Title: Selena Gomez: My Mind and Me (2022)
Format: Apple TV
Comments: It is so raw and Selena is so vulnerable. As a kid who didn’t grow up with Disney Channel, I have never felt connected to Selena or Demi or Miley or the Jonas brothers. My love for Selena started after her Rare album and only grew stronger once I began watching Selena + Chef. Her cooking show gives viewers great insight into her characteristics, thoughts, and how she carries herself. But this documentary? Wow. If you don’t love Selena after watching this, you are wrong. Her vulnerability and honesty are so admirable. I will say there are a lot of question marks throughout the documentary like where is her mom? How is their relationship? She talks a lot about her dad but we don’t see him. There has also been a lot of backlash over her friend Raquel being too harsh and not being supportive but I don’t think that’s true. Raquel is in almost every, if not every, episode of Selena + Chef where you see their true banter but love for each other. I think all the hate she is receiving is unfair and I feel really bad for her.
Title: Luckiest Girl Alive (2022)
Rating: I read this and felt indifferent about the book. I watched this and felt disappointed about the movie. There are many missing details from the plot that are crucial to the story. In the book, Ani’s trauma is so much of who she is and why the shooting was so impactful. Not that a school shooting isn’t jarring, but the movie leaves out so many important details about Ani’s trauma that shaped her into a person who puts up a facade to the rest of the world. I also felt like the movie doesn’t demonstrate Ani’s relationship with Mr. Larson good enough. Lastly, while reading the book, you really feel Ani’s struggle with deciding whether to do the documentary about the shooting or not. This struggle does not translate on the screen at all. Super lame. I’m never not disappointed in the film adaptations of books. Let’s see how I feel about the Crawdads adaptation…
Title: Emily the Criminal (2022)
Comments: It’s not horrible. Aubrey Plaza is cool and she is pretty good in this. It’s interesting but it’s kind of like “huh, what’s the point?” The ending is the most interesting part. It is good for what it is. And I loved seeing Theo Rossi- I’ve loved him since The Challenge (with Mary Kate and Ashley).
Title: Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
Comments: Wow. Easily the best book-turned-movie I have ever watched. Wow wow wow. Daisy Edgar-Jones brought Kya to life perfectly. It is so close to the book which is so refreshing because I feel like that never happens or it’s at least never how most people imagine it. Wow I loved it. So much better than the Luckiest Girl Alive adaptation. I highly recommend reading the book first but it isn’t necessary.
Title: The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari (2022)
Comments: It’s insanely sad. It’s about a volcano that erupts in New Zealand while tourists are on the island so I am sure you can infer what the documentary focuses on. I just don’t really understand how the tour guides/locals didn’t know the signs of an impending eruption. No one should have been on the island. Isn’t there a way to track the temperature? Or the steam? Or something! I am just in disbelief that no one could tell that the volcano was about to erupt. Such a sad story especially because it should hav never happened.
Title: Tickets to Paradise (2022)
Comments: Super predictable but super cute. I have loved Kaitlyn Dever since Last Man Standing and how can you not love something starring both George Clooney and Julia Roberts? Brought me right back to the iconic Ocean’s films. Just watch it (and the credits)!
Title: Paper Spiders (2020)
Comments: As much as I dislike the ending, I understand it. This is a story about sacrifice, mental health, and wanting to put yourself first but knowing it will hurt the people around you. I love Lili Taylor and she is INCREDIBLE in this. Stefania LaVie Owen, who plays her daughter, is also amazing. Not really a feel-good but there is definitely some unwanted satisfaction at the end.
Title: Knives Out (2019)
Formating: TV recording
Comments: It’s corny but I didn’t hate it. It feels like a mystery version of Valentine’s Day or New Year’s Eve because of the amount of stars in it. The acting is good, the storyline is okay, and the ending is a little bit of a shock. I probably won’t watch it ever again.
Title: The Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker (2023)
Comments: It’s an unreal story. It’s all about a homeless guy who is in the right place at the right time and stops something bad from happening. Apparently he was a huge meme back when the incident happened but not one that I could remember. It’s actually pretty heartbreaking learning about his life and how he ended up homeless. I’m no medical professional but he does seem to have some untreated mental stuff going on. It’s really interesting and it makes you grateful for the cards you were dealt.
Title: Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert (2023)
Comments: The more documentaries I watch, the harder it is to rate them. It feels unfair to rate them on the story or how interesting it is. It’s fair to rate on the quality of the documentary, but they are all pretty good no matter what. Anywho- this is such a tragic story with a bittersweet outcome. You learn all about how the Amber Alert started and who Amber was. It’s incredible to see how the first community to implement the alert was able to use the technology available to communicate the message. It is even more incredible to see it’s immediate effectiveness and all the steps taken to have President Bush sign the bill to get the alert national. It’s heartbreaking to know Amber could have been saved if the alert had already existed but her legacy is powerful and so many children’s lives have been saved since.
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I thought My Mind and Me was a beautiful insight into Selena’s life behind the scenes. It was incredibly raw and moving, and I really appreciated her vulnerability.