Netflix this May

It is the first of May and I am already excited to share what will be on Netflix this month. As you know, the following film suggestions are of films I have seen before its arrival to Netflix. I will also be mentioning two Netflix own material that I recommend to watch this month. Here are my picks:

Casting JonBenet (2017)

This is a Netflix documentary that I heard so much buzz about and was initially excited to watch once it premiered on April 28. After two decades of media speculation and public fascination, filmmakers explore the infamous legacy of the world’s most famous child-murder case. With a new film making direction, it focuses on a series locally known amatuer actors as they are being cast for the roles of JonBenet, Patsy (mother), John (father), and Burke (brother) who were there on the fateful day on December 25th and may hold the truth of what exactly happened to JonBenet. The documentary does not interview the family or witness, instead it ask these unknown actors about their take on the murder, who did and what happen. Honestly, I could care less about what these people think- I might as well asked my parents or other family members about their intake and it would be the same material. Nevertheless, the documentary provides interesting imagery.

Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016)

The first film I ever saw in London! I remember arriving and by the third day I went with some “mates” to the local movie theater, Genesis Cinema, and had a laugh out loud, fun experience. Watching this over again reminds me of my adventure in London. Oh, how I yearn to be back in London! Anyway, this is the third film of the Bridget Jones Diary series in which she was able to find happiness with Mark Darcy for a brief second before splitting and goes to a British version of Coachella, meets handsome American Jack, played by Patrick Dempsey, sleeps with him, sees Mark again, sleeps with him, gets pregnant and can’t recall who can potentially be the father of her child. It is a hilarious film with cameo from Ed Sheeran that makes me emotional whenever I see it, I think because I wish I would get to ride a human-sized hamster ball with him.

Malibu’s Most Wanted (2003)

I remember seeing this film when I was younger, (don’t tell my parents) it made me laugh out loud! It starts Jamie Kennedy as the son of a wealthy politician tries to emulate urban street culture and aspires to be a rapper, going by the name of “B-Rad.” In order to discourage Brad from pursuing his thug-inspired antics, his dad hires two African-American actors to to pose as gang members and introduce the naïve youth to real ghetto life. The plot may not seem flawed but the humor is authentic. I think this film is a parody of Eminem entering the rap industry, in a time when it was predominantly African-American.

Marvel’s Doctor Strange (2016)

Another film I watched in London, in fact I went to the red carpet event and followed the actors to the film premiere at Westminster Abbey. Dr. Strange would have to be one of my favorite Marvel films (coming from a girl that falls asleep during superhero films) I really enjoyed seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as a Marvel hero. The films focuses on the character Dr. Stephen Strange’s (Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality.The film kept me interested and I became jealous of Cumberbatch luxurious lifestyle. A film fit for all genre lovers.

Lastly, Don’t forget to check out Season 5 of House of Cards for those that have been keeping up with the series. The season will be available to stream May 30th.

Stay tuned for next month for my summer picks!

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Netflix this April

This month has been filled with the release of films and Netflix programs. Here I am, once again, to give a short list of films and programs I seen and highly recommend if you ever find yourself overwhelmed by the infinite amount of content found on Netflix.

Something’s Gotta Give (2003)

I previously mention this film in a blog post where I talked about the amazing director, Nancy Meyers and her ability to project my interior decor fantasies. This is the first Nancy Meyers film that I ever saw that drew me to obsession. Staring Jack Nicholson and the gorgeous Diane Keaton, this film focuses on the aging womanizer, Harry Sanborn (Nicholson) and his compulsion dating younger women until he meets playwright, Erika Berry (Keaton) who makes him think twice about his lifestyle. It is a lovely story with humor with a beautiful Hampton- beach decor and french cultural influences or in other words my happy place.

