Netflix and Beautify: June 2016

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What’s leaving and coming to Netflix in June 2016, and the products you need for condolence or celebration

Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away; a plethora of new shows and movies are added each month to Netflix, but this also means that current content is removed. Join us here each month, as we cherry pick what to look forward to—and what to binge before it disappears forever! And because “Netflix and beautify” should be a thing, we’ll highlight an apropos beauty product to enhance your chill time.

WHAT’S LEAVING NETFLIX IN JUNE: For full list of departures, check here)

June 1st: Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) If you’re a fan of writer Helen Fielding’s neurotic but lovable everywoman, Bridget Jones, you’ll want to watch this one last time before it vanishes. Get reacquainted with Renee Zellweger’s portrayal of the indomitable Bridget, because in September 2016 we get a new chapter in her life: Bridget Jones’s Baby.

The Station Agent (2003) I’m a little mad the Netflix gods are taking this one away, because this is such a good flick. Starring Peter Dinklage, Patricia Clarkson and Bobby Cannavale, it’s the story of Finbar McBride (Dinklage) as an antisocial train enthusiast. As an individual with dwarfism, Fin is used to scrutiny and keeps to himself—until he is pulled into new relationships that challenge everything. His performance here is one that made me a major Dinklage fan.

June 24th: Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me (2013) Elaine Stritch remains a Broadway legend, and this moving, funny, and brutally honest piece serves as her legacy. You hear sparkling anecdotes from the lady herself, along with commentary from friends like Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin (who could forget Stritch’s performance as Jack’s acerbic mother in 30 Rock).

June 30th: Sophie’s Choice (1982) It’s been years and years since I’ve seen this, but I’m going to grab a box of tissues, prepare myself mentally, and dive back in. Adapted from the equally heartbreaking William Styron novel of the same name, this stars Meryl Streep as Sophie, a Holocaust survivor now living in New York. Through her burgeoning relationship with a writer, Sophie is forced to look back at her past, including the fate of her children in Auschwitz. It is a grim portrait, to be sure, and the book and film became so lodged in the public consciousness that people use the phrase “Sophie’s choice” to describe a difficult decision. (But, stop doing that, because it’s really disrespectful).

WHAT’S COMING TO NETFLIX IN JUNE: For full list of departures, (check here)

June 1st: Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez (2015) I’m excited for this documentary that limns the life and work of famed Columbian writer Marquez. The Boston Globe describes this doc as one that “”Explores the ways in which the creative imagination can transform the raw material of life-time, memory, history, even the stone and soil of the earth itself-into illuminating works of art.” If this film holds even a tenth of the magic that Marquez’s writing does, I’m all in.

June 15th: TransFatty Lives (2015) This looks funny, intriguing, and sad as hell—it’s the story of TransFatty, (Patrick O’Brien) an NYC based DJ and director who filmed his descent into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). The documentary chronicles what happens along the way, including O’Brien’s loss of speech, motion and the ability to eat or breathe on his own. It looks like he tempers this blow with humor and introspection, and his websites reports that “At 40, Patrick has completed this film by typing directions to his editors with the movements of his pupils.” Yep, definitely watching this.

June 17th: Orange is the New Black: Season 4 Here’s what happens every time a new OITNB season airs—I pretend I’m going to savor it and watch an episode here and there. Then, I get sucked in and do the whole “just one more episode” thing and before I know it, I’ve binged all of it. Taystee, Poussey, Red—I’VE MISSED YOU. Here are just a few things on tap—when we left the ladies behind last season, Sophia was in the SHU, Alex was facing a goon in the greenhouse, and a Martha Stewart-esque prisoner just arrived.

June 29th: Life (2015) I’m curious to check this film out; it features Robert Pattinson as Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock and is based on the friendship between Stock and James Dean. Playing Dean is a tall order, but actor Dane DeHaan looks like he pulls it off.


Netflix and beautify pick: We’ve gotta go with an homage to OITNB. It’s fascinating to see how women in prisons adapt their beauty routines, using everything from colored pencils as eyeliner to petroleum jelly and drink packets for blush and lip stain. On this side of the law, a gorgeous cheek stain is the Stila Aqua Glow™ Watercolor Blush in Water Blossom. This is the perfect stain for summer—a Kool-Aid bright, pinky violet that can go subtle or bold, depending on application. I’ve been wearing it every day and love how brightening and pretty it is.

we heartsters: What’s on your to-watch list for June? If you had to serve a stint in prison, do you think you’d utilize any beauty hacks?

Amity writes and teaches in Central PA. Her obsessions include: Rodarte (she can’t afford any Rodarte, mind you, but a girl can dream), espresso, books, vintage/thrift fashion and fountain pens. She thinks you should dress like a weirdo once in a while, just to shake things up.



Amity teaches rhetoric, composition, and creative writing in Central PA. Her non-fiction has appeared in xojane and Story, as well as on Snap Judgement and This American Life; her fiction has appeared in Hobart. She is the cohost of Bone Palace Ballet, a true crime podcast focusing on murder, mysteries, and the macabre.

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