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This week’s theme is ‘Bingeworthy TV Shows/Movies’, so this week I’m going to share some of my favourite films and TV shows, some of which have finished and some of which are ongoing.
Beauty and the Beast (1991): Don’t even talk to me about the remake (it was awful), but this original is my favourite film of all time. I adore it, I adore its take on forgiveness and learning, and while it’s not a perfect film by any means (Belle seems to be the only woman from her village with any sense, which is a shame) I just love it and it was also the first Disney film written by a woman. Considering Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was released in 1937, it’s pretty shocking we had to wait almost 60 years for a woman screenwriter.
The Mummy (1999): Beauty and the Beast is very closely followed by The Mummy when it comes to my favourite films of all time. Again, while it might not be a perfect film or a cinematic masterpiece, it was the first time I saw a character like Evie in an action movie – and in the starring role, too. I love Rick and Evie’s relationship, I love that he’s never intimidated by her intelligence, and this film is so fun and has become my comfort film whenever I’m feeling particularly low.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005-2008): Yep, can you believe it? This series ended ten years ago. I feel so old. Man I love this show. The character development and world-building is all fantastic, and Zuko’s character arc in particular is one of the best I’ve seen on television. If you haven’t watched this yet, I highly, highly recommend it!
Labyrinth (1986): While David Bowie’s music was brilliant, I’ll always remember him as Jareth the Goblin King. This film is just so… ’80s. It’s so bad it’s good, and it’s still one of my favourites.
The Tudors (2007-2010): I initially had no interest in watching this – I caught a scene of two characters having sex in the woods and assumed the whole show was just characters having sex in period costumes – but thankfully my friend Elena convinced me to give it a chance at uni. Is there a lot of sex in it? Yes, but 99.9% of the sex in this show is consensual and it honestly doesn’t take up as much time as you might assume. My favourite period of history is the Tudor era, and while there are definitely historical inaccuracies throughout this show, what I love most is how it gives each of Henry VIII’s wives fully realised personalities and each of them have plenty of screen time that doesn’t involve Henry. If nothing else, give this show a chance for Natalie Dormer’s fantastic portrayal of Anne Boleyn.
The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003): I remember being taken to see all three of these films in the cinema, they were a Christmas treat along with the first three Harry Potter movies, and I’ve loved them ever since. I own the extended editions and I don’t care that they’re ridiculously long, I love them. The Return of the King is my personal favourite because I love a happy ending, but I think this entire film series is brilliant.
Game of Thrones (2011-present): I have to admit I had to take a break from this series during Season 5 because I hated what happened to Sansa and, to be honest, I’m still pretty angry about it, but ultimately I’m weak and I want to know what happens. Luckily, Season 6 and 7 were far better in my opinion and the end is nigh! I have some theories (as does everyone) but I’m looking forward to seeing how the series ends and who, if anyone, ends up on the iron throne. To be honest, as long as Sansa, Brienne, Arya, Ser Davos and Lyanna Mormont are alright I don’t really care what happens to anyone else.
Castlevania (2017-present): The second season is coming this October and I am so excited! This new (very dark) animated show premiered on Netflix last year with a total of four half hour episodes (so if you have two hours to spare and you haven’t seen it yet, I recommend checking it out!) and it’s so good. I’m not usually a fan of the ‘man seeks vengeance for murdered wife’ trope, but this show has done it so well and you can understand the villain’s fury which makes for a really interesting watch because, in all honesty, do the protagonists really deserve to succeed?
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991): And now for something much lighter. In my opinion Robin Hood is one of those lucky stories to have several good films; the ’70s Disney movie is a classic, the 2010 flick with Russel Crowe is pretty good and this year there’s a new medieval punk version of Robin Hood starring Taron Egerton which just proves that it’s a story we can’t get enough of. My heart, however, will always be with this version. Yes, it’s cheesy and probably too long but I love this film so much. Alan Rickman’s performance as the Sheriff of Nottingham is perfection and, fun fact, the song that Bryan Adams wrote for this movie, ‘Everything I Do (I Do It For You’, was number one in the UK for 16 weeks and it’s a record that still hasn’t been beaten.
Queer Eye (2018-present): Last but certainly not least, if you ever feel like you need to be reminded of how much goodness there is in humanity, then watch this show. It’s such a pure, lovely show and it’s not usually the kind of show that I’d like but I binge-watched both seasons over the course of two nights because I couldn’t get enough. Bring me Season 3 please!
What are some of your favourite movies and TV shows? And, given my above tastes, are there any you’d recommend?