal money and retire to a beach somewhere. They develop an algorithm to siphon money from the company, a little at a time. But a misplaced decimal means they stole several hundred thousand dollars at once. Oops. Thank goodness that the office building burns down the next day. Spoiler alert, the guy gets the girl in the end, obviously, because the girl is Jennifer Aniston.

 

9. Hot Fuzz (2007)

The most boring cop job in Gloucestershire is the village of Sandford, where nothing criminal ever happens. As the newly promoted Sergeant Angel, Simon Pegg is snoring at his desk on a regular basis. His regular officer duties are usurped by a terrifyingly alert Neighbourhood Watch Alliance, a bunch of senior citizen busy bodies. This group of gossipers keeps the townspeople in line as their singular goal in life is to win the Village of the Year Award on an annual basis. But Sergeant Angel is concerned at the high number of accidental deaths in the town. Could there be a serial killer on the loose? No. Everyone always has an alibi and the rest of the police department will report nothing but accidents.

Sergeant Angel sneaks into a meeting of the Neighbourhood Watch Alliance and discovers they are murdering anyone who might mess up their chances at winning their precious award. The Sergeant even finds the crypt where all of the bodies from those myriad accidents are hidden. But don’t worry, he escapes! And proceeds to have a good old fashioned shoot out with the members of the Watch. It will be your favorite part of the movie. If you have any knowledge of American cop movies you will find hundreds of scene references in this film. But even if you’ve never seen a single Die Hard or Bad Boys movie you’ll still find it hilarious. Old people. Shoot out with automatic weapons. What else is there?

 

10. Chocolat (2000)

Johnny Depp is a wandering gypsy musician, a river rat, living on a flotilla of barges with his clan. Juliette Binoche is a wanderer, travelling with her young daughter across Europe making fine chocolates and selling them in the villages where she only ever lives temporarily. She uses chocolate as a prescription to cure the ills of the village; a passionless marriage an unreturned love, a sad life. She makes chocolates made with pepper, with cream, with nuts Her shop is considered a vice for the townspeople, spoken against in church and threatened by the wealthy in town. But one visit to her shop and she will select a chocolate for you, and most people agree one taste is life changing. Johnny and Juliette seem like soulmates. She visits his river community and dances the night away with him. But alas, wandering hearts are more like star crossed lovers and each goes their own way.

Directed by Lasse Hallstrom you know the movie is, at heart, a romance. Yet his films are funny because the characters find joy in everything. Usually this is because the rural scenery is so breathtaking that all of his characters smile and tell jokes all day long. If you lived in a remote French village built in the 1400’s hundreds and surrounded by lavender fields you would, too.

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Best Netflix Documentaries In The UK – 2015 Edition

Sometimes we get stuck in the scrolling vortex, looking endlessly for something entertaining on Netflix. In the mood for something a wee bit more intelligent than American adult cartoons, which are pretty much one step up from watching cat videos on YouTube, we flip to the documentaries list. By definition a documentary is more high brow than a sit com while still feeling a bit like a reality show indulgence. To add a few wrinkles to your brain, we’ve compiled a list of the best documentaries on Netflix UK.

1. Twinsters (2015)

 

 

An almost creepy mix of reality TV and documentary this film takes you through the lives of twins separated at birth. You read that right. It actually happened. In. Real. Life. But that’s not the crazy bit, brace yourself. They found each other ONLINE. If you’ve ever stalked your ex on Facebook or found your long lost childhood friend on the internet you can relate. Except these girls didn’t even know they were twins or even know they had a twin out there in the world somewhere.

Born in South Korea, they were adopted to separate families. One raised in Paris (Anais), the other in New Jersey (Samantha). Clearly one of them (Anais) had a better deal. Samantha is an actress with an actual IMDB page and YouTube videos, which is how one of Anais’s friends found Samantha and told Anais about it. First came the Facebook messages, then came the Skyping, followed by a Kickstarter campaign to make a documentary about meeting each other for the first time. Because really, that’s a story that needs to be monetized, stat. The girls met in London, did the whole DNA testing thing (spoiler alert: they’re sisters) and use their Kickstarter funds to finance a journey to their homeland. The whole thing is quite sweet, in a Lindsay Lohan/Parent Trap/Freaky Friday kind of way.

