Five Movie Reviews

Five Movie Reviews

Hey guys, I’ve watched a bunch of movies lately, and wanted to share my thoughts on them. Think of these as mini reviews. One of my goals for this year was to watch more movies, as I tend to stick to television shows. Netflix has come in handy for this, as I have a ton of options to choose from.

Here we go.

The Greatest Showman (2017)

Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The only movie on this list to be seen in the theatres. Rory and I were both fairly keen to watch this movie. I’m always fond of musicals, and since watching the movie, I still listen to a lot of the soundtrack.

Plot wise, the movie felt a little predictable to me. I also feel like they could have fleshed out more of the characters. That being said, the aesthetic, choreography, cinematography, music, and all that was amazing in the film. They nailed all of it and more, and it was definitely worth seeing on the big screen!

I rate it 4 stars.

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist (2008)

Nick cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris, until Tris’ friend Norah suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah’s drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick’s band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

I had just finished watching Juno, and felt that I could stand to watch another Michael Cera teen movie. So one January afternoon, while doing my jigsaw puzzle, I put this on.

I honestly didn’t care too much about this movie. It didn’t really grab me, and the characters felt quite one-dimensional. It pretty much became background noise, and I only checked in every now and then but could still keep up with the plot. In the end, it was just another teen comedy.

I rate it 2 stars.

Don Jon (2013)

New Jersey bartender Jon Martello knows what’s important: his friends, his family, his car, his church, his sexual conquests — and porn. In fact, Jon is a porn addict and has never had a genuine relationship with a woman. However, when he meets Barbara he has to change his operating methods, because Barbara won’t be bedded easily. For the first time in his life, Jon begins a real courtship, but his obsession with erotica threatens to ruin everything.

A more mature film choice, but it had Joseph Gordon Levitt and Scarlett Johanssen in it, so I was intrigued. Plus, the New Jersey accents in the trailer had me hooked.

I did pay more attention to this film. It was hilarious, sweet, weird, sometimes emotional and just so much fun. The plot of this felt like it could fall into that weird genre of movie that relies solely on raunchy humour and gags, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt pulled off something way better. Props to him.

I rate it 4 stars.

Something Borrowed (2011)

Though Rachel is a successful attorney and a loyal, generous friend, she is still single. After one drink too many at her 30th-birthday celebration, Rachel unexpectedly falls into bed with her longtime crush, Dex — who happens to be engaged to her best friend, Darcy. Ramifications of the liaison threaten to destroy the women’s lifelong friendship, while Ethan, Rachel’s confidant, harbors a potentially explosive secret of his own.

I felt like a traditional romcom, and this showed up in the list. I hadn’t heard of it, but it was filled with familiar faces so I gave it a go!

This was a cliche romance in the best way. Reading this gave me that same happy, light feeling when I read a fun chick-lit book. It was just fun, sometimes cringy, predictable, but also sweet. If you feel like a light rom-com to watch, then I recommend this one. Although, this is advertised as a romance drama, so maybe I shouldn’t have found it so funny.

I rate it 3 stars.

Blades of Glory (2007)

Figure skaters Chazz Michael Michaels and Jimmy MacElroy take their intense rivalry too far during the Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City; both are banned from competition after a nasty brawl. After several years out of the public eye and hungry for glory, the men decide to set aside their feud and exploit a loophole that allows them to compete as a pair.

Rory put this on the tv, and I was in the same room. Otherwise I probably wouldn’t have watched this on my own.

So, Will Ferrell is one of those actors to me. Where I can’t place my finger on it, but I just don’t really like his films. I didn’t like Elf, and I couldn’t get through Anchorman. Kind of like Adam Sandler, I tend to avoid his films. This movie was indeed in his style of humour, silly, raunchy, sometimes gross, and a little cringy. But it got a few chuckles out of me, and once I realized that Amy Poehler and Will Arnett were also in this, I decided to stick it out. Honestly, it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting. But it was very ridiculous and the green screens bugged me.

I rate it 3 stars.

This was kind of fun to write. Quick-fire reviews of some movies I’ve watched recently. What movie have you watched recently?

Angela.

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Thoughts on “The Room”

So I watched The Room recently. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s developed a cult status as being the worst movie of all time. I first heard of it a few years back, when Sarah told me about it. We watched some clips on Youtube, and it was really weird. But I figured it’s cause the scenes were out of context, and that made them weirder. Well I finally watched it recently. It’s just weird..and uncomfortable…and slightly sinister. It’s taken me a week to wrap my head around it and get around to writing this post.

