We're snowed in, and with my desktop down, and Direct TV being intermittent, I only have Netflix and Redbox to provide an alternative to reading.
THE PARADISE | 16 ep | 50 min/ep | Netflix
The gist is, a bright-eyed shopgirl, Denise, fell in love with the sexy department store owner and widower, Murray. Throw in ex girlfriends, a snotty heiress, colorful cast of characters whose side stories are just entertaining, and you have a delightful British period drama.
Denise is such a fantastic lead! She's ambitious but still on the naive side. Her creativity and passion is what gets her in trouble all the time. Some people see her as a threat, while others are down right jealous. What I love about her is her steadfast attitude and unconditional loyalty to her boss-turned-boyfriend, Murray. Not to mention her ideas really
Made The Paradise a LOT of money.
Murray is absolutely, positively, delectable! A widower who is just as ambitious as Denise, he changed the retail game when he built Paradise. This man set my knickers on fire! He was, at first, emotionally unavailable and haunted by the death of his first wife. But his walls eventually crumbled, thanks to Denise. There were a lot of things and people that came between them and boy did Murray fight for Denise! Oh lord it was swoontastic and über sexy!
I love this series with its "office" politics, class issues, and other odds and ends. The only setback is its already cancelled and the ending is open ended.
STONEHEARST ASYLUM | 1hr 52min | Netflix
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether, Stonehearst Asylum is insane! At the heart of the story is Eliza Graves (Kate Beckinsale) who was committed because she has hysteria. Enter a young psychiatrist Dr. Edward Newman (Jim Sturgess) who became completely fascinated and invested in Eliza. Turns out they met previously and Newgate made it his mission to free her since.
The theme and feel of this movie is dark. I love the setting and costume, not to mention the crazy twist they added to the tale. This dark romance has an HEA, but it's one of those mind-fuck endings that you may or may not find disturbing. Me? I LOVED IT!
BELLE | 1hr 45min | Redbox & HBO
I've been wanting to watch Belle since I featured it in one of my BB&B's a while back. And my gut was right on the money because this movie was marvelous!
Based on a true story, Belle is a story about a mulatto girl who's skin color and heritage dictated her place in society. Belle aka Dido, was deemed above servants but below her white relatives and counterparts. The dinner rituals alone is proof of her ambiguous place in English society.
This movie had me gritting my teeth thanks to the bigotry; giddy thanks to Dido's love life; invested because of the race issue; and empowered because of Dido's courage to be part of a change. It's sad that such prejudice still exists today which makes this "historical" movie still relevant today.
Belle is one powerful story that is very relatable until today. The focal point isn't just about race issues, but the value of life itself. Don't be mistaken by the girly poster, this movie is NOT a chick-flick. It's a human interest movie filled with political, societal issued with generous helpings of familial and romantic love. Must watch!!