Films & TV Shows that I Watched in January & February 2022

January and February were all about streaming and watching comfort films for me. Emotionally and mentally I was completely tapped out, particularly with respect to dealing with some tough friendship tribulations. Reading and watching anime were out of the question for me because I just didn’t have the capacity to focus on those two favourites. But you know, that streaming stuff was a welcome reprieve in the midst of the chaos otherwise.

Most of the fresh watches consisted of TV serials, particularly ones that I didn’t expect to become so wholeheartedly enthralled by. The rest were films that I had either seen before or that seemed like they would be a decent cheese-fest of entertainment at the very least. I will say right now that one of those films was a godawful atrocity that is super disrespectful to the real-life victims depicted therein, and I cannot recommend it in good faith at all. But we’ll get there.

As per usual, I’ve included streaming platforms used, brief snippets and mumblings, and content warnings where applicable.  If you’d like more information on anything listed here, please let me know in the comments below.

I, Me, Aur Mein – PG-13 (2013) [Hulu] – An Indian, Hindi-language RomCom film about a womaniser who has always been spoiled by his mother, giving him an obnoxious ego. However, when he learns his ex-girlfriend is pregnant, the dude must learn to grow the hell up, or get the hell out. I love John Abraham (lead actor) and while this film isn’t a work of art or anything, it’s entertaining, funny, and even endearing. I love to watch it when I just need to get out of my own head for a bit. RECOMMENDED to fans of standard RomComs. CW: Some strong language. Some sexuality. Alcohol drinking. Sexism. Misogyny.

Julie – R (2004) [Hulu] – An Indian, Hindi-language drama film about a former sex worker who decides to take her story to the media in order to bring a light on the fact that sex workers are still people who deserve to be loved and treated as humans, particularly after she builds a relationship with an entrepreneur who knows nothing of her past. I remember the controversy (in South Asia) that this film stirred up upon its release. I couldn’t remember anything about it beyond that, so I re-watched it. The Hulu version definitely cuts out a lot of stuff (nothing graphic or inappropriate), most of it important story and plot elements for the sake of censorship, which makes no fucking sense to me when you have shows like American Horror Story that depict a full on gang-rape in detail, on the screen… but, aside from that frustration, it’s not a bad movie. It is corny with the messages it imparts, and because of the cuts it’s difficult to get a gauge on the time jumps and flashbacks. But it’s a decent drama about a subject that is quite a bit taboo to this day. CW: Strong language. References to sex and sex work. Sexual innuendo and exploitation. Drinking. Misogyny and sexism.

The Good Girl – PG (2017) [Hulu] – A short Indian, Hindi-language film about a girl that is waiting for a pregnancy test to do its thing, and all of the stressful scenarios that can occur begin to play in her mind while she waits. When she starts thinking of her parents reactions, I had the same exact stream of thoughts in my own head. But the reality and actuality of the situation ended up making me smile because it’s something that is still such a rare thing while being a huge ass deal in India and South Asian circles with some of the most damaging and traumatising effects on young girls and people who are able to have children physically. In the end, I wish that it was a longer movie, but I also think the eleven minute length gets the main point of the topic across rather nicely. RECOMMENDED. CW: Brief scene of drinking and parental rage.

Ted Bundy: American Boogeyman – R (2021) [Hulu] – A Hulu suspense thriller film about Ted Bundy, told from mostly his perspective as he hunts and murders women. This was difficult to watch because A) Chad Michael Murray is the worst fucking Ted Bundy I have ever seen in my life and B) the disrespect that the film shows by actually portraying victims deaths in gory details was absolutely horrendous. Most Bundy films are good about not doing that, but this film gave zero fucks. It is exploiting death and mayhem for the sake of shallow viewership and to compete with Netflix, and I was utterly appalled by it. It also took some liberties that I found wholly disturbing (on top of everything else) and… yeah, just… NOT FUCKING RECOMMENDED EVER. CW: Some strong language. Strong and graphic sequences of blood, gore, violence, abuse, and non-consensual sexuality against women. Drinking alcohol. Depiction of stalking and use of restraints.

The Babysitter (1995) [Hulu] – A suspense film about a young teenage babysitter whom everyone and their dad seem to fantasise about fucking. Okay, Alicia Silverstone was pretty hot when she was younger, but that still didn’t make this film good. I get it’s supposed to be one of those obnoxiously absurd type films, but it was just super cringey and… awful. It’s an hour and a half I’ll never get back… NOT RECOMMENDED. CW: Strong sexual content, including statutory rape. Alcohol drinking. Mild drug use (marijuana). Strong language. Brief rape scene and scene of cuckholding (fantasy). Infidelity. Toxic perceptions of body image.

