Friday Faves: Movies and TV Shows

So, for last week’s Friday Fave, I focused on reading. But, maybe you don’t have the time or mental energy to make the words go into your brain meats. I get it. Trust me, I get it. Sometimes, I just like to veg out and stare mindlessly at flashing lights in a box, watching the pretty pictures go. Or just have some kind of background noise while I’m cleaning or crafting.

So, here are a few of my favorite things to put on the ol’ idiot box (and for the record, I hate that term; the idea that TV inherently makes you stupider pisses me off–it all depends on what you watch and how you choose to interpret it).

I’ll start with movies.

Star Wars, obviously, ranks at the top of my list of favorite movies. I’m just enough of a nerd about it that normal people kind of side-eye my excitement over the new trailer, but not so much of a nerd that I can tell you all the little behind the scenes stuff (a few things, but not all of them). Hopefully, I shouldn’t have to tell you the basic plot of Star Wars. But I will say that if you like sci fi or the idea of overthrowing corrupt government powers, it is the series for you.

The Howling IV: The Original Nightmare. Honestly, I love the entire Howling series because it’s just so bad, including the nearly impossible to find Howling 7: New Moon Rising, which is absolute garbage. But Howling 4 was definitely (in my humble opinion) the best of the original series. They did do a reboot movie called Howling Reborn that was pretty good and just as campy as the originals, but with better execution. It’s all good, gory, werewolf fun (but probably not for all ages).

Deadpool. I love comics and comic book movies, and Deadpool has been one of my favorite characters for years. I love this movie. I love Ryan Reynolds’ foul mouth, the love the gross humor, I love the cheap shots at 20th Century Fox and the X-Men franchise. I love it. I also love that Fox set this movie up to fail, with a less than $60 million budget, an opening near Valentine’s Day (for a superhero action movie), and hardly any promotion (they had an unusually small marketing budget for such a project and if it weren’t for Reynolds’ stepping up and getting actively involved in internet viral marketing it probably wouldn’t have had nearly the impact) and Deadpool still crushed it at the box office. Basically, Deadpool rocks and Fox will never be worth shit for anything.

Moving on to TV…

Adam Ruins Everything. I’m a sucker for shows that make their viewers a little less stupid/blind. ARE is even better, because they list their sources for their information on screen and encourage their viewers to go out and do their own research. They recently did an episode on spas and new age-y things like crystals which I loved (and I absolutely use healing crystals, witches). Unfortunately, it’s not currently on a streaming service, but you can watch full episodes on TruTV.com.

Parks and Recreation. This was one of those shows that I didn’t get into until it was over. Whenever I caught it on TV, I thought it looked kind of meh-to-annoying until there was nothing else on, so I watched it one day. Then I proceeded to binge the entire series on Netflix over the course of about four days. It’s a funny, light show that’s especially great to have on in the background if you’re doing a craft project or cleaning. The whole series is currently on Netflix.

Roseanne. This has been one of my favorite shows since I was a kid. It aired in the late-80’s through the mid-90’s and it’s still as relevant today as it was then. It’s a funny and often accurate look at middle-/working-class life. You can stream it through Amazon Prime, or the whole 9-season series is available on DVD for $25 (click the show title link). They’re also doing a reboot with the original cast that will begin in 2018. I’m stoked for that.

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