If TV is my addiction, then Netflix it absolutely my enabler. Because like any junkie, I tend to gorge myself on any trash I can get my hands on (Say Yes to the Dress, Hoarders, Family Guy, any CW show), and Netflix is always ready with my next fix, at 19 second intervals. Not that the streaming site exclusively offers garbage; there are plenty of quality, critically acclaimed movies and shows that have been sitting in my queue, gathering dust. Stuff that I always meant to watch, but decided could wait until I was finished re-watching all seven season of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Again. An idea that always seems good at the time, until I go all Carol Anne-y…
But a girl can change. I am embarking on a strict media diet, and each week I will bring you my picks for the best streams that won’t make you feel like a total TV burnout.
The Obligatory Rom-Com: Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
Because you can only watch Clueless so many times. (False, but you get what I mean.)
The Odd-Ball : Mary and Max
Let’s just call this one a palate cleanser.
The EW Must-List Rip Off: A Young Doctors Notebook and Other Stories
Ok Entertainment Weekly, stop haranguing me already! You had me at Hamm.
The Academy Darling: Breaking Bad
Can I be cool now, please?
One of my best childhood memories is of my brother and me laying underneath the coffee table in our living room and watching the Rankin Bass cartoon version of The Hobbit. It was made in the 1977, so Bilbo had a wildly dope Davy Jones haircut. I distinctly remember being scared out of my gourd by the cartoon Gollum, who was portrayed as a sort of frog-like thing with a turkey neck and no pupils. Oh, you don’t think that sounds scary? Then I guess you would have no problem watching these clips I’ve provided of the cave scene…
Ok, its over. You can open your eyes now.
Despite my Gollum anxiety I read the book several times during my formative years, resulting in a life-long love of all things Tolkien. That being said, I was pretty excited when they announced that a Hobbit movie was in the works. As if that weren’t enough, it’s starting to look like Peter Jackson is making this movie specifically for me. Obviously Mr. Jackson was not available for comment, but when you look at the hard evidence, there is really no other explanation. For example, there’s the cast. I mean, Aidan Turner, Richard Armitage, and Lee Pace all in one movie? It’s like they made all their casting decisions based on my google search history! Seriously, though, look at these guys…
Aidan Turner, best known for playing Mitchell in BBC’s Being Human
Richard Armitage in North and South
Lee Pace in Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
It really shouldn’t come as a surprise that I cannot stop watching The Hobbit trailer. Just in case you’ve been living in a Tolkien-free parallel universe, here it is.
There you have it! My nerdy little secret. If you’re as pumped as I am, feel free to gush in our comment section!