The People v. O. J. Simpson is now on Netflix!

I was eight years old during the O.J. Simpson trial. So I remember it, but I didn’t really know the  specifics or really cared at the time. When it popped up on my Netflix recommendations recently, I immediately dove in: “alright it’s been 22 years dammit, it’s time to learn the details of this thing.” I watched it with my IRL boyfriend and we were immediately hooked. We had our laptops open the entire series marathon: looking up details on the people involved, verifying quotes and going “are you KIDDING me” during the twists. I think the timing is right for a show like this: 90s nostalgia hasn’t gotten old yet, some people might need a reminder as to why the Kardashians are famous, Black Lives Matter is bringing up police brutality issues to the forefront again, and O.J. is ELLIGIBLE FOR PAROLE THIS YEAR. (Sidebar: Only a man who got away with murder could think he could get away with robbing a Las Vegas hotel). The casting and writing were both near perfect. Anyway I won’t ruin the ending for you! #watchit

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Christmas Movies on Netflix

Title explains it all folks:

Scrooged, White Christmas, Love Actually, A Very Murray Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Christmas with the Kranks, Fireplace, Ernest Saves Christmas, The Ref,

 

On Netflix streaming:

  • The Ref
    • Starring Denis Leary, Judy Davis, and Kevin Spacey
    • If your a cynical type, like dark comedies, and don’t particularly enjoy the holidays, then this movie is right up your alley
    • Seriously, watch it.
  • White Christmas
    • 1954 version starring Bing Crosby, Danny Kaye, Rosemary Clooney
    • So Christmasy it’ll make you barf eggnog all over the tree
  • Scrooged
    • Modern take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol
    • Starring Bill Murray
  • Love Actually
    • British Christmas
    • Hella famous people: Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Bill Nighy, Martin Freeman, Keira Knightley, Hugh Grant,  Thomas Brodie-Sangster, etc.
    • RIP Alan Rickman
  • Miracle on 34th Street
    • 1994 version starring ya girl Mara Wilson
    • Also that old dude from Jurassic Park
  • Fireplace for your home
    • If plot and dialogue aren’t your thing, put on the fireplace
    • Comes in classic and birchwood editions
    • Great for during Christmas parties
    • I can’t believe there is a IMDb page for this
    • 5 stars on Netflix…
  • Fireplace and Melodies for the Holidays
    • Oh snap! Someone outdid just fireplace!
    • No IMDb 😦
    • Think about whoever cashed in on this movie idea and marvel
  • Ernest Saves Christmas
    • Ernest and his crazy antics
    • I haven’t seen this but the thumbnail looks promising
    • 3 1/2 stars so probably not as bad as I imagine
  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
    • 3 1/2 stars average rating
  • Happy Christmas
    • Starring Anna Kendrick
    • Same director as Drinking Buddies
    • 4 stars
  • Tree Man
    • Documentary about a Canadian man who sells Christmas trees in NYC
    • Haven’t seen it but has a little over 3 stars

In conclusion, not much that I’ve actually seen is available for streaming. Everything else has 2 stars or less average rating. Here are others that you might want to gamble with:

  • The Three Dogateers
    • Three dogs save Christmas
  • Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday
    • Has nothing to do with Christmas but it’s in the Holiday favorites section of Netflix soooo
    • Why hasn’t this man aged?
    • Omg Joe Manganiello is in it?
    • And Alia Shawkat?

 

Australian movies are depressing

Prior to any vacation I like to buff up on the more critically acclaimed movies of the country I’m visiting. Before going to Italy, I obviously had to dive into some Fellini. So naturally before going to Australia I thought it would be fitting to watch a bunch of the movies from down under. I watched the following movies:

There is a reason why Crocodile Dundee is probably the only one you’ve seen. The Dish and Kenny also didn’t make me want to blow my brains out. So based on my quick calculations, 80% of Australian movies are bleak as f*ck. They will weigh you down with a black despondency. Why do we exist on this godforsaken planet anyway? Of course I suppose Aussies can simply run out and go surfing on a pristine beach in the glorious sunshine after they watch these movies. I have to look outside at the gray Seattle skyline and ask myself, in utter despair, “My God WHY?”

I talked to a few Australians about this while I was there. Some even said they refuse to watch Australian movies for this very reason.

Feel similarly? Have more depressing movies to add to my list? Comment below!

First half of 2016

Wow we are already halfway into 2016 and I haven’t even posted yet. I guess that makes me the worst blogger ever. Without further ado…this is what Netflix and I have been up to lately:

Game of Thrones

Netflix summary: Originally airing on HBO, this live-action fantasy series — based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” novels — charts the violent efforts of competing noble families to gain control of the vacant Westeros throne.

★★★★ Holy shit you guys! I watched the first season of GOT but then stopped either because I couldn’t remember who everyone was by the second season, or because Khal Drogo died and I was like “what’s the point of this show anymore?” (I now follow Jason Momoa’s instagram account to sustain me) Anyway, after a lot of hype from friends, I decided to catch up. In the month of April I watched the ENTIRE six seasons. Basically back-to-back as soon as I got off work until I couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I had to scroll super fast through social media to avoid spoilers. Pretty sure my muscles atrophied that month. But yes basically it is THE BEST thing to ever happen to me. The only real question I have is: how have you people been dealing with watching only one episode per week??

