It’s Friday! I don’t know about you, but it has been a cold and drizzly couple days where we live. If you’re like me, nothing says stay inside like cold and drizzly weather outside!! When it’s time for a night in, I absolutely love snuggling up with my husband to watch a great show. If you love that too, then here is a Netflix Weekend Watchlist for you!
I am going to take you through my top three TV Show recommendations (in case you are professional binge watchers like us) and my top three Movie recommendations out of what is currently available on Netflix. But first, a PSA:
If you’re looking for a good movie to watch, do not be deceived by the movie “Founder.”
I like Michael Keaton as much as the next gal, and I also love movies about entrepreneurs, risk takers, etc, but this movie was a bust. **Spoiler alert: the “founder” of McDonald’s stole the idea from two good ‘ole boys, added insult to injury by striking a phony buy-out deal with them, and then left his wife for another man’s wife. All in all, not the feel-good, inspirational movie I was looking for. I would recommend skipping that movie and trying out one of these Netflix winners.
1. Blue Bloods
So, let me tell you about one of my favorite shows of all time. I LOVE crime show dramas, but some of the best ones (Criminal Minds, Law and Order: SVU, Bones) just get a little too dark and a little too edgy for my liking. Enter Blue Bloods. An older Tom Selleck plays the part of the New York City Police Commissioner. He has a father who retired as a previous police commissioner, a daughter who is the assistant district attorney in New York, a son who is a detective, and a son who is brand new to the police force. You could say that police work runs in the family. This TV show follows each family member as they maneuver the demands of being part of one of the largest police forces in the country.
Each case is exciting, like you hope a crime show will be, but because it is the “family business” there is an element of charm that other shows in this genre lack. I could watch each season over and over again, and anxiously await the addition of seasons that are currently playing on regular TV. Blue Bloods is totally binge-worthy.
2. Prison Break
I recently started Prison Break because it is one of my husband’s favorite shows of all time. I had never even heard of it, but apparently it’s a big deal. The title pretty much explains the premise of the show: convicts trying to break out of prison. But the plot goes much deeper than that and thickens with every episode. Is has kept me on the edge of my seat! I am about half way through season two and look forward to the resolution as the story continues to play out. Some of my favorite characters? Haywire (definitely Haywire), Sucre, and of course Michael. Ladies, you can grab your boyfriends/husbands and watch this show all weekend without having to twist their arms.
Alright, I had no idea this show was back on Netflix, and I am crying happy tears. The final season ended while I was serving my mission and I’ve been longing to see how they wrapped it up. Parenthood is the perfect, feel good Drama. I am not kidding, I laughed and cried in nearly every episode of this show, sometimes multiple times. Parenthood follows the stories of Zeek and Camille Braverman and their four grown children. The plot dabbles in every kind of family matter from divorce to cancer to rebelliousness to disability. Any person at any stage of life in a family can relate to the plot (though I am not recommending it as a TV show you watch with your kids as the themes can be deep and intense). You will follow the Braverman’s through triumph and tragedy. I cannot wait to finish the final season!!
1. Dead Poets Society
Arguably one of Robin Williams’s best performances, Dead Poets Society is a classic. I love when Netflix brings back the classics. Don’t get me wrong, I love the new stuff too, but when a movie like Dead Poets Society, Forrest Gump, or Titanic comes up in my feed, you know I’ll be watching it.
This movie is set at a boarding school for the sons of the affluent and wealthy. They are all on the path to greatness, but are experiencing the woes of being a teenager in this rigid setting. One day, a new professor comes to the school. He is fresh, unconventional, and enthusiastic. He makes English cool! This is definitely a feel-good, coming-of-age drama that everyone should see. I watched it in Junior High School for one of my classes and it truly impacted me. I plastered “Carpe Diem” on my school locker and began my love affair with poetry and beautiful words. This is a must-see for any cozy night in.
2. Leap Year
Hater gonna hate, but I love this movie. It is a typical, sappy chick flick, complete with Irish accents and cheesy one liners! Amy Adams plays a smitten city slicker who has followed her boyfriend to Ireland to propose to him on Leap Day. Her co-star, Matthew William Goode, plays a cynical Irishman who is commissioned to drive her to Dublin. I’m sure you can see where this goes and…you’re right. It is predictable and ridiculous, which makes it the perfect chick flick in every way.
I do not know what it is about this movie, but I love it and can literally watch it over and over again. Maybe it’s because of Bruce Willis, or maybe it’s because of Ben Affleck, but Armageddon is hands down one of the best movies. This is another one that makes me cry like a baby, without fail, every time I watch it. And can we please talk about Liv Tyler?? Why don’t we see her in more movies?? She is absolutely delightful.
The premise of the movie is that a gigantic asteroid is barreling towards earth and NASA must turn a bunch of oil drillers into space cowboys to destroy the asteroid and save humanity. Armageddon has a star studded cast that will leave you wondering, “Whatever happened to so-and-so, I love them!” This movie is a crowd pleaser, and who doesn’t love a movie that helps you remember what matters most? In the wake of disasters throughout the world right now, this message is especially poignant.
I hope you’ve found a few recommendations for your relaxing this weekend. If you have a show you want me to review, leave a comment below! If I’ve seen it, I’ll tell you what I think. If I haven’t seen it, I’ll give it a try and you could be spotlighted in my next Weekend Watchlist post.
Bring on the popcorn, snuggles, and Netflix. Thanks for stopping by!!