The Ballard of Buster Scruggs. We watched it on Netflix but it seems to be showing in movie theaters as well. It’s odd. And as I kept telling my husband, when he asked what it was about, both before and after we watched it – It’s a Coen brothers movie. That about sums it up. If you’re not a Coen brothers fan then you might just want to skip it, otherwise, I liked it. ‘Cause you know, it’s a Coen brothers movie.
9-1-1 (tv show) on Fox, which we watch on Hulu. It premiered in January of this year but we just started watching it 2 weeks ago, from the beginning of course, because you can do that with Hulu. We’re all caught up now and so we’ll be watching one episode a week, instead of one every night. It’s a feel good show, all the main characters are nice people, there is no one to dislike and no character is dumb/stupid/clueless. The cast is fabulous – Angela Bassett! and Peter Krause and a few other actors you will probably recognize even if you don’t know their names off the top of your head. If you hate “This Is Us” don’t bother with this show.
Homecoming – 10 episode series on Amazon Prime starring Julia Roberts. The story takes place in 2022 regarding incidents that happened in 2018. The story flips back and forth in time which always makes me crazy, in books and films, and the only reason we stayed with it was because we wanted to know what the hell was going on, with only 10 episodes we knew there had to be an ending. I have to say, it is beautifully filmed, the editing is superb. It sorta has a happy ending – totally open to interpretation. I wouldn’t say it is a ‘must see’ but if you start it you might as well finish, episodes run about 25 minutes.
The Kominsky Method – Netflix original series. Not for young people, they won’t get it. It a show about old farts and that is probably the target audience. And about time I say, I am weary of tv shows/movies aimed at and about teenagers and the 20-something, 30 something demographic. Again, each episode is under 30 minutes, and it works for us. Alan Arkin and Michael Douglas are super in it – especially Alan Arkin (I wish the hell the Michael Douglas character would shave…)
Because I have the attention span of a gnat I usually chose movies that come in at 90 minutes or less, we’ve recently watched, and enjoyed, two movies on Netflix, They are semi-musicals and they are really a pleasant way to while away some time –
Opening Night (from 2016) Starring Topher Grace – more comedy than musical and just really nice, feel good movie, happy ending, why not? Yes, yes I know hackneyed plot – boy has girl, loses girl, gets girl back along with his self-respect and his career. I enjoyed it, sue me.
The Beat Beneath My Feet (from 2014) Comedy, drama, with music. Teenage protagonist somewhat unappealing but he gets better as the story progresses. Adult protagonist is played by Luke Perry. Nothing new re: the plot, we’ve seen it all before but happy ending, good music. Once again, got 90 minutes to kill, give the creepy teenager a chance, he redeems himself, a little inspirational, maybe. But – ya know, happy ending, good music.
We subscribe to BritBox and Acorn – both channels feature British, Australian and Canadian show and quite frankly they are way better than anything you see on USA tv. Some of our favorite British shows pop up on Hulu and Netflix – if you want to do a little house hunting British style, Netflix has the “Escape to the Country Collection” – a variety of episodes from that series and the breathtaking scenery is definitely worth the price of admission.
Plus – oh happy day – the Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is back for another season on Amazon December 5th.