For What It's Worth

Friday, August 17, 2018

the friday five

Netflixing and such…

1.

The Rain

Netflix – 1 season – renewed for a 2nd

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A Danish (subtitled) dystopian series about a toxic rain that kills nearly everyone in Scandinavia.
Two siblings emerge from an underground bunker after 6 years to try and find their father, a scientist, who never returned after leaving to help find a cure.

The usual – must band with strangers to survive/don’t know who to trust – and add in a small dose of YA angst. They are, after all, teens that were kept in a bunker – away from humanity during their formative year.

The first few episodes after they get out were a little eyeroll worthy but the show picks up steam with a few clever plot twists and was rather addictive.

2.

3%


2 seasons – renewed for a 3rd

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3% is a Brazilian (subtitles) dystopian thriller that’s a similar to The Hunger Games in that people are chosen from their impoverished districts. the reward here though – if you survive the process – which only 3% do – is a chance to advance to the “better side” where there is modern conveniences, technology, and affluence. If you don’t make it you are eliminated. Meaning killed.

I’ve only watched a few episodes of this one but I like how dark and gritty it is. The characters seem to have a lot of ulterior motives that keep you guessing and lead to a few shocking moments.

3.

Alex Strangelove



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Alex is a high school senior who wants to lose his virginity to his girlfriend until he meets Eliot – an openly gay teen that he starts to hang out with and have feelings for. Alex starts to question his sexuality – is he bi? gay?

If you loved Love, Simon this is a a similar (albeit a raunchier) film. It’s a bit more PG-13 – borderline R, especially because of explicit language, than Simon though. 

It’s cute, a little weird and occasionally cringe worthy as Alex tries to force himself to be with his girlfriend and grapples with his new feelings.

Definitely not a perfect film but cute with a fluffy romcom feel.

CW: drug use, homophobic slurs, one flashback scene of bullying

4.

Janelle Monáe 

Dirty Computer (Emotion Picture)



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(also on YouTube)

This is a narrative film that accompanies the singers album by the same name. It’s a sci-fi/dystopian future world in which Monáe, playing Jane, and her companions are captured and have their minds and memories removed by the Nevermind so that they will become *clean*. 

The 45 minute movie is interspersed with the videos from her album and it’s pretty cool. We saw her in concert (she was AWESOME!) and she incorporated quite a bit from this short film and into her show.

5.

Barbarella


This movie happened to come on tv and it's.....something.

Space ships with shag carpeted interiors (even on the walls!), being pulled across the ice - water skiing style - by a stingray with a unicorn horn??, groovy 60's music,  getting chomped by dozens of dolls, with razor sharp teeth and sex, sex and more sex. 

This is a movie I've always heard about as being a cult classic and it is completely wild. I only made it about 1/2 way before bailing but I'm scarred for life by what I did see. lol

*Bonus trivia! The band Duran Duran was named after Barbarella villain Dr. Durand Durand played by Milo O'Shea. He even reprised his role in the bands concept concert film - Arena (An Absurd Notion).

44 comments:

  1. Thankfully I never saw Barbarella! I was a Duran Duran fan though! I was an 80's child so I fondly remember the films, music and games. I think that is why Ready Player One appealed to me!

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    1. Me too! Well, I graduated HS in 83 so more of a 70's/80's kid but my SIL was OBSESSED with Duran Duran back then. She even got to meet them backstage and get her album signed.

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  2. We just finally signed up for Netflix, and all we've watched so far are reruns of The Office and Friends. Sunnie loves it for the kids movies. I need to explore other shows!

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    1. I'm really bad about using Netflix. I'm not much of a binger either so I have to make myself use it lol

      My husband loves movies though so we still have it.

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  3. Oh I might have to check out Alex Strangelove. Sounds cute!

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  4. I’ve never heard of any of these shows... not surprising I guess since I don’t have Netflix and rarely watch TV. Ha.
    Barbarella... OMG, the cheese was was so strong they should’ve added Velveeta. My friends and I were huge Duran fans in the 80’s so one night we hit up Blockbuster and rented the movie. (Proving we were worthy fans, I guess. LOL) We laughed our way through it, naturally. :)

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    1. OMG - I was sort of stunned by how bad Barbarella was. I just thought it was like maybe like Conan but with a girl in space lol

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  5. I've been meaning to watch Alex Strangelove. It looks super awkward!

