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June 12, 2013

10 to Watch // No. 1

Lately I've been thinking of ways to get up and move around during the day -- I try to take small breaks to do laundry, clean, and run errands, and I've been eating my lunch outside more, too, to get some fresh air. And when I'm spending any time painting or crafting with my hands, I've started watching a little "Instant" Netflix during the day on my iPad. It keeps things moving, and sometimes I even learn a thing or two! We just upgraded our Netflix package to include Instant movies and television shows, and  at times I've found it to be a little challenging to find anything truly good to watch. Last week I asked friends on Facebook to recommend their faves, and that got me thinking...maybe I should recommend a few movies, documentaries and TV shows to you! Without further ado, here are my "Instant" picks to watch this summer:

1. Bill Cunningham New York -- This is a documentary about the Times' Bill Cunningham, an 80-year-old photographer who snaps candid photos of people on the streets of New York for his weekly fashion column. Bill, the original Sartorialist, is truly a character -- you'll smile throughout the film and feel really warm and fuzzy inside when it's over.

2. Tiny Furniture -- Lena at her very best in her film debut! It's smart, witty, gritty and true.

3. Love Story -- A 1960s flick that truly stands the test of time. Plus, there are plenty of retro fashions and sets to oogle throughout the movie. 

4. Parks and Recreation -- My favorite comedy on TV right now. I love the entire, odd-ball, goofy cast and the crazy funny situations they get themselves into. It's so good! 

5. Safety Not Guaranteed -- Because who can resist a movie about time travel that stars Aubrey Plaza?

6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas -- A little tidbit about me: I love movies about World War II. This one is about two boys who become friends under unfortunate circumstances -- one is the son of a Nazi officer, the other is a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. It's a good movie, but you'll need a box of tissues to make it through the end. 

7. Breaking Bad -- From the beginning, this one is a wild roller coaster ride, so be prepared to sit on the edge of your seat to watch. Also, set aside your social calendar for the next couple of weeks, because this is the kind of tv show that becomes totally addicting. It's my favorite show on television (besides "Mad Men," of course).

8. Something's Gotta Give -- Many of you may have already seen this one, but it's a flick that's just as good the second time around. And although this is a great movie with great actors, director Nancy Meyer's infamous set designs steal every last scene. 

9. Take This Waltz -- A wonderful film that portrays how "messy and amazing love can be." Michelle Williams is delightful and charming as always.

10. Makers: Women Who Make America -- I highly recommend this documentary about the women's movement in America -- that can be watched via PBS's site in its entirety for free! There was so much I didn't know about the history of the movement -- or how women were treated before and during this time of social change. I now feel exponentially proud to be a woman, and the word "feminist" doesn't have quite the same meaning to me anymore. This documentary will inspire you and make you feel empowered -- it's definitely a must-see. 

That's my list for now! I'm always looking for new movies/docs/tv shows to watch, so if you have any to recommend, please send them my way!


  1. Safety Not Guaranteed looks awesome. Aubrey Plaza and Nick from New Girl? I mean, you had me at time travel, but still. Great list!

  2. I have seen the boy in the striped pajamas many times and I still cry like no other....amazing movie


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