Quarantine Diaries: Escaping 2020 with Historical Dramas/Period Films

So we’re all on the same page when it comes to 2020 being the worst year in existence, right? Yeah? Okay, cool.

I’ve found comfort in trying to escape all these horrid happenings (i.e. COVID-19, murder hornets, God knows what else) by watching historical dramas and period films on Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drama is my favorite genre, and I love seeing the cool costumes and set design that goes into making the scenes look realistic for the time periods they are set in.

Below are a few of the films I’ve enjoyed during quarantine so far.

Mansfield Park (1999)
Time Period: 1810s

This film is based on the Jane Austen novel of the same name. Fans of the Amazon Prime series Rome will enjoy seeing James Purefoy (Mark Antony) and Lindsay Duncan (Servilia of the Junii) star as Thomas Bertram Jr. and Mrs. Price respectively.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

W./E. (2011)
Time Period: 1930s/1990s

Directed by Madonna, this film has some stunning cinematography despite it’s negative reviews. I happened to really enjoy the story of Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. Wally Winthrop’s obsession with the couple is a bit excessive as she visited the Sotheby’s exhibit daily, but I still found this movie to have its charms nonetheless.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Love and Friendship (2016)
Time Period: 1790s

This movie took me a whole three days to finish because it was super boring at the beginning. The excitement in this drama begins at the very end, which made me wish they had incorporated more humor in the moments leading to the climax. Based on the Jane Austen novella Lady Susan.

My rating: ⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

A Little Chaos (2014)
Time Period: 17th Century

Who doesn’t love a strong, independent female lead like Kate Winslet’s character Sabine de Barra?! I adored everything about this film, from the landscape architecture to the romance between Sabine and André Le Nôtre.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Netflix

Troop Zero (2019)
Time Period: 1970s

This film has Viola Davis death stares galore! A must watch for anyone who is a fan of the amazing Viola Davis. I legit almost cried at the end of this but my tears dried up well before they fell when I saw the rest of the troop stand in solidarity with Christmas Flint.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

North & South (2004)
Time Period: 1850s

This BBC serial is a four-parter that will for sure reel you in from the moment you meet John Thornton. Based on the 1855 novel by Elizabeth Gaskell, this serial gave me Pride & Prejudice vibes through and through.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

The Rain Collector (2015)
Time Period: Victorian Era

This amazing short left me wanting more! A brilliant young woman finds love unexpectedly as she goes against the expectations of women in Victorian England through her love of science.

My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Watch on Amazon Prime

 

Stay safe and stay home!

 

 

8 Not-So-Spooky Halloween Movies

Halloween Movies

I’m going to be honest here: I do not like scary movies. I just cannot sit in front of a screen while a character is being repeatedly tortured, brutally murdered and/or frightened to near death. Call me a scaredy-cat, a wimp or any other names you want–I don’t care.

I’m sure I’m not the only one, and this distaste doesn’t have ruin your Halloween film-watching escapades. No need to jump out of your PJs screaming, because here’s a list of eight not-so-spooky Halloween movies for you to enjoy!

1. Corpse Bride (2005): This move was created with so much beautiful artistry that there’s no time to feel afraid by it. Those who love a little bit of romance will enjoy this Tim Burton classic.


2. Young Frankenstein (1974): 
Turn your screams into laughs with this hilarious parody version of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Who would have thought that such a horrid disaster could be so funny?


3. Disturbia (2007): 
It’s kind of hard to believe they were able to work some funny bits into this film. Become a spy while Kale, a student on house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher solves a neighborhood crime.

4. Vacancy (2007): Check into Pinewood Motel with Amy and David–or don’t actually, because you might end up the victim of snuff film. The couple’s paranoia becomes mildly laughable in some scenes.

 5. Warm Bodies (2013): Who doesn’t love a hopelessly romantic zombie? Warm Bodies will indeed warm your entire body, from the inside out.

6. Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It (2007): This family film is based on an R.L. Stine book of the same name. Oh, and the “evil thing”? I dare you NOT to think about it.

7. Edward Scissorhands (1990): A bedtime story about a man with scissors for hands who doesn’t try to intentionally harm people, and he even styles hair?! Where can I find him?

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8. Oscar’s Hotel (2014): Unlike Vacancy‘s Pinewood Hotel, Oscar’s Hotel is one you might actually want to check into. This short film by YouTuber PJ Liguori (KickThePJ) is loads of fun, featuring monsters, a crazy uncle, and YouTubers Mitchell Davis (livelavalive) and Chris Kendall (crabstickz).

 

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Have a happy and safe Halloween 2014!

Books That Will Be Released as Movies in 2014

Fandoms of all book series of the world unite!

2014 will be a year packed with amazing films based on some of the best selling books from previous years.

There are so many to keep up with, so here’s a list of movies to look out for this year:

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Endless Love
based on the book by Scott Spencer
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Starring: Alex Pettyfer and Gabriella Wilde

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Winter’s Tale
based on the novel by Mark Helprin
Release Date: February 14, 2014

Starring: Jennifer Connelly and Russell Crowe

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Divergent based on the novel by Veronica Roth

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Starring: Shailene Woodley, Kate Winslet, and Theo James

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Noah
based on the Biblical story of Noah’s Ark
Release Date: March 28, 2014

Starring: Emma Watson, Russell Crowe, and Logan Lerman

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The Fault in Our Stars based on the novel by John Green

Release Date: June 6, 2014
Starring: Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff


The Hundred-Foot Journey
based on the novel by Richard C. Morais
Release Date: August 8, 2014
Starring: Helen Mirren, Madame Mallory, and Om Purri


The Giver
based on the book by Lois Lowry
Release Date: August 15, 2014
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Brandon Thwaites, Meryl Streep, and Taylor Swift


This is Where I Leave You base
d on the novel by Jonathan Tropper
Release Date: September 12, 2014
Starring: Jason Bateman, Tina Fey, and Jane Fonda


Gone Girl based on the novel by Gillian Flynn

Release Date: October 3, 2014
Starring: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Niel Patrick Harris, and Tyler Perry


The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay (Part 1) based on the third novel from the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Release Date: November 21, 2014
Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth

There’s still time to read all of the books on this list  if you haven’t already!

2014 is looking like it’s going to be a great year for film!