Have you ever watched a movie where it starts off strong and then the last ten minutes are disappointing? It starts off good, it has you from the get go, and you’re wondering what twist you’re gonna get next. I love movies like that. Movies are often very predictable. Okay, movies are almost always predictable. It’s just something that happens. Nearly everything has been done so of course you can predict what happens next. I love the movies where there’s an unexpected twist and you’re like. OH. Did not see that coming at all. Take the movie I See You for example. You think it’s the typical psychological thriller, and at times, yes, it is, but then you realize exactly what’s going on. And you’re like OH MY GOD. If you haven’t watched that movie, then do it, seriously. It’s so good. It’s from 2019 unlike the other two movies I’m going to to talk about which are from 2021, but I See You is worth the watch. Plus the way it’s filmed is phenomenal. I don’t want to say anything else about that movie because it’ll ruin it. But you won’t regret watching it. Also, put down your phone when you watch it. It’s one of those movies where there are tiny details that are so important for later.
Here’s a very vague summary of the movie, I See You:
“Strange occurrences plague a small-town detective and his family as he investigates the disappearance of a boy.”
I See You can be watched on Amazon Prime video.
The other day we watched Things Heard & Seen, a Netflix original movie that’s based off the book All Things Cease to Appear by Elizabeth Brundage. It starts off with a title card that says: WINTER 1980. A man is running in the field carrying a young girl. Then it goes to the spring before. For the majority of this movie, I liked it. It was interesting. All murder and ghosts and well filmed. I loved the zoom ins and then long shots that followed a full movement. I liked it because it was different. Also, who doesn’t love Amanda Seyfried? And then. . . .the last ten minutes happened. It started off so strong but those last ten to fifteen minutes were so disappointing. I still enjoyed the movie but the ending. Man, it was a letdown. Now I want to read the book it’s based off of to know if that’s how the book ends. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a horror movie. It’s like a psychological thriller but with domestic violence thrown it. It’s intriguing. You would watch it but be prepared to be let down at the end.
Here’s a summary of the movie, Things Heard & Seen:
“After moving to a small town with her husband, a young artist begins to suspect that their home harbors a dark secret.”
Things Heard & Seen can be watched on Netflix.
A week or so ago we watched Nobody. A 2021 movie that I believe was actually released to theatres. We only wanted to watch it because of this one line in the trailer: “Give me the goddamn kitty cat bracelet!”
It’s a ridiculous line, but we loved it. here’s the thing about Nobody. It doesn’t try to be anything but itself. It’s the typical the boring dad was actually some agent and he has to protect his family from enemies type movie. Nobody is well aware of the kind of movie it is, and it’s unapologetic about it. That’s why this movie works. Also, the main actor who plays the husband who was a badass agent? Oh yeah, he delivers. He’s an amazing actor and owns the entire movie with the typical action movie cheesiness. It’s great. Is the best plot? No, maybe not. But hey, the filming is great. And so is the acting. Nobody doesn’t try to be anything but it is, and you now what, sometimes, you really just need to watch an old man shoot Russians with his shotgun and grin like his world is alright.
Here’s a summary of the movie, Nobody:
“Hutch Mansell fails to defend himself or his family when two thieves break into his suburban home one night. The aftermath of the incident soon strikes a match to his long-simmering rage. In a barrage of fists, gunfire and squealing tires, Hutch must now save his wife and son from a dangerous adversary — and ensure that he will never be underestimated again.”
Nobody can be watched on Amazon Prime video.
What movies have you watched recently? Tell me in the comments!
If you know me, you know that I love movies and TV shows. I mean come on, I have a degree in motion pictures (not that it’s being used at the moment and is gathering dust in my closet. But that’s another rant. . . .I mean blog post). I want to make movies and TV shows. It would make sense that I watch a lot of movies and TV shows. Which don’t get me wrong, I do. Seriously, I made an entire spreadsheet of all the shows we watch on Netflix, Hulu, Prime, and Disney Plus. It’s a glorious spreadsheet. Need a show to watch? You can definitely find one here.
Here’s the thing though. . . .I have the tendency to rewatch the same thing over and over and over again. It’s why it sometimes takes me SO LONG to finish a new show if I’m not watching it with someone else. I mean this is this the girl who STILL hasn’t watched The Witcher or The Mandalorian. Yes, yes, I know, blasphemy, blah blah blah. I want to watch them, I do but I’m a contrary little shit, which means the more people tell me I have to watch this show and it’s so awesome and I’m going to love it. . . .the more I don’t want to. It’s a problem.
And sometimes, I don’t want to watch something new. I want to watch something where I already know what’s going to happen. I know that the bad guy loses, eventually, and the good guys are happy. I know the ending, and it’s an ending I like. I need that comfort and security. When I’m sad or angry or insert whatever other negative emotion here, I know that I can flip on this TV show or movie, and it’ll make me happy. I’d thought I’d share the three TV shows and three movies that I rewatch.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The first time I ever watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer was at my grandparents’ house in Fayetteville when my brother Tristan and I lived with them when I was in the fourth grade. We used to have what we called BT. Buffy time. Buffy time came with cake time. We’d all sit in the living room, eating the moist, yellow cake with the thick, chocolate frosting that my grandpa baked with a tall glass of milk and watch Buffy together. It was family time. All of us watching it together. Tristan, Uncle Dean, Grandma and Grandpa. Buffy reminds me of those times and yeah, it hurts sometimes especially since my grandpa is gone but it’s a good memory. So when I need Buffy and her badass blonde self to tell me to keep fighting, I flip on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
I actually got to meet James Marsters who plays Spike in both Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. He’s a seriously nice guy. I stood in line and got a selfie with him. I also got a photograph signed for my aunt that says “Mama Meme.” I talked to him for like thirty minutes while my cousin Paige gapped like a fool. I guess it’s a good thing when I’m nervous I talk. A LOT. Works to my benefit.
