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July 8th, 2017

Movie Recommends: Girl Power

A hot topic lately is the lack of strong female leads in our media, especially in movies. While we still have a long ways to go on this, it does make me happy that there are some good movies out there that already display this. I wanted to highlight a few that released just this year!

The first movie I want to point out is Colossal (trailer) where Anne Hathaway plays Gloria, a woman who is at a low point in her life. She is unemployed, an alcoholic, and then gets kicked out by her boyfriend, who is tired of her behavior, from their shared apartment. She’s forced to move out of NY and back to her small hometown, where she discovers she is somehow controlling a kaiju (giant monster) that shows up in South Korea. The trailers make the movie look like a comedy, and it definitely has its funny parts, but it also has a dark side that the trailers don’t let on.

This is kind of a spoiler, but I feel it’s important to mention. I was not expecting the movie to make a point about toxic relationships. As it unraveled, it became both uncomfortable and refreshing. Uncomfortable because it’s a bad situation that happens too often in reality, and refreshing because it’s not frequently represented in media. Overall, I loved the quirky take on a kaiju movie while also displaying social issues. The ending might be far-fetched, but it leaves you with a satisfying feel.

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June 15th, 2016

A few movie recommends, part 2

It has started… summer blockbuster season! It’s the time of year when many major movies release, taking advantage of a time when many people have vacation. I’ve already watched a few movies that I’ve been anticipating, and I’m excited for more that will be released in the next couple months.

While I do love a good blockbuster, it’s still nice to try a movie that breaks the mold because there’s so many good ones out there. I highlighted a few in a previous entry, and I wanted to give it another go. Here are a few more recommends!

In Bruges


In Bruges and I started with a shaky relationship because it really did not match up with its trailers. Since it didn’t match expectations, I ended up with mixed feelings. However, it stayed in my mind, so I watched it again and found that I liked it. A third time sealed the deal, and it’s now one of my favorite movies. So, do me a favor. Don’t watch the trailers. Just don’t do it.

The movie focuses on two hit men, Ray and Ken. After Ray botches a hit, he and Ken are sent to Bruges to hide out and await further instructions. It’s a dark comedy that delves into life, death, guilt, and atonement. The movie’s pace also shifts around a lot between funny parts, slower parts, and action. The witty dialogue is what makes the movie so great though, and it’s so very quotable. If you’re a fan of subtle humor, then I think this is a movie for you.

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January 27th, 2016

A few movie recommends

I love a good movie, though ones that are typically popular are the big blockbusters with high budgets, great CG, and completely unrealistic stories that let us escape from our daily lives. I do enjoy them and they’re fun to get lost in, but sometimes I crave something that is a little more… real? It’s not that I’m looking for a totally realistic movie, but you have to admit that sometimes the way people react or the way scenarios come together in movies are pretty far fetched.

For example, recently I watched both The Martian and Interstellar, two space, sci-fi movies. I loved The Martian as it focused on the science and what could potentially happen if someone was stranded on Mars. Yes, it wasn’t totally accurate, but it also wasn’t too crazy. Interstellar, on the hand, went into total drama and crazy land at the end. It fell so far into the deep end that I couldn’t enjoy it.

So if you’re like me, who wants something different from the typical blockbuster movies, I have a few recommends.

If you like super hero movies… try Chronicle


Sure, there’s nothing realistic about super powers, but what has always bugged me is how people in movies react to them. Would an average person immediately don a costume and become a vigilante? Is that what people would really do?

Chronicle (trailer) was a refreshing change and focuses around three high school students who gain telekinetic powers after discovering an unknown object. And well, they act as teenagers do and first use their powers to prank people. Though they keep it a secret, they continue to use their powers and slowly become stronger. Over time, the power is abused and things go horribly wrong.

It’s also interesting that Chronicle is filmed in a way that makes it look like found footage. Most of the movie is from the view point of a camcorder that one of the characters uses to document everything. This can be annoying in some films, but it ends up working well since they can use their telekinesis to hold the camera and keep it steady.

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