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What I’ve Been Watching While Staying at Home

Like many of us from all across the globe, I’ve been spending most of my time at home, figuring out ways to preoccupy myself while implementing social distancing. Though none of us are sure how long this will last, I’m going to do my part and stay away from people for as long as it takes. And if you aren’t keeping away from others already, read up on flattening the curve and start staying home, now.

Lately I’ve been doing what most of us probably are—looking at my phone too much, having obsessive bouts where I read the latest news on coronavirus and then try to distance myself from it, cooking, organizing, cleaning, and watching movies and TV. Mostly, I’m watching TV.

So here’s a bit of what I’ve been watching…

I really enjoyed High Fidelity on Hulu, starring Zoë Kravitz. The performances are great, along with the fashion, and it’s just a fun show to watch. Now, it’s not perfect, and I’ve honestly never seen the original John Cusack movie (it’s on my list), but the show is enjoyable and has a superb soundtrack. I hope to see more things starring Kravitz in the leading role, because she’s not only a splendid actor, but she’s probably the most effortlessly cool person I’ve ever seen on-screen. I guess coolness like that is guaranteed if your parents are Lisa Bonet and Lenny Kravitz!

Tiger King—a docuseries that’s been all over the internet—is the only thing I’ve officially “binged” so far. While I do have a few issues with how the key players were portrayed in the series, it’s a stellar example of how reality is often (or always) stranger than fiction. The hit show also illustrates just how entertaining and truly captivating documentaries can be, and it appears that the timing of its release also couldn’t have been better. But I can’t talk about Tiger King without mentioning that I think a major opportunity was missed, and I wish the filmmakers did more to to show how terrible (and deadly) captivity is for wild animals. Joe Exotic, “Doc” Antle, and Tim Stark are notorious animal abusers, and so much of their abuse went unmentioned in the series. But you can read more about it, here.

I’ve also been staying up-to-date on Vanderpump Rules (god I love that show), finally finished the series finale of Silicon Valley, and have been catching up and watching more of a few other things. I also rewatched the Linda Ronstadt documentary, The Sound of My Voice, which I highly recommend. Ronstadt’s talent, range, and commitment to doing what makes her feel whole is something I loved witnessing the first time, and rewatching again.

  • Tiger King
  • High Fidelity
  • Vanderpump Rules
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
  • Silicon Valley
  • The Sound of My Voice
  • Billy on the Street
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
  • The Golden Girls
  • Pete Davidson: Alive from New York

I’m excited to hear that Killing Eve season 3 is coming back soon, and now that I definitely have time to check out Cheer and Euphoria, I plan on watching those soon, and more.

What have you been watching while you’re stuck at home? Do you have any recommendations for me?

1 Comment

  1. Toby Kane says

    Julia, thanks for your email and suggestions! I have primarily been watching news (CNN, MSNBC with a occasional look at FOX to see what garbage/nonsense they’re spewing).

    We did start watching The Plot Against America on HBO. I have long been a Philip Roth fan, so was looking forward to watching it. It’s very good!

    Stay well, stay safe, and stay home!

    Love… Toby


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