My Netflix Addiction: What Happened To Monday

Sounds very much like a coming of age tale or some fuzzy Rom-Com but don’t let the title fool you. This movie is anything but rosey. 
Set in the future, after the human population crisis caused the world to literally run out of food, a genetic mutation made creating food more feasible but the artificial substances in the food caused an insurance in multiple births, ( twins, triplets, etc.) Thus exacerbating an already existence conflict, Overpopulation.

The solution made by Glen Close, a one child per family rule. William Dafoe, plays a man with a big secret, he’s allows his late daughters seven daughters to live as one person. Named for each day of the week, they assume the identity of one Karen. 


One day Monday’s Karen goes missing and it all unravels from there.

I do enjoy a good suspense movie and What Happened To Monday, offers the perfect blend of mystery, action and emotion to make this movie great for any Netflix & Chill session. 

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My Netflix Addiction: Salem

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I’ve always had a special interest in the Salem Witch Trials, as a wiccan enthusiast and avid history buff. I’ve seen The Crucible more times than I can count both on stage and on screen. The crucible and the Salem Witch trials as a whole have been used in many political science classes and I’m sure many others as a prime example of what panic and fear can do to a community.

Throughout history when the government was searching for communists or terrorists we caution them not to start a “witch hunt” advising our present day rulers not to make the mistakes of the past.  The Salem Witch trials, for me has always been a favorite subject to research.

As usual my Saturday morning was spent scanning through my Netflix queue wondering what new show I wanted to see. I just finished watching Ozark and was in a period of mourning for my loss of something to watch.

Enter Salem, a show that initially I’d assumed would be a repeat of the cast and crew  of the crucible. Opening several years before the show explores the lives of Mary Walcott and John Aldan, young lovers being forced apart by the cruel George Sibley, head and councilor of the selectmen board, and one of the founders of Salem. John was being sent to fight in the French and Indian war leaving Mary in Salem alone. salem title card

Before the end of episode One we see that she and slave Tituba magically abort the baby she carried by John to protect them both form the persecution of the puritans.  Years passed and we see the Mary has married the wicked George Sibley but also, has become a witch embarking on her grand rite. Of course John comes back to complicate things.  The retelling of the Salem Witch trials plays out with the witches being behind it all. A secret which means the noose if it was revealed.

I’ve gotten my boyfriend hooked and so as of now we’re re-watching season One. Each episode is approximately an hour so I’ve made it to episode 6. It comes on WGN but all 3 seasons are currently on Netflix. I read somewhere a petition was going around to get the show back on air as it was cancelled after season 3.

That will be a burden for a few weeks from now when I’ve finished binge watching the first 3 seasons.

 

Have you seen Salem? What did you think? Will you be signing the petition? Let us know in the comments below!

My Netflix Addiction: Hemlock Grove

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Remember when Netflix had Max, the feature that recommended movies based on your preferences. I miss that guy, he made being lazy super easy. Just before his abrupt departure Max recommended this based on my interest in magical TV shows and dark story lines.

The first season was a bit confusing but weird enough to get me to watch it through to the end. Femke Jensen and that kid from Degrassi were among the primary cast and they did a great job. The acting on the show is amazing.

I later found out that it was also a book series. I may actually try reading because my interest in the show fizzled midway through season three. There is a lot of incest in this show. Some pretty gross blood play and what I assume would be attempts at true to life gypsy rituals which are still pretty icky.

All in all, the show just got to be too confusing, when you have no idea what’s happening in an episode that’s your sign to bail. I may revisit Hemlock Grove again someday. It really only takes an episode to win me back to a show’s side.

 

Have you seen Hemlock Grove? What did you think? Did you also read the book?

My Netflix Addiction: 13 Reasons Why

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*The content featured in this article could be seen as graphic, I am discussing a program which showed strong sexual content, minor abusing drugs and alcohol, strong language and rape. Basically you should not be reading this without permission if you are a minor.  Also spoiler alert.

I’d heard mixed reviews from friends, coworkers, Facebook followers people who’ve read the book and new it existed prior to watching the series. When I started watching i’d understood that i’d either feel a sense of kindred belonging or utter disdain for the late Hannah Baker.

Instead I felt myself feeling a both annoyed by her naivete and sad no one stepped in to save the histrionic young woman. Hannah Baker committed suicide by slicing her wrists in the bathroom tub, she’d endured 2 years of torture after moving to a new town and a new school. Sadly this was her only way out.

Before committing the final deed, she’d recorded 13 cassette tapes, (yes they still exist in 2017!) and confessed her sins and the sins of those she felt were most responsible for driving her to end her life.  Some would consider it a bit pious of her.

I at times agreed, the police would have and could have stepped in to bring justice to the stalker and the rapist. (i’m sure the later did face criminal charges once his confession was released.)  Some would suggest she merely get over the other teenage shenanigans.

I believe she could’ve used benefited from having a real counselor who could’ve guided her through a few minor struggles, had any adult been able to offer her refuge she could’ve had a chance.

My beloved would say she needed “thicker skin”  The series as a whole was pretty interesting and I would even consider watching a second season if they bothered to continue the show. The book was a stand alone project but who knows Season One left room for a 13 Reasons Why I shot up the school or 13 Reasons Why I Ran Away.