Movies: Month in Review {July 2018}


(Me blogging, for one.  Heh.)

YES, I have been pretty absent for awhile, and yes, there are reasons on which I may or may not elaborate in another post, we'll see.  (Short version:  two jobs + lack of inspiration + overwhelming desire to do nothing but surf Pinterest & YouTube and discover new movies and go thrift shopping = no blogging.)

But anywho.  I only actually watched three new-to-me movies last month (heh), but luckily they were all good, and I'm rather obsessed with two of them.  So by all means let us rave about them. ;)

(Oh wait actually that's a lie:  I watched four.  The other one was Breathe, but honestly that one was disappointing due to how it ended.  But, on the other hand, that may not have been the movie's fault . . . I'll discuss that one super briefly after I talk about the other ones.)

* Quigley Down Under  {1990} *

Guys?!?!  Guys?!?!  

This?!?  Was amazing?!?!

Like, I am Shook?!  And very Happy?!

[To be honest, my obsession with this one has marginally subsided due to the adoption of a new craze (more on that in a minute *ahem*), BUT STILL IT'S SO GOOD AND I'M SO GLAD I GOT TO WATCH IT.]

Like, y'all.  It's flawless.  IT IS A FLAWLESS WESTERN.  (Well, they could have left out the few uses of God's name in vain.  Other than that, I'm pretty much good with it all, though I'll mention other content concerns at the end.)

FIRST OF ALL THE HUMOR IS EVERYTHING.  But so is the drama, and guys, I don't know how they pulled off both at the same time?!  It's by turns hilarious and horrifying, and neither seem insincere or invalid.  

The romance is shippable, but more than that, it's interesting.  The character of Crazy Cora is so layered and I love it.  [The parts when it's Quigley and Cora and the baby were so cute.  They were like a little family. *sniffle*  (Also, speaking of, the baby though?!?!  FEELINGS WERE FELT.)]

The music is wonderful -- very Mag7/general old Western-esque.  I am a fan.  *nods*

The three main actors -- Tom Selleck, Laura San Giacomo, and Alan Rickman -- are all Amazing with a capital A.  


Content warnings:  Some implications of prostitution.  "Flirting" and "will they or won't they" between Quigley and Cora (we never actually see anything happen between the two of them and it's not really implied that anything does).  A good portion of the movie involves indigenous Australian aborigines, who are shown almost naked, so there's a good bit of nudity, including female nudity.  It's definitely non-sexual, but is probably a little shocking to most of us over here in 21st-century America. ;)  A good bit of language, too, including the GD word.  Lots of shooting, as per Western usual, but it's not really gory, though blood is shown at times.  Some other violence including people being herded off the side of a cliff and a scene with wild dingoes that's a little gross for about two seconds.  (Also, you can kind of see the gore in that scene coming.)

* The Breakfast Club  {1985} *

I finally watched it!  And all's I can say is it's a classic for a reason.

Is it a classic brimming with profanity and sex talk and teen drug use?  Yes.  But it's still good.  I'm still glad I watched it.  Because, you know, I can't really relate to a lot of what these characters were going through -- I never felt those things from my parents -- but something about the general understanding that life can be tough and that sometimes, as a teenager, you don't know how to handle it and it just really kind of sucks . . . something about that did strike a chord.  Something about that was cathartic.  

And I think it's an important movie even for that very reason:  I can't necessarily relate to the specifics of the characters' struggles, but a lot of teens can.  I think the film really sheds a light on how countless teens feel, and it's eye-opening, and it's important for all of us to have our eyes opened, whether we can specifically "relate" or not.  I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's a movie that could do both:  either provide empathy or cultivate sympathy.  Know what I'm saying?

Moving on to "the fun stuff" . . . I go back and forth on the couples.  *QUASI-SPOILERS!*  I mean, I understand why Hughes did it the way he did it, and on the one hand, I love it.  It's awesome.  But on the other hand . . . I kind of would have been down for Bender and Allison??  Like, I kind of just wanted to see that big, tough, caustic gangster wannabe fall head-over-heels for the basket-case and become 3000% invested in protecting her with every ounce of his angst-ridden rage.  You know?

Do you not see potential?  I see potential.


But anyway.

Bender himself was a really interesting character.  Far too vulgar-mouthed, my precious child, but still.  And when he finally actually smiles -- like, really, defenselessly, guilelessly smiles -- well, I mean to say, it's rather Affecting, Jeeves.


One thing I also noticed was how they portrayed "the athlete" and his problem.  Like, he had bullied someone, but instead of focusing on the pain of victims of bullying (which is a very important issue to address, to be clear!), the movie explored what it might be like for a remorseful perpetrator.  And I really liked that -- I like it when stories show that even if a person has committed a crime that many of us might be tempted to consider unforgivable, that doesn't mean that they're beyond the reach of redemption.  I'm big on redemption angles in stories. ;)

(Also, it actually didn't have as much language as I thought it would??  I mean, don't get me wrong, there's a TON; but I guess I thought like every other word out of their mouths would be an F-bomb.  Which wasn't necessarily the case, so that was nice.)

