So, if you’re reading this blog, you’re probably like me. You like to read, you like to watch TV, and you enjoy the occasional cinematic experience. I love movies, and I love them even more in the theater. However,books still reign supreme in my brain, but there’s always something special about heading to the theater to watch a movie with your friends, or heading over to the couch to binge an endless list of horror flicks.
Anyway, I thought that it would be cool to share the last five movies I watched. I’m writing this article on September 2, 2017, ahead of my awesome Buenos Aires travel experience, so expect some blog posts on that soon. I just wanted to give a little extra time to settle in to my new home and try not to freak out too much!
Without further ado, here are the last five movies I watched! (If I can remember them…)
5) REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS (2010)
Okay, so this movie’s an ABC production that seems pretty cookie-cutter. It’s directed towards women and is pretty light-hearted, dumb at times, and quite funny (credit to Raven-Symoné). However, there’s something about it that is perfect to relieve amped-up stress. Revenge of the Bridesmaids is light-hearted, genuine, and has a good message for honesty and openness between friends.
My sister and I discovered it on Netflix, and while at first, I was like, “There is no way we should watch this,” I realized that this movie is cute. It’s a cute one. Maybe forgettable, but still cute, wholesome, and family-friendly. There is no political mumbo-jumbo (like some of the others I will describe) or unnecessary violence, disgusting behavior, or terrible life lesson.
Now, I’m not saying this movie doesn’t have a good catfight…
4) THE LOST CITY OF Z (2016)
The Bolivian/Brazilian jungle. The impossible quest of a hidden city. The selfish desire to explore…
Based on the biography of Percy Fawcett, an explorer and researcher for the Royal Geographical Society in early-1900s England, The Lost City of Z establishes a beautiful dichotomy of the savagery of both the South American jungle and English establishment. I say savagery because, if you choose to watch this movie, you will hear the word savage about a gazillion times.
This movie presents two fascinating landscapes, and the cinematography is gorgeous, stunning, and ethereal. The acting is entertaining, including a great performance by former teen heartthrob Robert Pattinson, and the story is enough to raise good questions about the morality of one man’s incessant quest to find a hidden city.
However, the film is a little on the long side and has its boring parts. Though it is a decent movie, I will probably forget about it in a few days, even though I’m heading to South America very soon.
3) A MOST VIOLENT YEAR (2014)
New York accents and the 1980s. Ability and morality. What lengths must one go to?
A Most Violent Year poses the question of right and wrong through its lead, Abel Morales (a play on able and morals, and performed by the awesome Oscar Isaac). Morales is torn apart by his desire to succeed in the heating oil business as one of New York’s leading owners, but also through the lies and violence behind his success.
The movie is good, but it isn’t one that will leave its audience breathless and on the edge of their seat. I watched the movie because of its leads, Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain, who obviously deliver wonderful performances, but I was surprised that Chastain’s female lead, Anna Morales, was not in the movie as much as I thought she would be.
It’s an interesting one, but it’s more of a thinking movie, I guess. Maybe I read into it wrong, but I wasn’t left contemplating my morality, either.
2) PICTURE PERFECT (1997, the year of my birth)
Here’s another example of a Netflix movie my sister and I love to watch: A forgotten romcom that inevitably produces an awesome couple (in this case, Jennifer Aniston and a guy I recognized from Ghost Whisperer).
Picture Perfect is definitely a weird one to analyze. It’s the story of Kate, who does something in advertising, and a wedding videographer who happen to take a picture together at a wedding. When Kate learns her boss is more likely to give married people promotions (say what?), Kate pretends to be engaged to this random guy in the picture, whom she doesn’t know, and… Well, in the meantime, she falls for bad-boy Kevin Bacon, but also falls for videographer… And then ruins one of his wedding jobs by interrupting the ceremony to confess her love.
If this seems weird, it is. I suppose most romcoms are, but I was mostly distracted by Jennifer’s inability to wear appropriate work clothes!!!
1) MISS SLOANE (2016)
“Lobbying is about foresight.”
True. This is a statement you will hear many times in this movie, but it’s definitely the theme of Jessica Chastain’s impeccable performance as determined Elizabeth Sloane, who crusades for gun control laws against the NRA.
Okay, this movie is definitely political, and I’m not a fan of political movies, but leaving the story behind, the ending is fabulous, and I love that this movie caters to the amazing acting ability of its lead. Though I thought the movie was a bit boring at times (a sure theme of this blog post), Chastain was able to deliver the movie and leave me truly thinking at its end (unlike The Lost City of Z).
That ending… No one except Miss Sloane could have seen that coming…
AND THERE YOU have it: The last five movies I watched. I can’t wait to share a post about Argentine movies, but that will come in time.
Anyway, thank you for reading this, and I hope your movie-watching is fun and good! Maybe you have some new options to see as well. 😉
P.S. I am sorry for these awful and short conclusions!