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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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!

Latest Movies: July 1 – August 12

[Number of movies rated as of 8/12/2014 is 1426]

American Horror Story

Netflix summary: Exploring humankind’s unsettling capacity for evil, this darkly twisted drama plays upon the power of supernatural fears and everyday horrors.

★★★★ This show hooked me like a sea bass. I don’t tend to watch horror movies but the fact that it was in serial televised format intrigued me. Interestingly, each season begins with a new setting and new characters while keeping mostly the same cast. Jessica Lange kills, both literally and artistically.

 

Her

Netflix summary: In this sci-fi romantic comedy starring Joaquin Phoenix, love comes to a lonely young writer in the sleekest of packages when he finds himself falling for the advanced operating system he purchased to run his life.

★★★ An interesting look at how technology is redefining how we emotionally connect.

 

It’s a Wonderful Life

Netflix summary: It’s a wonderful film. Frank Capra’s inverted take on A Christmas Carol stars Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey, a good man who’s spent a lifetime giving up on his dreams in order to keep life in his small town humming. When a guardian angel named Clarence finds a despondent George poised to jump off a bridge, he shows George what life would’ve been like had he never been born.

★★★★ We’ve all seen the ending to this movie whether we’ve wanted to or not. This being the first time I’ve actually watched the movie from start to finish, I found myself weeping at the end. It deserves its place in all the best movie lists.

 

Doomsday Bunkers

As the leader of Deep Earth Bunker, Scott Bales builds one-of-a-kind bunkers for eccentric clients who are preparing for the end of the world.

★★★ Mildly interesting look at a quirky engineer who has the enviable task of running his own business making bunkers for people who are totally batshit. This show lead me to….

 

Doomsday Preppers

★★★★ This show isn’t actually on Netflix…so I had to turn to the shady world of streaming television from sketchy websites. During the length of each episode, National Geographic follows three different #preppers and their efforts to ready themselves for when “shit hits the fan.” They store massive quantities of food, arm themselves to the teeth, and warn their children that roving bands of vandals will one day break into their house, steal their food, and rape them all…unless they’re ready for it. God I love crazy people. The strangest part of the show, in my opinion, is that after the preppers reveal all of their food stores, weapons, inventions, and paranoid fantasies, National Geographic rates their preparedness and offers them suggestions for how to be even crazier. It always sounds something like “while the experts agree that having five years worth of food in your basement will prepare you for an impending pole shift, they think you should have a better security system and more gallons of water.”

I will  probably write up an entire article about this show.

This week’s movies: May 18-25 and May 25 – June 1

Confession: All I watched these past two weeks was Orange is the New Black

 

Orange is the New Black

Netflix summary: From the creator of “Weeds” comes a heartbreaking and hilarious new series set in a women’s prison. Piper Chapman’s wild past comes back to haunt her, resulting in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.

★★★★★ Yes! What could be more entertaining than throwing a waspy, upper-middle class, blonde woman into a prison. She starts out pathetic and we watch her slowly evolve into the crazy person she already was…. A little glad I watched this series late so that I don’t have to wait too long to find out how the cliff hanger from season 1 ends. Season 2 premieres on June 6!