February 2022 Viewing Recap + Movie(s) Of The Month

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Spring is in the air!! As I’m writing this, it’s about 40F degrees, which is quite balmy for Minnesota! I know March is supposed to be the snowiest month but I’m looking forward to more warming temps (yes I’ll take highs in the 30s, ahah!). 

Well, like many people in the world this week, I’ve been thinking a lot about Ukraine lately… it’s just hard to comprehend what’s happening there right now. I don’t normally comment about political issues, but I see this as a major humanitarian crisis and solidarity for fellow human beings being unfairly attacked by a dominant nation led by sociopath. I’m glad Warner Bros. decided to pull The Batman from Russia because of Putin’s despicable military assault on Ukraine, I wonder how many studios will do the same in the coming days. I do feel bad for Russians who don’t support Kremlin as they have to bear the brunt of all the economic sanctions in their country. I pray there’s a swift end to this horrible tragedy.


Ok, now on to the movie report… 

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It’s a short month and somehow I didn’t watch too many movies, partly because my hubby and I binged on Station Eleven 10-part miniseries on HBO MAx (it’s SO GOOD!!).

Holler*

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Full Review


I Want You Back

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Full Review


Death on the Nile

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Full Review


Marry Me*

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Full Review


Uncharted

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Full Review


Encanto*

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I know this was a recent big animated hit from Disney, but I just wasn’t all that enthused to see it last year. Now that it’s been nominated for Oscar, I thought I’d check out what the fuss is about. The story about a Colombian teenage girl who’s frustrated for being the only member of her family without magical powers is pretty charming, but it’s the stunning visuals that’s really the highlight for me. So full of colors and beautiful details… the house itself is so amazing to look at. Overall it was just ok for me, the songs aren’t all that memorable and it gets a bit too overly sentimental for my liking.

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CYRANO

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I saw this TWICE on the big screen, once at a press screening with a girlfriend and then went back a week and a half later with my hubby (who also enjoyed this movie, woot!)

I’m thrilled to be featured by The Cherry Picks this week for my review of CYRANO! I’m grateful to be a part of this awesome film review site that provide representation of the female and non-binary critical voice, so to be highlighted there is truly icing on the cake!

Full Review


The Willoughbys

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My hubby and I often peruse the ’90 Minute Movies’ section on Netflix and a bunch of animated movies fall in this category. Somehow I didn’t even know this movie existed and it turns out to be such a delightfully quirky movie! Unlike ENCANTO where the characters have such a warm, loving family, the Willoughby children have such horrible parents that they think they’re better off raising themselves. They end up embarking on a high-flying adventure while their selfish parents are on vacation, involving a caring nanny and a Commander who owns a candy factory.

The voice cast is made up of comedians like Maya Rudolph, Will Forte, Martin Short, and Ricky Gervais as the cynical cat. I enjoyed this one but I feel like it might not be a good fit for young kids given the rather unconventional premise.

3.5/5 Reels


Spencer

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Full Review


The Batman

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Review Upcoming …
but in short, it’s a good one!


52 Films By Women pledge

52 films by women

Movies indicated with * (asterisk) indicates those directed by women.

After such a great month in January where I saw eight films directed by women, this month I only managed to see three of them. Well, I strive to watch more movies by women in March to make up for it!


TV SERIES

Station Eleven (HBO Max) – miniseries

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My hubby wanted to see this as it came highly recommended by his co-workers. I have to admit the premise involving a flu pandemic that wipes out most of the world’s population hits too close to home during Covid, but I’m glad we saw it. Based on a book by Emily St. John Mandel, it’s definitely one of the best post-apocalyptic series I’ve seen on TV. I might dedicate a post for it one say but if your curious, I’d say give it a watch!


This Is A Robbery – Doc (Netflix)

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’ve only seen one episode and I’m always fascinated by heist-type plots, esp when it’s based on a true story. Travel Note: gotta pay a visit to Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum next time I visit Boston!


REWATCHES

Batman Returns

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Just wanted to see a Batman flick in anticipation for The Batman and I haven’t seen this one in a while. I love the score by Danny Elfman and Tim Burton’s visuals is always a highlight, but I find it lacking in terms of character development of the Batman himself. Michael Keaton’s Batman barely does anything and his Bruce Wayne is kind of passive apart from a few butt-kicking scenes. The huge car chase is more comical than thrilling, mostly the movie lacks any real suspense.

