Tuesday, October 27, 2009

"That's right, Annabella. Your mother's a whore."

For the past two weeks, I have spent every single night caught up in hopeless romances, careless murders, and brazen sin.

All of this occurs in my living room.

You see, I have become a bit of a Catherine Cookson movie fanatic. These films, all produced and directed by Ray Marshall, take place from the early 1800s to the mid-1900s. They are based on the genius novels of Cookson, who is one of the UK's most widely read novelists.

Ray Stevenson and Gillian Kearney in "The Tide of Life."

They will literally keep you on the edge of your seat.

Every ten minutes, someone is brutally murdered or falls in love with someone they shouldn't. The rich girl finds out she's poor. The poor girl finds out she's rich. Hatred, lust, despair ensue.

Emily Mortimer in "The Glass Virgin."

What I love about these films is that they are just really good. That's it. Very simple. Briliant acting. Gorgeous costumes. Lovely scenery. They are just nice old-fashioned films with damn good plots. Plus, there are a lot of really strong female characters, which has helped launch the careers of some pretty well-known actresses.

Catherine Zeta Jones in "The Cinder Path."

My boyfriend actually picked out Cookson's movie collection for me as a gift. Now, even he admits he's hooked. (That's huge). Every night we curl up in blankets, drink hot spiced apple cider, and get lost in a world where everything goes wrong only to end up right.

Clare Higgins in "The Secret."

So if you're bored some evening or want a little pick-me-up, go find one of these films.

I think we all could use a little excitement in our lives, guilt-free. ;)


anhesty said...

o great movie tips! good post!

Cafe Fashionista said...

"Every night we curl up in blankets, drink hot spiced apple cider, and get lost in a world where everything goes wrong only to end up right." Ohmigosh I love this. Now I think I need to buy all of these films - and find a cute boy to enjoy them with! :)

By the way, added you to my link list, as well! :)

Clau! said...

Nice recomendations ;)


Kerrie della Rovere said...

Your blog title. nice. I have to watch those, I am sick of living n one... hahaha... ha...

kpeach said...

love this! like Lifetime less guilty lifetime movies xx

Amy said...

Thanks for the recomendations! I was looking for some good movies with romance and suspense- perfect! :)


P.S I left you an award on my blog, go there to check it out!!!

secondskins said...

i adore emily mortimer, i'm definitely going to be checking out the glass virgin. lovely movie suggestions :)

- jen

Couture Carrie said...

Will have to see all of these!!


Damsels said...

wow thanks for reccommending these great movies .... im serious i love period films ... so much so that when my friend saw this on family guy he goes " thats the type of movies nadia watches" LOL

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Leah said...

Thanks for the recommendations... I surely want to curl up in blankets and watch romantic movies.

Mouthwash said...

Oooh, all these movies sound wonderful! (I think I'll skip the first one, I'm allergic to violence. Haha). I love Cathrine Zeta Jones.

Thank you for the movie recommendations!



Giovanna ♥ said...

Thank you for sharing those movies! I'll check them out :) I love watching movies, it's my favorite thing to do after a long day of work!
Lovely post!!

Sherin said...

Oooo, these movies sound great. I'll definitely try to find them when I can.

Iva said...

ohhh this is great!!! must sees ;)

Tights Lover said...

Sounds great! I'm going to have to check these out!!

Little Red said...

I've never seen any of these movies. I'll have to check them out!

Missy said...

oh great advice! i love Catherine Zeta Jones x

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MJ said...

Amazing review - I've always thought of Catherine Cookson as old-lady films but I might have a look now since they look really good!


Barry said...

M'kay, the snuggly blanket/ cider thing just gave me the warm fuzzies.
Or maybe it's a medical condition.

Great review JenFab, almost makes me want to check one of these out. Although the car chases probably aren't as exciting, as horses and buggies can only move so fast.
Was Jimmy Choo around back then? Nah, probably not.

Hey what goes "Clop, clop, clop, bang!" ?

An Amish driveby.
Isn't that terrible? (Heh heh).


Maria Confer said...

These all sound wonderful and have some amazing actresses.

Must check these out.


Couture Cookie said...

Blankies, apple cider and good movies sound like a great night in! Thanks for the tips - I'll check these films out. :)

ash said...

never heard of these movies, seems like something to fill a "ive already seen these lifetime movies" sunday!

xo ash

Shopaholic said...

ha ha ha! I love that you are watching Catherine Cookson adaptations... addictive yes!!

39th and Broadway said...

What a fantastic idea. I've never heard of any of these, so thanks for the tip. I love Emily Mortimer too!

CMA said...

i love this post!!!!
gorgeous darling, thanks for sharing
glad i stumbled across your blog
and thanks for the sweet comments, ive linked you!

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Fashionista said...

great post!!!

Savvy Gal said...

thanks for the tips. i love movies. xo

Some Girl said...

I've never heard of these but the pictures look really pretty. I love period films.

June Paski said...

great movie list, I will check them out, I really need some good movie from this weekend :)

Beth Dunn said...

Great recommendations and You are so right about the poor rich thing. I love it! Great observation. xoxo


Keith said...

These sound quite fascinating. Thanks for the recommendation. I had never heard of these before. I'll have to see about checking them out. Take care. Cheers!

Ela said...

Hot apple cider...mmmmm.
When I was in Boston I ordered some from Cheesecake Factory...I've always received it in a mug but there they serve it in a glass with a straw. Now I only drink cold bevs with straws and hot stuff out of cups or mugs. Anyway my brain got all confused so I took a big slurp from the straw - and burned my tongue...

I'd never heard of these films/books. Must check them out. Miss you girly!!! I just do :)

Anika said...

Guilt-free fun? Count me in.

And thanks for sharing, not that I need a new obsession but still its good to have this in the back of my mind.

Paloma said...

perfect !

Missy said...

just added you to my blog list! x

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Robin said...

It's weird- because you mentioned these were from the UK, I assumed you were English when I first looked at your blog. So glad to find another KC girl!

cupcake♥trash said...

haven't seen any of these. thanks for the suggestions.


Niki B. said...

perfect! i've been sick for a few days and desperately need a pick me up. i've run out of tv and movies and you just saved me :)


Stephanie said...

Holy crap, it is so weird to see Ray Stevenson looking like that. I am so use to seeing him as a total brute like on Rome. :)

A Whimsical Girl Named Debbie said...

I definitely love a good movie that keeps you hanging onto your seat. I'm going to have to check out one of these films. Thank you for this post. And, thank you for stopping by GirlWhimsy, today. Have a lovely evening!

AudreyAllure said...

i will definitely check out those movies :)

and i've added you to my blogroll. yay!

Sher said...

How is it that I've never seen any of these movies? Thanks for sharing them, I'm gonna hunt for these lovelies:)

OceanDreams said...

I am going to go find them and put them on my Netflix, I have been searching for movies like this, it is such a fun romantic thrill. He he, thanks love!

Miri said...

oh, this is a gem. Just found you, hope I'll be able to keep up =)