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Top 6 series I binged in 2017 (and top 6 I’m excited to binge in 2018)

(note: so WordPress is shrinking the gifs in this post—not sure why, but please bear with it while I try to figure this thing out!)

So after I finished Designated Survivor, I woke up to all ten seasons of Friends available on Netflix. I’ve never seen it from the beginning, but a ten-season show, 25 episodes a season? I like a challenge. It got me thinking—I love watching shows for hours on end, old and new, so here’s a much deliberated list of the best things I couldn’t stop watching last year.

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Watching: TMNT, Les infidèles, We’re the Millers, Fugitive Pieces

My posting has become so irregular that I figured I’d just put down some thoughts, so that this blog wouldn’t be neglected completely. I think I’m establishing summer hiatus for the coming years, because it’s hopeless. I watch shitty films and have fun in the summer. Thinking is out of the equation.

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLEStmnt

I heard how this film was, but I’ve never seen or read anything from this franchise (and Noel Fisher’s there), so when we went to the cinema with some fellow volunteer friends, I kept shoving them: “Guys, let’s go see TMNT. C’mon, it’s teenage mutant ninja turtles. It will be fun!” It was kind of fun, but nothing like I expected. There was too little of everything and I finally understood what on earth does being a Michael Bay film mean.

There were a few highlights, though: Mikey’s (conveniently, Noel was the awesomest turtle) innuendos were hilarious and that 99 cheese pizza? Yeah, that’s happening. We got pizza later. My friends were disappointed by the lack of the missing cheesy end kiss, but I just couldn’t get that pizza off my mind.

THE PLAYERS (Les infidèles)lesi

Saw this very randomly with a friend of mine when looking through what films were available to rent. It got way too sad and depressing for a comedy, but was funny too. The film consists of multiple sketches about cheating French men. The shortest one was beyond hilarious! Dujardin did great here.

WE’RE THE MILLERSmill

With the aforementioned friend on the next morning. She wanted to show me the origin of NO RAGRETS. I honestly didn’t expect for this to be so funny, but it was a lazy morning and it was really good to laugh at stupid things. The best part of the film was after credits, though, in the bloopers, where the rest of the cast puts Friends theme on and Aniston squirmed. The weed baby thing was funnier than it had right to be, too. This experience taught me that seemingly bad comedies are nothing to be afraid of, too. And Nick Offerman is a hero.

FUGITIVE PIECESfupi

Best film of those four by far. Sati is right to praise Stephen Dillane, he really is wonderful. Nina Dobrev left an impression, too, I wish she was in more films, because she is ridiculously talented and her brief appearances were enough to make me wonder about her throughout the whole film, and a good bit after that. Fugitive Pieces is a very honest, very brutal look to how war damages. It’s not a war film, but conveys the terror just as much as long battle scenes, maybe even stronger. Greece looks absolutely stunning, transforming from sad and melancholy to beautiful and alive. It’s a gem that I would recommend to anyone looking for something profound to experience.