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The person who made this movie is someone called Tommy Wiseau. He self funded this film (the budget was $6 million, and it only made like $1000 in its opening weekend), directed, wrote, produced and starred in this strange film. This dude is somewhat of an enigma, and no one know anything about him, not even his age or where he came from. But I found this out after watching the movie.

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So, let’s get into my thoughts on the film.

“Why” came out my mouth a lot. Things just didn’t make sense. There were a few sex scenes, which were awkward and way too long. There were three in the first 30 minutes, and they actually used the same footage in two of them.

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Plot lines came and go so fast that I couldn’t keep up with them. In one scene, the mother announces she has breast cancer, and all Lisa says is “Don’t worry about it” (which actually, everyone says a lot), and nobody ever mentions it again. Then, there was a scene where a guy with a gun threatens Danny with a gun asking about his money. You never hear from him again, and no one talks about this happening for the rest of the movie.

They throw around a football a lot. I don’t know why. One guy comes in with a football and then they start throwing it back and forth. There’s lots of laughing, then someone falls over, and everyone rushes over and asks if he’s okay. Then it’s the next scene. This happens twice.

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Also, the way everyone speaks is so bland and odd.

I permanently had a confused face for the whole duration of the movie. Rory was with me, and he thought the movie seemed sinister. We couldn’t put our finger on it, but there was just watching this movie made for a really weird atmosphere. Am I glad I watched it? I don’t know. But it was definitely an experience. I’m now more involved with this now that I know The Disaster Artist has been made into a movie. It’s based on the book by Greg Senastra who worked on The Room alongside Tommy. I’m reading it, and getting more confused about the mystery that is Tommy Wiseau and The Room.

Have you guys seen The Room? If you have, I’m sorry. If you haven’t…well it’s interesting..

Angela.

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30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 17

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 17

Day 17 – The Best Movie You Saw During the Last Year

Moana

So I saw this  twice in the theatre. That’s how much I liked it. I was vaguely aware of it when it came out as kids in my centre started talking about  it. I looked up a few songs and I was hooked.

I have heard this countless times and I still love it. I also love Alessia Cara’s version too!

Then I went and saw the movies and felt so many emotions. I don’t know why it made me feel all the things, but it did. I even cried in it. I have since watched it a few more times and I love to sing along. I still hear the songs in my centre every now and then, and honestly I sing as loud as the kids do. Even the babies love it 🙂

I feel like I talk about animations a lot, but I can’t help it. They’re so good, and I watch a lot of them.

Have you guys seen Moana?

What’s the best movie you’ve seen during the last year?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 16

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 16

Day 16 – The Last Movie You Saw in the Theatre

Spider-Man: Homecoming

I literally watched this last night.

This movie was so much fun you guys! I love the movies where they takes themselves a little less seriously. It was light, funny and filled with action and laughs. It made for a good night actually. I could totally see myself seeing this again!

It did feel a little like an Iron Man spin off as well though, Robert Downey Jr is making cameos all over the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But I really enjoyed the film overall. I like this new spiderman, he actually looks like he could go to high school/college. Plus I like that they included a lot more school things in this movie, it feels like a cross between a teen movie and a superhero movie.

Anyway, I’ve gushed about this long enough. Definitely check it out!

What’s the last movie you’ve seen in the theatre?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 14

Day 14 – A favourite quote from any movie

I can’t pick just one guys. I also still have Disney on the brain, so I’ve compiled a bunch of Disney movie quotes I love. All of these were found on Pinterest!

Top 30 Inspiring Disney Movie Quotes #animated movie
Lilo and Stitch
You're mad. Bonkers. Off your head. But I'll tell you a secret...all of the best people are. (Alice in Wonderland)
Alice in Wonderland

 

Top 30 Inspiring Disney Movie Quotes #quotation
Pocahontas
Top 30 Inspiring Disney Movie Quotes
The Lion King
And for once it might be grand, to have someone understand. I want so much more than they have planned....
Beauty and the Beast
And my mother wonders why I ended up being the way I am
Aristocats
and then that dream will ruin your life and break your heart.. just saying.. I got my dream and that is exactly what happened
Cinderella
Disney officially presents Moana! Don't miss this cute movie for the whole family! PLUS, I have FREE OFFICIAL Disney Printables!  via @RaisingSoldiers4Christ
Moana
Tap image for more Disney quotes and love sayings. All at once - @mobile9 | quotes about love, love sayings, quotes about life
Tangled
How good is your romantic Disney knowledge?
Hercules

So there you go! 10 favourite quotes from 10 different Disney movies!

