So we saw Pride and Prejudice and Zombies tonight. I read the book when it was still new (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I mean. I’m not old enough to have read Pride and Prejudice when it was new, though I did like the book, when I was quite small).
It was a wonderful movie! I adored it! I recommend it highly - IF:
You are a fan of Pride and Prejudice and enjoy zombie movies.
If you are a regular Pride and Prejudice fan and don’t like zombies? You probably will not enjoy it.
If you are a fan of the ‘Ravening Zombies Eat Everyone’ genre of movies? You probably will not enjoy it… that’s a qualified sort of thing, though. There was quite a bit of the ravening, and lots and lots of zombies.
If you liked ‘Dead and Breakfast’, this may be the movie for you.
Several of the things I really loved:
1. The young lady’s very proper dresses and mode of dress were modified just enough that they still looked perfectly proper, while allowing for the stashing of all sorts of knives and the occasional small arm.
2. Imagine five very proper young ladies, storming into a ball suddenly overrun by zombies, and wreaking all the very best havoc. (Mr. Darcy’s expression upon surveying the ruins was interpreted by my wife as ‘I am sporting the weirdest boner right now.’)
3. This was Pride and Prejudice. It was. If you can imagine it just zombie apocalypse, an event apparently held off nearly single-handedly by Lena Headey being unutterably badass.
4. Matt Smith needs to play more roles like this. His timing was perfect in every scene.
I think I fell in love, a little, with the Bennett family. They were wonderful. So yes. I do recommend this, damn it, even if it is very niche.
I know that I promised an X Company post a few weeks ago, and I swear that I am working on it, but for now I decided to recommend some of my favourite historical movies. If you have any suggestions, I would be happy to hear them!
1) Suffragette, Directed by Sarah Gavron, starring Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep, and tons of other amazing actresses.
I actually just recently saw this movie, and I loved it. It tells the story of some of the foot soldiers of the suffragette movement. Carey Mulligan brilliantly plays Maud Watts, a wife and mother who works at a Laundry who ends up being a huge part of the suffragette movement. She gives up her job and her family to help women get some semblance of equality. I loved how the director showed female friendship, and illustrated the atrocities that the women went through trying to get the vote. Gavron shows the nitty-gritty’s of the movement, no glorifying of the things that happened. (Warning: this movie talks about rape and shows someone being force-fed in jail as well as other violence)
2) Anna Karenina, Directed by Joe Wright, starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Alicia Vikander.
There are many versions of this classic, but this is by far my favourite. The movie and costumes are highly stylized and the scenes fit together beautifully. This is maybe not the most historically accurate movie, but it is done gorgeously, and everything works together to create something that will make you weep. The movie follows Anna (Knightley), a woman who has a life-changing affair with the dashing young Count Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson). Set in the late 1800s, the film captures the height of Russian society and exhibits some of the challenges that women have had throughout history. I loved the costumes in the movie, and if you have a thing for great cinematography (like me), this movie is definitely for you. (Warning: the movie revolves around an affair, and suicide is a large part of the movie)
3) Pride and Prejudice, any of the adaptations are great. Actually, any Jane Austen movies are great.
I love Pride and Prejudice. Mr Darcy, Elizabeth, all of the characters are fabulous, and Jane Austen books give you the ultimate romance on a charming regency set. If you want a more cheerful historical movie (and those can be hard to find), Jane Austen stories are the best bet.
4) Testament of Youth, Directed by James Kent, starring Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan.
This movie did not get the attention it deserved. It not only had a fabulous cast, but also great costumes, music, and cinematography. To make it even better, it was based on a true story. The movie follows Vera Brittian through the First World War, first when she got into Oxford, then when she became a nurse, and as she lost some of the people she loved the most. I cried through pretty much the whole movie. It was beautifully and respectfully done, and gives us some insight on why she became a pacifist. Please remember that it is a war movie, so there are many very difficult scenes.
5) The Great Gatsby, Directed by Baz Luhrmann, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan.
Another great classic that will get you to question humanity as a whole and fight with people you actually like about all of the characters in the book. Except for Tom Buchanan. Everyone hates that guy. I loved how this movie was done- over the top with a great soundtrack and amazing costumes. It fit the book perfectly, in my mind.
6) Marie Antoinette, Directed by Sofia Coppola, starring Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn.
History isn’t everyones cup of tea. This movie perfectly captures the extravagance of the French court just before the French Revolution in the late 1700s, all the while helping us modern people understand what it was like for Marie Antoinette. Most of the things that people know of her now are things that weren’t actually true, it was just propaganda (no, Marie Antoinette didn’t actually say ‘let them eat cake’.). The modern touches like the soundtrack and the converse that were snuck (is that the right word? It sounds wrong to me) into a shot help us understand what she went through, while still making a very enjoyable movie. Also, the aesthetic is pretty great.
