Movie Monday: A Beautiful Day in the Neigborhood

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Hey Bookworms! I am back again, and I am trying to keep this momentum going through the end of the year, so lets hope I can keep it going! This movie review/talk/advice/gush, will be on a happier note than my last one. This is actually a movie, I think everyone should go see for the themes at the very least, if not for a great story. Anywho let’s get started before I start talking about everything in the intro… Hope you all enjoy!

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Movie Title: A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Release Date: 22 November 19

Film Company: Tristar Pictures

Rated: PG

Genre: Biopic, Drama

Director: Marielle Heller

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rys, and Susan Kelechi Watson

Format Watched in: In Theaters

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Quick Recommendation

Before I start talking about the themes and telling you why you should see this movie, I have one thing to suggest. If you are interest in seeing this movie, I highly recommend seeing the documentary Won’t You be My Neighbor.

This will give you a little more background on Rogers and the show as well if you haven’t seen the show in a while. It is also a great prelude to the themes in this movies and takes Roger’s off the pedstal, people tended to put him on. Don’t get me wrong, he was an amazingly good and caring person, but what emphasizes the good he did was that he is human. It makes you feel more the feels and it gets you in the right state of mind before watching the movie which will give you all the more feels.

What Makes it Worth Watching

1.The cast is amazing and makes every feeling very poignant and every emotion strong. This was a movie that gave you empathy as they fell into the skin of the people before them.

2. The 90’s nostalgia from the beginning scenes, seeing the neighborhood, the computer to the clothes and cars, to skits they did in the show. My memory was kicked in and I remember sitting on the couch watching the show.

3. Relatable characters, even though this movie was set in the 90s. I found myself relating to the main couple in the story Lloyd and Andrea Vogel from both sides. I can see how Lloyd had a cynical side, quick to doubt goodness in people, and how with family life he grew up it was quick to hide his emotions.

Andrea being the balance to her husband to get him to see the good. To try and feel the what he’s been holding back. To face the past and to try and bring the family back together. Her frustration with it all as well and just wanting to connect and get through.

4. The themes: Two of them that stuck out to me most is Be Kind, whether you’re taking this from a christian perspective or just a human perspective. No matter what age we are or time we’re in, kindness is something we all need. I think the world would have been a little brighter with this.

The second thing as cliche as it sounds is embrace your emotions. This was one thing my mom real gained and realized from watching it. That she should have and would let us process our emotions more. That it’s okay to feel what we feel, and as adults, we tend to forget this.

Ending Thoughts

I really feel this is a movie for all no matter what your beliefs are in life. If you’re feeling low or lost this will bring back positive reminders and maybe even change in life. I plan on purchasing this movie and the biography whenever I need a reminder. I will leave both trailers below for you.

I hope you all liked this one, I know it was shorter, but I really just wanted to share something good with you all. Have you seen this movie? Did you see the themes I did. Did I miss any that hit you? Let me know comments down below. I hope you have an amazing week As always, Happy Reading and Watching!


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Movie Monday: Joker (Spoilers)

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Hey bookworms!  Long time, no talk, but I will explain more when I can. I saw Joker with my lovely boyfriend on Saturday (11/16). I have a lot of thoughts on this movie, like the couple who decided to take their young children to the movie like one was 4 or 5…?  Anywho this is kinda gonna be a review, my thoughts on it and the character, and a partial analysis. I am rusty at this but I miss sharing my thoughts with you all, so please be kind.

Joker

Movie Title: Joker

Release Date: 4 October 19

Film Company: Warner Bros

Rated: R

Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller

Director: Todd Phillips

Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert DeNiro, Zazie Beetz

Format Watched in: In Theaters

Runtime: 122 minutes

My Rating: 2.5 Out of 5 Stars

DC Disclosure

Before I get this started, I am gonna be honest I am not the biggest DC fan. By not the biggest, I mean the spectrum of what I’ve watched is Cartoon Network’s original Teen Titans Go! and some of the newer versions of the same comics. I’ve always been more of a Marvel girl. I’m not by no means saying one is better than the other, but I am disclosing I don’t know much.

