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What I'm Watching on #Netflix

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

This week's picks from Netflix Instant Watch:

TV Show:
Family TiesFamily Ties. I grew up on Family Ties, but watching it as an adult has given me a new appreciation for this sweet classic family comedy about two former hippies who settle down, get "respectable jobs," and raise three kids in middle class comfort. As a kid I remember being in awe by the family dynamics. The parents' affection for each other and loving, but firm, way with their children made me wish to be adopted by them. And, I loved the playful banter/fights between the siblings. Now I get the wisecracks by their card-carrying Republican son Alex P. Keaton! The networks don't make wholesome television like this anymore, but they should.

Movie:
Queen of VersaillesThe Queen of Versailles.If you've ever wondered how the 1% lives you might not like what you see in this documentary about a time-share mogul, his trophy wife and their heirs. The family has not escaped the economic crisis of 2008, and Mr. Siegel is clawing tooth-and-nail to hold onto his empire and a 50,000 sq. ft. replica of the Palace of Versailles that is still under construction and mortgaged to the hilt. In the face of financial ruin Mrs. Siegel, a former beauty queen from humble beginnings, comes off surprisingly human even when she is pulling up to the drive thru in a chauffeured limo. It's worth watching to see if the bankrupt billionaire can make a Donald Trump-style comeback.

14 comments:

Maureen Sklaroff said...

Ah, Family Ties! That is a time trip! Actually, I was recently trying to explain what a Yuppy was to my kids and referenced this show. My fear being, that as we pull out of this recession, we'll have another generation of Alex P. Keatons, who didn't learn from the Big Recession like some of us have had to. I have not seen the Queen of Versailles, but you're the second person to recommend it, so I'm going to have to watch it. Thanks, as always, for keeping me somewhat informed on what's what in the entertainment industry!

Quiana said...

LOVED Family Ties as a kid (Sha-la-la-la!) and found Queen of Versailles fascinating. We had toured their timeshare facility in Vegas years ago and it was interesting to get a behind the scenes look at how things have changed.

MommaWannabe said...

The Queen of Versailles sounds cool!

Jenna Wood said...

I think I will have to check out The Queen of Versailles on Netflix, thanks!

Lena B said...

I want to watch something new - these are a couple good ideas

Jenn Mitchell said...

What a walk down memory lane. I used to LOVE Family Ties. Maybe I'll watch it with my kids on Netflix.

Help! Mama Remote... said...

OMG I'm going to watch Family Ties and let me make myself mad and watch the other one. LOL

Cinny Bbs said...

LOL, I was curious about the Queen of Versailles one too

Susan Smoaks said...

i enjoyed the queen of versailles, haven't watched family ties yet.

Kristyn said...

i have been looking for new suggestions to watch on netflix and i will have to check these out now!

Felissa Hadas said...

Never heard of The Queen of Versailles sounds like it might be an interesting watch.

Cheap Is The *New* Classy said...

I love watching reruns of old shows. I have been watching Beverly Hills 90210 for months. I saw the first few seasons of it growing up and saw it sporadically for the last few seasons. Soap Net ran it all the way through the entire series and it just ended today. *Sniff* Now I need something else to watch.

Dawn

mail4rosey said...

It is funny how you 'get things' when you're older, or see the show from a different perspective. We watched a Happy Days series a few years ago, and we were laughing at the parents, lol. Years ago we couldn't even relate to them. :)

Kim said...

I loved Family Ties. I wonder if I could watch it now. I'm watching House of Cards with Kevin Spacey. It's GOOD!

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