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What I’ve been watching lately… (Netflix, Prime Video and more)

Hi everyone,

Happy Weekend! If you are having more snow like myself then I hope you are keeping nice and warm. (Unlike I was when I left work at 3am this morning and had to scrape the snow and ice from my car!)  I’m in two minds about this weather, it can look very pretty, but is also really inconvenient. And did I mention cold…

Anyway, for today’s post I thought I would talk about what I’ve been watching lately to keep me entertained whilst I wait for Spring to finally arrive.

TV programs

First up, unless you have been living under a rock you will know that throughout February and March South Korea hosted this years Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Both me and my husband are really in to it, mostly because of the unbelievable talent displayed by all the athletes. My favourite events were the Bobsleigh, Ice Skating and Ice Hockey. The Paralympics is still on so I would honestly recommend you check out the incredible talents on display.

When I heard Dancing on Ice was coming back after a four year hiatus I was so excited. It was just one of the many things me and my mum had in common and I felt like it was a little gift from here to brighten up my January, which otherwise would have been incredibly difficult. I can’t believe how quickly the weeks flew by and that it’s already over! I’m desperate to get my hands on some of the tour tickets.

Awkward MAM

I frequently find myself wondering what I did without video streaming services and having the ability to binge watch TV shows. The concept of not having ad breaks and having to wait a week after a cliff hanger is pure genius and heaven to someone like me who, quite frankly, is very impatient. As well as having my Netflix subscription, I also have access to Prime Video thanks to my husbands Amazon Prime membership. So if you ever hear me say I have nothing to watch then you have permission to send me a virtual slap!

Anyway, after that ramble I should probably tell you what I’ve been watching. Firstly, I finally got round to finishing Making a Murderer on Netflix. This show centres around the real life story of Steven Avery, who was wrongfully sent to jail for 18 years. Just two years after new research cleared him if his conviction, he was then arrested for the murder of Teresa Halbach, along with his nephew Brendan Dassey. I won’t say too much so I don’t spoil it for those that want to watch it.

I had started watching it last year then stopped for some reason (I think it was when some other shows came out), and I’m so glad I picked it back up again. I love any type of investigative or real life crime type program anyway, but what I found so good about Making a Murderer is that it was so easy to follow. I didn’t find myself getting confused about the legal mumbo jumbo, which I found particularly important seeing as I am in the UK and therefore have a whole different legal system.

After that pretty intense watch I went for something a bit more light-hearted, MTV’s Awkward. If you love teen comedies that make you feel glad that your school days are behind you then this is the show for you! The series is all about Jenna Hamilton as she battles through the perils of high school and all that comes with it, including boys, friends, families, and a slightly obsessed guidance counselor. I have seen most of the episodes before but I have started from the beginning again as the final series is now available. Also, the actress that plays Jenna has the same first and last time as me, which I quite sadly find pretty cool.

Netflix Prime films

 

 

 

 

 

Although I haven’t had a chance to go to the cinema for ages (and am therefore still desperate to see The Greatest Showman!), I have managed to watch some films thanks to Netflix and Prime Video.

The Danish girl is loosely based on the story of Lily Elbe, one of the first known recipients of gender reassignment surgery. I had seen trailers whilst watching other films in the cinema but it wasn’t showing anymore by the time I had some free time, so you can imagine I was really happy to see it available on Netflix. Eddie Redmayne, who stars as Lily, is an incredible actor without a doubt, I knew that from seeing The Theory of Everything. But I’ll be honest, I really wasn’t convinced that he would be able to pull off this role. I was completely wrong though, in my opinion at least. There was so much I enjoyed about this film, from the gorgeous costumes, the fantastic cast (Alicia Vikander and Amber Heard were already faves of mine) and most importantly actual storyline. Beware though, tissues are often required!

Back in my teen years I had a slight (ok major) obsession with Justin Timberlake during his N*Sync days, and was all for his transition in to film. When I read the description of In Time I’ll be honest, I didn’t really quite get it! But because it starred Mr JT I watched it anyway, and I’m so glad I did! The film is set in a dystopian world where the currency is time. Once you reach the age of 25 you ‘clock’ starts counting down, and you can only gain more time by earning it, passing it on to each other, or by stealing it. Justin’s character Will is given an unexpected windfall of time and this leads to him learning more about the world he lives in, and everything that comes with having a seemingly unlimited amount of time. I hope I’ve explained it well, it’s definitely one to watch, I would say it would make a great book too!

Finally for films I watched Patriot’s Day. Now this isn’t one for the feint hearted. This is the story of the Boston Marathon Bombings that took place in 2013 and the subsequent manhunt to find the terrorists that carried out the explosions. It feels wrong in a way to rave about a film by saying that I ‘enjoyed’ it when it represented such a horrific incident, and I had so many mixed feelings watching it. But overall I felt that it was worth a watch, I was in awe of the bravery shown by the emergency services, victims and survivors. There were lots of lump in my throat moments, and I even found myself cheering at the television at one point. There is a lovely bit at the end as well where the actual people represented in the film speak to camera, so make sure if you’re watching you don’t switch off before you have seen that part.

Tana Mongeau

Of course I must mention YouTube whilst I’m here, would I even be a blogger if I didn’t get my daily fix?! Lately I heard about Tana Mongeau (from a Jeffrey Star video) and have literally been obsessively watching her videos since. Now, if you’re… sensitive to bad language you may not really be a fan. If you can get past that though, then you have to watch her story times, they are hilarious! It’s not necessarily the content that is funny, as she does tackle some pretty heavy topics, but to me, it’s all in the way she delivers it.

Have you been watching anything I’ve mentioned? I’d love to know what you think? And don’t forget to leave any recommendations in the comments below.

Hope you have a great week!

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