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.

CBG’s Netflix Suggestions – January 2017

It’s a whole new year and it’s time to kick-start those resolutions! For me, those resolutions include catching up on some of the Netflix programs that I wanted to watch in 2016 but never got around to doing it.

Therefore, my picks for January are some of the programs available on Netflix that I really want to see but haven’t had the opportunity to as of yet…

Marvel’s Luke Cage

I remember reading the comic adventures of Power Man & Iron Fist when I was a kid, so when I heard that Netflix was going to make series of both superheroes, I was really excited to see how a modern take on the characters would look.

I’ve watched and loved the series of both Daredevil and Jessica Jones, so I am fully aware of what Netflix brings to the table in terms of quality programming and a realistic take on these incredible human beings. So you may be asking yourselves why I haven’t yet watched this series?

Well…I’ve started it, so I guess that’s why this is the top pick for me. After watching the first couple of episodes, I’m really loving the gritty realism that Netflix brought to this series. I’m definitely “all in” and I can’t wait to finish watching how Luke Cage deals with both Cottonmouth and his own morals at the same time.

Elstree 1976

I am a MASSIVE Star Wars fan and have been since watching the original on the big screen way back in 1977 shortly after it premiered. So I do whatever I can to gather information on stuff from behind the scenes whenever possible (it’s my “nerdy side” coming through, I guess).

This is a documentary where actors and extras reminisce about their time on the set of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and how making the film affected their lives. It shows “Then and Now” footage of bit players who appeared in the movie and tells the story of how the film and its legions of fans changed their lives forever.

While I’ve always watched stories from the stars of the movies reminiscing about creating these films, I’ve never heard the tales from extras and “bit players”. So needless to say, I’m really looking forward to seeing this one.

Roman Empire: Reign of Blood

I gotta be honest…I don’t really know a lot about this series. What I do know, however, is that almost every new take on the Roman Empire (ex: Rome, Spartacus: War of the Damned, etc.) has been excellent, so I am definitely looking forward to seeing this play out. 

Now, what makes this intriguing is that it’s not a “series” with a new spin on it…it’s a docuseries based on historical events. I like that because sometimes new versions can go off the rails in their attempts to “entertain” as well as educate.

Reign of Blood is done in six parts and derives its origins from the historical Roman Empire and tells the story of Commodus, who was Roman Emperor from 180 to 192. He was the son of Rome’s greatest philosopher king, but he was also the fool who brought down an empire.

The Big Short

I have heard a TON of really good things about this movie, but for whatever reason I just haven’t gotten around to watching it yet.

Four men, who are in the world of high-finance, predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s. However, the big banks don’t have the same foresight so they decide to take on the big banks and walk away with unbelievable wealth.

The cast is what really intrigues me…Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, and Steve Carrell. Wow…talk about a great group of actors! Needless to say I’ve got to find the time to watch this Academy Award winning movie.

Gotham

I’ve been extremely hesitant to watch any of the television series that deal with superheros because, quite frankly, the film versions are better 99% of the time. As much as I love the Marvel cinematic universe, I’ve never watched a single episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Of course, having said that let’s not ignore the fact that Netflix has done an incredible job with Marvel characters thus far (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and what I’ve seen of Luke Cage to this point have been stellar series). But with the floodgates seemingly opened on television (ex: The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, etc.),  I just didn’t know if I’d want to dive into another series.

But from everything I’ve heard, Gotham is an excellent series on its own. It’s a unique twist on the Batman tale where we meet Commissioner Gordon and Bruce Wayne before Batman has even been created. The stories are really focused on the origins of many of Batman’s eventual arch-villain nemesis’s: including Penguin, RiddlerCatwomanPoison IvyTwo-Face, Scarecrow, Mr. Freeze, Hugo Strange, Mad Hatter, and Ra’s al Ghul

To me, this sounds like a crazy way to introduce all of these bad guys…where they really all around Gotham in the years before Bruce Wayne turned into Batman? Well…from everything I’ve read and have been told, the series does a great job of introducing everybody without being too over-the-top. So for that reason alone, I’m willing to give it a shot.

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That makes up my “2017 Netflix Resolution” list. Are there any shows that you’ve been wanting to watch but just haven’t had the time yet? 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.