There are tons and tons of other movies that I would like to recommend, but these are a few of my favourites. Some others that are deserving of your attention are:
7) Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley
8) Belle, directed by Amma Asante
9) The Imitation Game, directed by Morten Tyldum (this one is one of my favourite war movies, along with Saving Private Ryan and Schindlers List)
10) Atonement, directed by Joe Wright
Please feel free to add on to this list! Would anyone like another rec list, maybe for historical books or tv shows?
Oh God ok so I have a lot.
Someone asked me this before but I can’t find the ask so here it is again (updated)
Cairo Time (w Patricia Clarkson & Alexander Siddig)
One Day (w Anne Hathaway)
The Kite Runner
Cadillac Records (w Beyoncé & Adrien Brody)
The Lunchbox (w Irrfan Khan)
Begin Again (w Mark Ruffalo)
The Tourist (w Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp)
Comet (it’s an extremely sad movie mainly bc it’s very realistic)
Blue Valentine (similar to Comet & w Ryan Gosling)
Revolutionary Road (another sad movie but i liked it bc of the actors, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio)
Seven Pounds (w Will Smith)
Pursuit of Happyness (yes it’s spelled that way)
Paid in Full
Kill Bill 1 & 2 (directed by Quentin Tarantino. One of my fav directors and I recommend you watch all his movies)
Inglorious Bastards (also directed by Quentin Tarantino w Brad Pitt)
Pulp Fiction (another by Tarantino w Samuel L Jackson & John Travolta)
Charlie Countryman (with Shia LaBeouf)
The Great Gatsby
White House Down (w Channing Tatum)
Inception ( w Leo Habibi)
A Curious Case of Benjamin Button (w Brad Pitt)
The Reader (w Kate Winslet but highly explicit)
Premium Rush (w Joseph Gordon Levitt)
Reservoir Dogs (another movie by Quentin Tarantino)
Non stop (Liam Neeson)
The Best Offer
The Other Son
Eagle Eye (w Shia LaBeouf)
Need for Speed (Aaron Paul AND RAMI MALEK, FAM)
Any good 60's movies recommendation? preferably drama/romance genre.
There are a lot of films out there that I haven’t seen (yet) but here is my list of favorites.
• Marriage Italian Style (1964) - Romance/Drama
• Charade (1963) - Romance/Drama
• Two Women (1960) - Romance/Drama
• Bonnie and Clyde (1967) - Romance/Drama
• The Apartment (1960) - Romance
• Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961) - Romance
I also really like this film from 1974. It’s available on Youtube with English subtitles.
• The Voyage (1974) - Romance/Drama
you're my favorite blog which is why i'm coming to you but do you have any movie or fic recommendations if that's ok ? i'm just so sad right now and a few hours of distraction would be appreciated but all the movies and fics i know are old and i wanted the choice kind of taken out of my hands if that makes sense. if not thank you anyways and i hope you have a lovely rest of the night 💜
i’m sorry you’re not feeling well babe :-( i’d be happy to help tho!
Amazing. I thought it was a great adaptation of the book, as well as a pretty good film in general. Lily James is awesome as Elizabeth and Darcy is good too. But Matt Smith as Mr. Collins makes the movie. I highy recommend it.
I’ve had a lot of people ask how I’ve gotten my Ariel red hair, which I’ll be getting back today. I swear by Vidal Sassoon, which I get at Target. I’ve tried multiple different reds but this one is my favorite and looks most like Ariel’s, at least in the parks. I’ve done the bright fire engine red that is more movie accurate and I recommend manic panic for that. However, it didn’t even last a month before it needed to be touched up again. With Vidal Sassoon if you have medium or light hair, you don’t need to bleach your hair first. My hair was a medium brown before I dyed it red and I didn’t use any bleach. Last year my hair was black and the bleach didn’t strip the color completely and the ends of my hair was a dark red (but the two tone look was pretty awesome). It was a very pretty red but not Ariel’s red. I was able to keep the red hair for about 3 months with Vidal Sassoon and I didn’t do anything to keep the color besides using “color protective” shampoo/conditioner but not the ones for red hair. I’m getting John Freida’s radiant red shampoo/conditioner which a lot of people swear by this time and it’s pretty cheap.
