Happy Chinese New Year!
I would greet you in Chinese, but I fear butchering the language so let’s stick to that! The Lunar New Year celebrations happens to fall on a Friday this year, which means we get a long weekend! If you haven’t made plans with your family or friends to go out of town and are just staying in, you might want to curl up on the couch and watch a couple of movies to pass the time with your loved ones. There’s a lot of streaming services out there and we’ll cover another list for Netflix but, for now, here are a couple of shows or movies you can catch if you happen to have an iflix subscription.
Also, Parents, be warned… Most of the shows on the list aren’t child friendly so we wouldn’t recommend watching these shows with the kiddies around. With the disclaimers out of the way, let’s get to the list!
The Ghost Bride
Let’s start with a local offering! Kim Chiu stars in The Ghost Bride; a movie that revolves around a mysterious Chinese tradition — a ghost wedding. In order to better the life of her family, Chiu’s character — Mayen — agrees to a matchmaker’s offer to become a “ghost bride” to a wealthy man who also happens to have passed. Y’all know that can’t end in “Happily Ever After”, right? The movie also stars Matteo Guidicelli Alice Dixson.
The Battleship Island
Any K-Drama fans in the house? While iflix has a ton of titles for you to peruse in that genre, they’ve also got full featured films from Korea. One thing that you might want to catch is The Battleship Island, which stars Song Joong Ki who you may know from Descendants of the Sun. Battleship Island is set during the Japanese colonial era, where 400 Koreans were forced to do hard labor in a coal mine; this is a story about their escape. The movie also features actors like Hwang Jung-min and Lee Jung-hyun.
Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block
If you want a little more horror in your life, the this could be the show for you. Channel Zero is an on-going television series from Syfy and Butcher’s Block is its third installment. Each season is its own self-contained plot line so if you’re jumping into this one, there’s no need to worry about what happened in the previous ones. One look at the thumbnail above and you already in for a seriously chilling time. If you have a taste for horror and the macabre, you might want to check this one out.
When I was asking a bud about what shows to check out awhile back, he told me about The Magicians and the line “Harry Potter for grown-ups” came up. The Magicians is also a show from Syfy and they’re also three seasons in but unlike Channel Zero, you’re going to want to watch from the first season to follow long; a true binger for the long weekend this one. The Magicians is based off the novel by Lev Grossman and follows Quentin Coldwater who finds out the magical tales from his childhood are real.
If you want something of a historical period drama, then Britannia might be the show to check out. Set in 43AD, Birtannia is a story of the Roman invasion of Britain and their battle against the Celtic Resistance. The show is a joint production from both Sky and Amazon Prime. It’s more of a weekly watch than it is a binge but you get the episodes almost immediately after they’ve been aired in the UK.
So, there you have it, a couple of shows and movies to check out over the long weekend. We’ll be doing another list to cover shows to check out on Netflix, so make sure to check back if you need any suggestion on what to watch over the next couple of days.
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