The Imitation Game (2015)

I remember watching this film for the tenth time in London for a class. As a person that admires England’s history and culture, I absolutely love this film. But for those that are not too fond of historical films, trust me when I say, you will not be bored while watching this film. It focus on Cambridge mathematics alumni Alan Turing, played by Benedict Cumberbatch, to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma which at that time was thought to be unbreakable. The film follows Alan difficult upbringing as OCD homosexual to the aftermath of saving his country. I highly recommend this film!

Grace and Frankie Season 2

One of my favorite Netflix series premiers its second season with more laughs and heart as we continue to follow the adventures of Grace and Frankie. After dealing with the infidelity of their husbands and coming out as homosexual and in love with each other, Grace and Frankie now live under the same roof and lean to move on. The second season has both women starting a company together, but it is not your mama’s company. Want to know what their selling? you won’t believe your eyes. Check out both seasons and let me know what you think.

The Big Short (2015)

This one may be a film labeled by some as “funny but boring” with its educative purpose; however, I find it funny and informative without being too overwhelming. I am not a manger of a hedge fund nor will I ever be, but I am familiar with the stock market crash of 2008 as will many of you. This film tells the story of various financiers who benefited or were serious harm by the crash of ’08. Of course, there is a series of financial information and terms that will make an average viewer head spin. Nevertheless, if you are able to understand (as the filmmakers try to make the financial aspect appealing as possible thanks to celebrities making cameos and explaining in analogies) you will realize the damage of the destruction and the effect on the American population.

These were my pick for this month. Stay tune for May picks with a larger selection.

What to Watch on Netflix This March

If you are like me, you are faced with the endless options of films and shows to watch on Netflix but can’t decided on what items to watch. Have no fear Netflix subscribers, I have some items that I seen and highly recommend for this months picks. My list consist of movies, Netflix documentaries and Netflix exclusive series.

Moonrise Kingdom

One of my personal favorites and a Wes Anderson masterpiece. I am a huge Wes Anderson fan. He has a unique cinematography element which would be best described as “hipsters.” The film is a coming of age love story between two 12 years who decide to run away together in the name of love. Wes Anderson projects my type of sense of humor with heartfelt overtones. If you love romantic comedies, I recommend this one!

Amanda Knox

This Netflix exclusive documentary sheds light into the controversial story of Amanda Knox, who was accused of murdering her roommate Meredith Kutcher while abroad in Italy. I love this documentary because it all parties give their side of the story. This documentary  gives a new the whole story from first person accounts that allows the viewer to decided whether or not Amanda Knox is guilty.

House of Cards

I watched this entire series while abroad during the 2016 elections and it provided me with a new perspective on U.S politics. From start to finish, this series will leave you speechless with one man search for political power but it will leave you wondering, is it all for a good cause or personal gain? It is series with various twist and turns and it is highly addictive! A must watch!

A Single Man 

If you love stream-of-conscience dramas as I do, you will love this film. As mentioned in my previous post in the Revolutionary category,  A Single Man focuses on the day of a life of a gay college professor morning the loss of his long time lover. Written and Directed by accredited fashion designer, Tom Ford, it is a beautiful masterpiece that will connect with you on an emotional level and leave you with an existential crisis. Oscar winner Colin Firth and Julianne Moore are fantastic in this film. I highly recommend this film.

The People V. O.J Simpson 

I ditched my friends and spent the entire day watching this drama. This dramatization of the accounts during the trial of the century is addictive and surprising. The cast and the story line my be a little weak, (as it tends to focus on the Kardashians more than it needs to) it provides surprising insight and facts about the case we as a outsider were completely unaware about in regards to this case. It provides an answer to the persisting question, why did murderer, with more than enough evidence to convict him, was acquitted?

Audrie and Daisy

Another Netflix powerful documentary, this time focusing on the topic of cyber bullying and sexual assault. the documentary follows the story of two teens, one who was defeated by the bullying and other who tries to find meaning behind her experience. This documentary sheds a light on sexual assault, the new age of social media, and their communities response to a serious matter. The response and the documentary as a whole, may surprise you.

Check out this category again next month for new Netflix picks!