5.04.2020

What I've Watched During Quarantine So Far (On Netflix)


I don’t know about you, but I have been crushing some Netflix shows and movies lately. Whether it's on at night when Andrew and I watch together, or during a needlepoint session on the weekends. I love to just put something on and needlepoint away. It's like killing two birds with one stone!

Either way, it's either sad or impressive that I've been getting through as much as I have. I wanted to throw together a quick list for you guys in case you were wondering what to watch next! There are some real gems in here...

 
TV SHOWS:



Hollywood: This just got released on May 1st and BOY IS IT GOOD. First off, if you don’t know who Ryan Murphy is, look him up. He's an amazing screenwriter and I have yet to find a show of his that I don't like. He's been all over Netflix lately. If you have yet to watch The Politician with Ben Platt, do yourself a favor and watch it. The cast of Hollywood is omg HOT. 

It's a story of young actors, set in the "what if" world of old Hollywood trying to make it big while facing a lot of struggle, diversity, and challenges. It's wonderfully written, beautifully diverse, and is oh so GLAMOROUS; old Hollywood glamorous. There are only seven episodes, each an hour long. Easy to do over a weekend!


Outerbanks: This was a pretty easy binge too; 10 episodes, each an hour long. It's dumb but good. Does that make any sense? It's very YA and a little cringe at times, but it's the king of cliffhangers and no matter how hard you try, you're going to end up watching the next episode. It doesn't need your full attention but it's a fun distraction.

The story is about the kids from "the other side of the tracks" trying to find hidden treasure from a shipwreck many years ago that everyone in this small town has been trying to find. The main character, John B, lost his dad and is convinced that he's now leaving him hidden clues to solve the mystery his dad spent his life trying to solve.


Ozark: A TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITE and easily one of the best shows on Netflix. The third season just came out (after two years of waiting!) and it was good. So good I finally convinced Andrew to watch it and we started from the beginning. Jason Bateman is a money launderer for a Mexican drug cartel and tries to save his life by moving his family to the Ozarks to clean money. 


Money Heist: Another absolute favorite of mine with a new season dropping! If you liked (the movies) Inside Man and Oceans 11, think of this as its love child. It's an elaborate bank heist show. It's a Spanish series but do not let that deter you from the show. You must, however, watch it in Spanish with English subtitles, otherwise, it's not very good lol. The actors are what make the show and the dubbing is pretty bad. There are four "parts" each having 8-9 episodes, with the exception of the first season which has 13. Each episode is roughly 50 minutes long. 


Unorthodox: This came up on my home screen so much that I finally gave in, and soon I was hooked. It's the story of a young girl who grew up in a Hassidic community in Williamsburg and is now trying to escape to Berlin. I thought it was going to be a longer series but it was actually only four episodes (50 mins each) and that's it. There's no second season or anything. They just wanted to tell this (true) story and tell it perfectly. And they did. It was totally eye-opening. A great watch. 


Waco: This mini-series first came out on the Paramount Network in 2018 about the cult in Waco, Texas lead by David Koresh. It was very well done (a ton of amazing actors in it!) and eye-opening. I had an idea about what went on, but this was really a different telling and a more in-depth look into what happened. It's only six episodes, each 50 minutes long, so it's another easy binge!


Tiger King: I mean do you live under a rock if you haven't watched this yet??? It's a mini-documentary of the wild story behind the lives of people who own "big cats" aka Tigers, Lions, and other exotic animals. The craziest story of them all is Joe Exotic, also known as The Tiger King. It's honestly such a weird, wtf kind of story that you just have to watch to understand. It's seven episodes, 45 mins each, which will all leave you thinking "what the f* did I just watch" in the best way possible. 


Too Hot To Handle: Hello ultimate trashy TV series. A bunch of hot and horny singles are sent to a Mexican resort and are not allowed to be sexual in any way (with others or themselves) and any time they do, money from their "pot" gets taken away. It's really really dumb but sometimes it's just what you need!!


MOVIES:

Not Romcoms (lol)


Extraction -- The title explains it all. We're extracting a kid from a gangster and it goes wrong. Lots of shooting, fighting, action, yada yada. It was fineeee but nothing to write home about. 


Angel Has Fallen -- Hasn't this story been written a hundred times?? Someone tries to kill the president and blames someone else and then that guy tries to prove his innocence by finding the other guy. Much better than the above though. 


Molly's Game -- Based on a true story of Molly Bloom, who ran the world's most exclusive, high-end poker game. This story is wild and the movie is so good


The Social Network -- The story of how Facebook came to be and the legal issues Mark Zuckerberg faced along the way.


Steve Jobs -- The story of Steve Jobs through his early product launches. 
 

Ex Machina -- A test to see how lifelike AI can become, with a crazy little twist. One of my favs to recommend to people!!


Space Jam -- The classic movie from your childhood with the most dynamic duo around: Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny. 

Romcoms: Here is where I'm just going to share the movie write-ups. I love most of these movies, but romcoms basically have the same premise and are hard to explain without spoiling the movie lol. 


