I feel like there’s alot of new releases coming out in October, perfect for getting us in the Halloween / fall mood. This is vital, because with the lower temperatures I think I’ll be staying in even more, so I’ll definitely need some entertainment! Below are some shows/movies that I’ve watched recently, as well as new releases I’m waiting for!
Rebecca (Netflix – Oct 21st) – Based on the novel of the same name by Daphne Du Maurier I’m excited to see how this Lily James version compares to the original from Alfred Hitchcock starring Joan Fontaine. This movie incorporates two of my favorite genres for fall, romance and mystery.
Emily in Paris (Netflix – Out Now) – If you want an easy breezy escape this show is binge worthy! Starring Lily Collins as a quirky optimistic American in Paris, it is full of beautiful scenery and swoon worthy outfits.
Haunting of Bly Manor (Netflix – Oct 12th) – Follow-up to Haunting of Hill House (although not sure if it’s a continuation of same plot line), it’s a supernatural thriller.
The Devil All the Time (Netflix – Out Now) – I’ve watched this movie and to be quite honest it’s quite dark but I did finish the whole thing so I guess that says something. It’s a combination of unfortunate events and how they all end up being related.
Ratched (Netflix – Out Now) – I remember reading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as part of an assigned reading in high school and despising Nurse Ratched’s character. This story follows her journey prior to meeting the infamous McMurphy. I was a bit disappointed with this series as I was hoping it would help us in understanding why Ratched acted they way she did but it more of conveyed to the audience that she was who she was even prior to meeting McMurphy…
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Netflix – Out Now) – I would describe this as a slow burning psychological thriller, which *spoiler* ends up being quite sad. It gives you a lot to to think about. But the way the story is delivered keeps you on the edge of your toes. Although this is open to interpretation, my key take away from this movie is to be nice to everyone because you don’t know what internal/external battles they are facing.
Death on the Nile (I believe in theatres – Dec 18th) – Part of the Agatha Christie Series, following Murder on the Orient Express. This story follows Detective Hercule Poirot investigating yet another murder, taking on a cruise ship on the Nile River. Also starring an ensemble cast, similar to it’s predecessor I’m excited to see Gal Gadot star in this mystery!
The Witches (HBO Max – Oct 22nd) – Remake of the movie by the same name starring Angelica Houston as the head witch trying to scheme in order to get rid of all the children, this is definitely a fun one perfect for Halloween! And did I mention Anne Hathaway will playing Houston’s character in the remake??!!
Holidate (Netflix – Oct 28th) – This seems like a light hearted romantic comedy, starring Emma Roberts and the pressures of having a date for holiday events. Something to get us excited for the holidays!
Blythe Spirit (I believe in theatres – Dec 25th) – I actually watched the original version of this remake and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it! The story is about a man who remarries and during a séance, accidently summons the ghost of his dead first wife. The rest of the story follows the hilarious interactions between the first wife, the second wife and the man. Really excited about the casting for this one, it stars Isla Fischer and Leslie Mann.
The Queen’s Gambit (Netflix – Oct 23rd) – Starring Anna Taylor Joy from Emma, this series follows a child chess prodigy and there seems to be an added mystery aspect along the way of madness vs. genius.
Enola Holmes (Netflix – Out Now) – This movie I feel like is made for a slightly younger audience. Although it is still entertaining, the plot line was pretty simple. If you’re a Millie Bobby Brown fan this is worth a one time watch!
Welcome to Blumhouse (Black Box, The Lie, Evil Eye, Nocturne) (Amazon – Starting on Oct 6th )- A series of horror movies, I believe this is probably the scariest movies on the list! The trailers for these movies are intense…
I don’t know about you but Fridays for me have seen a huge shift. When I was in school everyone would be super excited for Friday to arrive, we’d all get ready and go out to eat or do something fun with friends! We were all so energetic, it’s like we saved up all our energy for this one night! But things have changed since having a job. I’ll give you an example, this past Friday I ordered takeout for me and my family (spicy chicken sandwiches, which were delicious by the way) and was looking forward to watching the new Enola Holmes movie on Netflix with my sister (it’s our tradition to kick off the weekend with a mystery movie). Sounds great right? Well half way through the movie at around 8pm I fell asleep (the movie wasn’t that boring if I may add) and there went my Friday. If this was a Friday in college, we’d have been getting ready to go out to dinner with friends at 8pm and now I’m instead falling asleep at this time??!!
