I often spend hours upon hours scrolling through the endless options on Netflix and have an incredibly difficult time settling on a movie or TV show. I find myself asking the same questions: Do I watch the movie I have seen a hundred times or try something new? Should I watch this documentary even though I already have a pre-determined bias against it or will it open my eyes?
In the past month, I can honestly say that my persistence and patience with scrolling through Netflix has paid off. This is because I found four gems on Netflix that are definitely worth your time.
Who doesn’t like Chipotle? I am often extremely jealous of how such a simple idea can generate millions of dollars. While watching the documentary didn’t eliminate my envy (in fact, it made it worse!), it was fascinating to see how the CEO of Chipotle, Steve Ells, turned his small Mexican food restaurant into a household name.
The short documentary is a perfect length to hold your attention, but still explain everything you would want to know. Without spoiling anything, it was interesting to learn how McDonald’s played a vital role in Chipotle’s rise to success and how they benefited themselves.
Overall, this was a great find and I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The timing of the documentary on Mitt Romney was interesting to me. I was curious as to if people would watch it nearly two years after the close election of 2012. To my great surprise, the documentary was extremely telling of the man Mitt Romney is and fascinating to watch the most intimate moments of the election behind the scenes. The most compelling scene was the quietness of the room of Mitt Romney and his family members at the moment they realized he lost the election. Romney tried to break the ice and said “Does anyone have the President’s phone number?”
Generally, the American public has a distinct view of Mitt Romney as an extremely wealthy Mormon who is out of touch with reality. However, this documentary gives great perspective into his true reality. He appears to be an incredibly family man — a husband, father and grandfather who they all adore. The movie makes him seem more real and not just some billionaire business man. I honestly think if the voters were able to see this personable side of Mitt Romney during the election, he would have won.
Overall, this was an insightful and entertaining movie that I would give 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The classics never die! Seeing Happy Gilmore on Netflix is like hitting a hole in one (pun intended). When all else fails during your Netflix search, turn to the angry hockey player turned professional golfer with an unorthodox approach to the game that drives everyone crazy. You simply cannot go wrong with this great slapstick comedy that has one-liners you will be repeating for years to come such as: “Just tap it in. Give it a little tap tap. Tap Tap Tapperoo.”
Looking back, it was interesting to see Julie Bowen, who played Virginia Bennett in Happy Gilmore, after her recent fame on Modern Family. Her hairstyle in this movie is phenomenal and a genuine throwback to the ’90s.
Overall, I give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars and would consider it a perfect fall-back choice on Netflix if you can’t find anything new to watch.
Enjoying and episode of UnderCover Boss was the biggest surprise to me. I am not a big fan of reality TV shows and cannot honestly even tell you why I chose to watch this. However, I was pleasantly surpassed and fascinated to watch the CEO of 7-Eleven go undercover in his own company and find out what was happening on the ground level.
This provides true insights into how much CEOs actually know about what their front-line employees are doing. And vice-versa, how much the front-line employees are not doing what they are supposed to be doing. The dynamics of the CEO going undercover are fun and entertaining to watch. While I am not sure how many episodes of this show I would watch, I enjoyed it much more than I expected to which was a nice surprise.
Overall, I would give it 3.5 stars out of 5.