What I’ve been watching on Netflix #7

what I've been watching on Netflix #7

I have not been feeling the best lately and because of that I’ve been able to watch a LOT of stuff, enabling me to write another post in this series. I have not just been watching stuff on Netflix either. Although, this particular post I’m going to focus on what I’ve been watching on Netflix. I don’t think there’s enough space on my blog to go through everything I watch on YouTube.

What I’ve been watching on Netflix #7

Loving:

Dark Tourist

This Netflix documentary series explores “dark” tourist locations and weird things to do in other countries. The series is presented and produced by David Farrier, a 35 year old New Zealand journalist (he’s a lot like Louis Theroux in his style and is even compared to him in the series.) It’s definitely an interesting series and I was very sad after the eight episodes finished. I hope he does more in the future. Also, I love his New Zealand accent.

I won’t spoil the series and tell you what locations he visits and what happens.. but I will say that you’ll enjoy this series if you’re into obscure places, the weird and travel in general. Definitely recommend you check it out if you haven’t already.

Good Time

This was a film my fiancé wanted to watch with me. I went into it not knowing anything about it and at first I was sceptical if I’d enjoy it, but I found myself gripped in the end. It stars Robert Pattinson (which immediately turned me off, as all I know him from is Twilight and all I will say is.. without going off on a rant.. Vampires don’t sparkle!) Anyway, he was really good in this role, along side Ben Safdie (who plays his brother).

Without spoiling too much of the plot, it’s basically about a bank robbery that goes wrong and the relationship between the two brothers.

Again, I recommend checking it out if you’re looking for a film to watch.

The Secret Life of Pets

I adore animated films and I don’t get to watch enough of them. I often feel a bit silly that I like these kind of films. As I don’t have children, I feel that I don’t have an excuse to be watching them. Anyway, this film had been on my “need to see” list for a while and was very surprised to see that it had been added to Netflix.

The film is basically what pets get up to when their owners aren’t home. It follows a little Jack Russell Terrier named Max and his friends. Max’s life gets turned upside down when his owner gets a new dog, a big shaggy dog named Duke. They don’t get on. They end up lost and they eventually bond and become friends.

I think my favourite pets in the film are Chloe (a big cat) and Gidget (a white fluffy Pomeranian). Chloe’s personality just reminds me of one of my own cats and Gidget is just adorable.

Queer Eye – Season 2

I don’t feel like the second season was as strong as the first. I still enjoyed it, don’t get me wrong, but I just feel that it was hard to compete with the transformations from the first. The first episode of the second season was good, but after that I felt that they just weren’t as strong. I still love the fab five though and I will definitely watch them again if they put out another season.

You can read what I had to say about the first season here.

Okay:

Bert Kreischer: Secret Time

This standup Netflix special is Bert Kreischer telling secrets. I heard about him recently on H3H3’s podcast on YouTube, I liked their interview with him so I decided to give it a watch.

I put this under an “okay” category because I watched the whole thing. It’s not like it’s unwatchable by any means. The routine just didn’t live up to my expectations and a lot of the jokes he’d already referenced in the interview I heard. It did make me smile in places, but it didn’t make me laugh out loud or anything. A lot of his humour comes across as vulgar, very offensive and it’s definitely not for everyone.

The only parts of his routine that I enjoyed were when he talked about his two daughters.

Hating:

Insatiable

I first saw a trailer for this and the trailer made me so mad. So mad. I then kept seeing articles slamming the series too and saying how damaging it is. Now, I completely agree with all of those statements and lets just say that if I had a daughter, she would be banned from watching this series.

Now, because I hated the trailer so much I had to watch it to see if my hate was warranted. I will say that I haven’t finished the series, but I’ve watched 6 episodes and was really hoping the message would turn around but it didn’t. I had planned to watch the whole thing before making a judgement on it, but I can’t force myself to sit through any more of it. The message is awful. The message basically comes across as don’t eat, get skinny, be beautiful.

Who is it for?!

One thing I struggled with is trying to work out who this series is for.. it definitely isn’t for adults and definitely not for children. I think maybe it’s aimed at teenagers, but that’s the exact time where you’re really finding yourself and struggling to fit in and are especially vulnerable. This series could be really damaging to anyone that’s feeling insecure. I could say so much on this topic, but basically I’m disappointed in Netflix for allowing this series to exist.

There’s a bunch of really awful messages in it too, not just surrounding body image either.

I’m sorry I couldn’t force myself to watch the last six episodes to see if turned around and maybe there was a good message at the end.. but I was bored and frustrated with it. If anyone has watched it to the end, I’d love to know if the message changed into a positive one at the end or not. Let me know!

 

I hope you all enjoyed reading what I’ve been watching and I hope you are all doing well.

If you have any recommendations on what else I should be watching or any comments at all, please leave them below.

I love hearing from you guys. ♥

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4 Comments

  1. September 7, 2018 / 5:07 pm

    Dark Tourist sounds like my kinda thing! I love travel and weird travel sounds so intriguing. I don’t have Netflix so wonder if this is anywhere else on the internet. Aww The Secret Life Of Pets sounds brilliant! I’m a huge cat lover so I imagine I’d enjoy this. I always wonder what my cats get up to when they are home alone, probably just napping ha ha! I need to check this one out. Great reviews, thank you for the suggestions <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • merkitty
      Author
      September 9, 2018 / 7:32 pm

      I hope you manage to find Dark Tourist somewhere else online, because it definitely sounds like you might enjoy it.

      Thanks for the lovely comment, as always ♥

  2. September 14, 2018 / 6:32 pm

    Sadly, we don’t have Netflix so the only one of your reviews I’ve seen (albeit unwillingly, haha) is The Secret Life of Pets. Flora loved it but I have to say I preferred Zootropolis, which is much funnier (for me anyway). I’m intrigued by your reaction to Good Time because I don’t like Robert Pattinson either but it sounds as if he’s completely different in this film. I might have to check this one out then 🙂 Thank you for your recommendation xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    • merkitty
      Author
      September 14, 2018 / 7:04 pm

      I don’t think I’ve heard of Zootropolis. I loved Zootopia, though.

      Well, I enjoyed his performance in Good Time.. but it might not be a film for everyone. I definitely recommend checking it out though if it does sound like something you’d be interested in.

      Thanks for commenting ♥

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