Welcome to the first 2019 post of Screen Rambles!
I can’t believe it’s 2019 already and I can’t believe I stick this long to a features I created! Usually, I couldn’t find any time or new ideas to post the features (Remember What’s on My Shelves and K-pop series? I want to continue them one day though!) but for this one, since it’s monthly, I find it easier to do.
In case you’re new to this blog or not know what is this series about, Screen Rambles is where I talked about all the shows and movies I’ve watched in the previous month in details. In short, this is where I ramble about them. In January, I had the first two weeks of exam yet the next two weeks were semester break. Therefore, I managed to watched quite a lot of stuff. In fact, I found a new favorite TV show! Without further ado, let’s get into the post!
Aka my new favorite show! Elite tells the story of 3 teenagers from poor neighborhood whose school got damaged due to faulty construction. As a compensation, those three are sent to an elite school where the rich people goes. Things got on a rocky start, but they ended up befriending the rich kids… until one of them got murdered.
My friend has been pushing me to watch this show for the longest time! I was skeptical because I don’t usually watch high school shows, but my friend convinced me that it’s not your typical high school drama. Plus, it’s in Spanish! I was instantly sold from the first episode and binge-watch the rest of the episode!
Yes, this show has a really delicious drama, good looking cast, and riveting murder mystery. But more than that, there’s no good guys or bad guys in this drama! All the characters are human, the good ones have bad sides and made bad choices, while the bad ones are actually trying to clean up the messes of the “good” ones. Through these characters, the shows created a conversation about classism, homophobia, HIV, and islamophobia.
There are a lot of characters in this show and I’m in love with all of them equally (except for Marina, Samuel, and Nano, they can go elsewhere). All these characters went through a tremendous growth of overcoming their prejudice and facade towards each other. Despite the many characters and subplot, this show manages the transition and connection between each storylines seamlessly. I was going to write about each and everyone of them, but it will take too long 😂 Let’s just say I hate Marina, Samuel, and Nano for screwing things up, being too attached with each other, and just unresponsible in general. I love Guzman and Nadia for overcoming their prejudice towards each other and especially Guzman, for showing a different side of him. Carla, Polo, and Christian, for being messy and entertaining. Lucrecia for being an unapologetic queen bee and acknowledging it, never once pretending to be something she isn’t. And finally, for Ander and Omar, for being the sweetest couple with high level of angst that defies all prejudice.
Here’s to the second season!
Victoria Season 2
Finally watching the second season, just in time for the third one! This season is definitely better than the first one, I forgot how lovely Victoria and Albert are 😍. They have their own misunderstandings; in a time where men have the absolute higher authority, it’s gotta be hard balancing the role of a wife and a queen, as well as maintaining Albert’s feelings from the outside impression. I believe Albert itself is a pure and devoted soul towards Victoria, but there’s no denying that he’s being ridiculed over his position. The tension during their early marriage life is explored in this season and I really enjoyed it!
This season also has more action compared to the first one, as Victoria grew more confident as a queen and being directly involved in the decision making. So yeah, we have more political games playing in this season. It also played with your feelings: the highs of married life, the low of deaths, the anxiety over war and dying in birth. The episode with Dash and Lord M is by far the best, I really loved it! And let’s not forget the Duchess of Buccleuch played by Dame Diane Rigg, our iconic Olena Tyrell. She breathes a lot of life to the Queen’s personal life!
Ah yes, one of the most famous movie last year. I didn’t watch anything in the theater after Infinity War since uni has been really challenging, so obviously I missed this one.
After watching it, I can’t say I missed much though. While I really enjoyed the dynamic between Venom and Eddie, that’s just it. It doesn’t really have enough action or engaging dialogue, tbh the first 30 minutes was really boring! I honestly agree that Venom and Eddie are the best part of this movie and now understand all the jokes about them 😂
The Young Victoria
One of the movie I’ve heard a lot of good things about, I decided to watch this on a whim as I was in the mood for some historical fiction after Victoria. Unfortunately, this doesn’t live up to the hype for me. I think it’s really watered down and boring, the outfit is more colorful and intricate, but the dialogue and plot did not engage me. I barely able to finish this movie. I have to agree that the acting are great though!
What have you been watching in January?