Category: netflix

weird things i’ve been watching on netflix

In my mind it’s basically spring. It feels like we’ve been living through this winter long enough but then I remember, it’s only January and although there is a light at the end of the chilly tunnel, we’ve still got at least 6 more weeks of winter.

On that note, I thought I’d share some of the stuff I’ve been watching on Netflix. I’ll be honest, most of it is weird. I went through The Mindy Project and Brooklyn Nine Nine at the beginning of the season and I’ve been bouncing around series and documentaries since then.

Arrested Development: This one I’ve been rewatching… a lot. I don’t know why I can watch this show over and over again (except season 4, one of the only Netflix originals I didn’t enjoy). If you’ve never watched it, it may seem like a lame, cheaply done show but it is so well-written. It may take an episode or two to get into it but I promise it’s worth it. Plus, then you’ll know how to chicken dance properly.

The Inbetweeners: I had British friends I lived with that absolutely loved this show and I saw it was a short series so I decided to give it a chance. I watched it in a few days because the episodes are short and there’s only a couple of dozen episodes. It’s another show that’s so brilliantly written it’s worth checking out. You may think you want to leave the awkwardness of high school behind you but you’ll find yourself cheering for the underdogs.

Brony Documentaries: Yes, that’s plural because there is two different documentaries. I don’t know why the brony culture fascinates me so much, but these documentaries are worth watching.

Crime Documentaries: I don’t think I could count all the crime documentaries I’ve watched in the past few weeks. There’s still a few on my list but so far these are my favourites: Serving Life, a movie about a hospice in a prison;  West of Memphis, a movie about the West Memphis Three, Crime After Crime based on a woman’s experience with the justice system and Gideon’s Army, about public defenders in the US.

I’m almost worried to admit this last one but: Mike Tyson Mysteries. It is only about an hour worth of short episodes but they are so funny. As long as you completely forget any kind of logic and everything you know about science. The best example I could compare it to would be Archer, if you like Archer, I’d highly recommend this show.

What do I need to add to my list?


the must-see movies

It’s award season so the ‘best’ movies are at the top of everyone’s mind. I admit, I’m not a huge movie person, television is much better for my attention span and even then, I’m often multitasking. Among my friends, its always been a big joke that I haven’t seen the most classic movies that everyone has seen. If you name a movie you think everyone in the world has seen, I’m probably the one person that hasn’t. I find for myself that if I don’t see a movie in theatre, I’ll probably never watch it. I did get Netflix, which you think would make it much easier, but it hasn’t really. I find it hard to make the two hour commitment.

However, there’s a lot of movies I really want to see. There seems to be some great movies up for Oscars this year, and I’d really like to see a few of them before the Oscars happen. So I’ve decided to make a list, so far, its just movies that are nominated and I’ll be able to see in the next few weeks but I’d also love to hear about other movies that I must-see. I’ll keep adding to the list and slowly start crossing things off. Also, lately I’ve been watching a lot of documentaries so if you have any of those I should see, please let me know in the comments!my movie list

orange is the new black

So tonight, after a wonderful long weekend, I decided to check out this “orange is the new black” that people have been talking about. I had heard about it from friends, on the internet and even in a radio interview. It was made specifically for Netflix and I was skeptical but must say, it is impressive.

I settled in to bed, to watch the first episode, figured that would be enough seeing as it is almost an hour long and it was getting late. In the first scenes, I was captivated. I wasn’t familiar with this actress, but from the opening scenes, she was amazing. The only actors I recognized was Jason Biggs and Laura Prepon. Both of the stars got their starts in very light comedies so it was very interesting to see them in these darker roles. In the first episode, I laughed, I cried and I really cared about what happened to the characters. I got sucked in to a second episode and my love for this show has only grown. I wish it wasn’t so late or I would continue to watch this show. There is only 13 episodes, so chances are, I will finish it this week, even if that means missing out on sleep. I also need to finish it quickly because I don’t want to accidentally find a spoiler online like I did with “the wire”. Only being two episodes in, assuming it continues with this same level of excellence, I would say this show could easily rival an HBO show. I hope this show is successful enough to continue to another season and to have Netflix create other awesome programs.