Spotlight, Love and other media things

Love-Netflix original

Love-Netflix Original series

Yesterday, I finished my binge watching of Love on Netflix. And today, I am sad, not only because it is rainy-cold and gross here in Indiana, but because I want to know what happens next. This doesn’t happen with everything I watch on Netflix. It did with the first two seasons of Orange Is The New Black and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. However, not with Season 3 of OINB and I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch The Making of a Murderer, I like ‘lite’ right now and that one is too heavy for this season of my life.
Maybe Fuller House will be my next binge-there is NO mistaking the lite-cheese-factor in that one.

But Love certainly filled a need for me. Quirky-awkward characters are my thing ( I identify with them). Mickey and Gus (Mickey calls him Gus Gus in one scene which reminds me of Cinderella) are realistically flawed people (people I have known in my life) and they get each other, but they don’t truly get themselves so they can’t honestly get each other. Make sense?

Mickey is a recovering addict (name it, she is probably addicted to it) who just don’t have enough faith in people (or herself) to be honest with them-including Gus. Gus is a TV/film set tutor who on the surface has it all figured out. But like most of us, when you get to know him you see how insecure he is.

And you watch their relationship go from friendship to romantic to sabotage on both of their behalves to (some) acceptance of their individual flaws.

The show is probably not for everyone. But it’s worth giving a try to see if it’s for you.

Spotlight-The movie

Spotlight movie

Also, last night Chris and I  watched Spotlight. As someone who spent the first 10 years of my career in a newsroom, I was so excited to see this movie. My husband is a former Catholic so it appealed to him and he likes a good true story and one that deals with injustice.

In all honesty, I need to watch it again. But my first impression is, although the story (the true story) is excellent…I didn’t feel like the acting was exceptional and I know Mark Ruffalo and Rachel McAdams are both up for best acting nod, but I’ve seen do better. And I liked Michael Keaton better in The Paper-another movie that takes place in a newsroom.

I’d still recommend watching the movie. The story is important and seeing how the Catholic church did all they could to cover-up what was going on and how The Boston Globe had all the pieces to uncover this story years earlier but didn’t put them together. It also goes to show you how our own religious beliefs can play into our lives and our work.

Other media: Twitter

G+ Vs Twitter

I met Lorraine Ball, of roundpeg, a couple years ago at MixWest. She is incredibly smart and up-to-date on the field of PR and marketing. I got an email today from rp about Twitter and specifically, is Twitter dead for small businesses? Since I have never been a huge Tweeter (I’m pretty sure that’s not even a word or the right lingo around Twitter) I have never put as much stock into the Twitter world-at least not for small business.

And today’s email confirmed that for me (or at least made me realize my thoughts are not unfounded). Twitter for small business has been down since 2012 and this year is no exception.

Like Love, I believe Twitter isn’t for everyone. A lot of people jumped on the bandwagon but have now found it’s not for their business or haven’t mastered the art of a marketing campaign that fits into a 140 character world.

That being said, roundpeg put out a great blog post about Google +, which I confess, I am still a bit baffled by. I’ve dabbled, but have thought about how to use G+ effectively in marketing.

When G+ first came out I thought it was going to be a flop in the world of Google, and be gone within a couple years…however it’s still here. So maybe it’s time to research a move from Twitter to G+ for some of my clients.

Are you on Google+? How do you use it? I’d be interested in knowing.

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