Category Archives: Movies

Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020)

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If you have followed this blog long at all, you will know I am a huge fan of the TV show Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries. So, you can guess at how excited I was when I heard they decided to make a movie. Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears (2020) released on Acorn TV last month and I talked Bethany into watching it with me last night. It was…okay.

The adventure leaves behind Australia and occurs primarily in London and Palestine. Between rescuing damsels in distress and solving several murders, Miss Fisher uncovers hidden tombs, dodges ancient curses, and spends a considerable amount of time looking fabulous in the desert. The movie basically turns her into a female Indiana Jones. Though Dot and Aunt Prudence get their cameo moments, the only other character from the TV show with any amount of screen time is Chief Inspector Jack Robinson. 

It is a fun, action packed movie and well-acted. Essie Davis (Miss Fisher) and Nathan Page (Jack Robinson) are always great and their natural chemistry shines despite quite a lot of unnecessarily plot angst. The costuming remains as fabulous as ever. And though several scenes tried way too hard to come across artsy, I thought even the filming did a good job. 

The problem is really the plot. It is something of a mess. You don’t have time to think much about it while watching because every five minutes presents another action/chase/shooting/fighting scene. But it tries so hard to keep the viewer constantly entertained that it makes it hard to focus. And once you think you finally understand the mystery, someone starts shooting and Miss Fisher heads off to a different country on a rabbit trail that feels out of nowhere but apparently ties in somewhere. 

And did anyone ever tell poor Dot that Miss Fisher didn’t actually die?? 

Overall, I would say if you enjoy the world of Miss Fisher, definitely give it a watch. And if you don’t but the idea of a female Indiana Jones intrigues you, also give it a try. I would absolutely watch more Miss Fisher movies if they came out. The ingredients are all there for something good…it just needs a more cohesive plot.


Little Women (2019)

Emma Watson, Saoirse Ronan, Florence Pugh, and Eliza Scanlen in Little Women (2019)

I saw Little Women yesterday in theaters with my Mom, Signe, and Bethany.  Though I had my hesitations going in, I was was overall impressed with the movie. 

It does a good job with the Little Women story. As an ardent fan of K Dramas and BBC mini-series, I definitely felt it could have used more development. I thought Meg’s story line in particular needed more development and that the actress who plays Amy had too deep a voice to play a young teenager. Laurie never aged and remained wishy-washy till the end. But overall, it was well done.

The movie touches on many of the iconic scenes from the book. But it mixes them up in new ways. It had lovely costuming. And more importantly, it contained several memorable scenes that I think beautifully added to the story. (Jo’s loneliness being a particularly poignant one.) 

I certainly want to see it again and recommend watching it if you haven’t already. But if you did see it, what are your thoughts? 


The Rise of Skywalker

No spoilers. 

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My Mom did not realize I was a Reylo shipper. My Mom now knows I am a Reylo shipper. My poor Mom.

The movie was great. I was highly pleased with this conclusion and how it pretends like the last movie never happened. Definitely recommend for those on the fence. I think there is much to dissect but I don’t want to give anything away! 


The New Emma Movie

Have you seen the trailer for the new Emma movie coming out in 2020? 

I was skeptical when I first saw pictures for it but it looks like they’re going more comedy than romance and now I cannot wait to see it. Really curious to see how they do. 

Speaking of trailers, I stumbled upon this short “clip” made about one of my favorite non-Heyer/Austen Regency novels, Mr. Malcolm’s List. I do hope they make it into a full movie someday. Or at least give us a Part 2.


Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

I am super late to the party but let me just echo all the reviews I’ve seen elsewhere and say…Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was an awesome movie. 

It was interesting. It was funny. It blended humor and action in a way that didn’t feel at odds. It had cool animation. There was a great lesson at the end. It left me wanting more while simultaneously wrapping everything up enough to be satisfying.

I won’t lie, I was skeptical about the hype. But there is a reason for it. 

Totally worth watching. 

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Save the Popcorn

I saw Avenger’s Endgame (sooo good) this afternoon with friends. They were running late so I bought all the popcorn and drinks. I did not make it far.

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It was too risky balancing it all so I stood over the popcorn for a good 20 minutes. The cleaning lady kept glaring at me.


Captain Marvel (2019)

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Captain Marvel!!

Bailed on all the things I planned to do today and went to the movies with a friend. So worth it! I was hesitant going in since I hadn’t heard anything about Captain Marvel but it exceeded my expectations! 

While the movie certainly carries the message of ‘strong female superhero,’ it isn’t quite as in-your-face as Wonder Woman and I think it succeeds where that movie fails because of it. That and the plot actually shows originality…

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised! Captain Marvle’s story pre-superhero powers almost comes across more interesting than her story post-powers, which makes her a likable and scrappy heroine throughout with depth and a hint of angst but not enough to slow the story down. 

While this is yet another origins story, it combines the Avengers world with the Guardians of the Galaxy world and I wish it came out earlier. It provides good backstory to the Avengers Initiative, but the timing feels off because right now all Marvel fans are waiting for Endgame…not wanting to take a nostalgic trip to the 90s with CGI Samuel L. Jackson. 

Final thoughts: Captain Marvel is probably the most powerful superhero introduced so far and I cannot wait to see more of her!