Don’t get me wrong I still look forward to Fridays because it marks the coming weekend. But unlike college Fridays, I don’t feel more energized instead I feel drained. It’s really disappointing because it’s this half a day that has so much potential, you have Saturday and Sunday to look forward to. Friday evenings can be wasted to be selfish with because, hey there are 2 days that can be used to be productive and do errands. Ever since I started working, I’m still as tired as I would have been on any other week day from work but ever more so on Friday cause it’s the end of the week. It feels like the week’s worth of energy has been sucked out of me on this day. I honestly wish I didn’t because I miss those college days where I had all the energy to plan something fun, but instead I don’t feel that energy anymore. I still find a way to make Fridays fun, ordering takeout or watching a good movie but I definitely end up calling it a night earlier than I would have had I been a school. Obviously going from college to work, things change but this is definitely one of the things I miss the most! Fridays have definitely evolved from them being the highlight of my week when I was in school to this title shifting to Saturday after I’ve started working. I think it’s still safe to say though that we all continue to look forward to Fridays just the same!
I thought I’d start a biweekly post where I would highlight things that people have currently been talking about. There’s so much information out there that it’s hard to filter out what is relevant or worth paying attention to. So I thought I’d focus on a range of topics from food to books that I’ve seen trending. Also this is to make it easier so that you’re not that person who hops on a zoom call with your friends and is confused about the topics everyone is discussing, cause hey we’ve all been there at some point or another (and it’s not a fun place to be)!!
the term “STAN” – So in my defense I knew what STAN meant but I could never figure out if it was an abbreviation for anything. Just to save you all the research STAN gained popularity after being mentioned in an Eminem song and it’s essentially saying you’re a fan of something.
These affordable Birkenstock sandals- I feel like everyone’s been talking about these sandals because they are super comfortable and relatively affordable! My younger self would find it very ironic that now I love Birkenstock because way back when I thought they were the ugliest of all shoes!
Folklore by Taylor Swift – Very indie vibe! My favorite song is seven! There have been so many theories on where she drew inspiration for this album and I have to say these theories are really interesting….
Projection Alarm Clocks – I don’t know how I feel about this. On one end I’m thinking how lazy can you be not to spend one extra second glancing over at your clock. On the other hand I’m thinking how easy it’d be to glance at the time the second you wake up!
Clear Masks/ Face Shields – Though mainly for the purpose of helping the hard of hearing, they also allow you to see the majority of someone’s face behind their mask!
I’ve spent so long on the internet looking for shows or movies to watch..sometimes it feels like there’s nothing to watch and other times the options feel so overwhelming, I don’t know where to start. So below I’ve short listed some of my favorite movies and shows I’ve watched starting from quarantine till now (hoping to save you a couple of minutes or umm hours in my case, scavenging the web for options):
Dark -> This a German show but it’s been dubbed in English. It’s so unique in that its a time travel story done so “smartly” with a mystery element that keeps you intrigued on how past, present and future are related. This is a show that definitely makes you think. You have to be paying attention the entire time because even missing the smallest detail can leave you feeling lost later on.
Never Have I Ever -> So relatable if you are a first generation American, reminding you of your awkward teen years! The main character is hilarious and definitely steals the show with her confidence, humor and wittiness.
The Politician Season 1 + 2 -> Every single one of the characters are so likable on this show and unique with such strong personalities. This show is so creative in that they spotlight politics for a younger generation, making it interesting but also educating you on the inner workings of entering political arena. I would say it’s similar to Knives Out, in that its an over dramatic comedy with an ensemble cast. Also, I have to add the fashion choices on this show are top notch, with each character’s wardrobe reflective of their personality!
You Season 1 + 2 >- Definitely a dark show since it’s based on a stalker but Joe, the main character has something about him that makes you want to see the good in him. Definitely worth the watch if you want a scenic NY/LA landscape with an intriguing plot line. Also Joe is essentially Dan Humphrey from Gossip Girl, if he were to completely embrace his dark side.
Locke and Key ->With Covid happening, sometimes you just want to take an escape into a fantasy land. Enter Locke and Key, full of literal “magic”, mystery and quite an interesting trio of siblings. It’s kind of reminiscent of Stranger Things.
