The Problem With Netflix’s New Movie, ‘Death Note’

By Megan Kramer 

I am 100% what present-day society would refer to as a “binge watcher.” I have been known to watch full seasons of TV shows in one day, or one weekend if the season is particularly long. And while my binge watching isn’t limited to Netflix, most of it occurs there. The streaming service not only has some of my favorite older TV shows to binge, but also new, original programs that have been wonderful: Marvel’s Jessica Jones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Stranger Things and Master of None, to name a few (because trust that I could go on).

But I kind of feel like Netflix is totally killing me.

You may be thinking, “Well, binge watching definitely contributes to a sedentary lifestyle, but it’s probably illegal to say Netflix itself is killing you.” And you’d be right. But that’s not where I’m going with this. Continue reading

7 Must-Watch Documentaries

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By Joanna Grey Talbot

There is something about watching a well-researched and beautifully-filmed documentary that refreshes my desire to be a life-long learner. If a topic peaks my interest, I generally head to the library to find a book to read but a documentary fills in the visual gap, adding the images and emotion that a book cannot. Over this past year, thanks to Netflix, I have discovered and watched seven excellent documentaries that everyone could benefit from watching. Continue reading

Let’s Chat: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’s Season 2 Finale

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By Casey Rose Frank

Perhaps, if you haven’t yet watched any of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend it’s because you’ve been put off by the name of the show, assuming, like I initially did, that it would mess of tired female clichés and a shrewish main character with no basis in reality.

But I couldn’t have been more wrong. Well, except for the last part.

Rebecca Bunch, played by the amazing Rachel Bloom, has a hard time staying strictly in reality, but it’s her fantastical music numbers that she uses to process her world that make the show so damn entertaining. It’s a show that’s self-aware, even calling out the term “crazy ex-girlfriend” as being a sexist term, and using “crazy” in general as being pejorative. Continue reading

“The Bachelor,” Slut-Shaming, and Cyber Bullying

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By De Elizabeth

Fans of The Bachelor franchise come in a handful of varieties. There are those who love the show fully ironically, who enjoy live-tweeting, laughing at the ridiculously lavish dates, and gaping at all the dramaaaaa. On the flipside, there are fans who are genuinely into the show, who are rooting for the bachelor or bachelorette to find their one true love, who are truly disappointed when (or if) they break up a few months later. And then there are some fans who might fall directly in between – the ones who get into it, but know it’s a heavily edited television show to take with a grain of salt. I’ve always considered myself one of those in-between fans. Continue reading

7 Life Lessons We Learned Watching “Full House”

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By De and Kate

A very merry early Christmas to us, season 2 of Fuller House is returning to Netflix today! And you better believe we’ll be cozying up on the couch this weekend to catch up with our favorite fictional childhood family. We’re quick to admit the storylines are cheesy, and Lord knows, we’re still wondering how Danny afforded that $4 million Victorian home. Let’s be real, hosting Wake Up, San Francisco was a good gig and all, but not that good of a gig. Continue reading

Eight Times Rory Gilmore Was Completely Relatable To Every 30 Something Writer

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By Alicia Cook

I am a first generation Gilmore Girls’ fan. I watched it from the day the pilot aired in 2000 on the WB until the series finale on the CW in 2007. I purchased the seasons on VHS and DVD. I watched the reruns on ABC Family (now Freeform.) And, when Netflix picked up the series, I continued to watch. You get my point.

Throughout the original seven seasons of the show, I felt in sync with Rory. I was very familiar with what she was feeling throughout college and high school. Each week, I commiserated with the younger leading lady, especially in the final season when she received her first major rejection (New York Times Fellowship), had her first major breakdown (the final she didn’t complete, or considering marriage, or graduate or law school; I never temporarily streaked my hair pink, though), and then her first big job offer (on the campaign trail with Barack Obama). Continue reading