February was a great month for movie watching! I had a week off from school and my husband and I got Movie Pass! Movie Pass is a subscription service that allows you to see 1 movie a day all month for $10! This month, we saw 5 movies each which saved us about $80! Pretty great. You should get one.
Here’s all the movies and shows I watched (both on my couch and at the theater) and my thoughts on each one
Jumangi: Welcome to the Jungle
Way back at the beginning of February, Eric and I saw Jumangi. I like the original and consider it a classic but I knew this one could be a hit or miss. That being said, it was a big hit for me! I laughed through the whole thing. Everyone was at there best in this movie. The Rock plays an awkward teenager in a buff adults body surprisingly well, Kevin Hart is hilarious as a Jock stuck as a lackey, Jack Black is always great but was really in his element as a blonde popular girl stuck in an overweight male body, and Karen Gillan seems to be wonderful in any role. There were also some guest appearances from Nick Jonas (the best Jonas) and Rhys Darby ( of Flight of the Concords and Hunt for the Wilder People fame)! I was actually disappointed there wasn’t more Rhys Darby.
If you were wondering whether to see this one or not I say do it! It acknowledges the original while still being completely its own thing, making it a perfect successor. I will say it is not appropriate for the kiddos as there are many jokes the come with the fact that Jack Black is a woman trapped in a man’s body.
I mean, there’s already been so much said about this movie, but just to add in my two cents, this movie is fantastic. I think it’s different from the other Marvel movies we’ve seen and introduces us to some great new characters. The cast is perfect, the action is fun and the villain is formidable. I had a few issues with the plot but everything else was so good I was forgiving. Something that made the movie more intense to watch was the fact that I had no idea who was going to live or die! Shuri? Lupita Nyango’s character? Martin Freeman’s character? No one was safe! I definitely recommend this movie whether you are a super hero fan or not!
Black Mirror (Season 4)
This show be bonkers and this is a pretty great season. Here’s a few things about each ep:
- USS Callister: One of my favorites of the season! Not what I was expecting but it’s fun how it plays off of Star Trek. Very intense! Don’t want to give to much away on this one so just watch it. Also, I love Jesse Plemons, he’s great!
- Arkangel: This ep is about a mom who put a sort of tracking device called “Arkangel” in her daughters head which allows her to see what her daughter sees and filter out the bad stuff. From the beginning you know things are not going to go well and they do not. Good ep overall
- Crocodile: I winced through this entire episode. This is the darkest one of the season I think. Not my favorite because I hated the main character so much.
- Hang the DJ: Another of my favorites! This one isn’t very dark at all. It follows two people who are part of a dating program that puts an expiration date on each relationship, eventually leading you to your true love. Very interesting concept and you really get invested very quickly in the characters!
- Metalhead: This one has kind of a Resident Evil/Terminator vibe to it. It’s post apocalyptic and follows a woman trying to survive. Again, I don’t want to give too much away but this is a very intense, very good episode! This is the one that will make you look at our world now and be like “…oh crap.”
- Black Museum: This one involves several short stories rolled into one. A girl (same actress who plays Shuri in Black Panther) walks into a museum in the middle of nowhere and the owner tells her stories about the different attractions in the museum. I really don’t want to spoil anything about this one but it is also quite good.
Overall, I think this season is just as good as the first 3 seasons. As usual I binged it too fast and now I have to wait forever for the next season to come out!
Every year, I try to see all the Best Picture nominees before the Oscars and this year I am getting pretty close! I don’t think The Post is going to win but it was a good flick. I knew very little about what happened in history at this time so I found myself being just as mystified and aghast as the characters who were reading the confidential government papers about Vietnam. I think the director did a good job of making a not super intense story watchable. I mean, if you take a step back, it’s just a lot of guys reading papers for two hours. The actors sold the story and I was invested in their outcomes. Tom Hanks is fantastic as usual and Bob Odenkirk and Jesse Plemons were also great. I was surprised by Meryl Streep’s character. I was expecting the typical Meryle Streep strong female role model but for much of the movie she is kind of a wimp. By the end of the movie she finds her voice but it was interesting to see that journey.
Overall I give it 2 thumbs up. I think it’s an important look at a crazy time in our country’s history and it will bring the story to dummies like me who didn’t even know it happened. Also, surprise appearance by Allison Brie! Fantastic!
Battle of the Sexes
Speaking of strong female characters, Emma Stone plays Billie Jean King in the not-comedy Battle of the Sexes. That’s right folks this is not a comedy. There are light-hearted moments and with Steve Carrel you are always going to have a laugh or two but for the most part it’s a dramatic look at the tennis match that defined the roles of men and woman in the 70’s. While I was watching, I found myself aghast at how the men were acting towards women! I know that some men still think this way and it blows my mind. Its amazing how things have changed (for good or ill) in the past 40 years.
Any-who, this is a good movie! There is some nudity I believe so viewer be aware, but its a very inspiring story that I had no idea even happened.
I continued my journey to the Oscars by watching Phantom Thread, starring D-Day Lewis. This is supposedly his last film (*sniff, tear, sniff*) so I wanted to make sure I saw it in theaters. As usual, D-Day gives a stellar performance as a neurotic dress maker who falls for a poor, normal girl. He takes her into his house and she sort of becomes his muse/thorn in his side. Vicky Krieps (no, you haven’t seen her in anything else unless you watch French movies), plays the love interest and I found her performance to be very compelling. I think she should have been nominated for supporting actress for sure. Lesley Manville plays D-Day’s sister and is formidable, most definitely earning her supporting actress nom.
Towards the end, the movie changes gears in a way that is not anticipated. It’s not really a twist but it is unexpected. I don’t think this movie deserved best picture but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to any one who like D-Day or period pieces. I would watch it again.
I read the book Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer because I knew that the movie was coming out and I loved it. When I say read it, I mean I listened to the audio book. I knew from the trailer that the movie was going to be pretty different than the book which was a bit of a bummer but I was excited for it anyway
The movie is a science-fiction thriller with more emphasis on the thriller than science part. The movie opens with a super sad Natalie Portman trying to deal with life since her husband’s military unit went MIA. But not for long! Her husband (Oscar Isaac) returns but, oh no, he’s sick! She finds out that he had been in a place called “The Shimmer” (dumb name) and she decides to go there to see if she can figure out what happened to him.
Things do not go well.
The whole movie was very different from the book while, I think, still keeping the essence and tone of the book. My husband and I did leave the theater a little on the depressed side. The movie just has that affect. There are three books but it seems like this is going to be a stand alone film. I’m glad Natalie Portman is still doing things. She was good in this movie, as were Jane the Virgin, Valkyrie and Jennifer Jason Leigh. An almost all female cast that had great on screen chemistry. If you liked the book, or if you like weird sci-fi action flicks, you will probably like this movie
WHAT A MONTH!
Again, if you see more than 1 movie a month, I highly recommend Movie Pass! I think they’ve even downed the price to $7.95 a month!
What did you think of any of these movies? What are your thoughts on the Oscars (Shape of Water! Who would’ve guessed!?) ? Leave a comment below!
This month (March) my husband and I have several movies on the docket: Game Night, Tomb Raider, Pacific Rim Uprising, Isle of Dogs, I Kill Giants, and Ready Player One!