Hello, everyone! In today’s post, I’m talking about the movies I’ve watched from April to June as part of my 50 movie challenge for 2018. I feel like I did pretty good in terms of the number of movies I watched, because I put on a lot of random films on Netflix while I was blogging.
The Hitman’s Bodyguard – 4/5
An entertaining movie where Samuel L. Jackson plays a hitman, and Ryan Reynolds plays his fallen-from-grace bodyguard. Ryan Reynolds’ character is hired to safely transport Samuel L. Jackson to the International Criminal Court in the Netherlands to testify against the president of Belarus, who is being tried for crimes against humanity. We loved the chemistry and banter between the two main characters. Does anyone feel like Ryan Reynolds just plays himself in comedies?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 3/5
I’m not a Star Wars fan at all, but I watched this with my husband, who is a fan. It was a decent movie; I gave it 3/5 because I stayed at least somewhat interested during the movie and didn’t fall asleep, which is what usually happens when I watch Star Wars movies.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs – 3/5
This was a cute movie and I know it did quite well considering they made a sequel, but somehow I just didn’t love it. The idea of being able to control what food falls from the sky is so brilliant, though!
Mother’s Day – 3/5
To be honest…I don’t remember the plot of this movie at all. Or what happened during it. Or how it ended. That probably means it was forgettable, which means it wasn’t that great. I do remember it being a pleasant watch, though; something you put on when you kind of just want to turn your brain off and relax.
Peter Rabbit – 3/5
I watched this because I looooved the Peter Rabbit books as a kid. The illustrations are so nostalgic for me. I also like James Corden, so I thought the mix of James Corden/childhood nostalgia might make for a good movie. It was a okay movie, but while a lot of animations are good for both kids and adults, I think this one is definitely aimed more towards children.
Deadpool 2 – 5/5
I was afraid that the second movie would be a letdown because the first one was so good, but I thought it was just as good as the first (and some think it was even better). Yes, there were hilariously funny moments, but overall it had a really good message.
Under the Tuscan Sun – 4/5
I have wanted to watch this movie for the longest time, but it’s one of those “mom movies” so I just never got around to it. I finally watched it on a Saturday afternoon as I was working on my calligraphy, and it was actually a really cute movie about a recently divorced woman who moves to Tuscany and discovers what it’s like to be on her own.
The Foreigner – 4/5
Typical “someone they loved was killed so man gets revenge” movie, a la John Wick, Taken (kidnapped in that case). However, it was still really good, and the more political storyline made it different than all of the other movies. Considering Jackie Chan is now in his 60’s, the fact that he still does all of his own stunts and that they were still amazing was very impressive.
Thor Ragnarok – 4/5
I have mentioned that I am not really a big fan of Marvel movies, save for Deadpool. However, this movie was recently added to Netflix and my husband wanted to watch it. I was completely taken by surprise by how much I thoroughly enjoyed it. Also, I find Chris Hemsworth to be a fine male species in real life, but I am completely turned off by the long, scraggly hair when he is Thor. So I was pretty dang happy when they cut his hair in the movie!
Central Intelligence – 4/5
This was a pretty stereotypical story line about two high school friends that get together to solve an international crime, but it’s still a cute movie – Dwayne Johnson is always a good choice, right? It was funny to watch Kevin Hart playing a nerdy, boring accountant, haha.
Pixels – 1/5
One thing you have to know about me is that a lot of the times, I randomly choose movies to watch on Netflix. This was one of them. Pixels was a weird and completely forgettable movie about video game characters that come to attack Earth, and some nerdy adult men come to save the world.
The Notebook – 4/5
I have no idea why I watched this – I’ve seen it maybe 5 times throughout my teens, but never had any desire to see it ever since. A few weeks ago, I suddenly felt like I wanted to watch it. I’ve never cried during this movie but I bawled like a freaking baby this time. I feel like the older I get, the more sensitive I am – maybe because I have a better understanding of loss and tragedy or something. Anyways, beautiful movie, beautiful cinematography.
Coco – 5/5
I already talked about this movie in Q1, but it warranted a rewatch. I freaking LOVE this movie so much. It’s so colourful, bright, and happy and has such a beautiful message about the importance of family.
Tomb Raider – 2/5
I’ve wanted to watch this movie since it came out – we actually tried several times in the theatre, but never got a chance to. I freaking love Alicia Vikander, and a blockbuster with an Asian male protagonist that doesn’t fit the Asian stereotype? Yes, please. I’ve never seen the original movies with Angelina Jolie because I don’t like her, so I have nothing to compare it to, but overall I would say the movie was pretty forgettable.
Ibiza – 1/5
Another random-movie pick. I have no idea why I watched this – maybe because it’s called Ibiza so I thought it would be fun, and because they were heavily marketing this new Netflix-exclusive release at the time. It was a pretty ridiculous, pointless movie about a woman who goes on a business trip to Spain; she brings her two idiotic girlfriends and chaos ensues. She ends up chasing an EDM DJ acround Spain so that she can get together with him. What?? So dumb.
Before I Fall – 3/5
A “Groundhog-Day”-esque movie about a high school girl who relives the day she dies over and over again. It’s not exactly a novel idea, and while I thought it might be one of those silly teen movies, I ended up really liking it. It had a good message about appreciating and doing the best you can every day.
Wild – 4/5
I’ve been meaning to read the book since it came out, but I never got around to it. Well…the movie is close enough, right? It was a pretty inspirational movie and Reese Witherspoon was awesome in the role. I can’t imagine hitting such a low point in life, only to pick yourself up and turn your life around by challenging yourself to this absolutely insane hike that takes about 5 months to complete. I feel like I get winded just from walking up a set of stairs?
Lady Bird – 4/5
I never know how I feel about coming-of-age movies – sometimes I find them pretty boring and other times they can be really captivating. This movie is about a high school girl and her relationship mainly with her mother. The titular character annoyed the daylights out of me until near the end. Her parents loved her and did everything they could for her, but she was such an ungrateful little brat. Was I like this as a teenager? I really hope not. The beginning was slow but I actually ended up enjoying it.
You Again – 4/5
This was actually a really fun movie. When I started this movie up, my husband was playing a video game next to me, and a third of the way in to the movie, he had stopped playing his game entirely and was watching the movie with me. You Again is about a girl who gets bullied by another girl in high school. As an adult, she flies back to her hometown to meet her brother’s fiancee for the first time the week before the wedding, and realizes his fiancee is the same horrible girl who bullied her.
I watched 17 movies in Q1 and 19 in Q2, bringing my total to 36. It seems like I’ll likely make it to 50 by the end of Q3! Let me know if you’ve seen any of these movies, or if there’s any movies you think I would enjoy!