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The Movie Journal: April 2018

The Movie Journal

The Movie Journal is a feature where I keep track of the movies I watch in 2018 and my thoughts about them. Here are the movies I watched in April:


The Shape of Water  (3,7 stars) 

At a top secret research facility in the 1960s, a lonely janitor forms a unique relationship with an amphibious creature that is being held in captivity.

  • Directed by: Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor
  • Cast: Sally HawkinsOctavia SpencerMichael Shannon

This movie was simply underwhelming for me. It was not a bad film, the acting was good, the way the movie looked was very distintive but nostalgic at the same time,  it was very clear that it was a tribute to old monster movies, and the sound work was great. Nonetheless, it tried to be reminesent of a fairytale and because of that the storytelling was really straightforward, which could have worked well, but I felt like the story lacked depth, everything was overly simplified, including  the characterization.

The Circle (3,7 stars) 

A woman lands a dream job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, only to uncover an agenda that will affect the lives of all of humanity. 

  • Directed by: James Ponsoldt
  • Written by: James Ponsoldt, Dave Eggers
  • Cast: Emma WatsonTom HanksJohn Boyega, Karen Gillan

I found this movie really interesting, the concept is not enterily unique but it’s compelling and it takes things a bit farther than a lot of movies with similar premises. The acting was fantastic and it was actually a very entertaining film. The main problem for me was the ending, which was incredibly disappointing. Another problem is that it brough up really complex and interesting discussions but the main characters had some messed up ideas about them and the fact that their positions where messed up was never addreses in the movie.

Avengers: Infinity War   (3,8 stars) 

The Avengers and their allies must be willing to sacrifice all in an attempt to defeat the powerful Thanos before his blitz of devastation and ruin puts an end to the universe.

  • Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Cast: Robert Downey Jr.Chris HemsworthMark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson

After I watched this movie, I spent a while not knowing how I felt about it and I’m still not sure. The movie is funny, enjoyable and entertaining. Also, it’s interesting to see a movie where everything goes wrong, plans fail, character fails and the ending leaves you waiting.

Nonetheless, the movie lacked a bit of cohesiveness in the way it looks, it felt disperse; different parts of this movie looked like different movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and it was like several movie put into one. Also, I felt a completely lack of emotion when it came to deaths and sacrifices, the movie flied through those moments and left me not knowing if the characters died or not, if I should care or not, if I should be sad or not. I think that’s the biggest mistake of the film, because if those moments were more emotional, I would have made the storyline more believable and it would not have felt like everything was gonna be fixed later.


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The Movie Journal: January 2018

The Movie Journal

It’s a bit late, but I wanted to keep track of the movies I watch in 2018 and my thoughts about them and I decided to do it on the blog. Here are the ones I watched in January from worst to best:

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A Princess for Christmas (1 star) 

At the invitation of an estranged relative, a young woman travels with her niece and nephew to a castle in Europe for Christmas, where she unwittingly falls for a dashing Prince. 

Cast:  Katie McGrath, Sam Heughan
Directed by: Michael Damia
Written by: Michael Damian, Janeen Damian

I don’t have much to say about this one except:
The main couple had cero chemistry.
The writing was terrible.
There was no plot.
It wasn’t even entertaining.

Christmas Inheritance (2.5 stars)

A young woman must deliver a Christmas card to a family friend in order to claim her inheritance. Along the way, she learns the true meaning of the holiday when she ends up stuck at an inn during a snowstorm.

Cast: Eliza Taylor, Jack Lacy
Directed by: Ernie Barbarash
Written by: Dinah Eng

Again, not much to say about this movie, except:
The plot was predictable, but not terrible.
The acting was decent.
The script was mediocre.
At least this was a bit entertaining.
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Star Wars: The Last Jedi (4,5 stars)

Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

Cast: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelly Marie Tran
Written and Directed by: Rian Johnson

I loved this movie much more than The Force Awakens (which I really liked anyway!), because to me The Force Awakens was way too similar to the original movies and didn’t bring enought orginal elements in terms of the plot, but The Last Jedi, at least to me,  brings something new to the franchise, it takes risks, and that’s what I loved about it. Obviously, I also loved the characters, I loved the diversity of the cast, and I’m very glad certain ship that was being hinted did not happen. I’M SO GLAD.  Because it was a very unhealthy relationship based on manipulation.

Detroit (5 stars)

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Cast: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie,Will Poulter,Algee Smith,Jacob Latimore, Kaitlyn Dever
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Written by: Mark Boal

There was a special screening of this movie in a museum in the city I live in and I was so excited to finally be able to watch it. This was infuriating and frustrating and it made me want to scream. The acting was incredible, the script was really good, but the best things about it was that it captures the feeling of impotence and it transmits it to the viewer. The way that this portraits racial tension, racial inequality and racisms is very powerful.


Perfect Strangers (5 stars)
Seven long-time friends get together for a dinner. When they decide to share with each other the content of every text message, email and phone call they receive, many secrets start to unveil and the equilibrium trembles.

