Movie Wrap Ups

May, June, July, and August 2017 Movie Wrap Up

Yes, I haven’t done a movie wrap up in 4 months. You can blame me all you want, but at least here I am doing a wrap up of a whole four months for you guys!!! As you probably know, I love watching movies in addition to reading. This summer I watched a lot of movies. Here they are!

Statistics

Movies watched: 40
Rewatches: 11
Movies watched at the cinema: 11

Highlights

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I watched a lot of new movies at the cinema that were amazing, and movies that were meh. Get Out was incredibly good, thrilling and mindblowing.  Meh movies include Alien: Covenant and Life, two highly anticipated movies that fell flat for me. However movies I watched at home were also wonderful. Rewatches like The Tigger Movie, which made me tear up a little, Pride and Prejudice (2005) when I was in a bad mood, and Love, Rosie and The Devil Wears Prada were still as heartwarmingly fun to watch as ever. So was Okja, which I watched with some friends on Netflix. Other Netflix highlights include House of Cards, on which I’m only at the 4th episode of the first season, but hooked so far. Blockbusters like Wonder Woman and Spiderman: Homecoming I also watched, they were okay and well made but not mindblowing.

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I also watched several movies I’ve been meaning to watch for ages and now got the chance to. Before Midnight turned out to be overrated, and Joy was so-so. A Monster Calls BROKE MY HEART TO PIECES and Dunkirk was just as good as everyone raves it is, and I thoroughly enjoyed Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo and The Tale of Princess Kaguya for the first time.

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Also related to movies, I went to the Ghibli Exhibition in Jakarta this summer. It was lovely. There were huge settings of familiar movies I loved, my favourite being the castle from Howl’s Moving Castle and a smaller version of Spirited Away’s castle while also meeting the No-Face Monster!

Currently Watching

Several TV shows I’m currently watching: Assassination Classroom, forced by le boyfriend since I finished Fullmetal Alchemist two months ago; House of Cards, like I mentioned, and the new Game of Thrones of course! Since I’m 2 episodes behind hehe.

What movies did you watch recently? Any favourites? For more updates on movies I watch, follow me on Letterboxd!

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March and April 2017 Bimonthly Movie Wrap Up

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! Movies, movies, movies. I read a lot, but I think that movies are just an amazing way to escape the real life. Here are the movies I watched in March and April! I can’t believe the last Bimonthly Movie Wrap Up I posted was the March and April 2016 movies… If you’re wondering what movies I watched this past year, go and add me on Letterboxd!

March Movies

Movies watched: 14
Movies watched at the cinema: 2
Rewatches: 1

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April Movies

Movies watched: 13
Movies watched at the cinema: 2
Rewatches: 5

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TV Shows

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  • Riverdale: keeping up with the episodes with my housemates and we’re soooo into it it’s just crazy!
  • 13 Reasons Why: I’ve only got to around episode 3, it’s a slow progress.
  • Angel Beats: finished it in a week because my boyfriend, an anime freak, forced me to watch it.
  • Brooklyn Nine-Nine: I binge-watched it through January and February and now I’m just waiting for each episode of the new season to come out.
  • New Girl: my boyfriend and I have been binge-watching the series from season 3 through the newest one all day long, it’s such a light and funny series and the characters are so hilarious and lovable.
  • Rick and Morty: again, another series I watched with my boyfriend, it’s hilariously smart and I can’t wait for the new season, whenever that is.

Highlights

Midnight in Paris (2011). I realized that I have a thing for Woody Allen’s movies, I loved this movie and the dialogues and the whole vibe it brings.

Moonlight (2016). This is yet another movie I watched at home because I missed it when it was at the cinema. I really liked it, actually. I don’t really know if it deserves all the awards and hype it has gotten, but I love the story and the cinematography and the acting. Sure, the story is basically straightforward and not complicated. But how the story unfolds, the small conflicts and the character development, was well constructed. I liked the dialogues (or lack of them), and the shots were just really really pretty. I also particularly liked the family themes it expressed.

Beauty and the Beast (2017). As a person who loooves Disney movies and had Belle as my favourite character because she also loves reading, I thought this remake was soooo good! Probably the best movie I watched in April, it’s exactly what I expected and wanted it to be and more. The songs made me choke at times, but it’s also not too copy-paste-ing the original movie, which was nice. The dialogues are great, characters were well introduced and well crafted, I liked the costumes and special effects, basically it was a great time.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017). My boyfriend, being the marvel fan he is, was so psyched to watch the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie and so we rewatched the first one first to refresh our memories. I liked the first one, but I thought the second was even better! I liked the story and all the special effects, the characters are more developed and you can really see they tried to explore the relationships between each other. I felt like it could’ve been better in terms of directing – the music wasn’t as memorable as the first one, and there were too many pretty colors/lights and slow motion sequences. also a lot of cliched moments. however, it was fun and funny (waaay funnier than the first one, which I didn’t mind), and I LOVE BABY GROOT SO MUCH.

