FIVE THINGS I LOVE: MAY EDITION

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This is an almost all-Netflix edition of Five Things I Love!

What can I say? I love Netflix. (#6.)

(5) The second season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: The first season was mostly good for me, but I thought it had a few awkward misses. But the new second season—I'm halfway through—has been GREAT, so far. I'm loving the Robert Durst jokes, Titus's construction worker beau, and Now That Sounds Like Music! And it still makes me giddy to see a redhead in a starring role.

(4) Inside Man: When I saw this was streaming on Netflix, I knew I'd be watching it again. This was my fourth viewing since it was released in 2006. The list of actors here is straight-up bananas—Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jodie Foster, Christopher Plummer, and Willem Dafoe. And for being a relatively straightforward movie about bank robbery, director Spike Lee laces it with an intriguing yet subtle amount of racial tension. I'll be happy to watch this movie again in another two years.

(3) The People vs. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story: Cameo by Hulu! A lot of people have already told you to watch this. You should listen to them. I was in middle school during the OJ Simpson trial, so I knew all the names, and I knew about the murders and the Bronco chase, but I completely missed what made the trial a sensation—its inherent racism and misogyny. For a miniseries starring Cuba Gooding Jr., David Schwimmer, and John Travolta (not quite the cast of Inside Man), it's kind of shocking that it's so riveting. But it is. It's solid. The script is excellent, and Sarah Paulson as Marcia Clark is (expectedly) a standout. My husband and I inhaled all ten episodes on a single Saturday.

(2) Murdoch Mysteries: It's basically a PBS mystery series that's never aired on PBS. I've heard that this show is huuuuuugly popular in other countries, but most Americans have never even heard of it. If you love PBS/BBC type historical shows, if you love Bones, if you love watching things be cleverly invented decades before they were actually invented (Lie detectors! Clue! Twitter!)—you should watch this Canadian show. It's fun, smart, and charming. And it has nine glorious seasons. Crabtree 4eva!

(1) Green Room: Cameo by a movie theater near you! From the writer/director of Blue Ruin (AWESOME REVENGE MOVIE), Patrick Stewart plays a white supremacist who, for various unfolding reasons, is holding a punk band captive in his remote venue's green room. The intelligent, suspenseful, honest, and grisly thriller-horror screenplay is so perfect—perfect for me—that I watched this film twice. I saw it on Sunday night, and then I was back at the theater again on Monday morning. You have to like realistic hardcore movies to like this one, but if that's your thing . . . THIS is your thing. It's only been a week, and it's already one of my all-time favorite horror films.