Friday Favorites: Netflix Originals To Binge, Part 2

Friday Favorites

Picking up where we left off last week, I am wrapping up my Netflix Originals with a few more binge-worthy series this week. Here are five more favorites to consider adding to your queue.

Binge-Worthy Part II

aliasgraceNetflix Original: Alias Grace
Cast: Sarah GadonEdward HolcroftRebecca Liddiard
IMDb Synopsis: In 19th-century Canada, a psychiatrist weighs whether a murderess should be pardoned due to insanity.

Why you want to watch: This adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel delivers an outstanding cast backed by an incredible script and setting. From costumes to dialect, be prepared to be transported back in time and immersed within a series that only improves with each episode.

breakNetflix Original: The Break
Cast: Yoann BlancGuillaume KerbushAnne Coesens
Personal Synopsis: Inspector Yoann Peeters finds himself called to the scene of a crime shortly after moving back to his home town. The discovery of 19 year-old Driss Assani’s body leads to an ongoing investigation that begins to reveal many troubling details surrounding the town and its residents.

Why you want to watch: Because while this Belgium crime thriller moves at a leisurely pace, it ultimately leads to an incredible plot full of twists and turns. Atmospheric and brooding, this one manages to grab you unexpectedly and pull you in. It is worth hanging out through the first few, slower episodes.

hotelbsNetflix Original: Hotel Beau Séjour 
Cast: Lynn Van RoyenInge PaulussenJan Hammenecker
IMDb Synopsis: A young woman wakes to discover her own murder on her hands. Struggling to get help and solve the case from five locals who are somehow involved with the night of her death, she uncovers so much more.

Why you want to watch: Because you will think you have it figured out only to continually discover you do not. Dark and immersive, Hotel Beau Séjour delivers a unique experience in a very subtle yet rewarding manner that manages to keep you guessing and leaves you satisfied in the end.

stranger things.jpgNetflix Original: Stranger Things
Cast:  Millie Bobby BrownFinn WolfhardWinona Ryder
IMDb Synopsis: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends, must confront terrifying forces in order to get him back.

Why you want to watch: From an opening theme that brilliantly captures the show’s nostalgic, 80s science fiction vibe to an incredible cast, Stranger Things will instantly deliver a fun throwback for older fans and something rare for younger. And with 2 seasons available, there is plenty to binge!

wormwoodNetflix Original: Wormwood
Cast: Peter SarsgaardChristian CamargoEric Olson
IMDb Synopsis: In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment.

 

Why you want to watch: While Wormwood will not be everyone’s cup of tea, this docudrama attempts to shed light on the truth while exploring the CIA’s Project MK-Ultra (aka Mind Control Program). If offers a unique look at the often illegal experiments that took place.

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Have you watched any of the above? Or maybe you have enjoyed some of the series from Part I of my list. I have to admit that I am a fan of Netflix Originals. I would love to know what you are watching!

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: Netflix Originals To Binge, Part I

Friday Favorites

Let’s face, I do not read 24/7. Part of my time is spent binge watching anime, original series and true documentaries. And sometimes I play mom (aka Meme). I am a woman of many hats.

Today, for your viewing pleasure, I have compiled a list of the more memorable original series I have encountered on Netflix. You know the ones. You say one more episode, and then before you realize it, you are trying to figure out how to carry on with life until the next season. So grab a drink and pull up.. well another drink. Let me fill that void..

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Binge on This..

mndhntNetflix Original: Mindhunter
Cast: Jonathan GroffHolt McCallanyAnna Torv
IMDb Synopsis: In the late 1970s two FBI agents expand criminal science by delving into the psychology of murder and getting uneasily close to all-too-real monsters.


Why you want to watch:
Based on the book by retired FBI Special Agent, John Douglas, this is a first hand look at the birth of serial killer profiling.  And if that is not enough to tempt you, Britton’s downright haunting performance as Edmund Kemper should be.

blackmirrorNetflix Original: Black Mirror
Cast:  Daniel LapaineHannah John-Kamen, & many more.
IMDb Synopsis: An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Why you want to watch: This ongoing collection of roughly hour-long stand-alone episodes offers a disturbing glimpse into an alternate world where technology and human desires are brought together in a horrifying manner. The end result is unsettling and for great reasons.

dark.jpgNetflix Original: Dark
Cast: Oliver MasucciKaroline EichhornJördis Triebel
IMDb Synopsis: A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town, where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Why you want to watch: A German thriller with a dark plot centered around the disappearance of a young boy, it offers a nice twist with stranger elements of science fiction and a dose of the unexpected. Original and immersive, this one manages a successful creep factor on multiple fronts.

erased.jpgNetflix Original: Erased
Cast: Yûki FurukawaTomoka KurotaniReo Uchikawa
IMDb Synopsis: After finding his mom killed, Satoru’s time-traveling ability takes him back 18 years for a chance to prevent her death and those of three classmates.
Why you want to watch: Because they nailed it! If you are familiar with the manga or anime, and a fan, you cannot afford to pass this one up. Beautifully written with an incredible cast, smart directing creates a completely atmospheric experience that draws you in until the very end. I think I must have went through an entire box of tissues.

anneNetflix Original: Anne with an E
Cast: Amybeth McNultyGeraldine JamesR.H. Thomson
IMDb Synopsis: The adventures of a young orphan girl living in the late 19th century. Follow Anne as she learns to navigate her new life on Prince Edward Island, in this new take on L.M. Montgomery’s classic novels.

