thanks to the fact that i have some time now on hand to really get (better) acquainted with netflix, i'm finally crunching down on writing this post— a review of the last 82,491,301,114,353,972,489 things i've watched in the past God-only-knows-how-many-hours-it-has-really-been.

i'll start with the documentary that completely shook me: WHITNEY "CAN I BE ME."
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the documentary definitely granted interesting insight maybe because prior to my watching it, i really hadn't done very much looking into whitney houston as an individual. in fact, through watching this interview, it was the first time i'd heard her speaking voice. some parts of the documentary i found were a little bit hard to follow— especially when the voiceover's come in with just the names on the side; sometimes it was hard to really recall who was who and how they were related back to houston. also, i felt like there were some aspects of the documentary that felt oddly unfinished. i'm not certain if it was due to editing or censorship or why that feeling was even present. still, i felt it was a good use of an hour and 40 minutes. i personally can't help making comparisons to AMY though as, for me, it was still the best celebrity documentary i've seen to date.

i actually watched this movie some years back so it isn't a new one. i'd forgotten the story, though so i decided to re-watch and i think watching it now at the age that i am, it definitely provokes deeper thinking. especially if you were the wife (beyoncé knowles' character). would you believe your husband was telling the truth? often times, it's hard(er) to accept if a man says he did nothing to encourage the other woman. unfair? perhaps so. i felt the thing that was lacking was a stronger backstory to ali larter's character. and the ending, as always, felt rushed and abrupt.

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first of all, i was pleasantly surprised to find that the film boasted such a star-studded cast list! and secondly, man, did this film make me fall in love all over again with katherine heigl. i wish she'd be in more films! i really loved her chemistry with patrick wilson (and sidenote, i really love patrick wilson's face! is it just me?). i really enjoyed the contrast of the film's setting to its storyline— it was, in my words, deliciously dark.

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this was 23's recommendation and he couldn't stop raving about it so i decided to give it a chance. i thought the backstory was quite weak in the sense that there was no reason to why any of it was happening but i liked that the film jumped right into action and the focus was more driven towards the audience building affinity for the protagonist. with films as such, by the end of it, you'd find yourself shouting at the screen "go! go! RUN!" and really becoming invested in the primary character. i would recommend this for slasher fans.

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another oldie which i'd forgotten the storyline to. whilst i don't really claim myself to be a kristen bell fan, she is very hard to miss in any film. when i'd been younger, i'd definitely got odette yustman confused for megan fox. even though this is a movie i've seen before, the cast list still surprised me— a lot of big names in this. plotwise, i thought there were strange gaps. it just felt as if the younger lead characters (bell and yustman) were confused on a stance and it ultimately didn't play out well. just a fun, no-brainer watch with cool cameos.

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lily collins is gorgeous as ever. even as an anorexic, i could hardly keep my eyes off her on-screen. this was a film about a subject matter that is close to me. i was a little worried initially that the material might be triggering but decided in the end to give it a go anyway. whilst i felt that the premise was acceptable, i didn't actually enjoy the screenplay. for some reason. (perhaps it's just me.) there were a couple of scenes where i felt were too exaggerated and unnecessary. not the best depiction but definitely brave for addressing something so prevalent in young society in such a visual way.

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maybe you'd be able to tell by now that i have some sort of fondness towards psychothrillers. i figured out the twist to this fairly easy. it wasn't difficult given there's only focus on three characters throughout. before you catch on, though, you might be slightly confused as to whether it's meant to be a ghost story or whether you'd be tricked with the whole "haha, jaykay. it was just (a) dream(s)" schtick. so it did keep me curious enough to want to get to the end and learn the full picture. it was actually a very graphic film which i wasn't expecting so that was a pleasant surprise. i really didn't like the lead actress, though so they could've probably done better casting someone with more on-screen likeability.

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i risk being the unpopular opinion but i didn't enjoy this film. then again, maybe this film was made for this reason? i can't be sure. i haven't read any other reviews or done any sort of additional research post-watching. at first, it was interesting and i wanted to see where it'd go but having watched the full film, i found it confusing and really couldn't feel anything for the character layla except disdain. i found her to be so stupidly stubborn (ignorant, in some respect), easily influenced and generally, confused as an individual. i thought the film concluded well, i enjoyed the cinematography. maybe it wasn't so much the storytelling, just the story itself.

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i didn't have a clue about the roxanne wars until i'd watched this film. i liked that for once, there was focus on a female rapper's origin story. i almost wish that there'd be more now. particularly, lil kim's.

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let's be honest: with these two, it wouldn't have been a groundbreaking, earth-shattering storyline. but i really, really love their chemistry and they genuinely sold the relationship of being sisters. i'm not usually a fan of amy poehler but there was something about her acting alongside tina fey that made her really bearable. likeable, even.

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on to a serious note with siblinghood— 6 BALLOONS was a netflix recommendation that couldn't stop jumping out at me. the title itself was already attention-catching enough. i thought that the movie was captured beautifully. i liked the interspersing of the "audiobook" vo and the real life sequences. i thought the storyline was strong and even though i felt like the lead actress could've been prettier and had more of an immediate likeability, it was undisputed that she sold the heck out of her performance and i believed her being the anguished, concerned, protective but at wits' end older sister.

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this was interesting for its base premise. however, i felt like the message kind of got lost a little later on. it felt like there wasn't really a point anymore to the film after a while and the ending was just a flimsy cop out. i'd first paid attention because i had no inkling of what the sex industry was like in morocco but like i said, i felt like the storytelling flatlined.

