Tv Shows I’ve Been Watching On Netflix + Mini Reviews
Ever since I started subscribing to Netflix a few months back, I have found myself weaning off Youtube and have been voluntarily watching more tv shows and documentaries.
Which, to be quite honest, is a good thing. At least I think so. Every time I watch YouTube, I would fall into this hole of hours of just watching mindless videos and would come out feeling so shitty about it. I don’t know if the quarantine has anything to do with it, but these days I have realized that whenever I watch YouTube for too long––we’re talking hours here––I always feel slightly sad and depressed after.
Thus I decided to start subscribing to Netflix, and it’s so much better now. These days in my free time, I would even just play a random tv show in the background while I cook and clean. Or a random documentary series. All of what I’m going to say next is purely theory and could be a lie for all I know, but there is something about the You-tubers––be it vloggers, self-care gurus, make-up gurus, or gamers–– that once you watch enough of their content, it starts to feel like they’re just preaching about god-knows-what to sell you things. It could be their own merch, the product that sponsors them, their new business. Watch enough of their videos, and eventually, it’s just starting to feel like a big and intricate marketing ploy.
But I mean, it could just be me and I’m just the weird bunch in the sea of 7 billion people, who knows. Anyways, these days I’ve switched more of my attention onto Netflix instead of YouTube and I’m feeling so much happier due to it. Here are a few tv shows, movies, and documentaries that I have watched since we last talked about Netflix. Along with mini reviews.
Genre : Drama, Comedy
Starring : Aziz Ansari, Eric Wareheim, Lena Waithe
Director : Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang
Seasons : 2 (2015~)
The show follows the personal and professional lives of Dev, a 30-year-old actor who has trouble deciding what he wants to eat, much less the pathway for the rest of his life. Dev’s story takes him through subjects as diverse as the plight of the elderly, the immigrant experience, and how to find the most delicious pasta for dinner
I clicked on this series without really knowing much about it. To be quite honest, I was just looking for something that I could watch, that is funny, and wouldn’t force me to use too much of my brainpower. And I stumbled upon Master of None. Frankly, I don’t get the hype. It just feels like another HIMYM series, only this time instead of a white guy and his friends, it’s an Indian guy and his friends.
There were some scenes here and there that hit quite deep, like how when the main character, Dev, was questioning if his relationship with Rachel is worth fighting for or was that all there is for them. He painted the “quarter-life crisis” quite well, in my opinion. The feeling of loss, wanting to belong yet not wanting to fit the mold. Wanting a happy loving family and children to come home to, but also questioning if this is all that he could get out of life. That confusion was very well portrayed, but other than that, Master of None as a show didn’t strike me as something that is hilariously funny or astoundingly deep. It just kind of cruise averagely in the middle, and sometimes that’s okay.
Genre : Crime, Drama, Mystery
Starring : Sarah Paulson, Finn Wittrock, Cynthia Nixon
Director : Ryan Murphy, Evan Romansky
Season : 1 (2020~)
A young nurse at a mental institution becomes jaded and bitter before turning into a full-fledged monster to her patients.
Gurl let me just say, this is not a tv show you should be watching while eating if you get queasy easily. I didn’t know what this show was about and have never read the book One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest nor watched the movie, I thought this would just be your run off the mill murder mystery drama, but boy oh boy was I wrong.
There were scenes that scarred me so bad––looking at you lobotomy scene––that I couldn’t finish my dinner. Not to mention, the aesthetic of Ratched was absolutely phenomenal. That was the only thing that propelled me forward to finish the show. The outfit, the way the actors and actresses were acting was also very intriguing. It was as if something was off about them, yet I couldn’t exactly put a finger on where. All in all, a great show. I’m not the kind of person who enjoys watching crime dramas in general, but Ratched managed to keep me hooked from beginning till the end.
Although I must admit, this show does get heavy at times with the violence and I find it hard to binge-watch all in one sitting.