 

Age of Adaline

Netflix summary: After 29-year-old Adaline recovers from a nearly lethal accident, she inexplicably stops growing older. As the years stretch on and on, Adaline keeps her secret to herself — till she meets a man who changes her life.

★★★★ I’m not really into romantic movies but this one stands out. The cinematography, the costumes, Blake Lively’s beautiful fucking face, and most importantly the writing…all fantastic, IMHO. I didn’t even know this movie existed until Netflix was like “Yoooo watch dis.” Thanks Netflix! (Also free on Hulu and Amazon Prime but shhh don’t tell my bf). There are already quite a few movies out that that hypothesize on what it’d be like to not age (for example Tuck Everlasting) or age weird (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button). This movie was somehow more gut-wrenching for me. To be honest I watched it three times last week; what can I say, I’m in the target audience. #29yearoldwhitegirl

 

All the President’s Men

Netflix summary: The film that launched a thousand journalism school students, All the President’s Men chronicles how the work of reporters Bob Woodward (Robert Redford) and Carl Bernstein (Dustin Hoffman) contributed to the public downfall of President Richard M. Nixon. The duo connected a Washington, D.C., hotel break-in with a Nixon “dirty tricks” team assigned to discredit Democratic rivals, launching a series of tense events that forced Nixon to resign.

★★★★ Watched as part of my desperate effort to finish the Top 100 AFI list. It’s the third movie on the list with Dustin Hoffman (that I’ve seen) so clearly AFI loves the shit out of Dustin Hoffman. A suspenseful look into Watergate. Couldn’t stop saying “I am not a crook” in a Nixon voice the entire time.

 

Sullivan’s Travels

Netflix summary: Tired of churning out lightweight comedies, Hollywood director John L. Sullivan decides to make O Brother, Where Art Thou? a serious, socially responsible film about human suffering. After his producers point out that he knows nothing of hardship, Sullivan hits the road disguised as a hobo. En route to enlightenment, he meets a lovely but no-nonsense young woman and more trouble than he ever dreamed of.

★★★★ Was a little put off by the fact that Veronica Lake’s character doesn’t have a name and is simply referred to as “the girl” both in movie and in credits. But there was some good old fashioned comedy and the movie makes a good point about comedy being just as important as drama.

 

A Place in the Sun

Netflix summary: Dirt-poor George Eastman (Montgomery Clift) lands himself a factory job thanks to a well-to-do uncle’s largesse and has a tryst with co-worker Alice (Shelley Winters) to combat his loneliness. But he forgets the uncultured Alice when he becomes smitten with a stunning socialite (Elizabeth Taylor). Alice can’t forget George, however, because she’s expecting his baby. Their dilemma sets off a course of events that can only end in tragedy.

★★★★ Also on the AFI list, this movie does a fantastic job with suspense. Both me and my real-life boyfriend did a lot of yelling at George: “What about Alice, George! Don’t do that George!” Real-life boyfriend does not like how many downer movies are on the AFI list…and this movie is one of them. BUT if you’re like “what was the big deal about Elizabeth Taylor?” then you can find out because she’s 19 in this movie and va-va-voom!

 

Melancholia

Netflix summary: This inventive drama charts the disintegrating relationship between newly married twentysomething Justine and her sister, Claire, just as Earth hurtles toward certain collision with a newly discovered planet.

★★★★ Having watched this in the dead of a Washington state winter, I can attest to identifying heavily with the emotions, if not the actions, of the main characters in this movie. Stunningly beautiful set!

A24 Films

[Number of movies rated as of 12/21/2015 is 1572]

I’ve been waiting for Amy to come out for a while since I missed it in theaters. The previews for other A24 films had me intrigued so I picked up The End of the Tour as well. I might have to go down a A24 rabbit hole now….

 

Amy

Netflix summary: Though singer Amy Winehouse released only two albums during her brief and stormy career, she left an indelible mark on pop music. This affecting documentary recounts her meteoric rise to fame and the addictions that ended her life at age 27.

★★★★ With interviews from friends and family, this movie shows us a more complete version of Amy Winehouse than other biographical films that have come out about her life. It reveals just how damaging being famous can be.

 

The End of the Tour

Netflix summary: In 1996, “Rolling Stone” reporter David Lipsky accompanied acclaimed author David Foster Wallace on a five-day promotional tour, which is chronicled in this affecting drama that focuses on the bond they form through casual and profound discussions.

★★★★ This movie would probably be uninteresting to someone who isn’t an English lit major or a big reader. I’ve had Infinite Jest sitting on my bookshelf for years now and this movie just might be the inspiration I’ve needed to pick it up.

They call me Mr. Tibbs

[Number of movies rated as of 11/16/2015 is 1540]

I approach my 10th anniversary with Netflix and thus will be desperately attempting to achieve the goal I had when I originally signed up for the service: complete the AFI top 100 movies of all time list(s). This one makes 93/122.

In the Heat of the Night

Netflix summary: Black Philadelphia detective Virgil Tibbs helps a redneck Southern sheriff solve a murder in this riveting study in racism that still strikes a chord. Rod Steiger won a Best Actor Oscar for his turn as the put-upon lawman who comes to respect Tibbs.

★★★★ Virgil Tibbs deals with racism in a southern town while trying to investigate a homicide. I now understand the pop culture reference that was going on in this scene of The Lion King: