I have had lots of time to rewatch and watch several movies and shows over break. Here are my reviews.
Of course I started with Elf, the classic. This time I decided to memorize the song he sings to his dad when he comes to meet him. “I’m here…. With my Dad And we’ve never met ….and he wants me to sing a song… And um I was adopted… But you didn’t know I was born … And I’m here, now! I found you Daddy! And guess what? I love you! I love you! I love you!“ 😂
The Santa Clause
This movie is an enormous win for faithful children everywhere. I hadn’t seen it in many years and it was also a victorious moment when I realized that I still had the entire movie memorized. Great movie. Watch it with the faithful and the hopeful.
The Midnight Sky
This movie was stellar. Netflix describes it as dystopian, sci-fi drama, and ominous, but it was also very beautiful.
I think George Clooney is such a great actor, such a happy guy in real life. I love listening to him talk about how brilliant his wife is and how much he loves her.
On the topic of the environment, my question is: If we implement the Paris agreement, could the Earth still win?
BIG SPOILER about the movie: It is a bittersweet moment when Augustine doesn’t tell his daughter who he is or that he loves her. I wanted him to tell her, but I think that would have ruined the feeling of the movie. That’s the most obvious missed opportunity, but the bigger one was in real life. It’s like he just forgot to love her.
I wish I could tell you that I was the inspiration for this movie. I’m the barbershop scene. I’m the whole movie.
It’s very wholesome, and sometimes I don’t know if my readers like wholesome, innocent things, about insecurities. Do you? Or do you just want sex and easy pleasure and not having to grapple with life or sincerity or difficulty or anyone else’s weaknesses. Do you like people? Or do you just like consuming them? Anyway, this movie is real. Philosophical, it gives you the thinking itch; but it’s also light-hearted and simple and innocent. So if that appeals to you, maybe watch it.
It’s also really funny. 😂 And includes great visual design and contrast between real life and the Great Before.
A few quotes:
“I’ve had thousands of mentors who’ve failed and now hate me.” – 22. 😂
“I have compassion for every soul. Except you. I don’t like you.” – Mother Teresa 😂😂😂😂
“Life is full of possibilities. You just have to know where to look.” – Joe
This is risqué. If you’re more shallow pleasure and less people, this one’s for you. The Bridgerton brothers remind me of my own brothers and their relationship with me. They are brilliant and honest and handsome and treat me like a queen, soo how could I ever find someone that good? I am Daphne. The show has a similar premise to Gossip Girl and is a little over-the-top with money, status, empty pleasure.
I didn’t like the portrayal of Lord Berbrooke. He wasn’t that bad in real life. He was handsome before he started self-destructive things. He was the life of the party and always having fun and part of the groups and concerts and parties that Daphne had romanticized. But he didn’t know how sincere she was, and he thought she was naïve and easy to dupe.
Daphne is not naïve. And Lord Berbrooke had never seen that genuine people can be just as shrewd, entertaining, and adventurous as the bullies. He didn’t mean to hit her, but he didn’t know how to give her the freedom and generosity that she needed. He didn’t want to learn anything from her, or swim with her and explain the fishbowl he had put her in. He just wanted to be with his friends and watch her swim in it by herself. Daphne hates living in a fishbowl, where everyone is watching and no one is bold enough to tell her the truth. Daphne also hates that Berbrooke won’t let her date anyone honest, someone swimming with her in the fishbowl. And in real life Lord Berbrooke never met Daphne.
If Berbrooke were to show Daphne’s family the four years of footage he has of her in five different houses she’s fled to, the six to seven digits he paid people to taunt and mimick and harass her, Daphne would maybe consider him. Otherwise, Daphne will never take him and he needs to stop deluding himself. She obviously should never take the Duke either. He’s just like Berbrooke, except instead of taunting her behind a curtain, he taunts her to her face.
When women have power and ultimate freedom in society, they don’t face the challenges and feelings of the women in those shows. To me, it seems that the male directors absolutely relish the chance to create these female characters that they can enjoy looking down on. These scripts, ostensibly written by men, have the same pattern: male characters reach down from their busy, important lives to lecture women and pretend to help them. Meanwhile, the male character takes no responsibility for his actions. This template is not particularly creative or unique, and it’s hard for me to understand why these shows are critically acclaimed when they have such overtly sexist messages. I don’t understand people who can stomach them, much less enjoy them. I appreciate shows with an unemotional and respectful narrative about women, and I hope there will be more female directors in Hollywood.
Anyway, the cast is very good-looking but the writing feels cheap. It left me feeling like I had eaten too many starburst.
Lost Treasures of Egypt
We are learning about Ancient Egypt in school and this is homework for my students. The cinematography is exceptional. Egypt is a beautiful world and I’d love to see a new historical fiction movie that takes place in it. This is a docuseries on Disney Plus.
The modern-day miracle of The Office. In keeping with my current obsession with MBTI’s, I am here to tell you that Michael Scott is an ENFP. Please watch and feel uplifted by this show that is actually a gift from heaven.
Other entertainment I might watch include:
Death to 2020
The 2015 version of Steve Jobs
The John Brown series, The Good Lord Bird
Schitt’s Creek because I love Dan Levy so much. He is such a spark of joy.
The Trial of the Chicago 7
I want to watch this mostly because my ex-boyfriend Sacha Baron Cohen is in it. I hope it leaves some space for the viewer to draw their own conclusions about what happened, what should have happened, who the villain and protaganist are. Sometimes I feel like that ambiguity is missing in the “Based on a True Story” historical drama genre.
Anyway, hope you are lovin on whatever spare time you have, spending time with friends, and staying healthy! I hope you are well.