JUNE 2021 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

June recap

Wow, it’s Fourth of July weekend already! Which, if you live in the northern hemisphere, that means we’re halfway through Summer already. I’ll be driving up northeast with my hubby this weekend to a town called Bayfield, Wisconsin and spend a day at Madeline Island on Lake Superior. Given all July 4th festivities were canceled last year, I actually look forward to seeing fireworks this weekend, yay!

I actually didn’t get to watch too many movies this month as I was away for a few days visiting family in New Hampshire in mid June, but I did watch quite a bit of TV series. In any event, here’s what I watched in June:

NEW TO ME MOVIES

Movies indicated with * (asterisk) indicates those directed by women – and I watched a total of 3 films by women this month. I’m hoping to complete the 52 Films By Women challenge by end of the year.

In The Heights (2021)
(full review)

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Hitman’s Wife Bodyguard (2021)
(full review)

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LUCA (2021)
(full review)

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Petra: Secrets of the Ancient Builders (documentary)

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I saw this stunning National Geographic doc on Disney+ on how three magnificent ancient structures in Jordan were engineered. It’s pretty insightful and educational, combining expert interviews with motion graphics as visual aid.

3.5/5 Reels

Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead (documentary)

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After watching Petra, I ended up continuing to watch Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead which is quite eerie as about a decade ago my hubby and I did visit Pompeii, though we missed going to the museum where they had the preserved skeletons of the people trying to escape the disaster. Using state-of-the-art technology, experts were able debunk some of the most persistent myths about these victims in these final moments.

4/5

The Assistant* (2019)

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I saw this on the plane and though I’ve been wanting to see it for a while, I picked it partly because it’s only 1.5 hour long (which is all I had time for as it was a short flight). It’s not an enjoyable movie per se, but an effective and also frustrating one, featuring a terrific performance by Julia Garner

3.5/5 Reels

F9 (2021)
(full review)

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Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It* (2020)

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I was hesitant to watch this because I hadn’t seen West Side Story (yes I know, I know, I’ll do that soon, before the remake comes out!), but thanks to fellow blogger Peggy I was convinced to um go for it, ha! Well I’m SO glad I did! It’s such a fascinating doc narrated by Rita herself who’s as charming, fun and charismatic as ever, though her story had some really harrowing, dark moments. She truly is a one of a kind artist, an EGOT winner no less, and at 89 years of age, she is still as sprightly and vivacious as ever!

4/5

The Ice Road (2021)
(full review)

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In The Fade (2017)

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I’ve been wanting to see this for ages, I’m glad I finally did. It’s a slo-burn vengeance drama, though billed as a thriller. It features Diane Kruger’s best performance in the lead role as a German woman whose life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. Her time of mourning is hugely emotional and harrowing to watch, but people expecting an all-action vengeance thriller a la Atomic Blonde will be disappointed as this is more of a character study than action movie.

3.5/5 Reels

Black Widow*

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This ends up being the last feature film I saw this month and I’m glad I saw it on the big screen. I’m going to save my commentary for the full review, but let’s just say I highly enjoyed this highly-anticipated movie and after such a long wait, it didn’t disappoint!


TV SERIES

I said last month I really need to blog just for my TV watches, but I failed to do that, ahah. Well, I didn’t watch as much TV as May, but I did manage to finish an entire season of two very different series: Gold Digger and Sweet Tooth

Gold Digger – Sundance Channel

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Ok so I have to admit I watched this as I was crushing on Ben Barnes after Shadow + Bone (Gen Kirrigan… be still my heart). It’s about a wealthy older woman (Julia Ormond) falling in love with a younger man (Barnes, natch!) whose kids suspect is only after her money.

Sweet Tooth – Netflix

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Sweet Tooth is based on a comic book of the same name. It follows a 9-year-old boy with antlers traveling across a post-apocalyptic world, trying to reach his mother in Colorado. I really enjoyed this one, especially the relationship between the half deer/half human title character (a charismatic Christian Convery) and a man named Tommy Jepperd (Nonso Anozie)I’m REALLY hoping they’d renew this one soon as I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.

Loki – Disney+

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I’ve reviewed the first two episodes here, and though I was mostly confused by ep. 3, the fourth episode is full of WHOA! moments that shake up the TVA. It’s also packed with MCU and comics references which makes me wish there are more than just 6 episodes of this!

