When I was in my 20s, I used to watch crime dramas all the time. Dexter. Criminal Minds. All the CSIs. All of them. But, I don’t know, at some point, I just got tired of them. I was bored of watching people getting killed literally every episode. We get it. It’s a crime drama. People die. I just wanted something different.
So, lately, I’ve been more into shows where, you know, several people don’t die in every episode. I’ve realized after all those years of drowning my soul in gritty crime dramas filled with murder that I much prefer light-hearted feel good shows filled with love and laughter. Oh no. One day, I might end up with a Live Love Laugh sign hung in my living room. Well, I still watch shows like Breaking Bad and Mr. Robot. I just don’t want to surround myself with fictional dead bodies at all times.
I have gathered a selection of my favorite TV shows, movies and books where no one dies. OK. OK. There are a few deaths in Parks and Rec, but it’s all off screen, and it’s not like an episode of Fringe where there are shapeshifter assassins wreaking havoc. Yes, they’re a thing. :p
I have suggested some of these in previous posts, but they also fit here, so I;m them in this post as well. If I can post a Michelle Branch video in seven posts, I can suggest the same thing more than once. :p
Parks And Recreation A mockumentary about comings and goings of the Parks and Recreation department in the city of Pawnee, Indiana.
Awkward When a girl accidentally injures herself shortly after receiving an insulting letter from an unknown person, everyone thinks she tried to kill herself.
Don’t Get Caught by Kurt Dinan A group of high school students vow to take revenge on a secret society of pranksters when they were framed for an act of vandalism they didn’t do
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan A young man who works at a 24-hour bookstore is curious about a group of regulars who come in to check out various books from a mysterious collection.
Brittany Runs a Marathon A woman decides to start running after realizing she needs to make changes in her life.
Bad Words A man decides to enter a children’s spelling bee.
I don’t remember much of my childhood when it comes to interests and hobbies. There are the usual suspects of watching cartoons and reading books and magazines, but nothing much beyond that. I’m not joking. I literally had no music taste until well into my late teens and even then, I was listening to country at all times, which is no longer the case, surprisingly.
Yes, I’m a late bloomer when it comes to developing my tastes, interests and hobbies. I’m such a late bloomer that I often think I was a child in the early to mid-2000s because that’s when my likes, interests and tastes developed. Yeah…I was 14 in the year 2000 and legally an adult in the mid 2000s. Ugh. I’m sad. 🙁
One of the many, many things I am nostalgic for is the Disney Channel. I did not discover the Disney Channel until I was 13. As a child, I mostly relied on Fox, the WB and Nickelodeon for my cartoon watching. I didn’t move on to the Disney Channel and Cartoon Network until my teens.
Like with most TV channels, the Disney Channel is nowhere near as good as it used to be. I honestly can’t think of anything in pop culture that got better over the years. YA fiction books maybe? They’re not as sad and angsty as they used to be but, then again, that was the trend in the early to mid-2000s.
Now, people do still talk about old movies and TV shows from the Disney Channel but they’re, of course, going to be the more popular favorites like Lizzie McGuire, Even Stevens, Kim Possible, That’s So Raven, Cheetah Girls and High School Musical. I am going to go on the opposite end of the spectrum and stick with shows and movies that are not talked about as often.
Mad Libs Based on the popular fill in the blank book series, teams of two go up against each other in wacky challenges in order to fill in the black of various incomplete passages.
In the late 90s and early 2000s, there were a countless number of children’s game shows. Most of them associated with Nickelodeon, of course. The Disney Channel only had a few, and it was only for a very period of time. Despite this, I still remembered Mad Libs as if it was a long-running game show. It was fun. It was wacky. And, most of all, it was entertaining.
So Weird A girl investigates the paranormal while traveling with her family.
Inspired by the X-Files, So Weird was completely different from any other show on Disney. It was one of the very few shows that had a more serious tone and explored topics that were not commonly found in children’s television. In this case, ghosts, aliens and clones. It’s a nice breath of fresh air to watch a serious children’s shows when most are comedic and light-hearted. It shows a different side to Disney. “Hey, we’re silly, but we can be serious when we want to be. Here’s an episode of a group of kid being kidnapped and trapped inside the Internet against their will. Have fun!”
