new Friday fave

Friday Favorites is a post where I incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. ย It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or at length, depending on my moodย ๐Ÿ˜‰

As my queue continues to expand (not quite to the extremes of my TBR but close), I have decided to share more Netflix Originals. I continue to discover series that are definitely binge-worthy, and well, most of us are often seeking that next good watch when we are not immersed in books.


Netflix Originals: Round 3

requiem-e1520840445578Netflix Original: Requiem
Cast:ย ย Lydia Wilson,ย James Frecheville,ย Sian Reese-Williams
The Skinny: This British thriller offers a nice mix of fantasy and the supernatural. Whenย cello star Matilda Gray’s mother takes her own life, she discovers a concerning link to the disappearance of a Welsch girl years ago and travels to Wales in search of answers.
Pros: Atmospheric and brooding plotline with a slow revelation. Excellent cast.
Cons: An ultimately far-fetched ending that some will struggle with.
My rating: 4/5 – the ending was not enough to deter my love for this series.

tabulaNetflix Original: Tabula Rasa
Cast:ย Veerle Baetens,ย Stijn Van Opstal,ย Jeroen Perceval
The Skinny: A Dutch thriller centered around a young woman,ย Annemie D’Haeze. After an accident leaves her with amnesia and no short-term memory, she becomes the center of a missing person investigation.
Pros: Well developed, complex plot with unexpected twists.
Cons: A few themes that may be sensitive in nature for some.
My rating: 5/5 – I binged this one hard and was caught off guard by the end events.


Netflix Original: The Frankenstein Chronicles
Cast:ย Sean Bean,ย Richie Campbell,ย Tom Ward
The Skinny: John Marlott is an inspector tasked with a gruesome job. He is investigating a set of mysteriousย murders that appear to be the work of a scientist attempting to reanimate the dead.
Pros: Beautiful period piece set in 19th Century London with superb acting (hello Sean Bean).
Cons: Often graphic and sometimes slow pace.
My rating: 4/5 – Loved the setting, costume, and well.. Sean Bean.

fullmetalalchemistNetflix Original: Fullmetal Alchemist
Cast:ย Ryรดsuke Yamada,ย Tsubasa Honda,ย Dean Fujioka
The Skinny: This is the live adaptation of the beloved manga and anime series and a film, not actually a series. It follows the Elric brothers whose attempt to use alchemy to revive their mother goes horribly wrong, leaving the younger brother without a body. Now they search for the Philosopher’sย Stone, which they believe is the answer to their problems.
Pros: The spirit of the brothers and key elements of the story are captured.
Cons: The graphics felt over the top, and there were a few omissions.
My Rating 3/5 – This is worth a watch if you are fan! Once I let go of my initial hangups, I really enjoyed the film.

The list is a little smaller this round, as I have not been able to watch as much television. What have you been watching? Any thoughts on the above or any recommendations?

Happy Friday!

Danielleย โค

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    1. Haha I am pretty sure the “Original” just means they acquired full licensing rights ๐Ÿ˜‰ But “we” will have to stop stealing ๐Ÿ˜› I live off of BBC and Masterpiece personally. It is nice to finally have access through our provider (when up and running) to so many international channels. I admit, I watch very little American television. 90% of watch I watch is not even in English haha.

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    1. I believe it was roughly 2 hours. So I have to admit, it felt a bit kitschy. But when I let go of my hangups, I really enjoyed it. They did a good job with capturing the heart of the brothers and Al looked great. I am sure many fans may feel differently though. I took it for what it was ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Agh! I’ve been actively avoiding new TV my TV backlog is almost as long as my TBR! Requiem sounds good…which scares me because the BBC made it and I HATE the BBC with a passion…hmmm I might give it a go at some point, but I will probably forget about it before I clear my backlog in about 20 years time!
    I didn’t like The Frankenstein Chronicles I found it clunky and probably the worst acting Sean Bean has ever done which is quite an accomplishment considering some of his flops.
    I think we will probably watch Fullmetal Alchemist I’m pretty sure the Hubs has alredy snuck it into our watchlist! lol

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    1. I think after about three episode The Frankenstein Chronicles really pulled together for me. Initially I was uncertain, but it worked out. I was impressed with Bean in the end. But I am a fan, for reasons outside of his acting haha โค I giggle that you dislike BBC as I live on it haha. What are the odds? Specific reasons? I hope you enjoy Fullmetal, just do not go in with crazy expectations. It is an odd one to adapt into live action, but can be fun enough ๐Ÿ™‚


      1. I find the writing and acting on BBC programmes really wooden. It’s like they are writing everything for audiences if 11yr olds. I pretty much only watch US TV quite amusing that. I don’t watch much TV at all though, we watch one episode of something max per day, so can’t get through much!

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  2. I love that you loved Tabula Rasa. It’s from Belgium and I’m proud that people from all over the world can discover this show! It’s not really from Netflix itself but I guess they like to add the Netflix Original part haha ๐Ÿ˜€

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    1. The Original only means that they acquired specific licensing ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love when they pick up these series, because it gives me the opportunity to explore more content. I watch a lot of Belgian series when they are available! I tend to be a fan. I enjoyed The Break and Hotel Beau Sรฉjour. Have you watched them?


  3. I also love Sean Bean! I’ll have to check out The Frankenstein Chronicles. My husband and I watched all of the anime for Fullmetal Alchemist when my first son was born and I was up nursing a lot. I still remember sitting on the couch with our laptop and my son on the coffee table in his moses basket! Why weren’t we sleeping??? I don’t know, but it was fun.

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  4. I tried The Fullmetal Alchemist… and I didn’t finish it, oops… I think it’s because I am not at all familiar with the original creation and manga is something that I am still to explore.
    I have Frankenstein Chronicles added to my list though and Tabula Rasa looks interesting! Thanks for the rec! ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. Start with Tabula Rasa, it was my favorite of all! I can see how Fullmetal was a no go (esp. if you are not an existing fan). I would say execute patience with The Frankenstein Chronicles. It was a slow start for me, but got better with time ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me know about Tabula. Lord, I loved it haha.


  5. I’ll have to save this list! I haven’t been watching tv or movies with few exceptions for “research” or to con my son away from his PlayStation in months. However, after finishing up a big project a few days ago and being in a really crappy place physically, I’ve managed to watch season 5 of Bates Motel, AHS: Roanoke, and am currently working on season 2 of Sense8. All of this since Thursday night? Haha. I probably won’t continue this gluttonous trajectory but, if I do, I’ve added these to the queue! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  6. Netflix keeps on popping up The Frankenstein Chronicles whenever I open it but I am never sure if it’s worth my time. Nice to hear that you actually enjoy it! ๐Ÿ˜› Awesome list though, those first two I had never heard of. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

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  7. The live action Full Metal is a Netflix Original? I had no idea! I’ll have to do my 30 Day Free Trial soon. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

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