Conscious Streaming

Welcome to my ongoing excavations in Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, HBO Max, Disney+, PBS, and Criterion (et al), i.e. – emerging shows,  but also works from the long tail archives of film and TV, black and whites, BBC costume dramas, It Happened One NIght ur-romcoms, etc. That means reviews of emerging shows but also casting a fond eye at largely forgotten movies that embody the cultural gestalt of a simpler time and yet still have merit on the story, character, plot, directing, cinematography, costume or any other level.

Feel free to join me in these explorations, as a sort of (cultural) connection, in this socially distant era. Comments welcome: pstokstad@miu.edu

Pride and Prejudice Duet

Pride and Prejudice Duet

The general feeling is that the 1995 BBC mini-series version of Pride and Prejudice is more or less the definitive version. Featuring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth, it makes use of the extended time of a six part series in order to fully explicate the novel in a way...

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Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The critics were dismissive about this show (BTW - it's on Amazon Prime) but don't let that deter you - it is a hoot! Yes, it's a mashup of a Pride and Prejudice storyline and a zombiefest, but that's the the idea, and if you can't suspend disbelief, you probably...

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Pride and Prejudice – the Musical

Pride and Prejudice – the Musical

In the 2020 musical version of Pride and Prejudice (on Amazon Prime). Directed by Robert Kelly and produced by TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, we find ourselves not in a movie, per se, but watching a video of a staged production. In watching the musical derivation of a...

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Ted Lasso

Ted Lasso

The water cooler talk right now is both virtual and limited: Office politics? Minimal. Sports? Crippled. Vaccinating? Don’t ask, don’t tell. So streaming media is about it. What that means is that your tennis buddy - socially distanced, each of you serving with your...

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Pride and Prejudice – First Review

Pride and Prejudice – First Review

The 1940 Pride and Prejudice movie seems largely forgotten in the wave after wave of subsequent iterations, but it should not be omitted from viewing, since the lead performers Sir Lawrence Olivier and a young Greer Garson uniquely present the P&P story, and there...

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Pride and Prejudice – overview

Pride and Prejudice – overview

Right now I’m soldiering through every available version of Pride and Prejudice. Less certain of viewing attention are the Raft of Medusa gathering of adaptions, spinoffs, modernizations, and walking dead versions, including Bridget Jone’s Diary (“loosely based on”...

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