These days I try to structure the way I procrastinate: namely trying to consume meaningful content more purposefully (i.e. reading a book/watching a movie) than to mindlessly surf the ‘net (god damn Reddit, Imgur and aggregate news sites etc.). It’s not as loftly as it sounds but here are some things watched on the Netflix that I have been meaning to watch for a while:
A Royal Affair (2012) — 3.5/5
It’s a rather predictable, albeit to its credit historically true love affair: bored Queen forced to marry manic King until she is swooped off her feet by a more sophisticated (usually older) gentlewoman who “understands” her—where have we seen this before? Cough Marie Antoinette cough.I am sorry if this was a revelation to you and it was a complete spoiler, but where the film excels in is humanizing each character as they struggle to modernize Denmark towards Enlightenment ideals. As a period drama, it is a visual delight to behold. Alicia Vikander proved to be so much more than pretty face by giving Caroline Mathilde of Great Britain (not that you cannot be pretty and talented) a certain quiet resolute strength and firmly standing her ground against the seasoned Mads Mikkelsen, who plays Dr. Johan Struensee. Mikkel Boe Følsgaard gives an equally nuanced hls server performance as the surprisingly likable and vulnerable King Christian VII.
Frances Ha (2013) — 4/5
As a so-called millennial, I am admittedly particularly touchy about any attempts to portray “my” generation. Frances is technically 27, so she would belong as the older ones of the pack, but as a underemployed dancer she might as well be a fresh college graduate. It’s easy to follow a certain navel-grazing way of portraying young twenty-something New Yorkers (see: Girls) but it manages to overcome that by making Frances completely endearing without being nauseating—a job well done by Greta Gerwig. The black and white colouring is an odd choice and while the cinematography never blew me away, the fact that it isn’t so stylized gives it a more authentic honest appeal.
Sidenote: I need to stop scaring myself by watching such bleak cloud transcoding server depictions of depressing job prospects. It’s not doing any good for my nerves right now. I NEED ESCAPISM NOT REALISM.
Completely by sheer coincidence, Katrina of Pugly Pixel also watched this recently and decided to give a tutorial on the movie poster (not the one picture above) that you should check out.