Do you ever hit Play on a show and know in your bones it is a terrible decision but you do it anyway and then ruin your entire day because you should have listened to EVERY SINGLE CELL IN YOUR BODY? That is essentially my life's work. Ignoring instincts or pushing through them like corn down a goose's throat.
I recently watched Newtown, the acclaimed documentary about the Sandy Hook Massacre, where 20 children were slaughtered in their first grade classroom on an ordinary December day.
I HAVE A CHILD IN GRADE ONE. I swear to God after I had cried every loose drop of fluid in my eyes out, I kept my butt puckered all day until she busted in the front door, safe and loud, her upper lip smeared with dirt and dried snot, chattering like a bird about the hardships of her 6-year-old day.
After my heart stopped racing and every hair on her head was smoothed in place by my desperate hands, she did something dumb that annoyed me so I went to start dinner.
This is the life of a parent in a nutshell: I cannot fathom life without you, but oh my god, that's enough, go to your room with that sass mouth.
So, what I'm saying is if you're a parent and gossamer-fragile like me, maybe take a hard pass on Newtown. It will remain, stubbornly and painfully, lodged in my heart forever.
Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On
Like everybody else with a pulse, I am infatuated with Rashida Jones and everything she does. She co-produced this really good docu-series about sex and dating in the age of technology. I'm a couple episodes in and have learned a lot about online dating (rough-ass business) and how the porn industry has changed in the US and overseas. Did you know there was artsy erotica? I DID NOT.
Just a few months ago I was turned on to the writing of Pamela Colloff at Texas Monthly, via her piece on the University of Texas shooting in 1966, The Reckoning. ("Fifty years ago, when Claire Wilson was eighteen, she was critically wounded during the 1966 University of Texas Tower shooting—the first massacre of its kind. How does the path of a bullet change a life?") It was a riveting read and this new (animated!) documentary is a perfect companion piece. The panic and confusion of a blazing hot summer day in Texas made my back sweaty.
Shows on My List That I Want To Quit My Job To Watch
Casting Jon Benet
If you are even a tiny bit interested in true crime, you would give up a couple teeth to find out who actually killed JonBenét Ramsey. There have been many documentaries about this case but none quite like this. Read this piece on Vox and you'll know why I can't wait to watch.
Watch These or You’re a Big Dummy
We all love Joel Edgerton, right? He wrote, directed and starred in this uneasy film where you are constantly kept on your toes. There is a jump scare in here that made me scream in the theatre. I am not proud.
The Girl with All the Gifts (streaming in April)
Based on a novel I should have read, this isn't a familiar zombie movie. It's smart and will break your heart and also terrify you and also the score is ridiculously desperate and *not a surprise* it's British and you should watch it when it's released in April.
It's that dangerous time of year where my free time should be spent doing cardio to shake off late night cake, but I'll still be manning my Netflix post. What upcoming shows are YOU most hyped on? TELL ME TRUE in the comments below. xo
As a member of Netflix Canada's #streamteam I will be giving you the straight goods on what I'm watching each month in exchange for a yearly membership. It's a match made in heaven, really.