Genre : Documentary
Starring : Jenise Morgan, Bella Carroll, Lexy Lebsack
Presented By : Jenise Morgan
Season : 1 (2019)
Influencer hype and scarcity marketing create conditions where counterfeit makeup thrives, teens become addicting to vaping, disposable furniture kills, and corporations use single use plastics in a 4 part series.
These days, in the hopes to educate myself more about the going ons in the world, I have tried to get myself to watch more documentaries. Broken is one that I stumbled by pure chance and decided to give it a go. Before this show, I have already watched a handful of documentaries from Netflix and found that a lot of them are very surface level and barely scratch the itch that I have to see and learn more about a topic.
With Broken––while it wasn’t exactly very groundbreaking––it did open up my eyes to the kind of world we’re living in and the capitalist economy that we consumers are feeding our money into. From makeup to furniture, everyone loves cheap products. The cheaper the better. But all those cheap branded products that we bought online from third-party vendors, those come with a risk. And sometimes, those risks could be deadly.
Genre : Comedy, Drama, Romance
Starring : Lily Collins, Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu, Ashley Park
Director : Darren Star
Season : 1 (2020)
Emily in Paris follows Emily, a driven twenty-something American woman from Chicago, who moves to Paris for an unexpected job opportunity. She is tasked with bringing an American point of view to a venerable French marketing firm.
Hmm…what can I say other than I don’t like this show very much.
It’s just filled with cliches after cliches. A girl comes to the city of love, doesn’t speak a lick of French yet manages to make friends who speak perfect English left and right. Has a super-duper model level hot neighbor who just happens to run into her every few days. At first, it started with a smile, and then bumping into each other on the streets, and whoops! All of a sudden something broke in her apartment and she couldn’t ask for anyone’s help but her six-pack sexy as hell neighbor.
They started talking––as friends at first of course, because we don’t want things to be complicated. But then a look turns into a flirt, and then on one drunken night, they drunkenly kissed. And oh, what do you know, he actually has a girlfriend!
BLERGH. I cannot go on further or I will puke on myself. Emily in Paris sucked and I only watched it for Lily Collins, period.
Genre : Action, Comedy, Crime
Starring : Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston, Luke Evans
Director : Kyle Newacheck
Released : June 2019
When an NYC cop (Adam Sandler) finally takes his wife (Jennifer Aniston) on a long promised European trip, a chance meeting on the flight gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.
Eh. This one was just okay. Actually no, it’s slightly worse than your average Jennifer Anniston/Adam Sandler collaboration. I used to love watching them in 50 First dates and Just go With It, but for some reason, I just couldn’t sink my teeth into Murder Mystery. For some reason, the chemistry between the two of them just wasn’t there and the plot was just so lackluster and all over the place.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, if you need something to play in the background while you do house chores and such, this movie might be a great idea. But other than that, I really wouldn’t recommend it. I think I fell asleep a few times watching this––I mean I also watch it pretty late at night though, so the falling asleep part could just be because I’m a grandma and my sleep time is 8 pm (this is sarcasm, by the way.
Genre : Documentary
Starring : Junming ‘Jimmy’ Wang, Robert Allen, Sherrod Brown
Director : Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
Released : August 2019
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a factory in an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
American Factory is one of the best documentaries that I’ve ever watched on Netflix to date. It’s so eye-opening to see things through the perspective of blue-collar workers. This documentary makes me feel all sorts of things, things that if said here will probably start arguments, and for that reason, I will not start on it. If you have the time, definitely give it a watch. It’s the documentaries like these that lit a fire inside people, that makes them want to keep fighting for equality and what’s right even when it seems like a pipe dream.
With all the documentaries on Netflix being very surface level, I am surprised that the giant Chinese company let the production crew not only film inside the factory––mentioning the good and the bad––but also letting the filming crew go all the way to China to film how they get things done in their factory in China. The openness stuns me, but at the same time, I am also thankful because it opened my eyes to so many things that I was in the dark before.
Again, if you have time, definitely give American Factor a try.
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