Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #6: Period Drama

Hey! Welcome to Thursday Movie Picks where you get to share your movie picks for each topic presented every Thursday!  Based on the theme presented each week, you can pick up to 3 to 5 movies and explain why you picked those movies! This meme is being hosted by Wandering through the Shelves!

This week's theme is: Period Drama!

I had to admit that I had to look up the meaning of this topic on the internet.  I normally don't watch a lot of period drama movies, but there were a couple that I did managed to watch over the years and here are some of the period dramas that I have seen so far.

1. Titanic

This is probably one of the most iconic period dramas I have ever seen!  I remembered when this movie first came out and it was such a massive hit!  Everyone at school would talk constantly about this movie, especially the ship sinking scene.  I need to re-watch this movie again to see if it still holds up!

I absolutely loved this movie when it first came out!  Not only was it a fantastic retelling of "Cinderella," but I just loved Danielle as a character and I can't wait to re-watch this movie again!

I remembered watching this film years ago and it was an okay retelling of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs." I do like the fact that Snow White is a much stronger character here.


  1. I never saw Mirror Mirror but I love the first two! Ever After is a bit of a guilty pleasure. I can't believe I didn't even think of Titanic for this theme.

  2. I still have to see Mirror Mirror but it looked engaging. I really like Ever After and found it a great retelling of the Cinderella story. The special effects, the costumes, set design and acting are excellent in the film but the plot is the love boat sinking. I found it soppy and stupid especially that they could have made a great film with the real people. a Night To Remember is a much better film and true to the actual events

  3. Please do a review on Sing, Dance & Play!

  4. Of these I've only seen Titanic as well as several other film versions of that tragic disaster. I'll have to admit that I too looked up the term just to be sure that it meant what I was thinking it meant.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  5. Yep, I had to look up Period Drama too and it's a wider genre than I thought! I've only seen Titanic from your picks but it's a brilliant movie :)

  6. oh Titanic is such a classic. Great movie too I know it's cool to hate on it but it;s legitimately as good of a movie as they could have made about it

  7. While I thought Titanic was compelling once they hit the berg the main story is so much crap. The ease with which Jack moved about the ship was absurd and with the class strictures in place at the time the whole thing never could have happened and that irked me. I always turn to the two other versions-the 1950's Barbara Stanwyck/Clifton Webb film also called Titanic or A Night to Remember over this. With that said Kate Winslet & Gloria Stuart are excellent in the film and the special effects can't be beat.

    LOVE Ever After. Such a charmer with wonderful performances from all.

    Mirror, Mirror was fine the one time I've watched it but I have no desire to do so again.

    I'm a huge fan of period films which made getting down to three a challenge. Finally I chose three literary adaptations that I love.

    A Room with a View (1985)-In the early years of the 20th century English lass Lucy Honeychurch (Helena Bonham-Carter) is making a tour of Italy with her spinster cousin Charlotte (Maggie Smith). At a pensione in Florence, the pair become acquainted with the expansive Mr. Emerson (Denholm Elliott) and his free-spirited son George (Julian Sands). When Charlotte intuits that Lucy is too intrigued by George they depart back to England where Lucy ponders settling down with the wealthy, staid Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis). Unexpectedly George reappears in her life and Lucy must decide between a sensible marriage with Cecil or the riskier true love of George. Lush, brilliantly acted comic drama from Merchant/Ivory based on an E.M. Forster novel.

    Maurice (1987)-Another Merchant/Ivory adaptation of an E.M. Forster novel but one that was only able to be published posthumously because of the controversial subject matter. In 1909, Maurice Hall (James Wilby) enters Cambridge, where he befriends wealthy Clive Durham (a very young Hugh Grant). Clive confesses he is sexually attracted to Maurice, who realizes he is a homosexual when he begins to return Clive's feelings. The two embark on an intense but chaste affair to avoid tarnishing Clive's reputation, but eventually the relationship ends, and Clive marries Anne (Phoebe Nicholls). While visiting Clive, Maurice is drawn toward his friend's servant, Alec Scudder (Rupert Graves) and a more meaningful relationship looms for the two. Meticulously made with incisive work by the three leading men.

    Mansfield Park (1999)-In 1808 poor relation Fanny Price (Frances O'Connor) comes to live with wealthy uncle Sir Thomas (Harold Pinter), his haughty wife Lady Bertram (Lindsay Duncan) and their four children, at their country mansion-Mansfield Park-where she'll be brought up for a proper introduction to society. Indifferently treated by her relatives, except for her cousin Edmund (Jonny Lee Miller) Fanny's life is thrown into disarray with the arrival of worldly Mary Crawford (Embeth Davidtz) with whom Edmund becomes smitten and her brother Henry (Alessandro Nivola). Cunning, duplicitous and sly they cause endless complications for the entire household until a fateful event comes to pass. Solid adaptation of one of Jane Austen’s lesser known works.

  8. Oooh! Those sound like interesting movies! I need to check those out!

  9. I saw Titanic in theaters, but to be honest, I wasn't all that thrilled with it. I love the boat sinking stuff, but the whole love affair thing didn't work for me. I might be sounding like a Negative Nelly today, but I didn't care for Mirror Mirror, either. But I am glad they worked for you. Haven't seen Ever After.