2021 Holiday Movies

Holiday season 2021 is upon us and you know what that means. Movies, movies and more movies! As family and friends gather (thank you vaccines!), we can plop down in the comfort of our homes and watch Christmas movies while munching cookies. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of fun holiday movies both current and classic, but there will be no Hallmark movies here. You know the one where Holly Mistletoe, high powered New York lawyer returns to hometown only to discover love with her high school crush. Yeah, not on this list.

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Silent Night (2021)

This is something completely different. Keira Knightly and Matthew Goode star as a couple hosting a Christmas gathering at their home. Underneath all the laughter and wine is a disturbing reality, the planet is facing an environmental apocalypse and the human race might not make it to the New Year. Directed by Camille Griffin, this film debuted to raves at the Toronto International Film Festival this year.

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Love Hard (2021)

Nina can’t seem to find a match on dating apps and then suddenly meets the man of her dreams. When he mentions he wishes they could spend Christmas together, Nina impulsively flies out to Lake Placid to meet him, only to discover she’s been catfished! Yes, this romcom is a bit predictable but the strong chemistry between Nina Dobrev and Jimmy O Yang, along with a funny script, is the recipe for a good time.

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Single All the Way (2021)

The rare LGBT-focused holiday offering. Peter (Michael Urie), tired of constantly being asked when he is going to find a husband, pleads with best friend Nick (Philemon Chambers) to tag along and pretend to be his boyfriend when he heads home for the holidays. But his family has set up a bunch of blind dates in a desperate bid to get Peter married. What will happen?

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Happiest Season (2020)

Basically, the first mainstream LBGT Christmas romcom. Abby is on the verge of asking girlfriend Harper to marry her. Harper suggests she take Abby to meet her family for the holidays. However, Harper then chickens out admitting she never came out to her family. Will the secret stay hidden? Will their relationship survive?

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Christmas in Connecticut (1945)

A hilarious screwball classic! Elizabeth Lane, played by Barbara Stanwyck, is a single New Yorker employed as a food writer. She is famous for her columns where she talks about her life as a perfect housewife creating amazing home cooked meals for her husband and baby on their Connecticut farm. Elizabeth has to keep up the ruse when her publisher asks her to invite a soldier for Christmas dinner. What will happen when he arrives?

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White Christmas (1954)

Another beloved classic. Former WWII soldiers, now a successful song and dance team, Bob (Bing Crosby) and Phil (Danny Kaye) get word their former commander now owns a Vermont inn that is in dire financial straits. They team up with sisters Betty (Rosemary Clooney) and Judy (Vera Ellen) to put on a big show to save the hotel, only to find themselves falling in love. The film features several amazing musical productions including the title track written by Irving Berlin (who, ironically, was Jewish).

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Elf (2003)

A sweet funny movie that’s smart, warm and effortlessly charming. Directed by Jon Favereau, it stars Will Ferrell as Buddy who, due to an unfortunate set of circumstances, ends up hitching a ride to the North Pole as an infant and winds up being raised by an adoptive Elf father (Bob Newhart). Adult Buddy then travels to New York City to search for his birth family. The plot is standard and predictable, but the entire movie is elevated due to the charisma of the performances and genuine heart. Two thumbs up.  

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Black Christmas (1974)

And now for something completely different. A Christmas movie that’s not suitable for children. As winter break begins, a group of sorority girls including Jess (Olivia Hussey), Barb (Margot Kidder) and Phyl (Andrea Martin, yes that one) begin receiving obscene phone calls that turn threatening. When sorority sister Claire goes missing and a local girl is found dead, they suspect a serial killer is afoot but are unaware how close the danger is. Directed by Bob Clark, yes the same Bob Clark that directed “A Christmas Story”!

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 Movie Roundup

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Blue Bayou

The pressing issues of immigration and fate of people brought to the United States as children comes to a head in “Blue Bayou,” a new film by director Justin Chou. With a wife, young stepdaughter and a baby on the way, Antonio LeBlanc struggles to find work in the small Louisiana town he’s lived in since age 3.  He never considered that a run in with police could result in his possible deportation to a country he doesn’t remember and whose language he does not speak. Will they be able to fight ICE to keep Antonio with his family?

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Dear Evan Hansen

The Tony Award-winning Broadway musical comes to the big screen with Ben Platt reprising his role as the titular Evan Hansen. Evan is a depressed high school senior suffering from social anxiety and working with a counselor to treat it. Due to a misunderstanding, Evan finds himself cast as the best friend of a classmate, Connor, who recently committed suicide, despite barely knowing the boy. The film stars Academy Award nominee Amy Adams as Connor’s mother and Academy Award nominee Julianne Moore as Evan’s mother.  Directed by Stephen Chbosky, the film keeps the songs from the original musical, so it will be interesting to see how this modern musical is staged on screen.

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The Many Saints of Newark

Campaigns for a “Sopranos” movie had to be scrapped when James Gandolfini unexpectedly died of heart attack during a trip to Italy in 2013.  Forced to rethink the film, plans were made for a prequel explaining how a young Tony Soprano became involved with the mafia as a teenager, when he was pulled into violent gang wars with the increasingly powerful DiMeo crime family. Caught up in the changing times by the uncle he idolizes, Dickie Moltisanti, the film explores how Tony will grow up to a powerful mob boss and leader of his own crime family.

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No Time to Die

Delayed due to COVID-19, this October we will see Daniel Craig’s final appearance as James Bond in this epic film with a mind boggling 250 million-dollar budget. Five years after Bond bids adieu to his job at MI6, he is called back by a CIA agent. A brilliant scientist has been kidnapped and is being used to build a weapon that could kill millions by supervillain Lyutsifer Safin (that name!) played with delicious malice by Oscar winner Rami Malek. The screenplay has 4 authors including the creator and star of “Fleabag,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge, so hopefully we’ll be looking at an amazing story to go with the eye-popping special effects. Daniel Craig will be going out with a bang!

