It’s a new year and that means… data caps! My region was lucky to avoid having those for all these years but we’re now getting capped starting this month, with some grace time, and I’ll admit that with a family of four with very different tastes, we gotta be careful how much we do stream. So I made sure to finish out some big shows last month and will probably be a touch choosier going forward, though we’re supposed to be getting some options on how to manage it for those who want “real” unlimited. Oh boy.
We’ve mostly whittled away our list of shows to watch in several of our streaming service queues so we’re definitely in a good place.
Current Netflix queue: I Am Woman, Rebecca, Cool Hand Luke, Firefly Lane
HBO Max queue: David Bowie: The Last Five Years, The Flight Attendant, Tolkein, Jojo Rabbit, Watchmen TV, Westworld S3
Hulu queue: Das Boot, Swing Things, I Kill Giants, They Shall Not Grow Old
With this week, it was a bit of a light one with just a couple of episodes here and there to nudge along the shows I’m in the middle of. I spent some time with Captani America: The Winter Soldier to introduce it to a family member ahead of the new series and naturally kept up on WandaVision.
The big new thing for me this week was the third and final film with To All The Boys: Always & Forever. While films like this get weaker the more they go on, I still found a lot to enjoy with it and the film series as a whole. The cast is great, it sticks to the simple things where the world feels like it’s as overpowering as it is at that age, while also showing all the possibilities out there. Yes, it’s full of people who seemingly have all the money in the world to decide on where they’re going to college, but beyond that I just enjoy the character stories. I do wish they spent more time in Seoul than they did, however. And I’ll be rooting for the leads in hoping that we get a ten-year-later reunion film.
I really enjoyed the first season of Bonding, especially with episodes coming in at about 18-minutes on average, as it delved into some moments and didn’t overstay its welcome. The second season has them in a bad place after the events of the first as expected, but I’m not exactly keen on the flow of it with them both trying to get things going again and having to go through training once more. The significant others of each is an interesting avenue to explore more of but it feels a little uncertain and unsure of where to go going by the first two episodes I’ve seen.
Beyond that, it’s been sticking mostly to the familiar sitcoms with Call Me Kat, Call Your Mother, Mr. Mayor and especially The Unicorn. I did recently find that the relaunch of Mad About You is on Amazon so I’m slowly trying that out because the show was a huge favorite in the 90s of mine. Some things you get wary about coming back to but there’s a charm, three episodes in, in thinking that this couple could make it work for decades.
In catching up on older things that I’ve got in my collection that I’ve revisited while working, it’s an odd mix this week. Over the course of the week, I’ve background watched:
- V for Vendetta
- Romeo + Juliet
- Snow Falling on Cedars
- Toy Story
- Toy Story 2
- The Siege
- Snow Whitel
- Sleeping Beauty
- Superman IV
- True Romance
- The Insider
What did you watch this past week?