Random Movie Recommendations #3

I am usually more of a TV person rather than a movie-buff, but I am really into this feature right now, so here are some more movie recs (not real reviews!). I feel like having a theme is kind of nice as well, so this week I am bringing to you movies that deal with fame and how it’s not always fun!

Be Somebody

I have a soft spot for teen star movies, but as I got older, I got more and more annoyed with the disney-fied or nickelodeon-ish kind of movies. They were always so over the top and in your face, and whereas the trailer might not suggest it, Be Somebody is an extremely calm movie. The music is also way better than what they showed here (even though you never once hear Jordan sing).

It’s a very simple movie. It’s cute, slow build and definitely teen appropriate. Like, this movie is so tame in comparison to some of the stuff that gets put out there. I really loved the visuals and even if not everything made 100% sense, it was still more logical than some of the previous “star gets tired of his life” films I have seen.

Beyond the Lights

This one is far more serious than the movie above. It’s similar in a way that the visuals are amazing, the pace is slow and allows for a nice build up, but that’s about it. The trailer already hints that there are much deeper rooted issues the main characters have to face and additionally you have a stunning soundtrack to go with it.

Be prepared for a lot of emotions with this one. Where the movie could have easily fallen into tropes and clichés, it felt incredibly real and gave each character their time to develop. Also, the cast is simply brilliant down to the cameo of MGK. No one feels one dimensional and those are always the best characters out there!

Do you have some good recommendations for movies that cover this topic? Did you see either one of the films I mentioned?

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 11-17)

I feel like I’ve barely been home during this past week, which is not a bad thing in itself, it just means that I am constantly tired. Anyway, we are here to talk about trailers, so trailers you shall get!

Movies

Coco 

I can’t believe that they’re playing Bittersweet Symphony in the background, that brings back so many memories.

Downsizing

I still think this looks awesome, I just want to know what the problem with downsizing is … because there has to be one?

The Disaster Artist

It’s ridiculous how much I actually want to watch this.

The Child in Time

This is going to be devastating.

All the Money in the World

What’s up with the abducting of children?

The Shape of Water

I want to watch this so bad!

Red Sparrow

I am usually kinda of into spy stuff, but this hasn’t peaked my interest.

The Commuter

Looks very on brand for Liam Neeson.

Our Souls at Night

Could be nice.

Kingdom of Us

Documentary of the week.

Fifty Shades Freed

I can’t believe this is still a thing.

TV Shows

Fuller House (Season 3)

I am actually really looking forward to this!

This is Us (Season 2)

It’s gonna be so many emotions again.

Jane the Virgin (Season 4)

Uhm … I stopped watching after a certain event last season. Sorry?

Lethal Weapon (Season 2)

Didn’t think this would last.

Supernatural (Season 13)

To everyone’s surprise … I am going to watch this season … for reasons?

Riverdale (Season 2)

It’s gonna get dark … and I still don’t know what’s up with that wedding?

How was your week? What are you watching?

Random Movie Recommendations #2

The mood has struck me again to do one of these random recommendation posts. (You know the drill, those aren’t really reviews, but just very brief thoughts on the films!) If you’ve kept up with my trailer rambles, you’ve probably noticed that I am a bit frustrated by the lack of romantic comedies or romance movies in general. When I was younger, I feel like they were coming out each week and now there is a trailer for a movie like that maybe once a week. So, that’s why I chose it as the theme for this post!

Home Again

I’ve had this movie in my trailer round up a couple of times and now that I finally watched it, I can only say that I am in love! I know that some people were concerned about the romantic aspect or the amount of love interests for Reese’s character, but let me tell you, worry not! I sat in that movie with the biggest grin on my face, awe-ing every other minute and completely falling in love with everyone.

What you can’t see from the trailer is that the three twenty-something guys are actually in the film business and that just made the whole story even more appealing to me. Also, it’s not so much about the romantic aspect in general, but family and a sense of belonging and knowing who you are and what’s important to you. I thought it was done in an incredibly sweet and funny way, I could have watched those people for hours and hours more.

