Latest Faves in Film and TV
Updated: Jun 18, 2019
Here's a list of the latest movies/tv shows that I've watched. I've included some thoughts and reactions below each one.
This movie was absolutely devastating yet very intriguing. It had been on my list for a while because I'd seen screenshots of it on tumblr. What brought it to the forefront of my mind was that this month is Pride Month and Oscar Wilde is historically famous for his queerness. Also I recently visited the Camp Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a large portion of the exhibit was dedicated to Wilde. I really enjoyed the movie. It focuses a great deal on his homoerotic relationships and sort of used his literary accomplishments to frame that narrative. Also, the movie contains a young and hottt Jude Law. The film included many of his quotes and has a very lyrical quality to it.
“Where your life leads you, you must go. I defy society”
I finally got around to watching a M. Night Shyamalan film! The acting was just as amazing as the plot and the writing. The story was so very original and unexpected. Shyamalan really is a talented film maker. I like the attention to detail and the character building. Some very great moments in here! Bruce Willis is a great leading man and a youngg Samuel L Jackson portrays a compelling supporting character. I'm finally ready to watch Glass!
“The scariest thing is not knowing your place in this world...”
Always be My Maybe (2019)
This movie warmed my heart so much. I could not stop talking about it for days after I watched it. It combines the writing and acting genius of Ali Wong and Randall Park. Obviously it was funny but it was also very well written and very cohesive. I enjoyed the arc of the story and all of the supporting cast. I never got bored of anyone. And I loved Keanu Reaves' role in this. It was also very diversely casted and had a great soundtrack featuring some original music! A feel-good movie.
Eighth Grade (2018)
This movie was also very well crafted. I'd heard of it for a while because I follow Bo Burnham. I'm glad I finally got around to watching it. It's a simple story but it's very character-based and detailed. There were several over the top moments that added to the visceral quality of the film. I could so easily recall the awkwardness of being in middle school (and high school) and feeling so drastically out of place. I appreciated the soundtrack and score of the film. I thought it represented social media very well. It really showed how vast the internet is. Beyond being good or bad or neutral, the internet is just vast and invasive and very much a part of the lives of middle schoolers, affecting how they view themselves and others. I thought there was also a good representation of sexual exposure. I felt so protective of our heroine in those moments when her innocence was threatened.
This movie was on President Obama's Movie list for 2018 and featured Steven Yeun so I had to watch. I honestly didn't know what to expect but I was very entertained. More so, I was moved . I liked the pacing of the movie and the writing. I enjoyed the journey that it took me through. The film was really good at building tension and anticipation. There's a huge build up and reveal that left me spinning. And the ending was absolutely stellar! I also really enjoyed the performances.
“There are so many Gatsbys in Korea...mysterious people who are young and rich”
Fifth Element (1997)
This movie is so unique and wacky and honestly teaches you how to navigate its world as you move along through it. Even though the film is set in a different universe, I never felt lost or significantly confused. Again I enjoyed Bruce Willis. Chris Tucker is a favorite of mine and I enjoyed the last half hour of the movie where he mostly alternates between the same three lines. Comedy! There's also some neat existential quotes in the film.
"Time isn't important, only life"
Tuca and Bertie (2019)
I also heard about this show on tumblr. I don't know how I hadn't heard of it before because it has a stacked cast of incredible talent. Ali Wong, Steven Yeun and Tiffany Haddish to name a few. The show is super silly and someone on tumblr described it as "indulgent." Yet, as you move along, the episodes get more and more touching and emotional. The characters are revealed to be layered and complex. The intentionality of the writing comes through. I found it to be unexpectedly brilliant. I really enjoyed it and am excited for another season.
My sister told me about this show! In the same way that Donald Glover's Atlanta is culturally relevant and illuminating of the black community, this show is culturally relevant and illuminating of the Muslim community. I learned so much from this show, all while being incredibly entertained! Each episode is genius and I constantly discover more and more about the production of the show. Ramy Youssef created and stars in this show. One of my favorite things about it is how raw it is. None of the character fit into black/white, good/bad confines. Some of the characters are difficult to reconcile. In fact, the most dislikable, irreconcilable characters are the ones that Ramy ends up interacting with the most. The conversations bred from those interactions reveal humanity and surprising commonality. A super humanizing show.
Black Mirror- S.5 E.1 Striking Vipers (2019)
This show, overall, is inventive. This particular episode is no different. This episode asks a lot of "what if?" questions in relation to technology. The episode examines technology, romantic (heteronormative) relationships, and faithfulness within relationships. It was shot in a very creative and surprising way with a beautiful and diverse cast. Once again, I enjoyed everyone's performance. This episode illustrates a particular dilemma very well.
I'm beginning to write my own screenplays and I learn so much from these projects. I pray that I never lose the wonder I feel whenever I witness something incredible. I highly recommend all of the above!