CBG’s Netflix Suggestions – July 2017

It’s hard to believe that summer is already here, but yet here it is. The kids are finishing up school, the days are longer, and there seems to be more time to go outside and enjoy the beautiful world around us.

But what do we do when it’s raining? We turn to NETFLIX, of course!! And believe me…there are a LOT of reasons to turn to Netflix in July. There are too many to mention, so I’m going to provide some of my recommendations here:

Friends From College

July 14

I had no idea what this Netflix Original was about until I saw the trailer and I gotta say…I’m so glad that I did!! 

This looks to be the exact type of quirky, well-written, well-acted “dram-edy” that I enjoy watching from time to time. The cast looks fantastic (Colbie Smulders! Keegan-Michael Key! Fred Savage??), it’s from the director of one of my favourite movies (Forgetting Sarah Marshall), and the trailer makes this series look REALLY good.

Basically, it’s about a group of friends from Harvard who are facing down their forties. The show has interwoven and complicated relationships in a comedic exploration of old friendships, former romantic entanglements, and balancing adult life with nostalgia for the past. 

I hope my expectations aren’t too high…but right now I can’t wait!!

Ghost

July 6

This classic love story is back and available on Netflix the first week of July! It’s been a really long time since I’ve seen this blockbuster, so I’m hoping it hasn’t aged poorly.

Starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg, the premise of the movie sounds really cheesy and REALLY bad. The movie is about a young man who is murdered, but then finds that his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger…all with the help of a reluctant psychic. 

When you read it, it kind of sounds like a goofy 80’s comedy. It’s not, though…so if you’re looking for a romantic evening with your significant other, this is highly recommended!

Snowden

July 1

I’ve heard a lot about Edward Snowden…from theories on why he is an American traitor to explanations on why he is an American hero. With a cast headlined by the incredibly talented Joseph Gordon-Levitt, I’m really intrigued to watch this and see the story unfold.

Of course, where it’s an Oliver Stone movie I’ll have to take it with a grain of salt as his versions of “the truth” can sometimes be a bit slanted, but with a 61% rating on Rotten Tomatoes I’m willing to take a chance that I’ll still be entertained.

Pixels

July 11

I know, I know…it’s an Adam Sandler movie and was critically panned (only a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), but my son LOVED this flick. And yes, I realize that it wasn’t the best acting or storyline in the world, but if you want to turn off your brain with your kids for a couple of hours, this is the perfect movie for that. 

Plus it’s kinda fun to re-live some of the older arcade games that I grew up with come to live as actual alien invaders!

Castlevania

July 7

This is a Netflix original series that is based off of the very popular classic video game series. Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy that follows the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan as he tries to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hands of Dracula himself! 

Adi Shankar, producer of the series, recently stated that the series is “very much done in the vein of Game of Thrones.” Taking that into consider in addition to (a) being familiar with the story and (b) having watched the trailer, I’m certainly willing to give this series a shot. 

Jack Reacher: Never Go Back

July 14

My wife and I watched the first Jack Reacher movie with zero expectations and were pleasantly suprised. Tom Cruise was riveting in the role…even though we weren’t exactly sure what that role was. Months later, we couldn’t tell you what the movie was about…but we could still remember that we liked it a lot.

We entered the sequel with slightly higher expectations.  Again, don’t ask us what the movie was about (I know it co-stars Colbie Smulders, though!), but we both ended up liking it again. 

So if you like your action “straight-up” and not “in your face”, I think you’ll really enjoy this movie. Cruise may be on autopilot here, but it’s still a great performance.

Arrival

July 28

I feel as though this movie was just in theatres a couple of months ago, so I think it’s pretty awesome that it’s already available on Netflix.

The plot of the movie is that twelve mysterious spacecraft have appeared around the world (I know…haven’t we been here before?). But instead of a Will Smith-led war movie for the ages, this is MUCh more subdued as linguistics professor Louise Banks (played by the awesome Amy Adams) is tasked with interpreting the language of the apparent alien visitors.

