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Review: Petite Maman

Nelly (Josephine Sanz) has just lost her grandmother. Her parents (Nina Meuresse and Stephane Varupenne) are clearing out her house. While exploring the woods, she meets Marion (Gabrielle Sanz) who is building a tree house. I have to admit, when I first saw the trailer for this I thought to myself "I know the twist, but I want to see this anyways because it's Celine Sciamma" Only the thing is, there isn't a twist. This film is very up front with what it is. It has to be, it's barely 70 minutes long, and that made me love it even more. I love Sciamma's work, especially her queer stories. This isn't that, but it is about the love between a mother and daughter which I found so touching. It felt very authentic. Like we weren't watching a production, but rather children playing. It reminded me a bit of The Florida Project in that aspect. But more mystical.  Admittedly, it doesn't have the meat of her previous work but it's short and sweet and now st

Thursday Movie Picks - TV Edition: Cold Cases

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  It's our final mystery theme of the month over at Wandering Through The Shelves and as always we end with TV picks. This theme screams docuseries to me, and thankfully I watch a lot of those. They're interesting and make for good background noise while I work. Here's what I came up with. 1) Unsolved Mysteries - I have to go with the OG here. I watched this a lot when I was younger and now that Netflix has brought it back, I've watched the newer seasons as well. My favorite thing to do after watching an episode of this is go straight to reddit to read theories.  2) The Keepers - This is also a Netflix documentary, and is one of the most frustrating murder cases I've ever watched because I truly don't think it will ever be solved. Sister Cathy deserves justice, and I hope I'm wrong about this, and one day the truth comes to light, but I just don't know. I highly recommend watching this.  3) Disappeared - This is one that I mostly listened to while wor

2022 Blind Spot Series: Rome, Open City

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  What I knew going in: That Anna Magnani gives an excellent performance. During Nazi occupation of Rome, a resistance leader Giorgio (Marcello Pagliero) attempts to hide with his friend Francesco (Francesco Grandjacet) and his soon to be wife, Pina. (Anna Magnani) Meanwhile, we also check on his ex lover Marina ( Maria Michi) and a helpful priest, Don Pietro (Aldo Fabritzi) who believes it's the Godly thing to help the resistance.  Rome, Open City was never on my radar until I watched a video from the lovely Be King Rewind on Anna Magnani. Seeing it was available on HBO Max, it easily became part of my Blind Spot list.  This film is BLEAK. How could it not be? It's about the Nazi occupation, but somehow I was still caught off guard by how relentless this movie is. It's dreadfully sad, but also incredibly brave. Director Roberto Rossellini started shooting this 2 months after the Nazis left Rome in 1944. The time this was made makes it feel more urgent and dangerous. Thes

Thursday Movie Picks: Female Investigators

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This week's theme from Wandering Through The Shelves is Female Investigators! The rules specify they can be police, or private. I kept thinking of TV shows that fit this theme, but movies were a bit tougher. Here's what I came up with.  1) Lost Girls - The mother of a missing girl essentially turns private detective in this when the police don't do enough. This is based on a true story and is absolutely heartbreaking. 2) Destroyer - Nicole Kidman gives an excellent performance as a police detective that reconnects with an undercover mission from her past. I had some issues with the film overall, but she was amazing in it.  3) Every Secret Thing - This is one of my favorite Laura Lippman books, and Elizabeth Banks plays a detective trying to solve a kidnapping.

Review: Barbarian

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Tess (Georgina Campbell) is in Detroit for a job interview. She arrives late to her Air BnB only to find that it's been double booked, and another man, Keith (Bill Skarsgard) is also staying there. The house looks nice, but is in a very run down neighborhood, so Tess chooses to stay. She then discovers a series of tunnels beneath the house. I'll admit, the only reason I went to see this in theaters is because of director Zach Cregger. I used to love his sketch comedy troupe The Whitest Kids U'Know. I had seen the trailer for this and thought it looked fine, but he was the deciding factor in making it a theater watch vs a home watch.  Barbarian is easily one of the best horror films I've seen in a while. It's effectively creepy. It's going to give you some visuals that are very disturbing, but it's also clever and at times pretty damn funny. I wouldn't call it a horror comedy, but there's a few bits that come in about half way through when Justin Lon

Thursday Movie Picks - Mystery Edition: Media or Technology Mysteries

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We have another Mystery edition at Wandering Through The Shelves ! This time we're focusing on media or technology. I kind of wanted to go a bit "out there" with this one. There's a lot of great journalism movies that fall under media, but I got stuck on one idea in my head and it just snowballed from there.  1) Hated in the Nation - Since it's Emmy week, I have been thinking about their dumb rules and how the series Black Mirror was allowed to submit episodes as individual movies - which brings me to one of their best episodes, the 90 Hated in the Nation, where several unexplained deaths seem to be linked to autonomous bees that are meant to combat climate change. This is so thrilling and interesting. It's one I've reached several times.   2) Searching - Told entirely through a screen, this film is about a father trying to solve his daughter's disappearance through her social media.  3) Arrival - There's a lot of technology involved with attemp

2022 Emmy Winners

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I went 14/21 with my picks...just like last year. Don't let anyone ever tell you I'm not consistent. Overall, the show itself was kind of boring. There were a lot of comedy bits that just didn't land for me, but thankfully the speeches and some of the presenters made up for it. A lot of my favorite shows won, and a few others that I need to watch did too! Here is a list of winners + my quick thoughts. OUTSTANDING DRAMA Better Call Saul Euphoria Ozark Severance Squid Game Stranger Things (Season 4, Volume 1) Succession Yellowjackets I'm glad Succession won this. I was starting to lose confidence with how much they'd been losing in other categories.  LEAD ACTRESS IN A DRAMA Jodie Comer, Killing Eve Laura Linney, Ozark Melanie Lynskey, Yellowjackets Sandra Oh, Killing Eve Reese Witherspoon, The Morning Show Zendaya, Euphoria Zendaya wins again! Her speech about hearing fan's stories and knowing a Rue and loving a Rue was so lovely. You can tell she pours her heart