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Frank Hubert’s classic science fiction novel last saw the big screen in David Lynch’s 1984 rendition, legendary for its awfulness, the most egregious faults being the effects that no one would ever call ‘special.’ But computer-generated graphics have come a long in the past 25 years. In the distant future, battles rage on the dangerous desert planet called Arrakis for control of its natural deposits of “Spice,” the most valuable substance in the universe.  Timothée Chalamet stars as Paul Atreides, a young man accompanying his father Duke Leto Atreides (played by Oscar Issac) to the planet to fight for control of mining operations. But what about Paul’s prophetic dreams?

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Last Night in Soho

Thomasin McKenzie plays Eloise, a shy young woman who has just relocated to London to study fashion.  She finds herself mysteriously able to enter 1960s London using the body of Sandie (Anna Taylor-Joy), a sexy nightclub singer as her avatar. Is she dreaming? Has she found a time portal? Or is she simply losing her mind?

As Eloise finds herself getting more lost in the past, she realizes something dangerous is afoot and neither she nor Sandie might not make it out alive. This sexy psychological horror film from Edgar Wright, the celebrated director of “Baby Driver,” was scheduled to be in theaters last year but had to be postponed due to COVID-19. It will arrive just in time for Halloween!

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Diana, Princess of Wales, remains the star of the British Royal family despite having the distinct disadvantage of being dead for almost 25 years. It doesn’t matter. The public continues to adore this fascinating woman. Now comes this biopic from Pablo Larraín, the acclaimed director of “Jackie,” dissecting 3 days in 1991 during Christmas holidays with the royal family at Sandringham House. Kristen Stewart stars at the troubled Princess and despite not bearing a strong physical resemblance to the late Diana, critics are praising her performance as nailing the body language and presenting a strong lived in accent. Fashion Reverie will be in line opening day.  

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House of Gucci

If the film wasn’t based on a true story, people would be saying this over-the-top tale of money, fashion and murder is ridiculously unbelievable. Based on the book of the same name by Sara Gay Forden and directed by the legendary Ridley Scott, the film examines the 1995 murder of Maurizio Gucci (played by Academy Award-nominee Adam Driver) orchestrated by his wife Patrizia Reggiani Gucci. Lady Gaga plays Patrizia and while some are saying this is another Oscar bid, despite Gaga being Italian (there is a supercut on Youtube of her saying she’s Italian during interviews that goes for an hour!), more than a few critics have commented that her accent is terrible. Still, this will be a wild, fun ride as Patrizia is as noted in the film is “a real firecracker.” Convicted of the murder in 1998, she would serve 18 years for the crime. Offered an early parole on work release, Patrizia refused saying “I’ve never worked a day in my life, I’m not going to start now.”

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The Eyes of Tammy Faye

A new film from director Michael Showalter will depict the history of controversial televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker from their meteoric rise in the 1970s to their scandal soaked 80’s which ended with Jim Bakker’s conviction on fraud and embezzlement charges. Jessica Chastain (who also produced and does all her own singing in the film) stars as Tammy Faye in all her heavily made-up glory, from dealing with her battle with an addiction to prescription drugs to her controversial support of the LGBT community at the height of the AIDS crisis. When Tammy insisted on having AIDS activist Steve Pieters on her PTL show to dispel myths about the disease, fellow faith leaders were outraged. Vengeful PTL executives destroyed the footage, but thanks to VHS copies it lives on youtube.  

Tammy Faye lost her battle with cancer in July 2007 but Jim Bakker remains active in the televangelist community to this day. He was sued for selling fake COVID-19 cures in 2020.

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2021 TV Picks

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Yipee! Fall TV is back! In 2020, fall TV was extremely limited due to having to work around COVID-19 restrictions. Several production companies simply shut down due to not being able to get insurance.  While studios are not quite back at pre-pandemic levels (and it remains to be seen how the deadly Delta variant will impact show business), we’re getting a good crop of new shows this fall.  There is a huge glut of reality competition shows. Studios love them as they are inexpensive to produce and can be done far more quickly than scripted multi-camera shows.  Fashion Reverie will not be commenting on them, focusing on the dramas, comedies, and dramedies coming to your screens this autumn!  

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The Chair 

This limited series from Netflix stars the always likable and engaging Sandra Oh as Jin-Yoon Kim, a dedicated academic who has risen to become the first-ever female chairperson of a prestigious university’s English department.  The show manages to mine laughs from the dry and extremely Caucasian world of academia while addressing serious issues faced by women and people of color in that environment.  

The Wonder Years 

Yes, it’s a “Wonder Years” reboot, which on the surface sounds like a terrible idea. But, instead of simply recreating the classic 80’s show, this version, narrated by Don Cheadle, uses humor and grace to focus on a Black family dealing with the turmoil of the civil rights movement in 1960s Montgomery, Alabama. It stars Elisha “EJ” Williams as 12-year-old Dean Williams and Dulé Hill (of “West Wing” fame) as Dean’s father. The show is executive produced by “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels, so we can expect the show to confront some of the painful history the South has with racism and a soundtrack peppered with some fabulous music.


Speaking of fabulous music, Eve, Brandy, Naturi Naughton, and Nadine Velazquez will be starring in the upcoming ABC drama series “Queens.”  Hip hop group Nasty Bitches were at the top of their game in the 1990s, topping the charts and winning hearts with explicit and empowering lyrics about sexuality. The women, now in their 40’s, have drifted apart but a chance meeting inspires them to consider giving stardom a second chance. Having attracted several top-tier musicians to this project, some excellent tunes will no doubt be forthcoming.  

