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Five things on Netflix you should watch this second


Spaced: Jessica Stevenson and Simon Pegg wrote and star in this quirky British sitcom about two near strangers who decide to fake being a couple in order to get an apartment in London. This show is most notable for the first paring up of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Nira Park and Edgar Wright; the creative team that went on to make the stellar films Shawn of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. Even though some of the references in the show might be dated a little, it is wildly engaging and laugh-out-loud funny. Spaced is still on comedic par with most sitcoms today.

Trainspotting: Danny Boyle's explosive 1996 film tracks the misadventures of young men (played by a cast that includes Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle and Jon Lee Miller) trying to find their way out of joblessness, aimless relationships and drug addiction. Some are successful, while others are hopelessly not. Based on Irvine Walsh's novel, Trainspotting melds grit with poetry, resulting in a film of harsh truths and stunning grace.

Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior: Non-stop action ensues when a sacred Buddha statuette is stolen from Ting's (Tony Jaa) village by a shady businessman intent on realizing a profit from his ill-gotten gain, Ting takes it upon himself to reclaim the pilfered treasure by following the trail of clues to Bangkok. It turns out Ting is the right man for the job, as he possesses an impressive array of Muay Thai fighting skills that will obliterate all his adversaries.

Chasing Amy: Comic book artist Holden meets the perfect woman, only to learn that she's a lesbian. Holden learns to balance his new crush with his rising comic fame and his loveable but abrasive best friend and roommate Bansky (played by Jason Lee). As his friendship with this new woman develops into something more when Holden confesses his love for her, secrets from her past threaten their relationship, their friendships and more. Written and directed by Clerks creator Kevin Smith, fans of Jay and Silent Bob will find their usual brand of weed-comedy replaced with not just a heartfelt love story, but a great film about fitting in.

Bob's Burgers: Blending the structure of a family sitcom and a workplace comedy, this animated Fox series centers on Bob Belcher and his ragtag clan of burger flippers, who are desperate to get their greasy spoon off the ground. H. Jon Benjamin and Kristen Schall are just a few of the hilarious comedians to lend their voices in this show devised and produced by the great Loren Bouchard (Home Movies, Dr. Katz)

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