Thank you for reading my intro post from earlier this week and deciding that you want to continue on this glorious cinematic adventure with me!
Kidding… I don’t talk like that, but really – Thank you for coming back with enough interest in what I have to recommend in film/television. These topics are so close to my heart and I’m having so much fun writing about them!
I’m going to break this post into 2 sections –
1) A round up of my favorite films, to get an idea about what kind of movies I like. You can then get a pretty good idea if you & I share similar opinions and recommendations. I wouldn’t want you to watch something I recommend and it being the complete opposite of what you usually like.
2) What you should watch on Netflix right now.
If I had to list my 10 must see films (in no particular order) –
1. Fight Club
^I remember sneaking this DVD from my Dad’s collection when I was 10 and watching it before they came home from work. I clearly remember frantically turning it off and rushing to get it back into its case when I saw a car pull into our driveway.
2. Moulin Rouge
4. American Psycho
6. Titanic (I know… I know… but I can’t quit you Titanic!)
7. Sense & Sensibility
8. The Departed
9. John Wick
I really love Inglorious Basterds (Tarantino said on David Letterman “Basterds” is the “Tarantino way of spelling it) & Django. It was hard keeping them off the list, so I wanted give them honorable mention, as I know there are some Tarantino fans reading this nodding their heads.
I fully admit that I have yet to see some classics from start to finish like The Godfather, Scarface & Saving Private Ryan. I’m a little embarrassed, but I guess I’ve just always chosen something else when it came down it, BUT they are all on my to-watch very soon list.
I love movies that stick with you after watching them. The ones that make you think of scenarios & decisions you would have never thought of on your own. The movies that force you to see the world through someone else’s eyes and believe you’re actually part of the film.
I love Star Wars, but never got into Star Trek. Lord of The Rings is visually stunning, but the story never really interested me. I love so many genres, but a couple I could never get into are war films, sport films, and country-westerns. I can appreciate them, but they aren’t my favorites. I have a soft spot for The Notebook (somewhere Chris is crying from shame) and one thing that always makes people upset is I think Forest Gump is overrated. My apologies! I wanted to love it, I really did!
Those are some of my opinions in a short summary. Bottom line, is I’ll pretty much watch anything. I really, really love movies and they have been a hobby that Chris & I share that has brought us even closer. Thank goodness, we have very, very similar tastes. (With the exception of my Titanic/Notebook obsession & his love for War History.)
What I hope you’ll get out of these series of movie/TV posts is a more in-depth look at one of my absolute favorite past-times/getting to know me better through our common interests in what we watch. And more importantly, I’d love to introduce you to something you maybe haven’t seen before and vice versa. I’m ALWAYS looking for new things to watch, so please never hesitate to DM me or comment below a recommendation. I will take them, & I will watch them! Lately, by the time Chris & I sit down at the end of the day and scroll through pages and pages of Netflix, Hulu & On Demand channels it’s already too late for a movie so we settle for a short TV show. I’d love to have suggestions already in the bag to avoid the whole “What do you want to watch?” “Well… what do you want to watch?” “I don’t know… let’s see what’s available”. Does that sound familiar? That whole song and dance usually takes up a good portion of our limited free time together and I want to put an end to it.
Netflix has been our holy grail of movies and television. We binge watched The Walking Dead & LOST after Kai was born. We’ve seen so many obscure movies that we probably wouldn’t have seen just because they were available on Netflix, and ended up liking a lot of them!
I have Netflix to thank for both Melancholia and High Rise.
So, what should you watch that’s on Netflix right now?
If you’re into horror – “It Follows” is AMAZING. Probably one of the best horror films I’ve ever seen. It’s psychologically horrifying (not gore horror like Saw/Hostel) and incredibly smart. I can be a scaredy cat, (I may or may not still be afraid of the dark) and this movie scared the heebie jeebies out of me and made me look over my shoulder for a week. Great acting, amazing and horrifying concept, awesome directing – Just a really great scary film.
If you’re into great acting and/or Tom Hardy – “Bronson” is one of my all-time favorite films. It’s directed by one of my favorite directors, Nicolas Winding Refn (who also directed Drive with Ryan Gosling) and one of my favorite actors, Tom Hardy (Inception, The Revenant, Mad Max) and as good as Hardy always is, I think this is his best performance. It’s a British fictionalized biographical crime film that’s gritty, raw and pretty violent, but Hardy really makes it such a brilliant movie to watch and you become completely fascinated with his persona. Not for the faint of heart.
^^ Those two are pretty intense movies. If you’re looking for something more lighthearted =
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes – A classic & one of my all time favorite old Hollywood films. Marilyn is stunning and plays a showgirl engaged to be married to a wealthy man (surprise surprise). It’s a romantic-comical musical that leaves you in a good mood and at the end of a long day, it’s just a really fun to watch.
Nacho Libre – This film holds a special place in my heart because I would watch it on repeat with my brother and sister 10 years ago. (WOW I can’t believe it’s that old) It’s childish humor, that’s actually pretty funny. Lots of quotable lines and overall just a ridiculous, fun movie that you can completely zone out and watch. No paying attention to the plot line required, just some really good laughs.
If you’re looking for a TV show and are one of the last people on the planet (I was a little late to this party) that hasn’t seen Stranger Things – go turn your TV on now and binge it. SO GOOD.
Arrested Development is HILARIOUS. I didn’t really like the 4th season as much, but I think I stopped mid-way through so I’ll have to pick back up to make a final call on that. The first seasons are pure gold.
I did not like Girlboss, but I strangely stayed around for several episodes before turning it off forever. I just looked it up, and it’s been cancelled.
I’m right in the middle of the latest season of Orange is The New Black. While it isn’t as good as the epic first season, it’s still entertaining and I will definitely be finishing it. Update to follow.
I hope you enjoyed reading this! If you have any comments/suggestions/recommendations or just want to say hi – please comment below or DM me on Instagram!