Brazen – R (2022) [Netflix] – Another suspense mystery film based off some romance book or other about a romance writer whose sister gets murdered, so she uses all of her crime-solving savviness to help solve this mystery. How should I describe this film? Badly written? Badly acted? Boring as watching a ladybug crawl on the ground? No chemistry between the characters? Lame ass motivations? I mean, I could probably go on. Even with how terrible this was, I’d still recommend this over that Bundy abomination or the Babysitter bullshit films. Even so, NOT RECOMMENDED. CW: Some strong language. Mild sexuality. Alcohol drinking. Prep and consumption of food. Death and blood. Attempted murder.

Easy A – PG-13 (2010) [HBO] – A YA RomCom (that my nephews forced me to watch, damn them) about a young teen girl who decides to up her reputation via exaggerated sexual exploits that then come back to bite her in the ass. This was dumb, fun entertainment. It’s cheesy as you’d expect from RomComs of that era and the late 90s as well, all about self-discovery and growing up and finding that sweet, first romance. It’s a good, fluffy, feel-good watch if you’re in the mood to just check out and not have to take what you’re watching seriously. It’s cute, so in that sense, I’d RECOMMEND it. CW: Discussion and exploitation of sexuality between teenagers. Infidelity via inappropriate relations between teacher and student. Drinking alcohol and food consumption. Some cursing.

Burden of Truth Seasons 2, 3, 4 – TV-14 (2018-21) [Hulu] – This is a legal drama that I’m completely in love with for various reasons, one of which is the representation of Indigenous people of Canada, and the second being the writing. I do plan on doing a full review of this series, so in this section I will just say that if you are a fan of excellently paced and presented lawyer shows, you need to watch this as soon as you can. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. CW: Wrongful arrest and accusations. Child abuse and abandonment. Some strong language. Alcohol drinking. Kidnapping. Racism against Indigenous folx. Sexism and misogyny. Mention of infidelity and statutory rape. Attempted murder. Chronic illness. Sex trafficking and imprisonment.

Sharp Objects – TV-MA (2018) [HBO] – Based on Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name, the story follows a young reporter as she returns to her small town in order to figure out the culprit behind the disappearances of young girls, which forces her to confront her own very dark demons. I ain’t going to lie, folx. I binge-watched this entire series in one sitting. While I cannot get into Flynn’s writing style at all with respect to her books, this series was excellent. I was able to figure out who the culprit was by the end of the second episode, and when that revelation finally drops in the show, it still left me feeling hollow and in disbelief. It is a slow-burn motherfucker of a series that focuses intensely on small details and the interactions of the characters, so it’s one that you definitely want to pay attention to. There are a lot of subtexts relating to child abuse, oppressive religious upbringings and the psychological implications they leave behind, as well as self-harm, suicide, and self-destructive tendencies as a result of said abuses. It’s a hefty ass show in terms of the subject matter, but one hell of a watch if you like small town mysteries. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. CW: Heavy references to and depiction of self-harm (on-screen and off). Child abuse. Strong sexual content. Strong language. Strong depictions of alcoholism and drug abuse. Strong depictions of oppressive religious environments and upbringings. Infidelity. Missing and dead children.

Prodigal Son Season 1, 2 – TV-MA (2019-20) [HBO] – A procedural drama about a man who became a profiler after discovering his dad was a serial killer when the man was a kid. The profiler then uses his dad occasionally to help him in the apprehension of other serial killers. This is another series that I shall be reviewing very soon because, holy fucking hell, it’s brilliant. I will warn that the series was cancelled and it ticks me off to no avail because of how fucking good this series was. But I’ll save that for my review. As it stands, if you like procedural dramas with a bit of insane family dysfunctions that actually make the family more endearing, then y’all need to get off your marshmallows and watch this. SO GOOD. HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. CW: Graphic blood, gore, and deaths. Some nudity. Some language. Alcohol drinking. References to drug use. Depiction of unstable mental health and criminal institutionalism, including shock therapy. Some classism, ablism, and misogyny. Gaslighting.

American Horror Story Seasons 2, 3 – TV-MA (2012-13) [Hulu] – Season Two: Asylum follows a group of patients and doctors at a mental asylum and alternates between various time periods as it tells the stories of the different people involved at this creepy place. Season Three: Coven is about a coven of witches, specifically the war between white witches and Black Voodoo witches in New Orleans. Season Two I had to watch very slowly (mental asylums and abuse in institutionalised places like that are humongous triggers for me), so it took me all of January and a part of February to get through that one. Very good, but very, very difficult to watch. Season Three was one I wasn’t expecting to like at all because it of the graphic and serious depiction of how terribly white people treated their slaves, especially the more sadistic nobles. But I got swept away in the rivalry and then watching the racists get what was coming to them, amongst other things, it ended up becoming such a powerful season in so many ways that I became enthralled and unable to stop watching. I binged that whole season over a week at night while re-arranging my house. There were even a few times where I had to pause and just sob because of how much I could relate to specific themes. Emotionally, it’s far more gut-wrenching than the previous season. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED but with major, major cautions. CW: EVERY FUCKING THING YOU CAN THINK OF; I SAY THIS WITH COMPLETE SERIOUSNESS.

