Quick Ramblings 2017

Guys, I've had this in my drafts since October. It's time to get it out there. Here are a few movies I watched that I was too lazy to post full reviews on*

Shutter - I'm not really sure why I had the original Thai movie in my Netflix queue. I never bothered with the American remake that came out after it, but someone must have told me something good about it because it arrived at my door after being in the dead zone of my Netflix queue for well over a year.

It probably should've stayed there because man this film was trash. It had some creepy imagery, but the main character is unlikable to begin with, then it's revealed that he allowed his ex girlfriend to be raped by his friends (in a scene that goes on wayyy too long) So yeah, I'm glad you're being tortured by a spirit for all eternity. Bye, Felicia. F

A Monster Calls - When I saw the trailer in theaters, I cried. So I knew there was no way in hell I was seeing this film with other people around. HBO has it now, so I set myself a goal to try not to cry.

I failed.


I'm talking a constant flow of tears in the last half hour of this film. Honestly, I expected it to be really melodramatic but it wasn't. It told a very good story about how children process grief. The lead actor was fantastic and the visual effects were stunning. B

*Cleo from 5 to 7 -  I should probably have my blogger card revoked for just how little I've seen of French New Wave. This film was also in my Netflix pit for over a year and it finally made it to the top. It's a relatively simple film but it was so lovely to watch. I do want to do a full review of this eventually, but I want to see it again. It's been in my head quite often since I've watched. A-

Beach Rats - I put this in my Netflix queue not knowing much about it. It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. It was directed by Eliza Hittman, who did a film I enjoyed years ago called It Felt Like Love. But this went absolutely nowhere. It sounded so good in the description and I just could not for the life of me get into it. Plus I hated the lead's friends so much that it was almost distracting. D

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power - Al Gore heard our complaints during Four Ways A Best Picture and didn't make a power point documentary! This was good and informative, and I wish these climate change deniers would open their minds and watch this. B-

Baby Driver - HOW is this so bad? Ansel Elgort is an awful lead. I would've rather watched every other character but him. This is a cool idea and it's absolutely thrown out the window because of him. Whatever heart the film had is quickly covered up by some awkward lip syncing and grooving. C-

The Bad Batch - This was so weird. I give it credit for its use of practical effects and Suki Waterhouse was nowhere near as terrible as I expected her to be. (Yes, I stereotyped her as a model turned actress) It was actually Jason Mamoa who wasthe worst here. His Cuban accent was trash and his acting consisted of "look tough." D

I hope you all have a safe and spectacular New Year! May 2018 bring more wonderful films for us to see.


  1. I saw the American remake of Shutter and it was bad. I loved Baby Driver and I thought Elgort was a good lead. I'm sorry he didn't work for you.

    Happy New Year to you too!

    1. I know I'm definitely in the minority with Baby Driver. I think it could've worked better with a different actor for me.

  2. Shutter has such a great twist, though :)

    Baby Driver is pure evil

    Bad Batch....Jason accent aside was good! Well as good as that story allowed him to be :)

    1. I can't with Bad Batch. What was that? lol

      I'd give Shutter's twist more credit if they didn't make me sit through a rape scene first.

  3. I cried too during A Monster Calls. I'm glad you liked Cleo from 5 to 7. You shouldn't get your blogger card revoked. After all, there's so many French New Wave films to cover as I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.

    1. A Monster Calls was so rough. I think that's going to be my new go to when I feel like I need to have a good cry.

  4. My New Year's Resolution for 2018 is to bring smiles for everyone's faces as the Purple Wiggle
    (With the red skivvy worn by Murray).

  5. I really enjoyed A Monster Calls. It has a wonderful premise and executes it well. I'm also like Baby Driver a good deal. It's become a really divisive film, so I wouldn't argue with anyone whom it didn't work for. Glad to hear Mr. Gore stepped his game up. I was worried it was more of the same so I hadn't bothered. This gives me the impetus to check it out.

    1. I think they really listened to the complaints from the first format. I hated that an important film was so power pointy. This one just made me mad all over again though. Climate change deniers.


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