Phil of the Future A family from the year 2121 is stuck in the 2000s when their time machine crashes.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, Phil of the Future is an exaggerated version of a family sitcom. It has all the elements of a family sitcom: A loving family, awkward situations, heartfelt moments and some drama. There just also happens to be a broken-down time machine, futuristic gadgets and a caveman. It adds another level of humor that you don’t get with most family dramas with a more traditional premise.
Alley Cats Strike A group of misfits have to work together in order to beat a rival high school in a game of bowling
Back in the early late 90s and early 2000s, the Disney Channel would churn out Original Disney Channel movies pretty much every month. This is one of the most underrated and lesser known ones from that time period. It’s a simple movie. There is no flash. There are no gimmicks. No one is singing and dancing in a high school gymnasium. It’s just a simple good feel movie about a group of misfits trying to win a trophy for their town. How wholesome is that? And isn’t this a great prequel for a future Hallmark channel movie? The hero moves to the city to go to college, finds a job, is happy for a decade or so, but moves back home to take care of his dad’s bowling alley and reunites with his friend and his childhood love interest to battle once again for the trophy? Ugh. I’m a genius.
Stuck in the Suburbs Two new friends go on an adventure when they realize that one of them accidentally switched phones with a well-known pop star.
This is clearly a movie that would mostly attract teenage girls. Or girls in general, rather. So why is a 33-year-old man nostalgic for a movie geared toward 13-year-old girls who love rainbows, cute puppies and One Direction? First , I like movies that are centered around friendships rather than love interests. While the protagonist has a crush on the pop star, it’s obviously nothing serious. The spotlight here is on the friendship between the two girls and how it evolves through a short period of time
I also enjoy the concept of a movie with a premise of two people, the protagonist and the pop star, and how much they have any impact on each other with not having met each other until the end of the movie. It’s not used frequently, but it’s an interesting concept.
I don’t watch a lot of movies. The primary reason is there’s just not a lot of movies that I’m interested in to the point where I have to watch them or I will die. Two of the few exceptions have been The Accountant and Love, Rosie, and I loved both of them. Now, there have been other times where I’ve been dying to watch a movie and I’m hyped up with it, and then I end up disappointed. Not angry enough to throw a heavy object at someone but angry enough to lightly slap someone. Conversely, there have also been movies where I wasn’t expecting much, and I ended up loving them. Funny how that works. You’re hyped up for something, it’s garbage. You’re expecting to hate something, you love it. It’s like I’m in an episode of Black Mirror. Below are a few examples.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story Based on the book by the same name by Ned Vizzini, a depressed and suicidal teenager admits himself into a mental hospital after coming close to harming himself.
I knew about the book before the movie came out, but I watched the movie before I read the book. I had the opportunity to watch the movie for free while I was in college, and I was excited to see it. At the time, I wanted to read the book but was extremely bad with accomplishing goals and reading, more so than I am now. I know It’s hard to imagine. And I went by myself too. That’s how badly I wanted to see it. Boy, was I disappointed. I felt, in the movie, nothing really happened and, honestly, I barely remember what happens in the movie. It didn’t help that pretty much the entire movie took place in one primary location: the mental health ward of a hospital. This wasn’t the case with the book. They took out the entire first half of the books and the events that led the main character to checking himself into the hospital. Now, I’m not a book adaptation snob, especially because I watched the movie before I read the book, but it just was not a good representation of the book.
Logan Lucky A man recently fired from his construction jobs plans a heist during a NASCAR race.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. I tend to like comedy dramas because of the balance of funny moments and serious moments. With comedies, they tend to overcompensate and they have the vibe, “Look at us. This is a comedy. Watch us do comedy.” Not with this. It’s a comedy with a ridiculous premise that would not happen in real life, but it still has a down-to-earth feel about it. You can’t help but to root for the likable characters.
Going the Distance A newly formed couple decides to try a long-distance relationship when one of them suddenly gets a job offer across the country.
When I watched the trailer for this, I was immediately drawn to it. It was a simple realistic premise. The characters seem funny and likable. It was a winner to me. Yeah, not so much. I couldn’t even get through the entire thing. Because it was so long ago since I watched, I don’t even remember why I don’t like it. I just remember it wasn’t what I thought it was going to be.