It’s not the perfect movie, but it is the perfect escape. It’s easy to watch, makes you feel good and is great for a girl’s night out!

Carrie Pilby

I may not be a genius, but I could relate to Carrie on SO many levels! She loves reading, she sometimes has a difficult time going out and meeting new people, her dating life is a catastrophe … and so on! I haven’t read the book it is based on, but I am curious about that too now.

This may not be a RomCom so much as a comedy on the verge of drama, but in general, I just adored the casting and the vibe of the entire movie. It had such a charm to it, had some sharp dialogue, was hilarious but it also got you thinking a lot. It’s about finding your place in the world and the right people that will accompany you on the way. And, it’s about making the decisions that are right for you and that you can live with.

I highly recommend this for a binge on a rainy fall/winter day!

What are some comedies you’ve watched and liked lately? Have you watched either one of my films?

 

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Sept 4-10)

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been apart from my laptop as much as I was this week. A lot of fun stuff has happened, but I’ll go into more detail on that when the monthly wrap up comes around. Now it’s time for some trailers!

Movies

Lady Bird

I really want to watch this one!

The Man Who Invented Christmas

Aside from the fact that I like Dan Stevens, I think this might really be funny.

A Bad Moms Christmas

It’s way too early for all that Christmas stuff.

#realtyhigh

I watched this … it was very cliche and predictable.

Big Bear

Very weird, but I think I might actually watch this just because of the cast.

The Current War

I cannot say that I care much for the topic, but it looks well done.

Mudbound

I think this could be good.

Gaga: Five Foot Two

Documentary of the week.

TV Shows

The Magical Bus Rides Again

I am not a fan of the new animation … but nostalgia?

This Is Us (Season 2)

I know a lot of people who’ll be happy about that show returning!

Alias Grace

A lot of historical stuff happening.

Damnation

From the blurry thumbnail I thought Tom Hardy was in this for a second … but no.

Hope your week has been great! Let’s chat!

The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag

The Orang-utan Librarian sure is keeping me busy with tags, this time with an original creation called The Emperor’s New Clothes Tag. Let’s get right to it!

“YOUR MAJESTY, THIS IS A MAGIC SUIT” – An overhyped book that promised to be *something more*

A Shadow Bright and Burning (Kingdom on Fire, #1)It’s not so much that I don’t like the book, but I just expected MORE from A Shadow Bright and Burning. Maybe I was blinded by the cover, maybe I just had completely wrong expectations to begin with, but in the end it all comes down to the book lacking in some way. It’s not terrible at all, it could have been better is all I am trying to say.

“SOMEBODY SEND FOR THE QUEEN” – A love interest that wasn’t called for

Seriously, any book that has three guys or girls fawning over the the main character is just way too much. I’ve seen that happen once in real life and the person didn’t actively have to worry and chose one of them, because they were oblivious to the crushes. Anyway, back to the question, I will forever refuse to acknowledge Gale as a valid love interest in the Hunger Games series. Team Gale is a myth when it comes to the books!

“THE DOUBLET IS A LOVELY SHADE OF GREEN” – A book that seduced you with its cover (that you ended up disliking)

Love Letters to the DeadI hate it so much when this happens and the unfortunate thing is that it DOES keep happening. One of the most memorable to me was Love Letters to the Dead. I was really in love with it, but it did not hold up one bit. It felt like a genderswapped version of The Perks of being a Wallflower and since I didn’t love that book either, it just wasn’t for me.

“SUMMON THE COURT TO CONVENE” – A book where you were swayed by public opinion

I am going to have to go with the same answer as the Orang-utan Librarian here, because I used to love Twilight when I was young. I won’t ever deny that (#nobookshame!) but over time and with the franchise growing so immensely, I just kind of started to resent it more and more. I totally get it when people ridicule the books now, but at the same time I am sad that it has taken the joy out of it completely.

