It’s time to talk about all the things I watch again. Although I usually try and keep that list in check to not make it too long, I think I overdid it just a little bit. But, hope you enjoy the post nonetheless!
Please watch this show? I know we are all still mad that Netflix cancelled One Day at a Time and then did another show centered around a latinx family (but with more male characters), but it doesn’t change that the show is really great. America Ferrera executive produced Gentefied and even though they got a lot of offers from networks, they went with Netflix. It has to mean something.
Anyway, about the content of the show: I went into it expecting a bubbly and lively exploration of family life in LA, but I got so much more. I cannot even express how heartbreaking some episodes were and how they still remain at the back of my mind. Gentrification is a real issue, but sometimes not giving in isn’t really an option for the people involved. I adored how balanced the show was. How it didn’t shy away from showing consequences, but also the struggle people have to face on the daily from so many different angles. It’s absolutely a high recommendation from me!
For fans of: latinx content, family issues, gentrification in America
Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist
Usually, I talk about shows that I have watched in their entirety (or at least the season), but Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist only has 3 episodes out so far. Still, I felt really compelled to talk about it, because rarely have I been hit with a pilot the way I have with this show.
Zoey doesn’t enjoy music (apparently people like that exist?), but after an earthquake, it suddenly follows her everywhere she goes. Zoey could now hear people’s innermost thoughts in the shape of songs, so, if you aren’t into random bursts of musical numbers, this show is not for you! What seems like a trivial plot point that will cause more hilarity than anything else, I was really surprised by how emotional I got. There is so much depth balanced with the humour of the show and it’s so enjoyable to watch. I just hope they go easy on possible cheating plotlines, but other than that, I am really all for it for now.
For fans of: music in shows, humour balanced with deeper issues
I Am Not Okay With This
I have a love-hate-relationship with Netflix making more and more shows that are about 6-8 episodes of just 20-minute-content. On the one hand, I enjoy the fast pace that the short format brings, but on the other hand, the lack of episodes makes it feel like a prequel or like we always have to stop when things just get started. It’s different to Ragnarok (which also only had 8 episodes), because at least their episodes were 45 minutes long, but it has the same vibe of origin story that is only just beginning. It doesn’t help that we have had our fair share of white girls with telekinetic abilities in recent years either …
While I feel a bit lukewarm about the show as a whole, there are some aspects I would like to praise about it. For one, I am glad to see a show let young girls be angry. Obviously there is some underlying reason behind the high-boiling emotions, but I am still happy that it was part of the plot. I also liked how the coming of age and sexual exploration side of it was handled. I think a lot of people guessed it from the trailer, so I am not going to go into more detail. Lastly, Stanley Barber is a treasure and I want him protected at all costs.
For fans of: the kids from IT, ambiguous styles that won’t let you guess the decade of the setting, Stranger Things but more now?
Living With Yourself
I like Paul Rudd. Is there really anyone out there who doesn’t? I also like Aisling Bea, because I am obsessed with British panel shows. So, in my mind, this show was really made for me, but somehow we didn’t click?
It’s hard for me to put the finger on what exactly didn’t work for me. It always hinges between comedy and drama, but fits neither category very well. Everyone believes the whole clone-thing far too easily (I am not talking about the actual clones, but more like his wife and such?) and I would maybe try to befriend my clone rather than make them my enemy? I think I was just waiting for Miles to have this moment of enlightenment where he would finally see where he went wrong and what made him so unhappy, but he remains miserable all throughout. Maybe that’s what bugged me so much?
For fans of: short clone stories, Paul Rudd
Peaky Blinders (Season 5)
I love this show, I really do with all my heart. The broken man that is Thomas Shelby is one of my all time favourite characters in all of TV history and he will likely never leave that list. I can’t say that season 5 was my favourite season, but it had a great new villain in Sam Claflin (who made it easy to love to hate him) and a particularly beautiful episode involving the ballet Swan Lake.
Watching Tommy’s state of mind deteriorate is painful. The flashbacks to Grace were unexpected and painful, because I apparently really overestimated how much he had dealt with her death at this point in time. The end of the season was practically torture and I hope they are already working on the next season as you read this. We deserve more, but it will also be the most brutal with an inevitable Shelby civil war at hand.
For fans of: the Peaky fucking Blinders!!!
Jumanji: The Next Level
I liked the reboot of Jumanji. I wouldn’t necessarily compare it to the original, but it was fun to watch and that’s basically all I need/want from a movie like this. It took itself a whole lot less seriously and was all the better for it. Now, that doesn’t mean I wasn’t nervous about a sequel to the reboot. Could they really recreate that funny magic with the switched bodies? The answer is yes and no.
There were still plenty of laughs in Jumanji: The Next Level, but far less so than the last time. I would even go so far to say that it dragged on in certain parts. I still enjoyed the displacement they all felt with their new bodies, but the running gag with the grandpas got old pretty quick. Still enjoyable, but definitely not necessary to drag this on forever.
For fans of: the cast involved, easy and effortless humour
Isi & Ossi
The trailer looks so dumb and so low, but after watching the movie, my Twitter account briefly seemed like an Isi & Ossi stan account and I have no regrets. Do you enjoy the rich girl meets working class boy trope? Do you like fake dating stories? What about two worlds colliding? I like all of these things in my romances and so much so that I can even overlook super crass and borderline humour. The fact that this movie starred Dark’s Lisa Vicari and Traumfabrik’s Dennis Mojen was just a huge plus in my book. I will always and forever support German Netflix content that isn’t crime related. ALWAYS!
For fans of: German Netflix content, Dennis Mojen and Lisa Vicari
That’s it for this time. Have you watched some of these shows or movies? Do you want to? Let’s chat!