Content:  Pssh, everything?!  ^^ ^^ I can't do a content review for this one, guys -- way too much to get into.  You'll have to research it for yourself (Common Sense Media and IMDB are my go-to content review sites) and decide if it's something you want to see.

* This Is Not What I Expected  {2017} *


I came upon it completely by chance, and I'm very glad I did.  I'm not usually into foreign language films because reasons, but man, I liked this. ;D  

The acting was really endearing (particularly Zhou Dongyu's), and I DON'T KNOW I JUST FELL IN LOVE WITH IT, OKAY?!  While I am not a foodie and thus cannot relate to the assertion that the hot pot is an erotic meal (ahem), I did enjoy the food aspect, because, hey, I can pretend  I'm a foodie if a movie is convincing enough.  (This has happened before -- The Hundred-Foot Journey comes to mind, and we must not forget Ratatouille.)


I'm made of emotional stability, the way you two are carrying on.

I guess I'm kind of a sucker for relationships, be they romantic or otherwise, in which one Precious, Energetic Puppy slowly worms their way under a Crusty McCrust's skin and into their heart?  I will say, though, that I don't think this particular couple would be for everyone.  There are some things that Jin does that even I'm not nuts about -- things that seem a bit too . . . domineering isn't quite the right word and doesn't paint quite the right picture, but somewhere vaguely along that line.  Things that aren't really, seriously addressed as possibly not the healthiest starting point for a relationship.  But then there's growth and development and change to his character, too, so I don't know.  Either way, I still came away from it with a smile, inside and out. ;)  (I mean, y'all, he found a place for her to watch the sunset.)


In the interest of cultivating balanced critiquing skills, I'll admit that there was a little too much slow motion used and I was confused by the random dance breaks in the egg-making sequence. *confused face*  The animation in the blowfish scene was . . . different.  I wasn't nuts about the inclusion of it in this particular film, but hey. *shrugs*  Other than that, though . . . *thumbs up*

Content:  Some discussion about how food-hunger is connected to other "desires," including a sequence discussing why the hot pot is considered the most erotic meal.  (It's voiceover explaining while we see a couple -- not the main couple -- on a date, and it includes some cringey shots, shall we say.  It's hard to explain.)  Very mild, infrequent swearing.  A man essentially dumps a woman because of her lack of curves, so that's discussed.  In all, it's relatively clean.

* Breathe  {2017} *

First of all, let's take a moment to appreciate this picture, yes?

This was really good -- until the end.  And then . . . Moral Conflicted-ness happens. :-/  Even then, though, it's still technically well-done . . . I just don't know how I feel about the stance the makers took on the decision made at the end of the movie.  Because, for one thing, it'd be kind of unreasonable to expect filmmakers to change history to make it more palatable -- and for another thing, it IS thought-provoking.  

Let's just say that this movie doesn't end the way you may expect it to.

What have you been watching recently?


  1. *adds first 3 to my to-watch list*

    1. MC, excellent. *forms the creepy villain fingertip tent*

  2. Breathe is soon beautiful and a lovely story but the end didn't sit well with me either. Apparently, he did do that in the end, I think...

    1. I agree, Hannah. It's a shame about the ending, but at the same time, if that's what happened, then the makers do have a responsibility to recount history as accurately as they can.

  3. Quigley Down Under! I love that movie! Love the score by Basil Poledouris, love how the movie plays out and the ending is so great. And a young Ben Mendelsohn is in it, which is just icing on the cake.

    1. I just need to watch Quigley Down Under again, don't I.

    2. Anytime you want company. :-D I had my DVD pulled out already even before reading this, as I've been in a big mood to watch this lately.

    3. It's free on Prime right now. Once DD is wrapped, let's watch it!!!

    4. DKoren, exactly! Totally agree. :) (Also I have no idea who Ben Mendelsohn is but yay.)

      Did the two of you ever follow through with your plan of re-watching it? :)

  4. Haven't seen any of these, actually! The only new movies that I can remember watching were:
    Incredibles 2 - even though I've never seen the first one, I thought it was pretty good for a kid's film ;)
    Flightplan - keeps you guessing, incredibly intense and suspenseful, and outstanding acting by Jodie Foster - would recommend!
    Gilmore Girls - lots and lots of it. I just love the random wittiness and crazy dialogue. :D Almost finished the first season. (May or may not have bought the first 4 seaons at the last bookfest... oh come on, they were brand new at $8 each!)

