It’s already late November which feels like winter to me. As my kids get older, the TV shows and movies we watch together just get better. Here’s what we’ve been streaming on Netflix in October and November.
My daughter is 11. In 2009, when Glee first aired, she was way too young for the show. She would have loved the music and the dancing, but the romance, teen pregnancy, drinking and general teenage angst were not appropriate (or maybe I was just not ready to explain). We watched and whizzed through seasons 1 – 3 this November. We talked a lot about the issues surrounding the show – Cory Monteith’s death, Kurt’s being bullied because he is gay, Santana’s family not accepting her because she is gay and Sue being a mean bully. I love that my daughter felt that Kurt did not have a problem by being different, rather it was the other characters’ problem that they could not accept him.
My boys are both 8 and love fantasy and adventure movies. It was a cold Saturday afternoon and they had an evening hockey game, so we decided to watch a movie together. I didn’t really want to watch the Lord of the Rings or Star Wars, again, so we turned to Netflix. I never saw Jumanji when it first came out in 1995 – I was single and childless. Jumanji was a great choice. We have a big tv with a home theatre so we were able to appreciate the animal stampedes and crazy jungle hazards. The movie is loud and at times a bit scary, but so much fun to watch. I’m not sure if the boys appreciated Robin Williams’ true quirkiness, but it made it more fun for me to watch with them.
My daughter had a few girls sleep over to celebrate her 11th birthday. They started the evening with dinner – spaghetti, caesar salad and garlic bread, followed by a trip to the hot tub. By 10 pm, it was movie and pyjama time. We had picked Pretty a Pink ahead of time, actually I had picked Pretty in Pink and she agreed. The girls gave the movie a thumbs down, so we searched the Netflix catalogue. You can imagine how hard it is to find a movie that 5 girls can agree on. They finally settled on Clue – only 1 person had seen it, it was not too scary and they all loved the board game. I must confess, I did not watch the movie, but what could be bad? The movie got the thumbs up from 5 eleven year-old girls.
As I mentioned in earlier blog, back in the early 2000′s I was busy having babies, so I did not have time to watch a lot of TV. Sleep, when I could get it, was the priority. Lost premiered in 2004. I was working full-time, busy with my 2 year-old and pregnant, so I missed the first season. 2013, having watched all 8 seasons of 24, I decided to start on Lost. I’ve always loved Matthew Fox from his days on Party of FIve so I was looking forward to another series with him as the lead. Lost is about the survivors of a plane crash living together on a remote island in a dangerous new world. No one is who they appear to be and the island has magical powers. I’m almost done season 1. All the new twists and turns are terrific and I’m always surprised. Plus, Matthew Fox is still pretty cute.