We have had more than enough reasons of late to question our leaders and institutions. So, perhaps you’re not ready for yet another in your entertainment viewing.
But I still must recommend The Keepers on Netflix.
This seven-part documentary series examines the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik, who was abducted and killed in Baltimore in 1969 at age 26.
The circumstances surrounding her death are just one element of the story. The apparent cover-up by the church and police is even bigger and more disturbing.
And the entire investigation of this ‘cold case’ was led by Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Schaub, retirees and former students of Sister Cathy at Archbishop Keough High School.
The information they bring to light is shocking and sad — even more so because it took this long.
Sister Cathy Cesnik — and all the students at Archbishop Keough — deserve justice.
Posted in Commentary, documentaries, Entertainment, Religion, Television
Tagged Abbie Schaub, Archbishop Keough High School, Baltimore, Catholic Church, documentary, entertainment, Gemma Hoskins, Netflix, nuns, religion, review, Sister Cathy Cesnik, Television, The Keepers
If you haven’t started watching Netflix’s 13 Reasons Why, or are in the midst of the series, don’t worry —
There are no spoilers here. Just one question (and kind of a tangential one at that).
Do bicycles not have kickstands anymore?
We see Clay Jensen ride around town as he tries to solve the show’s central mystery, and he throws his bike down on the ground like an unloved toy. He has bounced that thing off of cement, buildings, trees — you name it — and it’s been shoved into a lot of car trunks, too.
That bike gets no respect.
I have to think a kickstand would be a major improvement. But perhaps they just aren’t cool in 2017.
I don’t know….I may need 13 reasons way.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Television
Tagged 13 Reasons Why, bicycles, binge watching, Clay Jensen, entertainment, Humor, kickstands, mystery, Netflix, no spoilers, Television
We all are born with certain talents or gifts.
Binge watching is one of mine.
Now, you might argue that all of us can binge watch a television show or mini-series as long as we have access on Netflix or OnDemand.
I beg to differ.
As Liam Neeson would say, “It takes a particular set of skills.”
- Sitting still for long periods of time. I list this first because I feel it is most important. If you are a person who needs to ‘piddle,’ — always getting up and doing something, whether it’s eating or drinking or using the bathroom or organizing your pencils — binge watching will be difficult for you. It will take you weeks to watch the new season of Orange is the New Black. A true binge watcher can do it in two days. Max.
- Focus (or multi-tasking while still watching TV). I give you a choice here, because I find that I use both methods during my long binge-watching sessions. Some episodes demand my complete attention. Others offer small windows of opportunity to check email or IM with a friend (which still ‘watching’ the program.) Can you handle the singularity?
- Organizing your life. You cannot take two days to binge watch House of Cards or Bloodlines unless you can clear your calendar. And that involves getting things done in the days and weeks preceding the binge watch, which is made possible–in my house, anyway–by exhaustive list making. If it isn’t written down, it usually doesn’t get done. And I have to get a lot of stuff done to justify a big ol’ two-day binge.
- Bladder control. Contrary to popular belief, bladders do not come in a variety of sizes. They are all the same — male and female, adult and child. What does vary is our muscle control and ability to ‘hold our bladder.’ Not having to get up every 30 minutes makes #1 and #2 more plausible (and will help you be more efficient at checking off line items on #3).
Best of luck with your next binge watch!
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I finished watching the 13th and final episode of season one of Bloodline, the new drama from Netflix, who just keeps churning out these excellent shows.
I thought this might be a one-and-done, but they recently announced the show will be back for season two.
That explains a couple of things about the finale…which I won’t mention here.
I want you to watch it, of course, if you aren’t already. And here’s why.
- Ben Mendelsohn — Apparently he is a leading actor in his native Australia, but even as much as I watch movies and TV, his face was new to me. He is brilliant. Really. He quietly steals every scene on the strength of his character work alone.
- Water Torture — The show may take place at a hotel on the Florida Keys, but the layers of mystery that surround the family members are doled out in excruciatingly slow drips. And I love it. When you’re used to movie trailers giving away the entire film in less than two minutes, it’s nice to have a genuine surprise in every episode. This pacing fits the leisurely vacation location, too.
- Game of Thrones — Characters drop right and left; that’s why I thought the show was over in one season. The second year is going to be interesting, but I have faith in the strong–albeit bloodied–cast that remains.
So, add it to your Netflix queue. You will thank me!
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Humor, Internet, Television
Tagged Australia, Ben Mendelsohn, binge watch, Bloodline, character actor, commentary, drama, entertainment, family, Florida Keys, Game of Throne, hotel, Humor, Internet, leading man, movie trailers, mystery, Netflix, Netflix queue, one and done, pacing, review, season finale, season one, season two, steals the scene, surprise, Television, vacation location, water torture
A couple of years ago, I shared the scariest movie I have ever seen —
The Town that Dreaded Sundown
I still have the emotional scars to prove it.
While perusing the new February offerings on Netflix today, what movie jumped out at me in the Horror section?
Mr. Pillowcase Face himself.
Now, I have no desire to ever watch this movie again. I’ve had all the sleepless nights due to this movie that I need for one lifetime.
But if you’re a horror movie buff — and a Netflix streaming member — now’s your chance.
If you need to join my support group afterward, you know where to find me.
Posted in Entertainment, horror, Humor, Life, Movies, review
Tagged emotional scars, entertainment, horror movie, Humor, life, Movies, Netflix, Netflix streaming, pillowcase, review, scary movie, sharing, sleepless night, support group, The Town that Dreaded Sundown
Facebook and Twitter have been all , well, a-twitter with the news of the October release of The Gilmore Girls on Netflix.
Every episode. All the Girls, all the time.
I am happy to see this series finally get some love and attention.
I’ve been with them since the get go. When Rory was young and Dean was her awkward boyfriend and not a stud on Supernatural. When Lauren Graham was passed over in the Emmy nomination department year after year. When Melissa McCarthy played her very funny yet subtle sidekick Sookie St. James. Breakout performance? I didn’t have to wait for Melissa to break out.
I knew her all along.
I have the entire series on DVD.
Perhaps not as beautifully displayed as you see here.
(Takes up too much room that way.)
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