Sometimes I feel like I cannot do anything at all without first making some sort of list.
Making lists, for me, has a dual purpose. First, just the whole process of sitting down and thinking about a thing, looking at what’s available and pruning it down into something manageable gets me more excited about whatever it is I’m planning to do. However, the main reason I do it is to avoid decision paralysis. When confronted with the entirety of a thing, I sometimes get stuck for anywhere from hours to weeks. When instead, I have a tidy list to refer to with half a dozen choices on it, it’s a lot easier to just pick from a much smaller pool.
Since I know I want to do more new-to-me watching, I figured a good place to start would be to make a list of a half dozen or so options in each category (television and movies). Hopefully, having done the legwork ahead of time will keep me from doing the too-many-streaming-services version of channel surfing when I actually have the time and inclination to watch something.
Will I go off script? Absolutely I will! I am not restricting myself to only the things I pre-select, but I’m hoping having an easy reference will keep me from procrastination from indecision.
Television (Season, Series, or Mini-Series)
Pitch Perfect: Bumper in Berlin: Quite honestly, this is going to be ridiculous and maybe even terrible. But ever since I saw the previews for this on Peacock, I knew I had to at least try it out. The Pitch Perfect series are some of my most-watched comfort movies, and although I feel like they chose the least interesting character to make a show out of, I’m still in. [Available to stream via Peacock.]
Wayward Pines: This is one of those shows that I keep forgetting exists. I read the books this is based on quite a few years ago now, but I remember liking them quite a bit. I think, at one point, I watched a single episode, but I’d like to give it a fair shake and at least watch the first season. [Available to stream via Hulu.]
The Alienist: I absolutely loved the book, and have read it a few times. When the series was announced, I was excited, but didn’t have any way to watch it. I recently noticed that it’s now available on HBO, so that made this one an easy choice. [Available to stream via HBOMax.]
Nine Perfect Strangers: I was interested in this one when I first heard about it, but decided to wait and read the book first. I have accepted that I’m probably not going to read the book anytime soon, so I might as well watch the show anyway. [Available to stream via Hulu.]
Tell Me Your Secrets: This Amazon original has gotten some … less than favorable … reviews. I’d like to watch it anyway, because I’m a huge fan of Lily Rabe, and I haven’t seen her in much outside of American Horror Story. [Available to stream via Amazon Prime Video.]
The Devil’s Hour: This show was 100% not even on my radar. I only noticed it when browsing around for things that might spark my interest, and bam. I’m a sucker for any kind of creepy, possibly supernatural mystery. [Available to stream via Amazon Prime Video.]
The Menu: Okay, this one is pretty much brand new, and it just recently dropped on HBOMax, so I likely would have carved out the time for this one even if I wasn’t making a concerted effort to watch more new-to-me stuff. I’m not 100% sure why this film in particular has captured my interest so completely, as I know very little about what it’s about, but it is definitely at the top of my movie watchlist. [Available to stream via HBOMax.]
Hotel Artemis: I feel like this movie just came out, so I was surprised to see it actually released in 2018. I told you I’m behind on my movies. This one is a weird, semi-post-apocalyptic movie about criminals, so obviously, that’s right up my alley.
The Innocents: This one was on my Halloween movie watch list, but I never got around to it. It looks like it might be a little more cerebral and artsy than I typically gravitate towards when it comes to horror, but I’ve heard nothing but really good things about it. Unfortunately, this is the only one that I don’t currently have access to via one of my subscription services, but I’m willing to pony up a rental for it. [Available to stream via AMC+ or for rental on Amazon Video.]
The Greatest Showman: I have zero excuse for not having seen this. Zero. It’s time to remedy that. [Available to stream via Disney+.]
Moana: There was a time when I watched pretty much every Disney animated movie, but that time was quite a few years ago now. I would like to start filling in those gaps, and this seems like as good of a choice as any. [Available to stream via Disney+.]
Escape Room: I love any movie where they trap people in a room and maybe (probably) most of them end up dead. I can’t explain it. I’ve wanted to see this one for awhile, but it keeps being only on streaming services I don’t have. When I saw that it’s available on Starz, I figured it was probably time. [Available to stream via Starz.]