What I’ve Been Watching | February 2016
I decided to start a new monthly series that goes in line with my What I’ve Been Reading series. Basically, this will just be a monthly round-up of everything we’ve been watching – movies and television shows and reviews on them.
It is going to look like I do nothing but sit in front of the TV but I do about 80% of my work (blogging, writing, moving company, etc) at home on the couch. I can’t work in silence so I’m always looking for new shows/movies to watch while working. So, while I do spend a lot of time in front of the TV, it’s not just being lazy. Actually, it’s really JUST being lazy.
February seems to be a HUGE month for series/season premieres.
Walking Dead + Talking Dead
The Walking Dead, of course, comes back this month for it’s mid-season premiere. This is always something we look forward to a lot. We also watch the accompanying Talking Dead afterwards.
Here is my Walking Dead workout.
Vikings also came back this month – just 4 days after Walking Dead. I became quite obsessed with Vikings and binge-watched the first 3 seasons and was so excited for Season 4. Kaleb and I are already obsessed with all things Vikings (history wise, not just the show) and Scandinavia, so I knew this show would be right up our alley. I’m pretty sure Lagertha is my spirit animal.
Here is my Vikings workout.
An oldie but a goodie. I’m always re-watching Gilmore Girls when I just need background noise. I know this whole series by heart so it makes it the perfect thing to watch while I’m doing work. Also, there is even more excitement with the announcement of the Gilmore Girls revival!
The Outsiders is a new show that we found out about randomly because Opie (Ryan Hurst) from Sons of Anarchy is in the show.
Synopsis (via IMDb) A struggle for power and control set in the rugged and mysterious hills of Appalachia, “Outsiders” tells the story of the Farrell clan, a family of outsiders who’ve been in these parts since before anyone can remember. Living off the grid and above the law on their mountaintop homestead, they’ll protect their world and defend their way of life using any means necessary.
Bitten was another random show I found on Netflix, I believe. The third and final season premiered this month. I feel like this show was extremely underrated and I’m really sad there is only going to be the three seasons.
Synopsis (via IMDb) When she left Stonehaven – ‘for good this time’ – Elena Michaels thought she had left the world of supernatural behind. Until the night she got a mysterious call from her pack leader asking her to come back. So now she is heading back, away from her normal life as a photographer in Toronto and back into the world of werewolves, full of rules about protect the pack and a man she had spent years trying to forget. As if things were not bad enough, Elena also happens to be the only living female werewolf.
Girls also premiered this month for its final season. Another one I’m sad to see go.
Here is my Girls workout.
I started watching Bates Motel this month on Netflix and became a lot more hooked than I expected to be. I finished the entire first season in a few days.
One of the best new shows I’ve seen in a long time. Another Netflix original, Jessica Jones played by Kristen Ritter is a former superhero turned private investigator. Probably one of my favorite female leads in a long time.
Sons of Anarchy
Speaking of SOA, I technically finished watching the series in January but it’s so damn good, I have to list it here. I had heard of SOA for years but I never really thought it’d be my type of show. I have no idea why not (I love these type of shows) but once I watched one episode I was hooked – I watched the entire series in less than two months.
Growing up, I lived on Full House amongst other shows so I was pretty excited when they announced Fuller House. Fuller House is basically the kids from Full House as adults with their own kids now. And, even better…it’s on Netflix which means you can binge watch the entire first season in one day.
The Green Inferno
Holy. Crap. Eli Roth did what he does best, yet again. We are big Eli Roth fans but he is not for the faint of heart. I’d say this was way more brutal than Hostel was.
Set in the Amazon rainforest, a group of student activists attempt to save the rainforest but are soon kidnapped by a native tribe. And, trust me when I say, it does not end good.
Synopsis (via IDMb) A young man and woman meet on a train in Europe, and wind up spending one evening together in Vienna. Unfortunately, both know that this will probably be their only night together.
Before Sunrise is a movie I’m still not sure how I feel about it. As soon as I started watching, I thought it seemed familiar and then I realized I had started the movie before with my boyfriend and we had turned it off probably 10 minutes into it because it wasn’t keeping our attention. This time I made myself get past that hump we couldn’t seem to get past last time and watched the whole thing.
I didn’t feel myself enamored by it by any means but I also didn’t dislike it.
But, now thinking about the movie the day after watching it, I realize I may have missed the bigger picture here. I wasn’t enamored because I couldn’t stay focused on the storyline but the simple storyline is what is so great about this movie. It’s a sincere and simple take on a boy-meets-girl story.
This fulfilled a movie from my IMDB Top 250 Challenge.
The sequel to Before Sunrise is set nine years after Jesse and Celine first met and they encounter each other again on the French leg of Jesse’s book tour.
This fulfilled a movie from my IDMb Top 250 Challenge.
An intense movie with just the right amount of comedy. Trainspotting follows Renton and his group of friends in the Edinburgh drug scene, mainly heroin. Renton attempts to get out of drugs but it proves to be very difficult. This movie is gritty and dirty and just perfect.
I also have to say I really liked the way the beginning and ending was tied together.
It also made me never want to try heroin, not that I did anyway but you know what I mean…
This fulfilled a movie from IMDb Top 250 Challenge.
Léon : The Professional
Gary Oldman and Natalie Portman in a movie I had never heard of?? I feel ashamed.
I really enjoyed it – Gary Oldman played a crazy DEA agent and Natalie Portman played a 12-year old girl full of resentment towards those that killed her entire family and she requests the Leon teach her out to be a professional hitman.
This fulfilled a movie from my IMDb Top 250 Challenge.
I’ve always loved this franchise – it’s just a guilty pleasure I think. Started out strong, fell off a bit there for the first couple sequels and then definitely got better. I was very sad to hear about Paul Walker’s death and I think they did a great job commemorating him at the end of the film.
Not sure if it was my favorite ever Fast & the Furious film but still well worth the watch!
What About Bob?
A great classic with Bill Murray that I had never seen. We picked it up at McKay’s for $1 and Kaleb was so shocked I’d never seen it that he made me watch it that night. All I really need to say is Bill Murray.
FINALLY watched Inside Out – I’d been hunting it down from Redbox for days. I don’t know what took us so long to see this as we love Pixar and Disney films but it was adorable. As someone who deals with anxiety and depression and can’t always explain WHY I’m feeling the way I am, I thought they did a great job at portraying that. Definitely will buy in the future!
This fulfilled a move from my IMDb Top 250 Challenge.
Another movie from last year that we hadn’t seen yet and I have no idea why. This was like Cast Away but in space. Matt Damon was wonderful as well. He’s not always my favorite actor – he is always great but he just wouldn’t be my favorite but this may be one of my favorite movies of his.
This movie is about ten years old and another that I had never seen that Kaleb really wanted me to watch. Incredibly stupid humor but pretty good movie. It’s about a man (Luke Wilson) who is in the Army and is frozen for a year as an experiment but instead he accidentally is frozen for 500 years and wakes up to the entire country being incredibly, incredibly dumb.
Holy crap, that was a lot of time infront of a TV – like I said – that is NOT all I do haha.