Category: Romantic Drama

‘The Bitter Tea of General Yen’ Review – See One of the First Interracial Romances on Screen

Directed by Frank Capra, The Bitter Tea of General Yen is a relatively forgotten pre-Code film with social relevance, religious cynicism, violence, and a shocking interracial romance between a Chinese warlord and a Christian missionary. Indeed, this is not the type of movie one thinks of when referencing a Capra classic. It’s a Wonderful Life it is not. But that’s what makes this movie so fascinating. Not only is it different from Capra’s later films, but it’s also a love story ahead of its time.

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‘Welcome 2 Life’ Review: This is a Fun New Fantasy Romance to Watch

The eagerly anticipated Korean drama starring Rain (big heartthrob in my eyes), Welcome 2 Life, is a fantasy drama not to be missed. With only 32 episodes to digest, the series feels all too brief. But it’s a Korean Drama worth watching. Welcome 2 Life includes suspense, humor, and my favorite – supernatural forces at work. With the combination of action and adventure but also love and family, the show has a well-rounded appeal.

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Coming Home (1998) Review: A Solid WWII Period Drama With Fine Performances

Coming Home (1998) is an ITV miniseries based upon Rosamunde Pilcher’s coming-of-age story of the same name. The series is set during World War II (pre and post as well) in England. It follows about a decade of the life and loves and travails of schoolgirl Judith Duncan, who comes of age as war erupts.

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Review: Downton Abbey is the Period Drama Movie of the Year

Downton Abbey may have ignited a new age in cinema, proving going to the movies can still be a magical experience. The Downton Abbey movie (written by creator Julian Fellowes) is glamourous, nostalgic, funny, romantic, clever, heartbreaking, and entertaining. It’s everything you expect to see in an excellent period flick. Will it make complete sense if you haven’t seen the TV show? Maybe not. But it’s not hard to follow and even Downton newbies in the audience were entertained. But what made the film ultimately so special was the experience itself.

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Preview of the Best Fall 2019 Shows on Acorn TV

Certain production companies and networks consistently put out good television. One of these is Acorn, a streaming company bringing us many of our favorite Australian and British shows. Some of them you might know and include The Hour, A Place to Call Home, Queens of Mystery, and more recently, My Life is Murder. As a fan of their programs, we take a look at the fall 2019 Acorn TV schedule (consisting of both old and new content) you can find on Acorn’s website.

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Tanna (2015): Star-Crossed Lovers in the South Pacific

From the island of Tanna in the country of Vanuatu, a group of islands in Melanesia, east of Australia in the South Pacific, comes this heartbreaking tale of forbidden love. Yes, the Tanna movie is essentially a tribal version of Shakespeare’s great tragedy Romeo and Juliet. Two young lovers torn apart by intertribal strife and collective customs.

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Charles II: The Power and the Passion (2003) – A Compelling Political Soap Opera Starring Rufus Sewell

England’s King Charles II occupied the throne during a fascinating time in the nation’s history. During the English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell’s rule, his father was beheaded and Charles was exiled. After Cromwell’s death, Charles II returned to England as its’ king. Charles II reversed many of the rules implemented by Cromwell’s government. He also continued his father’s battle with the English Parliament. The years of his reign are known as The Restoration. Charles II: The Power and the Passion presents a portrait of this multi-faceted historical figure.

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