Twilight A teenage girl falls in love with a teenage boy, who happens to be a vampire
I can already feel a group of White girls judging me and rolling their eyes and saying, “God, even we don’t like Twilight.” Now, in my defense, I only watched it once and it was roughly ten years ago, when it came out. I barely even remember the film itself. I just remember watching it and liking it. I didn’t really know what to expect before I watched but Twilight is a movie that you don’t want to tell people you like. Oh well. I’ll live. :p
I am a person who needs structure when it comes to accomplishing tasks. Without a plan of some kind, I tend to, um, have a nervous breakdown and cry on the floor in the fetal position. An exaggeration, of course, but it’s not a great feeling when you try to do something, not knowing what the heck you’re doing and realizing pretty quickly that you’re going to fail miserably.
Now, having a plan doesn’t always work for me, as we all know from my failure to do reading challenges, but I figured I would to make goals for myself again. This is especially because, I’ve been having success reading books lately based on the simple concept of reading what I want to read and having some type of informal deadline attached to it. This small success has inspired me to create specific goals for myself for the New Year.
Now, I don’t like the idea of New Year’s resolutions because I feel like, more often than not, they’re not specific enough and I’m most likely going to ditch them early on. I am going to make them specific goals that I can work toward throughout the year. And, of course, because I know myself, I am going to limit myself to a relatively low amount of goals so, you know, I don’t overwhelm myself and cry like a little girl. I don’t want to write my next post from a psychiatric hospital, thank you.
Read at least 30 books
After trying to do so many reading challenges and failing year after year, I thought it was finally time to try a new approach. Last year, I’ve read a grand total of four books, which is actually an improvement for me given that I hadn’t read any books the two years prior. This year, I, of course, want to read more than four books. I was originally going to set a goal of reading two books a month because I thought this was a feasible goal for me. But the highest amount of books I read in a year was around that range, so I just increased it to 30. I wanted to go with a reasonable number that surpasses the highest amount that I’ve read. Now, you might ask yourself, “Kenny, why are you setting an unrealistic goal for yourself after spending nearly two years not reading anything? You know you’re setting yourself up for failure again.” Well, that is not the plan, but knowing me, it might head toward that direction later on. I just thought reading two to three books a month was a steady enough pace for me to not be bored nor overwhelmed. So far, as of the end of January, I have read two books. So, for now, I’m not crying.
Be consistently watching at least one TV show or movie at a time.
Now, I know most people do not have the goal of watching more television, especially people who are a lot more productive than I am. But I am a huge TV fan and, sadly, I just have not been watching as much television as I’d want to. It’s very difficult for me to sit and watch an entire movie or TV episode, so I usually have to watch a little at a time. Because of this, it was difficult for me to keep up with the shows I was watching because they were so many of them and with a lot of them, I wasn’t really watching them consistently so I forgot what I watching. to begin with,. I am hoping to watch at least one TV show or movie consistently.I’m tired of watching seven minutes of a TV episode, take a break for seven years and watch another 9 minutes. It’s not very productive.
Write at least one short story
Even though I love writing and I consider myself a writer, I haven’t really been writing as consistently as I should, especially when it comes to fiction. It’s been a few years since I’ve written short stories. The problem is I always get frustrated because I feel like I have no idea what I’m doing. The plan is to start writing little by little and hopefully finish at least one short story by the end of the year. Hopefully, without me wanting to throw my laptop out of my window. I kind of need my laptop.
Complete the outline of my novel
Speaking of writing, I have the plans to write a novel, eventually, but of course I have no idea when or if that will ever happen. But I’ve been working on the outline for the novel for so long that I just want it to be finished, hopefully before I reach the age of 90.
Spend more time on other hobbies
Over the years, I have dabbled in interests and hobbies that I’m interested in but haven’t spent a lot of time doing. The main things being crafts and building things like model kits and legos. Obviously I’m not very good at any of them but that’s mostly because I haven’t had a lot of practice and experience. Part of this is because I get easily frustrated when I’m doing these things. I need to spend ore time doing these things, so I don’t have a nervous breakdown while trying to draw a pigeon. No one wants to see that.
