Thursday Movie Picks: Movies That Confused Me

It’s Thursday and I’m back with a new Thursday Movie Picks feature post. This series is hosted by Wandering through the Shelves and offers you a weekly prompt to post some movie recommendations/talking points according to the theme. Usually, you are supposed to post about 3-5 examples, which I find a very manageable amount.

Today’s theme was suggested by Brittani and is movies that confused you! Weirdly, I can’t think of a bunch of films right from the top of my mind, but I’m quite certain there had to be several. Some movies are just baffling and we will take a look at some of them now!

Doors

Doors is a horror anthology movie, about doors from outer space. What do they do? Make people crazy or disappear. What else? I don’t really know, because I never understood the purpose of the doors. Maybe possess people? It’s an option.

Arrival

I love this movie with my whole freaking heart! I think it is beautiful and touching and memorable like few alien movies I watched. However, the timey wimey bit was a tad confusing. Maybe time is happening all at once? I don’t know, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Annihilation

Confession time: I still haven’t watched Annihilation … BUT I have read the book. I actually held off from watching the movie, because I wanted to continue with the book series, but then something always got in the way. It was a baffling read for sure though, so I imagine the movie to leave you with quite the questions as well though.

O Beautiful Night

In the end, I just had to rep some German language cinema as well. I remember really enjoying this movie, but I never fully got it. It’s a really strange film about death and how to properly live. Maybe.


What are some movies that confused you? What did you think of my picks? Let’s talk about that!

Random Movie Recommendations: Karen Gillan Edition

Usually, I have movie recommendations based around a theme or genre for you, but not this time. This time, it’s simply Karen Gillan. I adored her when I first met her as Amy Pond on Doctor Who, I was happy for her when she started to get major roles in Hollywood and I was beyond impressed when I watched her directorial debut. Now, she is coming to Berlin for a project I am not really at liberty to talk about and you never know, maybe our paths will cross one day?

The Party’s Just Beginning

(TW: suicide, excessive drug and alcohol use, bullying of/violence against trans characters)

Honestly, the trailer didn’t really convince me to watch the movie. It was a little bit all over the place, whereas it didn’t feel like that at all to me when I watched the entire movie. This was Karen’s directorial debut and she showed the bleak and somber side of Scotland, her home, for sure. The movie was harsh, but hit deep (being stuck in eternal grief stages is a big mood) and I am excited to see what more Gillan will show us in the future.

Please, don’t watch this while being in a bad place mentally! My own state of mind wasn’t that great and the movie threw me for a real bender. As much as I want to commend Karen Gillan for her work here, it is depressive and does not sugarcoat anything whatsoever. It can be a cleansing movie, but it can also destroy you emotionally.

Really could have needed someone to hold me after this. Preferably, also Lee Pace …

Not Another Happy Ending

On to something way more fluffy! We are still in Scottish territory, but this is an awesome RomCom about a writer who has writer’s block and her editor trying to sabotage her relationship because she writes better when she’s unhappy. Tell me that doesn’t intrigue you! I dare you!!

I don’t even know what to say. This movie offers pretty much exactly what it advertises – light entertainment. If you don’t go into it expecting mad twists and turns or some sort of unpredictable storyline you will be fine and most likely enjoy yourself.

Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle

I was very tempted to put Guardians of the Galaxy as one of her more mainstream projects here, but then I decided against it. Nebula is for real one of my most favourite characters in the MCU, but Jumanji was more of a surprise. So, that’s what I am going with.

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the original Jumanji movie. Nothing, I was sure of it, could ever compare to it. And Welcome to the Jungle definitely isn’t up to par with the original, but it is a lot of freaking fun. Sometimes you just have to not take everything so seriously and these sequels can be downright hilarious. They are even making another movie (with the same actors) and I am confused and suspicious but I learned better than to judge it before watching it.

Have you watched any of these? Do you like Karen Gillan as much as me? Let’s chat about it!

Random Movie Recommendations: Kids That Will Make You Cry!

I like doing these posts every now and then, especially when I see a pattern in the films I like. The theme “Kids that will make you cry” might seem a little out there, but sometimes I watch young actors and actresses and I am just in awe of the emotions they can evoke in me. Just because there are kids in these movies, doesn’t necessarily mean they are kids movies. I hope that makes sense?

A Monster Calls

Within the book community, Patrick Ness’ A Monster Calls is a pretty popular book. It destroys your feelings and leaves the reader in tears in 9/10 cases. It took me some time to get to the movie, but in my opinion they did an amazing job with the adaptation. Even for the smallest roles, their cast is beyond stellar and despite a couple changes (as they always tend to happen), it felt like a pretty faithful film to me.

Handling themes such as death, loss, grief, guilt and the anger that comes with it, is never easy for kids (not that it gets any easier once you are older), but I feel like A Monster Calls provides a nuanced approach to it. It’s a dark tale that might not be for everyone, but it is a beautiful movie.

I Kill Giants

I Kill Giants is a movie that really blew me away. It perfectly plays between what is real and what is fantasy, but ultimately leaves it up to the audience to decide which one they want to go with. It deals with similar themes as A Monster Calls (terminal illness, loss, grief, etc.) and is based on a graphic novel of the same title (which I haven’t read though, so I cannot give any comparison).

I think something that hindered this movie from becoming really successful is that people expected it to be action-packed, which it is really not. It’s not so much a fantasy adventure as it is an exploration of how far a child’s imagination can go to help them cope with stressful and traumatic experiences.

