‘Black Narcissus’ Is Surprisingly Dark and I Loved It

The other day I was bored, looking for a movie, and my sister and I ran into a list of 20th Century Essentials put together by TCM on HBO Max. On that list was Black Narcissus, a film I never thought of watching until I read the synopsis: A group of nuns struggle to establish a convent in the Himalayas, while isolation, extreme weather, altitude, and culture clashes all conspire to drive the well-intentioned missionaries mad.

Yes, there were some seriously racist tones in this movie (but duh, it was made in 1947) but besides that, I was riveted. This movie about a bunch of nuns trying to create this convent in what used to be essentially a brothal was fascinating and the darker material shocked me. They just didn’t make these types of movies back then and not only was it more mature than I expected but it was actually quite scary toward the end. I’m talking watch-through-the-slits-in-your-fingers scary (at least for me anyway considering that I’m an ultra scaredy-cat.)

I got to say, this movie really was an essential and now I’m going to have to revisit that list because there were plenty of other movies that I hadn’t seen before.

I’m giving this movie 100 out of 100 and 5 out of 5 stars (besides the fact that it was super racist at times though, of course.)

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‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Serves Another Great Episode!

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is just so much fun. Last week’s episode had me doing inner somersaults and this week’s episode has left me feeling just…good. This show is serving up all of the goods; fantastic action sequences, plot twists, laugh-out-loud humor, but it never refrains from sticking to the seriousness of the show’s ultimate plot, Sam’s dismissal of the shield.

This third episode ended on a rather high note, and I’m talking about my internal scream. Of course, I won’t share any spoilers but just…whoa, I didn’t see that coming.

Sharon Carter finally made her appearance which was nice to see and boy did she get more love than her roles in both The Winter Soldier and Civil War. She was fantastic and I just loved every moment with her. Plus, this week we got Zemo… What a fun addition to the story.

I think what surprised me the most about this episode was its mature vibe. The MCU has always had movies that are closer to PG than R in the PG-13 zone but this shows feels like they really wanted to tell a more serious, more mature story and you can feel that in the sequences and the violence. Geez, I couldn’t believe the level of violence displayed in this episode. I was thoroughly impressed.

All in all, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier has left me very pleased again and now I’m going to be jittery again for next week’s episode which is going to feature a lot of interesting plot points and I’m here for all of it!

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