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Well, I can’t read all day every day. So if you’re out there wondering what to watch… here’s a little taste of what I’ve been watching lately…
What to Watch – Television
Sometimes when I’m watching TV I want to be really watching the show – I actually care about seeing what’s unfolding and want to follow along. And Sometimes when I’m watching the TV I just want background noise while I work on my blog or something.
We’ll start with the shows I ‘care’ about:
Big Little Lies – This is a mini series created for HBO based on the book Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty. I read the book (and loved it, as you know if you read the review!) so I was really excited to see how the show turned out and honestly, I really like it! It’s about mothers of first graders, whose apparently perfect lives unravel to the point of murder. They did a great job casting – Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Adam Scott, and so many more! They’ve stayed really close to the book, for the most part, too. It is over now, but you can watch it on HBO Now (through Amazon) or onDemand.
The Walking Dead – Yep. I watch it. And if you haven’t heard about it yet in the six or so years it’s been on, then … I don’t know where you’ve been hiding. I started it on Netflix a long time ago and am now watching it every Sunday through ridiculous amounts of commercials. Some people (my boyfriend) will tell you that the show isn’t as good as it once was, but I disagree. I still love it and I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen. The current season just ended, but you can find earlier seasons on Netflix and on the AMC app or onDemand.
Vice News – I like to watch both Vice News Tonight on HBO and Viceland the channel. The Vice News Tonight is usually a 30 minute “highlight reel” of news around the country and world. And then on Viceland the channel, there are 30 minute or hour-long shows that are really more like short documentaries; they dive into news stories and show you things you’d never see on your local news. It’s really fascinating and I feel like I’ve learned a lot of interesting stuff since I’ve been watching.
I started Orange is the New Black, but have yet to finish the latest season. I like the show – it’s funny, suspenseful at times and different from some of the other things I usually watch. It isn’t for everyone – Grandma, please don’t watch this.
Things that I’m re-watching and enjoying in the background:
New Girl – I love this show! It’s on TV somewhere with new episode coming out at some time… but I watch it on Netflix, of course. It’s witty and perfect and I love everything about it.
Modern Family – This is also on TV and it probably airs at certain times… it’s not on Netflix for some silly reason, but I find I catch it when I’m at the gym a lot. it’s funny and I love it. if it ever is on Netflix I will binge the crap out of it!
What to Watch – Movies
We used to go to the movies almost every weekend, but it’s been a lot let frequent lately. My boyfriend is wonderful – but he doesn’t want to watch ‘chick flicks’ very often. So we usually see thrillers and stuff. Plus, it’s just more fun to watch big action packed flicks on the big screen.
Logan – I am not the biggest X Men fan. I mean I’ve seen some of ’em, I’ll go to the movies to see it if that’s what everyone else wants to watch. I can usually take it or leave it. But we went to Logan and I gotta say…. it was a really good movie! BUT it was a really violent movie. It was darker than I remember the other X Men movies being, too. The storyline was pretty good, though and there was some great acting. Don’t let me tell you how to parent, but I think it’s definitely for adults, not kiddos.
Get Out – I saw an interview with the guy who directed this movie (Jordan Peele from Key and Peele) on Vice I think. He usually acts in comedies but he said he loves horror movies and just wanted to make the movie he wanted to watch. Personally I think he did a great job! I thought it was a really great movie – which is saying a lot since I usually hate horror movies! But it was really more of a psychological thriller, if you ask me. The subject of race is a big factor. But at the end of the day it’s just a movie – a really good movie.
Split – Ok I know what some of you are thinking “M. Night Shyamalan? I don’t know man, I’ve been burned before.” And I hear you. I do. But c’mon… James McAvoy, the subject of split personality disorder, kidnapping, suspense. It has all the makings of a great movie and in my opinion it really is great. The ending leaves a little to be desired (in true Shyamalan form I suppose). But James McAvoy proves to be one of the most talented actors of our time – ok that’s a big statement, but he does an incredible job! I can’t speak to the accuracy of the science behind split personality disorder, but hey. At least their starting a conversation about it, right?
Allied – We rented Allied at home one night. I’m not gonna lie, I like a good Brad Pitt movie. And Marion Cotillard is really wonderful, too. I also really like a good historical fiction and that’s basically what this was. To be completely honest I did fall asleep for like 5 minutes, but then I was mad at myself for having missed things! It was an enjoyable movie – it gets my recommendation for sure.
In the realm of movies and TV shows there really is so much out there, so this is just a small tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of good things coming out all the time, so I can’t possibly watch everything.
What are you watching? Any good shows to binge on Netflix? Good movies to rent or see in theatres? Let me know in the comments!