Weekend Watchlist: Spring is for Bunnies

I know that people are more likely to watch something if it is available for instant streaming. Okay, most people aren’t going to watch something that they have to leave their house to go get or buy. However, trying to find movies to recommend to stream that fit my life themes is hard. A lot of times my first or even second choice of movies isn’t available. Am I letting people down with my recommendations for weekend laziness? I don’t know. I’m in a bit of a quandary, which is why I skipped the Watchlist last week and it is late this week.

Last weekend, I thought of a great many movies to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Boondock Saints, The Departed, Philomena, etc. There were also some films that I hadn’t seen yet but thought I might like to watch and pass on. I know now that I should’ve watched The Wind That Shakes the Barley or The Quiet Man, but instead I watched Ondine. It was pretty meh, so I didn’t recommend it. I already wrote about I.Q., and I thought that might be pushing it.

This week I tried to find a movie about spring. When you google “movies about spring,” you will mostly end up with B movies about girls on spring break. No, thank you. The best film I could come up with is Miss Potter, a quirky little movie about Beatrix Potter.

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I actually liked Miss Potter. First of all, how could I resist a movie where Ewan McGregor sings? Second of all, how could I resist an eccentric, independent female author who lives in a time where women are stifled? Third of all, how could I resist Renee Zellweger and Ewan McGregor together? However, the plot is more dedicated to historical accuracy than to an audience’s pleasure, so I can see why others might not be so smitten with this little movie. If you like bunnies and underdogs, you can stream this for free on Amazon Prime or rent it for $2.99. However, if you don’t like a slow-burn romance and high society, skip it.

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If spring is more about spring cleaning and redecorating for you, may I suggest that you watch Income Property and Property Brothers before they disappear off Netflix on April 1st? No, this is not an April Fools’ Joke. Get your fix before they are gone. Don’t worry about Hilary and David though. Love It or List It is staying for now.

Do you have a suggestion for my Netflix queue or Amazon watchlist? Let me know in the comments!

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Weekend Watchlist

Courtesy of tvguide.com

Courtesy of tvguide.com

It’s the weekend! It’s time to sit on our couches and watch stuff. After all, isn’t that the American dream?

I have a tradition of watching every Peanuts holiday special. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. If you haven’t already watched Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, then do so immediately here.

Courtesy of backtothefuture.com

Courtesy of backtothefuture.com

Also, since it is 2015, I feel that it is my duty to recommend that you watch Back to the Future Part II. If you are one of those people who cannot watch a trilogy out of order (ahem, me), then you better start watching them ASAP. If you don’t own Back to the Future on VHS or DVD, then you can either order the DVDs on Netflix or rent it on Amazon Instant.

The Oscar nominations were announced this week. Currently, there are only two nominees on Netflix, Virunga and Ida. I have not watched either of them yet, so I’ll talk about them later.

There is much controversy over the Oscars. All of the nominated actors are white. The last time this happened was in 1995. All of the nominated directors and screenwriters are men. All of the films nominated for best picture feature a male as the star, and only one of those stars is not white. (Need a visual aid?) The rest of the list doesn’t fare much better.

I want to say how disheartened I am by the lack of diversity of this list. However, since “Everything is Awesome,” a farcical song that brainwashes beings into not questioning the status quo, is nominated for best song, I’m not sure my lamentation will make any difference.