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Welcome to Flatch 

A documentary crew sets out to explore the lives of residents in a small American town; they stumble upon the Midwestern town of Flatch, which is made up of many eccentric personalities. “Welcome to Flatch” is written and executive-produced by Emmy Award winner Jenny Bicks, and directed and executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Paul Fieg. It stars Sean William Scott as Father Joe, the local spiritual leader, and Aya Cash is the girlfriend he dumped after she followed him to Flatch. 

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Four friends from childhood now facing a slide into middle age are taken aback when one of them suddenly dies.  Realizing life is short, the trio decides to take stock and find bliss. While this sort of sounds like an unauthorized reboot of “Desperate Housewives,” it has attracted some real star talent in Ginnifer Goodwin and the effortlessly charming Eliza Coupe.


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Big Leap  

Well, this is new—a scripted drama following contestants on a reality show, “The Big Leap”, starring Scott Foley and Teri Polo in the ballet-themed dramedy. The reality show is built on the theme of second chances and follows contestants as they compete to be in a production of “Swan Lake.”  But will the reality show aspect shatter their already fragile spirits?  Already Fox executives are excitedly comparing it to “Glee” and predicting a smash hit. 

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La Brea 

When a massive sinkhole opens under Los Angeles, citizens are plunged into a prehistoric world and forced to figure out how to survive. Natalie Zea stars as a mother who falls into the terrifying world with her son.  Meanwhile, her daughter and husband who were left behind struggle to figure out where their loved ones have gone and how to get them back.  For years networks have been desperately trying to recreate the success of “Lost.” Will this be the golden ticket? Fashion Reverie is optimistic.  

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Saving the best for last, the mega-hit “You” will return for a 3rd season in 2021. Netflix still refuses to release an exact release date and has been stingy with details. What we do know is we will return to Joe (Penn Badgley) as he unhappily settles into suburban life with his pregnant wife Love (Victoria Pedretti). How will fatherhood impact his murderous ways?  But what about Joe’s mysterious neighbor he’s slowly becoming transfixed with? Showrunner and co-creator Sera Gamble did squash one rumor about the woman Joe observed through a fence at the end of Season 3. “She’s definitely not his mom.”

—Cameron Grey Rose

Summer Loving: Movies for Romance

Who’s in the mood for love? Set the stage for the perfect date night with a bottle of wine, some candles, and films that inspire romance. From bouncy musicals to tragic tales, you’ll find whatever you’re looking for on Fashion Reverie‘s list of the most romantic movies.  

Upcoming Films

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The Last Letter from Your Lover” – July 23rd Netflix

Jennifer Sterling (played by Shailene Woodley) is an American woman living in 1960s England in a safe but loveless marriage.  She falls into a romance with the mysterious B to whom she shares a passionate romance via love letters. Decades later, Ellie, a London reporter played by Felicity Jones, finds the letters and is determined to find out what happened to the star-crossed lovers.

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Resort to Love” – July 29th Netflix

With her career hitting a snag, a singer still smarting from her broken engagement a year earlier takes a job performing at a wedding at a swanky tropical resort. It’s only after she arrives that she discovers her ex fiancé is the groom! Starring Christina Milan and produced by Alicia Keys, this is a fun, screwball romantic comedy with a lot of great music.

The Classics

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The Princess Bride 

This classic from 1987 was directed by Rob Reiner and adapted by William Goldman from his novel of the same name. Buttercup (played by Robin Wright) longs for her lost love Westley, feared dead in a pirate attack. Westley (played by Cary Elwes), who survived, is determined to find his way back to her in this action-adventure romance.  The idea that streaming this film with your honey will lead to anything but a night of steamy romance is INCONCEIVABLE!  

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In the Mood for Love 

Directed by Wong Kar-Wei and set in 1962 Hong Kong, this lush tale of unrequited love will inspire you to snuggle even harder with your better half.  Neighbors find themselves forming a strong bond when they discover their spouses are having an affair. Filled with music and lush jewel tones, this moving film will inspire you to be brave and fight for happiness and fulfillment.  

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Written and directed by John Carney, this Oscar-winning film tells the story of a street musician who happens upon a young immigrant. They decide to write a song together and find themselves falling in love. Despite a measly $150,000 budget, the film takes full advantage of the beautiful Irish countryside it was filmed in and is stunning to look at. The song they write (actually written by the actors themselves!)  “Falling” would go win an Oscar for Best Original Song and the film would later inspire a Broadway adaption.  

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire  

This quiet and meditative, yet robust film of doomed love was criminally overlooked in 2019. Set in 17th century France, it tells the story of a painter, Marianne, hired to do a portrait of a young woman, Heloise, living on a remote island. To their surprise, the two women find themselves falling passionately in love. Alas, Heloise has been promised to another. Directed by Céline Sciamma, “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was filmed in 8K stock so the movie is bursting with color and such amazing cinematography that every frame is a painting.

“Portrait of a Lady on Fire” is not for everyone. Many will find it slow and tedious, but multiple critics called it the best film of the year. And the ending? Have tissues handy. This tragic tale will remind you to cherish the love you have.  

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It Happened One Night” 

Considered by many to be the original romantic comedy, it features Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert at their height being directed by legend Frank Capra. Runway heiress Ellie meets reporter Peter on a Greyhound bus to New York City only to be forced to find alternate travel when the bus breaks down, resulting in madcap adventures. Many critics call this one of the greatest films ever made.

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This is the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving (yes that was their last name). With their interracial marriage illegal in their home state of Virginia, the pair move to Washington D.C. but find themselves longing for home. Upon getting arrested for visiting family, they set into motion events that would end with a legal battle that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Asked by a reporter what he wants the world to know about him, Richard Loving simply replied “I love my wife.”

