Top Five Netflix Releases I Am Looking Forward to


Sweeney Todd – March 1, 2019

The Demon Barber of Fleet Street is making his triumphant return! Anyone craving mince pies and black-and-white striped clothing? Just me?

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)


Lady J – March 8, 2019

Hey, how about that? Lady J premiers today! An adaptation of Diderot’s posthumously published 1796 novel Jacques le fataliste et son maître, the French film (titled Mademoiselle de Joncquières á français, but shortened to “Lady J” for us simple American-speaking folks), the plot explores a soured affair between a marquis and a widowed noblewoman and her attempt at exacting revenge by way of planting a young, ostensibly naive young woman in the marquis’ tracks. There’s not a whole lot of English publicity out there as I’m writing this, so that’s about as much as I know without watching it. The costumes look nice, though I’m not loving the marquis’ facial hair and pony nub.

Not loving the 18th-century neckbeard look, just sayin’.


The Highwaymen – March 15, 2019

Having recently binge-watched True Detective season 1, I was excited to see Woody Harrelson slated to appear alongside Kevin Costner as Texas Rangers attempting to capture notorious outlaws Bonnie and Clyde. It also features Kathy Bates as Miriam “Ma” Ferguson, first female governor of Texas. I’m equal parts a sucker for historical crime flicks and historical crime flicks that flip the script, so this is something I actually put in my calendar to watch.

Prediction: lots of bias-cut dresses and three-piece suits.


Kung Fu Hustle – March 15, 2019

No lie, Kung Fu Hustle is on my Top 5 list of favorite films of all time. It’s visually stunning, the choreography is amazing, the costumes are gorgeous, and it is responsible for my huge girl crush on Yuen Qiu as The Landlady for well over a decade now. I, for one, am VERY EXCITED to see it returning to Netflix after god knows how long.



The Alienist, Season 2 – Summer 2019

No solid release date yet, but The Alienist is coming back. We didn’t think too much of the first season, but I’m willing to give it another shot (see: obsession with crime shows). They haven’t released a trailer yet for the new series, so here’s a reminder of the first series.


What’s in your Netflix queue?


About the author

Sarah Lorraine

Sarah has an undergraduate degree in Clothing & Textile Design and a Master's in Art History and Visual Culture, with an emphasis on fashion history. When she’s not caught in paralyzing existential dread, she's drinking craft cocktails and writing about historical costume in film and television. She's been pissing people off on the internet since 1995.

15 Responses

  1. yosa

    Omg neck beard. Ew. Ew. Gonna watch it for the costumes. Neck Beard.

    Kung (dancing) Fu (in my chair) Hustle!!!!!!

    I am fully capable of writing in full sentences. I elect not to. LOL

  2. picasso Manu

    Not knowing a lot about the others, but Lady J? Leading man Edouard Baer, one quite well known actor here. So the neckbeard stays, I’m afraid. I doubt there was even the shadow of a suggestion to take it off. It’s his look and his trademark, and he’s going to keep it, 18th Century be damned! Otherwise, the costumes look interesting, in a sort of modernist, streamlined way.

  3. Charity

    Me: ooh, does this mean the Alienist is coming to Netflix?

    looks it up

    Article: Starting April 19, The Alienist season one will be available to stream on Netflix, but there’s a catch. The show will be available to stream internationally, everywhere but the U.S. and France.

    Me: … ?!?!?!.

    I’m too cheap to buy it unseen, I don’t get TNT, and the library doesn’t have it, so… thanks, Netflix, for not buying the US rights to it. :P

  4. Amy

    Give season two of the alienist a try. I disliked the first book which is what the series was based on. The second book will be season two and it was really great. I have high hopes for season two despite my dislike of season one.

  5. Andrew Schroeder

    The costume designer for Lady J also designed another period (Empire) movie last year called Return of the Hero (Le Retour du Heros) starring Jean Dujardin. It was a pretty stupid movie but the costumes were pretty and Dujardin looked hot. I watched it on Kanopy.

  6. Cheryl from Maryland

    Gave up on the Alienist three episodes in. But down with The Highwaymen (Kathy Bates as a political leader — sign me up NOW) and Kung-Fu Hustle.

  7. Serena

    It’s not Netflix but have ya’ll seen the trailer for Mr. Malcolm’s List?

  8. Al Don

    Kung Fu Hustle is a great movie. I always knew you had good taste!

  9. Nico

    I have seen “Lady J” (they could have found a better name, it sounds like a RnB singer name). The pace is very slow, 18th century-esque but the dialogs are very refined (at least in French!, let’s hope they don’t LadyJize it in English :) and the costumes very nice. It is a small-budget movie, so there are not many extras and it is set in the countryside, so the costumes are “country-pastel” and not too grand. The only thing that bugged me was Edouard Baer’s mullet (a famous French actor very full of himself so I Imagine he just refused both whig and beard-shaving)

  10. India Edghill

    Because it so clearly is based on DL. Perhaps the wildly out-of-period beard is supposed to be enough difference from DL?

  11. louisD

    Diderot wrote this before the liaisons. This revenge story was famously made into film in 1945 by the great Robert Bresson. Il was called : les dames du Bois de Boulogne

  12. D.

    OMG — I saw “Kung Fu Hustle” in the theatre and we totally bought the DVD after it came out. It’s in regular rotation here, and yes, the Landlady steals the show. (Just out of curiosity, am I the only one who freaked out over the fact that the only time you see her hair out of curlers, it’s straight and in a pony-tail? I felt like we’d been trolled for an hour with the curlers.)