Can be watched on Hulu, all seasons, 1 to 7.
Charmed used to come on TNT before we left for the bus. That’s where I got involved in this show about witches. My grandparents (not the ones in Fayetteville, the ones who lived in Oklahoma then but now in Texas) didn’t like anything to do with witches. I barely got to watch Harry Potter when I was over at their house. Or even like, Narnia. But they got over that. Grandpa Kopanke would always have TNT turned on for me when I got home from school. Two episodes came on right as I got off the bus, and everyone knew that it was Keely’s TV time. It was like some unspoken rule. I loved Charmed so much that Grandpa Kopanke actually bought me the first season of it and Buffy the Vampire Slayer for my birthday one year. I mean who wouldn’t like Charmed? It’s got sisters who kick ass. Hell, the story I’m trying to write on (What Lurks in the Woods) is about three sisters and based off my grandparents’ house in Fayetteville. Sisters kick ass.
I tend to actually rewatch a certain season of Charmed. Season six. Why? Because it’s the best season. It has a great story line. It was different. Now I don’t rewatch season 7 or 8 because the writers absolutely trash all the sisters’ personalities. It doesn’t feel like them at all. My thoughts on that are here.
Can be watched on Peacock apparently, all seasons, 1 to 8. (But I wouldn’t bother watching seasons 7 or 8.)
When I was in Washington D.C. 2018, we would sit around in my apartment, drink wine, and watch Criminal Minds. (That almost rhymed.) We would hang out and talk and just have a great time. Criminal Minds is one of those shows that you don’t necessarily have to watch in order. Sure, towards the latter seasons it might be best but if you don’t, then it’s fine. The cases do get really competitive at times. I mean, how many serial killers are there really? But for me the show isn’t about the unsubs (unknown subjects) or the cases. It’s about the characters themselves. The Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) is full of interesting and intriguing characters that you get invested in. Other than Elle who is thankfully only in the first season and leaves in the second season, you like the characters. My favorites are Penelope Garcia and Spencer Morgan.
It’s my go to show when I don’t want to watch something new but I need something semi-normal. Not fantasy.
Can be watched on Netflix season 1-12 or all seasons on Prime 1-15.
Once again, the first time I ever watched Big Fish was at my grandparents’ in Fayetteville. Actually every movie I’m about to mention I watched at their house. Big Fish is a Tim Burton movie, which means that it’s a bit a lot weird and hard to explain. If you haven’t watched it, you should. Also, Ewan McGregor is amazing as always. It’s about a son who comes home because his father is sick. His father told these glorious grand stories and the son who wants the truth, and by searching for the truth behind the stories, the son finally connects and finds out who his dad is.
Here’s the synopsis:
“When Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) becomes ill, his son, William (Billy Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he’s never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father’s tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling.”
Unfortunately you have to pay on every streaming service to watch Big Fish. It’s definitely worth paying to watch though. If you have HBO Max you can watch it on there.
I might have a thing for witches. . . .a bit. (A lot.) Practical Magic is one of my favorite movies. I watched it so much at my grandparents’ that no one can watch it anymore because of me. It’s about a family of witches who have always been outcasts in this little town in Massachusetts. Two sisters, Sally and Gillian Owens grew up knowing that they were different. Sally denied her powers while Gillian has embraced it. The Owens’ family has a curse on them where any man that an Owens woman falls in love with dies. It’s about sisterhood and love and family and acceptance. I love it. To pieces.
Here’s the synopsis:
“Sally (Sandra Bullock) and Gillian Owens (Nicole Kidman), born into a magical family, have mostly avoided witchcraft themselves. But when Gillian’s vicious boyfriend, Jimmy Angelov (Goran Visnjic), dies unexpectedly, the Owens sisters give themselves a crash course in hard magic. With policeman Gary Hallet (Aidan Quinn) growing suspicious, the girls struggle to resurrect Angelov — and unwittingly inject his corpse with an evil spirit that threatens to end their family line.”
Unfortunately you have to pay on every streaming service to watch Practical magic. It’s definitely worth paying to watch though. If you have HBO Max you can watch it on there.
I watched this movie everysingle time we went to our grandparents’ in Fayetteville. So much that my Uncle dean actually bought a real DVD of the movie instead of the burned copy he had. Van Helsing is an early 2000s movie so it’s not the best in the world. The dialogue is. . . .well, I could write an entire blog post about early 2000s dialogue. The plot is okay, a bit shoddy, but I love it. I love the emotion behind it. It’s got everything. Mystery, romance, betrayal. It’s about a vampire hunter named Van Helsing played by the wonderful Hugh Jackman who can do no wrong who goes to Transylvania to take care of THE vampire, also known as Dracula. It brings in Dracula and Frankenstein’s monsters. Pretty sure I could quote the damn movie word by word. Also, Kate Beckinsale is amazing, and here she is playing a woman who wants to kill all vampires. And later she plays one — Selene, from the Underworld series.
Here’s the synopis:
“Famed monster slayer Gabriel Van Helsing (Hugh Jackman) is dispatched to Transylvania to assist the last of the Valerious bloodline in defeating Count Dracula (Richard Roxburgh). Anna Valerious (Kate Beckinsale) reveals that Dracula has formed an unholy alliance with Dr. Frankenstein’s monster (Shuler Hensley) and is hell-bent on exacting a centuries-old curse on her family. Together Anna and Van Helsing set out to destroy their common enemy, but uncover some unsettling secrets along the way.”
You can apparently watch Van Helsing if you have a subscription on Peacock or rent/buy on Prime.
What movies and TV shows do you rewatch over and over again? Why? Leave a comment and let me know!