Once upon a time, the only way someone could watch a TV show or movie would be to have cable. Now, we have the options of various streaming services that we don’t even need to have a TV anymore. Of course the problem now is in order to watch all of the shows and movies we want to watch, we have to rely on multiple sources. For me, I use Netflix and Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, I don’t use either as much as I should, and I’ve been thinking about getting rid of one of them, but I’ve been having difficulty deciding which one. I feel like in order to watch everything I want, I need to keep both, even though I use Netflix, at best, here and there and I rarely even watch Amazon Prime right now. I am hoping that will change over time but in the meantime, I am keeping both for now but I can’t help but to think if I had to get rid of one of them, which one would it be? I guess this is my attempt in being a minimalist.
Of course, to be fair, I am only comparing Netflix with Amazon Prime Video and will not factor in the free shipping and other features, you get with a Prime membership; otherwise, it would be a slaughter, and I can’t afford to get any blood in Nostalgicism Studios right now. Clean-up crews are expensive.
In terms of functionality, Netflix is easier to use. It’s easier to find things. And whenever I’m watching a TV show on Amazon Prime, I find a pain to switch to a different episode. I do like how with Amazon Prime, they have a sidebar with the names and pictures of the actors who appear in any given scene, along with any songs that are in the scene and other tidbits of information. It saves me from looking up the information myself. Functionality is not the only thing that’s a factor here. I actually have to like the content. And this is where I’m torn.
Now, this is a nostalgia blog, so it makes logical sense to start with things that remind me of my past. Now, for me, I pretty much watch everything, so there’s a wide variety of shows I am nostalgic about. Cartoons. Crime Procedurals. Sitcoms. Supernatural Shows. Comedy Dramas. Yeah, pretty much everything. Both Netflix and Amazon Prime have a number of shows that I used to watch all the time that make me nostalgic for the past. Netflix has Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds and, of course, one of my favorite all-time shows, Dexter. Amazon has Grimm, Dead Like Me and True Blood. Yeah, apparently I had an affection for shows where a million people die per episode. And brooding vampires, I guess.
For me, it’s more difficult to be nostalgic for movies because I don’t really watch the,m and the movies that I do find nostalgic are not found on Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. One of the very few movies I find nostalgic found on Neflix is Hot Fuzz. It’s not something I would normally watch but I was dragged by a friend to watch it in a theater when it originally came out in 2007. It has since become a fond memory.
Oddly enough, I find movies that are more recent nostalgic as well. I guess it’s the overall feeling of the movie, which what I got from Logan Luncky, which is is available on Amazon. Despite it being quite recent (2017), it reminded me of the past. It’s most likely because of the close-knit characters and the friendly back and forth between them, and how relatable the characters are.
There is a lot of original content on both Netflix and Amazon but they each have a different focus. Netflix has significantly more original content than Amazon does, but Netflix has more of a tendency to focus more on quantity than quality, specifically when it comes to movies.
In general, Netflix has a much wider variety than Amazon. When it comes to original TV shows on Amazon, there’s a lot of crime procedurals and action dramas nut not much else. With Netflix, there’s literally something for everyone.
Although I love to use Amazon for other purposes, I just don’t use it nearly as much as Netflix. I went through the Tv shows and movies available on Amazon Prime Video, and I was impressed than I was the last time I browsed it. Even so, it’s unanimous. Netflix wins.
I have shared my fondness for realistic comedy dramas before but, unfortunately, there aren’t a lot of options on the big screen. The comedy dramas that do appear on the big screen are largely book adaptations or true stories, and they’re slightly unrealistic. I guess no one wants to see a movie about a girl eating cereal, going to work, texting their friends for five hours about some guy she kind of likes but is a jerk while watching Jane the Virgin and crying herself to sleep because she has such a boring, mundane life. And, of course, I am not projecting. :p
I tried to find the most recent comedy drama that aired in major theaters that was not a book adaptation or true story that could kind of, sort of happen in real life, and this was what I came up with.
Yeah, the most realistic recent comedy drama that I could come up is from 2011 and stars Steve Carell.
