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What I'm Watching on #Netflix

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This week's picks from Netflix Instant Watch:

TV Show:
Saturday Night Live: The 2010s. After I became a mom in 2009 it became impossible to stay up late to watch SNL, now I can catch up thanks to Netflix. The only downside is they cut out the musical performances (licensing?). The 2010 season kicks off with Amy Poehler returning as the guest host. It's no secret that the show usually goes through a decline after it loses major cast members, but this season is different. For the premiere, SNL trots out tons of former alumni  who pass the torch to Fred Armisen, Seth Meyers, Andy Samberg, Jason Sudeikis and Kristen Wiig. Then there is the promising new cast, especially Jay Pharoah and his spot-on impersonations of Will Smith and Denzel Washington and Vanessa Bayer and her "Miley Cyrus Show." Funny times are ahead!

Movies:
Melancholia. The movie opens with an extended visual prologue that feels like watching an impressionist painting come to life in slow motion. It's very visually arresting. This film is about two planets on a collision course and two sisters who handle the impending doom in opposing ways. Claire is the responsible older sister and Justine is the tortured younger sister who self-destructs on her wedding day. The movie made a splash at Cannes last year for the wrong reasons after director Lars Von Trier was thrown out for making comments sympathizing with Hitler (that's illegal in France).

2 comments:

Maureen Sklaroff said...

Good to hear that 2010 was a good SNL year. Bummer about the music though, as that is the only way that I stay even remotely up to date about recent music. We watched SNL every week there was a new episode on for about 15 years. We do stay up that late, in fact, part of why we watched SNL was that there was show made here that came on afterwards, called "Almost Live". It was all local humor, so we loved it. We stopped watching SNL several years ago when several seasons in a row were just "meh". About the time that Tina Fey, Tracy Morgan, etc. left. The movie sounds depressing. Is there no hope for escape from the planets crashing (like moving to a different planet?)?

Mrs. Pancakes said...

The last movie sounds interesting!!

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