Hello and welcome! I’m back with my usual monthly movie recap. 17 movies, including an animated TV series, the majority of them fantastic and only a few not so much this month. Let’s get started!
The Truman Show (1998) – I was quite impressed by Jim Carrey’s acting when I first watched this movie a decade ago and had a good time rewatching it recently. This is quite a unique story and one that has been dissected and analyzed by countless critics and movie lovers for years now. The cast of the film is very good and I especially liked the performance of Laura Linney. I won’t spoil anything, but will only say that there’s no usual Jim Carrey overacting here (even if he does, it goes 100% with the script and story – no silly annoying exaggerations). I can recommend it – there’s a good reason why this movie is rated so high.
Back To The Future (1985), Back To The Future Part II (1989), Back To The Future Part III (1990) – I’m a huge fan of the sci-fi genre and I know that the Back To The Future franchise is one of the cult favorites for many, however I couldn’t get on board with it when I first saw it as a teenager and I wasn’t able to enjoy it now either. I think what really doesn’t let me fully enjoy them is the overly exaggerated good boy-bad boy war and the fact that the female characters are all miserable, powerless, frustrated, unloved, extremely weak, boring, and regularly forgotten about. I couldn’t get on board with this kind of attitude when I was a teen, and it falls short now as well. To me, sci-fi is the movies like Blade Runner (1982) and Starship Troopers (1997) – inspired films, where actors act instead of overacting and directors take the story seriously. Sci-fi to me is books like Dune (1965) where the storyteller takes the time to immerse the audience into a new, unknown, fascinating world. Back To The Future is a fun family-friendly story, but it’s not my cup of tea. Oh by the way! If you watch these movies, try to find the extended version – they’ve cut some of the funniest jokes out of the theater version!
James Bond 007: Golden Eye (1995) – this is a classic Bond movie to me: 007 is being badass and suave, the puns are on point, the Bond girl (Izabella Scorupco) is confident, smart, and stunningly beautiful. The movie is quick-paced, the dialogues and plot lines are logical and make sense. If you enjoy Bondiana with its lighthearted fun, puns, and sometimes unbeliavable props and stunts, then I’d recommend this one.
James Bond 007: The Living Daylights (1987) – Timothy Dalton is my favorite Bond and this is the classic Bond movie, similar in style and feel as Golden Eye. I love the theme song by A-Ha and even though the Bond girl was a little bit annoying at times, it didn’t ruin the movie in the slightest. The puns were also on point. Good one and can recommend.
James Bond 007: Casino Royale (2006) – the best Bond film among all of the Daniel Craig Bond films. Dynamic, logical, and interesting story, solid acting, great cast, a villain with motives the audience can understand – everything by the rules of good storytelling. In my opinion, it’s a real 007 movie, because Daniel Craig cared about this role back then. It only went downhill from there, Craig himself stated that he didn’t want to play Bond anymore (probably the only man on the plant who doesn’t want to be James Bond 😂) and it absolutely shows. In Casino Royale he looks alive and even a bit charming at times. He’s not my favorite Bond and Sean Connery, Pierce Brosnan, and even Timothy Dalton are much better, but he still looks good enough. Eva Green is stunning in this film, by the way. Would definitely recommend Casino Royale for everyone who likes action movies.
Aladdin (2019) – I’m so used to that live action movie adaptations and remakes of old animated films are often so very very bad that this one actually surprised me. Well, it makes sense because Guy Ritchie is the director (I’ve talked about his new terrific movie The Gentlemen in my February Movie Recap – make sure to check it out!). In the original animated Aladdin (1992) many plot twists and character motivations didn’t make much sense to me, so even when I was child it wasn’t my favorite among Disney movies. This new film smoothes the plot and makes it more logical, gives characters more motivation than just ‘being evil for the sake of being evil’ kind of thing. I love what they did to Jasmine character – they gave her so much substance, so much maturity, and kindness! In the original animated film she’s almost a spoiled brat who doesn’t care about people other than herself, but live action Jasmine is beliavable, compassionate, and awesome. Will Smith as the Genie is fantastic, btw. I loved it and feel grateful to people who worked on this film for not butchering our childhood memories, but actually improving the source material. Would recommend to anyone!
Falling Down (1993) – this film is terrific in every way – the script, music, camera work, and acting. Probably one of the best performances ever given by Michael Douglas. If you enjoy thought-provoking drama/crime films that keep you on the edge of your seat, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. It left me questioning the characters and their decisions, trying to justify their actions, then trying to judge them, and then all over again. And this is what I want from a good drama film – I want it to make me feel something, make me ponder. Great one.
The Painted Veil (2006) – one of my favorite drama/romance films, amazing performances by Edward Norton (also talked about him in my Motherless Brooklyn review) and Naomi Watts and that rare case when there’s actually chemistry between the leads. This movie is superb and not talked about enough. If you enjoy historic novels and films as well as drama films, I’d highly recommend it.
The English Patient (1996) – to me this is already in ‘classics’ category and a film that’s been talked about for decades now. It’s not mind-blowing, but a solid film and those Oscars are well-deserved. A bit too long at times, but very romantic and tragic. If you’re into tragic love stories then you’ll enjoy it.
Cutthroat Island (1995) – fabulous! Probably the best pirate movie I’ve seen. The story is dynamic and the character motivations are easy to follow and understand. The star of this film is Geena Davis and oh boy is she gorgeous! If you enjoy fun and dynamic adventure films, I can definitely say this one is worth it!
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) – if you like Leslie Nielsen, this film is a ‘must watch’. It’s goofy and lighthearted fun, which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Spy Hard (1996) – another Leslie Nielsen classic and one of my favorites! It’s witty, funny, and dynamic. The theme song in James Bond movie style is performed by ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic – if this doesn’t make you want to watch it, I don’t know what will 😂!
Monster-In-Law (2005) – rom-com with Jane Fonda, Jennifer Lopez, and a typical good-looking guy from a rom-com 😊. I watched it before and it’s fun, yes it is filled with clichés, but I don’t expect and don’t want a rom-com to make me ponder about the meaning of life – I watch different films for that purpose. I was making these oatmeal cookies with lemon glaze while the movie was on and it set a nice mood overall. Jennifer Lopez is effortlessly watchable and beautiful, Jane Fonda is good in her role and the bit where she interviews a young superstar is hilarious. I don’t think this movie is dumb or boring – I think it does what it wants to do – deliver 1.5h of lighthearted entertainment.
Total Recall (1990) – a film that’ll never get old for me, it’s an amazing classic. This is the sci-fi film that utilizes the main idea and delivers 113 minutes of exciting and inspired storytelling. Nothing to add here – timeless one. So was it all a dream or not? 🤔🤔
Samurai Jack (2001) Seasons 1, 2 & 3 – hands down one of the coolest animated TV shows I’ve ever watched. This is a show that doesn’t take the audience for fools who’ll watch just about anything and actually delivers interesting and compelling stories, funny jokes, and relatable characters. So far we’ve watched only the Seasons 1, 2, & 3, but I hope the show won’t lose its pace in the following seasons. Would definitely recommend it!
Catch Me If You Can (2002) – all the sky-high ratings are 100% justified. This movie is very captivating and the fact that it’s based on real events is even more mind-blowing. Awesome performances by Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Would highly recommend to anyone, 10/10.
Have you watched any of these movies? I would love love love to hear your opinions and feedbacks!! As always, looking forward to reading and responding to your comments 💖
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