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!

 

 

October Favorites: Reese’s Candy Converter & More ‘Narnia’ by Netflix

Before we begin this October Favorites post:

IF YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE AND HAVE NOT YET DONE SO, KINDLY DROP EVERYTHING NOW AND GO TO YOUR POLLING PLACE. YES, IT’S THAT SERIOUS. GO FREAKING VOTE. LIKE, NOW. THANK YOU.

With that out of the way, let’s just jump right into my favorites in pop culture and entertainment for October 2018.

Favorite News Articles

1. Reese’s set up a candy converter in NYC for all of your unwanted treats. Goodbye, Necco wafers.

2. Netflix is developing a TV series and new films for The Chronicles of Narnia! My binge-watching chair is ready.

3. Meghan Markle is pregnant. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex were not kidding when they said they wanted to have children right away!

4. David Schwimmer’s doppelganger is a thief. #ItWasntRoss

Favorite Music

1. “Panoramic Girl” by Young the Giant. Strangely, this beautiful ballad is the only song I really like from their new album.

2. NYLA by Fancy Feelings / Animal Feelings ft. Anya Marina. Thanks for reminding me that at this time of year I’d rather be in LA for a mild autumn.

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Fan Art Fridays: Gilmore Girls

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Yesterday, PopSugar released an article detailing the full cast of the Gilmore Girls revival on Netflix and I couldn’t be more excited!

I feel so old when I think about the last episode that aired back in 2007. I don’t even really remember much of the finale, so I’ll have to re-watch a couple of episodes from the last season to refresh myself before the Netflix premiere. If only Netflix would tell us when already so I can allow myself enough time to do so.

Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel will be returning as Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. Liza Weil will return as Paris Geller, Scott Patterson as Luke Danes, and today Melissa McCarthy announced she’ll be coming back as Sookie St. James!

I can’t wait to see everyone back at Stars Hollow. In the meantime, enjoy these portrait sketches of the Gilmore Girls cast I found on Deviant Art by kitsunegari16.

 

#OITNB Season 3: Woah there, Alex Vause Is Back?!

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About seven minutes into season 3 episode 1 of Orange is the New Black titled “Mother’s Day”, I had a WTF moment.

I did one of those double takes, because I really cannot believe Alex Vause managed to get herself back into Litchfield.

What even?!

Okay, screenwriters and producers, I have some questions:

1. Why is it necessary to bring Alex Vause back into the plot? (besides the fact that it may have happened in the real life version of Piper Kerman’s story)

2. How much did it cost to bring Alex Vause’s character back? (Because Laura Prepon don’t look cheap…)

3. What is this about a gun being the reason she’s back at Litchfield?

4. When are you going to have her explain the reason for her return in full detail?

5. Are we going to get a tale about that black eye?

6. Did the black eye come from one of her long lost dealer friends?

7. Is there a small part of Alex that feels safer at Litchfield? (Because, you know, dealers with weapons are scary)

8. Is Piper going to fully reignite her romance with Alex since her husband has officially left her for her best friend?

9. Is Alex going to let her?

I really hope these questions get answers by the end of the season.

Watch Orange is the New Black season 3 on Netflix.