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  6. I've seen Barbarella a long time ago. I haven't seen any of the others.

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  7. The Rain sounds like something I'd like. I do enjoy end of the world type stories whether in book or film/tv form. Barbarella looks super cheesy! :)

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    1. Then that's a good series for you! It was kind of your usual apocalyptic thing yet not.

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  8. Hmmm, but subtitles! I get so lazy

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    1. I'm so surprised that I can watch with them now! I never used to but I seem to have learned lol

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  9. i've seen these shows on netflix but i haven't seen them. i've been preoccupied with the great british baking show, zumbo's just deserts, nailed it... basically all the baking shows lol

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    1. I can't watch any food competition shows for some reason. Which is so weird because I love food/travel food shows.

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  10. Haha, I've never seen Barbarella either but now I think I have to!

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  11. I just don’t watch much tv anymore. When I have down time I choose to plug in a headphone and listen to an audiobook and stitch. I do need to explore Netflix more.

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    1. I don't watch much tv and I'm not much of a binge watcher. I tend to do it in clumps or if my husband is the one that gets me started.

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  12. Your Danish and Brazilian dystopians sound good. Funny about Barbarella. I saw a bit and cracked up, but yeah, I didn't finish, either.

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    1. Barbarella was shockingly ridiculous. I had no idea! lol

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  13. I've started 3% and the Rain. I have a bad habit of starting and never finishing shows though. Both of them are on my list to get back to them though.

    Tori @ In Tori Lex

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    1. Me too Tori!! I still haven't gotten back to 3% even though I was enjoying it.

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  14. Thanks for sharing. I've heard of Rain but never seen it - I do like subtitled shows/movies and I need to check out more. :) I'm curious about Alex Strangelove. Seems cute enough.

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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  15. The Rain! I liked it a lot. I agree that it's kind of hokey at times, but meh, I can live with that. I was a fan of the characters too, so I think that helped. I am definitely watching 3% soon because I need to, I feel like it's my kind of thing? I hope so anyway! Glad to know it was reviewed for a third season, too!

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    1. I almost bailed on The Rain the first two episodes but my husband was hooked lol But then we stayed up late watching the whole season in one sitting.

      3% is very good so far.

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  16. I liked The Rain and am going to watch 3%. Barbarella... lol so you didn't make it all the way through huh? Now I'm even MORE tempted to watch it for Movies That Suck.

    I... did not know that about Duran duran!

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    1. You SO have to watch Barbarella for movies that suck!

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  17. Thank you for filling up my NetFlix list, Karen. xD I'm especially looking forward to checking out the first three! The dystopians sound interesting, and Alex Strangelove sounds so cute!

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  18. Hmmm I bailed on The Rain after like 15 minutes when they were being stupid in the bunker. lol Maybe I should give it a little longer?

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    1. OMG - the thing with their mother!!! I would have quit if my husband didn't want to keep going lol The brother stays kind of annoying but I thought the show overall improved when other characters were added.

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    2. Yes! I was like OMG what are you doing?!! I just can't! lol Okay I'll give it another swing after I finish my current series :D

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  19. Barbarella does sound like it's something lol. Alex Strangelove was cute. And suddenly I'm finding a lot of Netflix movies with that actor??? Idk if I have the energy for subtitles right now, but The Rain sounds pretty good.

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    1. Yes....something. lol

      That's funny about the actor. I don't watch a ton of Netflix so I haven't seen anything else with him.

      I'm kind of surprised that I can handle subtitles. I never used to be able to. I tried the shows dubbed at first but that's so much worse to me - watching the mouths move differently than the words lol

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  20. We love our Scandinavian drama series, but I've not seen The Rain yet

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  21. Those sound good. I don't watch much TV so I know there a lot of good shows I miss out on.

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  22. WE have Netflix and clearly I do not utilize it enough. I need to check out some of these titles.

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  23. The Rain and 3% are both shows that have been on my radar, but I've seen mixed reviews. Maybe I'll go ahead and watch them!

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  24. I've had my eye on #1 & #2...jst not sure hubby could get behind subtitles.

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