Sleeping With Other People -- I can't believe I had never even heard of this movie before! Twelve years after a one-night stand, a man (Jason Sudeikis) and a woman (Alison Brie) run into each other and try to maintain a platonic relationship despite their mutual attraction.


As Good As It Gets -- Another Oscar winner. Such a good movie. Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) is an obsessive-compulsive writer of romantic fiction who's rude to everyone he meets, including his gay neighbor Simon (Greg Kinnear), but when he has to look after Simon's dog, he begins to soften and, if still not completely over his problems, finds he can conduct a relationship with the only waitress (Helen Hunt) at the local diner who'll serve him.


(this kicks off the Bradley Cooper romcoms btw)
Silver Linings Playbook -- An Oscar winner -- a little quirky, but cute. Either way, a must-see! After losing his job and wife, and spending time in a mental institution, Pat Solatano (Bradley Cooper) winds up living with his parents (Robert De Niro, Jacki Weaver). He wants to rebuild his life and reunite with his wife, but his parents would be happy if he just shared their obsession with the Philadelphia Eagles. Things get complicated when Pat meets Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence), who offers to help him reconnect with his wife, if he will do something very important for her in exchange.


Yes Man -- Carl Allen (Jim Carrey) is stuck in a rut with his negative ways. Then he goes to a self-help seminar and learns to unleash the power of yes. Living in the affirmative leads him to all sorts of amazing and transforming experiences; he gets a job promotion, and even finds a new romance. But Carl finds that too much of anything, even positive thinking, is not necessarily a good thing.


Valentine's Day -- In a series of interconnected stories, various Los Angeles residents (Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Bradley Cooper) wend their way through the highs and lows of love during a single day. As the holiday unfolds, they experience first dates, longtime commitments, youthful crushes and connections to old flames.


He's Just Not That Into You -- Baltimore-based friends and lovers, all in their 20s and 30s, try to navigate their way through the complexities of modern relationships. Beth (Jennifer Aniston) wants commitment from Neil (Ben Affleck), who sees nothing wrong with the status quo. Gigi (Ginnifer Goodwin) is tired of waiting by the phone, while Mary (Drew Barrymore) has a slew of supportive male friends, none of whom are straight. Meanwhile, Janine has trust issues with her husband, who can't trust himself around Anna.


Failure to Launch -- Tripp, a 35-year-old professional layabout, is happy to stay at home where he's waited on hand and foot by his mum Sue. However, she and her husband Al have had enough and decide that to get him to leave, they have to use subtle methods. So, they hire Paula who will use her feminine wiles to lever him out of the family home.
(this is where it ends)


Ghosts of Girlfriends Past -- And a little more Mathew McConaughey for you as well... Celebrity photographer Connor Mead (Matthew McConaughey) lives life in the fast lane, committed to bachelorhood and simultaneous relationships with multiple women. On the eve of his brother's wedding, Connor receives a visit from the spirits of his jilted lovers, who take him on an odyssey through his many failed relationships to try to find out what made him such a cad -- and if there is any hope of Connor finding true love.


Life As We Know It -- Then we get into some Katherine Heigl romcoms (this and the below). After a disastrous first date, the only things Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) have in common are mutual dislike and their love for their goddaughter, Sophie. When they unexpectedly become her caretakers, Holly and Eric have to put aside their differences and learn to work together for the sake of the child. Juggling competing career and social commitments, Holly and Eric look for common ground while living under the same roof.


The Ugly Truth -- No longer on Netflix this month but a great romcom if you can find elsewhere! Abby Richter (Katherine Heigl) is a lovelorn TV producer who, despite a long and arduous search for the perfect mate, is hopelessly single. The battle of the sexes heats up when her employers team her up with Mike Chadway (Gerard Butler), an opinionated TV celebrity who plans to put Abby through the wringer to prove his own theories about what makes men and women tick.


When We First Met -- This was another Netflix original and it was cute! After spending a night with the girl of his dreams only to become just friends, a man gets the opportunity to travel through time and alter that night over and over again until he gets everything perfect.


Julie and Julia -- Rewatched this and just remembered how unlikeable Amy Adams is in this! I love her but I'm not a big fan of the movie.... Frustrated with a soul-killing job, New Yorker Julie Powell (Amy Adams) embarks on a daring project: she vows to prepare all 524 recipes in Julia Childs' landmark cookbook, "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Intertwined with Julie's story is the true tale of how Julia Child (Meryl Streep) herself conquered French cuisine with passion, fearlessness, and plenty of butter.


Love Wedding Repeat -- This was a new movie on Netflix and I just didn't love it. It's cute but meh. Alternate versions of the same wedding unfold as Jack tries to make sure his little sister has the perfect wedding day.

Check out these blog posts for more TV show and Movie recommendations!!

3 comments:

  1. Your description of Outer Banks was dead on! It's really silly, and totally far fetched, but fun to watch!
    Same with Tiger King. It was a wild ride for sure.

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  2. These are some of my favorite posts!!! Also, need dress and bow details!!

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  3. I also just rewatched Julie and Julia. I think Amy is playing an unlikeable person in general, I think that’s part of the problem with her story line. Would have been happy with just a Julia Child movie.

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