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4 Movies that I Streamed on Netflix During Quarantine.

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Recently, I shared 8 TV series that I watched on Netflix during my time of social distancing (Read here). Today, I’m sharing the movies I watched. I’m definitely much more of a TV show person than a movie person (though I do love movies!), so the list of movies that I’ve watched is literally half the size of the TV shows I’ve watched. Granted, these are just the movies I’ve watched on Netflix, so that’s another variable.

  1. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (no longer available)

Although I was born in the early 90s, I did not grow up loving the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Maybe I’m too young (I definitely grew up more in the early 2000s), maybe it’s because it was just my sister and I growing up. I definitely remember my boy cousins who were a few years or more older than me loving the turtles, but it just wasn’t a part of my childhood beyond that.

A few of my cousins organized a cousin movie night over Zoom at the beginning of quarantine, and this was the choice. It was super fun to see my cousins, most of them in their 30s and with kids of their own now, geek out over the movie. I did enjoy the movie as well, though some of the sexist and racist undertones definitely didn’t hold up. Unfortunately, it is no longer available to stream on Netflix.

2. Back to the Future

For our second virtual cousin movie night, we were originally going to watch the second TMNT movie, but we unfortunately had to postpone it, and when we finally were able to all reconvene, Netflix had taken all of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies from the 90s off its platform.

So, the organizers decided we’d watch Back to the Future. I had seen this before during my childhood, but to be completely honest… I knew it best from John Mulaney’s standup set. So the entire time we were watching the movie, I had John Mulaney’s voice commentating on the absurdity of the film in the back of my head.

But beyond the weird… incesty and fat shamey and rapey undertones of the movie (YIKES), it is a fun movie with a lot of nostalgia. It brings you… back to the… past.

3. The Reputation Stadium Tour

I have a confession to make. I. Love. Taylor Swift. Like a lot. I have since the first time I heard her sweet, fake little southern voice singing about Tim McGraw 10+ years ago. And while when she made the switch from country, I was initially upset, and felt like I wasn’t able to relate to her music the same, I eventually (took 4ish years) came around and recognized the genius of her newer music. When Lover was released last year, I was so excited that it felt like I was back in high school, giddy and excited about my favorite singer again. What a time.

One of my best friends is another Taylor Swift fan, and we’ve had countless deep discussions about Taylor’s music and legacy. So a few weeks ago, we decided to watch the Reputation Tour together over FaceTime. Before that, Reputation was probably my least favorite of Taylor’s albums. I just didn’t feel like I could relate, and it felt darker, and Reputation era Taylor felt so different from the Taylor I fell in love with ten years ago.

That all changed when I watched the Reputation Tour. Oh. My. Gosh. I can’t count the times my jaw dropped out of amazement. The outfits. The stage presence. The sets. The dancing. The lyrics. It felt like such an immersive experience. It changed my life and I will now defend Taylor to the death even more.

4. The Wrong Missy

I’m pretty picky about comedy. I feel like my taste in it is very specific. My favorite stand-up comedian is John Mulaney, and the first “adult” comedy movie I truly enjoyed was 21 Jump Street (Forever a classic). When The Wrong Missy was recommended to me, I figured I’d give it a try, because I liked the cast, and hey, why not?

It was fine. It’s not something I was like “OMG I have to tell everybody to watch it” about, but it is something I’d recommend if you’re looking for something light hearted and silly.

What movies have you been watching during quarantine? Did you get to watch TMNT before Netflix pulled it? What are your thoughts on The Other Missy? Let me know in the comments, and I’ll talk to you next time!

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8 Shows I’ve Binge Watched On Netflix During Quarantine

I know that things are starting to open back up, but let’s be honest. A good Netflix binge needs no excuse.

While I’ve tried (and mostly been successful at!) to limit how much TV I’ve watched while in quarantine, I’ve still gotten some good screen time in. Here’s some of the shows I’ve watched to distract myself during the pandemi

  1. Schitt’s Creek
The Rose Family standing in front of the Rosebud Motel.
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When the Rose Family loses their fortune, they are forced to move to Schitt’s Creek, a podunk little town, and start over with some of the strangest townies. Starring and created by father/son duo Eugene and Dan Levy, Schitt’s Creek is as lovable of a town as Pawnee with a wonderful cast of characters that you will grow to know and love. Catherine O’Hara absolutely shines as Moira Rose, and her lines and looks are absolutely magnificent and unforgettable.

