JUNE 2016 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month


Wow, the first half of the year has come and gone! I don’t know about you but 2016 felt like a blur to me for some reason. I gotta do a list of the best 2016 movies so far.

Well, it has been a relatively busy month for me that I was unable to make a few screenings, i.e. Central Intelligence, Finding Dory. But I am looking forward to Captain Fantastic, Ghostbusters, Absolutely Fabulous and Suicide Squad later this month!

So anyway, here are movies I saw this month:

New-to-me Movies

Eddie the Eagle










Midnight Special


Hunky Dory

Look for Ted’s review of The Purge: Election Year, as well as my reviews of The BFG and The Legend of Tarzan next week!

TV Series


Starz/BBC’s The White Queen (2013)
The series that got me all obsessed over Richard III…
and Aneurin Barnard! 🙂


BBC Three’s Thirteen Miniseries (2016)
I ended up watching all five episodes on my laptop
in just three days. Again, thanks to Aneurin!


BBC One’s War & Peace (2016)
I haven’t finished this yet, just watched ep. 3 last night.
All three of these series have Aneurin in it 😉

Once I finish War & Peace, I might get into Mr. Robot!


So basically my rewatches consist of Sam Riley in period costumes being all sexy and bad ass! He played a vampire, a zombie hunter and a vengeful American cowboy in these three movies, respectively. Talk about being versatile!

 Currently Reading


Learning history hasn’t been this much fun. I’m almost done w/ The Daughter of Time, and of course I picture Aneurin as Richard whenever I’m reading it 😉




It’s an easy pick this month. Zootopia is by far the best new release I saw this month, and will likely end up in my top 10 best list. Judy Hopps is such an awesome character, perhaps one of the best from Disney yet!

Well that’s my viewing recap of June. What’s YOUR favorite film of the month?

25 thoughts on “JUNE 2016 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

  1. Yeah I can’t believe that it’s we’re halfway through 2016 already either, I guess it’s true that the older you get, the faster time flies!

    I don’t think I’ve seen a lot of movies back in June, since i finally have a projector again, re-watch Mission: Impossible 5 and Spectre. I’m sure I’ll be seeing more movies this month.

    I thought you’re done with superhero flicks. 🙂 You’re still looking forward to Suicide Squad huh? I don’t know if I’ll pay to see it in theaters, depends on the reviews. If it gets tons of bad reviews like Batman vs. Superman then I’ll just rent it.

    1. Hello Ted! I know, it’s nuts, esp Summer when the weather is nice, it’ll go by like a breeze!

      I might rewatch MI5 soon, but no interest in Spectre. Ahah, well I’m still curious about Suicide Squad just to see if it’s any good. I guess out of that list that’s the one I look forward to the least.

    1. Oooh I LOVE that song! I was humming and dancing to it a lot after I watch it too, it’s gonna be one of Disney’s classics I think. It’s cool that the character Shakira’s playing is actually in the movie!

    1. Hello Cindy! Yes do rent Zootopia, it’s as fun for adults as I’d imagine for kids. Tarzan was actually ok, I didn’t hate it as much as the critics do. Unfortunately the character itself is so dour so I guess that might be why the critics hate it.

  2. Half way through the year. Unbelievable. Good assortments of watches and reads Ruth. Was rooting for Midnight Special to win next of the month! 😉 I really need to see Zootopia though.

    1. I REALLY like Midnight Special, that’d be my #2 fave, Keith. But man, Zootopia blew me away, I didn’t expect I’d love it as much as I did, but once you see it you’ll know why 🙂

        1. It is indeed! I was telling Cindy it’d be good to watch with kids. I was surprised how well-written it was and glad it wasn’t a musical and more of an action/detective type story with a pretty deep message.

  3. I saw 5 movies at the theatre in June. In order they were Deadpool, The Huntsman: Winter’s War, Money Monster, The Danish Girl,and Spotlight. Japan is a bit behind and I live in a small city so it takes a while for films to get here. Of the ones I saw, I loved Spotlight and Deadpool, enjoyed Money Monster, was ambivalent about The Danish Girl and didn’t like The Huntsman, except for the special effects!

