Netflix Picks – What I’ve been watching

Hi everyone! I feel as though December was rather light on book publications but remarkable for things to watch. At this point, its (late) January so I won’t list all of the holiday programming that I watched but there are a couple that I want to mention. So without further ado, here are just some highlights of what I watched last month:

TV or streaming service series:

Screen Shot witcherThe Witcher (Netflix) – If you haven’t heard about this fantasy drama starring smoking hot Henry Cavill, then I don’t know where you’ve been. If you like magic and monsters and journeys through fantasy worlds, then this show alone is worth a Netflix subscription.
Merry Happy Whatever (Netflix) – A sitcom-feeling series that I wanted to mention because my husband particularly enjoyed this one (he may also be biased because it was set in Philadelphia and the characters root for the Eagles). Regardless, its a feel-good family com with the grown-up children bringing home their married spouses or soon-to-be spouses to celebrate the holidays and we all know how that can go with “tough” and sarcastic fathers like Dennis Quaid.
Perfect Harmony (NBC/Hulu) – This. Show. Is. Hilarious.!!!!! I don’t hear almost anyone talking about it and I don’t want it to go away so please go watch it and rave. A Harvard (or Yale?) music professor breaks down in front of the tiny church in the small town he lives in after his wife has just passed. The church members bring him inside for the night and he wakes up (of course) during choir practice and they are trying to win a regional championship to save their program. Of course, they are a bunch of misfits and Mr. Director is hilarious and overly scrooge-y and needs to be taught a lesson of his own. Its just an all-around great show. And the music ends up being pretty Glee also. Its so fun! If you like that sort of thing, I definitely recommend!

Movies:

Klaus (Netflix) – I had to really mull this movie over because it presents a different origin of Santa. The concepts fit though–a postman and a toymaker together.
The Irishman (Netflix) – This movie was a husband’s choice. I didn’t really know what it was and I didn’t have much interest in it but the longer it was on, the more invested I became. I didn’t even know very much about Jimmy Hoffa but its very well done.
The Ritual (Netflix) – Ohhhhhkay. The preview got us here. This looked like a super-spooky horror/thriller and ended up being…weird and confusing. Pro’s=camera views of the hiking trails were beautiful. Con’s=plot. “The Ritual.” This was one I had to talk out with a friend and look up to really figure out to fully fill in the blanks to figure out. So really….meh.

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The Rise of Skywalker (IMAX) – Ohhhhh, I loved it! Yes, it had its cheesy moments. Sure, some things could have been done better. But man, I don’t care. The movie is made and I was overall blown away and am so satisfied! I can’t wait to watch it again!

So that was my month. Did you see any of these? Have you watched anything recently that you recommend? I’d love to know about it, so please tell me in the comments!

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Cure My ‘Stranger Things’ Hangover!

Its only March and last I saw, we aren’t getting new episodes of Stranger Things until July. I have already re-watched both seasons and reading the spin-off books just isn’t the same, so I have compiled a list of other books that have some similar concepts and themes that will maybe help to tide me over until the new season finally gets here. Let me know what you think of this list:

410150381. My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix – Right off the bat, know that this book was written in 2016 but has solid 1980’s vibe–right on target! Strange things start happening once the new girl arrives? Check. Of course, the overall plot and outcome is different, but it could be somewhat satisfying. Never know til I try, and its been on my TBR for quite a while.

406421722. This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab – Talk about being on my TBR for a long time, I really need to get to this one. Now, I know this book is about monsters. Big-time urban fantasy here. Also familiar is the concept of Monsters + Music….”Should I stay or should I go?” Right up our stranger alley. Well, more-or-less.  In the show the monsters don’t play the music but I’m doing what I can here.

328240583. Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton – This book has ‘strange’ in the title so how can we go wrong here? From the reviews that I have read of this book, it is dark, spooky, and well-crafted (pretty much how I would describe Stranger Things). The strangeness in this story can’t be denied because it affects the entire town. There are benefits and heavy sacrifices. The synopsis and reviews are so intriguing that this book just might be the one I start with. Very, very strange indeed….

