What has made riding out a global pandemic tolerable these last few months are the various streaming services with thousands of movies and TV shows available to entertain us. If you pay for more than one service, like I do, it has become a growing dilemma to decide what to watch on any given day or week. I’m not usually an indecisive person, but even I have succumbed to endless scrolling or browsing syndrome when I’m in the mood to watch something. After finishing an older TV series on Amazon Prime not too long ago (Downton Abbey), I was in the market for a newer TV series to binge watch. With a passionate recommendation from my sister it eventually led me to dedicating the next few weeks to Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor.
Anime has always been my first love. Ever since Sailor Moon debuted in North America in the 1990s, it became my entry point into the vast and wonderful world of Japanese animation. I discovered Cardcaptor Sakura, Fushigi Yugi, Ayashi no Ceres, Revolutionary Girl Utena, and so much more. Manga followed closely behind, mostly because many of the anime I fell in love with were already based on a manga series. When homework and studying were done during my high school and college years, I couldn’t wait to spend my weekends or vacations from school diving into an anime series I was into. Now with those days long behind me, I find my anime viewing to be dwindling until a great sense of nostalgia (or boredom) nudges me to see what’s currently available on streaming.
If someone were to ask you to describe a show you’re currently watching in a few words or less, depending on what it is, it might be extremely easy or difficult. When I watched the final season of 13 Reasons Why, there were two words that stuck out in my mind—disjointed and hallow. The fourth season of this oftentimes controversial teen drama finally came to an end, and the supposed closure this finale should have offered to the story and characters was terribly lacking, frustrating, and pointless. Warning: Some spoilers ahead about the last season.
Spending most of your time at home will motivate you to finally turn your attention to the activities you have been putting off. These days everyone has run out of excuses for not being able to do whatever it is you have been meaning to do. I’ve been guilty of having a long mental check list of shows, movies, video games, and books I always tell myself I would make time for but never do. When going out and being socially close to other people is temporarily out of the question, your next best option is to focus on home activities. Lately, I’ve been catching up on a number of Netflix shows that have been sitting in my queue for months. Here are some of the shows I’ve been watching when I need a break from the dreary news on TV.
There are plenty of ways to get into the holiday spirit. Some like to deck their entire home with festive decorations that go beyond putting up the tree. Other people like to jingle jangle their way to December 25th with Christmas music. Or if you really want to get into a holiday season state of mind, Christmas movies might be more your speed.
With a number of new Christmas movies coming out each year, it can be hard to decide which ones to spend an hour or two of your time on. Being a huge romantic at heart, I am a sucker for a sweet and fun romantic Christmas movie. Now that Netflix gives you plenty of options to satiate your desire for sappy Christmas movies, I rank a handful of films the streaming service has in their catalog.
Remember the good old days when choosing what to watch on TV was a far simpler decision to make? Since there were only a handful of noteworthy TV shows, it was much easier to stick to one and watch it until the end. Nowadays, you’re lucky if you can finish one.
It’s good to have choices, but when there are far too many to choose from, you wind up deciding it’s better you don’t choose anything at all. This is the current conundrum facing most consumers with the amount of streaming services and various content now available to everyone who has a reliable Internet connection.
What has been an annual tradition every October, this past weekend was New York Comic Con at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City. I have also stuck to my usual one day attendance to the convention, which has been Saturdays. Like in years past, New York Comic Con has been a day filled with fun, geekiness, and plenty to see or do. Without further ado, here are the highlights from my weekend at the convention!
There comes a time when you know you should probably quit a TV show when the quitting is good. But for some inexplicable reason, or maybe not too inexplicable if you’re willing to admit the more shallow reasons for still sticking with a show (i.e. attractive actors), you continue watching even as you witness a show that once had a solid beginning eventually go down a ditch and burst into flames. If 13 Reasons Why Season 3 could be described as a person it’d be a stumbling hot mess who you want to look away from but can’t, watching with morbid curiosity to see how far they’ll make a wreck of things until there’s nothing left to destroy. Spoiler Alert: It’s that and then some.
When a show becomes a huge success, especially when it’s adapted from a popular book, there has been a persistent trend of studios wanting to find ways to extend the life of a show for however long they possibly can. The main motivation, though no one will admit it outwardly, is to make as much money off of the show while it’s still the hottest property on TV. Once the dollar signs start to become the central focus over the strength of the piece, a strong visual narrative that holds together well, you’ll start to notice how quickly a show gets run into the ground for the sake of more money.
Television has changed dramatically in the last few years. Gone are those days when you had to either rush home to catch your favorite TV show at the time it airs, or setting up the VCR or TiVo to record an episode while you’re out. Digital streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime have made it easier than ever before to watch your shows whenever and however you want. With the ease and accessibility streaming services have given us, is it trickier to really sit back and fully soak up the show we’re watching?