21 and 22 Jump Street (2012 & 2014). Rewatched these two movies with my boyfriend and his sister cause we wanted something fun and light. They were hilarious, I think the first one was one of the funniest humour movies I’ve watched? Maybe because I also don’t watch that many of them, and I don’t laugh at most of the humorous parts of a comedy for some reason. I do prefer comedy TV series than movies, but the casting here is just perfect.

So these are the movies I watched in the past 2 months! Which were your favourite movies in March and April? And do you like any of these movies and TV shows? Let me know in the comments! Until then, see you in my next post in Monday!

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March and April Bimonthly Movie Wrap Up

Hello everyone and welcome back to Tea and Paperbacks! As it is now already May, it’s time to wrap the movies that I watched in the past two months! This is a new segment I made starting 2016, in which I plan to list all the movies and TV shows I watched in one post every two months, and show the highlights of my favourites and least favourites.

My goal is to watch 100 movies in a year. To see the updates of my movie watching experience, go and be friends with me on Letterboxd! It’s mostly just my personal platform to see the movies I watched in a digital format, but feel free to add me if you want to! I also made a list of all the movies I own on my external disk but have not watched, and so when I want to watch a movie I will choose a random movie from there and watch it.

This past two months was a game changer because I made an unlimited card on my local cinema Pathe, and so I was able to watch everything on the cinema for only €19 per month, which made me go to the movies a lot. Like, I went to a lot of movies and as a result this last month I watched quite alot of new movies, which is excellent!

Movies I Watched in March

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Movies I Watched in April

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TV Shows I Watched

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  • Shadowhunters: finished Season 1!
  • Community: finished Season 6 slash the whole series
  • Daredevil: finished the last of Season 2!
  • Game of Thrones: starting Season 6
  • Supernatural: still in the middle of Season 11
  • The X-Files: still in the middle of Season 2

Highlights

10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)

I didn’t expect much from this movie, but I did know that it was a thriller and the trailer looked super intriguing and since it was playing at the cinema, I thought why not? I was blown away by how amazing it was. I don’t know whether it was just my kind of movie (I guess I just liked movies with people stuck in a small room and running away from each other), or if it really was a good movie, but it was one of the best movies I watched this month.

Demolition (2015)

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Another movie I watched at the movies! I watched this solely because of Jake Gyllenhaal. I love him and in here he was amazing! His acting was A++ and the story of the movie itself did not disappoint. I love the cinematography and everything, the ending was adorable.

Panic Room (2002)

Another movie similar to 10 Cloverfield Lane. I know, this is a super popular movie but I’ve never watched this before! And one day I just browsed through Netflix and saw this and thought hmm why not? And I thoroughly enjoyed it. It was so suspenseful and Jodie Foster was excellent.

Spotlight (2015)

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This movie was amazing. I didn’t know much about it, I just decided to watch it, alone, at the theater because of my free subscription lol. But I was taken aback by how wonderful it was! Great screenwriting, amazing cast, the whole premise was excellent. I wasn’t surprised it won the Oscar.

Shadowhunters (2016-)

I was pushed to watch this movie because of my friend, and at first I was totally not into it. I was like, this is so crappy and the effects is horrible and I haven’t even read the book so I why should I watch this? But then I was sucked into this whole incredible paranormal world and I just couldn’t stop watching it. Especially added to the fact that Matthew Daddario makes me wanna cry with his gorgeousness :”)

Community (2009-2015)

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I was a huge fan of Community years ago when it was on TV back at home. And I binge watched the first 3-4 seasons online, proceeded to download the whole thing, and then forgot about everything just like that. But then a few weeks ago, I read a random piece of news about how Community’s struggle to survive until the sixth season to reach the saying “Six seasons and a movie” and I immediately got hit by all the feels so I scanned through the episodes, saw which episode did I remember last, and continued watching it. And the last few seasons were horrible. Season 5 had a weird old man who then disappeared in the last season, and Troy wasn’t in there (whom I miss so much!), and in the last season Shirley left or whatever. But overall it was such a throwback and I just love how unique and different this show is from other shows out there. I was so stuck with all the characters and when the finale ended I was just sobbing like a baby. So yeah, I had a blast watching Community. I can’t wait for the movie they promised!

Notable Mentions

  • Daredevil (2015-): Matt Murdock’s ass, and Frank Castle.
  • Room (2015): excellent acting and stayed so true to the book.
  • The Jungle Book (2016): unexpectedly fun to watch, I’d love it if I’d watched it when I was younger.
  • Django Unchained (2012): my first time watching this, it wasn’t as great as Kill Bill but it’s definitely up there.

Worst or Disappointments

Statistics

Total movies watched in March: 17
Total movies watched in April: 20
Total movies watched in 2016: 88
Number of movies watched at the cinema: 10
Number of movies watched with my friends: 12
Number of movies watched alone: 17
Number of movies watched that were released in 2015 and 2016: 11

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