they know



I know all too well that too many corporations know what I’m doing just about all the time, but it’s no less disconcerting when a company admits it.  Apparently all my Netflix binges are being monitored…along with what I’m searching for and when I’m searching for it.  This is of course supposed to result in better suggestions for me (not somehow be used for marketing purposes), but I tell ya, the movies that are recommended for me seem crazy and I’m not quite sure which algorithm deduced that I would enjoy watching Katy Perry: Part of Me.  Check out the full article here.

summer stay-at-home movie recommendations

Documentary Recommendations

Over the last few weekends we have been ticking away at our Netflix queue, particularly the 900 documentaries we have lined up.  Last time we did a binge in a single weekend; perfectly ideal for indoors-only kind of weather.

Up first, Chasing Ice.  A behemoth of a project undertaken by National Geographic photography James Balog to document in photographs the physical changes in the worlds largest glaciers over a 5-year period.  The end results are stunning.  Recommended

Next Up, The House I Live In.  If you are at all a child of the 80s then you are familiar with “the war on drugs”.  This movie takes a look at said “war” and the repercussions and implications of drug and judicial policy in America over the last three plus decades.  My only complaint was that it left me feeling a little hopeless and without a “what you can do about it” solution.  However, the official website offers these.  (Also, you can check out an interview with the director on The Daily Show here.) Recommended

And finally, Hot Coffee.  Think what you will about the infamous lawsuit of a woman suing McDonalds, but this film offers a different side of tort law than what I have been indoctrinated with being a Texan.  And basically, as a consumer (of anything) in Texas, you’re screwed if something goes wrong…. you’ve got no very limited rights. Recommended


I don’t know why I feel the need to explain myself, but I do.  It is clear that each of these documentaries presents one side of an issue.  And I am smart enough to know that these topics (and so many others) are very nuanced and have a lot of gray.  It’s never black and white and there’s never an easy answer.  I would encourage anyone to explore the other side of where they think they stand, or what they have always been told.  It may only reaffirm your stance, or hopefully, add a new element to our ever-present pro/con lists.  I will just hold to one of my most favorite quotes ever…

i can’t take my eyes off of you

tv nuns


The hubs and I haven’t had cable for several years now — yep, we’re “one of those” couples.  But believe me, there is plenty of TV-watching still happening in our house.  Between Hulu and Netflix, we’ve always got something to watch.  (FYI — I do not think that Hulu+ offers anything different/better than their regular free streaming videos… AND they still have commercials!)  Well, we are the new demographic of viewers who like to “binge” on our shows — that is — we’ll watch nearly an entire season of episodes during a weekend (or two, or three).  There is a great article in the NYT about this very phenomenon and how Netflix has capitalized on it with their all new original series, House of Cards.  Over three weekends we fit in all 13 “chapters” and well, we’re hooked.  Kudos to Netflix for taking such a risk on a new idea and better yet, for making a quality show to boot.  I hope we can expect more of this in the future, (and it looks like we can.)

on the small screen

I can’t remember when the last time was that I watched a single movie, much less FOUR in one weekend.  We have a quite the ever-growing Netflix queue; and we made a serious dent in it this past weekend.  We covered nature, the economy, and personal grooming.  My least favorite of these was Mansome; I’m a serious Bluth-brother fan, so maybe my expectations were too high.  It just wasn’t very funny.  (The hubs might disagree.)  But it’s no secret that I love a good infographic, so it’s no surprise then that I really liked The Flaw — kudos graphic design team. I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to better understand the financial meltdown of 2008.  Ethos will be “out there” for the main stream, but I thought it was informative (but definitely a little lacking in the graphics department).  And 180 Degrees South is just beautiful, inspiring, and a little heartbreaking.

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music and a movie

That’s what I’m doing tonight; I must admit I’m pretty excited.  The Houston Symphony Orchestra is performing the live score to The Matrix, while we watch the movie.  Awesome.  I can’t believe The Matrix came out when I was college!  (Wow, I feel a slightly old now.)  It was and still is one of my favorite movies.  I remember loving just how novel the film-making technique was then, and that story-line!  You combine a great movie with the live score… a winner indeed.  Looks like Thursday nights are becoming a regular date night (who am I kidding, every night that we’re together is a date night!)

who you gonna call?


My family has a ridiculous affinity for the movie Ghostbusters.  I think the four of us could reenact the entire movie, really.  The hubs sometimes has a hard time watching it with us because we won’t shut up.  Perfectly campy, it will always be one of my favorites (and most casually quoted).  Lucky for us, it has been re-released for a limited showing and tonight is the last night to catch it on the big screen!  Oh yeah, date night it is.


seeing clearly

I recently watched the movie Post Grad.  The movie was just mediocre as a whole, but the supporting cast was hilarious: Michael Keaton, Jane Lynch, & Carol Burnett.  Seriously – funny.  But what really caught my eye was the dreamy Rodrigo Santoro – and not just for obvious reasons.  I absolutely loved his glasses.  They are very Warby Parker-ish.

I guess I have a bit of a love affair with snazzy specs.  I think it’s one of the easiest ways to reinvent your look.  My sis and husband both recently committed to new glasses and it totally makes me want to try out some new ones too.

(The hubs in his new specs.  He’s very Vampire Weekend-ish in this photo.)

(And these are the sister’s new glasses.  No really, I’m serious.  E-bay is a blessing and a curse!  But I don’t think she’s quite comfortable with me displaying her face all over the web, so her eye-wear doppelganger will have to suffice!)