This series is a request from my friends. Because I work at home and work best with the television on I “watch” an extraordinary amount of television. While there are very few shows I take the time to sit down and watch I probably have the television on 30 hours a week- some weeks more.
I am forever recommending series or movies to them and they forget them. So at the end of each month I will write down some shows I think you should check out- it’s totally my own taste but I will try to explain the shows the best I can and why I like them!
I cannot recommend this movie enough. Never before has there been a movie that all five adults in my family have liked. We all have hugely different tastes. This one has done the impossible.
Spotlight is the story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child abuse in the Catholic church in Boston. The investigation took almost a year and had worked it’s way through high ranking church officials, politicians and legal community members. The movie is top notch and glorifies NONE of the sexual acts that were done. I was afraid it would trivialize the story but it almost has the feeling of a documentary in it’s realness. It won 112 awards including two Academy Awards for best writing and best motion picture of the year.
The movie is rated R for content and language- there is no actual sexual content or violence that I remember. The topic is very mature and I would hope parents would do some research before considering showing their children.
It’s an absolutely fantastic movie and I hope for those of you who would enjoy this type of film you will take the time to watch it.
Makes Me Want To Travel
I always enjoy the HGTV renovation shows but when you make this one international it gives it a whole new level of entertainment. Included are houses in Amsterdam, Johannesburg, Brussels and Tuscany and you get to see what REAL houses are like. My favorite episode to watch was in Serbia. The whole budget is less than you would pay for a car in the United States. The house is also on Air BNB so if you want to stay there you can rent it for $25 a night!
It’s Better When You Binge Watch It
I actually watched Quantico last year on ABC when it was live but many of my friends gave up. Why? Because the show doesn’t run on a traditional timeline. It can be hard to remember what’s going on with which character when you get a month off for the holidays and miss tons of weeks for NFL football games. This is a show that is meant to be binge watched.
A diverse group of recruits has arrived at the FBI Quantico Base for training. They are the best, the brightest and the most vetted, so it seems impossible that one of them is suspected of masterminding the biggest attack on New York City since 9/11. You know immediately who is suspected of the bombing in the first five minutes of the first episode and then spend the rest of the first season trying to figure out who ACTUALLY did it (or was it really her and she’s fooling everyone?). They drag you all over the place emotionally and also made sure the show was well stocked with hotties if that is more your thing. Season Two starts soon on ABC so this is a chance to catch up if you prefer live television.
A Classic To Watch Again
This is one of my favorite chick flicks of all time. Along with “The Wedding Date” I can watch “Must Love Dogs” over and over again.
Diane Lane plays Sarah Nolan, a recently divorced woman trying to figure out how to get back on the horse and start dating again. Her sister sets her up with an online profile and the inevitable string of interesting men follow. However in that group is the completely adorable John Cusack and the always hot Dermot Mulroney. Christopher Plummer plays her father and Stockard Channing makes an inspirational appearance as well. Sarah’s family is part of what makes the movie so incredible- they are ALL up in each other’s business the way almost everyone wishes their adult family would be.
I actually have taken one of my great life truths from this movie: “The best place to meet a guy is at the supermarket. You don’t need to waste a lot of time there, either. You see a guy holding a list, you know he’s married. He’s in the frozen food section carrying a small basket, he’s single. I like to hang out by fruits and vegetables, there’s a better chance of getting a guy who’s healthy.”
The Movie That Made $100 Million And Still Lost Money
I remember when this movie came out. I think everyone I knew saw it in the theatre. I know I saw it twice with two different groups of friends. It was fun, it was clean… it was Indiana Jones for 2005. It was based on a super popular series of books. It should have done well.
And it did- it made over $100 million. And still lost money.
Seasoned adventurer Dirk Pitt (Matthew McConaughey) sets out for the African desert with his sarcastic companion (Steve Zahn) in search of a ship rumored to have vanished long ago, the main draw being the treasure supposedly hidden within the lost vessel. When the daring duo come across a beautiful scientist (Penélope Cruz) who is juggling an escape from a warlord and a mission to stop the spread of a powerful plague, their desert expedition begins to heat up.
Since you don’t have to pay to see it jump online and check it out. It’s a super fun movie. And enjoy the incredible scenery, props, decent acting and special effects. Cause they cost a ton of money. NOT a frugal movie.
I Love Con Shows
A & E decided they wanted to make shows. This was one of the first. I loved it but it only lasted two seasons. You will recognize most of the cast from other shows- this is kind of a “before they were famous” show.
Tired of the bad guys running free, U.S. Marshals Charlie Duchamp and Ray Zancanelli devise an unconventional approach to catching fugitives. They employ the experience and know-how of former fugitives Lloyd Lowery, Shea Daniels and Erica Reed, a special task force comprised of the three most elusive convicts Ray ever captured. It’s a dicey partnership — one side of the law shaking hands with the other — but the motivation for the current cons is clear: With each fugitive brought back to justice, the team members earn time off of their sentences.