    I’ll have to wait and see Zootopia on DVD or cable as it is only playing in Japanese here and I don’t have the ability to understand it!

    Glad you are reading The Daughter of Time. I hope you are enjoying it!

    1. Hello Stella! That’s quite a lot of new movies you saw on the big screen. Deadpool was a pleasant surprise for me and I was rooting for Spotlight to win Best Picture last year, excellent stuff. I heard Huntsman was awful so I skipped that even though I love the actresses in that.

      Oy, that sucks that they dub some movies in Japan. I came from Indonesia and they used to do that too w/ Hollywood movies, it annoyed me to no end!

      Daughter of Time was great, thank you for recommending it to me! I’m on Chapter 9 now and boy, the ending of Ch. 8 was quite something! So have you read the other two books?

      1. No, I’m afraid I haven’t read them. It’s hard to get English books here…I rarely order from the internet.

        Yes, anything that is family-friendly tends to be dubbed. Sometimes in a bigger city you can see movies in either Japanese or English… I had to go two hours away to see Frozen in English, but happily, because Harry Potter was popular with adults too, most of them played near me in both languages.

        I didn’t know about Indonesia doing that too, but it makes sense in a way.

        I love Josephine Tey’s novels. One of my favourite books ever is by her, it’s called Brat Farrar. Not at all like The Daughter of Time.

        1. So if you don’t mind me asking, are you working in Japan currently or is that your permanent home now? I figure ordering from online might be tricky from there, it’s so much more convenient in the States.

          I’m always baffled about the dubbing thing. I’d rather READ subtitles than not hearing the voice of the actual actors in the film. I mean I LOVE most of my fave actors’ voices (Alan Rickman, Sam Riley, and now Aneurin Barnard) so to have their voices dubbed is a travesty! I heard countries like Germany and France also dub Hollywood movies, ugh!

          I might try to read more of Tey’s books but right now I’m concentrating on the Richard III ones 🙂

          1. I live here permanently now…I came over for work, but married a local guy!

            I’m with you on the dubbing thing. Subtitles don’t bother me at all. It’s a little ironic that I’m not able to watch most non-English movies now because I loved seeing them when I was in Canada. I sometimes buy the non-English ones I missed when I’m on holiday at home.

            Incidentally, a few years ago, Rango, the Johnny Depp film did play with subtitles. I think Depp was such a huge star that people wanted to hear him do the lines. In Japan, they have three different writing systems and kanji is a bit difficult for children so they probably think dubbing is the way to go. I understand it, I just don’t like it!

            1. Hi Stella! So where are you from originally? Do you still go back to your homeland regularly? I don’t go back to Indonesia very often, it’s quite expensive from here in the US.

              Btw, I finished The Daughter of Time last night, love it!! I’m now reading Richard The Third which is more of a historical novel, the book that inspired Philippa Langley to be such an ardent Ricardian! Of course I rewatched The White Queen again and I always picture Aneurin Barnard every time I’m reading all these Richard III books! 😉

  4. I plan on seeing Midnight Special and Zooptopia, especially after your positive reviews. Not a whole lot interested me at the theatres in June, I’ll probably watch the Conjuring 2 on video. But I’m excited for Suicide Squad coming soon!

    1. Midnight Special and Zooptopia are a must see, Eddie! I heard Conjuring 2 was good but you know how I feel about horror. I’m mostly curious than excited about Suicide Squad, I sure hope it’s good!

  5. My favorites in June were the three rewatches: 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Revenant and It’s Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong, which I was able to see on the big screen thanks to Emily Ting sending me a copy to show during my movie blog event. Shame the movie still hasn’t been able to get any distribution in Europe…

    1. That is so cool about Already Tomorrow in Hong Kong. Too bad about the lack of distribution in Europe, but at least it got a decent release here in the US (in smaller theaters) and it’s now on Netflix.

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