Netflix: An Update

Thanks to everyone who recommended shows for me to check out on Netflix. I now have enough potential viewing to last until next January.

With all the suggestions for ‘Ozark’, I decided to start with that. I can see why it was suggested, as the modern crime thriller is right up my street. Good performances from all involved, and nice location filming. However, after three episodes, I am a little disappointed that the ‘moments’ are rather predictable. I may have possibly seen too many similar films and TV shows, but I was left wondering if anyone was actually surprised by the events in episodes 1-3. I will stick with the rest of series one, and see how it pans out.

Having that access to Netflix also turned out to be a double-edged sword for me. We had been looking after our grandson last weekend, and he discovered that we now had Netflix on the TV. That meant he knew that we had access to the animated show, ‘P J Masks’. This popular series about young people in America who can transform into super-heroes with special powers is all the rage here at the moment. In fact, he arrived dressed in a ‘Cat Boy’ outfit, clutching a model of Cat Boy’s car, and the ‘Gekkomobile’ too.

I tied to pretend that I couldn’t find ‘P J Masks’ on Netflix, but he had already spotted the link, and pointed it out to me. What followed was a dedicated viewing of every episode, lasting well over five hours. He had a couple of breaks for food, but quickly learned how to pause and restart the episodes. I am sure he has seen them all before, no doubt many times. But his devotion is unwavering at the moment, and he watched a dozen episodes back to back, his attention never wandering from his favourite characters.

I got some relief by walking Ollie, but when I saw it was still playing as I got back, I had no option but to retreat into my office room, and work on blog posts.

All I can hope for now, is that he becomes an overnight fan of the films of David Lean and Orson Welles.

But I fear that I may have a long wait.

And in case you are wondering what you missed…

49 thoughts on “Netflix: An Update

  1. Awesome news Pete πŸ™‚ While you are on Netflix, be sure to catch Orson Welles posthumous film The Other Side of the Wind and Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Here is information on the former and a link to the trailer below:

    Here is one of the trailers to Joel and Ethan Coen’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs below

    Anyway, keep up the great work as always πŸ™‚

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  2. Holy Sheet! Beetley Pete is streaming. I never thought I’d see the day. It turns out you can teach an old dog new tricks. After all I am living proof. Well I’m glad your grandson is getting to hang with you. My recommendation is not David Letterman, better youtube clips to introduce to him with. But I do think there’s some classic Comedians in Cars bits.

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  3. Sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Yes, Netflix can be a two-edged sword. Can I make a suggestion? When your grandson visits the next time, now you can be prepared. Make superhero costumes together, as simple as a pillowcase cape. You can make one for Ollie together (he will like that). Then take a walk with Ollie and β€œlook for danger”, basically being superheroes together. This may sound simple or silly, but it will be huge for your grandson. Really. And you will be his biggest superhero, ever. If you walk into the library, right up to the children’s desk, and say in a β€˜big guy’ voice, β€œI have a superhero here. He is amazing. Can you show us some books on superheroes?” I promise you that the children’s librarian will β€˜get it’. She will find you a few books, and your grandson will think you are amazing. Best to you, Pete.

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    1. Thanks for your ideas, Jennie. We have been out on a ‘dinosaur hunt’, in better weather. As for costumes, he was already wearing a ‘Cat Boy’ suit when he arrived. πŸ™‚ Like many small children here, he is very brand aware, and with those costumes sold cheaply in supermarkets, the old way of making them at home is disappearing fast, sadly.
      As for poor Ollie, he is unlikely to tolerate a cape or costume, as he is already desperately jealous of the boy, and spent the whole weekend panting, and stressed out. I have a fishing net and bucket ready for a mud-free dry day,.and we have already discussed a ‘fishing trip’ to the local river, to see if we can catch something ‘amazing’. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  4. Pete, the downside to Netflix is that you can watch something for hours and hours, and in your case, “Ozark” suffered for us because we watched several in a row and it bogged down for us, so we slowed down and found that giving it some time to breathe between episodes actually worked for us….oh and we just started the series “YOU” – based on some of your fiction, you could have written it!

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  5. I finally took time away from the computer and watched “Kong: Skull Island” and “The Meg” on DVD. This evening, I’ll watch “Blade Runner 2049.” After several years with no DVD purchases, I had a weak moment at Walmart and purchased those three popcorn flicks. As you know, I don’t subscribe to anything. My TV set exists for the sole purpose of playing discs, and it mostly just collects dust.

    I was born in the Ozarks, so “Ozark” sounds somewhat interesting, but the show is apparently filmed in Georgia. Anyway, I have to keep distractions to a bare minimum.

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  6. Never heard of PJ Masks which is strange considering we have grandkids, Cal is more of a do-er than a TV watcher, and Liddy likes to watch Pepper Pig on her tablet on the sofa, but prefers playing with all the toys we keep here!

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    1. Our grandson also likes Peppa Pig. I have seen Grandpa Dog’s breakdown truck more times that I care to remember. He will also play with toys, but usually at the same time as watching the show on TV. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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  7. We have managed to keep TV and tablet as a reward, but I have to admit its easy to give in, especially if you need time for yourself. My own TV time is when everyone else is asleep, if I can manage to stay awake:)

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  8. LOL. My granddaughter, who is almost six now, loves PJ Masks, et al. It is annoying. I have caught up on all the Pixar films and shows. Obviously, the child watches too much television. I do my best to get her outside to play.
    Netflix seems wonderful at the beginning. Like you, I listen to the advice of blogging friends and try a series, helter-skelter. I find that I like the first episode and continue to another and after about half the season, I’m bored. I have started and gave up many a series. The Ozark is an example. You will occasionally find a movie or series, especially the Netflix original shows, which aren’t a waste of time.
    I find I prefer Amazon more since I can search and rent a film of my choosing. Netflix doesn’t have the range as Amazon. So I go back and forth with that.
    It is quite common to hear couples complain that they spend 20 minutes to half an hour trying to find something to watch. At that point, I have given up and left the room as it has the potential to spoil an evening. That’s when I reach for a book.
    It is a candy store. You discover there are more kinds you don’t like than do.

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    1. After that binge-watch of PJ Masks, Julie took him bowling on Sunday. She was determined to get him away from a TV screen or Tablet. To be fair, the weather has been bitingly cold and gloomy. Otherwise, I would have taken him out on Ollie’s walk, as he likes to splash in the river when the weather is fair. (He is only four years old)

      I tend to stick with series once I start them. But if I had to pay Β£10 a month (or more) for Netflix, I think I would have cancelled the subscription. I am someone who generally finds enough to watch, just on the BBC’s four channels. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. He gets fixated on things easily. Last time, it was Toy Story. He watched the films constantly, and got all the character toys as gifts at Christmas. Within four weeks, he had changed his allegiance to ‘PJ Masks’, and became obsessed with that. The Marketing people have a lot to answer for. πŸ™‚
      Best wishes, Pete.

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      1. They do in some ways – especially in getting parents to part with their money but even without the merchandise children seem to need to watch the same things over and over. When David was young and I read to him every night he’d ask for the same stories and there was trouble if I tried to skip a bit or missed a word as he knew the stories by heart. I wonder if it’s part of how they process how stories work.

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