 

2. The True Cost (2015)

 

 

“My God, we can do better than this.” Watch just the trailer for this documentary and you’ll rethink everything about the fashion industry and your part in it. Residents of the United Kingdom are searching for terms like “sustainable fashion” and it might be because of this film. The documentary discusses the promise of globalization. It sounded like a great idea at the outset. Wealthier countries have access to myriad fashion goods and poorer countries are given jobs. Sounds great in theory. Instead we’ve provided first world nations with inexpensive products and paid low wages to workers in unsafe conditions in third world countries. Hindsight being 20/20 we probably could have predicted this. The film covers the heartache and loss of poor families working in these clothing manufacturing plants. Juxtaposed against interviews with fashion heavy hitters in New York it paints a stark picture. Thousands of workers in these production facilities die every year. And while the documentary wants you to believe that change is possible it seems difficult to overhaul a business model that seems too big to change. Watch it and you’ll probably start buying clothes made from organic cotton made in the closest big city to where you live.

 

3. Alive Inside (2014)

 

 

Modern medicine treats the human body like a machine. We use meds, and presumably diet, to make adjustments to how the machine runs. But what about the human spirit, the mind, or, dare I say it, the soul? In this documentary we see what happens when someone treats an elderly person as a whole person. A human being with memories, experiences, and a history, even if they can no longer communicate it. By using music from the eras when these people were young, residents in this nursing home come alive. They dance, they sing, they cry. They become human again. It’s a beautiful story, a tear jerker for sure. It’ll hit you right in the feels. And no, this is not sponsored by Kleenex (but you’re going to need some). Everyone needs to feel connected to themselves and the people around them. Music is how we do that. Think about how you feel when a song from a high school dance comes on the radio? Or the song you jammed to the entire summer you were 18. Music takes us to those places, and Alive Inside lets you see the reactions of people who haven’t been taken anywhere in years.

 

4. Buck (2011)

 

 

This isn’t the wild west. Buck is the story of Buck Brannaman, the real life horse whisperer. Abused as a child by a violent father he became a gentle soul instead of hard and bitter. Though the resilience of the human spirit is impressive the true amazement in this film is from his work with horses. You won’t believe what you see. Within five minutes of meeting a horse that animal will follow him around the ring with no harness or lead. Wild, seemingly out of control horses immediately settle down in his presence. It looks like witchcraft. Robert Redford features heavily in the film as he played Buck in the movie version of his life compiled by Disney. But the documentary features the real Buck visiting different states and helping people with their horse problems, or, as he puts it, helping horses with their people problems. There are many tears from horse owners as they realize they don’t have the proper spirit to train a horse. And Buck seems to give loads of hugs to tearful people as he helps them with their horses. Descriptions of Buck’s “gentle spirit” abound.

 

5. Slingshot (2014)

 

 

Inventor Dean Kamen is on a quest. His mission, that he already accepted, is to bring clean drinking water to the world. Noble goal, yes? And he’s invented a machine to make it happen. It’s called Slingshot. While the name Dean Kamen might not mean anything to you, the word Segway might. Yep, he invented that. So every time you see a slew of helmeted tourists riding around Picaddilly Circus you can quietly thank (or curse) Dean Kamen in your mind. While his inventions are impressive and have drawn the attention of world leaders the best part of the documentary are the scenes of the inventor’s house. Because really, he’s living on a James Bond set. There are bookcases that open into hidden rooms and a garage for his helicopter all of which are set into the side of a mountain on a private estate. So while the documentary is a bit self-congratulatory the man has kind of earned it.

His other inventions are all found in the medical community. He created an electric wheelchair, an air pump syringe (whatever that is), a portable dialysis machine, and a prosthetic arm. He contributed to a compressed air device to shoot humans onto tall buildings. Kamen says it’s for emergency response teams but let’s be honest, it’s going make for one killer kid’s birthday party. Bounce house move over.

