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…
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!!).
I Want You Back
Death on the Nile
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.
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!
.@CyranoMovie (70% #CherryScore) “isn’t afraid to wear its heart on its sleeve. It’s pure cinematic escapism, exquisite in every sense of the word…” – Ruth Maramis, @flixchatter https://t.co/4ufdCOnGgr#CherryPicks #Cyrano #CyranoMovie pic.twitter.com/nzWXawmNTr
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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.
Review Upcoming …
but in short, it’s a good one!
52 Films By Women pledge
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!
Station Eleven (HBO Max) – miniseries
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)
’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!
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
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
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!