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Christmas gift ideas for your Stranger Things-loving friend

Many of you will be gathering around the dinner table tomorrow to devour some turkey and fixings. Chances are, some of your family members that will be eating with you will be fans of the phenomenal Stranger Things Netflix series. Perhaps you weren’t sure what to buy these people. Maybe you were thinking about something like a restaurant gift card, or cold, hard cash. And while those are certainly acceptable gifts for those you don’t know very well, a Stranger Things collectible might be a better option for fans of the Duffer Brothers series. Here are a few ideas:
Stranger Things

Personally, I liked the second season much better than the first…and that’s saying something, because I absolutely loved the first season! So whether your friends/family members/neighbors/secret Santa partners are fans of the original cast or enjoy the additions of Bob, Max, Billy, and Dr. Owens, these gift ideas will hit the mark.

It’s a Christmas miracle, Charlie Brown!

Charlie Brown on Netflix@Netflix has added several Peanuts selections for instant viewing! Everyone already has the box set that includes the standard Christmas, Thanksgiving, and Halloween specials, but now you can watch some of the lesser known Snoopy movies instantly:

Hopefully more and more awesome titles like this will be added in the near future.

Sure, Big Bird voted…but look who else is in that line!

Santa and Big Bird

Is that Santa Claus standing right behind the beloved bird? It looks like he’s been on a diet, but I’m 99.9% sure that is Mr. Kringle. Evidently he moonlights as a bodyguard in Austin, Texas, even trying to throw people off by using an assumed name: Edd O’Donnell.

Check out more pictures of Big Bird and Santa Claus here.

And if you’re still in a Big Bird mood, watch Follow That Bird on Netflix!

Just in time for Halloween…

Dreamworks Spooky Stories

Netflix has added a couple more holiday-themed titles for the kids…

So that makes five total kid-friendly Halloween shows on Netflix (I posted the other three a few weeks ago). I guess that’s better than nothing.

Halloween movies for the kiddos on @Netflix

Alvin HalloweenNetflix is a treasure trove for horror fans. From classics to newer independent releases, the connoisseur of creepy cinema will never be without something to watch.

The selections for younger viewers, however, is more limited when it comes to Halloween fare. Here are a few that I have run across; please let me know if you have found others.

Is that all there is? Surely someone else has discovered more for the little ones. Suggestions are welcomed…

ESPN Films’ 30 for 30: June 17th, 1994

I remember watching the O.J. Simpson chase on television. I was at a friend’s house, chilling in the basement, and we were glued to the screen. Well aware of the apparent suicide note and the fact that he allegedly had a gun to his head in the backseat of that white Bronco, we couldn’t help but wonder if we were seeing the last moments of the Hall of Famer’s life.

Brett Morgen’s 30 for 30: June 17th, 1994 documentary about that day is a fantastic reminder of the excitement I felt. The focus is on the Simpson chase, of course, but several other big stories were unfolding in the sports world at the same time. Arnold Palmer was playing his last U.S. Open; the New York Rangers were welcomed home after winning the Stanley Cup; the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets were in the middle of the NBA Finals. Once the Bronco was spotted on the freeway, though, no one cared about any of that.

This documentary is interesting because there is no after-the-fact commentary on the events. Morgen doesn’t interview experts or witnesses or anyone else; in fact, other than a brief introduction and a few words after the credits at the end, Morgen doesn’t even enter the picture at all. Rather, he cobbles together news reports from both local stations and national networks, along with sports broadcasts, to present the story. It is an interesting approach, and one that will keep the viewer’s attention focused.

I highly recommend watching this documentary, if you have not already seen it. You can purchase it, or if you are a Netflix Instant subscriber, you can watch it now.

The greatest baseball movie of all-time

Quick…name the greatest baseball movie of all-time!

What popped into your mind? Field of Dreams? Bull Durham? The Natural? Or perhaps you went the comedy route and picked Major League, Brewster’s Millions or The Bad News Bears (the original version, of course, with Walter Matthau…not Billy Bob Thornton).

It doesn’t matter which of the above movies you chose. As great as all of those movies are, you would be wrong to call any of them the greatest baseball movie of all-time. You see, the greatest baseball movie of all time is The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings. Please tell me you have watched it, and that you have as much appreciation for this wonderful baseball movie as I do.

Bingo Long

With stars such as Lando Calrissian Billy Dee Williams, Darth Vader James Earl Jones, and Montgomery Brewster Richard Pryor, how could you go wrong?

The movie is now available for instant viewing via Netflix’s streaming service. I’ve had it on my radar for a while, but somehow it became available to watch instantly without me noticing. I found it while adding The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training to my queue, and got so excited that I almost spilled my orange pop on the keyboard.

Have you watched Bingo Long lately? If not, give it a go!

Time to update the @Netflix queue!

A ton of new titles were added to Netflix instant streaming this morning related to Marvel comics characters.

What are you doing after church services today?

Happy birthday Freema Agyeman!

David Tennant and Freema Agyeman with the TARDIS

There have been way too many “R.I.P.” posts on The Writer’s Journey. So today I would like to say “Happy 33rd Birthday” to Freema Agyeman, better known to Whovians as Martha Jones. One of the tenth Doctor’s companions, Freema was a regular on “Doctor Who” with David Tennant from 2007-2008, and returned in 2010 for one episode. Of all the companions that have traveled with the Doctor in the new series, Martha has been my personal favorite, though I am starting to warm up to Amy Pond a bit.

“Doctor Who” is available as a streaming title on Netflix beginning with the 2005 reboot starring Christopher Eccleston, and going through the sixth season with Matt Smith. Several of the older “Doctor Who” episodes and specials are also currently streaming.

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