The movie co-stars Jeremy Renner and Forrest Whitaker, so the cast is top notch. If you think you’ve seen this type of “alien invasion” movie before, you haven’t. This movie was one of those “quietly successful” blockbusters that kind of took people by surprise because it was that good of a movie. Definitely recommended!

To The Bone

July 14

I’ve heard really good things about this Netflix original (it was a pick-up from the Sundance Film Festival and currently has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes). So even though this type of movie is “not my jam”, I’m willing to give it a shot.

The film shares the story of 20-year-old Ellen (played by Lily Collins) and her battle with anorexia. Ellen enters a group home run by an unconventional doctor (Keanu Reeves) where she and the other residents go on a sometimes funny, sometimes harrowing journey – navigating their addictions and finding the path to choosing life.

Finally…July 2017 sees the Netflix Canada debut of…

ROGUE ONE:

A Star Wars Story

July 18

I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome it is to have Star Wars movies streaming on Netflix. Sure, I own the blu-rays (as I owned the dvd’s and the VHS versions before that!), but there’s something about the convenience of watching it thru Netflix that just makes things more fun.

If you haven’t seen this movie, you are in for a treat. This takes place in the short time before the original Star Wars: A New Hope, as it tells the story about how the Rebel Alliance actually captured the plans to the Death Star and placed them into R2-D2 and C3-PO…thus launching a movie universe that is ever expanding.

And if I can be 100% honest here…Rogue One is one of the best movies in the entire franchise. I’d dare say it’s even in my “Top 3” in terms of Star Wars movies, and for a life-long fan that’s really saying something!

Want to see what else is coming to Netflix Canada in July? 

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Have I missed any? Are there any of your own “must sees” coming out in July? If you have any suggestions of your own, please don’t hesitate to let me know as I would love to hear them. You can always hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email.

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, but all opinions are my own.

 

CBG’s Netflix Suggestions – June 2017

For whatever reason, I find myself having more opportunities to watch programs during the summer than I do during the other three seasons. Maybe it’s because school is in session the other times of the year, which means spending time with the kids whenever possible and running errands whenever my wife and I have free time together.

Of course, it doesn’t help when there are good programs to watch, either. As a member of the Netflix Stream Team, I’m always given a listing of shows that are coming out each month. Whether by design or not, the month of June looks incredibly entertaining and I truly believe it has something for everyone.

These are the programs I’m most looking forward to watching on Netflix in June:

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

June 1st

This isn’t a movie I have had the opportunity to see yet, but my stepdaughters have told me it’s really good. Because of their recommendation, I’m anxious to give it a chance once it premieres on Netflix.

The story of the movie is how a teenager discovers clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times before finding a magical place known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. But the mystery and danger deepen as he gets to know the residents and learns about their special powers… and their powerful enemies. Ultimately, Jacob discovers that only his own special “peculiarity” can save his new friends!

 

Orange is the New Black

June 9th

I’ve been following the crazy ups and downs of Piper Chapman since the initial season debuted back in 2013. The ONLY problem I have with the show is that once my wife and I binge-watch an entire season, we have to wait 11 ½ months before the new one is released!

 

Vacation

June 13th

I’ll be 100% honest here…I wasn’t too keen on watching this movie in the theatres when it came out. I mean, how can you reboot a comedy as classic as Vacation with Chevy Chase?? I, however, am a big fan of stars Ed Helms and Christina Applegate, so I figure why not give it a shot? It’s designed as a modernized reboot of the original in addition to being a sequel of sorts. That type of description gives me interest, as does the movie trailer.

 

Disney’s Moana

June 20th

Unfortunately, I can’t deny that my “man crush” is Dwayne Johnson (of course, my wife will tell anybody within earshot so I couldn’t deny it if I wanted to…lol). I initially was hesitant to see Moana simply because it didn’t look like a movie I’d enjoy, but the success of the film in theatres and the subsequent positive reviews have meant that it’s definitely on my “watch list”.