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Say Anything

Do you remember being a reckless and endlessly optimistic teenager? Go there again with this classic from the ’80s. Directed by Cameron Crowe and starring Ione Skye and John Cusack, it tells the story of two teenagers awkwardly navigating their slide into adult life after graduating from high school while falling in love. Crowe recently indicated he is considering revisiting the character all these years later to see where they ended up.  

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The Big Sick” 

This film written by Kumail Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon was inspired by the true story of their courtship. Kumail plays himself, and after dating Emily (played by Zoe Kazan) for a few months, they have a huge fight. Emily runs off. The next day Kumail gets a call that Emily is suffering from a severe infection and is now in a coma. Will their relationship survive? Will Emily?  

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Singin’ in the Rain” 

Saving the best for last! This fun romantic comedy has been hailed as the greatest musical of all time. Starring Gene Kelly—who also co-directed and choreographed the picture— Donald O’Connor and Debbie Reynolds, this film is a celebration of romance and the joy of falling in love set in the film industry during the advent of talking pictures. A pure delight from beginning to end, you’ll be humming the title song for days.  

—Cameron Grey Rose


Fashion Reverie’s Spring/Summer 2021 Movie Roundup

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“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

So many shocking things have happened in the past year and one of them is “King Kong vs Godzilla.” The special effects juggernaut was a huge hit at the box office. This is even more shocking when you know that movie theaters are opening with reduced capacity, yet, it still managed to pull in a $48 million opening weekend despite being available for streaming on HBO MAX. The simple explanation?  People LIKE seeing movies in theaters! The summer blockbuster is here to stay.

Please keep in mind, the pandemic is not over. Yes, we have glimpsed the finish line, but we still have a long way to go.  Even if you are vaccinated, you still need to wear your mask and social distance. Health is wealth!!

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Black Widow

After the wild success of “Wandavision” we have another female-led entry into the MCU (the fictional Marvel Comics Universe) that was actually directed by a woman, Cate Shortland, with the story by “writer Jack Schaffer. The $200 million epic will be a feast for the eyes with its exciting action and top of the line special effects. It tells the story of Black Widow aka Natasha Romanoff’s (Scarlett Johansen) troubled past as she is forced to confront her present. It will be available in theaters as well as on Disney+ for an additional charge.

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Free Guy

Pushed back from its 2020 release, “Free Guy” tells the story of Guy, a simple man who works in a bank, but suddenly discovers he’s living in a video game as an NPC (nonplaying character). But hold the phone, he finds out the game is about to go offline. He’s in a race against time to make himself the hero of the game before it disappears forever.

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Still sad you can’t travel? The latest offering from Pixar will take you to a beautiful seaside town in the Italian Rivera. “Luca” is bursting with color and life, telling the story of Luca, a young boy who is enjoying a fun-filled summer with his new best friend while they go on scooter rides, gobble pasta, and eat gelato. But their happiness is threatened by a terrible secret. Not only does this kid-friendly fare work for grown-ups but it will be available on Disney+ without any additional charges.

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In the Heights

Based on the Tony award-winning play of the same name written by Lin Manuel Miranda, “In The Heights” is a bubbly musical set, where else, in Washington Heights. Filmed on location, it tells the story of a bodega owner who, after inheriting a large sum of money, is considering closing his bodega and retiring to the Dominican Republic.

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Jungle Cruise

ANOTHER movie based on a Disneyland ride? Must Fashion Reverie remind you the first “Pirates of the Caribbean” was pretty good until Disney ran the franchise into the ground? “Jungle Cruise” is already getting some advanced buzz that’s it’s a fun action-adventure thrill ride. The film stars Emily Blunt as a scientist searching for the legendary “tree of life” said to have magical healing properties. She hires a grizzled riverboat captain played by Dwayne ‘The Rock” Johnson to guide her down the infamous Amazon ahead of German scientists determined to find it first. 

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The Pink Cloud

Looking for some more independent fare? While it may seem like this Brazilian film was tailor-made for the pandemic, the truth is it was written in 2015 and completed filming in 2019. It tells the story of a world where a deadly pink cloud has forced everyone to stay indoors indefinitely, focusing on a young woman now trapped with the one-night stand she brought home the night before. The film debuted at the Sundance Film Festival to excellent reviews.

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Summer of Soul

This documentary directed by Ahmir Thompson (better known by his stage name Questlove) recovers long-lost footage of a 1969 concert that was all but forgotten when Woodstock would take place just a few months later. The feature showcases filmed footage of the Harlem Cultural Festival, including never-before-seen concert performances by B.B. King, Nina Simone, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Stevie Wonder, and more. Despite the top-level talent that performed at the festival, the concert went largely unremembered and, according to the opening title of the film, the footage “sat in a basement for 50 years. It has never been seen.” 

 —Cameron Grey Rose

2021 Oscar Predictions

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While we all wait for everyone to get vaccinated and for herd immunity to kick in—experts are predicting summer of 2021—the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences released a statement assuring that there absolutely WILL be an in-person ceremony for the 93rd Oscars on April 25, 2021. How exactly that is going to work, especially since so many of the likely nominees are vulnerable to the virus due to their age, remains to be seen.

The eligibility window for qualifying films has also been extended, from December 31 of this year to February 28, 2021. Also, films also won’t be required to have a theatrical run, which means there’s plenty of time to watch the possible nominees in the safety of your home.  Fashion Reverie has compiled a list of films that might be taking home Oscar statuettes.

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“Nomadland” directed by Chloe Zhao

It’s interesting that this film is based on a non-fiction book that was published in 2017 because it perfectly encapsulates the living tragedy that was 2020. Frances McDormand plays Fern, a woman who has lost everything, travels across the American West in a van seeking work. At one point, a young girl asks, “You’re homeless right?” Fern firmly tells her “I’m not homeless, I’m houseless. Not the same is it?” With Oscar buzz already circling, McDormand could make Oscar history. If she simultaneously receives both a best actress and best picture nomination as a producer of the film, she would be the first woman to do so.

