Trending Movies & Mini Series
By Dina Kawwa ‘20
1. The Edge of Seventeen: The Edge of Seventeen was released on November 18, 2016, but was only released on Netflix recently this month.
Description: The Edge of Seventeen is a coming-of-age comedy about a high school junior, Nadine, whose life takes an unexpected turn when her all-star older brother starts dating her only friend Krista. Nadine feels more lonely than ever before until she befriends a boy named Erwin who shows her that life isn't actually as terrible as she may have thought.
My opinion on the movie: I personally loved this movie because it showed that although growing up comes with difficulties and hardships, it is still a very important part of life. I thought the acting was great and you can clearly see what the characters were feeling and how they felt during each situation. I would recommend this movie to anybody who enjoys coming-of-age movies or just comedies in general.
2. The Ted Bundy Tapes: The Ted Bundy Tapes were released for the first time on Netflix on January 24, 2019.
Description: Two journalists set out to investigate the exact story of an infamous serial killer, Ted Bundy, that raped and killed numerous women, as told by Ted Bundy himself. It is a look inside his mind and shows actual footage and audios made while Ted Bundy was on death row. It talks about his entire life, from his early life all the way until the moment he died.
My opinion on the mini-series: This mini-series kept me on the edge of my seat from the first episode until the last. I found it very interesting because it had given me an insight into the mind of a serial killer/rapist. What surprises me the most about this is that it is a first-hand series on the life of Ted Bundy. It took me on the journey of his life which many may find too creepy to watch. I would recommend this to anybody who enjoys crime documentaries. However, if you are scared easily, then I don't think this will be the right pick for you.
3. Abducted in Plain Sight: Abducted in Plain Sight was released May 26, 2017, but only came to Netflix recently this year.
Description: This crime documentary tells the story of Jan Broberg, who was kidnapped twice by a trusted family friend and neighbor Robert Berchtold. Her family fell prey to the manipulative charms of their neighbor, which is what led to Jan's abduction.
My opinion on the movie: This documentary had me glued to my screen because of how intense it was. The part that interested me the most was how easily manipulated the family was to Robert's charm. It teaches their viewers that not everybody is to be trusted, even people you think you know really well. Some may find this to be disturbing, but if you enjoy crime documentaries, this may be the movie for you.
Trending TV Shows
By Mikayla Mainolfi ‘20
1. The Umbrella Academy: Released February 15, 2019, on Netflix
Description: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his "children" to save the world. In their teenage years, though, the family fractures and the team disbands. Fast forward to the present time, when the six surviving members of the clan reunite upon the news of Hargreeves' passing. They work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father's death, but divergent personalities and abilities again pull the estranged family apart, and a global apocalypse is another imminent threat. The series is based on a collection of comics and graphic novels created and written by My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way.
My opinion after watching the first season: I loved this show so much. It has everything you could want in a superhero show, including great actors in a quirky, dark, violent, comic adaptation. The characters in Umbrella Academy are each complex and intriguing. The storylines of each character are so well-written and intertwined with the story. Each character has a different ability and they all work together as a family. This show would be good to watch with your friends or families, or even just binge the show. If you love superhero TV shows or movies, this is definitely your new favorite show.
2. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann: Released March 15th, 2019 on Netflix
Description: This Eight-part series details and investigates the disappearance of Madeleine Mccann, a 3-year-old girl from England who went missing in Portugal while on holiday with her family. Madeleine disappeared on the evening of May 3rd, 2007, from her bed in a holiday apartment in Praia da Luz. In Portugal, it is considered to be “the most heavily reported missing-person case in modern history.” Her whereabouts remain unknown.
My opinion: This show broke my heart. This story is so important because of how relevant it is. One major area the show explores is sex trafficking. Sex trafficking is growing in our world and it is important to be aware of this subject even if it is hard to watch. The series explores theories that have formed online and analyzes the evidence collected by the Portugal police. This series does such a great job of explaining the events that took place and how everything occurred. It was very interesting to see how the parents of Madeline were treated by the press. Some still have their own theories, some in which believe the parents were involved. Another thing I found interesting was that other kids who had gone missing in Portugal hadn’t given the same resources or attention. Please keep in mind while watching that Maddie is still missing after 11 years, and please say a prayer for her and all those who are still trying to get justice. I definitely recommend watching especially if you would like to know more about her disappearance.