Finally things are progressing along in the film industry, but I cannot offer a complete eight listing of upcoming movies and shows. Yeesh! What does a lady have to do around here to get consistent services from Hollywood film productions? All movies and shows below have recently come out or will be debuting in the next three months. I have expanded my search to include delving into the catalogs of Amazon Videos, Hulu, and YouTube which may not otherwise show up on Internet Movie Database (my number one source, I swear by.) Naturally, the cinematic features are all of the 19th century variety. Despite a truncated selection of four, I still have my eye on 56 movies that take place during the 1800s that have yet to be completed or set a firm release date. Does it look like I have a bottomless well of patience? I do not! Let us focus on the good. Observe below! What movie or show are you hyped to see?
Back on March 5th this comedic television show debuted on Fox on Sundays. “It follows three friends from two different centuries as they try to balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present lives.” So, obviously this show encompasses other eras aside from the 19th century. Leighton Meister (Blair Waldorf is that you?!) headlines along side Adam Pally (last seen in the Mindy Project); stand up comedian Yassir Lester rounds out the cast. The ratings are decent, so it is worth a look!
Another series premiered last month is The Son on AMC. “A multi-generational epic telling of the story of America’s birth as a superpower through the bloody rise and fall of one Texas oil empire.” This one hour saga features Pierce Bronsnan (007! The guy from Mrs. Doubtfire!), Henry Garrett (previously seen in Poldark), and the beautiful Mexican actress Paola Nunez as Maria Garcia. According to the reviews, you ought to watch The Son. I like Pierce Brosnan and I always appreciate Latina actors crossing over for cultural diversity on film.
A Quiet Passion
“The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognizable artist.” Starring Cynthia Nixon (Hello, Miranda from Sex and the City!) as the poet, herself, Jennifer Ehle (the “original” Elizabeth Bennett opposite of Colin Firth’s Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice) plays Emily’s sister, Lavinia, and actor Duncan Duff portraying older brother, Austin. The film was released on April 9th and has received solid reviews from movie-goers. Personally, while this may seem sacrilegious coming from a Librarian and one who professes a love for most 19th century related things, I have never been a huge fan of Emily Dickinson. The prose is sparse and far too restrained for my taste. I prefer rhythm and a painted picture, more over her life was not “entertaining,” not terribly colorful and mostly by her own choice. Is that such a terrible way to judge someone? Perhaps, but to each his own.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man Tell No Tales
Due out May 26th, this action adventure film follows “Captain Jack Sparrow as he searches for the trident of Poseidon.” How many Pirates movies has there been now? What number are we on now? Four? Oh! Five! Geez, but who doesn’t like Johnny Depp as Sparrow?! Orlando Bloom returns (yes!) as does Geoffrey Rush and Keira Knightley! Javier Bardem joins the crew as Captain Salazar (Woot! Another Latino!). . . Now, pirate lore tends to stem from the 1700s to the 1800s, so I thought to include it here, to beef up my listicle, but it may, in fact, be a 18th century affair. Supposedly the last installment of the Pirate franchise, but there are whispers of a sixth . . . *whispers* Please don’t beat a dead horse, like Fast and the Furious.