I wanted to share a few things I’ve watched over the past couple of months in case you’re looking for something to add to your queue. I’m still slowly but surely working my way through Sabrina on Netflix and Brothers & Sisters (on Hulu)… I have been trying to read more instead of TV, but obviously haven’t eliminated the comfort completely.
FOUR RECENT WATCHES
ON POINTE (Disney+)
I binged this while I was on my Christmas break in December. I highly, highly recommend watching this if you’re even remotely interested in ballet. The series follows students from the School of American ballet as the audition and prepare for the Nutcracker. Disney, of course, did a great job casting the show. The dedication of these kids (and their parents) is amazing. I loved every second of it. Made me partly wish I had never quit ballet in middle school and partly wish the world was back open so I could take beginner adult classes somewhere.
“FRAMING BRITNEY SPEARS” (Hulu)
One of my close friends clued me into the “Free Britney” movement over the past year. This documentary-style episode by the NY Times shed new light on Britney’s conservatorship. The episode also dives a bit deeper into the rise of her career into the darker period of her life when things began to unravel. It takes a critical look at the role of the media and paparazzi as well as conservatorship abuse.
FAKE FAMOUS (HBO)
As an influencer, I was super interested in watching Fake Famous. Ultimately… I thought it was kind of terrible. It had such potential and it barely scratched the surface. Felt like it was trying to do two separate things: be critical of the influencer space and be a reality tv show type “makeover” show. I wish it had followed real influencers and taken a more behind the scenes angle– there is huge potential there, in my opinion. OR gone for a reality show like America’s Next Top Model but for influencers. This just fell flat for me. And if you buy all your followers, like they did in this show, are you actually an influencer? Maybe you appear to be, but I’d argue by definition you are not since who exactly are you influencing if your audience is a whole lot of bots?
The guy behind the documentary says multiple times that faking it is what everyone does (either through buying likes or editing your body or misleading about exclusivity (traveling, private gym training, etc.) and I just disagree. Does it happen? YES. Does “everyone” do this? No.
SOMEBODY FEED PHIL (Netflix)
I mentioned that Mike and I have been watching this show together. We’re nearly finished with it and I’m so bummed. It’s been such a highlight of the winter for us. The show’s host is Phil Rosenthal, the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond. He visits different cities and countries to explore the culture through the lens of food. Phil is such a goofy guy– so much so that at first it may be a little off putting– but with each passing dad joke, you fall more and more in love with him!! It’s a fun way to scratch the itch of wanting to travel and eat in restaurants too. (Though I don’t recommend watching while you’re hungry! I always finish episodes totally craving the cuisines he eats!)