What’s a favourite quote you have from any movie?

Be sure to check out Hannah as she’s doing the challenge too!

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 8

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 8

Day 8 – A movie that makes you sad

Toy Story 3

This movie technically makes me happy too, no film comes to mind that only brings up sad emotions. A lot of the movies that make me happy also have sad moments. For example, Toy Story 3.

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I really enjoyed the first two Toy Story’s, and watched them so many times over and over on DVD. As someone who was very attached to her toys, had an overactive imagination which led to my toys going on various adventures, I really liked the idea of toys being alive. The moment that made me cry was not the end, but that scene in the garbage incinerator.

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You guys who have seen this movie will know what I’m talking about.

When they held hands..

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So yeah, this is a movie that makes me sad.

Have you guys seen Toy Story 3? Did you get hit with the feels?

What movie makes you sad?

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 7

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 7

Day 7 – A Movie that makes you Happy

Wall-E

A lot of movies make me happy, the first ones that came to mind where all animations, funnily enough. But Wall-E will always have a special place in my heart, cause it’s just so gosh darn cute!!

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Look at that cute robot

Wall-E is my favourite Pixar movie, it always leaves me with such a happy feeling, that I knew this had to be my pick for this prompt. For those who haven’t seen Wall-E, it’s set in 2805. Earth has been abandoned as there’s just too much trash everywhere. Everyone is now on a big cruise ship in space hanging out waiting for the “Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth” (Wall-E) class robots to clean up. It’s been 700 years since all  the humans went up to space and now Wall-e is the last robot left. He’s developed a curious personality about all things human, and he’s a little lonely. He meets EVE, a fancy new robot sent to find any plant life living on Earth. Wall-E ends up following her, and together  they wind up on an adventure across the galaxy.

Seriously, this movie is so cute!! A lot of the film has minimal dialogue, the characters without voices communicate through body language and robotic sounds.

Here’s a scene with my other favourite robot MO. He must clean all things.

Have you guys seen Wall-E?

What’s a movie that makes you happy?

Remember to check out Hannah’s post too as she’s also doing this movie challenge 🙂

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 6

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 6

Day 6 – A Favourite Comedy Movie

Hot Fuzz

While this film never had me laughing hysterically, it had me consistently grinning from start to finish. Which to me, is a mark of a great comedy. I am a fan of the Cornetto trilogy. Bonus points to those who know what that is. This one is by far my favourite though! Hot Fuzz is an amazing parody and satire of over the top action movies.

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The premise is simple enough. Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg) was too good a cop in London, that he gets sent to the sleepy village of Sandford. The change is hard for Nicholas to adapt to, and he gets frustrated with how laid back the rest of his new team is, along with his well-meaning, naive partner Danny (Nick Frost). However, as more ‘accidents’ start to rock the sleepy town, Angel begins to suspect that not everyone is as they seem in Sandford.

Seriously though, this movie is hilarious. It all escalates to an insane all out gun fight at the end, that is hysterical. I definitely recommend giving it a watch, even if you’re not into action, as this is the perfect parody of all those movies.

Have you guys seen Hot Fuzz?

What’s your favourite comedy movie?

Ooh, also I forgot to say, Hannah, over at Sassy Girl’s Journey has joined in on this challenge! Check out her post here!

Angela.

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 4

30 Day Movie Challenge – Day 4

Day 4 – A Favourite Horror/Suspense Movie

Se7en

I had heard a lot about this movie, and always intended to watch it. I finally did a few months back. While this movie isn’t horror, it is a thriller/suspense movie, and pretty close to horror. I mean, I felt horror during it, so I’m gonna count it. Plus, I don’t like the horror genre in general, so I was having a hard time thinking of a film for this prompt. Until I remembered this.

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Literally all I knew about this film was the iconic scene “WHAT’S IN THE BOOOOOOX”. Also, that it had something to do with the seven deadly sins. That was it. I wasn’t expecting much.

This film had me feeling tense the whole way through. I felt unsettled as I watched the film play out, and trying to guess what would happen next. (I was also waiting for that one scene). This film is by no means a happy escape, like my usual choice of films. It’s very well directed, shot and acted. Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt are both in their element as the mature, experience detective and the younger, headstrong detective. Reading that, this movie could have turned into a 80’s buddy cop film, but instead, it’s a serious, suspenseful, dark movie which I really recommend you guys watch, if you haven’t.

Have you seen Se7en? What did you guys think of it?

What’s your choice of horror/suspense movie?

Angela.