Wednesday, 9 August 2017

My Month On Netflix - July 2017


Another month passed and here I am with my monthly Netflix update. This is my second post in this series if you fancy, you can read about my June Netflix binges here!

Mad Men
I had to get through the first 4-5 episodes but I got hooked on this show eventually and finished the whole 7 seasons now. Whoops...
We see the day-to-day lives of the employees of a New York advertising agency in the 1960's and the story mainly focuses on one of the partner's, Don Draper's private and business life.
The show takes us through the sixties and ends in 1970. All major political as well as pop culture news and events that took place over that decade like presidential elections, the death of Marilyn Monroe, the assassination of John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, first steps on the Moon, the Vietnam War, beginning of the computer, The Rolling Stones craze, the hippie movement etc. are built in the storyline and made the show more authentic.
It was especially interesting how women were treated at home and in their work life. The double standard in what was considered right for men and women seems totally unfair and disgusting.
We see issues coming up like abortion, dealing with homosexuality, depression, weight-related confidence issues, mothers working or abandoning their child. Some things that after 50 years are still considered taboos. Maybe the world doesn't change as fast as some might say.
I loved the fashion and getting a glimpse into the everyday lives of the working women in the States. My Grandma's stories are just a 'little' bit different, you know...
One positive change though since is that smoking is not welcomed everywhere anymore. I wouldn't go out at all if I had to eat in a restaurant with someone smoking at a table next to mine.
My favourite characters are Joan, Peggy and Roger Sterling (what a beautiful man😉!!!). I wanted to like Don as well but it's just all the cheating that he did, why can't he just keep it in his pants?
I would really recommend this show, it was a nice change for me from my loved crime shows.

Suits
Season 6 was put on Netflix so I continued where I left off a few months ago. 
Mike is in jail, Rachel is whining in each of her scenes while Harvey and Jessica were never too interesting so it's all a bit meh at the moment. I only watch it for the Donna and Louis scenes and hope it gets better again soon...

Guilt
Guilt is a murder mystery drama but it's so slow and boring that I lost interest after the fourth episode. It's about an American student in London whose roommate/best friend was murdered and she becomes the prime suspect. 
Could have been a good show but they mixed too many storylines in it and it feels a bit all over the place.

Gypsy
Gypsy was another show that I wanted to give a chance to after seeing the trailer. I watched all 10 episodes in the end but it took me the whole month to get through it. It's not the kind of show that you would want to finish in one sitting, it's kinda boring.
Jean is a psychotherapist who gets bored with married life and begins to develop relationships with people close to her patients, under the alias Diane Hart. This includes starting a secret relationship with the ex-girlfriend of one of her patients. The main character was only likeable when she was with her daughter and most of the time I found her quite irritating. 

Salem
When I was a little girl I loved the book Witch Child by Celia Rees, so when this show popped up in my recommended programs I got really excited. This drama is based on the Salem Witch trials in the 17th century. I started watching it right away but I barely got through the first two episodes. For me, it's too dark, creepy and a lot of times really disgusting. I just didn't enjoy it.

Ozark
I was excited about this series since I watched the trailer. It reminded me of Breaking Bad so I thought this will be the perfect program to watch with the boyfriend. Not girly, the storyline sounded interesting and I liked the main cast. Jason Bateman always reminded me of a young Steve Martin and he became the dad-character over the recent years. I really like him as an actor and I have a soft spot for Laura Linney since Love Actually and The C Word.
Marty Byrde is a dad of two, faithful husband and a financial advisor who on the side helps launder money to a Mexican drug cartel. The problems start when his partner steals from the cartel and Marty's only way of saving himself and his family is if he proves that he can launder $8 million over the summer season. They move to the summer tourist resort in the Ozarks to start a new life but it's not gonna be a walk in the park.
The scenery with the lake is really pretty! It starts out a bit slow but gets really good from around halfway through. I hope they make a second season.

Doctor Foster
This five episode mini series was great! Watched it all in one evening.  
It's about Dr Gemma Foster, who is a mother, wife and the successful GP in a small UK town. Her world shatters when she finds out that her husband is having an affair and the girl is pregnant with his child. Feeling betrayed she is torn between revenge and forgiving him for the sake of their son. I was at the edge of my sofa waiting to see what will come out of this story, I absolutely loved it!
I believe there is a second season coming this autumn on BBC!