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“Minari” directed by Lee Isaac Chung
Comparisons to last year’s best picture “Parasite” are inevitable, but this brilliant film stands on its own. Minari is both a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of a Korean American family attempting to start a farm in Arkansas. A controversy arose when the Hollywood Foreign Press Association was deciding which category the film was eligible for—Best Picture or Best Foreign Language film. Many are demanding rules be changed. Don’t be distracted; this gentle film is a feast for the eyes as well as the heart as the film quietly dissects the American Dream.

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“Mank” directed by David Fincher
One major failing that seems to dog the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts is its tendency to celebrate films that, well, celebrate filmmaking. “The Artist,” “La La Land,” and “Boogie Nights” are a few examples. Director David Fincher—who also wrote and did the cinematography for the picture under pseudonyms—looks at 1930s Hollywood through the scathing wit of alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish “Citizen Kane.” The film is a passion project as the original script “Mnk” was based on was written by Finchers’ late father, Jack Fincher, in the 1990s. Be warned, “Mank” is WILDLY historically inaccurate and Gary Oldman overacts like it’s about to made illegal. 

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“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” directed by George C. Wolfe

Based on August Wilson’s 1984 play of the same name, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” is a celebration of three real-life Black artists and legends. While critics are divided on how successful the film is, the acclaim for the late Chadwick Boseman is universal. Many are calling his work as a trumpet player Lavee the finest of his remarkable career. We’ll never know if Boseman knew this would be his swan song. Boseman never gave less than one hundred percent to his often-demanding roles. He will almost certainly be awarded a posthumous Oscar for Best Actor.

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“Promising Young Woman” written and directed by Emerald Fenell
Carey Mulligan plays Cassie, a young woman who dropped out of medical school due to severe trauma in this candy-colored black comedy revenge thriller for the #Metoo era. If that seems like a lot of adjectives, know this smart film has a lot of tonal shifts which makes sense considering what trauma can do to a brain. Many critics are saying this is a lock to get women nominated for writing and directing awards this year. If the name Emerald Fenell sounds familiar she played Camilla Parker-Bowles on season 4 of “The Crown.”

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“News of the World” directed by Paul Greengrass
Would it even be an awards season without Tom Hanks’ name being bandied about? Hanks reunites with his “Captain Phillips’” director for a sumptuous tale of an 18th century newsreader. This was a real profession at the time. Newspapers were difficult to acquire and not many people knew how to read. Newsreaders would travel around telling people the “news of the world.” Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Hanks) stumbles upon an abandoned child while traveling through Texas and is determined to find a home for the orphan.  From the score to the acting, directing, and cinematography, the entire film is an assembly of titans in the industry at the top of their game.

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“Tenet” directed by Christopher Nolan

While “Tenet” is definitely in the Oscar race, many are saying this might not be the year for Nolan. The film was definitely hurt by being screened at home rather than the original IMAX release that had been planned. The 200-million-dollar spectacular didn’t play so well on the small screen.  Audiences were utterly confused by the densely plotted film. Star Kenneth Branagh even admitted despite starring in the picture he wasn’t entirely sure if he was the villain or not.  Nolan will just have to wait and see.

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“Soul” directed by Peter Docter

Another entry from the always reliable Pixar veteran director Peter Docter, (“Up,” “Inside Out”) “Soul” is a gentle tale of the afterlife. Jazz Musician Joe (Jamie Foxx) had a wonderful day that sadly ends with him falling into an open manhole, going into a coma, and getting trapped between life and death. Despite the dark themes, the film is a brightly colorful tale, full of music and life. So far, no animated film has ever won best picture—only 4 have been nominated—but some are saying this could be Pixar’s year.

Possible Dark Horses

Every year there are a few films that have real potential to jam up the works by being unexpected nominees and winners, And, if there was any year for that to happen it will be this one.

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“The Invisible Man“ directed by Leigh Whannell 

“The Invisible Man” is one of the only films with some Oscar talk to enjoy an actual theatrical run. While it is incredibly rare for horror films to be nominated, there is a real buzz that Elisabeth Moss’s work in “The Invisible Man” as a woman desperately trying to survive a toxic relationship is strong enough to put her in the race.

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“Let Them All Talk” directed by Steven Soderbergh

Despite starring Meryl Streep, who holds the current world record of twenty-three acting nominations, buzz from this Steven Soderbergh-directed film is around Candice Bergen’s performance as Roberta, a woman who’s painfully dissatisfied with life and determined to take steps to find happiness while cruising with friends. Many critics are saying it’s their favorite performance of the year.

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“The Assistant” directed by Kitty Green
Julia Garner—no relation to Jennifer—already has two Emmys for her scene-stealing work on Netflix’s “Ozark” but may be looking at an Oscar nomination for her role as Jane in Kitty Green’s “The Assistant.”  Jane is an assistant to a Harvey Weinstein-like producer. (Full disclosure: writer Cameron Grey Rose worked with Harvey Weinstein during her time at The Hollywood Reporter.) The only stumbling block is how closely Harvey Weinstein worked with the Academy (he was stripped of his membership) contributing to a breath-taking 81 wins. This may hit a little too close to home.

—Cameron Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Fall 2020 Television Shows and Series Roundup

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“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: It goes on.”

—Robert Frost

The juggernaut that is 2020 continues slouching toward oblivion as people bounce from dire emergency to dire emergency like a tennis ball in the dryer from hell.  While so many things have been canceled, one tradition that will remain is the fall television season, but it will be significantly altered.  Many premiere dates are TBA and all are subject to change. A considerable number of series coming to mainstream television are originally Canadian or BBC productions as networks are trying to pad their autumn schedules. With a desperate need for new programming, it’s time to step out of your comfort zones and try something new.

