If you’re in the same situation that I’m in, then you’re probably suffering from an entertainment drought this Summer. Sure, there have been some awesome films released, but there’s only so many times you can watch Baby Driver and Spider-Man: Homecoming before you need something more consistent. Luckily, Netflix has had some sweet content pop up without too much fanfare, but after sitting through a lot of it, I can safely recommend a few things to help keep you entertained these upcoming weeks.
Possibly the best thing Netflix has put out these past months, GLOW (Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling) is as hilarious as it is entertaining. The show is a fictionalization, covering the lives of the wannabe actresses who became female wrestlers in the 80’s. Alison Brie and Marc Maron personally carried the show for me, both playing scummy yet somehow loveable characters that are both just trying to make it in the absurd world of televised wrestling. The supporting cast of lady wrestlers is also charming, and there’s an equal amount of quirky comedy and entertaining drama in their lives that makes the episodes worthwhile. Between the sweet 80’s aesthetic of the show, the unique plot, and the great pacing, I can’t recommend the 10 episode first season of GLOW enough.
Type: TV Series (10 Episodes)
Friends From College
Friends From College just released as of the writing of this blog, and I can’t understand why it’s getting such a negative wrap. The show follows a group of characters who all went to Harvard together, and now, years later, all live in New York City going through the motions that middle-aged upper-middle class people go through in television. From the first episode I was hooked on this cute show, binging through all 8 episodes out already in just a day. The cast in this show is great, with Cobie Smulders, Keegan-Michael Key, Fred Savage, and several other actors you might know from other sitcoms. The first few episodes of this show reminded me of a cross between the later seasons of Friends and the earlier seasons of How I Met Your Mother. The show is cute, really dramatic, but incredibly binge-worthy and worth the watch. Ignore the haters and give it a shot, and let me know what you think in the comments below, I’m interested to see what the actual viewers of the show think.
Type: TV Series (8 Episodes)
To the Bone
To the Bone is a surprisingly entertaining film starring Lily Collins and Keanu Reeves, about an anorexic girl who has spent her young life wasting away until she finally gets the help of her new doctor, played by Reeves. The film does something I enjoy greatly, in that it covers the portion of somebody’s life where they’ve hit rock bottom but then have to recover through personal growth. Everybody in this film is a joy, and despite being a quite dramatic experience, I’d say it does a good job of highlighting an important topic and ending on an optimistic note. I’m always supportive of films that are directed by their writer, and Marti Noxon (the Executive Producer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer) did a great job at both. Don’t miss out on this neat little film, if anything to see Keanu Reeves in something other than John Wick.
Type: Film (107 Minutes)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that impressed with The Force Awakens, and I feel that soured me on watching Rogue One the first time around. I picked a lot of elements apart in the theater, and walked out somewhat unsatisfied with the safe territory the Star Wars universe was staying in. Watching it again though, I was surprised by how many neat things I overlooked in the film, and how I actually enjoyed the film this time around. There are funny moments, great special effects, and just enough cameos and callbacks in the film to make it a joy to watch, and I think Netflix is a perfect avenue to see it again. It doesn’t come out until July 18, but it’s worth keeping on your radar and adding it to your queue.
Type: Film (133 Minutes)
The Mighty Ducks
Possibly one of the darkest family films of all time, The Mighty Ducks holds up as a cinematic masterpiece. All jokes aside, I love this film, covering the story of a young lawyer (Emilio Estevez) who gets arrested for drunk driving and has to serve his community service by coaching a youth hockey team. Turns out this young lawyer is haunted by his past, where he was a young all-star hockey player who blew his team’s shot at winning the championship. The film is absolutely absurd, yet still cute, funny, and thoroughly entertaining. Worth watching if you’ve never seen this gem, and if you have, it’s worth re-watching for nostalgia’s sake.
Type: Film (104 Minutes)
Keep An Eye Out For Ozark
There’s an upcoming Netflix series called Ozark, starring Jason Bateman and Laura Linney. There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this show, and it’s worth checking out the trailer. I have faith that this will be a solid series to sink our collective time into, as it looks absolutely intense from what we’ve seen so far.
Check out the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=10Xi7sCJsf0
Good Luck Binging
Here’s hoping that these shows and films help fill your free-time this Summer, there’s some solid content out there and Netflix does a horrible job curating it. Sure, the recommended feature is useful in theory, but just like YouTube it kills any chance of audiences being able to escape their typical content wall and a lot of cool content goes unnoticed. Be sure to follow the blog to see later updates on Netflix, as well as film and TV show reviews.