Everyone has different taste in entertainment. I'm not into Breaking Bad or House of Cards or much dark or gory (as excellent as some of these award-winning series may be). I appreciate intelligent humour, beautiful visuals and complex characters, I like to think, I like to feel...deeply, and I love to learn and grow. If you can relate to that at all you might be interested in what I've been watching lately (mostly on Netflix)!
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT - Netflix
I can't get enough of the mockumentary Arrested Development about a dysfunctional wealthy family, The Bluths. I've watched the series through many times and I find new humour in it each time. I find this series to be hilarious and clever at the same time, my favourite combination. The cast creates magic: Jason Bateman, Portia deRossi, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, David Cross, Jeffrey Tambor, and more. Do you like The Office? Modern Family? Has this one slipped through the cracks for you? If so, check it out.
You're welcome :-)
PS - Yes, that is Ron Howard narrating.
THE HEAT - Netflix
I must have been in a silly mood when I watched this movie with my sister but we laughed so hard we could hardly breathe, tears were streaming down my cheeks. Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy are comedy powerhouses and they play incompatible cops who team up to take down a ruthless drug lord.
DOWNTON ABBEY - Netflix
Beginning in the years leading up to World War I, the drama series centers on the Crawley family and their servants. Have your tissues handy and enjoy this period piece. It's soap-opera-esque and each episode hooks you for the next so you may want to plan to binge watch this one because once you start it's difficult to tear yourself away.
YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE - Website
This film is not on Netflix - I bought it directly from Hayhouse but if you can find it on iTunes or watch it on YouTube, I strongly recommend it. It's about healing your body/mind/spirit consciously. Do you ask yourself "how can I increase my understanding of how life works"? Are you a fan of the healing work of Wayne Dyer, Doreen Virtue, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Mona Lisa Schulz? If so, you might love this. Louise Hay teaches that "every time you think a thought and every time you speak a word you are literally creating your own life". I've been doing a lot of Louise Hay work lately and would love to chat with you about it if you are, too.
I AM - Netflix
Director Tom Shadyac speaks with intellectual and spiritual leaders about what's happening with our world and how we can improve both it and the way we live in it. Tom Shadyac was the youngest staff joke writer ever for comedian Bob Hope. He directed Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Patch Adams and Bruce Almighty. After a motorcycle accident and facing his own mortality he changed the way he thought about life and went in search of greater wisdom from around the globe through filming this documentary.
FOOD MATTERS - Netflix
This year has been both difficult for me and exceptionally bright in that through a couple of health problems I have changed (for the much better) how I care for my body. This documentary is but one of the educational pieces that has influenced my core beliefs about food and nutrition. I'm SO excited about the delicious options in whole food nutrition and I've never been so creative in my kitchen. At its fundamental philosophy this documentary is rooted in Hippocrates' advice: "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food."
Here's a link to the preview. It's amazing...enjoy!
MIDNIGHT IN PARIS - Netflix
A Woody Allen film: While visiting his hometown during Christmas, a man comes face-to-face with his old high school crush whom he was best friends with -- a woman whose rejection of him turned him into a ferocious womanizer.
Oh I LOVE this one. Once in a while I go to the movies by myself, this was one of those times when the movie was released in 2011. I lost myself in the film as it's set in Paris and jumps back and forth between present times and the 1920s, it's well written and there's some historical fiction woven into the fantastical story.
THE LUCKY ONE - Netflix
It's from the author of The Notebook...need I say more?
JUST FRIENDS - Netflix
Shameless self promotion alert: this is the one piece of work on Netflix in which I have some screen time! Back in 2005 I was hired for background work on this film which was mostly shot in Regina. Do not blink around 9:20 and 10:15 because I am standing beside the girl in the bikini who is swinging in the cage and then I am the girl to whom Ryan Reynolds hands a gift. That's it...three fourteen hour days and that's all that made it into the film. But I don't care, it was a thrill to be part of it.
Beyond that, this movie is really funny. It's about a music executive who visits his hometown during Christmas and comes face to face with his high school crush / best friend. You'll also see several Saskatchewan actors such as Amy Matysio, Trenna Keating, Fred Ewanuik of Corner Gas, and more.
Let me know if you enjoy any of these and especially if you have any recommendations for me. The comments box below will be perfect for those.