There are few things more depressing than trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t white. It’s also depressing trying to think of movies about young women who aren’t straight. Oh, and when you try to think of movies starring women who are plus-sized? Ha! Good luck with coming up with more than a handful, if that much.
Despite the fact that there are so many different kinds of girls out there–black, brown, queer, fat, etc–the media really hasn’t caught up, especially the movie industry. Seriously, we have a larger chance of seeing vampire girls than seeing a gay Asian chick. I don’t know, but I’m pretty sure there are more gay Asian chicks than vampires. What gives? Er, okay, the answer is racism but anyway…
There might be a huge lack of diversity in some of your favorite movies, but there are still some great films out there that actually represent the diversity of young women’s experiences. Check out these 15 movies that aren’t about straight, thin white people and add some new favorites to your list.
A quartet of friends kidnap a rockstar and imprison him in their plastic, see-through Bubble House. Directed by Beatles photographer Robert Freeman (who shot the cover for Rubber Soul), and featuring music by long-lost British flower-pop group Nirvana. (Watch trailer)
Groupie Girl aka I Am a Groupie (1970)
A bored teenage girl decides that she wants to meet rock stars, and the best way to do that is to become a groupie. She finds herself going on the road with a rock band, and soon discovers that being a groupie isn’t as glamorous or exciting as she thought it would be. (Watch online)
This documentary on the first generation of rock ‘n’ roll groupies, features performances by such bands as Ten Years After, Terry Reid, Spooky Tooth, and Cat Mother. (Watch online)
200 Motels (1971)
The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. The band members’ main concerns are the search for groupies and the desire to get paid. (Watch online)
Sid & Nancy (1986)
Morbid biographical story of Sid Vicious, bassist with British punk group the Sex Pistols, and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. When the Sex Pistols break up after their fateful U.S. tour, Vicious attempts a solo career while in the grip of heroin addiction. One morning, Nancy is found stabbed to death and Sid is arrested for her murder. (Watch online)
Uncle Meat (1987)
This is a documentary about an unfinished movie. Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention try to film the sci-fi epic “Uncle Meat.”
Almost Famous (2000)
A high-school boy is given the chance to write a story for Rolling Stone Magazine about an up-and-coming rock band as he accompanies it on their concert tour. (Watch online)
Plaster Caster: The Rock & Roll Adventures of Super-Groupie Cynthia Plaster Caster (2001)
Plaster Caster is an intimate documentary portrait of legendary artist and groupie, Cynthia Plaster Caster, famous for plaster casting the penises of rock stars, including, most notoriously, Jimi Hendrix. (Download)
The Cockettes (2002)
In the late ’60s and early ’70s, a San Francisco-based group of transvestite performers formed a talented troupe known as “The Cockettes.” This documentary shows how their scene interrelated with the booming San Francisco counterculture. (Watch trailer)
The Banger Sisters (2002)
Lavinia and Suzette, former rock groupies and best friends, reconnect after 20 years; one is still as wild as ever, while the other has adopted a more conservative lifestyle. (Watch online)
Das wilde Leben aka Eight Miles High(2007)
Achim Bornhak’s movie focuses on the restless life of Uschi Obermaier, the icon of the 1968 movement in Germany and groupie. Uschi just wants to have fun, works as fashion model and leads international music stars in temptation… (Watch online)
Let’s Spend the Night Together: Confessions of Rock’s Greatest Groupies (2011)
The documentary follows Pamela Des Barres on a road trip as she visits many oldschool rock groupies. From the outer limits of Salt Lake City to the southern end of Little Rock, Arkansas, some of rock ‘n’ roll’s most beloved dolls will re-emerge to share their stories. While the salacious details of their intimate pastimes remain the obvious attraction, it’s the unexpected human side of their relationship with these rock gods that is the most intriguing. (Watch online)
Crimson Peak is unquestionably the best vampire film I’ve ever seen – the deep irony being that it has no vampires.
Tom Hiddleston is more transcendently beautiful, more broodingly seductive, and quite plainly more superlatively vampiric playing the Baronet Thomas Sharpe in Crimson Peak than he was playing an actual centuries old vampire in Only Lovers Left Alive.
Crimson Peak is not a film.
It is an aesthetic.
Ghosts trail ectoplasm in the shape of lace filigree subliming into smoke.
A minor character wears a pearl rope necklace to a ball purely so that Del Toro might film her clutching it.
Jim Beaver plays the gruff yet doting father of the film’s ingenue, and performs a twenty second monologue insulting the delicate softness of Tom Hiddleston’s elegant porcelain hands.
There’s a thirty second close-up of a swallowtail butterfly being eaten alive by carpenter (?) ants during a garden party.