10 Movies a Month – March

I love watching movies and I try to see as many as possible. I’ve started doing this challenge where I watch 10 movies a month. They don’t necessarily have to be brand new movies, just movies I’ve never seen before. My success rate differs every month, but I “win” more often than I “fail.” Fair warning, Most of the movies I watched this month I didn’t like.

So here are the 10 movies I watched in March

1. Anna Karenina

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This movie lost me very early on. I love period films, but this one just didn’t hold up. This is based on a famous Russian novel of the same name and stars Keira Knightly (one of my favorite actresses). It is about a woman who has an affair and the excitement of that. In the beginning it has a very distinctive style. It moves very quickly and feels like a play with lots of set changes. It loses this style half way through, but picks it back up at the end. Maybe this is to mirror Anna’s relationship: in the beginning starting an affair is very exciting and new and things happen so fast. But then trouble starts, and the “other man” gets bored of her and it slows down. It could be that, but the film overall didn’t keep my attention.

 

2. Belle

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Another period film. The film is inspired by the painting of Dido Elizabeth Belle. Belle is an illegitimate mixed-race girl who is taken by her upper class, white father to her uncle’s home. There she grows up and struggles with her status: better than the slaves, yet not as good at the white people. In the film Belle helps contribute to the start of abolishing slavery in England. It seems like it should be interesting, and the trailers made it look very good, but this movie falls flat too. None of the characters are very compelling and it moves very slowly.

 

3. About Time

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This movie surprised me. I had seem trailers for it while it was in theaters and it seemed good, but I didn’t hear much about it. I really liked this movie! It’s a time travel movie and probably filled with paradoxes, but if you take it as it is and don’t think about the time travel that much then it’s super enjoyable. This movie is all about making the most out of each day. It’s about family and love and how every moment is important. It’s a really beautiful movie and I recommend everyone go watch it!

 

4. Tristan and Isolde

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I have zero to say about this movie, really. It was a star-crossed lovers type of story and incredibly boring.

 

5. Jupiter Ascending

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I wanted to like this movie so much. It looked promising. An original scifi movie with lots of great world building and an interesting premise. They just tried to put too much into it. This would have benefitted from being a trilogy. There were so many ideas and so many things and plots in this movie that it went by way too fast. If you want something that is fun and packs a lot in then go for it, I just wished they had taken their time with it.

 

6. The Book Thief

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I really don’t have much to say about this one either. I’ve probably just read and seen too many stories about World War II. I have not read the book that this movie is based on either. The one thing this movie had going for it was the different perspective. Most of the stories I’ve seen about World War II are from the perspective of the Jewish population. The Book Thief is about a girl growing up in Germany (I think her mother was Russian though).  So it was interesting to see a story from that side of the war; the brainwashing, destroying of books etc.

 

7. Cinderella

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This is Disney’s new live action Cinderella movie. I talked about the movie a lot in a previous post so I’ll just link to that so you can read all my thoughts on it. I really liked it!

 

8. Frequencies

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THIS MOVIE. I loved this movie. I randomly picked this on Netflix to watch and I’m so happy I did! It’s a sort of alternate universe type thing, where people have frequencies attached to them, basically as a marker of their intelligence. It’s all about fate and destiny and over coming obstacles. Just go watch it. It’s amazing.

 

9. Parallels

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This movie tricked me. It’s about a building that travels between alternate universes and versions of Earth. There is a brother sister pair who go to save their dad who has some connection to the building. After an hour and a half of boring stuff what looked like the main plot was coming and then it just ends. Turns out it’s just the beginning to a netflix series. So if the movie does well and people want more they will make more episodes. Boooo.

 

10. Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

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Again. Nothing to say really. It was bad. So bad. The plot was weak and the acting was bad. Percy Jackson should have stayed books.

Cinderella

Two weeks ago Disney released it’s new live action Cinderella movie. My friends and I decided to go see it together because who doesn’t love a good princess movie? We went the Sunday after it premiered, so it was definitely crowded. The AMC theater we saw it at recently started doing assigned seating, which was a life saver. A few members of our group were a little late, so the assigned seating was a life saver! This is a new concept in my area, and it is a good one. No more sitting in the theater for 45 minutes to get a good seat! I hope more theaters adopt this concept.

Also, since one of my friends is part of the AMC theaters loyalty program she purchased my ticket (I paid her back obviously), so I could get the collectable pin! It’s really cute!

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But enough of the theater talk, what really matters is the movie!

I’m a good enough Disney fan, but the thing that drew me to this movie was the costumes! As a cosplayer and someone who just adores costumes in general, this movie was a must see. Just seeing Cinderella’s ball dress in the trailers was enough for me to want to see the movie.

Disney really pulled out all the stops on this one. Kenneth Branagh always makes gorgeous films, and Cinderella was no exception. The cinematography was brilliant and the colors were fantastic. It really gave off a “fairy tale” feel.

Cinderella is full of actors I recognized right off the bat and some who made me go “Oh that’s who that was!” Lily James, who I recognized right away as Rose from Downton Abbey,  does an excellent job as the film’s title character. She is elegant, sweet and feels just like the original version! Another actor who I recognized the second she opened her mouth was Sophie McShera (Daisy on Downton Abbey) who was the “ugly step-sister” Drisella. I’m used to her sweet and kind character on Downton Abbey so it was really refreshing to see her play someone with a complete opposite personality!

And then there was the Prince. The entire movie I couldn’t place where I knew him from. He was so handsome and completely charming and I just knew I had seen him some where else. Turns out the Prince is played by Richard Madden, the same actor who played my favorite Game of Thrones character, Robb Stark! I was kicking myself when I realized!

The story doesn’t deviate from the classic Disney animated film much at all. There are even mice friends and an angry cat! I’ve read a lot of people that are unhappy with how Cinderella is characterized. They say she is passive and doesn’t go and take anything for herself. I don’t think I agree with this sentiment. Ella has lost everyone she loves and now has to endure the abuse by her step mother but even though she has been living in this horrible environment, she still manages to find it in her hart to be a good person. A lot of the complaints I have seen are because she really doesn’t go after the prince; she kind of just sits there passively when the guards show up with the shoe and the mice make sure she is noticed. But Ella is perfectly fine with this. She had her magical night of fun and that’s all that really mattered to her. Getting the prince is just a bonus, really.

Overall, it’s a really fun movie. It’s beautiful to watch and would be a good movie to go out and see with your female friends! Definitely go see it if you can!

And of course my outfit for the day! I had Cinderella in my mind when picking out this outfit, so I picked a lot of blues!

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