Spy (2011)


I can be very hit or miss with espionage shows and movies. Some I really enjoy, while others are so predictable while pretending to be unique that it makes me roll my eyes constantly (What? The spy was quadruple crossed by her/his partner/boss/trusted pal? No way!). I’ve never really been a Bond fan—even less so with the most recent films. Mission: Impossible doesn’t float my boat. I am even a little iffy on Harriet the Spy. However, there is one sub-genre of spy films that I absolutely adore—the funny ones.



Wilfred (2011)


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I am a dog person. I love their sweet puppy eyes, their little doggie ears, and their unique personalities. There is something very special about the companionship my dog provides. He’s always so happy to see me and just seems so loving. I am probably a little crazy and I talk to him quite a bit during the day—sometimes I swear he understands at least 50% of what I say (likely because I mostly talk about food). He’s just an awesome dog. So, when I found out about the TV series, Wilfred, I had to watch it.



Drop Dead Diva: Seasons 1-2 (2009-10)


Although I have a plethora of titles on my instant queue and two DVDs from Netflix sitting on my coffee table at home, there are times when I just want to go off-the-queue. My Drop Dead Diva marathon (albeit spaced out over several weeks) was one of those instances.

 

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MonsterQuest (2007-2010)


What can I say? I am a sucker for monsters. I used to read up on the Loch Ness Monster and I would pore for hours over any ghost story I could get my hands on. I’m just a nerd for the unknown, I suppose. It shouldn’t come as a shock, then, that Netflix has started to recommend supernatural shows to me. One such series is MonsterQuest.

 

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Stephen King’s It (1990)


A long, long time ago in a land far, far away (well, OK, in early 1990s Iowa) I read It by Stephen King. Now that book scared the crap out of me. Let’s just say I had an odd phobia of plumbing after I read the book. Yeah, I know, most people walk away from King’s classic horror story being terrified of clowns, but I am not most people. Heck, even to this day, a little tingle of fear tickles the back of my neck when I step in to the shower and the drain gapes ominously at me.

 

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Life on Mars (U.S.): The Complete Season (2008)


A few weeks ago, I settled in to watch the extremely long pilot to Terra Nova. Naturally, I was drawn to this show because I like a good thrill and my ornithoscelidaphobic tendencies led me to believe I could be deliciously scared after watching it. I was, however, disappointed after the first episode. Now I will save my “pilot Terra Nova” rant for another time, but sitting through that two hour monster episode, all I could think about was how sub-par I found the acting. I mean, the main character (played by Jason O’Mara) seemed stiff—not at all like the man I was pretty sure played some cop who was mysteriously sent back to the 1970s to solve crimes in that show that was canceled a few years ago.

 

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Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey (2010)


There are some days where I  wish I had a house staff. As I am writing now, a pile of dirty clothes sits neglected on the laundry room floor. My closets need organizing. The puppy could definitely use a bath. In the kitchen sink, the used dishes seem to be breeding like bunnies. My entire house could use a good deep cleaning. While I am at it, I would love for someone to make me a delicious, homemade chocolate cake. Alas, the domestic staff in this home consists of one person: me (and I’m not exactly the best housekeeper in the world). But still, a girl can dream…

 

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Buffy The Vampire Slayer: Seasons 1-7 (1997-2003)


OK, I’ll admit it: growing up I was a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the 1992 Kristy Swanson film). I think I rented it from the local video store at least once a month  for several years (along with Pet Cemetery 2 and Encino Man—-hey, don’t judge me). I’m not sure what about this film resonated with a farm girl from Iowa, but I couldn’t get enough of it. Perhaps I was just a fan of early Ben Affleck. Who knows? Whatever the case, I watched the hell out of that movie.

 

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Teen Wolf, season 1 (2011)


Before I start today’s review, I think a few clarifications are in order. First, I am not a screaming 15-year-old girl. I didn’t pick up the latest Tiger Beat, there are no posters of heart throbs hanging on my wall, and I am plumb out of Dr. Pepper lip gloss. Second, I haven’t watched MTV since Real World: Seattle aired. Heck, I know next to nothing about what is on that network anymore. And last, and perhaps most important, I am not, nor will I ever be a Twihard. So how was it that I ended up watching the entire first season of MTV’s Teen Wolf?

 

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Day 121: Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011)


A lot of people complained when Netflix introduced its new, sleek layout. But not me. No, I kept my lips sealed. I tried to give the redesign a chance and after a while, I became accustomed to it (note, I didn’t say that I liked it). Sure, it was somewhat convenient to have all seasons of a television show under one umbrella category; but how was I supposed to mark my queue progress since I couldn’t take shows off my list until I either (1) watched the entire series or (2) gave up and removed it? So I just decided to review things as I normally would, but just keep them on the old queue until the series was done. I’m not making much progress here.

 

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