Tyler and I have been taking in A LOT of tv and movies lately! I’m sure many of you are doing the same as you spend weekends indoors. I wanted to give a brief summary of 2 films and 2 tv shows that we’ve enjoyed in recent weeks.
1. The BEFORE SUNRISE TRILOGY – Ok, I cheated, this is technically 3 films.
The three films, directed by Richard Linklater and starring Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, were filmed over 3 different periods of time. The first, “Before Sunrise,” came out in 1995 and features two young adults who meet on a train and decide to spend the day in Austria together. The 2nd film, “Before Sunset,” is a masterpiece (as Tyler always says – he’s already seen all 3 films multiple times)! The same individuals meet in Paris several years later (it was released in 2004). The final film, “Before Midnight,” came out in 2013, and according to Tyler it is also a “masterpiece.” I haven’t watched the 3rd film yet, but if the first two are any indicator, I’m sure I’ll love it. These films also make for a quick watch because they are all under 1 hour and 50 minutes!
Available to rent on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Vudu.
2. AWAY WE GO
I was looking for a feel-good film to watch, so I took a survey on Instagram. My wedding florist suggested, “Away We Go,” a 2009 film starring Maya Rudolph and John Krasinski. It’s a super cute comedy about a couple’s journey to find the right city to raise their child. They interact with a lot of interesting characters along the way as they search for a place to plant roots.
Available with Hulu subscription or for rent on Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, and Vudu.
1. NORMAL PEOPLE
This one is heavy. BUT SO GOOD. Tyler and I binged this drama in 3 days. The story follows a young couple in Ireland as they graduate high school and start college. One of the major themes throughout the show is communication and how it impacts physical and emotional intimacy. This one will really take you on an emotional rollercoaster, but the cinematography, script, and acting are truly phenomenal.
Available on Hulu.
2. THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA
Another heavy one (Sorry!!! Looking for something more lighthearted? Check out this blog post!). If you’re a sucker for a period piece (like I am), then this is for you! This show features an alternate reality in which the U.S. elects a Nazi sympathizer as president instead of reelecting Roosevelt during World War II. It’s sad how easy it is to draw comparisons between the themes in this show and modern day politics, but it definitely gets you thinking.
Available on HBO.
I hope this fuels you with some more viewing material for the next few weeks! Stay safe and healthy!