Is it a surprise that I’ve watched more movies? NO, BECAUSE I HAVE DEDICATION! Also, no life helps… Anyway, check out the ten films I’ve watched recently and see what I thought about them! Let me know your opinions on these films as well! (Oh, and if you want a sneak peek, follow me on Letterboxd)
DAY 91 – PETER RABBIT (2018)
A surprisingly funny, heartwarming, and cute film about the bonds of friendship and true love, Peter Rabbit is a modern retelling of Beatrix Potter’s tale. Domhnall Gleeson and Rose Byrne are wonderful as the homeowner who wants to eradicate the wildlife and the gentle artist who adores the creatures, respectively. The voice cast (comprised of talent such as James Corden, Margot Robbie, Daisy Ridley, and Sia) for the CG animals are wonderful as well. The jokes landed, and I laughed out loud multiple times during the run-time. Highly recommended, if you’re looking for a film to give you the warm and fuzzies.
DAY 92 – IRREPLACEABLE YOU (2018)
I really wanted to see this film because it stars Michiel Huisman (one of my cinematic crushes), and the rest of the cast (including Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Christopher Walken, Steve Coogan, and Jacki Weaver) are also wonderful. Sure, the story is schmaltzy and the first few minutes reveal how the movie will end (not a spoiler), but Irreplaceable You still made me shed a few tears. If you’re looking for a romantic movie that will put a lump in your throat, you can do worse than this.
DAY 93 – THE SCENT OF RAIN & LIGHTNING (2017)
A film that flew under my radar, The Scent of Rain & Lightning is a Western that packs twists and turns throughout the entire film. Some of it is confusing (especially when the movie decides to flashback out of nowhere), and it definitely drags at points, but the cast (including Maika Monroe, Mark Webber, Justin Chatwin, and Maggie Grace) is excellent, and the atmosphere is spot-on.
DAY 94 – THE BALLAD OF LEFTY BROWN (2017)
Another Western, but this one has a more cohesive story. The Ballad of Lefty Brown focuses on the bonds of family and what we’ll do to protect them, even if that means doing things we’d never dream of doing otherwise. Bill Pullman and Peter Fonda are great, but I felt like the movie dragged on and the action, even though it was great, was spread too far apart. Still, if you’re looking for a modern Western to scratch that particular itch you have, The Ballad of Lefty Brown should satisfy you.
DAY 95 – 45 YEARS (2015)
I wanted to watch this film because I adore Charlotte Rampling, and knew that she was nominated for an Academy Award for this film. I ended up feeling a little let down, though. The story, even though it starts off strong, petered out for me, and I found myself growing bored. The cast is excellent, and the aesthetic is pitch perfect, but I was ultimately left yearning for more from 45 Years.
DAY 96 – WONDER (2017)
A powerful film that extols the importance of always being kind, Wonder is a heartwarming film about family, friendship, and acceptance. Jacob Tremblay, Julia Roberts, and Owen Wilson give their all, and Stephen Chbosky beautifully directs this movie. I definitely developed a lump in my throat and a warmth in my heart while watching Wonder, and I highly recommend you check it out. Some people will be turned off by the somewhat childish tone of the film, but for me, that’s what made it so powerful.
DAY 97 – BREATHE (2017)
Based on the true story of Robin Cavendish (portrayed by Andrew Garfield) and his wife Diana (Claire Foy) as he battles polio, Breathe is an inspiring story delivered by first-time director Andy Serkis (yes, Gollum, Snoke, etc.). Sadly, Breathe feels rushed, and I was left wanting more. I wanted to see more about the Cavendish family, and how the disease impacted them, but a lot of their story was glossed over in favor of showing the marriage between Robin and Diana. This is by no means a bad movie, but there was so much potential that I felt was squandered.
DAY 98 – LADY MACBETH (2017)
A film that will definitely divide audiences, Lady Macbeth follows Katherine (Florence Pugh), a young woman who has been sold into marriage with an older man. As she whiles away her days on his estate, she embarks on an affair with a worker on their estate. Of course, their love causes trouble for everyone who knows. The performances are brilliant, and the set and costume design are exquisite. Some will find the plot boring or predictable, but I was pleasantly surprised by how rich and deep Lady Macbeth was.
DAY 99 – THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI (2017)
A fiery, hard-hitting work of cinema, Three Billboards features searing performances from Frances McDormand, Sam Rockwell, and Woody Harrelson, and a cracking story from writer/director Martin McDonagh. I adored how the characters all had multiple dimensions, and no one was inherently good or bad. The messages of family are powerful, and the dialogue is sharp and profound (and profane). A must-see film.
DAY 100 – CALL ME BY YOUR NAME (2018)
A tender, aching coming-of-age love story, Call Me by Your Name is a slow-burning affair that, even though it’s obvious will end in heartbreak, still makes you reminisce about tender, overwhelming affection for someone else. Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer are magnificent, and Michael Stuhlbarg gives a strong supporting performance. Luca Guadagnino perfectly encapsulates the rampant emotions, and the film is sensually set in Italy. You’ll be rooting for Elio and Oliver to be together, even knowing the obstacles they face.