381394094. Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand – I have been wanting to read this book since (before) its release. My understanding is that this book has a creepy setting and is basically just mystery after mystery unfolding around this small group of friends (a la Hawkins friends?). I must be friends with some brilliant reviewers because they are giving away no spoilers so other than how spooky the story is and scary the setting is and how amazing the writing is, that’s really all I know! Guess I just have to read it for myself!

So that’s all I have for my list and I think that will keep me busy because, while I do have to wait until July for Stranger Things, I will have Game of Thrones pretty soon to keep me busy for a little while.

But now, having seen this Stranger list, have you read any of these books and do you agree with me placing them on this list? Would you disagree and take any off? Do you have any additional recommendations for ‘stranger’ books?

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Tag Tuesday: The Television Tag

What day is it? TAG TUESDAY!!! So this week I’m taking a break from the bookish and substituting for the tube for a week! I don’t always watch very much but I was tagged by Fictionally Sam so I have to answer the call!

tumblr_n04dqqnz261tp2pppo1_5001. Favorite show – Off the top of my head, gut reaction, first thing that comes to mind when you ask me this question, I would say that my favorite show of all time is House M.D.

2. Favorite genre – I like medical dramas, crime thrillers, comedy, historical stuffs, DIY….a pretty good variety just so long as I deem it good entertainment.

3. Least favorite show – The Curse of Oak Island (my husband watches this religiously). Also South Park and Archer.

4. Most re-watched show/favorite show to binge – House, Grey’s Anatomy, Family Guy, Friends, Criminal Minds, Mind Hunter.

f58bb36bf30f7b0dad030400d7dae36c5. Do you prefer to watch things week-to-week or binge watch? Binge, duh! I don’t mind comedy sitcoms on a week-to-week basis but dramas and thrillers are pretty much meant to be binged, amiright?

6. Favorite television characters? House, Jon Snow, Dennarys, Derek Morgan, Derek Shepard (the name Derek…I think I’m seeing a trend, eh?), Sherlock, Dr. Brennan/Bones

7. Favorite TV ships? Derek + Garcia (Criminal Minds), McDreamy + Meredith (Grey’s Anatomy), Killian + Emma Swan (Once Upon a Time), Elaina + Damon (The Vampire Diaries)

09eee546e6ce8128fbf829e6933dcc428. Shows you could never get into – CSI, The Office, Firefly, True Blood

9. Shows you fell out of love with – Once Upon a Time, Supernatural (I still love Sam and Dean SO MUCH but the show/storyline just is not what it used to be)

10. Cancelled too soon – Galavant, Smash, Forever

11. Guilty pleasure show – The Vampire Diaries. Riverdale? Maybe Pawn Stars or American Pickers. Ghost Hunters? More of the reality dramas.

12. What are you currently watching? Playing catchup on Outlander, Supernatural and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

13. (I’m adding this Q in because I can’t believe it isn’t here!) Other shows you love or have swooned, laughed, or cried over in the past? The Haunting of Hill House, Hemlock Grove, Gilmore Girls, Are You Afraid of the Dark?,  Boy Meets World, Bones, The X-Files, Game of Thrones, Supernatural

And that’s it my friends. These are my faves and my least faves….at least as they come to me off the top of my head. I’m sure I’m missing some, but its the best I can do. If you’re interested, give it a go yourself. Be sure to tag me so I can see your answers too!

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HUGE Grishaverse News!

I absolutely cannot contain my excitement. I have butterflies in my tummy. My kefta is in a twist. You guys….Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows are coming to Netflix. Did you hear me???

Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows are coming to Netflix!!!

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I absolutely cannot believe it! I believe wholeheartedly that Netflix does an amazing job with everything they put out. I mean, they gave us other favorites like “Stranger Things,” “Thirteen Reasons Why,” “The Haunting of Hill House,” “Daredevil,” “Orange is the New Black,” “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” “Anne With and E,” and so, so many more! Netflix can do anything, and do it very, very well!

bardugoSo what do we know about this project so far? Well, not too much yet. We do know that we have eight episodes contracted and we have Eric Heisserer (director of the recent book-to-movie sensation “Bird Box) on board to direct. Shawn Levy will executive produce alongside Queen Bardugo herself, so get ready for the epicness.