Now, if we move from films released in major theaters to films with limited releases, we get more of a selection of comedy dramas. This, of course, has to deal with the difficulty of executing most genres with budget, scheduling and other restraints. Now, the problem with smaller films is being able to watch them because they’re not readily available. Well, fret no more because Netflix and other streaming services have a good selection of smaller films. I know. I know. Many people would want brand new movies that came out two days ago over indie films from 2012, but it’s not realistic, which I guess fits in with this post, heh. I have found a number of film that are, as of right now, available on Netflix that could happen in real life but have unrealistic elements. I am OK with it though. I literally get bored watching fighting scenes.
OK. That was kind of cool.
Adventures in Public School A teenage boy, who has been homeschooled his entire life by his single, overprotective mother, decides to go to public school and offers to takes over the schedule of a girl who is on a leave of absence due to a medical condition.
OK, the premise doesn’t make 100% sense. Why is a teenage boy taking over the schedule of a female student who’s on medical leave? If I had to guess, it was just something cute a writer came up with. I could imagine the production meeting right now.
“I like the idea, but we need the film to be about something more than a movie about a homeschooled kid going to a public high school. That’s been done before by hundreds of hipster student filmmakers.”
“He could take over the schedule of a dying male student?”
“Great idea, but make it a girl.”
“Because I said so, damnit!”
While the premise doesn’t make sense, I quite enjoyed the laid-back, quirky tone and, of course, you can’t help but to root for the main character and relate to him at the same time.
People You May Know (The one With Nick Thune) A woman desperate to further her public relations career offers her help to a recluse unfamiliar with social media with fabricating his life online in hopes to make him a viral sensation.
I find it quite surprising that there’s actually more than one movie with the title “People You May Know.” Although we are all familiar with the phase because of you know what, it’s long-ish for a movie title and not really that catchy. Despite this, it is an appropriate title for this particular story.
When it comes to social media, it is easy to portray your life the way you want it. You’re showing the parts of your lie you want to show and hiding the parts you don’t. This film, of course, takes this to the extreme, but it is relatively true for most of today’s society. Thankfully, for a person who thinks he’s still living in 2004, I find social media kind of useless for me and my lifestyle. Yay for living in the past.
The Little Death Five couples deal with their, or their significant other’s, strange sexual desires and the consequences that come with them.
I don’t often talk about things from different countries, but I do want to explore pop culture from outside of the United States. Now, of course, I am not going to say this film is a good representation of Australia, but it’s a cute, quirky film that’s a bit on the dark side, but at the same time it is lighthearted, amusing and has some heartfelt moments. It is a strange topic, but shows the challenges of relationships, the decisions we make and the rewards and consequences that comes from them. Mostly the consequences, heh.
I have a fondness for damaged and emotionally tortured characters who are dealing with internal conflicts. You get a lot of these characters more in books and TV shows than you do in movies because it’s kind of difficult to show internal conflicts on screen when there’s only an hour and a half.
Most of these movies are going to be dramas where there’s really not that much going on. There’s going to be a lot of pauses, a lot of blank stares and a lot of sadness. I do like movies that represent real life but at the same time, I’m not always in the mood for an hour-and-a-half drama of people dealing with everyday life. A comedy-drama, however, I always have time for. I like to have my sadness with a scoop of dry humor.
Demolition After his wife suddenly dies, a man sends complaint letters to a vending machine company in order to cope with her death.
We all know everyone grieves differently. Some aren’t as sad as others. Some grieve more quickly than others. It goes without saying, but this movie is not about a man who grieves normally and moves on with his life. But how entertaining would that be?
It can be quite disturbing watching a character go in a downward spiral, especially if it involves destroying a nicely renovated kitchen, but I like watching character go through a transformation. As the saying goes, it gets worse before it gets better. Enjoy your popcorn though.
Other People After a breakup, a man moves back home to take care of his dying mother
This is the quintessential family comedy drama. It focuses on the family both as a single entity and individuals. They have to live their individuals lives knowing that someone they love can pass away at any time. This isn’t the type of storyline you would inject comedy to but like they say, laughter is the best medicine. Or do people just say that as an excuse to make an inappropriate comment during a time of sadness? Either way works for me.
Numb After an incident with a bong, a man finds out he has depersonalization disorder.