Cast: Kasia Smutniak,Alba Rohrwacher,Marco Giallini, Valerio Mastandrea,
Anna Foglietta, Edoardo Leo, Giuseppe Battiston
Directed by:  Paolo Genovese
Written by:  Paolo Genovese, Filippo Bologna, Rolando Ravello, Paola Mammini

This was the best movie I watched in January.  I haven’t watch many Italian films in my life, but after watching this one I know I have to do it more often.  The acting in this is fantastic, the plot is captivating and the script is really good as well. This film made me experience so many feelings as I watched, I was so invested in what was going on. This is definitely a film that makes you think about and reconsider the way we interact with other people and the role technology plays into those interactions, as well as the value we give honesty.

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Movies Wrap Up | December 2015 & January 2016

Lately, when I’m not reading I’m watching movies, A LOT of movies! And I wanted to talk about the movies I have watched with you guys and I also about the movies you have watched lately, so I decided to write this post to start a conversation about them. 

1) The Man from U.N.C.L.E (Rating: B-)  
Released in: 2015

I actually didn’t want to watch this movie, but a friend wanted to, so I ended up watching it with her. And it turned out to be better that I expected. It was actually funny, not always, but there were funny bits, and there was a twist that I didn’t see coming at the end. I usually don’t like movies that mix spies and comedy, but this one was good. 

2, 3 and 4) Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of The Jedi (Rating: B) 
Released in: 1977, 1980 and 1983
I had watched Episode IV, but I had never watched the other ones. The thing that impressed me the most  about these movies was the universe they took place in, I just thought it was really imaginative. I loved learning about the different species and the different planets. I really liked the chracters, especially the not human ones. And the relationship between Han and Leia was perfect. all the snark and the fighting.

5) Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (Rating: B+)
Released in: 2015

This movie was a really good movie. There were so many things I loved about it, especially the characters and especially Rey. Nonetheless, I had watched the original trilogy right before watching this, and I have to say, when I watched this movie I felt like I was watching the same movie again. It had a lot of common elements, and I felt like they didn’t take any real risk with this. I think I would have loved this way more, if I hadn’t watch the other ones right beofre watching this.

6) Still Alice (Rating: A)
Released in: 2014

This movie made me cry so much! I think it was one of the best movies I have watched in a while. Julianne Moore was phenomenal in this, actually, the whole cast did a really good job. The writing was amazing, too. I ended up knowing a lot more about Alzheimer and it’s such a terrifying disease. I totally recommend this!

7) Inside Llewyn Davis (Rating: C+)
Released in: 2013

This was a really depressing movie. The acting in it blew me away and the music was unbelievably good. But, it was just such a depressing movie, I didn’t enjoy watching it at all. And I know the movie wasn’t trying to entertain or be enjoyable, but still…  

8) The Wolf of Wall Street (Rating: C+)

Released in: 2013

The best part of this movie was the acting, Leonardo DiCaprio gave a very energetic performance, and the other cast memebers did a really good job as well. The Wolf of Wall Street was a very exuberant and over the top movie, I just felt like it was missing some emotional dept.

9) The Martian (Rating: A)
Released in: 2015
I loved this movie! It was really funny, but it also kept me in the edge of my sit with worry. The acting was outstanding; Matt Damon gave a really charming performance even if the character was in a very dire situation.  Also, the cinematography was spectacular.

10) The Fight Club (Rating: D)
Released in: 1999

I watched this movie because my boyfriend loves it, but I really didn’t enjoy it at all. The only thing I actually liked was the big reveal at the end, because I didn’t see it coming. Honestly, this was an ode to man’s stupidity, and also can I say manic dream pixie girl alert!

11) Joy (Rating: B)
Released in: 2015

I’m gonna start by saying the obvious, Jennifer Lawrence is such a talented actress, and she proved it again in this movie. The acting in general was really good, but it was mainly Jennifer Lawrence that kept this movie afloat. This movie is a bit of a mess, but still a really entertaining one.

12) Spotlight (Rating: A)
Released in: 2015

This movie is amazing! I wanted to watch this movie since the moment the first trailer came out. Great performances, a really interesting topic, it was really thought- provoking… it was just so good!

13) Steve Jobs (Rating: B-) 
Released in: 2015

This movie was a bit frenetic, but the acting was marvelous. The problem I had with this movie was that it tried to tell the life-story of Steve Jobs by telling the story of 3 days of his life, so I felt like there was something missing.
14) The Big Short (Rating: B)
Released in: 2015
I watched this movie because my boyfriend wanted to watch it. Still, I really liked it, there were some amazing performances in it, I thought it was an interesting movie that made me understand better what happened during the economic crisis. If you want to understand this movie, you have to pay a lot of attention, so if don’t like complicated movies that make you think a lot, I wouldn’t recommend this.

If you have watched any of this movies, tell me you thoughts! Tell me about the movies you have watched lately, did you like them or not?