March was a pretty good month for me. I managed to have some free time to read, watch some television shows, and watch even some movies which are never a real priority for me. I saw seven movies this month. One rewatch, and six new movies I have never seen before.
The Truman Show (1998)
Black Mirror owns a lot to this movie because this movie is Black Mirror if Black Mirror was a comedy-drama movie. I went into watching this movie expecting a typical Jim Carrey comedy. NOPE! I came out of this questioning my life which is the whole point of the movie. The director Peter Weir wanted people who saw this film to question their lives and what they’re doing with it. Mission accomplished at least for me anyways. Not to say the movie is just thought-provoking, it has it’s funny moments too. I mean of course it does, it still is a Jim Carrey movie. I recommend if you like Black Mirror or in the mood for something thought-provoking, but also has its humor.
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) (Rewatch)
Kill Bill is a classic and always will be. Uma Thurman in her iconic yellow and black tracksuit. The infamous sirens that have been apart of countless memes and parodies. However, rewatching it this month with the knowledge of how far Quentin Tarantino pushed Uma Thurman during the filming of this and it’s sequel Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) puts it in a different light.
I recommend reading Uma Thurman’s New York Times piece if you haven’t already or need a refresher she goes into the more troubling details about working with Tarantino. I just want to say that Quentin Tarantino is a maniac and that’s something that’s pretty well known at this point. He famously choked Diane Kruger in Inglorious Bastards (2009) because he wanted to get the scene exactly right. And there are dozens more problematic elements (rumors of a potential foot fetish for starters) to his films that we tend to overlook because they’re so good. What does this say about us as people? That we continue to ignore Tarantino’s problematicness (that’s a word right?) because we love his films.
This was my first time watching Kill Bill since Uma’ New York Times piece came out. There’s no denying it’s a fantastic film, but when did we start valuing a film over our fellow human beings? I recommend if you can move past the troubling circumstances that follow the film, or maybe you don’t care about any of this at all and just want to watch a good movie, that’s fine too. However, I don’t recommend if you can’t move past the film’s dark past. Sometimes no matter how good a film is, it’s just not worth it.
Frances Ha (2012)
Did you know that Greta Gerwig is the modern day millennial’s sweetheart? You didn’t? Well now you do and it’s because of movies like this. Seriously, Frances Ha is the most relatable and most honest portrayal of the modern- day millennial I have seen yet. Greta Gerwig is taking over Hollywood if you want more proof check out her other work like her directorial work on Lady Bird (haven’t seen it yet myself, but I know it’s great) and Mistress America (a personal favorite of mines). And now she’s currently directing a remake of Little Women. If you aren’t already, get familiar with Greta Gerwig because you are going to be seeing a lot more of her. I recommend for the usage of David Bowie’s Modern Love in the movie alone.
Two For The Road (1967)
Is this going to become a habit where I watch an Audrey Hepburn movie every month? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t mind if it did. I was intrigued to watch this because I had heard that this was like the Before trilogy by Richard Linklater, except its just one movie. So I was curious, to say the least, and honestly, this is a great movie. I don’t like it as much as I love the Before trilogy, but I do see the comparisons. The chemistry between Hepburn and Finney is spectacular. Their relationship is the whole movie without it well there is no movie. I recommend if you like the Before trilogy, or realistic relationships driven movies.
Good Time (2017)
Robert Pattinson sure has come a long way since Twilight, hasn’t he? I wasn’t expecting this film to have such an impact on me that it did. I don’t want to spoil anything about it because everyone should watch this movie knowing little to nothing. It’s a haunting movie, a movie that will stick with you. And if not, there is still so much to enjoy about it particularly Pattinson’s performance. It’s criminally overlooked kinda like the film itself. Oh and one more thing to try to hook you, the very last scene is one of my favorite recent last scenes in a movie. When you can make an audience feel something without having to change the entire landscape of your film, you know you’ve done something right. I recommend, just be prepared to feel some feelings.
Lethal Weapon 2 (1989)
Last Christmas I watched the first Lethal Weapon movie because Shane Black movies = unofficial Christmas movies (see Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang). I enjoyed the movie. Not as much as Shane Black’s other movies including the previous mentioned Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang or The Nice Guys, but nevertheless, I still had fun watching it. I knew eventually I would watch the sequels because I cared enough about the characters to watch them. So when I saw Lethal Weapon 2 was free on IMDB’s Freedive I decided why not? Lethal Weapon 2 much like it’s predecessor is 80s fun. The story is just okay, but what’s better here is the chemistry between Glover and Gibson. They make the movie fun to watch even when the story is lacking. These movies are not masterpieces by any means, but they’re fun and sometimes that’s all you want. I recommend if you like a fun 80s action flicks, but if you’re not into that this probably isn’t the movie for you.
The Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970)
Classic horror movies are the best. I have a soft spot for old horror movies like The Bird with The Crystal Plumage. One of my favorite horror movies in general, is the original Suspiria by Dario Argento. So I finally decide to watch his debut feature The Bird with The Crystal Plumage. It’s not as good as Suspiria, and I didn’t expect it to be, but it is good. The premise is what pulled me in, the kills are pretty good, but the ending is the best part about the movie in my opinion. I recommend the movie if you like classic horror movies and are in the mood for a good one with a great ending.
2 responses to “Movies Watched In March 2019”
What a great collection of films!
For what it’s worth, I’m glad you featured The Truman Show. I think it’s more timely now than it was when it was first released.
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I agree, I even think that The Truman Show would probably be even more popular if it were released today. It was definitely ahead of its time.
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