Tag: Netflix

Awake (2012 TV Series)

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Just finished watching thirteen episodes of Awake on Netflix, which at one time was an NBC television series that came to cancellation after one season.  Nevertheless, it has an intriguing premise that makes your head spin as you try to keep up with the scenes.  You almost need to look at what color rubber band is around your wrist to discover what world you’re in at the moment.  Here is why…

It’s about an LAPD police detective Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs), who is in a car accident with his wife and son. The tragedy leaves an aftermath of split realities. When he sleeps, he wakes up in one reality where he lost his wife in the accident and lives with his son who survived (played by Dylan Minnette). Then he retires for the night and wakes up in another reality where he’s lost his son and lives with his wife (played by Laura Allen). In each reality, the ones who survive the accident are faced with grief and loss that they try to overcome through various means.  He knows which reality he’s in when he awakens by the color of the band around his wrist.

Even though Britten is keenly aware of his strange experience when in either reality, he does not share what is happening to either his wife or son.  The only ones who do know are two psychiatrists that he sees in each world.  They attempt to convince him that he is in their reality and that the other is a dream, which they contribute to a coping mechanism because facing the truth is too painful. Britten does not reveal his odd life to anyone at work, but his split worlds help him solve crimes.

It’s a good show that keeps you guessing and in the counseling chair with Britten. You’ll hear plenty of psychological mumbo-jumbo explaining why this is happening to him.  Britten, on the other hand, wants to keep things as they are because he can still have his wife and son in his life. Nevertheless, as the show continues, the terrible truth of why the accident occurred and that a criminal police cover-up is part of the reason, brings havoc. His mind begins to break and reality turns delusional at both ends of the spectrum.  At one point he’s stuck in one and desperate to get back to the other.  He begins to hallucinate seeing odd things like penguins and characters who are not there.

Issac Jacobs does a wonderful job acting this convoluted existence on screen, and it is a shame he didn’t receive any recognition.  The writers, knowing that the show is to be cancelled, brings the audience a totally mind-blowing ending that will have you scratching your head.  As Britten’s psyche breaks further, you can only conclude that he’s conjured up a third reality to make sense of the past two versions filled with undeniable heartache and betrayal.  It’s the reality he wants above all else, and probably that of the audience too.

It’s a good show, worth a Netflix binge.

Netflix’s big exclusivity deal for Disney’s latest movies starts in September | The Verge

Get your supply of popcorn ready, Netflix just landed a big deal with Disney. Now we can watch Disney movies this September!  Sweet deal.

Source: Netflix’s big exclusivity deal for Disney’s latest movies starts in September | The Verge

NETFLIX Streaming: 100 Period Dramas • Willow and Thatch

Attention Period Drama Junkies:

List of 100 Period Dramas on NETFLIX. Streaming historical period & costume dramas, best movies & television mini-series to watch now. 2016 Period Films.









Source: NETFLIX Streaming: 100 Period Dramas • Willow and Thatch

Grace & Frankie (Season 2) Watch List


Slightly irreverent but fantastically funny for the older generation, Season 2 is on its way May 2016, and I’ll be binge watching.

To read my review of Season 1, CLICK HERE.

Netflix: Everything leaving in May – Business Insider


“The Animatrix,” “Blade Runner,” and “Clerks” are all being removed in the coming weeks.

Source: Netflix: Everything leaving in May – Business Insider

Secrets of Great British Castles (Netflix 2015)

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Dan Jones presents another great historical documentary meant for those with an insatiable hunger for anything British.  Let’s face it – I hated history.  But since I started my own ancestral obsession, I can’t get enough of the Romans, Vikings, Normans, and Saxons leaving their mark upon the land I wish I could live upon.

In the past, I’ve watched some great documentaries deserving of a bowl of popcorn, soda, and hours sitting on my green recliner.  They fill that hunger to learn about England, making it interesting.  I have no idea why we didn’t have men like Dan Jones teaching 10th-grade history in high school.  Perhaps, I would have actually enjoyed memorizing all those dates and places.

Currently streaming is Secrets of Great British Castles on Netflix. You will feast on an insider look at these famous stone edifices:

  • Dover Castle (England)
  • Tower of London (England)
  • Warwick Castle (England)
  • Caernarfon Castle (Wales)
  • Stirling Castle (Scotland)
  • Carrickfergus Castle (Northern Ireland)

Dan Jones is a great narrator of history, making each visit fascinating.  He roams the nearby landscape, climbs the circular stairs to the tower, crawls into the bowels of dungeons, and visits the chapels where some of the names of history were slashed with swords and brutally murdered.

However, it’s not just a boring recitation of documentary information, it’s also acted by individuals, dressed in period costumes as the kings, queens, and famous figures of the day who built, lived, and conquered the castles.  Inside the stone walls, you learn about the great architecture and impenetrable fortresses, but also the interesting lives of the early rulers of England.

What makes this series great is its narrator, Dan Jones.  He’s a historian and newspaper columnist, as well as a fine looking bloke who does all the hard climbing and squeezing through holes for his viewers.  Another good series is Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets, which is based off a book that he wrote and was later adapted to another documentary. You can find on Netflix (2014).  Well done and intriguing, you’ll be swept back actually enjoying history.

So tune in on Netflix for an interesting look at the castles we will probably never visit.  Though I have personally seen Dover Castle perched upon the hill from the beach, I’ve never visited. Thankfully, I have visited London Tower twice, but the others will probably never be within my reach.  I would love to see Warwick Castle one day.

PoppyDuring the series, you will see in the background on the tour of the Tower of London the poppies on display, which were inserted into the ground in 2014 to memorialize the 888,246 British and colonials who died in WWI. A few of my distant cousins were among those numbers. I am fortunate to have a poppy, which I purchased after they were removed from the landscape.

Documentaries like these remind us of the blood shed to form the United Kingdom, but the poppies on display at the Tower of London in 2014 remind us of the blood shed to keep a nation.


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