Articles tagged: Netflix


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The Tinder Swindler and the dark side of dating apps

The Tinder Swindler exposes the true dangers of dating people who we meet online and don’t truly know.

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Horse races, heated stares, and happy endings: Bridgerton season two deals in heavy-handedness

Yet in its second season, Bridgerton, which ostensibly continues Pride and Prejudice’s Regency-era legacy, fails to deliver this satisfying progression.

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What Inventing Anna tells us about class, Georgetown, and the status quo

But she also raises questions about class identity and allegiance that exist at the intersection of the monied and the not—an intersection that exists at Georgetown, too.

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Ted Lasso ups its game in its second season

It’s impossible to talk about pop culture during the pandemic without mentioning the masterpiece that is Ted Lasso. The show follows an American football coach, Ted Lasso (Jason Sudeikis), as... Read more

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You Season 3: impressive acting and haunting takeaways but a convoluted plot line

Lights up on the quiet, suburban town of Madre Linda, California. A couple makes the expected move from a large city to a quieter setting in order to raise their... Read more

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Malcom and Marie: A Failed Attempt at Pretentious Artistry

The phenomenally high expectations surrounding the first quarantine-produced film Malcom & Marie set the audience’s hopes far too high for the actual outcome. With a cast of just two—albeit a... Read more

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Why you should watch Netflix’s Firefly Lane

February just got a little more exciting—with a new Netflix release! Based on Kristin Hannah’s book of the same title, the new series Firefly Lane follows bestfriends Tully Hart (Katherine... Read more

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Top K-Dramas of 2020

This packaged deal includes my absolutely objective Top 5 K-Dramas for you to binge this winter.  But wait! There’s more. I added an additional 5 dramas that everyone’s raved about... Read more

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Mismatched: A story of an unlikely, unexpected pair

Scrolling through Netflix looking for a fun, quick show to watch over Thanksgiving break, I came across the Netflix mini-series Mismatched. Based on Sanhya Menon’s bestselling book When Dimple Met... Read more

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The Crown season 4: How soon is too soon?

The latest season of The Crown is by far the cruelest depiction of the Royal Family. The series is one of the most serious retellings of royal history seamlessly blending... Read more

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Dash & Lily dares to be the best Christmas rom-com ever

It’s Christmas in New York City. The lights are magical, the caroling groups sing on every corner, and the streets are somehow not overrun by tourists. You can have the... Read more

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The Trial of the Chicago 7 is prescient, funny, and way oversimplified

After spending over a decade in development hell, it’s hard to think of better timing for the release of The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), a flawed, overstylized, but... Read more

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Emily in Paris is a binge-worthy, one-dimensional show that people can’t stop hating on

Emily in Paris is the new Netflix show that we either love to hate or hate to love. The titular character, Emily Cooper, (Lily Collins) is a Chicago native, marketer,... Read more

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Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor is a dazzling horror love story that captivates hearts (and nightmares)

Mild Spoiler Warning: I vaguely discuss some details that give away parts of what happens toward the end of this show. It’s nothing in depth and nothing too explicitly obvious,... Read more

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Netflix’s Ratched is another stylish-but-convoluted mess from Ryan Murphy and Co.

The odds seem to be against famed TV creator Ryan Murphy this year. Last month’s Ratched is the third release from the producer following May’s Hollywood and June’s season 2... Read more

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Gingerbread teacups, biscuit waistcoats, and very large nuts

Call me American, but I have a tumultuous relationship with biscuit week. I know the snappy, uniform, basic, hard-as-rock British “biscuit” situation is designed to be dunked and enjoyed with... Read more

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Return of the tent: My knight in shining gingham

Spoilers for GBBO Series 11 (Netflix Season 8), Episode 1 Ahead! Let me set the scene: it is September 2020. Times are bleak. Instead of wallowing over my first midterms... Read more

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The Kissing Booth sequel, much like high school relationships, fails to deliver on its promise

I hate everyone in this movie.  This was, admittedly, a problem for me in the first movie—Noah (Jacob Elordi) is exactly the kind of boy I want us to stop... Read more

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The Big Flower Fight is a fantastic, floral, frenzy

At first glance, The Big Flower Fight seems like a niche spin-off of the famed The Great British Baking Show; after all, every single person on the planet has a... Read more

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Never Have I Ever… loved a high school show so much

Never Have I Ever was always my least favorite game. I never wanted to participate in an activity that only emphasized how much I hadn’t done, how different my identity... Read more