Bridge to Terabithia

Do people still know about this movie? I feel old recommending it, but it was one of my favourites when I was younger and fits the theme perfectly as it also deals with the sudden death of a loved one, guilt, grief, bullying (which I forgot to mention for the previous movies) and how a vivid imagination can help children cope with what they are going through.

This movie is also based on a book, which I have read but never reviewed. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I actually enjoyed the movie more and struggled with the way the book was written. Also, it has been far too long to memorise the differences between the two.

Have you watched any of those movies? What is your take on them? Do you have some recommendations in the same field? Let’s chat!

Random Movie Recommendations: Teen Rom-Coms

Last week I talked about some of my recent favourite Rom-Coms, but I know that the age of my audience is very varied, so I didn’t want to hold off on you about teen rom-coms I watched! Although I want to note that both movies technically also fall into the drama genre … just saying. When I was growing up, which makes me sound much older than I am, I feel like there were just tons and tons of amazing and more importantly fun teen movies

Candy Jar

There’s not a lot of movies on debate clubs out there. At least none that I really know of, so to get that glimpse into a world I am vastly unfamiliar with was really interesting (and from what I heard it also seems to be an accurate depiction of that scene). Also, I am always here for a good old enemies-to-lovers trope!

This isn’t just some cutesy romantic story in a quirky setting though, it packs quite the punch. It deals with the uncertainty of life and loss, the fact that you can never be prepared for everything. In many ways, this movie reflected all my doubts and struggles when I was about to graduate high school and I can always appreciate relatable content like that.

Alex Strangelove

I think with Love, Simon being a success in cinemas, it was evident we needed more stories like that. Coming out stories that may not be perfect and all happy, but stories that aren’t just doom and gloom either. In many ways, it seems like Alex Strangelove is Netflix’ answer to that.

I am not sure the title was the best choice for this movie, but the content is definitely worth a watch. It aptly depicts the struggles of not just having to come out, but first of all realising that your sexual preferences may be different than what you believed them to be. During all of this, Alex Strangelove never forgets to show both sides and the people who are involved in the process. The characters make mistakes but remain very lovable and give the movie an authentic vibe even with crazy imaginary sequences inbetween.

While watching this movie, it is evident that the viewer knows more about where this is going than Alex does. It is kind of endearing to watch him figure things out. I am sure this movie does not represent everyone’s experience, but at the same time I also don’t doubt that there are people who can identify with his journey.

What are some teen movies you have enjoyed lately? Let’s talk about it!

Random Movie Recommendations: Rom-Coms

So, I don’t know who all remembers this feature, but it pops up pretty rarely since I am more of a TV rather than movie person. Anyway, it’s fairly simple, I pick a theme and then recommend two or more movies that I recently watched and thought the world should know about. There is no in depth analysis, but really just a short and sweet paragraph or so to let you know why people should watch it.

Here we go! This time I really want to showcase some great Rom-Coms (short for Romantic Comedies). Despite a lot of critics complaining about them, I KNOW that people have been craving a comeback of that genre. There is nothing wrong with some formulaic love story every now and then, because that in no way means it cannot be entertaining and memorable. These are my picks:

Set It Up

I have been screaming about this movie for what feels like weeks now. First of all, the casting is more than stellar, I adore every single person on this movie and would have watched it if it had been a potato sack commercial. Luckily, it was not and instead I got one of the best romantic comedies in recent years. I know, I know, that is high praise, but here’s some reasons why it works so well.

While it does play into certain stereotypes, it simultaneously fights against them. Women aren’t given an expiration date or are made to choose between love and a career. There are no double standards for gender roles and friendships are shown how they are supposed to be – supportive with that kick in the butt when necessary. People struggle with what they want in life and make mistakes and there are consequences, all the while this movie is highly entertaining with both hilarious and relatable dialogue and quotes that I’ll probably reference to friends for years to come.

And on a side note, if you are a writer, this movie gives some really good advice. Never thought I’d take advice from a Netflix flick either, but here we are!

Ibiza

Okay, fine! I only watched this because Richard Madden was in it and I haven’t really seen him in a movie or show since Game of Thrones. Not going to lie, I don’t hold Ibiza in the same high regard as Set It Up, but it was still a lot more fun than I thought it would be.

Granted, this isn’t exactly my kind of humour, so that’s probably part of why I wasn’t head over heels into it, but if you are looking for some women who aren’t afraid to have a fun time and an adorkable love interest – Ibiza delivers. Gillian Jacobs and Richard Madden were just the right amount of awkward and cute, their scenes were the best part for me. It gives you that total vibe of a summer romance that could be more if you are brave enough to try.

When We First Met

Before starting this movie, I messaged my friend how I thought the movie would end I was 100% right. As I mentioned in the opening of this post, I don’t think there is anything wrong with movies, especially in this genre, being a little predictable and it didn’t bother me here either. It doesn’t change the fact that When We First Met is a feel-good movie and exactly the right thing if you just want to be entertained.

Overall, it’s a little like Groundhog Day with a twist, a movie with ideas that may have been executed before and in better ways also, but that’s still enjoyable. It stays down to earth and has a cast you will surely recognise from other shows and movies. I always like when you have those worlds-collide-moments.

Have you watched either one of those movies? Would you be interested in getting some rom-com type movie recommendations with teen characters as well? Let me know in the comments below!