The day after Christmas, my youngest daughter and I watched “Wonder Woman 1984.” While we loved the film, it begged to be seen on a big screen. So, this is the month I’m seeing movies in a theater. My Christmas night AMC Majestic experience was so positive I feel safe. I had COVID-19 in November so I’m venturing back.
It’s the time of year for “best of the year” lists. Doing a “best of 2020” list feels strange, as so much of 2020 was spent in ways that didn’t seem to be the best of anything. The year 2020 did provide a plethora of entertainment options, so I give you my personal “best of” list:
“Gilmore Girls” Yes, I am late to this party but I love this series. I laugh, I cry and I want to hug my girls when each episode ends.
“The Crown” - Yes, I watched it in two days while I had COVID-19, and I loved it. Do yourself a favor and go to YouTube.com and watch “The Queen’s Christmas Broadcast 2020.” Seriously. Go watch it now.
“Call the Midwife” - Another party I’m late to join, but it’s so, so good.
“The Social Dilemma” - This may be the most thought provoking documentary of the year. If you have given or are considering giving a middle schooler a smart phone, I’d suggest you watch this ASAP.
“Virgin River” - So Hallmark movie feelings can continue after the holidays.
“Christmas on the Square” - As if we need another reason to love Dolly Parton.
“Yellowstone” (parental guidance suggested) - Kevin Costner stars and it’s addictive. You have to have Peacock streaming to finish it.
“The Midnight Sky” - Recommended to me by our Mirror book reviewer Nancy Carstens. I’m so glad I watched it! I love space movies because my daddy took me to rocket launchings as a child, and he always wanted to go into space. He even applied to be on The Challenger. This movie is beautiful, and I wish I’d seen it on the big screen. I was reminded again why I love George Clooney and Kyle Chandler.
I’ve mentioned many times how much I love this job. I also feel the burden to warn adults about sensitive content. Please know like “Yellowstone,” the following recommendations are strictly adult. Both of these are on HBOMax (the one streaming service I’d add if you only have Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime). “The Undoing” starring Hugh Grant and Nicole Kidman is the best acted, most engrossing “who dunnit” I’ve seen in years. The same goes for “The Flight Attendant,” but I used my fast forward button more in this series. “The Murders at White House Farm” is a true crime that took place in the 1980’s in England. Older teens could watch with parental supervision.
I also loved watching “Hamilton” (Disney Plus), “Enola Holmes” (Netflix), “Onward” (family viewing with discretion )(Disney Plus), “Magic Camp” (Disney Plus). There are not enough adjectives to describe how much I love “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist”on Peacock and Hulu; it’s the story of a father preparing to die while his daughter finds her voice. It’s like a musical TV show that feels like hot chocolate.
Several people have highly recommended “Uncorked” on Netflix, and it’s on my list to watch.
I’m loving “Ted Lasso” on Apple TV. So funny and sweet.
So next month, I’ll have theater and couch recommendations, so definitely pass that popcorn!