You Me Her
I just started watching this comedy and got through the first six episodes super quickly. 
It's about a married couple living in the suburbs who hire an escort just to find out that they both fancy her equally and she likes them just as much, so they decide to start a polyamorous relationship.
The story is so far from my nature because I'm just overly jealous and unwilling to share but I find it interesting so I'm looking forward watching the rest of series one and two.

Law Abiding Citizen
A dad witnessed the murder of his wife and daughter and plots revenge against everyone who let the murderer run free. Great movie!


The Circle
The story is about a big tech company called The Circle where Emma Watson's character, Mae starts a job. The company believes that seeing and knowing everything is better and when people are being watched they bring out the best in themselves. 
Soon, Mae finds herself in the centre of attention after the founder's suggestion she takes part in an experiment. She commits to wearing a camera and documents her every move for the whole world to see. This makes Mae somewhat of a celebrity but alienates herself from the people that are truly important, like her parents and friends. So the question is: Where can you draw a line between being transparent but still have privacy? Is putting cameras everywhere beneficial for the society or is it already overstepping human rights and privacy?
I think it's a very relevant and interesting topic and though I enjoyed it, they probably could have done more with this movie. 

Reclaim
An American couple who can't have children due to a car accident travels to Puerto Rico to meet their adopted daughter Nina, a Haitian orphan. They move to a resort while they are waiting for her passport from the adoption agency. They plan their future as a family and start falling in love with their daughter when two days after the adoption Nina disappears. The couple asks the police for help,  only to find out that the adoption documents were never recorded and they were tricked by a scam. 
It's an action filled movie with an eye opener about child trafficking.

The Love Punch
This is the kind of movie my Mom and I would pick at the cinema. Good actors, not a very serious topic and a bit of romance. All it is is a silly movie about a divorced couple trying to steal a diamond during a wedding because their retirement money was stolen from them.

To The Bone
To the bone is the story of 20-year-old Ellen who suffers from anorexia and is struggling to make any progress. Her stepmother signs her up for a new inpatient program overseen by an unconventional specialist where she moves in with six other patients with eating disorders. 
I don't know anyone who suffered from eating disorders so I can't comment whether the film was the right representation of what's going on in patient's life and mind but I've found this movie powerful and very sad. 

The Longest Ride
As a hopeless romantic, I love all the Nicholas Sparks books-based movies and I really enjoyed this one too. They are a light watch, most of the times they have a bittersweet touch in them but in the end, everything turns out fine and we get a happy end. 
In this movie, we see two love stories 60 years apart unfold. One is a new romance between an art loving student Sophia and a professional bull-riding cowboy, Luke and the other is the story we only learn from old love letters between 91-year-old Ira and his late wife, Ruth. 
It's a sweet story and it was perfect for my mood that day.


What have you been binging on recently? Any recommendations?




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7 comments

  1. This has definitely given me lots of ideas on what to watch! I feel like I would enjoy Mad Men but it would also really annoy me at the same time haha. I'm currently on episode four of Ozark and loving it! And have been meaning to watch The Longest Ride - it sounds right up my street.

    Thanks for sharing! :)

    Georgie xo
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    1. Hi Georgie! Give Mad Men a go, you won't regret it! :)
      Thanks for your comment! :)

      Xx

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  2. I felt the exact same way about The Circle. Some people were really harsh on the film (ahem, Rotten Tomatoes) but I actually didn't think it was bad at all, like you I just felt like they had a really awesome concept that could have been fleshed out a lot more!

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    1. Hi Julia!
      Haha, I don't think I've seen one positive review on that movie and it really wasn't bad, just could have been better. I'm glad you had the same thoughts! :)

      Xx

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  3. I really want to watch The Circle - mainly because I adore Emma Watson but it sounds like such an interesting story.

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    1. Hi Rosa! Emma Watson is also one of my favourites, along with Tom Hanks. I hope you will enjoy the movie once you get around watching it! :)

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