What We Have Been Watching & Enjoying Lately.
Here at threeonawire.com, we love a good movie/series/doco to keep us entertained. Being avid Netflix watchers, especially during the whole ‘corona-lockdown-experience,’ we have been indulging in quite a few of them.
We have recently enjoyed & finished Sweet Magnolias, Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich, Season 4 of The Last Kingdom, The 2nd season of Dead To Me, The English Game, Schitts Creek, Virgin River, Ozark, Molly’s Game, Murder To Mercy, Love Wedding Repeat, Fractured & Blackspot and can recommend them all for different reasons. We have left out ‘the duds!’
Below, we will also list ‘What’s Next’ on our watch list and why.
Here are our thoughts:
The first season premiered on Netflix on December 6, 2019. In December 2019, the series was renewed for a 10-episode second season.
Seeking a fresh start, a nurse practitioner runs from her painful past in Los Angeles to a remote Northern California town for a new start and is surprised by what — and who — she finds.
I delighted in the romantic storyline of this series and am looking forward to Season 2 as I have questions… Netflix has not announced a date as yet. (Come on Netflix, I need to know…) You will laugh, sigh frustratedly and cry along with this one.
One reviewer wrote: “With all the crazy, dramatic, thriller type shows that are out there, sometimes it’s nice to take a break and enjoy a “feel good” yet authentic kind of show”. This is exactly how I felt. Hope you enjoy it too.
The true story of Molly Bloom, a beautiful, young, Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested in the middle of the night by 17 FBI agents wielding automatic weapons. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey, who learned there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led people to believe.
I enjoyed it, if only for the fact it was based on a true story. You get drawn into this storyline by the enthralling sequence of events. A very interesting film.
One reviewer wrote: “Awesome movie. It makes it all the more enticing that it’s based on real-life incidents- the rising of Molly Bloom into the poker princess, and the eventual indictment, and a little bit more. The screenplay shifts between her teenage skiing ambitions and poker business emotions, those references to novels, the small narrations in-between, everything just beautifully melds together”.
Murder to Mercy
After 16-year-old Cyntoia Brown is sentenced to life in prison, questions about her past, physiology and the law itself call her guilt into question.
An interesting documentary that takes aim at the justice system for not taking her past abuse and childhood into account.
Cyntoia herself commented that she was ‘As surprised as everyone else’ by the doco.
In Brown-Long’s recent statement, she said: “While I was still incarcerated, a producer who has old footage of me made a deal with Netflix for an UNAUTHORIZED documentary.
My husband and I were as surprised as everyone else when we first heard the news because we did not participate in any way.”
She added that she is working on telling her own story. “I am currently in the process of sharing my story, in the right way, in full detail, and in a way that depicts and respects the woman I am today,” she said. “While I pray that this film highlights things wrong in our justice system, I had nothing to do with this documentary.”
This drama series stars Jason Bateman as Marty Byrde, a financial planner who relocates his family from Chicago to a summer resort community in the Ozarks. With wife Wendy and their two kids in tow, Marty is on the move after a money-laundering scheme goes wrong, forcing him to pay off a substantial debt to a Mexican drug lord to keep his family safe. While the Byrdes’ fate hangs in the balance, the dire circumstances force the fractured family to reconnect.
I loved this series and I have watched 3 seasons. Not sure when and if there will be a season 4. Each character plays such a unique role but I especially enjoyed the character of Ruth Langmore: a strong, smart young woman with ambitions above her lower station in life.
Some reviewers wrote: ‘Such an incredible series, One of the better shows I have watched in recent years, This series gets better and better every season. Season 3 tops it all.
Love Wedding Repeat
Alternate versions of the same wedding unfold as Jack tries to make sure his little sister has the perfect wedding day.
Initial release: 10 April 2020
‘Romantic Comedy’ says it all. A light-hearted, no-brainer type of movie which is lovely for a change, if a bit wishy-washy.
