Tackling My Netflix Watch List: June 2016

Remember how many movies and shows I crossed off my list in May? Yeah, that didn’t happen this month.

I wish I could be fair in saying that I’ve been busy throughout June (I have been in the last two weeks, at least) but, in all honesty, I had more free time this month than I did in May. School is out, so I haven’t been working. My weekends haven’t been occupied by out-of-town events. Yet, I still struggled getting through My List.

I guess I can blame some of it on our new kitten, as she takes up most of my free time during the day (not because she is a handful, I’m just fascinated by every little thing she does). I decided to reread the Harry Potter series in preparation for a trivia night in San Diego at the end of July. And then just little things here and there, adult responsibilities, exhausted the few hours I could have been sitting on the couch like a potato. Next month is going to be even busier for me, but after the lack of progress I have made in June, I am determined to make July a success!

(I’d also like to place blame on Game of Thrones for taking up another hour of my time each week. But why would I apologize for that?? Here is me telling you to watch it if you haven’t already. Don’t get attached to anyone, and don’t buy the writers excuse of gratuitous nudity and rape as “historical accuracy.”)

Anyway, here is a (short) list of things I knocked off My List:

The Hunting Ground

-When I watched Lady Gaga’s performance at the Oscar’s this last spring, I remember making a mental note to watch the documentary her song contributed to, but I never got around to it. As time went by, I forgot the name of the film. Flash forward a few months and one of my Facebook friends wrote a scathing review of the movie, comparing it to the Salem Witch Trials (please note, this did not sit well with me). Curious as to why he thought a documentary about on-campus rape was a joke, I instantly decided to watch it. And holy cow was I taken aback  by the film, and reduced to a puddle of tears and fury. I think the fact that a male viewed a film about on-campus rape, and the lengths at which universities cover it up, and decided it was nothing but an exaggerative lie goes to show that rape culture is very persistent in America. Not for one second do I believe these accounts of sexual assault and the way in with the schools dealt with them are some sort of false, vindictive witch hunt against males. If you want to make that judgement  for yourself, I suggest watching The Hunting Ground. But let this serve as a warning to those of you who are sensitive to this material: many of the accounts are descriptive and the stats are confounding; most importantly, this movie may be very triggering to a lot of people with first hand experience of sexual assault. Please watch at your own personal discretion.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

-This is a show I’ve been on the fence about watching. On the one hand, I’ve seen many gifs of it on Tumblr and it seems decently funny; I love anything with Carol Kane, as she is a hoot and extremely talented. On the other hand, I’ve read so many articles about the racism on the show, then how poorly Tina Fey reacted to the criticism of it. I’m especially not a fan of Tina Fey as a person, so I didn’t really want to give any of her work the time of day. Alas, I made the decision to watch it anyway, because I needed something short and upbeat after the pretty dense material I previously watched… I’m pretty sure it took me until the end of the first season to produce an audible laugh in response to the show. Of the top of my head, the only thing I really like about it is Titus’s Peeno Noir song (the beat is so catchy, not going to lie). Jon Hamm just didn’t do it for me, comically (he never does). Tina’s cameoes were too over-the-top and pathetic, at best. I think Jane Krakowski is a terrible actress, and I wish that she was smart enough to realize how wrong is it that she’s a white women playing a Native American; just because Tina Fey doesn’t find her writing offensive, doesn’t mean we all have to put up with it. I could go on and on about things I find problematic with this show, but I’ll stop here. If you’re in need of a serious laugh, this show is the last place you’ll find it. 0/10 would recommend.

 

Another month down, but so much more to watch! Do you have any recommendations for me? Please comment below and I’ll add it to My List.

Stay tuned for the next part of the series, coming at the end of July!

-Ciara

 

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