    1. Ack, The Incredibles!! I love those movies. :) What were some of your most "significant" childhood movies, by the way? (I just ask because TI was definitely one of those for me so I was curious about what yours were. :))

      Interesting! I don't think I've heard of that one. I don't always do so well with "incredibly intense and suspenseful," but maybe! ;-P

      GG is precious and amazing. ;D Oh, girl, I so would have done that too! They're such a cute mother-daughter duo, and I love the supporting cast they have!

  5. I watched Breathe and cried buckets the whole way through. I actually quite like the way it ended. *SPOILERS FOR BREATHE* His choice wasn't selfish; it was practical. He gave his family time to say goodbye, and yes, it was heartbreaking, but I do think that it was so much kinder than the alternative: them finding him covered in blood and lifeless. That's not how they want to see him end, not when he's had such an amazing life. Now, there is an argument to be made for the other side of why he shouldn't have chosen what he did, and I can understand it, but if I were in his place, I think I would have chosen the very same thing.

    Wonderful post, dear!!!

    1. *SPOILERS FOR BREATHE* I definitely get where you're coming from, and, like I said, it left me pretty conflicted, even though I'm basically against doctor-assisted suicide. Ultimately I don't know how I feel about that decision in this particular instance. However, it was an excellently done movie, and I definitely see the argument for your side, like you said. Drowning in one's own blood definitely seems like a cruel sentence.

      Thanks so much!! :D

  6. I love Quigley Down Under, a friend recommended it to us recently and I too fell in love! Crazy Cora is awesome and that scene where she is asking Quigley if they are lost is just too much! I agree about Breathe; it was really interesting, but I didn't like the ending.

    1. Isn't it AMAZING, Grace?!?! Gahh, I was just so happified. ;)

      Same! Thanks for the fun comment :)

  7. I was looking for a good new foreign film to watch so your review of This is Not What I Expected appeals. I remember really enjoying Quigley Down Under but haven't see it in a while. I agree with you about the ending of Breathe, but otherwise thought it was a pretty perfect film. It's going on my list of favorites.

    I just finished watching the second season of Il Paradiso delle Signore (The Ladies Paradise) on Acorn TV. Sooo addictive! I've also been re-watching some of my favorite classics.

    1. Oh, I hope you like/liked TINWIE if/when you watch/watched it! I was enthralled by QDU. Breathe was a really well-done movie, that's for sure.

      Oh, interesting! I haven't heard of that before. I'm assuming it's a foreign show? Ooh, what are some of your favorite classics?

  8. Hmm. What HAVE I been waching lately? A couple of the Thin Man movies, eps of the Michael Palin travel documentary New Europe, ummm... Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Raiders of the Lost Ark and Solo: A Star Wars Story. And How to Train Your Dragon over and over and over cuz my kids are obsessed with it (and I am too).

    Not Enough Alan Ladd Movies, that's what I've been watching lately! Hmph.

    1. Hamlette, neat! I still need to see Solo. And HTTYD is such a good movie, no?!

      "Not Enough Alan Ladd Movies," oh my gosh xD


    I have such a deep love for that movie. I'd honestly have to say it's one of my all-time favorites.

    I don't always LIKE the characters, as people; but it suddenly hit me like a ton of bricks, right in the middle of watching it--it's not about "liking" them as people, it's about loving them as human beings. Because they don't even like each other, a lot of the time!!! But the whole point of the story is how they come together and learn to appreciate each other's sheer humanity and human-ness, even in the midst of driving each other crazy . . . "Love thy neighbor as thyself," but it doesn't mean BE FOND OF your neighbor . . . It's so very different from the message of most movies I've ever watched, I was like WHOA. MUST THINK ABOUT THIS. :D

    And I don't totally support the ships, either?? But I don't think it's really about the ships--at least for me it isn't--it's more about the joys of human fellowship, even under the weirdest of circumstances.

    AND THEN THE ENDING SCENE WITH "DON'T YOU FORGET ABOUT ME" . . . AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAACK. If there was one single thing the '80s understood, it was how to write an epic end credits song. Just, yes. Perfection. Give me some more of that, please and thank'ee.


      The authenticity and just the visceral rawness of the relationships definitely hits you like a ton of bricks, as you say. It's so . . . no holds barred, you know? They think they hate each other at times and they say awful things to each other, but ultimately they find out that they actually kind of love each other, in a way.

      True -- the focal point of the movie is definitely not the romances. But it's an interesting "field of study," no? ;)

      YES. I actually first found out about "Don't You Forget About Me" and TBC through a random clip of Pitch Perfect, so I was expecting it and looking forward to seeing how affecting it would end up being.

      Definitely a classic.


    (I'm just a tad excited over that, also I'm on a bus at the moment so will comment properly when I'm home) :D


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