Tag: Netflix

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (Movie 2007)

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I did not write a review of “Elizabeth” released in 1998, starring Cate Blanchette. Needless to say, it is another favorite and at least a 4 Kernel watch that focuses on her rise to the throne after the death of her half-sister Mary.

It’s hard to believe that I have walked by her grave in West Minister Abbey and stood where she is buried. I’ve literally stood on top of her father’s remains, Henry VIII.  These are memorable visits but watching movies like these brings to life characters that are literally bones underneath the granite in which they are buried. History indeed that leaves us in awe.

Currently streaming on Netflix is “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.” Since I’m hibernating indoors due to 100+ degree weather this weekend, I have been overdosing on films and television series.  While surfing this morning and stumbling up upon this treasure, I cooked my morning eggs, bacon, and toast. Nothing like 8:00 a.m. in the morning sitting on your green recliner with freshy brewed coffee, food, and a movie to enjoy.  Yes, a bit pathetic, I know.

Nevertheless, I enjoyed the first Elizabeth film. Now we are ushered into another dramatized era entitled, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.”  I will admit that I can enjoy a movie that has not received good reviews from critics or the audience for that matter. Of course, our tastes in entertainment and what floats our boat (or TV remote in this case) varies as much as our individual personalities.  Apparently, this is the case.

I read Roger Ebert’s review. He thought that the splendor, costumes, sets, and music were too sumptuous and weighed down the movie, distracting from the characters.  What hindered Ebert from his enjoyment of this film, frankly enthralled me to no end. The sumptuousness of this version is what I enjoyed. I do not think that it detracts from Cate Blanchett in her portrayal as Elizabeth. Elizabeth in her own right is a complex character underneath her beautiful costume dresses, and the story is mostly focused on her struggles of remaining a powerful monarch, whose throne and life are under constant threat, yet struggling with the human need for love. This indeed is a Golden Age of her reign, which I think was the purpose behind all the sumptuous sets, etc.  I loved the soundtrack as well.

The only negative, of course, is that Geoffrey Rush is back as Sir Francis Walsingham, protecting Elizabeth1the queen, and torturing traitors left and right. Those scenes for me are the fast forwards or close your eyes and plug your ears moment. As you probably can tell from previous reviews, violence is not my forte.  Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is that torture happened and gruesome deaths awaited many of the main characters who played in history of ages past.  Even Sir Walter Raleigh eventually lost his head after the Queen died and his favor at court lessened.

Yes, I like this movie and all of its golden glory. Some of the best scenes are, of course, Elizabeth on her white horse and dressed in armor urging on her troops as the Spanish Armada approaches their coasts. Among all of these historical moments, I always find the religious aspect interesting, as well as each side prays to God for the victory believing it is heaven’s will for them to win.  Movies like these lead me to Wikipedia so I can read and learn the historical truth of these characters that lived and reigned in England.

Nevertheless, Netflix is bombarding us with new releases well worth the watch, plus every Disney movie imaginable come September.  It makes me wonder if the price of our subscription will rise, but it’s still a lot cheaper than $9.50 ticket at the show and $12.00 a small popcorn and drink for one showing. Nothing like watching a hundred episodes on Netflix for less in one month.

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Awake (2012 TV Series)

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Just finished watching thirteen episodes of Awake on Netflix, which at one time was an NBC television series that came to cancellation after one season.  Nevertheless, it has an intriguing premise that makes your head spin as you try to keep up with the scenes.  You almost need to look at what color rubber band is around your wrist to discover what world you’re in at the moment.  Here is why…

It’s about an LAPD police detective Michael Britten (played by Jason Isaacs), who is in a car accident with his wife and son. The tragedy leaves an aftermath of split realities. When he sleeps, he wakes up in one reality where he lost his wife in the accident and lives with his son who survived (played by Dylan Minnette). Then he retires for the night and wakes up in another reality where he’s lost his son and lives with his wife (played by Laura Allen). In each reality, the ones who survive the accident are faced with grief and loss that they try to overcome through various means.  He knows which reality he’s in when he awakens by the color of the band around his wrist.

Even though Britten is keenly aware of his strange experience when in either reality, he does not share what is happening to either his wife or son.  The only ones who do know are two psychiatrists that he sees in each world.  They attempt to convince him that he is in their reality and that the other is a dream, which they contribute to a coping mechanism because facing the truth is too painful. Britten does not reveal his odd life to anyone at work, but his split worlds help him solve crimes.

It’s a good show that keeps you guessing and in the counseling chair with Britten. You’ll hear plenty of psychological mumbo-jumbo explaining why this is happening to him.  Britten, on the other hand, wants to keep things as they are because he can still have his wife and son in his life. Nevertheless, as the show continues, the terrible truth of why the accident occurred and that a criminal police cover-up is part of the reason, brings havoc. His mind begins to break and reality turns delusional at both ends of the spectrum.  At one point he’s stuck in one and desperate to get back to the other.  He begins to hallucinate seeing odd things like penguins and characters who are not there.

Issac Jacobs does a wonderful job acting this convoluted existence on screen, and it is a shame he didn’t receive any recognition.  The writers, knowing that the show is to be cancelled, brings the audience a totally mind-blowing ending that will have you scratching your head.  As Britten’s psyche breaks further, you can only conclude that he’s conjured up a third reality to make sense of the past two versions filled with undeniable heartache and betrayal.  It’s the reality he wants above all else, and probably that of the audience too.

It’s a good show, worth a Netflix binge.

Netflix’s big exclusivity deal for Disney’s latest movies starts in September | The Verge

Get your supply of popcorn ready, Netflix just landed a big deal with Disney. Now we can watch Disney movies this September!  Sweet deal.

Source: Netflix’s big exclusivity deal for Disney’s latest movies starts in September | The Verge

NETFLIX Streaming: 100 Period Dramas • Willow and Thatch

Attention Period Drama Junkies:

List of 100 Period Dramas on NETFLIX. Streaming historical period & costume dramas, best movies & television mini-series to watch now. 2016 Period Films.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: NETFLIX Streaming: 100 Period Dramas • Willow and Thatch

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