Category Archives: TV/ Movies

What’s in my netflix queue?

It’s no secret that I like Tv and movies, so naturally I’m a big netflix fan. I posted 10 Binge worthy shows a while ago, but I thought I’d update everyone on my ‘to watch’ list.
As far as tv shows I am currently watching Gossip Girl and Gilmore Girls, but overall I’m more of a documentary fan. So, without further ado here are the shows in my queue.3030039-poster-p-netflixx

Mudbloods:
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Quidditch is no longer a fictional sport, as these college athletes prove in a documentary about UCLA’s quidditch underdogs and their World Cup run.
As a huge Harry Potter fan I couldn’t pass this up, that’s pretty much the only reason this is in my queue. 

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After World War II, consumer tastes and government policy steer America into a fateful reliance on oil-fueled technology that must and can be broken.
The picture on the cover and the title sold me on this show, hopefully it’s not super boring! 

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room:
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This documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at the powerful energy company whose downfall forever changed the landscape of the business world.
Everyone remembers Enron and I have always been fascinated with the corporation and how they changed the way Americans think and feel about investing money. 

Nightmares in Red, White and Blue:
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This examination of American horror films explores the earliest monster movies of the silent era up to the scariest modern-day masterpieces.
This is a little misleading because I HATE horror and scary movies. What I am interested in the movies in general and the way they can over time with each new generation. 

InRealLife:

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Teens of both sexes reveal harrowing truths about how the Internet is shaping their experiences in this documentary from veteran helmer Beeban Kidron.
I mean who doesn’t love technology? But I wonder how it’s shaping the lives of young children and how far is too far, at what point are we giving young people too much power with the information they are able to obtain. 

For the Love of Movies: The Story…:
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This insightful documentary examines the oft-misunderstood world of film criticism and explores what the future holds for it in the Internet era.
Again, I love movies and television and I think it’s interesting to see where people think the industry is headed.  

 

What shows are on your queue? Comment and let me know so I can check them out!

Miss Representation

I’ve just watched the documentary Miss Representation Netflix.

71Fr2S+6pAL._SL1131_Let me tell you I am fired up, to the point that I can’t really write a full post. I feel like my brain is going a million miles an hour, and because I feel like sexism is still such a huge debate I’m just not in the mood to feel like I have to defend my thoughts.

I do want to share a story that happened to me this week. I was in a training class with ten other supervisors in my company. A senior manager was giving a presentation and she asked us to raise our hands if we thought our country was ready for a female president. 75% raised their hands. 25% believes regardless of age, educate or experience if the candidate is female she is not capable of running a country. On the flip side over 60 other countries including India, Brazil, Cuba and Germany either currently have a female running their country, or have in the past. I’m horrified, disappointed and embarrassed at how our society views women and their roles.

I encourage you to watch Miss Representation and let me know your thoughts. Are you upset by this, or do you agree that a woman in office would be a detriment to our country? Please comment and let me know, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

10 Binge Worthy Shows on Netflix

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  1. Friends– Friends is that show that you’ve seen every episode of, but in a completely random order. In the past week, that it’s been on Netflix, I’ve burned through the first 3 seasons and am definitely obsessed.
  2. The Office– I have seen every episode of the office well over 5 times, and I never get tired of them. I’m literally watching season three as I write this post. If you don’t love the Office it’s hard for me to believe you have a sense of humor.

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  1. Psych– Your classic crime comedy, I forced Nick into watching Psych and he was hooked in the first 10 minuets. Plus there is a youtube clip that is just a mash up of Shawn introducing Gus as different names to strangers, it’s hilarious.
  2. The League– For the person who loves football. I wasn’t sold after watching the pilot, but I gave the show a chance and I’m glad I did. It’s basically just a show about a group of friends who play fantasy football together, just get into all sorts of shenanigans. I also credit the league with getting me interested in football.
  3. Bojack Horseman– A new series that is a Netflix original. I really wanted to hate this show because it’s animated and very adult (language and drug use.) Personally, I have always believed that animated shows should be for kids, but Bojack Horsman is about a guy who was a sitcom star in the 90s and is desperately trying to become famous again. I just want to reiterate that it is not a kids show, but if you’re a big Will Arnett fan I would give it a shot.