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Star Trek Lower Decks” – CBS All Access

Considering the sheer volume of Star Trek spinoffs, it’s surprising that this is the first animation series borne from the Gene Roddenberry classic.  The show focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the USS Cerritos, in the year 2380. The first episode is available for free on YouTube.

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LoveCraft Country” – HBO

With this summer seeing race relations in America reaching a boiling point, this JJ Abrams and Jorden Peele produced series couldn’t come at a better time. Based on the Matt Ruff novel, Lovecraft Country, the series follows Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) as he meets up with his friend Letitia (Jurnee Smollett) and his Uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) to embark on a road trip across 1950s Jim Crow America.  The series puts a supernatural spin on the very real horrors that African Americans faced at that time (and many will argue never went away). This is going to be a wild, exciting, terrifying and eye-opening ride into America’s past (and current) racial scars.

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Woke” – Hulu

In another shockingly timely series addressing racism in America–hmm, maybe these issues have been reaching a critical momentum since before George Floyd’s and Breonna Taylor’ murders–“Woke” tells the story of Keef (Lamorne Morris), a black cartoonist set to break into mainstream success. After his life is shaken to the core, due to a misunderstanding borne out of an abuse of power and systematic racism, Keef suddenly sees inanimate objects coming to life and cracking wise.  This show addresses many of the same issues as “Lovecraft Country,” but with an absurdist comedic tone.

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The Undoing” – HBO

Were you underwhelmed by the 2nd season of “Big Little Lies”? You and everyone else.  Get ready for “The Undoing.” Written and produced by David E Kelly, it’s a new mini-series starring Nicole Kidman based on the 2014 novel You Should Have Known by Jean Hanff Korelitz  set to premiere on HBO this fall. Joyfully living the life of wealthy elite New Yorker, Grace Fraser’s world is rocked due to a violent death and the fallout that threatens to consume her.

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Mr. Mayor” – NBC

Have you been missing Ted Danson since “Good Place” ended? Never fear, he will return in this upcoming series created by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock. (The powerhouses behind such shows as “30 Rock” and “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”.) The crux of the show is a wealthy businessman runs for office and becomes the mayor of Los Angeles.  It is a story inspired by a New York politician whose name rhymes with Schloomberg.

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Big Sky” – ABC

Visionary storyteller David E. Kelly (“Big Little Lies”) has created this thriller based on a series of books by CJ Box.  The show builds around two private detectives search for two missing teenage girls along a stretch of Montana highway. They promptly discover the mystery goes far deeper than anyone could have imagined. Ryan Phillipe stars as Cody Hoyt.

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Clarice” – CBS

Hannibal Lecter has been portrayed in multiple movies and TV series (many say it peaked with Mad Mikkelsen performance) but are we forgetting someone? Juliana Moore portrayed Clarice Starling in 2001 but that was almost 20 years ago! It’s time to bring her back. Set in 1993, a year after the events of “The Silence of the Lambs” (when Agent Starling was played by Jodie Foster), the series takes a hard look at the FBI agent as she traverses the murky waters of investigating murderers and sexual predators amid the landscape of Washington DC politics.

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The Equalizer” – CBS

The 1980 TV show has already inspired two theatrical films and now yet another reboot, but with a fabulous twist. This CBS series will feature none other than Queen Latifah! The Grammy-winning performer stars as an enigmatic figure who uses her extensive skills to help those with nowhere else to turn. Created by Andrew Marlowe who also helmed ABC’s long-running “Castle.”

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Bob’s Burgers” – Fox

With COVID-19 messing with so many production schedules, we are likely to see more animation because it can be produced while safely social distancing. With a firm start date of Sept 27th, viewers will once again greet the Belcher clan at their seaside restaurant with their burger of the day puns (“She’s a super leek burger,” “Hit me with your best shallot burger,” “The Roquefort Files Burger”) and bizarre but delightful musical numbers for their 11th season! Seasons 1-10 are available on Hulu.

With COVID making safe production of shows difficult, if not impossible, many TV series are being pushed back. A lot of shows have premiere dates that are yet to be announced. Here is a quick list of streaming shows you may have missed to help you pass the time.

Search Party” – HBO Max

Bored Millennials get overly involved in the search for a missing college classmate with horrifying results.

At Home with Amy Sedaris” – HBO Max

Part crafting DIY, part sketch comedy with a hefty dash of wildly inappropriate humor thrown in, featuring the deliciously charming Amy Sedaris.

The Floor is Lava” – Netflix
Fun game show where contestants get a cash prize if they can make their way across a room w/o touching the floor.  This frequently results in them getting beaten up badly.

Get Even” – Netflix

Teen girls at an elite British school form a squad to get revenge on bullies only to find themselves framed for murder.

Pushing Daisies” – CW Seed
This forensic fairytale of a show is filled with brutal murders while bursting with color, humor, music, and heart.

Alias Grace” – Netflix

Based on the Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, it tells the true story of a murderous maid in 19th century Canada.

The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell” – Netflix

Ever wondered what a cooking show written by Tim Burton and directed by David Lynch would be like? This is your chance to find out.

—Cameron Grey Rose

Fashion Reverie’s Summer 2020 Movie Guide

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Well, it’s almost summer!  What better way to take a break from the heat than by settling into a dark air-conditioned theater and take in a show? Well, this year, things may be a bit different. As the curve of infections from the COVID-19 pandemic is beginning to flatten, plans are being made to re-open movie theaters with reduced capacity perhaps as soon as July.

In the meantime, some films that were meant to be released in theaters might be moved to VOD or postponed. Fashion Reverie has curated a list of fantastic summer movies, their release dates and the platforms they’ll be released on.

