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.

Orange is the New Black – Season 4 on Netflix NOW!!

Just over a month ago, Netflix was kind enough to offer members of their Stream Team the opportunity to screen the first six episodes of Orange is the New Black’s fourth season. I wanted to write about the show immediately after my wife and I watched those episodes, but we were asked to wait. Time sped by and then POOF~!! The new season was available on Netflix.

Needless to say, it didn’t take very long for the two of us to blow threw the remaining seven episodes and can I just say…OH EM GEE!!

Listen, I’m not going to give away any spoilers in this post but let me just say a few things about Season Four:

  • You will be absolutely shocked at a death during the course of the season.
  • This season is NOT a comedy-based season. I know it’s been known to be primarily comedy in years past; this season is emotional and depressing and, at times, stomach churning.
  • The acting performances are spectacular. It really is amazing how some of the actors get completely immersed in their characters. I fully expect award nominations and award wins for members of the cast during “award season”.
  • The writing is, as usual, fantastic. I don’t know if you’ll find a more interesting program with interesting long-term storylines that really play out in an incredibly well thought-out way than with OITNB. Top to bottom, this is just a fantastic program.

OITNB 1One of the things I’ve learned over the past month is that viewers who watch and enjoy OITNB are what Netflix considers to be “repeat offenders”. The original series is one of the most re-watched globally among subscribers. After researching over 190 countries, Netflix found that more than half (53%) of Orange viewers have re-watched at least one full season. That’s an impressive number and just goes to prove how great the show is.

Some Canadian-specific highlights about OITNB fans are as follows:

  • Almost one quarter of Canadian respondents (23%) planned to watch the previous season while 42% planned on re-watching all seasons before the season 4 launch back on June 17th.
  • Close to half of respondents (43%) said they started preparing for the new season the week before June 17th, and Canadian fans were actually willing to give up house chores to do so (for example, 41% were willing to give up cleaning the house 38% were willing to give up making your bed just to focus on Orange).
  • Outside of refreshing their memory, one third said that they liked to re-watch Orange just so they could relive moments with their favourite characters.
  • 30% of Canadians said that they looked for possible foreshadowing.
  • Over one quarter (28%) said they re-watched because it’s their favourite show and they can’t get enough.
  • It can be lonely in Litchfield, apparently. Over one third of Canadian respondents (32%) said they planned to re-watch by themselves. Thankfully, I didn’t have to do that.

In more overall highlights…

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Netflix CanadaWhat I did, though, was sit with my wife and blow through the final episodes over the course of a weekend. We simply couldn’t help ourselves…the show is that damn good. As entertaining as it is to “binge-watch” a series like Orange, the only down side is that we now have to wait another year for the next season to begin.

I suppose we’ll have to find another series on Netflix to watch. Any suggestions?