The Sinner Seasons 1, 2, 3 – TV-MA (2017-21) [Netflix] – A procedural drama type series where each season focuses on a different criminal, with the same police officer. The first season follows a young woman who kills a man but has no idea why. The second season is about the cop getting called in on a murder that happens at a motel room that takes a wild turn. The third season is about a guy who goes out driving with his best friend, then they get into a car accident and questions arise to the nature of their relationship and whether the accident was intentional or not. I love the dynamic of having a different case each season and also the slow-building of depth as more details are meticulously discovered during the investigations. This then slowly highlights a specific theme that has to do with human nature, not just the crime of the people involved, and I love that sort of thing. The acting is absolutely impeccable. The writing is also super damn good, not always perfect, but still engaging and able to surprise, which I adore in procedurals shows. It’s extremely evocative as well. I would definitely HIGHLY RECOMMEND this to fans of crime/cop shows that are a bit different from the formulaic of NCIS or Blue Bloods or whatever. CW: (Vary by season) Strong depiction of drug use, alcohol use, terminal illness, sexual content and sexual abuse. Strong language. Violence and murder. Blood and some gore. Gaslighting.

Catching Killers Season 1, 2 – TV-MA (2021-22) [Netflix] – A short non-fiction documentary series where each episode has the arresting officers and similar folx talking about the processes that eventually helped them to apprehend and convict the respective killers of those episodes. Some of the killers include BTK, The Happy Face Killer, and The Green River Killer. An excellent, short true crime show to check out if you are fascinated by serial killers and whatnot (like me). They do talk about the victims and the crimes committed in some detail, so I would definitely approach this cautiously, but what makes it so great is that each season only has four episodes, or three killers they talk about total (per season), and that makes it easier to take in via small doses. It’s also uncommon to get the story straight from the coppers involved and that adds a rather intimate touch not often depicted in true crime media. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for true crime enthusiasts. CW: Discussion of serious and disturbing crimes and violence, including but not limited to sexual violence, murder, child abuse and death, shootings, prejudice and discrimination. Some strong language.

Comfort Re-Watches:

  • Batman (1989) [Blu-Ray]
  • Batman Begins (2005) [Blu-Ray]
  • The Dark Knight (2008) [Blu-Ray]
  • I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) [Netflix]
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998) [Netflix]
  • The Nun (2018) [HBO]
  • Annabelle Comes home (2019) [HBO]
  • Annabelle Creation (2017) [HBO]
  • Godzilla (1999) [Blu-Ray]
  • Alien (1979) [Blu-Ray]

With the arrival of March, I have successfully jumped back onto the wagon of watching new things, especially horror because it is my favourite genre after science-fiction, and you know, it feels quite extraordinary to be able to do the things that bring me so much joy again. For me, it is an indicator of the improvement of my mental health and my overall well-being, which I shall never ever complain about as it’s a gift when you’re a person with terminal and chronic illnesses.

Please keep an eye out for those two TV serial reviews. One shall drop later this week and the next shall drop, well, next week. They will be spoiler-free for the most part and I cannot wait to chat about them with you because I love them with every ounce of my itty, bitty sicky heart.

I also want to say thank you for being patient with me as my blog went on a brief unexpected hiatus due to life shenanigans. Kheb was kind enough to make an appearance last week and hopefully I can keep the shindig going as we get further into 2022. God-bless and hugs to you all.

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11 thoughts on “Films & TV Shows that I Watched in January & February 2022

  1. Art films in Indian Cinema occupy their own distinct space. Though commercial films are considered the prominent genre of mainstream Indian cinema, artistic films are laudable cinematic pieces that staunchly showcase reality which often pertains to prevalent social scenario, traditions and practices. Such films are thought provoking, appealing and convincing, leaving the audience with a question, a thought or a relevant idea in their minds. These films are collectively referred to as Parallel Cinema, also Indian Art Cinema or “New Indian Cinema” by film critics or also sometimes “the Indian New Wave”.

  2. You need to review one of your favourite horror films from an allegorical point-of-view.. I feel that’d make an interesting read.

  3. Nice roundup! I’ve been curious about Sharp Objects. Too bad Brazen is no good. I heard about it from a library patron because the opening scene was actually filmed in the library I work at, so I wanted to see that one…

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