One of the surprising side effects of the pandemic is that drive-ins are coming back. For any of our readers under 35, a drive-in is a giant iPhone screen you watch through your cars’ windshield.  In previous summers, Shakespeare in the Park was the hot ticket for New Yorkers, but it’s canceled this year. This summer’s hot ticket is the drive-in at the Bel Aire Diner in Queens, which saw tickets sell out in minutes. Drive-ins are the only way to see a movie in a large audience while still social distancing. Check your local area and you may find drive-ins popping up all over, and not just for movies!

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The Vast of Night – Available on Amazon Prime

It’s unlikely you’ve heard of this inventive sci-fi film. This movie was passed on by most major film festivals due to its microbudget and complete lack of stars. But don’t let it pass you by. Unable to afford high-end special effects, director Andrew Patterson focuses on mood, lighting, and dialogue to tell the story of a fictional 1950s New Mexico town called Cayuga. While the majority of the town is taking in a high school basketball game, a local DJ and phone operator begin to suspect something might be out there.

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Da 5 Bloods – Available on Netflix June 12th

Just months after receiving an Academy Award for “BlackkKlansmen,” Spike Lee will debut his first Netflix feature “Da 5 Bloods.” Centering on a group of aging African American vets, they return to Vietnam to retrieve the body of their fallen squad leader (played by Chadwick Boseman) along with some treasure they buried in the jungle during the Vietnam War. Cutting back and forth in time, the film explores the bond of brotherhood that brought the former warriors together and the lingering scars that threaten to pull them all apart.

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Eurovision: The Story of Fire Saga – Available on Netflix June 26th

Eurovision, the epic European song contest, has been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But if you’re desperate for some good songs set to some mind-blowing staging, check out this parody starring Rachel McAdams and Will Ferrell as Icelandic singers Lars Erickssong and Sigrit Ericksdottir competing with their pop tune “Volcano man.” In an odd twist, filming in Iceland ended just days before a nearby volcano actually erupted.

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The King of Staten Island – VOD starting July 12th

Pete Davidson stars as Scott, a man in his twenties still living with his mother on Staten Island and caught in a state of arrested development ever since his firefighter father was killed on 9/11. As his younger sister heads off to college and his mother begins dating a firefighter, he’s forced to find direction in his life.

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Relic – In theatres and VOD starting July 10th

Looking for some psychological horror in the vein of “Hereditary”? When Edna, the elderly and widowed matriarch of the family, goes missing, her daughter Kay and granddaughter Sam travel to their remote family home to find her. They find more than they bargained for.

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Sometimes Always Rarely Never – VOD July 10th

This film festival darling was going into wide release in March but was derailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is available on Amazon and on VOD July 10th.  It tells the harrowing story of a fragile teenager being forced to cross state lines to seek an abortion. Director Eliza Hittman hits all the right notes in her directorial debut.

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Tenet – in theaters July 17th

Unfortunately, Fashion Reverie doesn’t know much about this film, but that is only making us more excited to see it. Cast and crew have been sworn to secrecy and there have been no critic screenings. Here’s what we do know: John David Washington and Robert Pattison star as spies tasked with preventing World War III from being started by villain Kenneth Branagh. (Is he the villain? Branagh recently admitted in an interview, he’s not sure.) How does time travel factor in? It’s anybody guess, but clearly from the trailer and the whopping 200-million budget, this will be action-packed thinkfest. See it in IMAX if you can. Director Christopher Nolan is optimistic he can keep the July 17th opening date.

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SpongeBob SquarePants Movie: Sponge on the Run – in theaters August 7th

Looking for some family-friendly fare? It’s the return of SpongeBob to the big screen!  SpongeBob and Patrick travel to the lost town of Atlantic City to solve the mysterious kidnapping of Gary the snail.

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Wonder Woman 1984 – in theaters August 14th

Get ready for kick-ass action and some new wave hits! Director Patty Jenkins follows up her 2017 blockbuster with a new story set in, you guessed it, 1984. During the Cold War, Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) comes into conflict with two formidable foes—media businessman Maxwell Lord and friend-turned-enemy Barbara Ann Minerva/Cheetah—while reuniting with her love interest Steve Trevor, played by Chris Pine.

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Antebellum – in theaters August 21st

With its original release date delayed, this film directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, stars Janelle Monae as a modern-day successful author magicked back into the 19th century as a slave on a Louisiana plantation coming face-to-face with her ancestors.

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Quiet Place 2 – in theaters Sept 2nd

John Krasinski scored a critical and commercial hit with his directorial debut “Quiet Place,” starring his wife Emily Blunt. He returns with “Quiet Place 2” which follows his family as they continue to battle aliens. Flashbacks tells how the attack began.

—Cameron Rose

Bingeable Fashion Documentaries, Film, and Television Series

As this stay-at-home quarantine wears on, we’re all getting awfully restless. Are you looking for a way to pass the time? Fashion Reverie has put together another list of fashion friendly bingeable content to keep you sane as we wait for this madness to end. NeYC

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Making the Cut

Ever see something on “Project Runway” that you wanted to buy? Except for a few tie-ins with Macy’s, almost none of the looks were mass produced. However, on “Making the Cut” produced by Amazon, each week the winning look will be available in limited quantities. While the format is nearly identical to “Project Runway,” Amazon clearly provided the show with a big budget–the runway shows are spectacular!and a lot of freedom. The real star is Naomi Campbell as a judge, who clearly has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of fashion and a biting razor sharp wit.

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This 2017 documentary tackles the dark genius of troubled designer Alexander McQueen. The film explores his extraordinary and deeply controversial collections that made headlines with every showing. Interviews with close friends and family create a rounded portrait of this tortured fashion visionary who took his own life in 2010.

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First Monday in May

The Met Gala will not be taking place this year; cancelled because of COVID-19 concerns. Referred to as “The Superbowl of Fashion” this 2016 documentary goes behind the scenes, taking a hard look at how this complicated night comes together, and how tightly Anna Wintour controls it. Don’t take it too hard if you never get in, Wintour personally reviews each invite and reserves the right to revoke them for any reason.


