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What I Watched This Month
Well, at least no one can judge me on the number of movies and shows I watch now. And, I watched a lot of True Crime this month.
Run – A new show on HBO starring Merrit Weaver (love her!) and the guy who played Bill Weasley in Harry Potter. Classified as a comedic thriller, I’d say that’s the most accurate way to describe it. Worth the watch!
Ozark Season 1 & 2 – I’ve seen both of these seasons before, but Michael had not and I wanted to get him caught up before watching season 3.
Peaky Blinders – Continuing Peaky Blinders and love it so much!
What We Do in the Shadows – This vampire mockumentary show is amazing.
Dead to Me Season 2 – I was so excited for the second season of this show I binged it in one day.
Becoming – Just like her book of the same name, this documentary about Michelle Obama is well worth the watch.
The Half of It – Another one of Netflix’s rom-com, coming of age movies. This one is about a shy, introverted student helps the school jock woo a girl whom, secretly, they both want.
First Reformed – This A24 movie has really good reviews and we’re making our way through all of the A24 movies so we decided to give it a try. The pastor of a small church in upstate New York spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife.
Vikings – continued and got caught up on Vikings.
Waco – The series stars Taylor Kitsch as the cult leader, and is based on the memoirs of a survivor, David Thibodeau (Rory Culkin) and FBI negotiator Gary Noesner (Michael Shannon.)
Midnight Gospel – A space caster traverses trippy worlds inside his universe simulator, exploring existential questions about life, death and everything in between. This seemingly cartoonish show actually gets quite deep and is a nice little break from reality.
Never Have I Ever – Super cute show about the complicated life of a first-generation Indian-American teenager.
I Love You, Now Die – True crime documentary about Michelle Carter who stood trial for sending aggressive texts to her boyfriend encouraging suicide before he was found dead by suicide in his car.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Oh I hate that it took me so long to see this. So good. Huge fan of Leonardo DiCaprio and Quentin Tarantino and while I’ve never overly loved Brad Pitt, he definitely deserved his Oscar for this. Actor Rick Dalton gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn’t recognize anymore. He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth, his easygoing best friend, and a longtime stunt double. Rick also happens to live next door to Roman Polanski and Sharon Tate — the filmmaker and budding actress whose futures will forever be altered by members of the Manson Family.
Ex Machina – Another A24 movie that. my brother has been telling me to watch for forever. It was so good. I hate it took me so long too. Ex Machina is a thought-provoking sci-fi and AI movie.
Upload – Cute and light-hearted show on Amazon Prime that kind of reminds me of The Good Place (not as good). I liked it but didn’t love it.
Rocketman – Finally watched this Elton John biographical musical.
The Trials of Gabriel Fernandez – This docu-series is enough to make anyone extremely angry, but an important watch. A boy’s murder and the trials of his guardians and social workers prompt questions about the system’s protection of vulnerable children.
Uncut Gems – I enjoy seeing Adam Sandler do dramatic movies and I get why this got a lot of praise. I have to say this may have been a one time watch for me though. It was really good, but not something I’d watch often.
Unstoppable – Documentary about one of the most accomplished athletes of her generation. Bethany Hamilton became a surfing wunderkind when she returned to the sport following a devastating shark attack at age 13. As she continues to chase waves, she also now tackles motherhood.
Tell Me Who I Am – This documentary focuses on twin brothers Alex and Marcus Lewis. Alex lost his memory in a motorcycle accident at age 18 and his twin brother helped him recreate his lost memories of his childhood. This is one of the most heartbreaking things I’ve watched.
Detainment – this short (30 min) documentary is packed full of shocking moments. Two 10-year-old boys are detained by police under suspicion of abducting and murdering a toddler.
Mommy’s Little Murderer – This documentary is about Elliot Turner, who murdered his girlfriend and his mother covered it up.
Riverdale – We started watching Riverdale this month which we’ve never seen.
Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father – This documentary was also very heartbreaking. In 2001, 28-year-old Dr. Andrew Bagby is found dead in a park in Pennsylvania. He had been shot by his ex-girlfriend, who then fled to Canada, where she was able to walk free on bail, pregnant with Andrew’s child. Andrew’s enraged parents’ campaign to gain custody of the child and convict their son’s killer. Filmmaker Kurt Kuenne pairs this story with home movies and interviews with those who knew Andrew, hoping to give his best friend’s son an opportunity to discover who his dad was.
Paradise Lost: The Child Murders of Robin Hood Hills – Three teenagers are accused of this horrific crime of killing three children, supposedly as a result of involvement in Satanism. As in their previous documentary, things turn out to be more complex than initial appearances and this film presents the real-life courtroom drama to the viewer, as it unfolds. This one sent me down a rabbit hole as all three boys were convicted on basically ‘he said she said’ commentary. All three were released after 20 years in prison for crimes they didn’t commit and the real killer(s) have never been caught.
The Maze Runner – I had never seen t his dystopian movie.
Homecoming Season 2 – I’ve been waiting for the second season of this show. It came out. a couple of years ago and Julia Roberts was in the first season. I didn’t think this season was as good but still pretty great.
Lorena – I always remember hearing the jokes about Lorena Bobbit. But, I never knew the full story. “Lorena” explores vital moral issues and the missed opportunity for a national discussion about domestic violence and sexual assault that surrounded the scandal. The four-part series, which looks back at the trial and the media coverage of it, includes interviews with the Bobbitts as they look back at the newsmaking incident a quarter-century earlier.
The Wrong Missy – I knew this was going to be an absolutely ridiculous and dumb movie but I needed that at the time.
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