Of the three, this is the only movie I’ve seen, but only because Matthew Perry is in it. I like Matthew Perry. Sue me. OK, it’s not only because of Matthew Perry. I also liked that it was about mental illness. I quite enjoy movies about characters with mental illness. It makes them more relatable, more real. Now all we need is a movie about a blogger going through an existential crisis of some kind. Maybe involving Chinese takeout.
If you have followed my blog for a while, you would notice that I’m quite an eclectic person. I collect, well, pretty much everything. I’ve watched sitcoms. I’ve watched crime procedurals. I’ve watched family dramas. I’ve listened to country music. I’ve listen to rock. And, yes, I’ve listened to sad French songs.
I am a human being though, so there are obviously things I am not fond of. Heavy metal scares me. Doctor Who seems like a foreign language to me. And for the life of me, I can’t get into watching a sports game. Literally, I’m like, “Ugh. I’d rather watch some two women yelling at each other because she looked at her the wrong way than watch guys tackle each other in a football game.”
I do try to go a little outside of my comfort zone from time to time, and there are a few things that I’m fond of that I wouldn’t normally be interested in.
Lose Yourself – Eminem
I am open to pretty much every genre of music except for rap and heavy metal. It is largely because I just can’t enjoy myself listening to either genre. This is a rap song that’s easier for me to listen to and, of course, there’s the nostalgic factor because I consider this the most iconic rap song from when I was a teenager. I had always thought it was from The Green Mile. It turns out that it was from 8 mile. Yeah, a rap song would have been inappropriate for a supernatural drama about a man on death row. Also, The Green Mile came out two years before Lose Yourself did. Oops.
There are basically two forms of horror movies: there’s a killer on the loose and is killing off characters one by one or there’s a spirit in a mysterious, old house and it’s killing off characters one by one. There are a few exceptions, of course, but everyone dies. I don’t mind horror so much but they do tend to get boring if you already know everyone is going to die at some point of the movie. It would be a nice change if there were a horror movie where everyone survives. Perhaps one person loses a leg. Another person might gain an intense phobia of frogs. There are a lot of ways to torture characters other than just killing them. Killing people is boring.
I haven’t watched that many horror movies. The only one that I’ve watched and liked was Scream. I couldn’t really get into the sequels for some reason. Like with Lose Yourself, I like it, but I remember more because of the nostalgia factor. I honestly can’t remember a lot from the movie other than a lot of people getting killed and David Arquette. Yes, I remember David Arquette. He’s one of a handful of celebrities from Dancing with the Stars that I actually knew before they appeared on the show.
Likewise with horror, I don’t watch much sci-fi. In fact, I had trouble coming up with anything sci-fi from my youth. The closest I came up with was Stargate Atlantis, which is a spin-off of Stargate SG-1. Stargate Atlantis was a lot easier for me to get into and understand. I do remember watching Stargate SG-1 when I was a child but alas, I was a child and I don’t remember most of it nor being a big fan of it. I watched ER as a child. Does that count?
It is no secret that I prefer realistic movies that depict everyday situations over international spies trying to stop acts of terrorism, groups of attractive young adults getting killed one horrible death after another or, I don’t know, two middle-aged British comic book nerds trying to protect an alien from being captured by the US government. Apparently, I’m a simple man who is attracted to simple things.
Now, when it comes to movies inspired by true events, that’s a little bit more complicated. The type of movies I like to watch tend to be more light-hearted comedy-dramas that make you smile and be happy that you’re alive, and most movies inspired by true events are, well, not light hearted and generally do not make you smile. Some quick examples: Shattered Glass, The Perfect Storm, A Beautiful Mind. Yeah, all great movies, but not the most uplifting.
I don’t often keep up with upcoming movies but lately, I ‘ve been looking at trailers and looking up upcoming movies. I’ve noticed quite a few biographical movies. All of them appealed to me, not because they’re feel-good, lighthearted comedy dramas, but because they all depict real life situations that people can relate to. All we need now is a movie inspired by the true story of a struggling blogger who’s trying to balance their blog, their job, a relationship and their large collection of Batman figures. Oh, and freaking out every time their internet connection takes more than two seconds to load something. Who wouldn’t want to see that?
The Big Sick Based on the lives of comedian Kumail Nanjiani and his writer wife Emily Gordon, a Pakistani man struggles with his relationship with a White woman due to the objections of his traditional family, and things get complicated when she suddenly falls ill and is hospitalized.
