Big news . . . we got a 30 day free trial of Netflix last week. I know, thank you for welcoming us to the 20th century. I honestly considered posting this update the next day but I hadn't alerted anyone to an unexpected post from me, and I figured it would go unnoticed. Plus, I was too sleepy to sit at the computer.
The documentary 'The Social Dilemma' prompted this gigantic move for our family. I'd heard of it multiple times, but when Ed texted Coach and I to say that he just watched it with fraternity brothers and that it made him fear for Reg, well: he got Coach's attention.
Ed shared that 1/2 of his fraternity brothers deleted all social media after they watched it.
We watched it, and it was unsettling - in an OPEN YOUR EYES kind of way. I'm not a big social media user, and Mini can never even FIND her phone, so she is not all that addicted. The three older boys have never been overly obsessed, but certainly room for improvement. I do suspect Lad probably relies on feedback from social media too much. Sadly.
Then there's Reggie. Lawdy. We'd already been on high alert with his phone use/interest in his phone but now we're super aware.
We had required attendance to the documentary viewing- Tank had volleyball practice so he'll have to watch it at another time. Reg and Curly were on the couch when I arrived, Mini was on the love-seat, and Coach was in his recliner. This marks the first time that I didn't insist on laying down on the couch with my feet up. Instead I squished between Reg and Curly. This was a day after a terrible night sleep, so 20 minutes in I was dozing.
My sleepiness is not a reflection on the documentary at all - it was excellent. I was just not able to keep my eyes open. Not to worry though because each time I closed my eyes Reg and Curly nudged me or blew in my face or found some way to irritate me, which was delightful.
Note to self: Revert back to demanding the full couch and only inviting a couch-buddy willing to massage my feet.
A few nights later, there were no kids home. It was Friday. Coach and I tailor what we watch based on who is joining us. I think I have mentioned, he is pickier than I am. In all honesty sometimes it's just that I forget 'bad'scenes. It's a gift, or a curse, depending on how you look at my ability to forget that there's something inappropriate about to happen. Maybe this is from my Catholic school education - I block out the 'R' rated stuff.
Coach picked out a movie to watch that night. It was called '22 July'. Well, this was a good movie, but it was also disturbing and horrifying. Given the current emotional drama we're enduring on the home-front, I think we both would've preferred a comedy or something lighter than a bunch of kids being killed in a terrorist attack in Norway. Call me crazy.
|I do look forward to watching this documentary about the Challenger. Photo compliments of Netflix.|
I recently posted a very incomplete list of movies we've watched, so since we are talking about Netflix I thought I would revisit this list.
Have you seen the Mr. Rogers movie? 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.' Love. Like, I seriously loved it. I did grow up watching the man and his affinity for cardigans and kindness, so that might be why I was so into it -but the movie was delightful.
This was back when I was working on my photo albums. When the movie ended, I couldn't reach the remote as I was buried under an almost complete album. (imagine a sleepy me giving myself a pep talk: 'Just a few more pages'). Special features rolled and I was glad that I watched that as well. They talked about making the set and I thought, DANG, I SHOULD'VE GONE INTO SET DESIGN OR COSTUME CREATION. Have you seen my Halloween costumes?
|Did I miss my calling, or what?|
Sometimes I wish I'd been more thoughtful in a potential career path. Had more encouragement or received more direction. Business, yuck. Hate. What was I thinking?
Months ago: 'Invisible Man.' So good, and I don't like sci-fi, but it was quite believable.
Movies appropriate for a 12 year old like Curly: Logan Lucky - I had never even heard of this. We replayed the bar scene in the beginning like a million times. Channing Tatum and Adam Driver are in it. Cute, light. Silly.
** I must share that I initially typed Channing's name as Tatum O'Neal. I was so proud of myself for knowing an actor's name. Then I thought "best to google that, because this is not my strong suit", um WHOOPS! Now you know how accurate I was in my John Denver post from Monday. **
Also, the Winning Season with Sam Rockwell - somewhat entertaining in a kid-appropriate way, about a high school girls' basketball team and their inappropriate coach. It's old, '09 maybe. Um, one of the girls on the team is the same real life name as Mini and then her BFF in the movie? - Mini's actual BFF's name. Curly and I were dying. I know you are all racing to watch the movie to see if you can figure out that riddle.
We watched a few movies from days gone by while in lock-down and we were surprised that 'Raiders of the Lost Arc' felt slow-moving and even boring at times. Like, what? Years ago that felt like major action.
Now that I have Netflix, I am relying on you to share recommendations. Movies? Series? I am hoping to keep it after the 30 day trial, but I have to see what's available. And, have you watched anything that you thought was the bomb as a kid, and now you're like: what? why the hype?