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What To Watch Vol. 1

9 Sep

Hi lovelies!

Some recommendations for you today.
As a TV obsessee, I tend to spend a lot of my time on Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and all of the channel streaming services. And in this time of #PeakTV, it can be a little overwhelming to hop online and see so. much. content. So I’ve composed a little list of the things I’ve loved watching recently!

I’m based in the UK, but I’d really REALLY recommend Hola Unblocker. Give it a Google and you’ll reap the rewards!

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Grace and Frankie is a original series from Netflix starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, and it is brilliant. Of all the Netflix endeavours, this might be my favourite, just because it’s so damn real. You actually believe in this situation, you believe in these women and what happens to them.

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Sure, Orange Is The New Black is incredible for featuring basically 90% women, and Daredevil might be action packed, but Grace and Frankie treats its characters in a respectful, truthful, animated way. The women are incredibly likeable, and it’s super bitesized at under 30 minutes per episode.

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You can check out Grace and Frankie on Netflix in pretty much any country, as it’s an original series.

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The Kings of Summer was a film that I’d heard a few reviews about, but I hadn’t given much thought. If I’m honest, I tend to gravitate a bit more towards coming of age stories that have female leads, cause, like, I’m a girl. But this was a really outstanding film. It’s not afraid of silence, the characters are beautifully flawed, and the story is just quirky enough for me to have been captivated all the way through.
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The young performers were so charming that I wanted an extra 20 minutes of film at the end. Which is a hard sell, as I find most movies nowadays 20 minutes too long. It’s about three young boys who run away to the woods for the summer, build a house, and give living off the land their best shot. In addition to the young leads, there are some nice adult performances (hey Nick Offerman!) and I would thoroughly recommend the film to anyone who wants something light about growing up.

I found The Kings of Summer on Netflix Canada, where it’s available to stream.

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About Alex is a definite indie flick with a pretty stellar cast. My love for Max Greenfield grows daily. The films recounts a weekend where college friends reunite after one of their own, the titular Alex, tries to commit suicide.

imgres-4Although I thought the story was perhaps a little light, the cast (Aubrey Plaza, Max Minghella, Maggie Grace) really elevate┬áthis film to a place where I eventually think that it has a real enough vibe for me to like it. It’s a nice ensemble piece, and I’m not surprised that it did pretty well on the film festival circuit.

About Alex is available to stream on Netflix Canada.

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Happy Endings is an six piece ensemble TV show set in a big city in America. But unlike How I Met Your Mother, the tone is so well defined that the comparisons with Friends end there. I would say it’s a mix of the best parts of New Girl and Friends and The Mindy Project.

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The cast is so god damn likeable that I found myself chomping down the first two seasons within a few days. It was hit with the ‘critical darling’ curse, and so was of course cancelled, so I’m having to ration it out in tiny sessions.

You can binge watch it on Netflix Canada. Are you sensing a theme here? Maybe I should move to Canada.

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If you’re looking for a documentary that packs a pack to your heart, you might want to check out Tig, a Netflix original documentary about stand up comedian Tig Notaro, and her incredibly hectic, difficult, miraculous life.

images-4If you’re a fan of stand up, you’ve probably heard of a great Tig Notaro set that she performed at Largo, a comedy club in LA. She pretty much lays down all the crappy stuff that’s been happening in her life, and the set is the epitome of morbid hilarity.
The documentary is a great insight into life, and life in stand up. If you’re not well versed in Tig Notaro’s history, you should check it out.

It’s a Netflix production, so you can catch it in the library of most countries that have Netflix.

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Sing It On is the bitchiest, most fabulous show I’ve watched in a while. It technically sits in the reality genre, but it’s a bit like the documentary I watched a few weeks ago, that wants to inform you and draw people to the subject area, but still aims to serve up a little bit of Real Housewives-esque drama. It’s about a capella, which might send you running for the hills, and that’s fine. But if you like Glee, or Pitch Perfect, you’ll probably be interested enough to give the first episode a chance.

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It gives you an insight into college a capella teams competing for pride and status at the International Championship of Collegiate A Capella, and it’s a great insight into how much hard work it takes to put together a winning set of great harmonies and ‘choreo’ that will take the trophy at the competition finals in New York City.

You can check this out on Netflix UK, US aaaaaand, you guessed it, Canada.

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And finally, my one true obsession, The Great British Bake Off. This is TV gold. If you live in the US and your Brit stereotypes are feeling a little rusty, watch this show. This is us. WE CLAIM THIS AS OUR STEREOTYPE. I have become literally obsessed.

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It’s deliciously fluffy, the producers ramp up the faux tension in the most British way possible, and Mary Berry is the sweetest woman alive. The pun density is truly magnificent. Just give it a go.

Bake Off is available to stream on BBC iPlayer, available in the UK. (HOLA UNBLOCKER GUYS)

That was originally supposed to be ‘just a little post’!
Have a great day or evening, and please give me recommendations for shows I might have missed in my time as a TV addict!
Christie