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The Crown: First Impressions

Last month, Netflix added another original, The Crown, which follows and focuses on Queen Elizabeth II’s ascent to the throne and the issues she faced from those around her. In true Netflix original style, the show is incredibly well done, providing viewers with a rich and detailed royal drama.

Although slow paced and possibly a bit disconcerting at first if you are unfamiliar with some royal history, the lush settings and music will immediately hook you. The show begins with Elizabeth’s (Claire Foy) marriage to Phillip (played by Matt Smith!) and goes from there, exploring some of the years leading up to her ascension. The quiet chemistry between a lot of the cast, especially between Claire Foy and Matt Smith, is incredibly well done and carries the show even when it seems a little slow. John Lithgow’s performance as Winston Churchill is fantastic, and if you’re an avid British TV or movies watcher, especially in regards to Jane Austen, this show turns into quite a few moments of “Wait, where do I know them from?”

The Crown Season 1

The Crown Season 1

I’m only on the 4th episode (out of 10) but I’ve already experienced some deep emotional connection to the story and the characters. It probably helps that I was brought up on British royal history, but it also helps that I watched The King’s Speech (which is incredibly well done and absolutely worth a watch if you have not seen it). Being aware of King George VI’s history, especially his health and how he was unprepared for the throne upon his brother Edward’s abdication, can help understand the underlying melancholy and tension in the first few episodes. It certainly helped me become incredibly attached to the King in the first two episodes, and Jared Harris’ performance is fantastic.

If rich costume dramas are your style, or if you like history, or Matt Smith, this is definitely a show worth checking out. Netflix has again proven itself a strong contender in original content.

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What’s Streaming November 2016

This month there seems to be some more shuffling of collections of movies to different or new streaming sites, including what looks to be the movement of most of the Bond films to Amazon’s streaming service. We also see several Batman films coming to HBO, just in time for them to premiere Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Other than that, it’s a slightly slower month, but that’s okay, since we have several exciting movies coming to the big screen this month in time for the holiday season, namely Doctor Strange on November 4th and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them on November 18th.

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The Crown, November 4

A Netflix original chronicling the early days of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign in the United Kingdom. Netflix has generally delivered wonderful original content, and if you like history or are an anglophile, this definitely looks to be worth watching.

Paddington, November 16

If you grew up reading Paddington Bear and the Knickerbocker Rainbow or one of the others, this film adaptation should be worth a watch for nostalgia sake. I know I missed it in theatres and am looking forward to a chance to see it on Netflix.

Burn After Reading, November 16

A fantastic ensemble cast heads up this espionage thriller, so to speak, directed by the Coen Brothers. One of my absolute favorites, if you haven’t seen it and are a fan of the Coen Brothers’ peculiar sense of humor, this will be a perfect fit.

Gilmore Girls:A Year in the Life, November 25

You’ve probably heard that the Gilmore Girls are coming back to Netflix, and finally, this is the month! Also, just in case you still need to catch up or see what all the fuss is about, the entire series is currently available for streaming in every region.

Boyhood, November 25

An interesting coming of age drama that was the “darling” of the awards circuit, Boyhood is fascinating for its premise. Made over the course of twelve years, filming for a few days or a week each year, so that the actual growing up and changes that are seen in the cast are changes that happened naturally. If indie film is your thing, check this one out.

The Jungle Book, November 30

The live action version of The Jungle Book, directed by Jon Favreau, will be coming at the end of the month. Part of Disney’s effort to revive their classics as live action, and the first non-princess one to debut. Definitely worth watching if you like the original.

 

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The Night Manager

This AMC miniseries is based on John le Carré’s novel by the same name and stars Tom Hiddleston as the titular character. If you missed it when it premiered on AMC like I did, check it out when it starts streaming on the 1st. It’s supposed to be a well-crafted, well-acted thriller, and also…Tom Hiddleston. Need I say more?

The Addams Family Values

The second Addams Family movie was available until recently on Netflix, and I’m very happy to see it returning to a streaming service. If you’ve never seen it and love the Addams Family, give it a watch. This may be a case of the sequel being better than the original.

Bond Films, Classic up to Pierce Brosnan Era

Too many to name, and so I’ll just say…it looks as though the Bond collection has moved to Amazon! Everything except for the Daniel Craig films will be available, and what better way to spend some of your holiday weekends than doing a Bond movie marathon?

 

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Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, November 26

If you missed this in theatres but have access to HBO streaming, rejoice! Because now you can watch this mediocre jump start to a franchise without having to pay movie ticket prices. Bring out the popcorn, or something stronger, if you’re like me.

Batman, 1989, Batman & Robin, 1997, Batman Forever, 1995, Batman Returns, 1992

Ahhhh, the ’90s Batman movies. (Okay, the ’89 Tim Burton version too…) These will all be available on HBO, and if you feel so inclined, you can relive the campy nostalgia of mainstream Batman. Although I will say, the ’89 Batman is very good; Jack Nicholson makes a fantastic Joker.

Also available if you need even more Batman fix, some of the Batman cartoon films will be available as well:

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1, 2012

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2, 2013

Batman: Under the Red Hood, 2010

Batman: Year One, 2011

 

 

Want to see the full lists of everything streaming in November? Check out these links:

http://www.techtimes.com/articles/183134/20161021/hbo-now-november-2016-movies-tv-shows-available-stream-leaving.htm

http://screencrush.com/new-amazon-prime-instant-video-releases-november-2016/

http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/whats-new-on-netflix-shows-movies/

Fall TV Premieres

So it is that season again where most TV shows get back into full swing. For some we get to get back in the swing of things – and then there are the new shows to try and decide which to watch. With David and I already watching a slew of current shows (Flash, Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, and more), it makes it harder for a new show to sneak its way in to the mix. Below are a few shows that we are planning on giving a chance. Now this does not include all-at-once shows like Marvel’s Luke Cage because we already know we are going to watch that whole season. This includes any show that we have heard about that is premiering this fall that we want to try out but might not continue. Continue reading