Hi everyone! Today, I’m introducing a new series that I’m so excited about. I have tried a few times to talk about movies and tv shows in my blog and I haven’t been able to find format that works for me, but hopefully that’s about to change.
In 2018, I tried doing monthly movie wraps ups and I called them The Movie Journal, and in 2020, I tried to wrap up the movies I watched in a month by ranking them, but sometimes I didn’t watch enough things in a month to warrant a post and both of those ideas left out tv shows. So then I tried to do themed posts like the one where I ranked Jane Austen Adaptations or where I reviewed book to screen adaptations, but that limited the amount of tv shows and movies I could talked about and sometimes I ended up watching things I didn’t want to watch just because they fitted a theme.
So that leads us here, in 2021, I will be talking about the movies and shows I watch in small batches, the exact number that I will include in these posts will depend on how much I have to say about the things I watched and the periodicity of this posts will be determined by how long it takes me to watch enough things to warrant a post.
WIthout further ado, let’s get into the post!
Bridgerton (Season 1)
I watched this on January 1st and it was exactly what I needed at the time. I definitely had issues with it, which I’ll discuss, but let’s start with the good. Bridgerton is a fun, fluffy, entertaining show. It has lovable secondary characters, Penelope was my absolute favorite, followed by Colin and Eloise. Lady Whistledown (who narrates the show) adds sassy commentary in Regency era style, which makes the show fun to watch. The way the show looks (the locations and clothing) is beautiful and very distinctive, even if some things are not entirely accurate. The steamy scenes are great and Daphne and Simon have good chemistry.
I have 2 main issues with the show:
1.There’s the scene where, after he has told her that he doesn’t want to have kids, Daphne takes advantage of a moment where she has control of the situation and tries to get pregnant, disregarding Simon’s wishes. And Daphne never apologizes and never realizes she did something wrong. While that was the most worrisome scene, the truth is that Simon takes advantage of Daphne’s trust and ignorance and lets her believe he can’t have children. Neither of these complicated issues were handled well.
2. This show is a historical fantasy and in it, the King marries a Black woman and gives royal titles to Black people, this happened less than 50 years before the show starts since the queen is still alive, and there’s no tension or conflict whatsoever between white and Black people. There’s only one mention of racism and it’s a conversation between two black characters about how easy they could lose everything. I understand that their goal was to make a fun and fluffy show with Black people being happy and thriving in a historical setting, but I wish they would have handled it differently.
Derry Girls (Seasons 1 and 2)
This is SO FUNNY. It was exactly what I needed when I watched it. Nicola Coughlan is hilarious in this, her character Claire is my absolute favorite. The characters in this show are not entirely likable but they are easy to root for and all the messes they get themselves into are so entertaining. I really like the way this show includes the political conflict of Northern Ireland in the 1990s, while the show is not about that, it’s interesting to see how growing up in that political climate affects the lives of the characters. Also, this show has an excellent soundtrack!
Vampires vs The Bronx
I went into this movie knowing absolutely nothing about it, I only heard about this because a couple of my friends saw and liked it. Horror comedy is not really my thing, but I actually liked this movie. It was sweet, fun, and silly, but at the same time, it did a great job of addressing gentrification, the way it works and the way it affects the communities being push out of their neighborhoods. Also, I love the fact that most of the cast is Latinx, Afro-Latinx and Black. I wish Gloria, the instagrammer, had a bigger role, I think that would have been fun. But overall, a solid feel good film.
Wonder Woman 1984
I wasn’t planning on watching this but it was picked for family movie night. I don’t have that much to say about this one. It was so slow at the beginning, it definitely dragged at some points. It was very cheesy in the way that superhero movies tend to be, but it mostly worked if you simply accepted it for what it was. Kristen Wiig and Pablo Pascal did a good job in their roles as the villains of the film. Also, the 80’s fashion in this movie was great.
Dream Home Makeover (Season 1)
My anxiety has been kicking my ass lately and I needed something that wasn’t going to make it worse. I was watching two friends do house flipping on youtube, the Austin Flipsters but they don’t have that many episodes, so I was looking for another home makeover show and that’s how I ended up watching this.
This is definitely not a great show. There are so many awkward moments, the husband doesn’t really do anything, he’s supposed to be the one that makes people feel comfortable but he is not that charming and he tries to be funny and he isn’t (but she finds him funny, so good for them!). Also, the design element is so boring because it feels like it’s the same for every house, a mix of white and beige with a bit of brown and grey sprinkled in there. It’s true that people go to her because they want that look, but it gets boring as someone watching the show.