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February 19, 2015

Boob Tube Binges: Snowed In


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 ├╝ber 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!!







44 comments:

  1. I'll be adding Paradise to my watch list. I love that kind of thing!

    Karen @For What It's Worth

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  2. Gotta love those BBC movies! Great reviews! I hope you are staying warm and safe!!

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    1. I am! Best to stay inside, it's iced outside now.

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  3. LOL we're iced in here. Been binge watching Numbers :D

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    1. Is it good? I will check it out if it is.

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  4. The Paradise and Belle both sound like ones I would like. I always struggle to find stuff that I really enjoy so thanks for bringing these to my attention!

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    1. I know you liked Phryne Fisher, I hope I don't disappoint you with these :D

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  5. No snow here.... I have to admit I am a tiny bit jealous, I do love a good snow day every and then. At least you have found something to occupy your time. Hopefully you have plenty of food and drink :)

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    1. Really? Well I guess you're lucky. Our pretty snow has now turned to slush. I'm scared to go outside for fear of slipping!

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  6. I'll have to check out The Paradise! Sounds good. And I just recently watched Stonehurst Asylum slow but good!

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    1. Oh god! The ending had my jaw on the floor!!

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  7. Oh no Paradise was really cancelled? :/

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    1. Yes! Because of Mr. Selfridge... which is another great show actually. I'm just pissed that they cancelled it without a proper HEA. Grrr!

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  8. I will check these out, the baby and my daughter are here today..it is 17 and bitter cold. We just started watching Blacklist on Netflix..and I like it :)

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    1. Oooh Blacklist is next on my list. James Spader is a captivating anti-hero. Thanks for the feedback :)

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  9. These are all new to me. Lots of snow here too, though we're not snowed in. I actually love getting snowed in because I feel like it forces me to do nothing but relax. Good times. Lol. Stay warm!!

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  10. What a cool idea. I'm lucky that the few days I was snowed in we were able to keep our Internet going. I've been having a hard time finding things to watch on Netflix lately. These two movies look pretty cool though.
    Hopefully the bad weather won't affect us much more. Though sometimes I kind of like being snowed in with the excuse that I can't get out because of the snow.

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    1. Stay in. Enjoy your house, time with the fam. Don't go out, it's crazy cold out there among other things!

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  11. That's a bummer about The Paradise. I had one of my favorites cancelled after one season leaving me hanging too.

    I've had Belle on my radar for a while. Glad it was good.

    I find reading historicals about how they dealt with mental health issues in the past creepy enough. I'll leave it to you to watch it. ;)

    Stay safe while you wait out the weather!

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    1. Oh yeah. It's ghastly! I wouldn't want to be a loony in the olden days!

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  12. We're forecasted to get close to 2 ft of snow this weekend, Braine. You know I don't normally watch tv buuut, I think I'd enjoy all three of these. I know I want to see Belle - I forget which movie I went to see last fall that had a preview of it, but I wanted to go see Belle with my older daughter. Of course, we never made it. But we just might watch it this Saturday afternoon. ;) I hope you're staying warm and are being entertained. :)

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    1. I hope you get to watch it. It's really beautiful, meaningful, and simply lovely. Watching it with your daughter is a great idea because it touches a bit on gender equality, feminism, etc.

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  13. I really want to see Stonehearst Asylum! Sounds amazing.

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    1. It's insane! You should totally watch it.

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  14. Hmm I don't think I know about this one, I'll mark your page to come back later to see the trailer. Thanks! Maybe you'll make me discover a new series, the last one was super good!

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  16. I need to check out The Paradise as it sounds right up my alley. I need something new to watch as I"m watching shows I wouldn't of never watched before because I'm so bored with the current offerings here LOL

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    1. I love BBC historical/masterpiece classics. I may not read a lot of historical romances but I love watching them!

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  17. Man, I can't wait until Netflix is available in Australia so I can discover all of these amazing watches! Belle sounds super powerful and I have enjoyed stories like this in the past, like with The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird and Hotel Rwanda. Great rundowns!

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    1. Ooh Hotel Rwanda is on my list too. I just never catch it when they show it on the movie channels. Don Chiedle is a great actor, that's a bonus too!

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  18. Thank you for these! I'll be watching them for sure!! Yay! three more shows for my Sunday's binge. BTW have you watch Orphan Black?

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    1. Yes I have! I used to tweet you about it remember? LOL I can't wait for the next season.

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  19. We never get snow days here, but that's because I'm in the city area (what we call metro Phoenix area) of Arizona. Sometimes I wouldn't mind being snowed in, but I also wouldn't want to have to shovel snow or have other electricity/internet issues. I bought Belle about a month back off of a recommendation from a blogger and I definitely think it's worth owning. The issues and acting are all really good and there's enough romance that I would watch it again. Glad you loved it too!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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    1. Yipee! So happy you loved it too! I was swooning over her love story!

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  20. I haven't seen snow in about 7 years, and I definitely don't miss shoveling it or walking around in slush when it starts melting, lol. I haven't read that Poe short story- will have to check it out and let Melissa and Ally know about Stonehurst Asylum; it sounds exactly like their type of movie!

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    1. Ooh you three should definitely watch it together. Plus Jim Sturgess is such a honey!!

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  21. dang it...Belle is on HBO? I got to catch it!!

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    1. just recording it...thanks for the tip girl. Been wanting to catch that one for the longest

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