 

GLOW

June 23rd

I’m a wrestling geek. Yes…I admit it. My wife, however, is not. Thankfully, I have convinced her to give this series a shot and in doing so am really hoping it’s as good as it looks.

Back in the 1980’s during the “wrestling boom” era of Hulkamania, GLOW was a real promotion that tried to blend beautiful women with athletic competition. It was ridiculously bad and failed miserably after trudging along for six years, but from those ashes comes this fictional story an out-of-work, struggling actress in 1980s Los Angeles who finds one last chance for stardom when she’s thrust into the glitter and spandex world of women’s wrestling. Where this is a Netflix original series, how can you go wrong??

 

Okja

June 28th

This is an extremely unique film in that it’s made by a South Korean-American director and isn’t entirely set in English. It’s got an ensemble cast with a crazy story, but it was realistic and gritty enough that it competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

As you can see in the trailer, the story is about how a young girl has befriended a massive animal over the course of 10 years in the mountains of South Korea. The animal (aka Okja) is taken by a multinational conglomerate in New York who believes that it can do great things for humanity with this animal, but that results in a rescue mission while different groups (demonstrators, consumers, capitalists, etc) all want to control the fate of this incredible creature.

I really can’t wait to see this with the entire family.

 

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Have I missed any? Are there any of your own “must sees” coming out in June? If you have any suggestions of your own, please don’t hesitate to let me know as I would love to hear them. You can always hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email.

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, but all opinions are my own.

CBG’s Netflix Suggestions – February 2017

Y’know, I had thought about doing some kind of “Valentine’s Day” post providing you with mushy, romantic movies to watch on Netflix. Instead, I thought I’d just take a look at what’s new this month and tell you what I’ve already seen or cannot wait to see.

And let me tell you…February is JAM-PACKED with visual goodness!

Kingsman: The Secret Service

February 1st

I had lowered expectations going into this movie when I first saw it, primarily because I didn’t know anything about it. Once I watched it, though, I was completely blown away.

This is such an incredibly unique spin on the “classic spy movie” in a way that I can’t quite describe. The action is better than the majority of films out there, with a direction that will keep your eyes glued to the screen. The characters, though odd at times, are still well developed in a way that you don’t expect.

And all I can say is that the “church scene” is one that I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

So if you’re a fan of action movies, do yourself a favour and check this one out!

Hector And The Search For Happiness

February 1st

I’m a fan of Simon Pegg, but not so much of a fan that I’ll watch everything he does. When I first saw the trailer for this movie, though, I was thoroughly intrigued.

Pegg plays Hector…a psychiatrist who, being unfulfilled by his career as a psychiatrist, he leaves everything behind and travels around the world in search of true happiness.

I think this movie will bring a smile to your face, too.

Wayne’s World

February 3rd

If you haven’t seen this movie before, you owe it to yourself to see Mike Myers and Dana Carvey at the height of their Saturday Night Live popularity. This is as good as “cheesy movies” get.

And if you have seen this movie before but not in a very long time (like me), then there’s no time like the present to re-live the moments that you used to yell out “PARTY TIME!! EXCELLENT!!” with your friends when you were drinking.

Yes…you ARE worthy.

Santa Clarita Diet

February 3rd

I really don’t know too much about this show other than it stars Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant as married realtors leading vaguely discontented lives in the L.A. suburb of Santa Clarita. However, Barrymore’s character dies and apparently turns into a zombie…kind of.

I’m a fan of the zombie genre, so I’ll definitely be giving this series a shot.

Serenity

February 12th

I’m one of those guys who never saw the Firefly series on Fox originally, so when I went into this movie I really didn’t know what to expect. Having seen it a few times over the years, I can tell you that it’s a “space cowboy” movie that needs to be seen to be believed…and no, you do NOT need to know about Firefly in order to watch and appreciate Serenity.

The movie stars Nathan Fillion (Castle, Cars 3), Morena Baccarin (Deadpool), Alan Tudyk (Rogue One, Big Hero 6), and Gina Torres (The Matrix Reloaded/Revolutions, Suits) as a cast with incredible chemistry who appear to be having a great time filming this really fun movie.