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and to the point of pointlessness, there's DUDE. another film about typical american high schoolers and drugs. except this time with slightly heavier elements thrown in the mix. it was good to watch for the chemistry of the four lead actresses but it wasn't anything particularly groundbreaking. some odd humour thrown in with regards to teacher/student hooking up (i can never be onboard with that shit— probably because all the teachers i ever knew were gross, middle-aged and basically projections of parents themselves). it's already immediately obvious that the people who'd laud praise for this film would be the potheads.

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on the other end of the Films About Teenagers spectrum is TEENAGE COCKTAIL. a film to reaffirm my never wanting children in this day and age and more specifically, girls. probably because i just know too well all of the shit kids get up to. this film i liked because i found the storyline to be smart. it definitely brought up flashbacks of THIRTEEN and to some regard, i would say, became its updated version.

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loved this from start to end (but 23 didn't). i wasn't sure what i'd be in for but i've always loved all of the wayans brothers so i guess maybe me loving this wasn't going to be such a task. the only concern i had was whether he'd overdo some jokes but everything was nice and grounded and relatable enough.

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was recommended this by a korean after i'd declared that i enjoy watching foreigners speak korean. apparently, this is a rather dated series but it's still extremely fun for me to watch simply because i find it clever that the show is both serious yet humorous so i guess that makes it seriously funny. watching it, i always find myself wishing there'd be such a show here. too bad malaysia will never be as progressive, i don't believe.

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discovered this by total chance and fell head over feet in like, i completed the entire season in a day! at the time of my discovering it, i hadn't realised it was a reality contest. i was just loving the fact that i got to hear so much indian-english accents and hindi(!!) what made it more awesome was that these young, female, indian comics were completely hard-hitting with their comedy— nobody came to play! the judges i felt could've done a lot better with their critiques. hoping next season will boast a whole new panel.

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had the random urge, for some unknown reason, to watch a christmas movie. and so i chose the one with all of my favourite elements in: royalty, christmas, going undercover— perfect.

a super easy watch. i didn't really like the lead actress but she was tolerable. the prince was sufficiently good-looking but the one i thought stood out onscreen was definitely honor kneafsey. the ending made me bawl like a baby. only because it was perfect and something i've always secretly wished for myself.

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another film that sheds light on african american upbringing. (honestly, there have been times where i've personally wondered how accurate these portrayals are.) this time, it's an underdog story. which i always love so there's already some bias there, i suppose. a rather predictable storyline but still worth a watch if you're into girl power and underdog stories. i didn't know a lot about high school wrestling to begin with so it was quite an interesting watch, for sure.

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kind of lowkey watched this one in honour of 23. everything basketball related has some link back to him now for me, fml forever. it took a while for me to get into because i'm not the one who's insane about the sport so it takes a while for me to get into any type of sports-related movie actually, but the premise is not difficult. storyline isn't the most original but what won me over was michael rainey junior's character. i thought that given his age, he acted well. it was not a very predictable twist and the closure felt hurried but still a good watch.

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an interesting spin on a psychothriller storyline although, i strangely felt as if the whole film was rather short. not entirely sure if it was just my perception. i found dylan walsh more annoying than creepy but i liked the premise so i tolerated through for that reason. disappointing falling action in the storytelling, i felt.

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took a total chance on this movie because of the fact that i'm a wayans brothers fan and the chance didn't pay off. the GROUNDHOG DAY format isn't anything new but it definitely felt arduous in this film. in fact, i almost gave up on it midway without feeling the need to get to the end. didn't feel as if the payoff was great either.

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i'll admit that i was pulled into watching this movie because i saw uzo aduba's name in the cast list (and, okay, because it involved debate and candy was in the title). i thought it was a quirky film. i enjoyed the pacing and the characterisations. it was predictable in the sense that one could easily guess where everything was headed. i found jacob latimore's acting to be stronger than sami gayle's in that, i enjoyed the former and found the latter borderline unbearable.

sometimes, i seriously question casting choices. it'd be cool if i could some day see the process of cast selection from start to end.

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another GROUNDHOG DAY tribute (almost literally). i found this one to be more bearable than NAKED. although the storyline seemed a bit flat initially, it really redeemed itself towards the end and judging the movie in its entirety, i found it had a genuinely nice heartwarming message that's really quite original so kudos to the scriptwriters for that!

i probably had some bias going into it with adam devine as i was already familiar with him via MODERN FAMILY and have fondness for his offbeat, underdog character. again, i wasn't a fan of the leading lady (not sure what it is about netflix's casting with lead females, i swear) but i think the real lead was meant to be shelley hennig's character anyway which i loved in the background.

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watching this was eye-opening for me. not because any of their deaths were news to me but because, i guess, i hadn't realised how difficult this particular age was for so many. call me naïve but here i was thinking it was just me. definitely interesting for me to have learnt about brian jones and jimi hendrix. i hadn't known too much about them prior to this documentary. it wasn't the most in-depth documentary i've ever seen but i didn't regret the use of time.

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my random pick of an old film that didn't turn out so bad. again, not the most original premise— definitely something that hollywood has since overdone but i felt like this could've maybe been one of the earliest executions of it and i was definitely a fan of joyce hyser. i thought the on-screen chemistry between her and billy jayne was stellar and she really did make a convincing enough boy.

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and there you have it— all of my weigh ins on netflix picks. clearly, i have too much time on hand but i'm happy enough to have the chance to relish in it now. pretty soon, it's going to go and then i'll find myself missing the days where the only real decisions i'd have to make were what to watch next.