My curiosity is so high as to how these stories will weave together, how the characters and magic will be portrayed, and — of course — who will have the high honors of playing these roles!! I can’t wait for future announcements, and you better believe that I will post them here!! Stay vigilant, fellow Grisha!

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Blogmas 20: Holiday Movies – Old and New (Part 1)

Hi everyone! My December has been so busy this year that I have not watched nearly as many holiday movies as I normally do. I have been working overtime and honestly, I consider myself lucky that I have read as much as I have, and that has taken priority over watching for me. I’m cool with that! All that being said though, I feel like I still have to post at least about my holiday faves, both new and old. Maybe I shouldn’t say “old,” per se, but “childhood” rather. So here are just a couple that are noteworthy at this time:

Childhood fave:

MV5BMDU2ZGI4NTAtOWY0Mi00NTU2LTk1NDMtOTliMTlmOGIzMDRmXkEyXkFqcGdeQXVyNDk0MDg4NDk@._V1_The Santa Clause … I have always loved this movie. I think my absolute favorite thing about this movie is watching the adults fall in love with Christmas as adults. We’re never too old for Christmas–I firmly believe this. Not just celebrating Christmas, but also finding magic in Christmas. We stop believing in Santa, Santa doesn’t stop believing in us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and because of this movie, I have never and will never let it be this way.

New Groove:

MV5BNTA3NjU3OTM2MV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjQ2MzE1NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR006741000_AL_The Christmas Chronicles … First off, who doesn’t love Kurt Russell as Santa?! Dude ROCKED the hair and beard! I mean, seriously. But really, that was my favorite part. The movie had its funny moments, but it was no Santa Claus. The sister and brother in the movie do the sort of thing I would have loved to do as a kid–try to tape Santa leaving presents under the tree. They’re actually sort of successful…and they actually get to tag along! Santa isn’t too happy about it though. The sleigh crashes, Santa ends up in jail, Christmas spirit fails…but of course we have a happily ever after. Good, but pretty typical in my eyes.

Childhood fave:

MV5BMTkxNjMwNjA5MF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwODI5MDA2Mw@@._V1_A Christmas Carol (2009) … So this isn’t all that old, and it isn’t quite my “childhood” necessarily, but I do consider it nostalgic. I watch it every year and I absolutely adore this version. Why? The soundtrack. I also love the animation, and how it is a very good rendering of Dickens classic. But above all, the music in this film is absolutely SPOT. ON. If you haven’t really paid attention to it before, re-watch and really listen. Its one of those movies where there is constantly music playing throughout. Another detail to this movie is the cast. I mean, aside from Jim Carrey voicing EIGHT characters, there’s also Gary Oldman, Cary Elwes, Robin Wright (Princess Bride reunion much??), Bob Hoskins, Callum Blue…need I go on? I love this movie.

New Groove:

MV5BMTYyMjYxMjEzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjAwNDE3NjM@._V1_SY1000_CR006741000_AL_The Princess Switch … Okay, this is my dorky romance chick flick for the year. I have no regrets on this one. So Vanessa Hudgens plays a baker from Chicago who has been chosen to compete in a ‘Royal’ baking contest judged by her long-lost-Dutchess-cousin (also played by Vanessa, of course) who is soon to marry the Prince of such-and-such foreign country. Of course, the switch-a-roo storyline is very cliche, but what makes this movie different, is the element of community and joy. Baker-Vanessa comes into the palace and questions why they are so cold toward those they throw money at via donations. She shows the Prince how to be warm towards people and what Christmas is about to those who truly have nothing. Dutchess-Vanessa humbles herself and learns to live a “normal” life with no schedules and big events and just be herself. Of course they both fall in love and its just a really nice story. I didn’t expect to like it but I really did!

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That’s all I’ll include for now. Hopefully I will get a couple more goodies in over the next few days. I know I have a few more nostalgic shares and I’d love to find a couple more new gems as well. So until next time….happy watching. Feel free to share any recommendations with me as well!

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