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What Should You Stream This Weekend?

Got big plans for this weekend?  No?  Cool.  Here are a couple (good-to-great) things to stream if you’ve got no plans, hate the heat, and like to loaf around on your couch.

everAfterEver After (Netflix): If you’re in the mood for a fairy tale retelling, consider the seminal late-90s Drew Barrymore movie Ever After, which is based on the Cinderella story.  It’s got a surprising amount of humor in it, and it’s also pretty feminist (Barrymore’s Cinderella rescues herself, etc etc).  It’s also pretty awesome, as it has Anjelica Huston as the wicked stepmother and Melanie Lynskey as one of the not-so-wicked stepsisters.  Plus, weird side-plots involving Leonardo Da Vinci and lots of really great costumes.

Take This Waltz (Netflix): Want to watch a pretty depressing drama?  WHO DOESN’T?! Take this Waltztakethiswaltz stars Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen (in a role in which he is actually not annoying at all) as a couple whose marriage is good, but then the wife gets interested in the super hot neighbor, and then the marriage isn’t so good anymore.  It’s a smart, quiet little film, and it will leave you with a lot of questions.  Watch it with someone who likes to talk about movies.

covert affairsCovert Affairs (Amazon Prime): If you’re looking to binge-watch a TV show that is pretty okay but doesn’t require a lot of brain cells, this is the choice for you!  Covert Affairs is about a brand-new CIA spy named Annie Walker (Piper Perabo, who is surprisingly not terrible).  The rest is pretty standard fare: she’s a language “expert” so we get a lot of subtitles, and she manages to do really dumb things that get her into danger quite often.  It’s like Alias-lite, without all the weird supernatural stuff that bogged it down.  It’s great for a good binge-watch.

As for me?  I’ll probably be streaming some Friday Night Lights this weekend.

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