Netflix Original Movies to Watch

10 Netflix Original Movies You Need To Take The Time To Watch

Netflix has been adding original movies for a while now and they continue to release great original films.

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Netflix has been one of the main-streaming services for a little bit over a decade now, but not until four or five years ago they started to release original movies. Netflix is now dishing out original movies left and right these days. I have watched countless Netflix originals, but these are the ten films that I think are the best and are the most worthy to watch on a rainy day or even trying to watch a movie with the family. These are my top ten Netflix original movies that I recommend you to see.

10. "Birdbox"

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"Birdbox" was a great movie filled with suspense and thrill throughout the whole movie. The movie was released in late 2018, but at first, I was very iffy about the whole plot of if you take off the blindfold, you die. After sitting down and watching the movie I can see why so many people were talking about it. "Birdbox" kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time and can't say enough to go see the movie.

9. "Paddleton"

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"Paddleton" was a great movie experience for me. The movie, which was released then a week ago. It is a movie that follows to friends living so-so lives, one of them develops incurable cancer and only has months to live. From this, they do everything together and this creates a great and unusual bond. After watching the movie, it made me appreciate Ray Romano as an actor even more. I give this movie two thumbs up and watch it!

8. "Okja"

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This South-Korean based film was released in 2017. I happened to stumble upon the movie while on Netflix and decided to give it a try. I can't tell you enough how much I fell in love with this movie. The movie follows a girl on a journey to get back her super pig, Okja, who was taken away from the government to be studied. She goes on a journey to run away with the Pig. The movie teased with my emotions, and when the movie was over I wanted to watch it again.

7. "Pee-Wee Big Holiday"

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This is a silly movie to have on this list, but I couldn't resist leaving this movie. "Pee-Wee Big Holiday" was released in late 2016 just for the holidays. I was familiar with who "Pee-Wee" was and watched his movies and shows growing up and was always intrigued by him. After sitting through and watching this movie during the holidays, I had a great time and a few good laughs throughout. I can't say but to go see it for yourself.

6. "Outlaw King"

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The movie "Outlaw King," starring Chris Pine, was a fun movie to watch. I'm not praising as much as some of the other movies on this list, but this movie was the easiest to watch and sit through I think. The movie is a historical movie which is my favorite type of movies, so I easily got my attention grabbed by this movie. The movie is about a controversial king who is breaking laws while the king. This movie is good and I recommend it!

5. "Mudbound"

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"Mudbound" is one of the best movies on this list. The movie was released in 2017, but I just recently watched this movie. The movie is based in the 1940s during WWII and taken place in rural southern America. The movie watches many people just trying to make ends meet during a time where America was at war and recovering from the worst financial crisis in American and worlds history. The movie gives a great snap-shot of what life was like during that time and the hardships they faced. This movie is the one I recommend the most!

4. "13th"

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"13th" is a movie or a documentary filmed discussing the 13th amendment in the constitution. The movie focuses on racial issues African Americans and people of color have faced in time while here in America. This movie is a great adaptation and a great film to watch. The movie made me think about all the hardships and struggles they had to face, but the most is when it came out during a time where America is possibly as divided as ever. Two thumbs up!

3. "Roma"

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"Roma" was a movie I watched towards the end of 2018 but lemme tell you it was one of my favorite films of the year. The movie is about a maid who works for a middle-class family in Mexico City during the 1970s. The movie was touching and very well done. I heard so much buzz and good things about this movie, but not until watching it I can see why so many people fell in love with this movie. This movie was nominated for ten Academy Awards and came home with three, including best foreign film. I'm one of those people and can't stress enough to watch this movie.

2. "One of Us"

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"One of Us" is a movie that is weird, but at the same time fascinating and interesting to watch. I came into this movie iffy, but at the end of the movie I appreciated and realized how good this movie was. This movie is about characters who live in a very exclusive and private community and it puts people to the limit and dares people to try to defy the limits. The movie kept me on the edge of my seat and eyeballs didn't move one while watching this great film.

1. "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs"

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My favorite movie on this list and favorite movie of 2018. The movie was directed by the Coen brothers who are known to release great films. The movie follows six people who are trying to settle in the west after the Civil War. The movie was filled with humor, drama, and action. Every ingredient for a great movie, the movie had me glued to the screen the whole time. I didn't have any bad moment with the movie. This movie is such a great movie, I have watched it over a good three more times. If you are looking for any movie to watch on this list, I recommend this movie the most.

These movies are my ten favorite Netflix originals movies. If you are ever stuck on what movie to watch on Netflix, these movies I highly recommend giving a shot to watch. You will not be disappointed or dissatisfied, these movies are a great way to enjoy movies.

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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My Predictions For 'Spider-Man: Far From Home'

Here are my expectations for the movie.

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There are some spoilers for 'Avengers: Endgame' in this article, but the spoiler ban has also been lifted today, May 6. So, read at your own discretion.

On May 6, I woke up to a new 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' trailer, and of course I have to talk about it. The trailer opens on Spider-Man looking at an Iron Man mural. The movie was speculated to take place after 'Avengers: Endgame', and this trailer confirmed that.

At the beginning of the trailer, we see Spider-Man talking to Happy Hogan about how much he misses his mentor. I already know that I'll be shedding tears for Peter within the first few minutes of the movie. Now, say what you will, but I think that Spider-Man is arguably one of the strongest heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First, his parents die, then he loses his uncle Ben, and now he's lost Tony Stark, another father figure. Peter has so much emotional baggage, I'm amazed at how he seems to stay happy all the time.

It's mentioned a few times in the trailer that there is a need for a new Iron Man. That dialogue is even said by Spider-Man himself. This leads me to believe that it might be up to Peter to fill that role. We even see him put on a prototype Iron-Man glove. While I don't know if this is right for him, it's just a hunch that I have. But if I'm right, it'd be cool to see him and Sam Wilson, the new Captain America, team up for a movie in the future.

One thing that I am curious about, is the scene where Spider-Man takes off a pair of glasses and says "Oh my God." These glasses are reminiscent of Tony Stark's, so I wonder if that will play into Spider-Man becoming the next Iron Man?

We're also introduced to Mysterio more in this trailer, after only getting one line from him in the first trailer. He comes from Earth, but from a different universe. It's explained by Nick Fury that "the snap" created a hole in the universe, which is something that I'd like more of an explanation on. Was it Thanos' snap? Or Iron Man's? The idea of a multiverse will probably be explored, as well.

Since the announcement of Mysterio in this movie, I thought that he was going to be the villain in 'Far From Home.' This trailer leads me to speculate that he still might be the bad guy, but fronts that he's a good guy, seeking help from Spider-Man.

As for MJ and Peter, we might see them advance in their relationship. There's a scene in the trailer where Peter confides in Mysterio, saying that he just wants to tell MJ how he feels. We get a preview of this scene, but it doesn't go as planned. Instead, MJ guesses that Peter is really Spider-Man, which is alarming, but exciting. Only Ned Leeds, Peter's best friend, knows who is really behind the mask. Maybe this will help MJ and Peter further their relationship, since telling someone that you're a superhero takes a lot of trust.

Another thing that I'm excited about is the dynamic between Nick Fury and Spider-Man. Before this movie, they had never met. Maybe Nick will become a new father figure for Peter? Or will help Nick in a new Avengers plan?

I cannot wait for July 2nd to roll around. The Spider-Man movies are more lighthearted, and I always have a fun time watching them. Spider-Man is my favorite character in the MCU, and I'm never stressed out when I watch Spider-Man movies, unlike Captain America or Avengers ones. I'm excited to see where this movie leads the MCU next.

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