Movies Watched In August 2019

National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983)

Can you believe I never seen this franchise? Yes that includes the Christmas one. I’m not sure why I haven’t, I just haven’t. I thought National Lampoon’s Vacation was fine, I guess. I think that’s maybe an unpopular opinion, I neither loved this or hated it. It was entertaining, but I didn’t love it as much as I know other people do. I feel that this movie or this franchise in general is something you love and appreciate it as a kid and as you get older you appreciate it for the nostalgia and the memories of watching it in your childhood. I obviously didn’t have that as this is my first time watching it and that’s probably why I’m not in love with this movie as much as other people are. I appreciated it for what it is, but National Lampoon’s Vacation isn’t going to be one of my favorite comedies of all time. Also are we really supposed to believe that young attractive women are attracted to Chevy Chase? Because that’s just all types of wrong. I don’t need to reccomend this, you all have seen this by now.

Paddington 2 (2017)

Before I talk about Padding 2, I have to talk about the first Paddington. I saw Paddington last year for the first time and I thought it was ridiculously sweet and an adorable film. I think the Paddington franchise itself is overlooked for how great they are as family films. This is what you should be showing your children, or any little kids in your life. Paddington is fun to watch, not to mention funny and it has so much heart to it. Now take everything I said about Paddington and muplite it by 2 and you have my thoughts about Paddington 2. Everything done right about the first movie is done possibly even better here. It’s enjoyable for kids, but also adults as well and that’s the best thing I can say about family films that are so fun to watch with kids and then even by yourself. Check out both films if you haven’t already. I highly recommend this franchise to everyone.

When Harry Met Sally… (1989)

Can you tell I just want it to be fall already? I hate summer and this year I have been especially looking forward to fall for many reasons, including one for the blog that I won’t go into detail about…yet. I just really pumped for fall and what’s better than watching fall movies if you’re in a fall mood. When Harry Met Sally… encapsulate everything about the mood that is fall. What is there to say about When Harry Met Sally… that hasn’t been said already? It’s a classic for a reason, mainly because it holds up. The whole guys and girls can’t be friends ideology is of course outdated, but this movie was made in 1989, so what can you expect? It’s flawed, but overall I think it stands the test of time and is still a great movie in the year of 2019 as it was in 1989. How could I not recommend this movie, it’s a classic. If you haven’t seen it, watch it sometime this fall.

The House on Sorority Row (1983)

I love 80 slasher flicks, I just do. I can’t explain why, but 80 slasher flicks feel so cozy to watch, at least for me anyways. Because of this I’m always on the hunt for a 80s slasher movie I haven’t seen that I enjoy watching on a random night. That’s what happened with The House on Sorority Row. Found it on Letterboxd and watched it on a random night in August and had some fun. By no means is this a horror masterpiece, but it is fun and continues every 80s slasher movie I seen having a cozy vibe to it. What’s unique about this slasher is it’s set at a sorority house as Graduation is looming. I haven’t seen a slasher take place at Graduation for college kids, so this was a first. It still has all the horror cliches we know by hard now, but it still a lot of fun to watch. I do plan on watching the remake from 2009, to see how it compares and which one I like better. I know the two movies are quite different, but I intrigued to see how much different they are and what the remake changed. As I thought this movie played it mostly safe. Either way, I thought The House on Sorority Row was fun slasher flick from the 80s, nothing more. If that’s your thing, I recommend. If not, then this won’t change your mind on the genre.

What’s Up, Doc? (1972)

I don’t remember how I came across this movie on Letterboxd, but I did and holy moly I’m SO happy I did, this movie is awesome. I was never a huge fan of screwball comedies, mainly because I had never seen one quite this good. This was my first Barbara Streisand movie (I know! Why did I wait so long) and she absolutely dazzles. She proves why she’s not only a legendary singer, but also actress. This movie is hilarious and Streisand is one of the many reasons why. She and Ryan O’Neal have amazing chemistry and make quite a duo so much so that they make this movie as amazing as it is. The supporting actors and actresses are also great, but without a doubt this Streisand and O’Neal’s movie. I haven’t had a movie make me laugh this much and this hard in quite awhile, so that I appreciate What’s Up, Doc even more than I normally would have.  I can’t rave enough about this movie, I love it. It became a instant favorite of mines and is one I can’t to rewatch and show to friends of mines that haven’t seen it before. So do yourself a favor and watch this movie, it’ll have you crying from laughter. I can’t recommend this enough, just go watch it. I demand it.

10 Things I Hate About You (1999) (rewatch)

My only rewatch from this month and it’s a classic. I love 10 Things I Hate About You, it’s one of my favorite movies of all time. It also without a doubt, my favorite romantic comedy. I could watch this movie for the rest of my life and never complain or grow tired of it. It’s that good. I love everything about this movie, including just how 90s it is, but also how it holds up decades later. It’s just as good as when I first watched it. Don’t even get me started on the cast, I could talk about them all day, but to keep it short everyone is perfectly suited for their roles. It’s always crazy whenever I watch this just how young Joseph Gordon Levitt is in this. Julia Stiles was made for the role of Kat and I couldn’t think of anyone else better suited to play the role of badass Kat. Finally of course we have Heath Ledger, it’s always bittersweet to watch this just to think how soon we lost him. I always wish we had more time with him to see what else he was capable of, but I will also be grateful for this film as it shows just how charming and amazing he was. I love this movie, and I will always love this movie. If you haven’t seen this movie at least once, you’re missing out. Even if you don’t like romantic comedies, this one is special and worth watching even if you aren’t a fan of the genre. I recommend it to everyone.

Not a lot of movies this month, as I was awfully busy and much of my free time didn’t go into movies, but I will say that the fall will be different. In particularly October as I have something special planned wink wink. Further details to come.


4 responses to “Movies Watched In August 2019”

  1. Please… PLEASE… Watch Christmas Vacation. Even if it isn’t Christmas yet. It is fantastic.
    When Harry Met Sally is likely my favorite romcom ever.
    10 Things I Hate About You is incredible.

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    • I liked National Lampoon’s Vacation well enough to watch the rest of franchise, so I will definitely get to Christmas Vacation sooner than later.

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  2. Some great selections here, as well as some I need to watch. My wife and I ate at Katz’ Deli when we were in NYC at sat at the same table where Meg Ryan had her terrific O moment in When Harry Met Sally. There was a sign above the table that we didn’t see until after we had finished lunch.

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