Tackling My Netflix Watch List: May 2016

I like making lists. I’m notorious for never completing them, of course, but creating lists really gets me in the spirit. For just a moment in time, I feel productive. At least until I get distracted by my phone or something.

So when I first joined Netflix several years back, I was really psyched about the ability to add shows and movies to “My List:” a virtual way to keep track of the various films you’ve been curious about enough to watch at some point in the future. This hasn’t really stopped me from writing down my must-sees on a separate piece of paper, but I love using this feature just the same.

As time went on, I kept adding more and more things to My List without ever watching any of them; I just kept watching my favorites shows on rerun. I’m guessing I’m not the only one guilty of this. But the guilt got to me last month, so I made it my goal for May to start tackling this list. I didn’t make a huge dent, but I did manage to make some progress (which I’m really jazzed about!).

Then I found myself wanting to tell everyone about what I had watched and what I felt about it (sorry for the posts Facebook friends). My persistent need to blab thus led to this blog post–hopefully the first in a monthly series concerning My List on Netflix, which shows and movies I’ve crossed off, my overall critique, and whether I think they’re worthy of a recommendation.

Without further ado, here are my off-the-lists for the month of May:

Daredevil

-WOW. I know I’m really late in the game here, but I loved this show. I definitely fell into a “show hole” when I finished the last episode of season 2. Unpopular opinion: I don’t care for Karen Page. While I recognize that she’s a badass babe, with many facets to her personality (was she really written by Marvel??), she just didn’t connect with me like I wish she would have. I haven’t lost hope, but I’m not holding my breath either. No shocker here, I’m just as thrilled about The Punisher as everyone else seems to be and his own series cannot start soon enough. Plus, Marvel’s ability to cast male actors that make me swoon did not die with Charlie Cox. Or Elden Henson. Or Jon Bernthal. I could probably write pages of analysis on this show and offer you my extensive opinion, but I’m going to stop now before I get too ahead of myself. Anyway, just watch it. You won’t be sorry.

Gilmore Girls

-I’m currently doing a rewatch (for the billionth time) of this series. It’s been quite some time since I’ve last binge-watched all 7 seasons, therefore it’s been interesting to see how my perception of certain characters and events has changed throughout the years. I’m almost through with season 6, and you can bet your bottom dollar that I will be dedicating a separate post to my thoughts on this show and it’s revival as soon as I’m through. Considering this is my all-time-favorite show, I’m pretty much begging people to watch it. So do it.

Friends (last 5 episodes of season 1)

-Oy. I have never been a huge fan of this show. My mother was obsessed while it was on the air and my fiance has seen every episode, but I always put this on as background noise instead of actually watching it. Last year I decided I wanted to watch the entire show, from beginning to end, see what all the fuss is about. Let’s just say, it didn’t capture my attention very well. I stopped watching last fall with 5 episodes left of season 1, which I decided to finish yesterday. I think I laughed twice. In 5 episodes. Yeah, I’m a bit baffled as to how this show continued on after season 1. Don’t get me started on Ross Gellar, the previous generation’s Ted Mosby *insert major eye roll*. I’ll not be recommending this show to anyone, but at this point I probably don’t have to as anyone not living under a rock (or just not me) has seen it.

Fed Up

-You know how they make every high school student in Health class watch Supersize Me? They need to be watching this movie instead. Please do yourself a favor, and watch it now. If you are a parent, watch this with your kids. Just do it, ok?

Food, Inc.

-I had a bit of a hard time sitting through this one, seeing as it was midnight when I decided to watch it and the parts depicting animal slaughter were difficult for me to stomach. If the point of this documentary was to make me want to finally commit to being a vegetarian, I think it has succeeded. More about that later, though. This wasn’t my favorite documentary, but it was incredibly informational so I would recommend it for those with a stronger stomach than mine. Or maybe a smaller heart.

Miss Representation

-I cried. I cried and I grew incredibly angry in an hour and a half. This documentary focuses on the representation of women in the media in America. I can hardly talk about it without  transitioning into a lengthy rant, so I’m going to leave this at watch it. Now.

Mitt

-I’m going to admit that I watched this documentary for a good laugh. Someone on tumblr gif’d the scene when Mitt Romney is ironing his shirt sleeve as he’s wearing it; he repeatedly says “ow,” yet continues to iron his arm. It was pretty hysterical, and I had hoped the entire doc would be this way. It wasn’t, but it offered a really interesting look into the life of a presidential candidate. I felt kind of bad for him for losing to Obama, until he continued to talk over his own family each time they were shown together. Then I felt bad for them. I’m not sure I’d recommend this to anyone, as it was particularly boring at times. But if you want to watch something out of the box, this is a good choice.

 

And there you have it! This ended up pretty long, so I’ll try to make my next post a bit lighter for those non-readers out there.

Until then,

-Ciara

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