What I Watched November and December 2017

It’s been a big couple of months for tv and movies! I watch a lot of tv when I’m working and I’ve worked a lot these last two months! I’ve also seen way more movies than I’m used to watching. It’s so exciting in late fall when most of my favorites are back on the air and we’re never digging around to try and find something to watch, whether we actually care about it or not. There’s always something good on!

TV – Alone

Scandal

Scandal

Things are pretty weird on Scandal with Olivia acting as Command this season. It’s a little dark, but it always is. It’s not one of my favorite shows, but I do enjoy building up a bunch of them to binge. It’s still an interesting show.

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

I’ve heard a lot of negative feedback for this show because of how emotionally manipulative it is. But – I love it! It’s definitely my favorite new show this season.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

I was really unhappy with this final season. It felt like Mindy didn’t care at all with keeping her character genuine. It really seemed like she was just trying to get through it and be done. I’m happy that she ended up with Danny, but it also felt completely unrealistic and dumb. He’s gone for however many seasons and suddenly turns up and they are magically back in love? I couldn’t stop wondering how much he was being paid to come back for the finale. I’m glad this is over.

The Mayor

The Mayor

I like this! It’s nice to have something light hearted and funny in the middle of a bunch of heavier shows. Courtney and his friends are very entertaining.

Jane the Virgin

Jane the Virgin

I’m always up and down on with Jane. For starters, it’s a really annoying show to watch because so much of it is in Spanish and I constantly have to be reading subtitles. (I hate subtitles, but especially when I’m trying to look down at my sewing all the time!) I hate all the narration too. But Jane is so good and positive that I can’t help liking her. I’m just not sure I’ll ever forgive them for killing off Michael. No one will compare.

Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces

Such a delightful comedy! I adore this show. The latest Christmas episode with Greg rocking out to Trans Siberian Orchestra in his car?? SO funny.

Fuller House

Fuller House

A few months late, I watched the first half of season three. I still think half of it is pretty corny. But I’m never going to stop watching!

Last Man on Earth

The Last Man on Earth

Ugh, is this show over yet?? I can’t stop watching it. But I wish it were done. Also, when in the world did Gail and Erica fall in love? I feel like I totally missed something somewhere. They were just suddenly a couple and getting married. It confused me.

Anne with an E

Anne with an E

I watched this right before Christmas and it was perfect timing. I’m sure if I knew Anne in person she’d drive me insane with all that talking. But the show was really well done. I especially loved the casting for Matthew and Marilla.

Shameless

Shameless

It’s back! I think Shameless is one of the best tv shows ever. It’s so gritty and violent and way too sexual, but it also has so much heart. Lip remains my favorite character and so much of this new season revolves around him getting his life back together – again. Love this show.

Great British Baking Show

Great British Baking Show – Season 3

I needed something in my remaining work week before Christmas. This was perfect! I’m not quite done with it, but season three is definitely my favorite. All the contestants are just so lovely!

TV – Together

Stranger Things

Stranger Things

Should I even admit that even though it’s been out for two months, we’ve only watched the first episode of season 2 of Stranger Things? I wish it were released earlier in October so we could have watched when it felt seasonally appropriate. A couple of times this month Greg was about to turn it on and I said I didn’t want to watch something Halloweenish during Christmastime. We’ll get to it sometime. I’m sure most of our regular shows will be on a winter hiatus soon.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Wow, what a downer this season!!! It’s hard to watch. I think things are starting to turn around, but they really lost my attention with the first few episodes. I want funny back. I really want GREG back. But my Greg insists that will never happen. 🙁

The Flash

The Flash

I think I’m getting pretty tired of superhero shows. We were on such a kick with them for so long and now they feel pretty lame. Flash is the only one I still like. But it’s not a favorite.

