What to Binge Watch Over the Holidays, According to Milk Makeup HQ
by Abby McIntosh
We can all agree that the best part of the holidays is being surrounded by various bowls of snacks. We can also probably agree that the second best part of the holidays is enjoying some peace and quiet for a few days after multiple awkward family meals complete with deep interrogations about your future. That’s why we took a lap around Milk Makeup HQ and rounded up our staff’s favorite shows and movies to binge watch — so when you finally have a second to yourself, you can do what you do best: Eat more snacks and click the ‘Continue Watching’ button.
Paul (E-Commerce Manager): I just watched The Hunger, which is an ‘80s cult-classic featuring David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and Catherine Deneuve. In a few sentences: Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie are vampire lovers on the Upper East Side. David Bowie is suddenly rapidly aging. Catherine Deneuve tries to get in touch with a doctor, played by Susan Sarandon, who she identifies as her next vampire companion. I really like the whole vibe and aesthetic of the movie in general; there’s a lot of classic music in it, which I enjoy, but the cast alone is enough of a reason to watch it.
Michael (Office Assistant): The Stanford Prison Experiment on Netflix is a good one that I watched recently. It really shows how different personalities handle power; some people are scared of having power and some people will hurt people to gain more of it.
Rhonda (Senior Packaging Designer): I’m watching Breaking Bad because everyone always talks about it and says it’s the best show ever, so I feel like I have to watch it now. It’s pretty badass so far, and I can tell that there’s a lot of badassery ahead. I also watched Homecoming with Julia Roberts and it was pretty good.
Genise (Manager): I really enjoyed Haunting of Hill House. Schitt’s Creek is also so hilarious! And I just watched The Sinner with Jessica Biel; it’s about a traumatized young girl who has to figure out why she kills a stranger in front of her son and husband, so it’s a really good drama and murder mystery.
Valentina (MUA Relationships + Gifting Coordinator): I’m watching Sick Note with Rupert Grint. It’s a very witty dark comedy about a guy who gets misdiagnosed with cancer, but everyone starts being nice to him so he keeps faking it, but it develops into a very dark comedy.
Emily (Editorial Director): I’m recently obsessed with The Great British Bake Off. I randomly started the two newest seasons on Netflix and finished them within days. I love watching the methodical way the bakers cook and how they can accomplish such complicated works of art in the time and space constraints they’re given. The pastries are beautiful to look at, but the relationships on the show are as sweet as what the bakers are preparing. Everyone is so nice and supportive; it’s refreshing in a reality show. When judge Paul Hollywood reaches out to give a handshake of approval, my heart melts every single time. Now that I’ve breezed through the new seasons, I’m going to go back and watch the originals. I even made (extremely basic) blueberry muffins, inspired by the show.
Also, I’m rewatching Gossip Girl from the beginning and I recently started Dirty John (inspired by a true, freaky story) on Bravo. Counting down ‘til I can binge-watch in bed during the break.
Also! (I know, I watch a lot of things.) Everyone should see Free Solo, the true story of free solo-er Alex Honnold. He scales mountains without any ropes or safety equipment and I was shaking/sweating the whole time. It’s a wild ride.
Hannah (Product Development Coordinator): I’m watching Handmaid’s Tale, obv, because it’s very timely and you really feel for the characters. I [usually] don’t feel for anyone, so that’s how you know it’s real. And definitely Black Mirror. My top two episodes are Hang the DJ and Shut Up And Dance. Also, all of the Marvel shows are good but start with Dare Devil if you watch them.
Abby (Editorial Assistant): I’ve been watching a lot of Chopped Junior because I can’t handle the intensity of adult cooking competitions. The contestants are, like, eight years old and so sweet, and the judges are way less harsh. I’m also obsessed with this YouTube channel called Pasta Grannies; it’s literally just videos of old ladies from different regions in Italy showing you how they make pasta. And then another good one that I just finished watching on Netflix is Neo Yokio, Ezra Koenig’s new anime (yeah, I know, I know…) about an alternate modern-day New York.