 

6. Muscle Shoals (2013)

 

 

Small town Alabama. Rural American South. Muscle Shoals is an unlikely place to create some of the best music of 1960’s and 70’s. A recording studio in the middle of nowhere somehow bridged the divide between race and musical style to create more than a decade of number one hits. The documentary is heavy on interviews with famous musicians. Bono. Jagger. And most of them were part of the original recordings or have covered some of the music produced in the era. i.e. Percy Sledge. The film is all about the music, as if you set your iTunes to shuffle rock and roll from the era. Music fans will be thrilled by the back story for so many famous songs and singers.

 

7. Dior and I (2014)

 

 

Once you’re fully depressed from watching The True Cost (see above) you can move over to the high stress end of creating clothing designs in the first place. Raf Simons, newly appointed as creative director of Christian Dior in 2012 (as of the time of the film) has two months to create and exhibit his first collection. The documentary, subtitled from French, covers the period from his introduction to his new staff to the runway show of his maiden collection at Fashion Week. The whole thing is high stress. “Alores, we need eight bajillion yards of velvet! Oui, I said 10,000 flowers for the set.” It’s equal parts insane over the top drama queen creating art on a deadline to normal work stresses for people in high pressure jobs. A couture Dior dress can sell at six figures, so yeah, success is critical. But the end product is ethereal so it’s worth a watch.

 

8. 20 Feet from Stardom (2013)

 

 

This could also be titled, “Always a bridesmaid, never a bride.” The documentary covers three back up singers, each talented and somewhat famous, but never a lead singer or headliner. The backup singers were glorified groupies in some sense, hanging out with Mick Jagger but never being recognized for their own talents or landing recording contracts for their own music. The documentary, while full of fantastic music, is a bit sad. These women who were so close to such great talents but couldn’t make it solo. They posed for Playboy Magazine, recorded number one hits, and were on some incredible tours. Bruce Springstein, anyone?

The documentary celebrates the achievements of the singers, even showing one of them inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. While maybe six people from Cleveland will ever visit the Rock Hall (let’s be real, no one from Cleveland visits the Rock Hall) it’s a nice sentiment all the same. The music in the film is amazing and it’s interesting, if not a bit creepy, to hear Mick Jagger describe how hot some of these women used to be, it’s a great testament to the art of music.

 

9. Bill Cunningham New York (2010)

 

 

Another fashion related film for the list. Only this one is almost anti-fashion. Bill Cunningham is  a legendary fashion photographer in New York City. Except he isn’t photographing models on a runway or a set, he’s obsessed with street fashion. In fact, he pretty much invented it. It’s Bill’s belief that everyone wakes up as a blank canvas and puts on their armor for everyday life. Part of the film involves him running up a busy street to get a shot of a girl in a sequined mini dress. He loves bright colors, outrageous combinations, and people with more flair than you can imagine. The documentary covers some of his early life and loads of people congratulating themselves for having their photo taken by him. The fashion is incredibly over the top. Be prepared to see men in banana yellow suits, and hats. Oh, the hats. The Duchess of Cambridge has nothing on these hats.

 

10. The Rooselvelts (2014)

 

 

Regardless of your feelings of American politics you have to love a Ken Burns documentary. Seriously, there’s a setting in iPhoto named after him. Respect. For the full history of the Roosevelt family, because anything Ken Burns does is a complete history, you have to commit. It’s about 14 hours. But it’s broken up into seven parts which are perfect for binge watching. Starting with Theodore Roosevelt as a child and covering every office he ever held until the American presidency the film is obsessed with his “action.” Teddy, as he was known (and if you have a teddy bear you can thank him for the name) was given to fits of melancholy and had determined that action would cure his ills. This made him a force of nature, never ceasing movement. Even after being shot during a speech he continued for another hour on his soapbox. He spent a year in Africa hunting every type of game animal and brought back thousands of samples still on display at the Smithsonian Museum.

His cousin Franklin was just as determined to be president. The second half of the film is devoted to Franklin and his wife, Eleanor, and their rise to power in the White House. The most impressive parts of the documentary are not about his presidency or the reforms he made to American politics but about his battle with polio. A vaccine is now available but at the time polio was a death sentence. Franklin managed to contract it as an adult and wore painful braces to enable him to walk and stand for speeches. His wife Eleanor endured his philandering and supported women’s rights as a member of the UN even in old age. The sheer breadth of history is enormous and worth the time it takes to watch it all the way through.

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