I had such a fun time sharing my all time favorite movies one week during Top Ten Tuesday and was so happy with how much we all had to talk about with movies and all the recs I got! I’ve been sharing the things I’ve added to my Netflix queue but I was thinking why don’t I round up all the things I’ve been watching sporadically? I mean, movies and tv are stories too! And I just really like any form of story-telling! For more What I’ve Been Watching posts, click here!
Movies I Watched
“With his parents preoccupied with their divorce, lonely 12-year-old Oliver strikes up a friendship with his war-veteran neighbor Vincent. A hard-drinking gambler with a fondness for hookers, Vincent finds his life changed by the boy’s presence.”
OH MAN. I love Bill Murray so much. SO MUCH. He’s been in some of my all time favorite movies (Rushmore, Life Aquatic, The Royal Tenanbaums, Lost In Translation) so I’ve been dying to watch this one. Will and I LOVED it. It was funny but also really tender and emotional. I didn’t realize that it was going to make me cry. I loved the relationship between Bill Murray’s character and the kid — it was so heartwarming. Bill Murray, like always, really commits to his character and made him come alive and Melissa McCarthy & Naomi Watts were really great too.
“this unsettling thriller follows the mercurial Nick Dunne, who finds himself dogged by police and caught in a media maelstrom after he becomes the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance.”
I was excited to watch this after reading the book last year! I actually thought it was a pretty good adaptation. Will, who has not read the book and I told him NOTHING, really liked it and was like “WOW THAT IS NUTS.” I do think my reaction READING it was more shocked than his was watching it. I thought they handled the timeline pretty well and her journal entries. For some reason I felt like there were some things missing at the end or were different. But overall I liked it though, obviously with this kind of story that depends on a twist, reading the book takes that shock element away but it was fun to watch with someone who had no idea.
“This inspiring tale of survival is based on the real-life experiences of Louis Zamperini, an American pilot held by the Japanese during World War II. After his plane crashes into the Pacific Ocean, Zamperini spends 47 days adrift before his capture.”
Will and I went on a date to the movie tavern to see this one. We liked it though weirdly I did not feel a MAJOR emotional connection like I expected to (though I did get teary eyed in some places). It was hard to watch at times with all the hardships he had to endure (being lost at sea + Japanese POW camp) but it did drag at some parts I thought. His story was harrowing and very inspiring and made me do some reading up on him after I saw the movie. I felt more emotional reading about him than I did watching the film. Overall I liked the film but felt it needed more to be the masterpiece it tried to be.
“When near-death experiences on the same day motivate estranged twins Milo and Maggie to reunite, they’re forced to reevaluate their empty lives as they attempt to mend the long-broken bond between them.”
I really liked this one! Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader were great together! SO great. Their chemistry as siblings is what made the movie. I don’t think I’ve really watched anything with Luke Wilson in it since Bottle Rocket so that was a nice surprise because he’s great and he played a GREAT supporting role! This movie is so my kind of humor. That’s for sure. As funny as it was, it explores some heavy topics like depression and suicide in a pretty raw way plus some of their past that is explored is pretty heavy and definitely was palpable while watching. ALSO, Kristen Wiig always does the best lip-synching (Bridesmaids anyone??)
“A young American falls hard for a Romanian cellist whose father has recently died — and whose violent past could bring about his own demise.”
This one was a let down because it had all the makings to be a Jamie movie but I just didn’t care. It started out interesting and I was like “ooh I’m going to like this!” and then it just held my attention less and less. I finished it and was just like, “sooo that was interesting?”. I will say Shia’s performance was VERY impressive as was the cinematography but mannn I couldn’t handle this one. I like weird, quirky and offbeat movies but this one was annoying mostly because I hated the romance.
“Two Mississippi teens meet peculiar drifter Mud and get caught up in his web of tall tales about lost love, crimes of passion and bounty hunters.”
I loooove Matthew McConaughey and also Reese Witherspoon so I was excited to watch this one. The setting was this thick, gritty entity in it of itself. I could feel the mugginess and the sweat pouring off my forehead. And Mud was this intriguing character who regaled me with his tales just as much as he did the young boys. I thought the acting was just all around great in this coming of age story! This one REALLY surprised me and I ended up falling in love with it.
TV I Watched On Netflix
House of Cards Season 3: AHHH I LOVE THIS SHOW. I will say this season was my least favorite but those last couple episodes killed it. It’s SUCH a different season compared to 1 & 2. It’s more political maneuvering and not as much of what it was before though it was obviously going to be like that with him becoming President. Kevin Spacey continues to dazzle me.
Sherlock: I HATE EVERYONE WHO LET ME WATCH THIS AND DIDN’T TELL ME IT WAS ONLY 3 SEASONS AND 4 WON’T BE OUT UNTIL LIKE MAYBE 2016?!?!? I really liked season 1 but season 2 and 3 were PHENOMENAL. I was hooked. SOO HOOKED. Benedict Cumberbatch is BRILLIANT (same goes for Martin Freeman) and I MIGHT DIE IF I DON’T GET MORE. It’s just full of surprises and it just delights me. Their chemistry is just so PERFECT.
Have you seen any of these movies/shows? What did you think? Have any recommendations for me??