What I’ve Been Watching #8

I’m currently on a break from work, so I have had a lot of time recently to catch up on some shows. Plus, there are a lot of great ones on Netflix right now. Over the last few weeks, this is what I’ve been watching.

Television & Film

 

  • Chewing Gum – THIS SHOW! Why did I keep taking this off of my queue for the past few months? I finally saw a clip from season 2 and decided to give it a shot. I was hooked within the first couple of episodes and, considering how short they are, that’s a big deal. It gave me some unexpected feels. It’s a little heavy on the secondhand embarrassment, but it’s worth it. It’s hilarious and it feels like art imitating life in a good way.
  • Riverdale – I watched the pilot of this after it aired, and I really liked it at the time, but decided to wait until it was on Netflix to watch the entire season. If you don’t already know, it’s a teen drama/murder mystery show with the characters from Archie. To some people that may sound a little strange, but the writers have done a great job bringing the original and this plot together! The mystery is interesting and all of the main characters are developed nicely throughout the season. I like all of them, and that doesn’t happen often. Betty and Jughead are my favorites. It’s like Veronica Mars meets, well, Archie with a dash of Twin Peaks thrown in (without the extremely weird stuff). I plan to watch it as it airs in the second season.
  • Sherlock series 4 – I didn’t realize going in that it may be the last one. Now I’m upset and in mourning. But just like with the other series of the show, I adored it, even the not so positive aspects. If you’ve watched it, you know what I’m talking about. If the final episode was the final episode, it went out on a great note and it fit the show perfectly. This is one of the few shows that I think I could re-watch all the time.
  • Supernatural season 10 – I’m not sure if I’ve ever talked about Supernatural on here before, but it’s one of my all-time favorites and over the last few seasons, I’ve been unable to keep up with it. I finally decided to start watching it again and I’m so glad. It’s nice to jump back into a show and feel like you never stopped watching it. I’m about halfway into season 11 now, so I’m well on my way to being all caught up. I didn’t re-watch the Fan Fiction episode and now I’m kind of regretting that.
  • The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt season 3 – This season was a little disappointing to me. There were definitely some pros to it, including Titus going all Lemonade which is one reason I love quirky comedies like this, but some of it was a little lacking. Still, there’s a lot of heart to this show. There were also a lot of scenes without Kimmy and more with characters like Titus and Jacqueline together, so it was nice to see some other characters bonding. I will watch if there’s a season 4.
  • La Belle et le Bete (The Beauty and the Beast) – I had no idea this existed until I saw it on Netflix! It’s a beautiful French adaptation. The costumes were lovely and the sets were nice to look at as well. Sadly it doesn’t seem to have the best ratings online, but I think it’s worth a watch if you’re into fairy tales or costume dramas. It helps that The Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorites. There are a few creative choices that I wasn’t thrilled with, but overall, it was a nice film.

Now I’m off to continue Supernatural. What are you currently watching?

What I’ve Been Watching #7

There have been some wonderful new shows/series coming out recently! I have been trying to watch new seasons as they come out, so I’m not spoiled online and to keep my queue from getting too long. I want to attempt to watch everything I have on it. Over the past few weeks, I’ve watched a few things and added a few new shows to my queue.


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TV/Film Review: The Buccaneers & Persepolis

Today I have two short reviews on a couple of things that I’ve been watching that I didn’t include in my last What I’ve Been Watching post. I wanted to give them both their own posts, but decided to put them together since they have something in common: they’re based on books.


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The Buccaneers (TV mini-series) 1995

This is based on a novel by Edith Wharton that I, admittedly, had never read or heard of, but I was interested in the idea because usually my historical drama picks are set in England. Most of this is as well, but the main characters are American, and that makes a bit of a difference. In fact, the differences between the American characters and the English characters was one of my favorite parts of the story. I also loved Annable/Nan and Laura’s relationship. I watched this for four nights and it was the perfect before bed show. There was so much more drama in it than I expected! This is the kind of story that I would love to listen to as an audiobook. I may even enjoy it more that way. Time for me to check out Edith Wharton’s books! ★★★★

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Persepolis (film) 2007

Unlike The Buccaneers, I have read Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. In fact, I wrote a review on it on this very blog over a year ago. I gave the book 4 stars, but I have to give the movie 5 stars. Not because I think it’s better than the book, but because it breathes so much life into it and that makes me appreciate it more. It’s nice to hear the characters speak and to hear music along with some of the scenes. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and to see a graphic novel move on screen is something I wish I could see more. There are a few places where it falls short of the book, because there’s only so much you can fit on the screen when there’s so much in the book, but I had been waiting to see this movie for years and it did not disappoint. ★★★★★

What I’ve Been Watching #3

The last time I posted about what I’ve been watching was just over a month ago, but I’ve watched some great TV shows in the past few weeks. With Fall TV coming up soon, I wanted to be sure to feature them before those shows start.


TV

  • The White Queen – I had been wanting to watch this show for a couple of years, and I finally had the chance thanks to Amazon Prime (definitely check out a free trial if you haven’t!). There are some great shows on there, but this was the only one that I was able to watch in its entirety. This show was completely different from what I expected, in both good and slightly disappointing ways, but I ended up overall enjoying it. I was glad to learn more about The War of the Roses as well as a few historical figures that we don’t see too much about.
  • Stranger Things – If you haven’t heard of this show before now, I’m surprised. It has been everywhere since it was released on Netflix mid-July and I wasn’t originally planning on watching it, at least not so soon. To be honest, the Steve/Jean Ralphio similarities being talked about on other sites is what got me to start it. Even so, there’s so much to the show that all of that is just for fun. It took me about 4 days to finish the show, and that’s only because I had to go to work. Just check it out! I don’t want to say too much. Going into it not knowing anything was the best decision for me.
  • Top of the Lake – This show ended up being a surprise. I thought I would watch a couple of episodes Saturday evening and watch the rest throughout this week, but I ended up watching it all Saturday and Sunday. It reminded me a lot of The Killing throughout most of the show, and I loved that. I didn’t realize that there was going to be another season until after I finished it, so I will be looking forward to that!

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