Title: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Comments: I had no idea Luke Perry has a cameo in this film but it made me so happy. There are actually so many surprise cameos. Dakota Fanning, Lena Dunham, Austin Butler, Victoria Pedretti, Al Pacino, Rumer Willis, Maya Hawke, Kurt Russell… I guess I haven’t seen enough Tarantino movies to know it’s his thing! Anywho – it is really good. Brad Pitt 1000% deserved his Oscar for his role. Brad and Leo are a match made in movie heaven. And Margot Robbie?! One of my new favs (I think I’m late to the game). Very interesting movie idea with a great execution.
Title: Lost Girls (2020)
Comments: Sad and heartbreaking but a very good movie. The acting is great. The ending isn’t what I was hoping for but it makes the most sense. It’s even more interesting because it’s based on a true story of true crime. I love true crime and serial killers fascinate me. Normally I listen to true crime podcasts that are very factual and lacking emotion. This was an interesting perspective because it’s the perspective of the family so, therefore, there’s a lot of emotion and the reality of the situation cannot be ignored.
Title: Justine (2019)
Comments: Such a great feel-good movie! A glimpse into the truth of discrimination, depression, sorrow, and friendship. Great cast and great acting. Like I’ve said before, I always love a good unconventional friendship!
Title: Spenser Confidential (2020)
Comments: It’s good! It’s not great, it’s not bad, it’s good! It’s a fun movie. I love Mark Wahlberg so that helped and it was good to see Posty doing a lil acting. It’s exactly what I expect from a Netflix original: a little predictable, a little corny, and serious but not too serious. I will absolutely be watching the sequel.
Title: The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Comments: Absolutely waaay too long. I know Gwyneth Paltrow is a huge movie star but I think this is the only movie I’ve ever seen with her in it. I actually don’t think I’ve ever seen a movie with Cate Blanchett either. It’s creepy to see Matt Damon as such a psychotic weirdo. I didn’t really enjoy it at all. Is it a well-made movie? Sure. Is the acting good? Yes. Will I ever watch again? Definitely not.
Title: The Last Thing He Wanted (2020)
Comments: I was so confused. I can barely tell you what it’s about let alone give it a rating. I wasn’t interested enough to even pay attention. I typically cannot stand Anne Hathaway but I figured I’d give her another chance. She isn’t awful in it. At first, I was really intrigued by the lifestyle of a journalist but then it somehow turned into something else and I couldn’t tell ya what that something is. If anyone else has seen this and was able to pay attention the entire time, please let a girl know.
Title: Queen & Slim (2019)
Comments: Angela has a really strong personality and at first it really bothered me. However, Ernest is able to get her out of her shell and eventually her softer side is shown and she becomes much more likable. The plot is slow at first but quickly intensifies. It reminds me a lot of The Hate U Give. It is heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time. I was disappointed with the ending but I totally understand why it had to happen that way.
Title: Richard Jewell (2019)
Comments: Wow, it is so good!! I didn’t know anything about the Centennial Olympic Park Bombing prior to this film but the depiction is raw, realistic, and really interesting. Eastwood’s directing is perfection and Paul Walter Hauser is incredible. Although the plot is serious and intense most of the time, Sam Rockwell’s character brings comic relief and the perfect level of lightness to the film.
*Sidenote: Queen & Slim and Richard Jewell are two prime examples of the power of the media. The media made them all heroes and villains without context or the truth. The media is one of the most powerful factors in opinion-forming and these movies are a scary example of its strength.*
Title: Poms (2019)
Format: On Demand
Comments: Such a cute movie! I have been wanting to see it for a while. I love Diane Keaton. Her character, Martha, and Jacki Weaver’s character, Sheryl, are “old” lady goals! They are witty, unapologetic, and fabulous. A lovely feed good movie that makes 55 and older communities pretty desirable!
Title: The Impossible (2012)
Format: On Demand
Comments: I bawled my eyes out. Multiple times. It’s heart-wrenching, touching, and terrifying. It’s a story of strength, hope, determination, and most importantly love. Young Tom Holland is an incredible actor. I cannot imagine experiencing a natural disaster of any kind but a tsunami?! It’s a miracle that the family finds its way back together.