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Movie Mayhem – 5 so far

We all love a good movie. There’s something about the pure escapism of delving all your senses into a different world and forgetting everything around you.

I have a wide taste in movies. I’ll watch anything except horror films. I just don’t see the point in being scared.

This year I made a promise to myself that I would read more books. This has left less time for screen escapism. I’ve still managed to catch a few films in the 3 months of the year. Some are great, some are awful! Here’s 5 that have imprinted on me so far this year.

Movie 1

Title

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The Founder

Watched on

Netflix

Starring

Michael Keaton

Synopsis

Dramatisation of the true story of the brothers who created the original McDonald’s, and the man who grew it into the empire it is today

Honestly

 Loved it. There’s so many morals to take away from this. Hard work and determination can get you very far. Looking after the people at the bottom looks after the top. Team work makes the dream work. Don’t sh*t where you eat. The cinematography is great and changes as the story evolves through time. The acting is fantastic. The story is intriguing and inspiring. M watched it with me, and she took a lot of tips from them to use in her pub!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5!

Movie 2

Title

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The Lifeguard

Watched on

Netflix

Starring

Kristen Bell

Synopsis

Twenty-something living in New York gives up and goes back home to Conneticut where she resumes her high school job as Lifeguard at the local pool. Relationship with a teenager ensues.

Honestly

Bloody awful. Don’t bother. I have never been more disappointed with an actress the way I was with Kristen in this. This film came out in 2013. It wasn’t exactly the beginning of her career when she needed to beg for roles to gain exposure. This is after “Forgetting Sarah Marshall”, after “Burlesque”, the same year as “Frozen”. There’s no excuse and her agent should be fired. It was creepy and awkward. Not in a cool, artsy, hipster way either. Don’t waste your time. Watch Frozen instead, it’s much better.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Movie 3

Title

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PRiDE

Watched on

Netflix

Starring

Ben Schnetzer

Synopsis

Mid 80s – a group of miners in Wales and an LGBT activist group support each other’s causes in a time when they’re both the underdogs of society.

Honestly

Love it. It’s heart warming, gut wrenching, tumultuous. I truly believe that empathy can change the world and this film proves just that. It’s a dramatisation of a true story. The aesthetics aren’t easy on the eye but the story isn’t easy on the heart. It’s a perfect film for a Sunday evening with a glass of red wine.

Rating: 4 out 5

Movie 4

Title

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Pitch Perfect 2

Watched on

DVD

Starring

Rebel Wilson & Anna Kendrick

Synopsis

The sequel to the college acapella sensation film, Pitch Perfect. The Bellas move onto an international championship in Europe in an attempt to restore their brand.

Honestly

Love it. Acapella is everything I wish existed in my schools when I was a teenager. This film has everything. Romance, campness, girl power, music to sing to. Anna Kendrick is one half of my spirit animal and Rebel Wilson is the other. The characters are relatable. They screw up, they bitch, they put each other back together. Perfect for a night in with the girls!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Movie 5

Title

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Suburbicon

Watched on

Amazon Prime Video

Starring

Matt Damon & Julianne Moore

Synopsis

A 1950s suburban family falls apart at the seams and madness ensues

Honestly

This is an odd one. “Kooky” is the word that comes to mind. The acting is fantastic. Damon & Moore work so well together. The story is ludicrous and predictable but you stay intrigued the whole way through. There’s also a sub story addressing the racial tensions in America in the 50s. It was really tough viewing, for both stories, as times. There were elements of surprise. Comedy comes in the form of hindsight and cliches. Drama galore. Great for those times where you want something gripping but not too challenging.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Movies to Come

I’m flying to Cape Town tomorrow. My journey consists of 2 flights, each between 8 and 10 hours. Both ways. So I have roughly 36 hours to fill on planes. I’ve done a similar journey when I went to Thailand a couple of years ago. But it’s still hard work! Some of this time will go on crap naps. I’ll spend a good portion reading. But that still leaves a whole lot of dead time to be filled. Luckily, we’re flying with Emirates who have the best in-flight entertainment in their industry by far. I’ve been reviewing their site for what’s on at the moment. My “to watch on the plane” list is massive! So I’ll attempt to watch them all.

Here’s my selection from the list: Jumanji; Pitch Perfect 3; I, Tonya; The Greatest Showman; Molly’s Game; All I See is You; Coco; Darkest Hour; Detroit; Get Out; Murder on the Orient Express; Three Billboards Outside Epping, Missouri; Battle of the Sexes; Victoria & Abdul; Atomic Blonde; Home Again; The Dark Tower.

This is just the new movies – there’s so much more on there, including a Disney documentary on African Cats with Samuel L Jackson and Patrick Stewart narrating! Have you seen any of these? What films would you recommend?

 

12 Comments

  1. I’m excited to see Suburbicon and Pitch Perfect 2! I saw The Founder and found it so interesting!

  2. Maddie

    Absolutelt love this piece! I think Suburbicon should have been a 3.5 rating! Far too kind. Looking forward to your next review on films!!

  3. Pitch Perfect 2 was sooo good, did you watch 3 yet? I haven’t gotten around to it but if you would like to hear your thoughts!

    1. hollyhoman

      Yes! Loved it! It tied things up nicely and Ruby Rose is a dream!

  4. I love the Pitch Perfect movies – so much fun!
    Britt | http://alternativelyspeaking.ca

  5. Thanks for the reviews! I need to see the Founder!

    1. hollyhoman

      It was a surprise. I expected it to be pretty naff but it turned out great!

  6. It’s great to read more but nothing beats a great movie. I haven’t seen most of these but there are some I want to check out. Thanks for the review.

    1. hollyhoman

      I love books, I love movies. All I wish is that I had more time!

  7. Haley

    I’ve heard great things about this movie I need to watch it.! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  8. Mane

    I love reading books and watching movies. I also love the Pitch Perfect movies! 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    1. hollyhoman

      I wish Acapella groups had been a thing when I was at school – I would have been in heaven!

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