Lupin (Part 2) – Netflix

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I’ve listed 10 things why you should watch LUPIN, so if you haven’t seen part 1 yet, what are you waiting for? The 2nd part is just as exciting, if not more so, than the first one as Assane Diop finally get his chance to avenge his father and also wins back the trust of his family. The final episode set in Opéra Garnier (made famous by Phantom of The Opera) is absolutely astounding, I don’t mind re-watching this series again one day!


REWATCHES

Thanks to Pixar’s LUCA, it made me re-watch some of my old favorites. I rewatched Finding Nemo on the plane and though I’ve seen it a few times before, it’s still as wonderful as the first time I saw it, absolute classic!

Finding Nemo

Toy Story

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MAY MOVIE OF THE MONTH

Black Widow

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I’ve started to put my thoughts down for this and I definitely love this more than Captain Marvel, but doesn’t exactly top Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Stay tuned for my full review next week!


Well, what did you watch this past month and what’s YOUR favorite film you saw in JUNE?

8 thoughts on “JUNE 2021 Viewing Recap + Movie of the Month

  1. I already got my ticket for Black Widow for next weekend. I am so loving Loki as that last episode was just incredible. The acting from the ensemble was on point. Can’t wait for the next 2 episodes.

    1. Hope you enjoy Black Widow as much as I did, Steven! I actually like it more than Captain Marvel. Yes, LOKI series has become my favorite MCU series now after WandaVision + TFATWS! I’m gonna be sad when it’s over as I LOVE seeing Hiddleston playing Loki so much!

  2. Ted Saydalavong

    June was kind of blur to me, I was super busy with work, lots of shootings and editing of new videos. Since people are traveling again, my company is gearing up things that were cancelled last year. Which is great news! So looking forward to Black Widow, I’ll probably see it during a matinee. Still not comfortable going to a night showing with lots of people in theater even though I’m fully vaccinated.

    Only saw a few new movies, Infinite, F9 and The Ice Road. TV shows, really enjoy Loki and Lupin was a lot of fun. I have so many shows that I want to watch, started watching the remake of The Mosquito Coast, I’ll finish it later in the summer, only 2 episodes in. Then I’ll start Ted Lasso. The only rewatch movie I saw was The Saint, it finally came out on Blu-ray. I haven’t seen it in years, still liked it but it could’ve been a much better film and started another franchise for Paramount.

    Can’t believe you’ve never seen West Side Story Ruth! Lol. I’m not into musicals but I think that’s the only film I actually enjoyed. It would’ve been better without the singing. Ha ha!

    1. Hey Ted! I’m hoping you’ll get to travel again now for your work given everything was canceled last year.

      The press screening barely had anyone in the theater so it was almost like having most of the place to ourselves, which is great. Hope you like that one, my review should be up mid week.

      Oh I love The Saint, I don’t mind rewatching that. Yeah, I’m hoping to see West Side Story soon 😀

      P.S. Did you end up seeing The Tomorrow War? What did you think?

  3. Interesting – I hadn’t heard of the ’52 Films By Women challenge’ until I read it in your post. I’ve only seen six films directed by women so far this year. I need to hunt some more out.

    You’ve watched quite a varied selection this month. I’m not going to watch F9. I haven’t seen a single film in the series as they just don’t do anything for me.

    I’m looking forward to seeing Black Widow. Pleased to hear you enjoyed it so much and look forward to reading the full review.

    I’m enjoying Loki too. It felt very much like Doctor Who in places. Have you ever watched that?

    PS. Hope you and your hubby are having a wonderful time celebrating!

    1. Hi Claire! ’52 Films By Women challenge’ has been around for a while, but somehow I didn’t keep track properly the past years so I’m hoping to do so this year!

      Hey, you’re not missing much w/ the Fast & Furious franchise! I haven’t seen all of them but they’re good fun for me as I like cars + crazy car chases, ahah.

      I haven’t seen Doctor Who, though I am familiar w/ it and have seen a few episodes. I can see how people might associate Loki w/ that one.

      P.S. Yes our Fourth weekend was a blast! Wish it hadn’t been SO hot, but kayaking was a lot of fun and felt cooler w/ the breeze and cool water.

  4. It looks like you’ve had a great month! I’m so excited for Black Widow, it’s going to feel a bit surreal finally watching it after so many delays.
    I’ve fallen behind on Loki because of family events but it just means this weekend will have to be a takeaway and double bill 🙂

    1. Yeah, I really enjoyed Black Widow, hope you get to see it on the big screen.

      Happy catching up with Loki! Can’t wait for tonight’s episode 🤗

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