So many shows, so little time! Fortunately, Birdie makes it easy to decide your next binge watch through the power of personal recommendations. If you’re wondering what we’ve been watching this past month, look no further. We’ve summed up five of our favorite movies and series to stream this May – and some great things to watch with Mom for Mother’s Day!
The Thing About Pam
The Thing About Pam is a true-crime series based on the 2011 murder of Betsy Faria and the following trial. This story is so layered, unpredictable, and just plain WEIRD that it became a hit podcast, and Dateline’s episodes covering the case in 2014 were among their most successful ever. The style of the show starts out wacky and campy, but quickly turns as Renée Zellweger’s performance sharpens to one of calculated crisis. Also, it’s only 6 episodes, so easy to binge and fewer opportunities for your mom to fall asleep during an episode and then wake up and then insist that you rewind the last 15 seconds over and over forever in perpetuity amen….or is that only our moms? Okay, nvm!
What the Flock is Saying: “so crazy and campy but really fun! Gets REAL in the second half of the season, wild ride”
Awkwafina makes her dramatic debut in *The Farewell*, a story about a multi-generational family who returns to China for a wedding. The thing is, the wedding is fake; completely staged as a way for the family to gather around, celebrate, and discreetly say good-bye to Nai Nai – the family’s matriarch who is the only one who doesn’t know her illness has become terminal. Phenomenal performances in this hilarious yet gutturally heartbreaking film make this movie a must-watch.
What the Flock is Saying: “Shuzhen is a revelation. This thing had me bawling. Everyone sees a bit of their own grandparents in this, right?”
If you liked The Farewell, watch The Big Sick for another story about cultural differences, the impact illness has on relationships, and what we realize to be most important.
There is no one like Julia Child. From her iconic voice (and that laugh!) to the joy she infused into every dish, there is no doubt that she revolutionized the accessibility of cooking. Julia portrays Child’s life in a new way, focusing on her relationships, tenacity, charm, and ingenuity. It’s truly a delightful watch – just make sure you have a ton of snacks on hand!
What the Flock is Saying: “shows the goofiness of who Julia was, and how she has an idea and a passion late in life and DOES it!”
The Stepford Wives (2004)
The town of Stepford is every family’s dream. White picket fences, manicured lawns, and neighbors that are….extremely friendly. The Stepford Wives may seem antiquated at first glance, but absolutely worth a watch with a wickedly smart script, timeless jokes, and a star-studded cast your mom will LOVE to call out as she sees them on the screen (Bette Middler! Glenn Close! Nicole Kidman! Matthew Broderick! Christopher Walken! Roger Bart! That guy from that thing!).
What the Flock is Saying: “this is such a crazy movie. honestly hilarious and in 2022 – it holds up!”
If you liked The Stepford Wives, check out Serial Mom for another satire about the unraveling of utopian family ideals.
The Biggest Little Farm
You’ve never seen a story like this before- and neither has your mom! The Biggest Little Farm is a documentary following the story of John and Molly Chester, who work to develop a natural and organic sustainable farm on 200 acres outside of LA. Their tale is fascinating, inspiring, and gorgeous – John (the filmmaker)’s background is in wildlife cinematography.
What the Flock is Saying: “You guys! Watch this movie! You’ll want a farm (then definitely NOT want a farm). If nothing else do it for the epic baby piglet footage”
If you liked The Biggest Little Farm, try Pick of the Litter for another feel-good (but action packed!) film about the power of nature and animals.