Happy Fourth of July, American readers! Any exciting plans for the long weekend? Watching Netflix? When I did a Netflix free trial a few summers ago, I did my best to milk it for all it was worth. Of course, this was a time before shows like Orange Is The New Black made exclusive releases to the site, and before there were a million OTHER ways to stream thousands of movies.
For this installment of Film Friday, I thought it would be fun to share a few picks of what I've watched and enjoyed on Netflix. In no particular order:
Breaking Bad (2008-2012)
So this still makes the top of the list. Sorry not sorry. All five seasons are now available to stream. I might have to marathon the series again. I may be able to skip the first season, though. Goodness knows I've seen that alone at least 10 times.
Friday Night Lights (2006-2010)
Full disclosure, I have not finished watching this entire series. However, I am convinced the first two seasons are most worth watching anyway. Written by an alum from my college, I think this does a good job with character development. Plus there are actors that it's hard not to love, like Connie Britton.
Parks and Recreation (2009-current)
Need I blather on about how fantastic this show is? I am probably preaching to the choir.
I had no idea what exactly I was getting myself into with this foreign drama series from Denmark. The gorgeous title sequence exuded promise. I immediately liked how sassy the protagonist is, even though I'm not sure I would've liked her as my schoolteacher.
American Psycho (2000)
This was a movie I had always heard about, perhaps even had seen a few stills from, and yet still never quite understood what it was all about. After viewing this grotesque 2-hour character case study, I still don't know how to coherently explain it. Yet if you're looking to go on a terrifying ride, look no further.
Jonathan Groff surprised me in this. Although the story wasn't particularly new -- and I'm not sure how I felt about the ending -- this thoroughly sucked me in for its duration.
I stumbled upon this earlier this summer purely by chance. This tells the story of a woman who was arrested in Britain for kidnapping and raping the love of her life who had been sent there for mission work with the Mormon church. The entire movie seems nearly unreal and -- without spoiling anything -- shocking. This made me think more critically about who is telling what story and for what reason.
Frances Ha (2013)
This film and I have a very special relationship. It's filmed in black-and-white with the backdrop of NYC. The main character, Frances (Greta Gerwig), is a 27-year-old aspiring dancer still figuring out her life. Filled with comedy, drama, genuine emotion, captivating dialogue and entirely relatable moments, the movie oozed life. I swear it is part of my soul now. Just go watch it already. If you don't think you'd like it, then at least watch this scene.
Bo Burnham: what.
I can see why some might find Bo's brand of comedy offensive. I would go so far as to say he is one of the best comedians of our generation. He understands the way we operate nowadays and mocks it brilliantly.
Let me know what you've watched!