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A few movie recommends, part 2

June 15th, 2016

It has started… summer blockbuster season! It’s the time of year when many major movies release, taking advantage of a time when many people have vacation. I’ve already watched a few movies that I’ve been anticipating, and I’m excited for more that will be released in the next couple months.

While I do love a good blockbuster, it’s still nice to try a movie that breaks the mold because there’s so many good ones out there. I highlighted a few in a previous entry, and I wanted to give it another go. Here are a few more recommends!

In Bruges


In Bruges and I started with a shaky relationship because it really did not match up with its trailers. Since it didn’t match expectations, I ended up with mixed feelings. However, it stayed in my mind, so I watched it again and found that I liked it. A third time sealed the deal, and it’s now one of my favorite movies. So, do me a favor. Don’t watch the trailers. Just don’t do it.

The movie focuses on two hit men, Ray and Ken. After Ray botches a hit, he and Ken are sent to Bruges to hide out and await further instructions. It’s a dark comedy that delves into life, death, guilt, and atonement. The movie’s pace also shifts around a lot between funny parts, slower parts, and action. The witty dialogue is what makes the movie so great though, and it’s so very quotable. If you’re a fan of subtle humor, then I think this is a movie for you.

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A few movie recommends

January 27th, 2016

I love a good movie, though ones that are typically popular are the big blockbusters with high budgets, great CG, and completely unrealistic stories that let us escape from our daily lives. I do enjoy them and they’re fun to get lost in, but sometimes I crave something that is a little more… real? It’s not that I’m looking for a totally realistic movie, but you have to admit that sometimes the way people react or the way scenarios come together in movies are pretty far fetched.

For example, recently I watched both The Martian and Interstellar, two space, sci-fi movies. I loved The Martian as it focused on the science and what could potentially happen if someone was stranded on Mars. Yes, it wasn’t totally accurate, but it also wasn’t too crazy. Interstellar, on the hand, went into total drama and crazy land at the end. It fell so far into the deep end that I couldn’t enjoy it.

So if you’re like me, who wants something different from the typical blockbuster movies, I have a few recommends.

If you like super hero movies… try Chronicle


Sure, there’s nothing realistic about super powers, but what has always bugged me is how people in movies react to them. Would an average person immediately don a costume and become a vigilante? Is that what people would really do?

Chronicle (trailer) was a refreshing change and focuses around three high school students who gain telekinetic powers after discovering an unknown object. And well, they act as teenagers do and first use their powers to prank people. Though they keep it a secret, they continue to use their powers and slowly become stronger. Over time, the power is abused and things go horribly wrong.

It’s also interesting that Chronicle is filmed in a way that makes it look like found footage. Most of the movie is from the view point of a camcorder that one of the characters uses to document everything. This can be annoying in some films, but it ends up working well since they can use their telekinesis to hold the camera and keep it steady.

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The Netflix… er I mean, Crunchyroll tag

June 7th, 2015

I saw this over at Katy’s blog and decided to do this too! It’s originally a Netflix tag, but the past couple years, I’ve barely touched my Netflix account (yet I still pay for it… I should do something about that). Instead, I’ve been using Crunchyroll a lot, which is a streaming site for Anime.

I know not everyone watches Anime, and if you don’t, I recommend giving it a try! My husband wasn’t an Anime fan before, but because there’s such a large variety out there, I was able to find several series that he really liked. Now he watches some series with me :)

All Time Favorite


Gurren Lagann – Though it’s not my “all time” favorite, it’s up there on my favorites list and is available on Crunchyroll. It’s about a future where people are forced to live underground by the Spiral King, but some venture to the surface to fight him. (It’s more complicated than that, but saying any more would be spoilers.)

It starts out kind of light and funny, but it shifts to a more serious tone as it goes on. It’s also extremely over the top, where you pretty much have to turn off your brain and go along for the ride. You’re rewarded with some epic fights and good ol’ everyone-working-together feels.

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