I am still enamored by Michelle Pfeiffer’s Catwoman however, the true MVP of this movie. She’s still the one to beat as that character even to this day! It’s a fun movie but Iet’s just say I’m glad we’ve got a decidedly darker and more intriguing Batman movies since then.

Pride & Prejudice & Zombies

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I know I’m in the minority as hardly anyone saw this movie but I had a lot of fun w/ this movie when I saw this back in 2016 (here’s my full review). I’ve seen it half a dozen times since and it still holds up. Love Sam Riley as the Samurai-wielding, zombie-slaying Col. Darcy!


FEBRUARY MOVIE(S) OF THE MONTH

CYRANO + THE BATMAN

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These two films couldn’t be more different from each other but I’ve been anticipating both of them and they lived up to the hype! It’s always nice when that happens. In terms of replay-ability, CYRANO wins hands down (I mean I already saw it twice last month and will definitely buy the movie when it’s available)… as for The Batman, well, stay tuned for my full review Thursday!


Well, what did you watch last month and what’s YOUR favorite film(s) you saw in February?

9 thoughts on “February 2022 Viewing Recap + Movie(s) Of The Month

  1. I’m going to see The Batman this coming weekend. I really liked Encanto as I enjoyed the story and the visuals a lot as it’s become a favorite for my niece and nephew. My favorite film this February is a tie in Mandabi and Promising Young Woman. It was a good month film-wise.

    1. Glad you’re gonna be seeing The Batman soon, curious to hear your thoughts.

      Encanto is fun, I’m just not as enamored w/ Disney animation lately. I read your review of Mandabi, that sounds fascinating. One of my fave films I saw last year is by a Senegalese/French filmmaker Mati Diop.

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  3. That’s awesome Cherry Picks featured you! I liked Station Eleven, but I preferred the book. It was an excellent read.

    I look forward to your review of The Batman! i’m seeing it on Friday.

    1. Yeah, they tagged me on Insta too, definitely made my week, esp since it’s a review of a movie I absolutely adore.

      Hope you enjoy The Batman on Friday, be sure not to drink too much beforehand, the darn thing is 3 hours long, plus there’ll be plenty of trailers prior to that!

  4. I’m so ready for the spring time weather, even though this winter wasn’t that bad, it’s still felt a bit longer than usual.

    I’m seeing The Batman on Friday, it’s hard trying to avoid reading reviews and spoilers. Anytime I see someone mentioned The Batman on my TL, I’d mute that person. Lol! And speaking of Batman, Tim Burton’s Batman Returns was my favorite Batman film until Nolan’s Batman Begins came out. I still watch Batman Returns every other Christmas since I consider it a “Christmas” film.

    I didn’t see a lot of movies this past month. Finally saw Liam Neeson’s Cold Pursuit, it’s alright. It’s one of those forgettable remakes since it’s a shot for shot redo of the original film. I’m not against remakes but if you’re going to remake a film, do something new with it. I bought a 4K disc of Dune and rewatch that. I watched mostly TV shows, Ozark, Snowfall and Billions. I do have Station Eleven on my to watch list, I’ll start that show once I’m done with the current shows.

    1. Ahah, yeah I’m the same way Ted, I tried not to watch even any clips of The Batman before I watched it but man, it was so hard to avoid them!

      I wish I could say I love Batman Returns, I mean it was entertaining but too silly for my taste after seeing all the more intriguing Batman movies since. The Christmas scenes are pretty though.

      Station Eleven is so good! I hope you get to it eventually.

  5. I read your review of Cyrano and am glad you liked it. When I saw the review, I wasn’t sure about it being a musical. I’ll be watching that soon. Looking forward to The Batman.

    1. Hey Cindy! I hope you would give CYRANO a shot, it’s not a sung-through musical, most of the dialog are spoken. Oh I love it so much, I saw it twice within 2 weeks and I could easily watch it once more. Hope you enjoy The Batman! I’m finalizing my review to post tomorrow 😉

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