Why I Chose to Watch It

1. I chose to watch it, I really like Joaquin Phoenix. He has played some good roles in films that I’ve watched with him and he has always brought authenticity and genuine feeling to each role and film he has been in. Knowing he was cast as this controversial character I thought, he would make me have genuine feelings, empathy, and understand this character.

2. After all this time, I was still hearing the hype of this movie, and I know normally I am not one to jump on the bandwagon while it’s still in theaters, and if I am still curious about it after it comes out of theaters, I redbox it. That being said with this movie it is all I heard about whenever I was at work or out and about, so it was only a matter of time before I got spoiled on key points.

3. It is an origin story, I am a huge sucker for these, I love knowing why people act the way the do, what shaped them on the path they were on. Was it a circumstance of nature or nurture? Fate or Decision? These are all things that I think about when I read or watch about any character whether they’re a hero, villain, or Anti-hero (which are my favorite), but that is a story for another day. So when I saw the preview for this of such a iconic character. It had my curiosity and brain going.

4.  My boyfriend was visiting, and when he comes here I finally have the movie buddy I need. We usually pick one or two each and this was his choice and I asked him to wait to watch it, so I could treat him to this as a Christmas present. Don’t get me wrong I love a violent movie, but more so when it comes to action, but when it comes to Thrillers/ horror, I am the biggest baby and I am not ashamed to admit it, like majority of it in his chest or shoulder. He enjoys both DC and Marvel so this was something, he enjoyed.

What Caused Problems for Me

1. I couldn’t separate the art from the artist, now what I mean is Joaquin went VERY method in this. Which I can understand with what everything Joker is put through in this movie and the character’s life. The thing that makes method acting hard for me is with the extreme weight loss or gain for an actor based on a character. Seeing an actor at their own healthy weight and seeing the drastic change. I shudder, that being said Joaquin lost a lot of weight for this movie I am talking can see how his shoulder was dislocated, count his ribs, and every notch of his spine. Every time seeing him with a shirt off I was beyond uncomfortable, like cringing and wanting to cry at the sight of his body. It didn’t gain sympathy for Joker as I couldn’t see the character but only the actor.

2. Was his health really the cause for what he went through. Now don’t get me wrong I’ve been picked on and bullied for my own health both mental and physical, but I’ve chosen to take the right steps in life even if I’ve only had myself in my own corner. He chose to put a lot of blame on other people, the ones that mocked him, his parents, his coworkers. I am not negating his right to be angry especially when the children were horrid, or his coworker threw him under the bus. I know he had trauma and his disability that but his track was extreme. I know he is the villain, but I heard you were supposed to feel bad for him. Point blank I just didn’t, if anything it made me more scared of him.

The Good Parts

1. I liked how it emphasized that the mental health care system is struggling, and yes I knew this movie took place in the 70’s, but history is really repeating itself here. It is showing our economy or country. We work jobs that don’t give us the best insurance, or we don’t have the resources to find a job understanding of our disabilities or needs. This was an important theme and yes, I may have been reading too much into the movie, but it is important and hopefully the voice will lead to a change.

2.  The questioning between realities, what was the reality of the real world and what was in Joker’s head and even in his own mother’s mind. It led to so many great plot twists and made you want certain things to be cannon. This was the part that made you feel the real empathy for him, when you thought he had someone who cared about him, to have that really ripped away when the “truth” hit. I love movies that make you question what is real.

Ending Thoughts

I hope I am not stepping on anybody’s toes with these differing opinions or that I am not part of the fandom, but it was really fun to share and get out my thoughts about such a poignant movie.

I know this was a movie that pointed out that we shouldn’t pretend, we’re not feeling what we are, or aren’t hurting on the inside when you are bleeding. That is an important theme and I embrace it, but I’m not gonna let it run my life, I am still gonna stand for what I need and deserve in a way that helps me and not destroy others. You are your own hero and own worst villain.

