Chewing Gum

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The life of Tracey and the mishaps of her neighbourhood, friends and family. Oh, and obvs her boyfriend!”

This show!

I sat down and watched the entire first season in one sitting, which isn’t something I’d usually do.  Yes, there are only 8 half hour episodes, but still.  Chewing Gum (I don’t really get the name) is so funny and perfect I’m mad I didn’t watch it earlier.

Tracey is 24 years old and still has A LOT to learn about the world.  She’s trying to figure out the whole relationship thing while dealing with her very religious mother and sister.  It’s about life in your twenties if your life isn’t the kind that is typically shown on TV (ahem, me).

The jokes are great and will make you laugh out loud more than a few times.  I know season 2 just started to premiere over in the UK on E4.  I’m guessing it will appear on Netflix after the entire season airs.

Available on Netflix.

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The OA

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

Here is your next show to binge, but it’s only 8 episodes so far so prepare yourself for the disappointment of it being over way too soon.

I feel like there have been a lot of shows about kidnapping lately, so you might be like, why bother?  The OA is definitely one of the best and you need to give it a try!

The story goes back and forth between present day and back when Prairie was missing.  A lot of times when shows do this, there is one part that is more interesting than the other, but both of these are so good.  You want to know what is going to happen next but also what already happened so you can put all the pieces together.

The actors are all fantastic including Lucius Malfoy, Phyllis from The Office, and Hershel (head in tact) from The Walking Dead…also the mom from Dinotopia if any of you have watched that.

The ending leaves some things up for interpretation and it is driving me crazy!  So go watch all the episodes and get back to me on what you think it all means.

Available on Netflix.

10 Cloverfield Lane

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.”

If you only like movies with fulfilling endings, you should probably not even bother with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Still with me?  Good.

I expected to not like this movie based on the first in the series (is it even a series?).  I couldn’t even finish Cloverfield because all the camera movements was making me dizzy.  But don’t worry, you don’t have to have seen or even heard of the other movie because it didn’t really matter.

It’s got all new characters, completely different tone, and filmed with regular cameras thank God!

The mystery in this movie is so well done that just when you think you are catching on to their clues and have figured it out, turns out you were wrong and something else is going on.  But is it?  Ahh, I loved the back and forth!!!

Story, acting, suspense is all great and I would highly recommend this if you like to watch movies that take you on a ride and are okay with not always knowing what is going on.

Also, sequel, please!!!!

Hello, My Name is Doris

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5/5 Stars

Summary: “A self-help seminar inspires a sixty-something woman to romantically pursue her younger co-worker.”

You know when you love something so much it hurts?  That’s how I felt when watching this movie.  The whole beginning I had this big smile on my face because it was so funny and Doris is such an amazing character.  I wouldn’t have expected to like a movie about a woman in her 60’s so much.

I definitely related to her whole relationship struggle a little too much for someone who is only 25 though.  She fantasizes about how she wants conversations with John to go and they’re funny and perfect, and I may or may not do the same thing…  (So now you know how pathetic I am, congratulations)

Hello, My Name is Doris, is a roller coaster of emotions because one minute you’ll be laughing and the next it will turn kind of sad and serious.  It has so much going for it, you can’t help but enjoy.  Even the ending is perfect and not what I had been expecting.

This is a movie I would 100% watch again, which I don’t say too often anymore.  If you like character driven movies this is one you need to see.

Good Behavior

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5/5 Stars

Summary: “Good Behavior centers on con artist Letty Raines and her inability — despite good intentions — to consistently live a clean life. Fresh out of prison, Letty attempts to reunite with her 10-year-old son and keep in regular contact with her parole officer, whose motives for helping her are questionable. But after she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, Letty sets out to derail the job and finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling herself in a dangerous and seductive relationship.”

Yes, that is Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and yes, you need to start watching Good Behavior like yesterday!

There have been 5 episodes so far, but I knew halfway into episode one that I was going to get hooked. The acting is great.  Characters, great.  I love the potential for where the story can go.

It’s a little dark and funny and you don’t always know what is going to happen next.  On any other channel, I would say it was a great show, but for it to be on TNT and this good surprised me.  I don’t think I’ve ever liked any of their shows before.

Good Behavior is based on a book series and now I’m stuck deciding if I want to read them now or wait for the show to get through a few seasons first.  If you’ve read any of them, let me know what you think!

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

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4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt’s fantastic beasts, which could spell trouble for both the wizarding and No-Maj worlds.

Fantastic Beasts is the add-on to the Harry Potter universe that Cursed Child wasn’t.  This one was written by JK Rowling, after all.  That being said, it isn’t really like the original movies at all, and it isn’t meant to be.  It has a completely different feel to it with it taking place in 1926 NYC with an older cast.  It’s a different world really.  But the little bits throughout the movie where they talk about Dumbledore and Hogwarts and a few other things remind you that this is a place you kind of, sort of know.

I loved all the different animals we got to see.  I need a Niffler, they are just so adorable!!!  The characters are great, and I can see as the story continues in the next 4 movies, that we are going to grow to love them almost as much as our Harry Potter favorites.  Almost.

The story is fun and hints at how dark it is going to get in the future.  I’m so excited that we are going to get the chance to see Grindelwald and hopefully the lead up to his battle with Dumbledore.

If you liked Harry Potter, you have no excuse not to go and see this movie.  You won’t be disappointed!

Haters Back Off – Season 1

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4.5/5 Stars

If you don’t already know who Miranda Sings is, where have you been?  She’s only a hugely popular channel on YouTube who now has her own Netflix show.  Truthfully, I’ve only seen a few of her videos before, and I thought the show would be kind of meh like (unfortunately) a lot of YouTuber shows/movies are.

But this is genuinely hilarious and well written.  If you liked Napoleon Dynamite, at least give Haters Back Off a try.  It kind of has that same feel to it with a bunch of misfits living together, thinking they are totally normal.

You’ve got Miranda who thinks she’s the world’s best singer (she’s not), her mother with undiagnosed Fibromyalgia, the too hands on uncle (played by Steve Little!), the normal (or at least trying to be) sister, and the boy next door (who may or may not be making a sculpture of popsicle sticks Miranda licked).  They are all amazing characters!

Aside from the humor, what makes this show so good is that it isn’t just a throwaway comedy.  As you get through the season there are some surprisingly serious undertones that make the characters so well rounded.  I would never have guessed the final episode would have been the way it was, but it was perfect.

Can’t wait till the next season and you need to go watch it.

Available on Netflix.