Other reviewers had mixed comments. Some didn’t rate it well at all and others said it’s good for a laugh. See what you think.
After his wife and injured daughter disappear from the emergency room, a man becomes convinced the hospital is hiding something.
Loved this one. Keeps you on your toes, with a good ole’ twist.
Other reviewers: ‘Fractured’ is a psychological thriller that feels quite familiar, yet still unpredictable. It delivers that edge-of-your-seat feeling that good thrillers do and is thoroughly enjoyable to watch.
Sam Worthington delivers an exceptional performance that makes you empathise with his character’s peril.
A police inspector investigates a string of murders in a town where the murder rate is six times higher than the rest of the country.
A really good psychological thriller and it looks like there may be a season 3. (maybe late June 2020,- can’t wait!)
Other reviewers: ‘Now this is a superb psychological crime thriller with some horrifying moments. Telling a TV story doesn’t get much better. The entire production is nicely crafted. The visuals are mesmerizing. The score is purposely chilling. Set in the town of Villefranche, mysterious disappearances and murders occur in and around the encompassing forest. The forest is a character’.
Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich
A Documentary about Epstein – who was a depraved, narcissistic, evil predator IMO. Amazing how he drew such powerful people into his evil web. Eventually arrested and charged with child sex trafficking in 2019. He was awaiting trial when he ‘apparently’ took his own life. But did he really? I am not a conspiracy theorist, but even I am doubtful.
This was fascinating, outrageous, abhorrent and genuinely sad all at the same time. It is truly shocking what he, his co-conspirators and the elite US Government officials got away with. All about how they escaped justice and all forms of accountability and still do to this day. I genuinely feel for the victims of his abuse. He has destroyed hundreds of lives. This 4 part series turns the stomach, but it’s hard to turn away.
“Filthy Rich coalesces into a maddening tale not only of how Epstein allegedly preyed upon teenagers but an indictment of a system and institutions that missed opportunities to intervene.
What the Netflix docu-series accomplishes most effectively is to capture the helplessness that survivors of Epstein’s abuse say they felt”.
A 10 part mini-series portraying the lives of 3 South Carolina women friends who deal with the everyday dramas of living in a very small town.
While other reviews were mixed, I fancied this light-hearted, romantic, soapy drama. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I enjoyed watching the bonds of friendship forged between the women and their relationships develop with others in their wider community. It is a cheery, comforting and easy watch.
The Last Kingdom – Season 4
Tells the ongoing story of Uhtred of Bebbanburg (played by Alexander Dreymon, drool, drool!) a Saxon-but-reared Danish Warrior Lord for King Alfred The Great.
Set in the late 9th and early 10th century, overall, the show focuses on the Saxon and Danes’ battle for England.
Well, this one was a long… time… coming, but was definitely worth the wait! I love a good historical drama: Vikings, GOT (OK- it was not technically historical, but I still love it!), The Tudors, The Borgias, The Spanish Princess…and this one DID NOT disappoint. Bring on Season 5 Netflix! A good bit of historical fiction that has a bit of everything: royalty, history, romance, friendship, camaraderie, humour, revenge, with some relevant epic battles and medieval conflicts thrown in. You’ll love it if you love British historical fiction as I do.
One fan wrote:
“Love this show! Binged all 4 seasons and can’t wait for season 5. Edge of your seat suspense and action, great characters, plot twists, love interests, hot actors (omg)…”
Dead To Me – Season 2
Another one I was waiting for with much anticipation.
Jen (Christina Applegate), Judy (Linda Cardellini) and the lies that entwine them are back. Picking up in the aftermath of that bloody backyard reveal, the irrepressible pair once again struggle to keep their secrets buried. With a surprising new visitor in town and Detective Perez (Diana Maria Riva) hot on their heels, Jen and Judy take drastic measures to protect their loved ones and each other — no matter the cost. From Emmy Award-winning creator Liz Feldman, Dead to Me returns for an addictively dark second season, where the stakes are higher, the friendship is deeper and the traumas that bond loom larger…
A very entertaining second season! (Though I did have to go back and rewatch the last few episodes of season 1 to recap events). While there is much drama, there is a load of comedy also. The two leading ladies do a fine job of making you laugh and cry and have great chemistry. Some great, unexpected plot twists. The writers do great cliffhangers in this series.