Saving Private Ryan

February 16th

Simply put, this movie is considered one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) war movies of all time. If you have never seen this before, it’s one that is highly recommended.

Finding Dory

February 17th

I absolutely loved Finding Nemo and have seen it numerous times with my son. I haven’t had the opportunity yet to watch the sequel, but my step-daughters have told me it’s really good, too. I’m just happy to see it’s already available on Netflix!

Dragons: Race to the Edge

February 17th

This Netflix original is now entering it’s fourth season! It’s a series based on the 2010 movie and showcases the continuing stories of Hiccup and his dragon, Toothless.

Trevor Noah – Afraid of the Dark

February 21st

After Jon Stewart left The Daily Show, I was really hesitant to give his replacement a chance. Over the past few months, though, Trevor Noah has provided me with a lot of laughs at the expense of Donald Trump…and you just can’t go wrong with that.

So I figure it makes sense to give this Netflix Original a chance. The “Daily Show” host ponders the perils of naming countries, how traffic lights turn New Yorkers invincible, and why you shouldn’t drink in Scotland. He dives into sexism, racism, and apparently attacks the world’s worst “isms” with killer wit … and a few fake accents.

Kill Command

February 23rd

I don’t know ANYTHING about this movie other than what I’ve seen in the trailer (below). But if you’re looking for a potential “guilty pleasure”, this might be the film you’re looking for!

Ultimate Beastmaster

February 24th

This Netflix Original series is the first international competition show of its kind. It will feature six country-specific versions, with local languages, competitors, and hosts from each country: the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany, and Japan. All 10 episodes will launch at the same time worldwide on Netflix, with each hourlong episode featuring 12 contestants – two from each locale. The athletes will run a demanding new obstacle course known as “The Beast,” and each episode will crown a “Beastmaster,” with the nine individual winners competing against each other in the final episode of the season for the chance to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

COUNT ME IN!!!

Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

February 25th

I don’t know a ton about this movie, but it looks like it could be a lot of fun (if made correctly). Plus, my wife and I are fans of Adam Devine from Modern Family so we’re hoping it’s a good movie.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

February 27th

Finally, we have the sequel to 2014’s reboot. My son and I really enjoyed the first movie, so we had our hopes up for the sequel when it came out last summer. Unfortunately, bad reviews stopped us from watching it in theaters.

But really, that’s the great thing about Netflix…you don’t have to pay extra for newer movie releases! My son and I will definitely check this out on one of our weekends together.

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That concludes my recommendations for February. If you have any suggestions of your own, please don’t hesitate to let me know as I would love to hear them. You can always hit me up on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and email.

I am a member of the Netflix Stream Team, but all opinions are my own.

What to watch on New Year’s Eve (for families)

netflix-2017As you all probably know by now, I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team and I do what I can to promote their services on a monthly basis. I don’t just do this because I have to…I do it because I absolutely LOVE the service and think it’s totally worth the monthly fee.

One more reason to really love Netflix for families is because of what they’re doing for New Year’s Eve. They have gone and created 10 on-demand countdown programs specifically made for kids! This way, the kids get to celebrate with mom and dad and can go to bed before midnight, which can be a win-win for parents who would like to ring-in the new year in a more personal and intimate way.

This year’s on-demand countdown programs include a variety of kids’ programs for different age groups:

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Puffin Rock
Luna Petunia
Beat Bugs
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Skylanders Academy
Trollhunters
Project Mc2
Fuller House
Chasing Cameron

Here is a quick trailer that will give you a sense of what to expect with these countdown shows:

Not only have Netflix helped out parents for New Year’s Eve, but they realize that a lot of parents simply want to sleep-in on New Year’s Day. They have made New Year’s Morning a little bit easier by creating a strategic playlist of shows that kids will want to watch back-to-back and placing them on the Netflix Door Sign!

