Did you miss me?
I’ve been MIA on I LOVE THESE THINGS for awhile. Sorry about that. I blame the holidays and a new project I’m working on.
The holidays…well, even though I changed the direction of my blog over a year ago, I still has this “private” Facebook Room where we had shared deals and information for the past two years. I went back and forth about keeping it and in the end decided “what the heck” and have been running and moderating it (and it’s over 2,000) members this holiday season.
Can I tell you something? It’s a hoot. It’s fun to interact with everyone on a more personal level and watch people help each other find amazing deals on their “holiday list”.
And then I’ve been working a secret project that I will sharing with you sometime in January. It’s been a labor of love and I’m really proud of myself for stepping outside of my comfort zone. And because I don’t want to be a total tease…I’ll give you a hint. Fashion. 40. Confidence.
And since it is winter, I’ve been binge watching like a crazy person. In fact, I make look like this woman.
#showhole is no laughing matter, peeps. I’m an addict and NEED my next binge-watching fix…so like a good enabler, I’m sharing with you my past, present and future binge-watches.
Did you grow up in the 80s? Do you remember Nancy Reagan and “Just Say No” to drugs? Do you remember that Columbia and Cocaine were always used in the same sentence?
And then I watched this show.
In a nutshell, this Netflix Series is the “dramatized” portrayal of Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel rise to power in Columbia in the 70s and 80s. Add to that, the effort of the United States DEA, FBI and CIA along with Columbian Authorities to bring him down.
You think you know the story. You lived during those decades, right?
I promise you, you don’t know squat. You will go….”WHAT? Americans did WHAT?” or “How much money did they say Pablo made every day?” or “Our money was given to the Contras and it actually went to Pablo? WHAT?!?”
It makes the gangsters in movies like Goodfellas and Casino, look like Mr. Rogers Neighborhood in comparison to the kind of power Pablo Escobar had in Columbia.
Again, if you were a child of the 80s, you’ll love all the flashbacks, you’ll be shocked at everything you didn’t know, and you’ll root and hate Pablo at the same time.
2. The Man In The High Castle
So imagine that the Axis Powers (Germany, Italy and Japan) won World War II. What would the United States look like?
In this Amazon Original Series, The Man in the High Castle examines that exact thought. The United States has been split into three areas…the Japanese territory under Emperor control (made up of everything West of the Rockies), a neutral zone (from the Rockies to the Mississippi River) and a German territory under Nazi control (east of the Mississippi River).
The Japanese and Germans are in their own form of the Cold War…the Japanese are jealous of German’s technology. The German’s want total control. And then there is a pesky resistance on both sides who just wants to be free.
Add in these crazy newsreels that show up every so often of an alternative universe where the Allied Powers have won and everyone wants their hands on them…the Germans, the Japanese, the Rebellion and The Man in the High Castle.
It’s part spy-thriller. Part historic-fiction. Part science-fiction. And part drama. But, it is definitely “pull you all the way in” with their character development and cliff-hanger episode endings.
3. Showtime or Starz for $8.99
Oh, Amazon. I think I may have fallen in love with you even more.
Amazon announced you can purchase either a Showtime or Starz Add-Ons for $8.99 per month.
What does this mean? It means you get access to all of the original programing, plus movies for each channel.
For example, if you added-on Starz, you would gain access to Outlander or White Queen, along with movies like Maleficent, Big Hero 6, Guardian of the Galaxy and more.
If you added Showtime, you would gain access to Homeland (I’m am peeing my pants on this one), House of Lies, as well as access to all the Showtime sports shows including Inside the NFL and Showtime Boxing.
It’s a great way to add to your television enjoyment without paying an arm and a leg and you can cancel at any time.
And if you sign up now, you can get a FREE 7-day pass to start your binge watching experience.
NO more SHOWHOLE for us!!
Now if you will excuse me, I’ll be under a blanket, in front of the television with a glass or bottle of wine and getting my Homeland on.
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