I was pleasantly surprised to see a romantic comedy inspired by true events. It’s a breath of fresh air, since most movies inspired by true events are heavy dramas that focus on situations that, yes, could happen in real life but isn’t necessarily as relatable. This movie is filled with them: falling in love with someone and struggling to make the relationship work, trying to please your parents but yourself as well, race issues, coping with health issues, etc. Even though it is a movie that depicts everyday life, it stands out and warms your heart. But not warm enough for it to burst out of your chest.
Stronger Inspired by true events, a man has to cope with losing both of his legs after a bomb goes off at the Boston Marathon.
OK, I have to admit something. Although I am, of course, well aware of the Boston Marathon bombing, I was not aware of this particular story. I’m drawn to this particularly because I enjoy stories of people dealing with difficult situations. This will definitely be difficult to watch though.
I do have to admit that I was distracted throughout the entire trailer because I thought Jake Gyllenhaal had a strong resemblance to Steve Carell in this movie. Well, right now he doesn’t because Steve Carell now has gray hair and apparently Jimmy Fallon is going for the Mr. Potato Head look.
Thank You for Your Service Based on the biographical book of the same name by David Finkel, a group of soldiers struggle with returning back from a tour in Iraq.
Based on the trailer, this looks to be like yet another generic military movie about soldiers unable to move on from their tragic past. Again, though, I’m a sucker for a story with a protagonist struggling with a problem, especially one that’s more internal than external. Ugh. I know I’m horrible. I would rather watch a movie about, let’s say a woman struggling with an alcohol addiction over a sexy spy doing a sexy mission with a team of sexy spies. I’m tired of sexy. I want raw emotional excruciating pain that makes you scream in the pouring rain and wish for a quick death that will never happen. Is that so hard to ask for?
Admittedly, I’m not a big movie fan. It’s difficult for me to find a movie that I’m interested in. It can go either end of the spectrum. Either it is so uninteresting that I’m literally bored to tears or there’s so many things happening that I’m not paying attention to what’s going on. This is especially true with action movies. Yes, I’m someone who actually gets bored with the hero beats up 25 guys in five minutes. And then, for whatever reason, an explosion happens and more people die. Yeah… I prefer two people having a witty conversation and sharing friendly banter while eating grilled cheese sandwiches.
OK. That’s not what I quite had in mind.
If I had to make a list of all of the movies I’ve enjoyed watching, the list would be quite small and many of you would scream in horror and run away from my blog. At least one of you will force me to watch Jurassic Park.
Getting excited for a movie before it comes out doesn’t happen to me frequently. Particular with action movies. Everyone is excited and counting the days. Me, I’m just eating pasta watching reruns of House Hunters saying, “Meh, I might check it out from the library two years from now.” Once in a while, I do find a movie I actually want to see. I usually still wait for the DVD though. Hey, I’m Asian. That will always be my defense.
The Accountant When an accountant who has autism helps another accountant from a robotics company when she finds an accounting error in her company’s finances, they’re both targeted for death.
What’s more exciting than an action hero with badass fighting and shooting skills? An accountant with badass fighting and shooting skills. I like action movies, but I tend to get lost with the lack of a backstory and plotline. There is no shortage of backstory or plotline here. You immediately connect with Christian and you’re literally on an emotional rollercoaster, which makes it ironic since Christian cannot relate to people emotionally. I’m still going with it though.
Love, Rosie Based on the book Where Rainbows Grow by Cecelia Ahern, two long-time childhood friends have to balance their feelings for each other with the other aspects of their lives.
Spanning over the course of ten plus years, the movie explores the complicated friendship between Rosie and Alex. We get both points of views, and we see the ups and downs of their friendship. I was attracted to this movie due to the raw representation of real life. We all want t pursue things but something always gets in the way. At what point do we just say “screw it”? Not enough, apparently.
Woman in Gold Inspired by true events, a woman, with the help of her lawyer, the son of a friend, sues the Austrian government for possession of a portrait of her aunt.
As a man who values nostalgia and sentimentality, a movie about a woman trying to obtain an old family portrait from a government entity appeals to me. The fact that this is a true story adds to it. Helen Mirren’s sassiness helps too.