Why you want to watch: Because it’s Anne, with an “E”! While some viewers seemed to struggle with the slightly darker take and realism incorporated into this childhood classic, the harsher elements added a true air of credibility to an old favorite. It was refreshing and comfortably familiar all at the same time. Simply beautiful and endearing.
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Not all-inclusive by any means, the above are a small handful of my favorites.  We certainly cannot forget gems like Stanger Things that have stormed the spotlight for great reason. My list will continue next week 😉 What are some of your favorite series (Netflix or not), to binge when time allows? Have you watched any of my favorites?

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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Friday Favorites: 5 Book to Film Adaptations Worth Watching

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One of my goals this year is to incorporate more of what I love into the blog. This includes films, anime, manga, music, you name it. Anything goes. So from time to time, you might notice Friday Favorites making an appearance. It will be an opportunity to share some of the things I love and discuss them briefly or in length, depending on my mood 😉

This week I am starting with a handful of my favorite book to film adaptations. I realize that film adaptations often receive a bad rap, and I admit some of them really deserve it. There is nothing more infuriating than seeing a beloved story completely destroyed. And it does happen. Whether it is the result of deviating from the plot-line too much, poor casting or even low budgets, we have all seen a few of our favorites ripped to shreds. But I still love seeing books made into movies.

Why?

Well for several reasons really. But the most important (and the one I am going to talk about here) is that adaptations expand a book’s audience! I live in a home of non-readers. So when I experience a story that I love, nothing thrills me more than seeing it hit the big screen! Here is my chance to finally share. And that means a lot to me as a reader.

I love the idea of a great story reaching a larger audience. Even if that means a few adjustments. But I think it is important to keep in mind that adaptations are exactly that. They have been modified to work within the new setting and for their new audience. Sometimes it unfolds beautifully and others it fails miserably. But I will never give up my enthusiasm for possibility of seeing a great film of a favorite book.

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With that being said, here are five book to film adaptations I thoroughly love.

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Released 1977
Directors/Producers: Arthur Rankin, Jr., Jules Bass

This musical adaptation combined lyrics from the original story and the animation I have come to adore, to tell the incredible adventure of Bilbo Baggins’ quest to reclaim the gold of the dwarves. Full of wonder and merriment but easily capturing the darker moments, the end result is almost as magical as JRR Tolkien’s orignal, beloved tale.

The_Road_2_L.jpgThe Road
Released 2009
Director: John Hillcoat
Producers:  Nick Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, Steve Schwartz

While the film adaptation of this bleak postapocalyptic tale drastically toned down the more graphic and disturbing scenes that were encountered in the book, it was still managed to convey the gritty, often dismal and very emotional aspects of the catastrophic setting with a stellar cast and cinematography. It is a raw look at the downfall of humanity that I felt held true to the original theme of the book by Cormac McCarthy.

clckwrkA Clockwork Orange
Released 1971
Director/Producer: Stanley Kubrick

A Clockwork Orange is not a film I can recommend to everyone. The same can be said for the book. While ranked highly among my favorites and packing a hefty message about free will, there is a lot of disturbing content. If you cannot handle the perverse, skip it. But if you are like myself, and comfortable with exploring the uncomfortable, this one is a must. Kubrick manages to bring full life to Anthony Burgess’s dark and complex story. Be it disgust or shock, the film will definitely solicit some strong emotions.

bladerunnerBlade Runner 
Released 1982
Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Michael Deeley, Charles de Lauzirika

Based loosely on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, Blade Runner delivers a gritty future and tells the story of a detective hunting replicants (bioengineered androids). It offers a unique experience that fans of sci-fi can easily appreciate and offers a digestible look into the complex world created by Phillip K. Dick.

princess-bride-the-1987-006-cary-elwes-robin-wright-kissThe Princess Bride
Released 1987
Director/Producer: Rob Reiner

A phenomenal cast breathe incredible life into William Goldman’s classic fairy tale. Full of nonstop laughs and endearing characters, The Princess Bride easily makes my favorites list in both films and books. This is a must watch for all, and I would be hard pressed not to include it today. If you need a pick me, you can find it in this enchanting film.

While this list is certainly not all-inclusive, the above films have left  their mark with me. Whether they stuck to the original script or chose to deviate for a wider audience, I found the end result to be none the less entertaining and satisfying.

What are some of your favorite book to film adaptations? What do you look for in the films of your favorite stories? I personally do not mind a few changes as long as the true spirit and original essence/message are captured in the final production.

Happy Friday!

Danielle ❤

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