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)
Hitman’s Wife Bodyguard (2021)
Petra: Secrets of the Ancient Builders (documentary)
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.
Pompeii: Secrets of the Dead (documentary)
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.
The Assistant* (2019)
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.
Rita Moreno: Just a Girl Who Decided to Go For It* (2020)
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!
The Ice Road (2021)
In The Fade (2017)
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.
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!
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
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
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+
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
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!
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!
Toy Story 2
MAY MOVIE OF THE MONTH
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!