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House of Cards

By Bob on February 6, 2014 3:57 AM

House of Cards, Netflix' entry into original programming, is a terrific indie drama I overlooked when it debuted over a year ago.

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Charlotte and I corrected that mistake with a vengeance over the Christmas holiday, by binge-watching all of Season I in a handful of marathon sessions. It's wildly and deliriously addictive.

How addictive? Ever open a fresh bag of Fritos and promise you'll only eat one? Yeah, well House of Cards is the video equivalent of that fresh bag of Fritos - except it's a fresh bag of Fritos sprinkled with Crack.

House of Cards - Kevin Spacy-600.jpgThe series features Kevin Spacey in the role of a lifetime. He's plays Frank Underwood, a South Carolina Congressman who is passed over *not a spoiler* for Secretary of State in Season I. Frank decides to dole out his revenge on everyone who screwed him over. It takes him the entire 13-episodes to do it, but he hands out punishment of Biblical proportion.

Season I Original Trailer

Robin Wright (the former Mrs. Sean Penn) is Frank's co-conspirator and wife. They're the ultimate Washington D.C. power couple and their coupling makes Shakespeare's Macbeth look tame in comparison. Wright is wonderful to watch, because she's just as sleazy and manipulative as Spacey. 

SPOILER ALERT - Season II Trailer (DON'T WATCH unless you've seen Season I)

If you're a fan of political intrigue (think NBC's West Wing) or Washington drama (Seven Days in May, Failsafe, The Manchurian Candidate) then NOW would be a great time sign up for Netflix. Season II of House of Cards - all 13 episodes - will be available for viewing Feb. 14 (Hint: Great Valentine's gift). Best of all, Netflix is so confident you'll like Season II it's already renewed it for a third season. 

Looks like Charlotte better put Fritos on the grocery list.


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Playing Favorites is a column where Charlotte and I pull back the curtain on our Boomer lives to show you what we're into these days. It may be a movie we've discovered. A new restaurant. Great food. Interesting drink. A song we can't get out of our heads...it could be anything. It's all about discovery and the stuff that makes us happy. So, step inside our world and let us show you around. Don't mind the dust, the housekeeper comes on Thursday.
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Finding the right skincare routine can be like walking a tightrope. I've gotta have beauty products strong enough to do the job without sending my sometimes sensitive skin over the edge.

That's why I like to play it safe with skin-kind finds like these. They're designed to deliver powerful results with no fear of unpleasant side effects. You can pick up these budget-friendly buys at your local Target, one of my regular haunts. (I shop Friday mornings to miss the crowd.) And now to the end of October, Target is offering special discounts on these and other fan favorites from Neutrogena, Aveeno and RoC. (Check the end of this post for details.)

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When Charlotte and I aren't hip-deep in period dramas (Downton Abbey, Mr. Selfridge) we love a good crime story. Film Noir is my favorite genre (anybody up for Maltese Falcon, Diabolique or Elevator to the Gallows?) so we're always on the lookout for a new movie or series to scratch that itch.

Over the summer we hit the jackpot, by finding two gritty noir-ish series that satisfied our cravings. First we got hooked on the Netflix original series Bloodline. Then, we capped off our summer with the terrific Rectify from The Sundance Channel.

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