Married To My Streaming Services: An Isolation Story
Written by: Trina Dong – March 21st 2020, 12:20pm pst
Now that Los Angeles is officially in “Safer At Home” isolation, I have made a serious commitment to all of my streaming services. For my next few weeks of being a professional social distancer, I will be streaming movies and TV shows based on the four wedding good-luck charms. In other words, I’ll be sharing my deepest thoughts after I’ve seen something old, something new, something borrowed (recommended) and something blue (to make me cry my eyes out). Let’s go!
Something Old: My Best Friend’s Wedding
Credit: Columbia Pictures
Julianne (Julia Roberts) is in love with her best friend, Michael (Dermot Mulroney), who has just broken the news that he’s marrying his girlfriend, Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). Upon Michael’s request, Julianne goes to support him but she decides to steal him instead with a little help from her friend George (Rupert Everett).
I can only dream of my wedding to streaming services being this fun. The multiple sing-a-longs is enough for me to add this to my list of movies to rewatch over and over again. Julia Roberts and Rupert Everett are the perfect signature buddy cocktail that every good rom-com needs. At the end of the day, our wing people are who we can always count on the most. Am I right?!
On a deeper note, the way the film explores platonic friendships mixed with a few of the deadly sins kept me reflecting for hours after the credits.
Something New: What Men Want
Credit: @whatmenwant Instagram
When Ali (Taraji P. Henson) misses out on a promotion at her agency because of another male colleague, she is determined to show everyone up. After drinking a concoction served by a psychic (Erykah Badu), Ali is able to hear men’s inner thoughts. She takes advantage of the situation while trying to woo the father of a potential client (Tracy Morgan) and to use her new love interest, Will (Aldis Hodge), to change people’s perception of her.
Ali is who we all want to be. She has more than enough nerve to say whatever she wants to anyone that does her wrong. Every time she repeated someone’s inner thoughts directly to their face, I air-fived her.
She was also able to use her new magical powers for good instead of evil. Hearing Will’s genuine thoughts made Ali think less about herself. Aldis Hodge’s performance as Will was perfection. The style he used to portray the good man to Ali’s wild self was so endearing. One can only hope to have a partner who’s that patient.
Her new reality also came with its disadvantages. So, be careful what you wish for.
Something Borrowed: A Cinderella Story
Credit: @netflix Instagram
This is the 2004 live action version of Cinderella starring Hilary Duff and Chad Michael Murray. Need I say more?
This tailored recommendation from my isolation buddy is exactly what I needed. The film takes you on a trip back in time to the pre-dating app world. You know, the one with chat rooms, flip phones and the word “catfish” only meant something you might eat for dinner.
One thing that we still have to ask ourselves is, how is it possible that Austin (Chad Michael Murray) doesn’t know who Sam (Hilary Duff) is just because she has a very small eye mask on? Maybe love really is blind.
Something Blue: Five Feet Apart
Credit: @fivefeetapartfilm Instagram
Stella (Haley Lu Richardson) is a cystic fibrosis patient that uses routine and social media to live as normally as possible. Her best friend Poe (Moises Arias) is also in the hospital with CF. A new patient, Will (Cole Sprouse), comes to the hospital for a treatment trial. They all have to remain six feet apart, otherwise, their lives are at risk.
As soon as I hit play, I immediately regretted it given my current state of mind. However, I chose to keep it pushing and I’m very glad I did. The film encourages us to positively cope with our realities instead of settling for worrying. It also allows us to forgive ourselves if we swerve off track.
The characters have all mastered the art of loving one another without any form of physical contact. We see their hearts break at their moments of realization of never being able to even give each other a single hug. Devastating. I sobbed the whole way through.
My domestic partnership with streaming services is still going strong after this first round of thoughtful binging. We’d love to hear what you’ve been watching. Leave us a comment and let us know! See you back here in a few days!
About The Author:
Trina Dong is a host and writer at AfterBuzz TV. She’s also an actress and screenwriter that can likely be found binge watching anything from the latest K Drama to Floribama Shore.
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