As we’ve gotten into the month of March, we’ve managed to watch our data caps pretty well, partially in shifting shows streaming from 1080p to 720p without noticing too much difference (especially for the elders in the house) and just shifting more to watching things I’ve previously purchased, some of which I’ve not actually watched before. We’re still burning through a lot of stuff to watch and while the bulk of the list below is what I’m doing personally, we’ve also had a few other shows and movies done by others on the staff. That includes the Happy Happy Joy Joy: The Ren & Stimpy Story Review, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years Preview, and our Raya and the Last Dragon Review.
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, Tribes of Europa, The Dig, Squared Love
HBO Max queue: David Bowie: The Last Five Years, 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 Captain America: Civil War to introduce it to a family member and naturally kept up on WandaVision.
The big thing for me this week was a rewatch of a series I haven’t seen since it ended with You’re The Worst. With a stellar cast, great scripts, and a chemistry that really worked, the show covered a lot of ground that connected strongly with me over the years with mental illness and just trying to find your place in the world. It felt weird to burn through it so fast after taking more than five years to watch it during its original run but it’s such a great show and you see the threads more clearly in this fashion as well. It’s a good modern sexy rom-com-drama work but it’s so much more as it reveals the layers through the first of five seasons.
It took me awhile to get to it but I really enjoyed the Tolkein biopic feature film. It’s not something that goes into his literary works much but shows the path his life took and the influences on it that made clear how he ended up with the stories he wrote. It’s not the best biopic I’ve seen but I really enjoyed watching the path through his life as a child and the home he and his brother ended up and then later with the love of his life, his time on the front in World War I, and the ramifications of it all. There’s a good love story bonded to it that’s natural and everyone puts in a really solid performance.
Another film that was too long in my queue before I finally got to it, Jojo Rabbit really delights across the board as one would expect of a Taika Waitit project. While there are modern pressures related to talking about Nazis and the like, what we get here manages its focus well and everyone puts in for a really good time. The opening bit with the camp and all that happens there is both hilarious and chilling at the same time and it made me love Sam Rockwell even more. Scarlet Johannson is spot on as the mother in this and Taika does some really great overly exaggerated stuff with Hitler that lets it work. I really am curious to see what kind of career, if any, Roman Griffin Davis has after pulling off the role as Jojo so well here. The kid has a presence and physicality that really was a delight as he kept up with Taika in every scene and in some of them, I think he managed to outperform Taika.
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 while trying to avoid streaming so as to not use up my data cap, it’s an odd mix this week. Over the course of the week, I’ve background watched:
- A Walk in the Clouds
- Single White Female
What did you watch this past week?