what i watch

I have watched–and do watch–a variety of shows, movies, and documentaries. This is my running account of what I am currently watching (and loving).


Gaga: Five Foot Two (Netflix)

Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness (Netflix)

Icarus (Netflix)

Theater of Life (Netflix)

Super Size Me (Netflix)

Vegucated (Netflix)

What the Health (Netflix)

Food, Inc. (Netflix)

Decanted (Netflix)

Forks Over Knives (Netflix)

Food Choices (Netflix)

Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things (Netflix)

Sour Grapes (Netflix) – I have a thing for documentaries about wine and sommeliers, and this intriguing tale about the rise and fall of wine savant Rudy Kurniawan does not disappoint

The First Monday in May (Netflix) – I can’t resist a fashion documentary, let alone one about the creation of the 2015 Met Gala, “China: Through the Looking Glass”–simply fascinating

Sky Ladder: The Art of Cai Guo-Qiang (Netflix) – a story about an artist with great vision and a lot of heart navigating the intersection of politics and art at height of his fame, also features mind-blowing visuals

Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru (Netflix) – preaches authenticity and personal strength, was quite amazed by the life-changing “interventions” he did at his annual “Date with Destiny” event in Florida

The Beginning of Life (Netflix) – a great reflection on the importance of early childhood development and relational connection (ft. cute babies and Gisele Bundchen!)

The Secret Rules of Modern Living: Algorithms (Netflix) – entertainingly demonstrates and decodes the prevalence of algorithms in everyday life using a range of examples from Bubble Sort to Google’s PageRank to Heathrow’s Aircraft Departure algorithm, hosted by Oxford University Mathematics Professor Marcus du Sautoy


TV Shows

Star Trek: Discovery (Netflix)

Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Netflix)

Stranger Things 2 (Netflix)

The Great British Bake-Off Season 8

Grey’s Anatomy Season 14

Suits Season 7 (Netflix)

Designated Survivor (Netflix)

Last Chance U (Netflix)

Marvel’s Luke Cage Season 1 (Netflix)

13 Reasons Why (Netflix)

Easy (Netflix)

Master of None (Netflix)

Dear White People (Netflix)

Chef’s Table Season 3 (Netflix)

Shameless (Netflix)

This Is Us (NBC) – absolute best show I’ve seen in a while, unexpectedly fantastic

Hip-Hop Evolution (Netflix) – I’ve never been a huge hip-hop/rap person, but I thought this docuseries would be intriguing because of how much I enjoyed watching The Get Down; from Kool Herc and the rest of Hip-Hop’s Holy Trinity to Run-D.M.C. and NWA, I can definitively say that I have a much richer appreciation for the art form

Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (Netflix) – Leading up to Thanksgiving, watching this with my family was what I was most excited about, and for good reason too! I mean, those last four words…

Westworld (HBO) – I’m obsessed; it relates to so many things I’m learning about and discussing in my classes too

Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) – the only show I keep up with during the school year; if Alex leaves so will I

The Get Down (Netflix) – South Bronx youth during the late 70’s era of disco and emerging hip-hop; Baz Luhrmann’s cinematic production is visually and musically engaging

Mr. Robot Season 1 (Amazon Prime) – took me a while to get into the story, but the last half of the season was crazy in all the best ways–intense acting, great plot

Stranger Things (Netflix) – a cross between 80’s sci-fi and The Goonies, this show took my by surprise—standouts were clearly the fantastic child actors in the show and the engaging writing (I also loved the synthy music)

An Idiot Abroad (Netflix) – Karl Pilkington is a comedic gem, his humor may not be for everyone, but it most definitely is for me–one of the funniest things I have ever seen is watching Karl try to land dive in the South Pacific

Downton Abbey Seasons 5 and 6 (Amazon Prime) – so glad to have returned to this series after years of not watching, masterfully captures the Crawley family and their servants in this upstairs-downstairs British drama

Peaky Blinders Season 3 (Netflix) – post-WWI gangster family drama set in Birmingham, England, full of suspense, scheming, violence, romance, and badass characters—i.e. the best show ever

Chef’s Table Season 2 (Netflix) – visually and aesthetically pleasing, highlights the work and the stories of some of the best chefs in the world (my favorites of this season were Grant Achatz and Gaggan Anand)

Veep Season 5 – an American political satire comedy with the hilarious Julia Louis-Dreyfus at the helm and an equally funny supporting cast

Madam Secretary Season 2 – an American political drama with a strong female lead that tackles current issues while maintaining moral awareness and a sense of lightheartedness



Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Netflix)

To the Bone (Netflix)

The Queen (Netflix)

The Incredible Jessica James (Netflix)

The Princess Diaries

Ice Princess

Okja (Netflix)

Under the Tuscan Sun (Netflix)

Doctor Strange 

How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (Netflix) – I went on a bit of a Matthew McConaughey kick; hadn’t watched this in years; it’s extraordinary to think how he has evolved as an actor

Dallas Buyers Club – having never seen this film before, I finally understand why both Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto won Oscars for their powerfully moving performances

Brokeback Mountain – hadn’t seen it before, unexpected ending, the feels from this one stayed with me for a while

Rent – watched it for the first time, given that I had very little context as the what the story was I about, I was taken by how moving and how sad it ended up being

A Walk to Remember – what a heartbreaking classic; also, fantastic soundtrack that I’ve been playing on repeat

It Follows – highlights of this film were the cinematography and the soundtrack, hands down; the STD monster storyline was unusual to say the least

Me Before You – seen this twice in the past two weeks, cried both times, still want to read the book

Eye in the Sky – features great performances that reveal the nuances of morality in modern warfare

Ex Machina – unexpected, thrilling, and a little ominous of what the future might hold

Zootopia – simply one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time