I have to say, I’m rather excited by the media buzz surrounding the Netflix original series “Stranger Things,” with the premier of its second season this past Friday. One of the big reasons I’m excited is because it means something is happening that has been getting more and more rare since the advent of streaming… Continue reading Why I’m Watching Stranger Things
Initially, I was drawn to the Netflix original series “Atypical” more because it was a show that appeared to be about teenagers and family life than because of its actual premise. It’s about an autistic teen who decides he wants to start dating. So, knowing relatively little about autism myself, I expected I would learn… Continue reading Netflix Original “Atypical” — Hilarious, But Flawed
I’ve heard a lot of varying reactions to Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast remake. I’m talking, thoughts that are so radically different they span the range of, “It was so beautiful that I cried,” to “It is evil and terrible.” Well, most of the evil-callers had not actually seen the movie and were… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast: My Take on the Controversy
I watched the original “Full House” quite a bit when I was little. My parents didn’t let us watch just anything, but “Full House” seemed to be a no-brainer for them to allow. Cheesy, sure. But pretty darn clean. And now we’ve got its sequel streaming on Netflix, with part 1 of season 3 having… Continue reading Fuller House: A True Family Show?
Apparently, I missed hearing about this movie when it first came out in 2014. I’d never heard of it until we stumbled upon it on Netflix one day while looking for a family movie we could watch together with our toddler. Now I usually assume, if I haven’t heard of a family-friendly movie but find… Continue reading Paddington: The Best Family Film I’d Never Heard Of
I love a good young adult, coming of age story. And… I hate a bad one. There’s been a weird phenomenon lately, where most of the ones I’ve see on-screen have been falling into the latter category. After watching (part of) the Netflix “13 Reasons Why” series, I was beginning to doubt I’d ever find… Continue reading #RealityHigh: What Have Young Adult Movies Come To?
I’m not really a comic-book geek or anything, and yet I admit that I was fairly excited for the Netflix original “The Defenders” series to premier. Mostly I think I was just hoping for some more of the material I loved in the “Daredevil” series, and hoping for none of the cheesiness that I very… Continue reading The Defenders is Decent, but Mildly Disappointing
I started watching “Malcolm in the Middle” by myself on a whim, a couple years ago, when my oldest kid was too tiny to have a clue about anything inappropriate it might contain if he was listening nearby. And then my husband saw it in my Netflix “Continue Watching” list and reminisced about watching it… Continue reading Malcolm in the Middle: A Good Family-Centric Sitcom
It seems to me that, in the library of Netflix original series, there is a glut of both sci-fi options and mystery/detective-type shows. We’ve tried our fair share of the sci-fi ones and not really found any that impressed us enough/didn’t disgust us with unexpected graphic sexual material. But we hadn’t really tried many of… Continue reading Netflix Original “Paranoid” is a Solid, Tense Mystery Series
I love comedies. But the thing is, in recent years anyway, your typical straight-up broad comedy movie has a lot of raunchy material in it. Not always, but I’ve noticed a trend lately. In fact, I haven’t even found too many PG-13 comedies recently – they’re mostly rated R. So when my husband and I… Continue reading Masterminds: Dumb, but Funny