Arrow

Arrow

I think I’m done with Arrow. We only watched one episode in the last two months because it was a big crossover between Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. I just hate how everything is always so serious and depressing. I’m over it.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

I loved this new season sooooooo much. I can’t even tell you how hard I laughed at some of the episodes. When we watched these originally, however many years ago, I tolerated it for Greg’s sake. But it felt so much funnier now that they’re back. Watch this for some great laughs.

Good Behavior

Good Behavior

This is also turning into one of my favorites! We were so/so on the first season, but I’m really into it now. I don’t think it’s supposed to be funny, but there are so many funny little moments. And Javier, come on. It’s worth watching just to stare at him for an hour.

Superstore

Superstore

I don’t think this has been on very regularly yet this season. But it’s always good for a lot of laughs.

Brooklyn Nine Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

A tried and true favorite.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

We’re still very slowly making our way through this. I like it, but I’m not joining the ranks of people who insist it’s the greatest show ever. I’d still rank Shameless a lot higher. But we’ll see where it goes.

Movies

Band Aid

Band Aid

I really wanted to see this after listening to the Sam Jones podcast when he interviewed Zoe Lister-Jones. She wrote, produced, and acted in this film with an all female crew, which has never been done before. The movie is about marriage and a couple that decides to put their fights to music. It was interesting, but also a little sad and depressing. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I could have actually  understood the words they were singing. Maybe there’s something wrong with my hearing, but I could barely make out any actual lyrics, which really bothered me!

A Christmas Prince

A Christmas Prince

I’m not really one for corny Christmas movies. I don’t usually watch many – if any – Christmas movies. The Holiday and Elf  are my usual standbys, but I didn’t even watch those this year. But when I saw this one on netflix I had to check it out. iZombie is one of my favorite shows, so I had to support Rose McIver in this little netflix Christmas movie. And I liked it! Still a bit corny, but also sweet and fun.

Lady Bird

Lady Bird

We saw this in the theater soon after it came out. While it seems like very little actually happens in the movie, we both greatly enjoyed it.

The Last Jedi

The Last Jedi

I’m not much of a Star Wars fanatic, but I’m game for seeing the new ones when everyone I know is going. And I actually really liked this one! Even though it felt like half the movie I was just staring into the watery eyes of Kylo Ren or Rey.

Pitch Perfect 3

Pitch Perfect 3

Three times at the theater in a month! I really liked this one too! I mean, it’s not an amazing movie, but I liked it. I think I liked it better than the second one. But not as much as the first, of course. I love the boy singers. No boy singers allowed this time!

Dunkirk

Dunkirk

I guess I sort of knew what I was getting into watching this, but I wasn’t prepared for how hard it was going to be to stay awake. A good movie, technically speaking – sure. But I really need a whole lot more dialog and interaction to keep my attention. I’m glad I saw it, but it wasn’t for me.

And that’s it! I’m sure we’ll watch a few more movies in the next couple of days, but they’ll be added next month. Any good tv recommendations for me in the meantime??

What I Watched: October 2017

It was a pretty good month of tv! Almost all my regular favorites are on air again with a new season, which is always exciting. But it’s also so fun to have things on hand to binge. Especially when I’m sewing. So here’s what I’ve been watching this month!

TV – Alone

The Good Doctor

The Good Doctor

I’m really loving this new show! It’s fairly emotionally manipulative- which I LOVE in all forms of media consumption. The premise is very similar to House, which I absolutely loved when it was on. I get super excited every week when I have a new episode to watch. It’s the only show that I watch completely all in – not while I’m doing other things, like most of the shows I watch during the day.

The Mayor

The Mayor

Another new show this fall that I’m really enjoying. The characters are all so funny and endearing! Lia Michele is tolerable, but I really love everybody else.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

Mindy has really gone downhill this last season. It really feels like they don’t care at all anymore. All signs point to her eventually reuniting with Danny, which would make me very happy. But the struggle to get there is getting hard to watch.

Last Man

The Last Man on Earth

Another final season of a show that is barely holding it together. The addition of Kristin Wiig for a few episodes could have made it so interesting, but she was just painful to watch. They’ve killed off or shipped away everyone except the original cast now. I’m curious to see how things will end.

