It’s been a weird month (or so). Just before I went to New York for UCB’s Del Close Marathon, the display on my laptop completely stopped working. Now I could explain why it took this long (that was at the very end of June) for me to have any reliable laptop situation again but that’d be boring so let’s just get right to the only good to come of this situation: I watched a lot of TV and movies. Not as much as you’d think because I did have other things going on, like shooting the Words With Girls pilot (casual mention of pretty big news), but a fair amount nonetheless. And so here is a list of the top ten things I watched via a method other than my laptop.
10. Bad Teacher Season 1 Episode 6
I hadn’t seen an episode of this show yet and I know it’s been canceled already so I didn’t do my part at all but I didn’t hate it. I thought the movie was dumb so I was confused about why they made it into a television show but I might actually watch some more episodes. Or maybe I should hold onto the fondness I have in my heart for this show by not watching any more of it. But maybe it actually isn’t bad? I don’t know, someone help.
9. Katy Perry: Part of Me
Multiple people have talked to me about the end of this documentary. I won’t ruin it for you but if you want a newfound respect for Katy Perry then don’t watch it. If you want to feel better about how into “Roar” you are, then watch it right now.
8. Suits Season 4
Donna and Louis Litt have the best friendship on TV. There. I said it. Do people know who Meghan Markle is? People should know who Meghan Markle is.
7. Super High Me
I watched this while eating a really intense popsicle and maybe I just really liked the popsicle but those things are forever linked in my mind now therefore I liked this documentary as well. It was funny though. I thought the advocacy part was weird but I like Doug Benson so whatever.
6. They Came Together
Part of why this was so enjoyable is because I saw it with someone who laughs a lot and also sort of gets shy about how hard they laugh immediately after they get done laughing which, as far as I’m concerned, is the cutest way to live your life. I love Paul Rudd and I love Amy Poehler so I loved this movie. And for people that aren’t necessarily into them but do love Wet Hot American Summer, that’s the way to sell them on seeing this. I guess I might like it more than most people because it’s a parody of romcoms but also an inadvertent send-up of heteronormativity?
5. Best Man Down
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Justin Long is the poor man’s Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I don’t know why I started watching this movie. Netflix just happened to suggest it and I was like, “Sure. What else am I gonna do? Eat four more Oreos?” Then I was like wait, I should do that. So I ate four more Oreos then I watched this movie and it turns out I really liked it.
4. Particle Fever
I remember reading about the Large Hadron Collider and the “God Particle” when all this was happening years ago but I couldn’t make sense of most of it because I don’t know shit about physics, but this documentary makes the theories really easy to grasp. I also cried twice during this because I have to remind myself I’m a dork every so often and people pursuing knowledge for the sake of knowledge was just like weirdly touching and if you don’t cry when Peter Higgs stands up at the end, you’re a monster.
3. Bob’s Burgers Season 4
I don’t know why everyone isn’t obsessed with this show?
2. Orphan Black Season 2
I know everyone already is obsessed with this show.
1. Obvious Child
It’s just great and funny and Jenny Slate continues to be a national treasure. Find this movie and see this movie even if you don’t go see movies. Don’t wait for it to be on Netflix or Redbox. Go right now. It’s the sort of movie where if someone said they didn’t like it I’d just be like, “Oh, so I’m going to hate you forever I guess.” Like when someone says they’re really into Burger King’s new fries which are CLEARLY ruining the franchise.
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