“LOOK AT THE THE KING! LOOK AT THE KING, THE KING, THE KING!” – A stark raving mad book that just boggles the mind

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files, #1)Mind boggling and crazy can be a good thing, right? So, I am going to go with Sleeping Giants, because it was insane in that quiet, dark and twisted way.

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” – A tropey get up you’ve seen before that probably needs redressing (aka a trope you’re bored with seeing)

That one will forever go to the absentee parents/guardians, because while I do understand that not all parents pay attention to their kids even when they should, it’s ridiculous how lacking they are in literature sometimes. Again, not saying they have to be good parents or anything like that, but when I was little I legit thought that the only way to go on an adventure is when you are an orphan.

“SUMMON THE COURT PHYSICIAN! CALL AN INTERMISSION!” – A book that needs medical attention aka a rewrite

Anne & HenryAnne & Henry is a modern day teenaged retelling of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. When I first heard that, I was all over it, but I had hoped for so much more. The stakes just weren’t high enough, which made everything seem pointless and ridiculous.

“IT’S ALTOGETHER THE VERY LEAST THE KING HAS EVER WORN” –  There’s no hiding for this one: a book that is just nakedly bad

The HomecomingWhen you read a book, finish it and are still not sure what happened during the key event of the story, you just know it’s bad. That happened with the Homecoming for me.

BONUS: “HIS MAJESTY IS WIDE OPEN TO RIDICULE AND SCORN”- Something (anything) that astounds you with its popularity

I can’t really think of anything, but I want to keep the question in for the people that I tag … Okay, I know something. Avocados! I do not understand where their sudden popularity came from and I don’t like their taste.

I TAG THEE

Michelle | Flo | Vicky | Rachel | Samantha | EVERYONE

Trailers You Might Have Missed … (Aug 28 – Sept 3)

It’s been a busy week here in Vancouver. I have moved to the other side of town and struggled with the heat wave, but that just gives me the perfect excuse to stay inside and binge watch some Netflix shows. Here are some new trailers for you!

Movies

Downsizing

Ooooh, I used to like movies were people were shrunk.

Killing Gunther

Not sure that’s my kind of weird.

Una

The cast of this is phenomenal! Also, I’d watch pretty much anything Riz Ahmed was in anyway.

Realive

Tom Hughes is doing such a great job on Victoria and this is like the complete opposite of that role, I really want to see what he does here.

Brawl in Cell Block 99

Everything is so dark this week.

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

This movie has way too long of a title.

Wormwood

Looks messed up.

Long Shot

Documentary of the week

TV Shows

The Punisher

I just binged all of Luke Cage, am halfway through Iron Fist and will watch the Defenders afterwards, just so I can watch this without a delay when it comes out.

Jack Whitehall: Travels with my Father

I seriously can’t wait. This will be so fun!

 

Young Sheldon

I usually don’t like shows where I know exactly what it will lead to, but this might just be super cute.

Chicago Fire (Season 6)

I strongly believe that they didn’t kill Casey.

This is it for today! Hope you had a great week, let’s chat!

August 2017 Book Haul

Admittedly, this post isn’t really necessary because I haven’t gotten that many new books, but oh well, I’ll do it anyway. As per usual, the books that have made it in the monthly wrap-up won’t be mentioned here.

  • Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling
    I love Mindy and I really enjoyed her first book. I found this one as a hardcover and on sale, so there was just no way around me getting it.

eARC:

  • 27 Hours by Tristina Wright
    It has been months since a publisher accepted my request on Netgalley and I honestly cannot tell you why. My follower stats are solid, my ratio was 100% before I got this book, I am just a little lost as to why I don’t get any responses at all on there. Then again, I am in a reading slump … so, there’s that.
    Anyway, the book is pretty eventful so far (I am at about 40%), but I have heard mixed things and will wait with full opinion until I am done. Obviously I will post a review when I am done!

Why Not Me?  27 Hours (The Nightside Saga, #1)

Did you get some new reads this month?