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Netflix Watch List

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I have a terrible habit of picking out movies and TV shows on Netflix. I open up the app on my iPad with the best intentions of watching a foreign film or starting a new cult TV show, but usually wind up scrolling through recently-added flicks or top reccomendations for me to no end. My watch list is getting a little bit out of control now (for every movie I watch, I easily save 10 more to watch later), but I have worked my way through a fair number of hidden gems and TV series. If you’re looking for something to watch but don’t want to get sucked into the vortex that is Netflix, here are seven picks that I can personally vouch for.

  1. Beginners // This is a cool, artsy-type movie – it’s told in a pretty original way, and the story itself is gentle, sometimes heart wrenching, and carries some nice messages about life and love (I’m making it sound really cliched, but it’s actually pretty cute and unique).
  2. Moonrise Kingdom // You’ve probably seen this, so it’s more like a reminder that this Wes Anderson gem is available on Netflix. If not, Moonrise Kingdom is a visually stunning, offbeat, quirky comedy that’s well worth a watch.
  3. Scoop // This was a Woody Allen flick that I’d never heard of and watched on a whim – and of course, being a fan of his, I loved it. It’s quite a charming, funny murder mystery (so…expect some dark humor).
  4. A Cat in Paris // I don’t normally watch animated films (aside from Disney/Pixar, of course), but a friend recommended this to me with the note that the whole thing looks like a painting – and it does. Queue it up if you’re in the mood for a really pretty movie, or if you just love Paris (or cats).
  5. Atonement // I love Ian McEwan, but I’ll admit, I’ve never read Atonement. The movie version, though, is fantastic. The costumes and the acting are superb, and the story is haunting.
  6. The Importance of Being Earnest // If you’re a sucker for witty British period pieces based on books, this one’s for you (pretty specific genre, I know). Truth be told, I’ve never seen this Oscar Wilde classic on stage, or read it, but this version with my favorite Colin Firth is a riot of mistaken identities.
  7. Broadchurch // I’d seen the first episode of this show while flicking channels at least twice, and it was haunting – it begins with the murder of a young boy in the seaside town of Broadchurch, and it only gets more intense from there. I intended to savor this series, but found myself at the end of the first season after just a few days of dedicated binge watching – I couldn’t get enough.

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My Favorite Albums

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I’ve only really been into music for the last two or three years. Before that, I basically just listened to whatever popular music was on the radio – and then I had a (really pathetic) epiphany and realized that I kind of hated most of it. All those overly-catchy melodies, the trite lyrics – it all started to sound the same, and I was sick of it. So I set out to find music that I really loved (my discovery of Spotify helped with that), and it’s a project that I’m still working on (one of the artists featured in this post I found just two weeks ago). I’ve discovered that I really don’t have a definable taste in music, since there are some pretty crazy outliers, but most of it veers toward alternative, some folk-ish, some more electronic. And since I love music so much, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite albums, and a handy Spotify playlist corralling a few of my favorite tracks from each. (Also, I don’t listen to playlists, I just listen to albums on repeat, so this made sense. And if this were a list of my favorite songs, it would be very, very long and you would get bored,)

Mondo by Electric Guest // I think Electric Guest will always be one of my favorite bands, and that’s partially because they were really the first group I found when I started looking for music I liked. Now years have passed and my favorite song off the album, Waves, has been on a bunch of commercials (that only sort of drives me crazy) – and I still turn to their songs when I crave familiar sounds.

My Rocks are Dreams by Psychic Friend // I think this album is so cool – it’s not really weird or crazy, but the vocals and piano on every track are unexpected. It’s soothing without being boring, and over the years it’s become my soundtrack for fall – so come September, you can expect I’ll be listening to this on repeat.

Beneath the Skin by Of Monsters and Men // I realize these guys are pretty popular, but I only started listening to them this year, and I was seriously missing out before then. Both of their albums are so, so good, and I’ll often just keep their latest one playing as background music.

San Fermin by San Fermin // I just discovered this group a few weeks ago and I’m a little obsessed. I’ve listened to Sonsick easily a few hundred times, and I’ve yet to get tired of it. The whole album is sort of perfect – it’s kind of folk-ish but not so rustic. And I love the album art (I’m guilty of judging an album by its cover).

Sylvan Esso by Sylvan Esso // I first heard Coffee on the radio late one night and instantly fell in love (thanks NPR!). I listened to the full album soon after and there isn’t a song on it that I don’t love. Listen to it now, and thank me later.

Racine Carée by Stromae // Everyone listens to Stromae, yes, but I’ve heard a ridiculous number of interviews with him and I think he’s such a cool person and a great artist. There are songs you can dance to and then some less happy ones – Tous les mêmes and Formidable will always be my favorites for their lyrics, and if you haven’t seen the music video for the latter – go check it out.

Shrines by Purity Ring // This music is pretty different from just about anything else I’ve heard – it’s heavily electronic, modern and cool. The lyrics are strange but poetic – Fineshrine is my favorite.

St. Vincent by St. Vincent // So everyone listens to St. Vincent, and if you don’t, you should. Her songs and lyrics are just so good and unique. There are upbeat, catchy tunes like Birth in Reverse and Digital Witness, and then Prince Johnny, which is beautiful and a little heartbreaking.

San Cisco by San Cisco // I discovered this band about a year ago after hearing their delightfully creepy song Awkward, but only recently thought to check out their other songs. Their first album is full of bright, summery tunes, and I’ve been listening non-stop.

Here’s the link to the Spotify playlist.

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