What were your thoughts on this movie, did you share any of mine, or are you able to now? Am I wrong in my thoughts? Do you have any differing thoughts? Let’s have a healthy, debate/ conversation in the comments. I hope this wasn’t as rough as I think it is. I missed you all and hope you enjoyed hearing from me as much as I did writing this. I will leave the trailer below for you.

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Movie Monday Fangirling Over: The Age of Adaline!

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Hey bookworms! I know this is a little different, but this is going to be the first post in a little theme on my blog. Most of these posts will be on my views of book to movie adaptions I have read and seen, but this first one is a little different because I wish this movie was a book! On Saturday I finally went to see The Age of Adaline!!! So this will be half fangirling/ half review because I’m not really sure of how to review a movie. Let’s get this post started.

The Age of Adaline

Movie Title: The Age of Adaline

Film Company: Lionsgate

Release Date: April 24, 2015

Rated:  PG-13

Genre: Romance, Drama

Director: Lee Toland Krieger

Starring: Blake Lively, Michiel Huisman, Kathy Baker, Harrison Ford, Ellen Burstyn, Amanda Crew, and Kathy Baker

My Review/ Fangirling

So I will try to split this up in three parts: My Excitement, My Experience, and My Feelings afterwards which will hold my rating. Hopefully this way this post will make sense.

My Excitement

I’ve been stalking this movie since I first heard about it last summer. Oh and I also ADORE Blake Lively! I will see anything she is in! Even if it was a silent film! She is just stunning!!

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The male love interest was yummy too. I have a thing for guys with long curly hair and blue/green eyes!… I mean look at him! Just mmm…

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I blame Gerard Butler for starting that obsession but that’s a bit off topic. The first time I stumbled upon it I was mesmerized by the premise. I love the idea of another life, and although this movie isn’t about reincarnation it is pretty close. I fell in love with seeing each outfit she wore in the preview and the way her life changed. It was about an unusual life that was more than a mundane. It had the draw I needed much like the books I love right now. I received tickets to see it at an early screening, but everyone I knew was out of town. The weekend after my sister had to get a cast. Then the weekend of release I was low on Funds and we needed to go to the luxury theater, so she could put her foot up on the reclining seats. The theater was sold out on all shows! So when I had the money I was excited to go May 2nd and I was giddy!

My Experience

Comfy seats, my pizza, popcorn, and my soda and a comfy recliner seat I was so ready. The fact that the bits were narrated was so appealing to me especially because I have been on an audiobook kick. Blake Lively’s voice had a slight accent that just hinted her lives. The costuming and the settings were so amazing it made you truly believe in all of this! The themes in this movie are amazing and the emotions were strong and inspired the emotions for my own writing it made. The love scenes didn’t lack anything. They felt genuine and for me that is very important! I really do over analyze love scenes when they don’t seem real I growl at the TV. And Blake Lively’s laugh is one of my favorites so her emotions overall were very believable. I just loved the pacing too it took time where it needed and sped too.

My Feelings

Honestly this movie was a 5/5 stars for me! It was amazing story telling, and I already want to see it again! If you loved the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button I think you will enjoy this movie. I think this is a story that will appeal to readers because to me it was what it would be like if you could project the story out of the book. This is an original film and what I mean by original is it was not based off a book! It makes me a bit sad because I would love to read it as one. This movie definitely made it to my onto my favorites list and you can bet I will be buying the DVD! I think this will be one of my comfort movies. So if you want to take a step back in time check this movie out or if you simply want to feel some feels!

Well that’s it bookworms please tell me if you liked the style of this review. It’s the first time I reviewed a movie, so any feedback will help! I plan on doing another one of these soon I just have to pick an adaption! If you would want me to do non adapted movies let me know? Have you seen this movie? Do you agree or disagree with my thoughts? Do you plan on seeing this movie? Feel free to comment down below, and for those of you who haven’t seen the trailer. I’ll include it for you. Have a good week bookworms and happy reading!

P.S. I recently bought some items to treat myself pre-finals. Would you guys be interest in a haul? It isn’t bookish stuff, but it is cute and fun stuff. Let me know in the comments please!

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