Everybody’s Chattin + Trailer Spotlight: Love & Friendship w/ Kate Beckinsale + Chloë Sevigny


Happy Midweek everyone! Can you believe it, when we thought Spring is finally here, it’s snowing outside! Not just snow flurries or just a coating, this is a pretty big one that it’s like a Winter Wonderland all over again outside.

I’m actually not feeling well today and I pulled a muscle on my left hand so I decided to work from home. I’m sure glad I did as it’d be pretty challenging, not to mention dangerous, driving with just one hand in snowy conditions!

… about those links…

Margaret did a fantastic hit-me-with-your-best-shot post on Daredevil season 2.

Jordan reviewed the Best Foreign Language Oscar winner Son of Saul

I’ve been meaning to see Perfect Sense, so thanks Vinnie for reminding me w/ his great review

Eddie‘s been busy with his new site Jaccendo, check it out if you haven’t already. I especially love his post on Captain America: Civil War 

Steven reviewed Terrence Malick’s latest, Knight of Cups

I haven’t seen any short film in a while, but Nostra reviewed one I’m curious to see called Ellis, starring Robert De Niro

Abbi‘s Film Friday post is always one I look forward to. Read her thoughts on Spotlight, Clouds of Sils Maria and more.

Last but certainly not least, check out Cindy‘s upcoming Lucky 13 edition which will center on the Jeff Bridges!

Trailer Spotlight



Set in the opulent drawing rooms of eighteenth-century English society, ‘Love & Friendship’ focuses on the machinations of a beautiful widow, Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale), who, while waiting for social chatter about a personal indiscretion to pass, takes up temporary residence at her in-laws’ estate. While there, the intelligent, flirtatious, and amusingly egotistical Lady Vernon is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica—and herself too, naturally. She enlists the assistance of her old friend Alicia (Chloë Sevigny), but two particularly handsome suitors (Xavier Samuel and Tom Bennett) complicate her orchestrations.

Check out the brand new trailer:

This was one of the films I highlighted the week of Sundance last January. As you know I LOVE anything Jane Austen, but this was based on her earlier work called “Lady Susan” that was published posthumously in 1871. This isn’t the first time Kate Beckinsale played an Austen heroine however, she played Emma in a TV movie back in 1996.

Interesting to see Chloë Sevigny here, which I never seen in a period drama before. Both are such underrated actresses so that’s another reason to see this. I do think it’s lacking a real um, Austen hero eye-candy. I have no idea who Xavier Samuel is but he doesn’t exactly set my heart aflutter the way um, Sam Riley’s Colonel Darcy did in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies 😉 I’ve never seen director Whit Stillman‘s work before this, but the trailer looks like fun so I definitely will be watching this! 

What do you think of the ‘Love & Friendship’ trailer?

26 thoughts on “Everybody’s Chattin + Trailer Spotlight: Love & Friendship w/ Kate Beckinsale + Chloë Sevigny

  1. I’m a big fan of Whit Stillman as I hope to get his entire trilogy of films from the 90s that is coming on Criterion later this year. I saw the trailer and this is the kind of film that he would do. It’s about people with certain privileges and lifestyles but they’re also so very interesting as I think of this as a mixture of Metropolitan in terms of the study of social classes and uncertainty as well as a mix of The Last Days of Disco that also starred Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny. Those 2 films along with Barcelona and his most recent film in Damsels in Distress are just incredible.

    1. Hi Steven! Yeah I believe you’ve mentioned Stillman’s works before, now I’m curious to check out The Last Days of Disco, interesting that it has Beckinsale and Sevigny there as well. We’ll see if I get to that before I see this one.

  2. This looks really good to me, but like you, I’m always up for anything Austen. I always think it’s so interesting to see how epistolary novels get adapted into film.

    1. Hi Paula! Yeah, anything Austen is always great isn’t it? I don’t know if I’ve seen anything based on an epistolary novel either.

      1. Indeed! Her writing is truly classic, as in timeless. The only one I could think of was DANGEROUS LIASIONS / CRUEL INTENTIONS (same source material).

      2. PS: Have you ever read Jane Austen’s own letters? Interesting stuff to be sure, even though her sister and niece destroyed most of them.

  3. Whit Stillman is an aquired taste. I think it could be a winner for you Ruth because you love Sense & Sensibility(which also has a sense of humor)

    1. I LOVE period dramas so yeah, I’m predisposed to liking this one 🙂 I’m curious to check out Stillman’s other works, but Steven gave me a ton of recommendations.

  4. thanks for the sound out, Ruth. Snow! Lots of of it! I’m sorry — I hope it melts quickly and that your hand heals. Stay safe and warm!
    Lady Susan looks like a lot of fun. I have my doubts about Kate Beckinsale, this seems like a perfect role for Helena Bonham Carter, but I am interested and hope Beckinsale can carry the meaty role.

    1. My pleasure Cindy! Yeah we got a foot of snow yesterday, boy I’m glad I stayed home as it’ll be tough driving w/ one hand.

      Bonham Carter would’ve been great in the role, but she might be too old. I’ll give Kate the benefit of the doubt though, she looks pretty good here.

        1. Wow, they’re only 7 yrs apart? Kate looks REALLY young, like she could be in her early 30s. I think she’s generally a decent actor, not as good as Helena but given the right script she can pull it off I think.

  5. Thank you for the link! Love and Friendship looks very fun especially Beckinsale who got some amazing reviews for that movie. I hope you liked the rest of Daredevil season 2, I write a lot about it in tomorrow’s RF

    1. You’re most welcome! I love that post, and I have only ONE more episode of season 2. Can’t wait to read your RF tomorrow!

      I haven’t read any review of Love & Friendship yet, glad to hear Beckinsale got good reviews.

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