List of Movies That I Have Watched This Month + Mini Reviews
Who is an internationally cultured lady?
This girl right here, of course.
Do you know why? Because in the past few weeks, your girl has been watching a shit ton of French movies. Okay, okay. I know that doesn’t exactly make me an internationally cultured lady, but since I have never watched any French movies before this, let the girl have her moment.
In this particular post, while also bragging about me being a sophisticated lady, I thought to also add a dash of mini reviews for all the movies that I have watched. As your girl is a very opinionated little peanut and seems to always feel the need to tell the whole world her opinions. *wink*
Genre : Horror, Thriller, Psychological
Starring : Morjana Alaoui, Mylène Jampanoï, Catherine Bégin
Language : French
A young woman’s quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
I can honestly say that Martyrs is by far, the most disturbing movie that I have watched till date. I found this movie through Reddit. There wasn’t a lot of explanation to the movie other than the fact that it was “gruesome” and “horrifying”. And ol lil me, who thought she has seen everything and couldn’t be traumatize by anything, simply just shrugged my shoulders and decided that I was going to watch this movie.
And while this was not my first French movie, it was my first French psychological thriller movie. Needless to say, I was shocked. I was more than shocked, I was jarred. Martyrs hold no punches when it comes to showing the viewers the goriness and carnage. I remembered quite distinctly that there was a specific scene that made me felt like I wanted to throw up just by how graphic it was.
Did I regret picking this movie up? Hell no. It was one of the best horror movie I have ever watched. Despite the fact that this movie was not easy to go through, I thoroughly enjoyed Martyrs.
Would I watch is again, though? No. While this movie was very amazingly made, and I might have a deeper understanding from re-watching the movie again because the ending was kind of ambiguous, I don’t think I have the stomach to go through the movie once more because of how graphic it was.
2. Ocean’s 8
Genre : Action, Comedy, Crime
Starring : Sandra Bullock, Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett
Language : English
Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting — that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take — a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists, including jeweler Amita, street con Constance, suburban mom Tammy, hacker Nine Ball, and fashion designer Rose. Their target — a necklace that’s worth more than $150 million.
The only reason why I watched this movie was literally because of the hype that has been surrounding it.
I didn’t expect a lot going into this movie, and found out that I was pleasantly surprised. The casts work wonderfully well together. Needless to mention, the comedy was spot-on and never fail to make me smile or laugh my ass off.
There was, however, a lot of moments where I expected there to be kickass fighting scene – since it was listed as action movie after all – but I found that in Ocean’s 8, it seems to be more of strategy play than anything else. Which, don’t get me wrong, is still fun to watch in it’s own way.
One thing that I find a tad bit problematic with this movie is the lack of climax. Throughout the whole movie, I was waiting for that moment where I would be sitting on the edge of my seat, squeezing those seat cushion and praying for the girls to be able to complete their heist. But it seems like, there is no need for that. Because apart from the minor glitch here and there, the mission and the plan to steal the $150 million necklace went on seamlessly and successfully.
3. The Shining
Genre : Mystery, Psychological Horror
Starring : Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
Language : English
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block. He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions. As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorizing his family.
I was introduced to this movie after watching Ready Player One. Ever since then, this movie has been on my watch list. However, when I went online to look up what this movie was about, I chickened out as a lot of people on the internet seem to deem this movie scary. And since I was too much of a scaredy cat to watch it by myself, I have been postponing watching this movie for the longest time.
Until a few weeks ago when I went on a trip with a few friends that we decided that we were going to watch it together.
After finishing the movie, I felt indifferent. I think there are 2 factors that made me feel the way I did. One, it could be because the fact that there has been so much build up and hype surrounding this movie that my expectations for it also skyrockets. Or two, the fact that I was watching it with friends, and not alone, might have taken a lot of the horror out of the film.
Throughout this movie, I expected there to be a lot of jump scares. To my surprise, however, there was barely any. The Shining is laden with a lot of small details that cue the viewers in on the psychology of each characters, which make viewers have to really pay attention to catch all the small changes that happens throughout the movie.
The ending to this movie was left open-ended. So that the viewers can take and perceive it however they like. And I think it is because of the fact that there wasn’t a conclusion to the movie that made The Shining one of the most heavily debated and discussed horror movie of all time.
With all that said, since now I finally have an idea about what The Shining is all about, one of these days, I will definitely take the time to rewatch the movie all over again and see if my opinion changes.
4. The Shape of Water
Genre : Fantasy, Drama, Adventure
Starring : Sally Hawkins, Doug Jones, Michael Shannon
Language : English
Elisa is a mute, isolated woman who works as a cleaning lady in a hidden, high-security government laboratory in 1962 Baltimore. Her life changes forever when she discovers the lab’s classified secret — a mysterious, scaled creature from South America that lives in a water tank. As Elisa develops a unique bond with her new friend, she soon learns that its fate and very survival lies in the hands of a hostile government agent and a marine biologist.
There is just something so aesthetically pleasing about The Shape of Water. From the daily activities of Elisa, to her work place and her friends. I don’t know about you, but for some reason, it feels as if I was watching a fairytale unfold all the while I was watching this movie.
To be honest, there was not a lot that I can say about this film. Yes, I enjoyed it. Yes, I might even recommend it. However, as far as the storyline goes, it is mediocre at best. The whole plot was very easily predictable. I believe what makes the movie as compelling to watch as it was, was thanks to the amazing cinematography, soundtrack, and acting.
5. Blue is the Warmest Color
Genre : Erotica, Romance, LGBT, Melodrama
Starring : Léa Seydoux, Adele Exarchopoulos, Salim Kechiouche
Language : French
Blue is the Warmest Color centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos) who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious, blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle’s life for real, making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is touchingly universal in its depiction.
Okay. First things first, this is not the kind of movie you can watch in public. I learned this the hard way when a sex scene suddenly popped out of nowhere when I was watching it on the train. The poor lady sitting next to me – bless her soul – was so shocked that for one second, I thought her eyes were going to pop out of its sockets.
Thankfully, they didn’t.
Now that we have got that out of the way, the next thing i want to say is : there was way too much sex scenes in this movie. It felt as if half of this movie was filled with sex scenes. I mean, I am not against sex scenes whatsoever in a movie. But do you really feel the need to put them in every time the main characters fornicate?
There was so much sex that there has been times where I wondered to myself if I accidentally have clicked on porn instead of a movie. The bountiful sex scenes aside, the storyline was not all that interesting. Most of the time, it just feel like a repetition of activities. Eating, fucking, kissing, going to bars, and wandering around together.
I suppose what made this movie so popular was the realness of it. How perfectly it depicted real life and relationships. While watching this film, it did not for once felt as if I was watching a movie. It felt more as if I was watching a slice of life of Adele. Even though I wasn’t as impressed with this film as I expected I would be, I must admit that the acting was spot on. As it probably was one of the most true-to-life romantic movie I have seen to date.