Thursday, September 24, 2020

What's In Your Netlflix Queue?

Posted by: Deborah A Bailey

Sometimes you just want to take a break from everything on your to-do list. And with so much going on around us, there's nothing like some binge watching to take our minds off of things. 

Even better, you might get a few ideas for stories. 

Whether you want to be entertained or informed, there's a lot to choose from. Here are some series and documentaries that I've watched lately.

The Social Dilemma 

If you have any doubts about social media, this documentary isn't going to put you at ease. Various people who helped to design the functionality (such as the, "like" button on Facebook) are interviewed. And, they share their opinions about what they created and how they feel about it now. The takeaway?  What they created is now beyond their control, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. 

Tidying Up with Marie Kondo

Her advice for clearing clutter and creating comfortable spaces seems well-intentioned and extremely positive.  If nothing else, her very sweet and relaxed vibe is a balm all by itself.

20 Feet from Stardom

Not a new movie, but a very inspiring one. I saw this years ago and was uplifted by the stories behind some very familiar voices. You might not know them by name, but you’ve probably heard the singers in songs, commercials and soundtracks. Watching this reminded me how so many of us are just trying to get ourselves out there, and what we’re willing to sacrifice on the way. (This is also on Amazon Prime.)

Fyre - The Greatest Party That Never Happened

A cautionary tale about following people who appear to know what they’re doing just because they’re good at selling ideas. Having big, splashy ideas is fine. Not being able to execute – and throwing other people’s lives in to chaos – is not. At times amusing, and at others alarming, it shows the dangers of online influencer culture. 

The Great British Baking Show

Definitely an old favorite that's been going strong for several years. My favorite seasons are the ones with the original hosts (I enjoyed season 3 the best). Seems like much more fun than competition reality shows in the U.S. The contestants actually support each other and seem to be enjoying themselves, which also makes watching much more entertaining. 

Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat

 Yes, it's yet another travelling chef show, but I enjoyed seeing the dishes from different parts of the world. All prepared by local chefs who also share the history of the foods, Even if you're not interested in cooking some of the elaborate recipes, it's fun to watch.

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