When Your Knee Gives Out, It’s Time for a Movie Marathon

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I am an entertainment junkie. You also know that I am perpetually trying to lose weight and once in a while, I also get hooked on a fitness routine. Back in the fall, I got bitten by the Jazzercise bug but something painful happened on the way to getting in shape. My knee started aching. At first I tried to ignore it but then, after it started to get progressively worse, I decided to give up Jazzercise for a while so that I could get my knee to recover.
Fast forward to this week – the first day of spring and I had decided it was time to implement the 10,000 steps rule. I googled how far 10,000 steps actually are and discovered it’s about 5 miles — wow that’s far, but if I was going to get in good shape, it was time to get serious. So I hopped on the treadmill. And I actually jogged for a few minutes. As I interspersed jogging and walking for more than 35 minutes, I watched as the odometer approached 2.5 miles and that’s when it happened. Out of nowhere, my knee completely gave out from under me. I was lucky I didn’t fall off the treadmill. Instead of stopping the workout and leaving the gym, I hopped on the recumbent bike so that I could reach my 10,000 steps goal.
When I stepped off the bike, my knee was throbbing and when I got to my house, I could hardly walk. Fast forward three days and after I’ve seen a physical therapist, I am holed up on my couch where I’ve been grading graduate school papers and watching TV. So what am I watching you ask? Thanks to Netflix, it’s a brilliant combination of documentaries, 80’s movies and new releases.
If you’re spending a weekend at home, here are few great movies to check out. Take a walk down memory lane with me, get educated or just spend several hours binge watching a new series. Check out my latest Fave Five Netflix Picks:
About Last Night – Who can resist Demi Moore and Rob Lowe in this classic 80’s feature film about two gorgeous people who hook up one night, fall in love, break up and fall in love all over again. While the remake of this film is out in theaters this year, I fell hard for this movie during my senior year of high school. I even brought a picture of Demi Moore to my hairdresser so that I could get her hairstyle and those long sweaters? I couldn’t get enough of them back during my prime. Plus, I bought the soundtrack and proceeded to play the cassette tape on my drive to college the following year. The movie itself might not be the best, but I will always love it and am so psyched it’s on Netflix right now so I can lose myself in memories.

Inside McDonald’s – I didn’t think I was going to be interested in this one since Mickey D’s hasn’t gotten a pretty bad rap over the last decade but what I can say is that they do take on the tough questions and answer them pretty convincingly. Who knew that they even have a Hamburger University that trains budding franchise owners? Sure McDonald’s will always have its critics but on a recent drive to Florida, it was one of the few fast food restaurants where we could actually find food that was semi healthy. Next stop: Inside Chipotle and then Food Inc.
Blackfish – This is a sobering documentary about Sea World and the whales who are kept in captivity there. When you find out that a beloved trainer is killed by a whale that may have had a violent past, you begin to rethink all those years that you’ve visited the theme park with your family. But don’t let me giveaway the entire story — you definitely should see this one for yourself.
Flight – If you’re not hopping on a plane any time soon, then this nerve wracking feature film starring Denzel Washington will have you on the edge of your seat. Trust me when I tell you, the first 40 minutes are incredibly harrowing and intense. And Denzel Washington doesn’t disappoint.
Riding in Cars with Boys – Since I am a self professed Drew Barrymore fan, the month would not be complete without watching one of her films. My recommendation this March is “Riding in Cars with Boys.” Drew takes on a more serious role when she plays a super smart girl who falls for the wrong guy, winds up pregnant and then blames everyone around her, including her son for not being able to reach her true potential. Even though I always love a film where Drew is totally flighty, this one is a tear jerker so make sure you have a few kleenex handy — especially at the end.
To start watching all your favorite TV shows and movies, visit Netflix and spend a day on the couch. It can actually be quite productive…okay — maybe that’s a stretch, but it sure is fun.
Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. While I did get a complimentary subscription to the service, all my opinions about 80’s films and Drew Barrymore are completely my own.

Netflix Stream Team Alert – Holiday Movies for the Entire Family

The clock is ticking and the holidays are right around the corner and you know what that means. For those of us who love to curl up under a warm blanket while it’s snowing outside so we can catch a classic flick with our kids, then Netflix has got you covered this season. Whether it’s comedy, or good old classic Charlie Brown, here are some of my favorite holiday films now showing on Netflix:
1. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation – Nothing says holiday mayhem like the Griswolds on yet another action packed vacation. Check out the holiday edition of their vacation antics and trust me, you’ll want to spend a day watching all the “Vacation” films. Personally, my favorite line ever in a “Vacation” movie when the family keeps going around the same roundabout over and over again — “Look! Big Ben, Parliament!…Look Big Ben, Parliament!”

2 The Polar Express – This one is a family classic — the animation is beautiful and if you have a son, this is the perfect film for them. The Polar Express tells the story of a young boy who boards on a powerful magical train that’s headed to the North Pole and Santa Claus’s home. Here’s a bonus — Tom Hanks is the train conductor — need I say more?
3. All I Want is a Dog for Christmas Charlie Brown – Since we just brought home a puppy this holiday season, this title is even more fitting for my family. But for those of us who grew up with Charlie Brown, it’s never too late to introduce your kids to all of these holiday classics.
4. Jingle All the Way – Interested in watching a silly movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger? Then this 90’s holiday family comedy will fit the bill.

5. The Nightmare Before Christmas – You can always count on Tim Burton to create an animated feature that can turn this holly jolly time of year into a creepy Christmas tale. Despite having recently presided over a very successful Halloween, Jack Skellington, aka the Pumpkin King, is bored with his job and feels that life in Halloweenland lacks meaning. Then he stumbles upon Christmastown and promptly decides to make the Yuletide his own.
Disclosure: I am a member of the Netflix Stream team. While I have received a complimentary subscription to NetFlix, all opinions are my own.

Spend Your Holiday Movie Viewing on the Couch

Netflix_Web_Logo (1).jpgRecently, I was given the opportunity to become a Netflix Stream Team member. What does that mean you ask? Simple. After being sent a complimentary Apple TV video streaming device and a year membership to Netflix, I set up my TV, clicked the remote and took a trip down memory lane.
What I love most about Netflix is that I can watch TV shows and films from my past and then, after I’ve watched “The Breakfast Club” or “Pretty and Pink,” they actually start recommending films to me that I might be interested in.
My kids have also been bitten by the NetFlix bug. My daughter has been watching episodes of “Gossip Girl” non stop and I actually got my son hooked on one of my favorite shows of all time, “The Wonder Years.”
Sprinkled into the mix are also a few blockbusters that we’ve watched with my husband like “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and tear jerkers too including “Terms of Endearment” and a film with Kate Hudson that had me crying for nearly an hour called “A Little Bit of Heaven.” My daughter and I have already watched that one twice!
Now that the holidays are upon us, Netflix also has a ton of offerings for families with kids of all ages. Visit the Netflix website for the latest holiday movies offered this time of year. For younger kids, you can even find a host of films you can all sing-a-long with…just take a look!
There really is something for everyone with Netflix – so before you head out to the movies, spend an evening in with your family, take a walk down memory lane or get caught up on your favorite shows. No matter how you slice it, watching Netflix with your family is pure couch potato heaven.
Disclosure: I was provided with a free Apple TV and complimentary membership to Netflix. All opinions are strictly my own.