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Simply put, parents can print and cut out their Netflix Door Sign and hang it on their bedroom door before crashing for the night on the 31st. Parents won’t need to worry about rolling out of bed too early, as those extra zzz’s will come when the kids realize that they can watch back-to-back episodes of the shows that are listed on the door sign! Here is a copy that you can print: Printable Netflix Door Sign

I hope you all had a great holiday season and that you have a very happy new year. I’m looking forward to 2017 and hope you will continue to join me on the blog as we enter another year together. 

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What To Watch On Halloween

netflix-halloweenThis will be the first time in years that I’ll be sitting home alone on Halloween. My son will be with his mom and the girls will be out with their mom and her ex. I’ve gone out with all of them before, but I’ve just got so much disgust and anger towards their father right now for how he has treated them over the past few months, I just don’t think I could pretend to have “small talk” with him without bringing up issues and getting into an argument or fight. 

So this means I’ll be home watching TV. The question then becomes…just what do I watch? Thankfully, there are a number of pretty awesome suggestions on Netflix .

If you’re looking for some more “family friendly” things to watch, check out this Stream & Scream Guide:netflix_stream-and-scream

Now if you’re going to be manning the door this Halloween, then you know that you’ll need to pause whatever you’re watching quite a bit. Thankfully, Netflix has provided options of programs to watch specifically for those manning the door!! It’s called the Netflix Pause & Effect list and it’s a quick guide for not only what to watch, but when to watch it!

FriendsFor example, peak Trick-or-Treating time is usually between 7pm and 8pm. You’ll be pausing your program multiple times in order to answer the door. You don’t want to be knee-deep into a great program that you’re trying to really pay attention to because pausing it multiple times will just ruin the “flow” of everything. Netflix understands that and suggests Friends as the option. Brilliant!

stranger-thingsOn the other hand, if you’re up late and the little ghosts and ghouls have all gone to bed, you may want something you can really sink your teeth into. The perfect options suggested are shows like The Walking Dead or the fantastic Stranger Things. These are shows that you’ll want to watch all the way through without distractions or breaks.

Check out the list for yourself!

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I hope you all have a great Halloween!

Walking With The Dead – Binge Watching on Netflix

the-walking-dead-on-netflixAs October 23rd fast approaches, the millions of The Walking Dead fans are getting more and more excited. Why? Well it’s the debut episode of Season 7, of course!! And we’ll finally get the answer to the question we’ve all been asking ourselves: Who does Negan kill??

I’ve got my theories, but I’m not going to discuss them today. Instead, I’m going to happily let you know that Netflix now has every episode from Season 6 available for you to binge-watch this week!!

Netflix members around the world are making their own rules when it comes to watching TV. Instead of one episode per week, Netflix members choose to binge watch their way through a series – that is, on average, finishing an entire season in one week. Though binge watching is clearly the new normal, not all series are enjoyed the same way. Netflix recently unveiled The Binge Scale, revealing which shows we devour and which we savor.

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Netflix examined the global viewing of more than 100 serialized TV series across more than 190 countries and found that when members are focused on finishing a series, they watch a little over two hours a day to complete a season. As you can imagine, some very interesting trends and patterns can emerge from this data. 

  • stranger-thingsSeries like Stranger Things grab you, assault your senses, and make it hard to pull away.
  • The classic elements of horror and thrillers go straight for the gut, pushing the placement of series like The Walking Dead the devour end of the scale.
  • Likewise, comedies with a dramatic bent, like Orange is the New Black, seem to tickle our fancy and make it easy to say ‘just one more.’
  • Complex narratives like House of Cards are indulged at an unhurried pace.
  • Viewers take care to appreciate the details of dramas set in bygone eras, like Mad Men.

season-6So if you’re anything like me, you’ll be devouring Season 6 of The Walking Dead in an effort to (a) remember a really great season, and (b) mentally prepare yourself for the “shock and awe” that is inevitably going to come from the Season 7 premiere this weekend.

And if you happen to be one of “those people” that don’t have Netflix, what in the world are you waiting for? There is so much for you to watch and re-watch that I just can’t see how it’s possible to NOT find something you’ll like.