2. Community

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Community is one of those shows that I’ve been meaning to watch for almost ten years, and just now have gotten around to. What? There’s just so much good television out there! I’m still on season one of the show, and although it hasn’t quite grasped my interest the way that other, similar shows have, I’ve heard that it gets better, so I’m looking forward to sticking it out and enjoying the later seasons!

3. Parks and Recreation

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Ah, my beloved Parks and Rec. I can write an entire book about how much I love this show and how much it means to me, but today is not that day. But wow, it pretty much is the perfect show. It’s self aware, has an amazing and hilarious ensemble of characters. Not to mention that Leslie Knope is a feminist icon! I usually tell my friends to start with the beginning of Season 3 (that’s when it gets really good) and then watch Seasons 1 & 2 once they already like the show. The first two seasons aren’t bad, but to be completely honest, they’re not really good unless you know and love Pawnee and the Parks department.

4. The Circle

Picture of Sean, a plus size, body positive contestant on "The Circle". She is wearing a pink shirt, and her microphone is visible.
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Ya’ll, The Circle blew my freakin mind. I’m usually not a big reality TV fan, and after my bad experience with Love is Blind, I decided to ignore Netflix’s other attempt at a reality show. Eventually, a friend recommended it to me, and I wanted something mindless and trashy. And I did not find that in The Circle. The Circle is filled with heart, hope, acceptance, generosity, and friendship. It’s the perfect show for a time like this. It will warm your heart and give you faith in humanity again.

5. Gilmore Girls

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, who star as Lorelei Gilmore and Rory Gilmore, respectively.
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Gilmore Girls is another popular TV show that has been around (and over) forever, but I’d slept on till now. I really like the show! I always thought I’d connect with and like Rory (considering all I really knew about her before I began watching the show was that she liked to read) but woof, is she irritable! I really like Lorelei though, and while I’m still on the earlier seasons, I’m a sucker for a good mother/daughter bond and am looking forward to finishing the show. It definitely doesn’t hurt that the show takes place in Stars Hollow, a fictional town in my home state of Connecticut!

6. Hollywood

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I have complicated feelings on Hollywood. I expected it to be a fictional story set in a real life 1940s Hollywood… and it was… kind of. It was an idealized version, and I think that almost was the show’s downfall for me, personally. You saw all this rough and rowdy stuff, all of this misogyny and racism and homophobia running rampant around the film industry, and by the end it’s okay and they pretty much fixed all of that. It just didn’t sit right with me for some reason. There was also a lot of female nudity, and I’m not a fan of nudity in media, especially when there’s excessive female nudity and almost no male nudity. I actually made a TikTok video rant about my annoyance with it.

7. Never Have I Ever

Devi, an Indian teenager who is the main character of Never Have I Ever, sits across from her two friends, Fabiola, a black teenager, and Eleanor, an Asian teenager.

This one was another show that surprised me. I love Mindy Kaling as an actress and a writer, so when I heard that she was one of the creators of this new Netlix Original, I knew I had to give it a try. I wasn’t expecting a lot, to be honest, ecause I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Mindy Project, and I also knew that this show was made for a teenage audience. This show, in my opinion, somehow portrayed emotional trauma and the high school experience in such a deep way. I absolutely sobbed during the finale, and I hope to see more of Devi and her friends in a second season. I am planning to do a full review in the near future, so definitely stay tuned.

8. Space Force

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From the moment that Space Force was announced, I was excited. Steve Carrell? Ben Schwartz? Making fun of Donald Trump?? Um, yes please! I was immediately on bord and couldn’t wait. And I have to say… I’ve only watched the first few episodes, and I’m definitely having a harder time getting into it than I’d anticipated. But if my relationship with some of my favorite shows has taught me anything, it’s that you can’t always judge a TV show by it’s first few episodes, and sometimes seasons. So I’ll keep watching, and hoping I find that “something”.

What have you been watching on Netflix to occupy yourself during this time of social distancing? Did any of your picks make my list? Any recommendations

for what I should watch next? Let me know in the comments!