Hello, friends! It's pandemic week #30, but we're also heading into my birthday week, so things are looking up. On Tuesday, September 29 I will turn 36. Wowza.
As I have every week since we started working from home, I am sharing fresh picks for what to watch this weekend. If you missed any of the previous lists, you can find all of them on my TV recaps page.
A few upcoming things to look forward to:
- Today - Judy, the movie starring Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland, is now available on Amazon Prime. I didn't get a chance to see this in theaters before the Oscars, so I am excited to now.
- Friday, October 2 - Darren Star, creator of Sex and the City and Younger, has a new show coming to Netflix called Emily in Paris. Lily Collins stars as Emily, an American who moves to Paris for a marketing job. Here is the one-minute trailer.
- Wednesday, October 7 - The Real Housewives of Orange County will be back on Bravo. This is the original location of the franchise and I still think it's one of the best.
- Wednesday, October 14 - Moneyball, co-starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, comes to Netflix. The movie is based on the Michael Lewis book with the same title.
- Thursday, October 29 - Southern Charm comes back to Bravo! This show has been off the air for so long that I sort of forgot about it. I was planning a trip to Charleston, SC this year (which was thwarted by COVID) so this is as close as I'll get.
Onto this week's top six!
1. RBG (Amazon) - I was at Rosh Hashana dinner last Friday with my aunt, uncle and cousins when the news of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's passing flashed across all of our smartphone screens. I am gutted by this loss, unsure of how our country will move forward without her there to champion for equal rights.
If you are also feeling devastated, celebrate her life and her work by watching the documentary RBG. It's available to rent for $3.99 on Amazon Prime. I watched it when it aired on CNN and I promise it will leave you feeling inspired.
The movie On The Basis of Sex, which is also about her life, is available for purchase on Amazon as well, but that one's $7.99.
2. Boy Meets World (Disney+) - A few weeks ago a friend added me to her Disney+ account and let me tell you, it's been a game changer. Last weekend I was feeling pretty down and as I was scrolling for something to watch and I discovered that all of Boy Meets World is available to stream.
I was obsessed with this show. It aired at 8:30pm on Friday nights, as part of ABC's "TGIF" line up. It was Family Matters, Boy Meets World, Step by Step and Hanging with Mr. Cooper.
The show is still just as funny as I remembered. It was a dose of pure comfort to be reunited with Cory, Shawn, Topanga, Eric and Mr. Feeny.
I'm already on season two.
3. 10 Things I Hate About You (Disney+) - This is one of my favorite movies of all time. Based on Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, it's the story of Kat Stratford (Julia Stiles) and her accidental romance with Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger). Larisa Oleynik plays Kat's younger sister Bianca, and a very young Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays Cameron, her tutor.
I can't even tell you how many times I've seen this, it's got to be in the hundreds. I even had the soundtrack (on CD) and used to listen to it in my car.
If somehow you missed this gem of a rom-com, now is your time.
4. Remember the Titans (Disney+) - Another stellar flick, Remember the Titans stars Denzel Washington as a football coach trying to integrate a team in Virginia in 1971. It's a story about race that feels even more urgent in 2020.
Though it starts out with tensions high, it's a movie that leaves you feeling hopeful.
It also has an incredible soundtrack (which I also own).
5. Challenger: The Final Flight (Netflix) - After watching Away, starring Hillary Swank and Josh Charles, I was intrigued by this four-part documentary about the Challenger space shuttle.
It's a mix of archival footage and interviews with members of NASA, fellow astronauts in the space program at the time, and friends and family members of the astronauts who bravely entered the shuttle for that specific mission.
It really brings you behind the scenes of the space program and inside the lives of these incredible individuals who lost their lives so tragically.
6. The Wedding Planner (Netflix) - Sometimes you just need to watch something you already know you love. For me, last night, that was The Wedding Planner, co-starring Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey.
Lopez plays a wedding planner who falls for one of the grooms (McConaughey), and Justin Chambers (Dr. Alex Karev on Grey's Anatomy) plays the man her father wants her to marry.
It's fun, adorable and provides some much-needed escapism. Also, remember weddings?
There you have it! This week's list. I'll be back next Friday with more.
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