But if you are someone that has Netflix, what shows are on YOUR Binge Scale? For me, the list over the past few months has included…

  • luke-cageThe Walking Dead (duh!)
  • House of Lies
  • Bob Ross: Beauty Is Everywhere (seriously!)
  • House of Cards
  • Stranger Things (you HAVE to watch this!!)
  • Luke Cage
  • Archer
  • Making a Murderer

My only problem is that there never seems enough time for me to watch everything I want to, as I still haven’t finished five of the series listed above! That’s okay, though…The Walking Dead with get a thorough binge watch from me this week!

The Best Time Of The Year!

Netflix CanadaI know, I know…most people say that the holidays are the “most wonderful time of the year”. But if you’re anything like me, you’re not one for the summer heat. In fact, if you’re like me, you’re the kind of person who LOVES the fall…and September is the time when summer begins to end, the autumn begins, and all seems right with the world.

Oh…my birthday’s in September, too.

So to quickly recap, it’s the best time of the year because it’s my birthday, the kids have gone back to school, and the temperatures are beginning to dip just a little bit each night. But in addition to that, Netflix has a GREAT schedule of new movies being released in September that has a little bit of something for everyone (but more on that later).

family-netflixHonestly…one of the great things that our family enjoys doing is getting together a couple times of month to enjoy “Family Movie Night“. While some families just sit around and stare, we’re constantly talking and laughing and joking and actually having some bonding time (which sometimes requires me to press the pause button during the movie, but that’s just part of the fun). 

We normally jump into our pajamas (everybody in the family wears them), pop some popcorn (or collect some other tasty munchies), and snuggle on the couch. Something we want to try differently this month, though, is Netflix BINGO!!

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Netflix has provided their Stream Team with five different bingo cards to use while the family watches a movie. Obviously, not everything is going to happen in every movie, but it looks like it will be a LOT of fun!

The only question is…what movies should we watch? Here are some of the new releases Netflix has for September:

  • zootopiaAlvin & The Chipmunks: Road Chip. I gotta be honest…this series of movies stopped being entertaining for me after the first one. But hey…if the kids want to watch it, I’ll buckle in.
  • Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters wasn’t quite as good as the first movie, but with epic adventures and magical creatures, it’s something the kids will enjoy.
  • Zootopia is one of the most entertaining animated movies to come out in the past decade. The family will have no problem watching it again while playing BINGO.
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is something you may want to watch knowing that there is a FIFTH Pirates movie coming out in 2017. Might as well continue to enjoy the crazy antics of Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the Fountain of Youth.
  • Zoolander 2 is the long-awaited (?) sequel to Ben Stiller’s original comedy about clueless models saving the world. My wife loved the first one…I can only imagine how the family will react to the second.
  • Maleficent wasn’t a movie I expected to like, but Angelina Jolie plays the character in such a way as to not be completely over-the-top, which makes it a massively entertaining twist to the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
  • Daddy’s Home is a very entertaining family comedy starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell. 

And if just the wife and I want to play Netflix BINGO, we can try out some of these new releases:

  • inceptionNeighbors is described as a “raunchy comedy” starring Seth Rogan and Zac Efron.
  • Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle was the movie that resurrected the incredible career of Neil Patrick Harris, even though he wasn’t even considered one of the stars of the movie. 
  • Inception is, simply put, one of the most incredible movies ever made. The acting, special effects, directing, and story are all amazing and it’s definitely worth your time to sit back and watch.
  • American Pie 2 wasn’t nearly as good as the original, but it’s been so long since I’ve seen it that I imagine my wife and I will have a blast re-living the hilarious exploits of Jim, Oz, Stiffler, & the rest of the gang.
  • The Revenant is a movie my wife couldn’t watch all of the way through, but I was mesmerized by the Oscar-winning performance of Leonardo DiCaprio. I’d totally watch it again!

So there you go…plenty to choose from! If you have the opportunity to play BINGO with your family (or just with your “better half”), what movie would you pick?