On my radar: Imposters -> Comedy with a side of mystery. A female con artist marries various rich people and then deserts them after having robbed them. The comedy part enters when some of the people she’s conned get together and gang up on her to get their money back. The Order -> Not too acquainted with the show other than it deals with magic and the cast is reminiscent of Gossip Girl type characters. That’s enough to make me want to watch the show!
Carrie Pilby -> This has definitely been my favorite movie discovery of all of quarantine. It’s about a 19 year old genius that’s already graduated college (Harvard, may I add) so although intellectually she’s mature, socially not so much. Her blunt honesty and witty sarcasm make her so likable. She’s also very relatable in that she’s navigating the uncertainties of life, such as her romantic endeavors and making friendships. I would also like to add, someone from the Adventures of Narnia makes an appearance in this movie.
The Guest -> Made in Spanish but dubbed in English. This is the thriller you’ve been waiting for and it does not disappoint. You know those movies that have such a build up but then let you down at the end??!! Well this is definitely not one of them. It’s so good, I’m just going to tell you to watch it cause I don’t want to give away any details that would spoil the suspense.
Tall Girl -> This is one of Netflix’s Orginal rom coms that they are famously known for. I picked this one over many of their others because I think it does a really good job of depicting the awkwardness and insecurities we’ve felt while growing up. Even though the insecurity you might have faced isn’t height related, you still find a way to connect with what the main character is experiencing. Also Jack gives me serious Ducky vibes from Pretty in Pink…
Dumplin -> This movie encompasses so many elements, mother-daughter relationships, loss, insecurities, friendship and romance. This is a feel good movie that deals with all the above topics in a way where you feel for all the characters involved and see their progression through out the movie.
Friends -> I’m probably the last one to watch this show but I’m on Season 2 and after multiple failed attempts, I now understand the hype around the show! I think it’s the fact that the show is based on the interactions of the 6 main characters, who have such strong personalities and opinions on each other’s lives. It essentially revolves on each of the character’s reactions to the highs/lows each of these friends are facing.
Love Life -> This show was a hidden gem! With Anna Kendrick’s quirky humor and her girl next door persona, each episode follows a different relationship her character, Darby has been in. As the show progresses, you get to also see how Darby has progressed in life and how each relationship has affected her character development.
My Brilliant Friend -> I watched this during the beginning of quarantine when I had major travel withdrawals (since the vacations I booked were cancelled). This is a coming of age story between based on the friendship of two girls from a village in Italy. It’s so raw and real sometimes, it makes you feel for the characters. The visuals are beautiful, set in Italy and gives a sense that you’re with the characters enjoying the joys they feel and the pain they suffer.
On my radar: Search Party -> I’ve only watched the trailer for this show but it seems intriguing. Elements that stood out to me was quirkiness, mystery and comedy. Honestly, at this point in time it feels like all of us are lost and from the trailer it seems like the characters are on the same boat. As the show progresses it feels like the characters might potentially find themselves through their friendships.
Casablanca – An OG that I think everyone should see! I watched it because I feel like anyone who’s interested in film says this is a must see, plus I’m really into black and white movies. Set in Morocco during WWII, it’s based on a love triangle. Many have debated whether Ingrid Bergman’s character made the right decision at the end of the movie. It’s also received a 99% on Rotten Tomatoes if you don’t believe me!
On my radar: Homecoming -> I listened to the original podcast when it came out so I’m really interested in seeing the show adaption, especially since it stars Julia Roberts (season 1) and Janelle Monae (season 2). I would describe this as a psychological thriller regarding a suspicious wellness company that supposedly helps veterans overcome trauma. The premise follows the story as to what the company’s motives are.
Knives Out -> Mystery with an ensemble cast! Highlights include watching the entire family bickering with each other, the famous white sweater and the line “CSI KFC”. I would say the reason this mystery stands out is because it’s also has a side of over dramatic comedy.
Bravo – Summer House -> Watching twenty something year olds party it up every weekend of the summer in the Hamptons and all the drama that ensues with living together each weekend. It’s a reality show btw!
Starz – Sweetbitter -> Coming of age story in NYC, with a backdrop of what it’s like working in a restaurant. The imagery on food/wine is an added bonus! Also be sure to read the book the adaptation is based on!