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What I'm Watching Ep.1

Today I'm starting a new series sharing the movies and shows I am currently watching or just finished watching and where you can find them if they sound like something you would enjoy.

Let's start with some things I have watched:

American Son | 2019

rated TV-MA for language

available on Netflix

Synopsis: Time passes and tensions mount in a Florida police station as an estranged interracial couple awaits news of their teenage missing son.

Thoughts: This offers a brief glimpse into racism, class, police violence, and injustice through the eyes of an interracial couple played by Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale. Most reviewers think that although it's well-intentioned it lacks necessary thoughtful insight and nuance on race relations in America. This was a recommendation from a Black creator, so I watched it. While it made my blood boil and my jaw hang on the floor at times it also sparked some deeper conversations between my white friends.

The Hate U Give | 2018

rated PG-13

available on Amazon Prime

Synopsis: In this powerful drama based on the best-selling novel, when a teenager witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, she must find her voice and stand out for what's right.

Thoughts: For my white friends and readers I highly recommend you watch this ASAP. It's timely, it's important, and it discusses so much about what is happening and has been happening in America. This is going to be a tough pill to swallow for some, but it's one they need. Maybe it makes you uncomfortable. It's supposed to.

Inception | 2010

rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and action throughout

available on Netflix

Synopsis: In this mind-bending sci-fi thriller a man runs an espionage business built around entering the subconscious of his targets to mold their thoughts.

Thoughts: This was a re-watch for me but it has been quite a few years since I first watched it. I forgot so much about the intricacies of this film. I love the cast and the concept is so cool. The beginning is a bit jarring since you're thrown right into the action but it's worth it. The ending, well let's just say you're going to have theories, and then you're gonna look them up, and there will be more theories. Yeah, it's one of those movies.

Now let's chat about some things I am currently watching:

Pose | 2019

rated TV-MA for nudity, language and smoking

available on Netflix

Synopsis: Series about New York City's African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming ballroom culture scene in the 1980's and, in the second season, early 1990's.

Brief Thoughts: Re-watching season 1 in preparation for season 2, and this show is so good!

Pose is a drama spotlighting the legends, icons and ferocious house mothers of New York’s underground ball culture, a movement that first gained notice in the 1980's. Making television history, Pose features the largest cast of transgender actors in series regular roles, including Mj Rodriguez, Dominique Jackson, Indya Moore, Hailie Sahar and Angelica Ross, who co-star alongside Tony Award® winner and Golden Globe® nominee Billy Porter, Ryan Jamaal Swain, Angel Bismark Curiel, and Dyllón Burnside. Sandra Bernhard and Charlayne Woodard round out the ensemble. The Golden Globe-nominated drama also features the largest recurring cast of LGBTQ actors ever for a scripted series.

Upon receiving an HIV positive diagnosis, Blanca Rodriguez (MJ Rodriguez) is forced to confront her mortality and dedicates herself to leaving a legacy. With the encouragement of her friend Pray Tell (Billy Porter), the fierce patriarch and emcee of the house balls, Blanca breaks from Elektra (Dominique Jackson), mother of the House of Abundance, and starts her very own “house,” a self-selected family that provides support to LGBTQ youth rejected by their birth families. Blanca’s newly formed House of Evangelista becomes a haven for anyone searching for a home, and Blanca’s new family soon includes streetwalker “Angel” (Indya Moore), aspiring dancer “Damon” (Ryan Jamaal Swain) and his boyfriend “Ricky” (Dyllón Burnside) and street-wise “Lil Papi” (Angel Bismark Curiel). After a rocky start, the upstart House of Evangelista soon overshadows all becoming a premiere force in the ballroom. Their meteoric rise culminates with Blanca receiving the community’s ultimate honor when she is crowned “Mother of the Year.” (source)

Knives Out | 2019

rated PG-13

available on Amazon Prime

Synopsis: When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate, the inquisitive Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.

Thoughts: Not very far into this one, but enjoying it so far.

Salt | 2010

rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action

available on Netflix

Synopsis: A CIA agent accused of treason goes off the grid to prove her innocence. But even her real identity will be difficult to find.

Thoughts: Not very far into this re-watch, but it's that high thrills action that I can numbly watch time and time again.

That wraps up this first episode of What I'm Watching. Let me know your thoughts about anything I have discussed and let me know what you're watching.