Other Reviewers wrote:
“Love it, can’t predict what craziness will happen next! Loved Season 2.”
Another wrote: “The second season of Dead to Me may not be perfect, but it’s still very entertaining. This may not be particularly sharp or polished storytelling, but it does have its charm, especially because of its fantastic leading ladies”.
The English Game
My Review: Set in England in the 1870s. Essentially, this mini-series tells the story of Football and how the Upper Class verse the Lower Class. But it also delves into character relationships and the combination is compelling viewing. Ok, so yes, while I did choose this initially because it reminded me of Downton Abbey (and I love a bit of British historical fiction). I also love the game of Soccer. What could be better than to combine historical fiction and a sport I admire? This was surprisingly entertaining. I got caught up in the characters lives and ambitions. Particularly love the enveloping story between the two lead males and their female counterparts. Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Oh, and the costumes were terrific too!
This TV Series is about a wealthy, spoilt family who suddenly loses their fortune and is most reluctantly forced to move to a dreary, small, rundown town -appropriately named ‘Schitt’s Creek’- which they purchased previously as a joke.
I watched the earlier seasons and really enjoyed this comedic riches-to-rags story. Completely fell in love with Moira in the very first show and David soon after. It’s funny, emotional, and heartwarming. The final season has just been released this year. It’s a TV show that’s definitely worth checking out IMO.
“Funny – Check. Great characters – Check. This is exactly what you need to have on in the evenings during these crazy times. Do yourselves a favour”.
WHAT WE PLAN TO REVIEW NEXT & WHY WE THINK THEY LOOK INTERESTING
Stars Richard Madden (played Rob – King of The North in Game of Thrones fame) who plays a working-class, ex-military operative who is subsequently recruited to work as a bodyguard for hard-line Home Secretary Julia Montague. I recently saw a preview & thought I would enjoy this thriller/suspense, fast-paced storyline. It looks like it could be the engaging thriller/police-type of Brit show with a few twists that I love to watch.
I am definitely drawn to the Thriller genre here. Apparently about a Mother who fights to protect her kids from a Home Invasion. While it doesn’t sound riveting, the preview showing the room with all the voyeur hidden cameras drew me in immediately. I hope it doesn’t disappoint.
Ok, I am interested in watching this purely because of Penn Badgley (aka the guy who starred in the series YOU. Fascinating series and was drawn in by his character in that series. Loved it. Was it believable? – No, but very entertaining none-the-less). The Stepfather is marketed as a ‘Is he a serial killer’ type of Thriller, which I like to indulge in once in a while.
This Is Where I Leave You:
When their father dies, four siblings return home for a week. Another comedy starring Jason Bateman, Tina Fey and Jane Fonda who portray a grieving and chaotic family. Chose this again for the comedic prowess of the actors involved.
Snow piercer is a series starring Jennifer Connelly. Set in 2021, seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland, it follows the remnants of humanity who inhabit a gigantic, perpetually moving train that circles the globe. The show questions class warfare, social injustice, and the politics of survival. While I usually don’t enjoy dystopian sci-fi type movies, (I don’t find them plausible), I thought I might give this one a go if nothing better comes along. We’ll see, I don’t have high hopes, but you never know it might just surprise!
Blood & Water:
This appeals to me because 1. It is inspired by true events and 2. The whole ‘abduction/finding long-lost family/rags-to-riches/mysterious/edgy type of vibe I get from the preview. I love a bit of True Crime. I just hope it’s not too Teenage-ish.
I’d really like a good recommendation for a light-hearted comedy if anybody has one?
Please leave a comment for any other recommendations you have for us below.