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Next in Fashion

On the surface this seems like just another “Project Runway” clone but hosts Tan France and Alexa Chung make it fun and interesting. The contestants are skilled professionals who have already made a name for themselves in fashion but are looking to take it to the next level. So, no tacky home craft fashion here.  

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Styling Hollywood

Meet Jason Bolden and his husband, interior designer Adair Curtis as they create looks for Hollywood stars. This series, which charts an awards season in the life of the stylist Jason Bolden, carefully outlines the serious craft of costuming a star for a red-carpet performance. In passing asides and straight-to-camera testimonies, Jason shares his strategies for flattering clients’ figures and playing to their personalities.

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Ryan Murphy explores New York City’s African American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-non-conforming ballroom culture scene of the 1980s. From episode one, where a daring heist “liberates” several priceless royal gowns from a museum–Murphy insists it’s based on a true story–you’ll see some eye-popping fashion as well as some the best music from the 1980s. Make sure you have tissues handy, the AIDS epidemic rears its ugly head more than once.

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Gossip Girl

Remember this soapy drama from the aughts? It featured rich Upper Eastside teens –played by actors in their 20’s–who thanks to their parents’ deep pockets wore some of the best fashion of the decade.  Has there ever been a better time to dive into six seasons of escapist fun? Make sure to read the Netflix synopsis. Whoever wrote them was clearly having a good time.

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Schitt’s Creek

This heartwarming show just ended its six-year run (Season 6 is not yet on Netflix.) But despite the odd title, “Schitt’s Creek” is wonderfully funny and features some of the best fashion on television. It tells the story of the Rose family, once home video titans, but thanks to a corrupt business manager the Rose family find themselves bankrupt. Creator Dan Levy said it was important to him that the Roses hung onto their high-end clothes to symbolize their past. Levy insisted on purchasing genuine designer garments for the cast.   An entire episode revolves around Moira Rose ordering a $3700 Pamela Rolland dress.  

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Coronavirus Lockdown Faciliates Bingeable Television

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The world is in a virtual shock and fear is taking hold. The coronavirus has cancelled everything, or almost everything. No movies. No sporting events. No gatherings of more than 10 people.

Well, Fashion Reverie is doing what we can. Here are some television shows to binge. And please make use of the comment section. Give your own suggestions!!


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Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” – 4 seasons

The most amazing thing about the Emmy-winning “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” was that the CW stayed with this painfully low-rated show for 4 seasons: but, thank goodness they did. This warm riotously funny musical—total number of 129 songs; that number is correct—looks at a woman attempting to find love while battling debilitating mental illness.

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Episode” – 5 seasons

Co-Creator Jeffrey Klarik—who made a little show called “Friends”—gifted the world with this black comedy that takes a sugarless look at the world of Network TV. Two British writers bring their critically acclaimed series to America and quickly come to regret it. Matt LeBlanc won a Golden Globe for playing himself!

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Ozark” – 3 Seasons

This excellent Netflix original flew under the radar until the last year’s Emmys where “Ozark” took home statues for Directing (Jason Bateman) and Supporting Actress (Julia Garner). The third season will be available on March 27th. When economic advisor Marty Bryde sees his money-laundering scheme with a Mexican drug cartel go horrifically awry, he’s forced to relocate to the Ozarks. Things just get worse from there.

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The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” – 4 seasons

Tiny Fey’s follow up to “30 Rock” tells the darkly comic tale of Kimmy Schmidt who was kidnapped at age 14 and forced to spend 15 years underground by a crazed Reverend. Hilarious and poignant, “The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” touches on trophy wives, gentrification, and race relations in New York City.

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Parks and Recreation” – 7 Seasons

This Amy Poehler comedy never really received the props it deserved. Starring as Leslie Knope, “Parks and Recreation” tells the story of politics in small town Pawnee, Indiana Rediscover it now.



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Killing Eve” – 2 Seasons

This show is so good Netflix tweeted about how awesome it was and urged people to check it out. Even though it’s on Hulu! The series follows Eve Polastri, a British intelligence investigator tasked with capturing psychopathic assassin Villanelle.

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You’re the Worst” – 6 Seasons

If you like your romantic comedies to be like coffee—jet black and bitter —you’ll love this dark tale of two Angelenos reluctantly falling in love and fighting happiness every step of the way.

THE BOLD TYPE – “Carry The Weight” – Jane gets an eye opening experience when she is tasked with writing a piece about a performance artist/activist who is speaking out about sexual assault. Kat is distracted by thoughts of Adena while trying to throw a memorable NY Fashion Week party for Scarlet. And Sutton gets into an awkward situation with Richard. This episode of “The Bold Type” airs Tuesday, September 5 (9:01 – 10:02 p.m. EDT) on Freeform. (Freeform/Eric Liebowitz)

The Bold Type” – 4 Seasons

Fashion Reverie gave a great review to this tale of young female empowerment set in a fashion magazine. Have you kept up? Now is the perfect time to check out again. If nothing else, you’ll get some fab outfit ideas.

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Cougar Town” – 6 Seasons

The series would spend the entire run regretting their chosen name —adding punny comments about it to the opening credits in the final seasons. It tells the stories of neighbors aka The Cul de Sac crew of Gulf Haven, Florida as they hilariously navigate a slide into middle age while drinking wine by the barrel.

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Ugly Betty” – 5 seasons

Though “Ugly Betty” was last on television 10 years ago, the adventures and meanderings of an unglamorous girl, America Ferrera, working at a fashion magazine can still hold your interest and keep you smiling and laughing. And Vanessa Williams as the conniving creative director Wilhelmina Slater is classic television at its best.

—Cameron Rose


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