Sunday, November 19, 2017

What I have been watching in Netflix lately

***Clip courtesy of Netflix and Youtube*****

It's been a while since I have posted about what we are currently watching in our house on Netflix.  I have been a busy little binge-watcher lately.  So the first thing I watched was (finally) Beauty and the Beast starring Emma Watson, Luke Evans, and Josh Gad...just to name a few.  This live action version of a Disney classic was spot on. The movie was visually stunning. The singing was top notch and it was easily worth all the hype.  This is one of my favorite stories of all time and once again Disney studios made it magical. I just loved everything about it and couldn't keep myself from singing along!

I love, love, love the Marvel Universe , which I am sure shows from some of my previous posts.  The Netflix/Marvel Studios orignal series have all been terrific and Luke Cage was the favorite in our house with a close 2nd by Jessica Jones.  And then we watched The Punisher......que explosive sound effects. It is so freaking good! Like I can't even begin to describe how much I loved it. The boyfriend and I stayed up all night on Friday watching all 13 episodes.  Can we just talk about what a complete badass Jon Bernthal is? I dare say this series knocked poor Jessica Jones down to 3rd. Luke Cage is still #1 though. This was the perfect way to curl up and watch on such a gloomy, rainy, weekend.

Sam Worthington is amazing in his role as the FBI profiler who captured the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski. Manhunt is an 8 episode series all on what it took to track down the Unabomber.  It is very dark and serious so not something to watch if you are not in the mood for that kind of thing. Also another series to check out on Netflix along the same lines is Mindhunter. This one is about the 2 FBI agents who put profiling on the map and it is very graphic and gritty.

The last thing we watched was a Netflix original movie called Mudbound. It is based on a book by the same name by author Hillary Jordan.  The story is about 2  families in the 1940's trying to farm land in the Mississippi Delta.  The  white McAllan family  and the black Jackson family. Though racially different there are some similarities between the 2 families.  They both have a loved one serving in WWII and they both want to make a successful life in farming.  Henry McAllan leaves and career as an engineer in the city to buy a farm in the middle of the Delta with dreams of owning his own piece of heaven.  Henry is very demanding and domineering and drags along his wife, 2 little girls, and his cranky racist father.  We meet his younger and more handsome brother Jamie briefly in the beginning of the movie but the he is shipped off to be a pilot in the war.  Hap Jackson and his wife Florence are farming on land that has been in his family for generations although he tells a story about how the deed to the property was taken away. They have several children and encourage them to believe they can do anything.  They are living on the land and paying wages all in the hopes of saving up enough money to buy their own property somewhere else.  Their eldest son, Ronsel, also gets sent overseas to fight in the 761st tank battalion.  He discovers pretty quickly that the negative, racist treatment he has been getting back home is not the same elsewhere.  He loves that they are treated just the same as their white counterparts by the people in Germany and Belgium. He meets and falls in love with a white woman in Germany but decides to return home wen the war ends. Ronsel and Jamie both have a hard time adjusting to life after war and the welcome that they each received back home.  They strike a friendship that immediately brings nothing but trouble to both families, especially Ronsel's.  The racial theme to this movie is so spot on to what it must have been like during that time, particularly in the south, and how long it has taken to get to a place where being friends with another race is no longer the worst thing you can do.  I think this is one of the best movies I have seen in a very long time. This is a must watch for sure. I hope it wins crazy awards.

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