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  1. Gilmore Girls– One of the only shows on my list that can be considered both a comedy and somewhat of a drama. Obviously, I like it for it’s humor. Lorali is super sassy and always has a comeback. I can’t say I completely binged on this show, it’s more of a few episodes a week show, but I still believe it is binge worthy.
  2. Freaks and Geeks– How Freaks and Geeks only went one season is beyond me. It has some of the funniest men in television all before they were famous. It’s this great mix between cliché and completely relatable.
  3. Arrested Development– A show that got so popular after it was canceled that they did another 10 episodes. It’s a show about a family who lost everything and the one son who has to keep them all together. Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, Michael Cera all star in this hilarious show.
  4. Firefly– A Joss Wheaton/ Nathan Fillian masterpiece that only lasted one season. It’s a sifi show set in the future on a spaceship that is also a western! Bonus points, it has the most amazing theme song ever!

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  1. How I Met Your Mother– I hesitated putting this on the list, because Nick and I both hated the ending more than anything , but every other episode is funny and it’s a show you can easily binge on.

What are you netflix favorites? Comment and let me know!

From the Page to the Screen

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It’s no secret that I love reading, so I’m always excited when I find out a book, or series, I like Is being made into a movie. However, immediately after I get nervous, because lets be honest, there is nothing worse that an amazing book being made into a crappy movie. I wanted to share some of the more memorable movie adaptations in my mind.

 

The Fault In Our Stars– Amazing, by far my favorite adaption. The characters worked so well on screen and I feel like the overall theme was perfectly captured. The Anne Frank voice-overs they used while they visited the house was my favorite addition. I think it added to the emotion in the scene, there were of course a few things missing, but you can never get every single word from the book to the movie.

 The Hunger Games– I was so impressed with the way this movie captured the seriousness and heaviness of the ‘games’ without glorifying the violence and making every scene a blood bath. I thought the first movie was perfection. I know some fans were upset because Katniss didn’t do any voice-overs therefore you were not able to hear her thoughts during the games, however I think the direction the movie went using the Capitol announcers to educate the viewers was both clever and fit the movie better. Personally I think voice-overs would have been cheesy in a movie like this so I stand by the director’s decisions.

 Divergent– Gosh, there are so many things I love about this movie. Disclaimer, out of all these books/movies this is my favorite story so I may be a bit biased. I thought the casting was perfect and I really enjoyed the costumes, character portrayals, and the set. That being said I felt like Tris and Four didn’t get their story told so much in the movie. In the book you can watch their friendship/ relationship as it progresses and I feel like the movie skipped some important conversations. The other disappointment for me was the ending. If you’ve read the book you know that they completely changed that around, I understand maybe the book ending wasn’t as action packed, but they added in a lot and I feel like their changes could definitely effect the second and even third movie.

Ella Enchanted– Biggest disappointment! I read Ella Enchanted back in 5th grade and fell in love, I have read the book probably over a dozen times in the past ten years and I never get tired of it. It is such a beautiful way to retell the Cinderella story. That being said the movie was probably the worst thing I have ever seen. I have only seen it once when it first came out and I refuse to see it again because I feel like it is such an injustice to such a powerful book. They basically kept the character names, added a plot, made it a silly musical and killed my soul along the way.

Flowers in the Attic– The Lifetime movie was so poorly done that I feel like I can’t talk about it. What was worse the fact that they took out major plot point or that the acting was so terrible I was laughing when I should have been crying? I honestly can’t say… It was such a creepy enticing novel made into a goofy made for TV movie.

 

Have you seen any of these adaptations? Make sure you comment and share your thoughts!