If you don’t live in New England or you live under a rock let me inform you of a little bit of weather we’ve been having: way too much snow all the time. It’s enough to make me hibernate AKA binge-on-Netflix-and-crochet-a-baby-blanket-all-day. That said, I’ve really been trying to explore what’s available on this revolutionary and splendid web site and have come up with 12 shows I’d readily advise anyone to watch.
- For A Classic: The Lady Vanishes
I saw this one updated on Masterpiece Theater but it’s nothing compared to the original. It’s got mystery, wit, romance, suspense, and action. It’s by far one of Hitchcock’s less terrifying movies, but I’m just fine with that due to being an enormous baby when it comes to those things.
- If You Want To Know What Everyone Is Talking About: Parks and Recreations
I never should have started watching this show. It’s a bit slow to start off, most people say the first few episodes just remind them of the office, but if you stick with it you’ll discover some of the best comedy and most delicious characters that are on TV right now.
- For The Fictional History Nut: The Tudors
I waited a long time to watch this because I knew I’d be stuck in one spot for a long time. This show brought my beloved Henry Cavil to everyone’s attention before the whole Superman thing. It’s part fantasized historical drama and part scandalous affairs, and you can’t ever tell whose side you’re on because even the characters with the worst intentions (Anne Boleyn anyone?) are so human that you can relate to them.
- If You Like Indy Movies With Heart: Safety Not Guaranteed
Once upon a time there was an ad placed in a paper asking for someone to accompany the seeker in his journey back in time. Someone decided to take that ad and write a movie based off of it. Complete fiction, aside from their inspiration, but the movie is absolutely charming and heartrendingly genuine.
- If You Like Indy Movies With No Heart: Bachelorette
Not for the faint of heart! Four BFFs are reunited when one of them is getting married, but don’t expect this to be Bridesmaids. Bridesmaids didn’t deal with drugs, eating disorders, bullying, abortions, or go to strip clubs without any shame. Not to mention making jokes and awkward situations at every turn.
- For Those Who Want To See Through A Child’s Eyes: What Maisie Knew
This is a film about a child that is not in any way a children’s movie. Maisie is at the center of her (often neglectful) parents break up, generally taken care of by the nanny (before the nanny marries her father) or her mother’s new husband. The film is almost entirely shot in a way that makes everything seen from Maisie’s perspective, which makes for enchanting images and reveals heartbreaking truths about what effects children. Not to mention Alexander Skarsgård holding her little hand in his big hand…I die.
- If You Want To Feel Sad And Perhaps Cry: The Other Woman
Natalie Portman gives another great performance as a home wrecker whose baby died in infancy. The strain placed on the marriage, the bitterness towards her husband’s child, the guilt and devastation that follows trauma all are shown in this thought provoking movie.
- For Classic Marilyn: How To Marry A Millionaire
Three of the biggest actresses of their time (Marilyn Monroe, Betty Grable and Lauren Bacall) are living together with one goal in mind: marrying rich. Their adventures and misadventures are so funny, especially since they don’t have a clue who they are actually flirting with. My favorite thing is that Marilyn’s character is blind as a bat without her glasses but won’t wear them in public, so her foibles are so silly. It’s by far her most underrated movie, in my opinion.
- If You’re In The Mood For Drama: Regarding Henry
I saw this movie when I was younger and loved it, so I had to add it to my queue. Harrison Ford’s character is a jerk in a dysfunctional marriage that gets shot in the head and loses his memory. The revelations that occur about who he was before and about where his priorities are shocking for him, and his wife’s journey through the process is just as difficult. It’s ultimately an incredible movie about a dangerous awakening to the realization of where you have been and where you want to be.
- For Those Into Abnormalities: The Tiniest Girl In The World
I’m not going to lie to you, when I was in college I was sort of obsessed with Primordial Dwarfism. There was a show on TLC about it and I couldn’t get enough. This show centers on Two-year-old toddler Charlotte who weighs just seven pounds and could have a rare form of primordial dwarfism. It’s sort of terrifying to learn about the health issues that this little girl has, especially when she is so sweet and has such a short life expectancy.
- If You Want Inspiration From A Fantastic Woman: Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel
A Documentary about the fabulous and industry changing life of Diana Vreeland, one of Vogue’s most celebrated editors, following her life from childhood through her years at the MET. The woman knew fashion, and marketing, and how to make women aspire to be more than they were. It’s fascinating.
- For Those Who Just Want A Pizza Movie: My Future Boyfriend
A new classic from the ABC Family TV movie archive, My Future Boyfriend is the perfect combination of cheesy, gooey, and heart warming. It centers on a man from the future who travels back in time after discovering a romance novel that describes things he doesn’t understand, such as love and lust. He finds the author and during their attempts to understand each other, they do what must be done: fall in love.