Famous in Love

Famous in Love

Fair warning, if you’ve read this book, do not watch the tv show. If you want to watch the tv show, do not read the book. The third member of the love triangle is different and it will make you crazy to try and figure out why they made the decision to change so many things. I started the tv show first, but also began the book the next day. And finished the book before I binged the  whole show. I liked the book. But I like the tv show’s Jake character soooo much. I wanted to punch Rainer in the face for how he ended the first season. If she chooses him in the second season, which I’m sure she will because she does in the book, I’m not sure I can handle watching it anymore.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers

I’m having very uneasy iffy feelings about this one. I think Knox green-lit it on The Popcast, which is why I was interested in checking it out. I didn’t realize it was going to be so serious and depressing. Justin Thoreau is pretty hot, though, which I guess I never realized. I’m intrigued enough to keep going, but I really don’t know how I feel about it. I don’t like so many unanswered questions.

TV – Together

Outlander

Outlander

I continue to love this tv adaptation of the books. Though this season is feeling particularly slow. If they plan on covering the whole third book in the third season they still have so much to go! But I love it.

Curb Your Enthusiasm

Curb Your Enthusiasm

I am so incredibly happy Curb Your Enthusiasm is back on the air. It really feels like it never left. It’s always been such a funny show, but this season seems like the best to me. I’m laughing so hard during the entire thing. Hilarious!

Brooklyn nine nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Always a good standby. Captain Holt continues to be my favorite.

Ghosted

Ghosted

I was really hoping this would be a great show. Nope! Well, we only watched two episodes. But it was so bizarre and stupid. Not interested in giving it any further chances.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

With so many new shows to watch every night, this has been pushed to the back burner. But I’m still liking it!

The Flash

The Flash

We finally have Happy Barry back! The last season or two he’s been so depressing and serious. It’s nice to see him laughing and having fun again. Same with all the regular characters.

arrow

Arrow

Arrow feels like a show I can’t give up since we’ve watched it from the start. But I really don’t care anymore. It does make me happy that William is finally part of the show. It drove me absolutely insane that they drop a bomb that Oliver has a son and then he’s not mentioned again for like three seasons.

superstore

Superstore

Still love it! I haven’t found this season to be quite as funny as the first two, but there’s hope.

MOVIES

The Princess Bride

The Princess Bride

I really wanted to watch this again after reading Cary Elwes’ As You Wish. So we had a family movie night, even though the boys didn’t have any interest. I was apprehensive about seeing it again after twenty years and realizing it was stupid and dated. But it wasn’t! I enjoyed it just as much as I used to when I watched it ALL THE TIME as a kid.

Gifted

Gifted

Totally watched this just to stare at Chris Evans. The movie was so/so. I actually watched it all the way through, which is more than I can say for most movies I watch on my own these days.

And that’s it! Any new show recommendations for m?? I’m thinking about trying Mindbenders and American Vandal on netflix next. Oh, and Stranger Things, which came out today!

What I Watched: September 2017

It’s been a pretty good month for tv! I was doing a lot of sewing earlier in September and found a few new shows to binge. And some of our old favorites are back with new seasons in the last few weeks. While I do occasionally waste tv on not so great books, I rarely waste time on tv I don’t love. So lots of good recommendations this month!

TV – Alone

The Great British Baking Show

The Great British Baking Show

I watched the second season of this on netflix. Once again, very entertaining! I love how bizarrely different British baking styles are from what I’m familiar with. I’ve always considered myself quite a baker and there have only been two or three episodes of things I’ve even heard of! It’s such a happy and fun show.

The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs

I watched the first season of this and was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed it. All of the characters are pretty loud and over the top, but it has good heart. It feels very similar to The Wonder Years, Raising Hope, and The Middle. I found myself laughing out loud many a time, especially at Barry’s antics.

Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces

How have I not heard about this show before? (Also what I thought about Superstore!) It’s so funny! I absolutely love it. A lot like Parenthood or Brothers and Sisters, but without all the excess drama and emotional manipulation (which don’t get me wrong – I am all for, most of the time). I watched both seasons of this and am anxiously awaiting the third season in November. This big family comedy is filled with laughter and joy. Colin Hanks is my absolute favorite.

Younger

Younger

Let me go on the record saying I was NOT happy with how this season went. I loved Josh, but I’ve always been rooting for Charles because he and Liza have so much more in common, even if he doesn’t realize it. It really felt like they might be in the right direction and they pulled it out so long, ending the season with Josh’s wedding in Ireland. What?! No conclusion or even a cliffhanger with Charles?? Even if it means it has to be a final season, I really hope they end up together and the truth comes out to all.

No Tomorrow

No Tomorrow

I started this a long time ago and finally picked it up again. Just one season on netflix, and they must have known they wouldn’t renew because it has a nice conclusion. It’s a cute show. Didn’t love it, didn’t hate it.

The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project

Okay, not thrilled with the direction this show has taken either. So much lead up to Mindy’s relationship with Ben, including their elopement at the end of the last season. And now with basically no explanation, Mindy just doesn’t care and they get divorced. No big deal, at least according to this show. The most recent episode I watched (which might have been aired in October, oops), ended with Mindy finding out Danny is also getting divorced. How does Mindy never know anything about Danny when they share equal custody of a child? Anyway, I’m hoping this means Danny will at least be back in the show and maybe they’ll get their happily ever after. Ben was great, but I’ve always been a true Danny fan. Their first kiss? The best.

TV – Together

Defenders

Defenders

I was not a fan of this one, guys. I loved Jessica Jones, enjoyed Daredevil and Luke Cage. We didn’t watch Iron Fist because we heard it was so awful and boring. And that’s what I felt about this one too. There was a lot of Iron Fist related things that maybe we should have known, but it was just so not my thing. They all felt incredibly awkward together. I watched five or six episodes and Greg finished it by himself. Did not like it at all.

Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

This is always referred to as one of the best tv shows ever made. Feeling like I’ve seen SO MANY awesome tv shows in the last ten years, it seemed odd I missed this one. Greg watched it when it was on and agreed to watch it again with me. We finished the first season. I enjoyed it, but I’m not sure I totally love it. Definitely interesting enough to keep my attention. But best show ever? I’m not there yet.

Outlander

Outlander

I felt about season two the same way I felt about the second book – mostly a bore fest. The third book was my favorite, so I’m hoping this season lives up to it! I’m surprised at how many things they need to cover and how few things they’ve actually gotten to by now. But I’m enjoying this season a lot. So many time spans. I can’t wait until they’re finally back together again.

Superstore

Superstore

It’s back!!! I love this show SO so much. The season three premiere was at the end of the month and it was a bit of a letdown after how the second season ended (Jonah and Amy kissing!). But I’m hoping they pick back up and it continues to be one of my favorite funny shows.

Brooklyn Nine Nine

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Another oldie, but goodie. I always like this one for a laugh. Sometimes Greg and I seem to get stuck on so many long, serious, kind of depressing shows. I love when we have shorter laugh filled snippets to watch in between.

Movies

Kiss & Cry

I watched this in a desperate attempt to find a movie watchable on netflix while I was in Door County. It’s the true story of a figure skating teenager that contacts a rare form of throat cancer. She remains super upbeat and positive throughout it all. It wasn’t a horrible movie, but…probably not on my recommend list.

Rough Night

Total waste of time! I didn’t find any part of this movie to be funny. It was just ridiculous.

The Big Sick

Finally saw this! I liked it. It was sweet and tenderhearted with a few laughs here and there. I feel like most of the movie was about the relationship between Kumail and Emily’s parents. Which is fine, I just didn’t really see it as much of a romantic movie. If that’s what was intended. Also cool that it was a true story.

And that’s it for September’s tv and movies! What have you been watching?