Monthly Recap: July 2020

I don't know about you but July has been so good to me it's going to be my favourite month of this pretty shitty year. Unless one of the upcoming months outdo July.

2020 Blind Spot Series: Boyz n the Hood (1991)

While I picked my previous (and following) Blind Spot films out of popularity or Oscar nominations and win, John Singleton's Boyz n the Hood ended on the list because of Dell over Dell on Movies and his love for the film. And because of the many great things I've read over the years, I had very high expectations. Which the film didn't meet but spectacularly exceeded as Singleton's debut is a powerful, raw, and emotional coming-of-age drama.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: TV Series Based on Movies

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After waking up covered in sweat from a 40-minute nap that felt like forever, in the heat of my AC-less room, I struggle to find words to properly introduce July's final theme. So I'm just going to say that this week we are talking about TV series based on movies, as the title says, and that since I've used the majority of those I've seen, I'm going with series I'm yet to watch but have been meaning to as I read great things about them. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Secret Doorways/Worlds

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There's nothing I'd love more right now than walk through a door and find myself on a beach on some island, doing absolutely nothing other than relaxing all day long. Preferably with Daniel Ricciardo. Who am I kidding? I wouldn't even have the energy to entertain him, if you know what I mean. Anyway, unfortunately, I live in the real world and the closest I can get to such an experience is watching a movie about someone entering a secret world. Which is exactly what we are talking about in this week’s Thursday Movie Picks.

Thursday Movie Picks: Male Buddy Movies

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I used to watch Dumb and Dumber all the time when I was young and have been watching the buddy genre over the years so, finally, a Thursday Movie Picks week I'm prepared for, although I have to keep some of my favourites out because they revolve around women.

Palm Springs (2020)

After days of either mediocre or heavy films, I decided to give Lonely Island's latest film, Palm Springs, a chance because what a better way to improve the day than with a light and short comedy starring one of my celebrity crushes, Andy Samberg? Well, despite expecting it to be good — because I loved Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping — I still can't believe what a funny, charming and delightful twist on the time-loop genre it turned out to be.

Thursday Movie Picks: Globetrotting Movies

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As someone who likes to travel but doesn’t do it very often — when I had time I didn’t have the money, and now that I have the money I don’t have the time — I hate watching movies about people travelling. That being said, there are some movies about travelling that I’ve been meaning to watch and those are my picks for this week’s Thursday Movie Picks

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Wrath

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I've been feeling so low these last couple of days, I didn't really feel like talking about movies at all. Even writing June's recap was quite a challenge as I didn't feel like doing anything other than laying on my bed and commiserate myself. But since that's not possible — I have to go to work — and I haven't missed a single Thursday Movie Picks this year, here I am, sharing three films about the sin of wrath. 

Monthly Recap: June 2020

Another month has gone by, another month of me not doing the things I said I'd do, like visiting some places and learning German, although I did improve my doodling game a lot.

2020 Blind Spot Series: The Notebook (2004)

Despite my not being into romantic films, I considered it a lack of mine to have not seen the one film many believe to be the greatest romance ever, Nick Cavassetes's The Notebook. Unlike my previous Blind Spot picks though, I did know a little going in because, when the idea of becoming a film blogger wasn't even at the back of my mind, I gave the film a chance only to quit after 10 minutes. It didn't go much better this time around as, while I managed to finish it, I found The Notebook to be just an overrated romantic flick.

Babyteeth (2019)

Some movies you just love. Some movies you just hate. Some you think are okay but turn out to be a lot more. Shannon Murphy’s Babyteeth definitely is one of the latter as I wasn’t that invested in it and yet it had a devastating, emotional effect on me. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations

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"The book is better", is something I often find myself saying when talking about (mediocre) films based on books I read and loved. It's a bit different when it comes to TV series as the long form nature of series is better suited to the purpose. It comes without saying that for this week's Thursday Movie Picks I'm going with three series that are as good if not better than the books they are adapted from. Also, theme within a theme alert! All three were written by women and has women as their main characters. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Period Dramas

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Since Spike Lee’s opinion of Green Book is all over Twitter these days I can’t help but say that period dramas aren’t my cup of tea and I would have gladly skipped this Thursday Movie Picks week. But since I vowed to not miss a single week this year, here I am talking about period dramas. And since this is the LGBTQ pride month I’m going with LGBTQ films.

Love at Second Sight: Call Me by Your Name (2017)

I still remember the first time I watched Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me by Your Name as if it were yesterday. It was a winter afternoon as cold as the film left me. As much as I wanted to love the film since it would be representing Italy at the Oscars, and I had heard nothing but praises for it, I felt absolutely nothing other than boredom. This time though, it was a whole different experience as I found myself on the verge crying multiple times, only to burst into tears towards the end.

Thursday Movie Picks: Prequels

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Let's be honest, prequels are the new Hollywood way to make more money off a worn-out franchise. This, however, doesn't necessarily mean these films have to be bad. In fact, there are plenty of good prequels and those are the ones I'm focusing on for this week's Thursday Movie Picks.

Announcing the "Love at Second Sight" Series

It's happened to all of us, watching a film everybody loves only to have the high expectations crashed by a film that miserably fails to live up to its fame. It surely has happened to me plenty of times. But just because we didn't like a film the first time we watched it, it doesn't mean we won't like it, or love it even, on a second watch, maybe years later. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Sloth

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Remember when back in March I said gluttony is the sin I'm the most guilty of? Well, never mind because this whole quarantine turned me into the greater sinner of sloth ever. Which kind of has an upside if you think about it because I could say I'm a sloth sinner as in a sloth who has committed a sin, the sin to be too adorable. Okay... I guess it's enough rambling for one day. I'll just leave you with my three picks about sloth.

Monthly Recap: May 2020

I don't know what's bothering me the most, that time is flying and it's June already or that there's still seven months before this shitty year ends. Either way, I'm glad May is over because it was a very challenging month for me. I suffered from back pain and struggled with aching joins for a week, not to mention the breast pain I had most of the month and the hay fever that hit me like a truck this year and made me wish I was dead. 

2020 Blind Spot Series: The Seventh Seal (1957)

Although it's Fanny and Alexander the film I've been meaning to watch the most, I thought I'd start my journey into the world of Ingmar Bergman with the Blind Spot Series with one of the Swedish filmmaker's first films, The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet), a film I've heard nothing but great things about over the years. Needless to say, the film turned out to be a huge disappointment as I found it to be a pretentious and tedious film. Or maybe I'm just not smart enough to get it.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Competitive Reality Shows

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I'm one of those people who think reality shows are dumb, hence don't watch them, and judge whoever watches them. But the truth is that I too am guilty of watching such shows. Sure, I might not die of excitement waiting for the week's episode of Big Brother, or The Bachelor, or whatever, but I do love me some cooking reality shows. So yeah, that's what I'm going to pick for this week's Thursday Movie Picks.

Thursday Movie Picks: Great Final Films of an Actor

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Well, I guess it was only a matter of time before getting a challenging theme for the Thursday Movie Picks series and this week's is the challenge I've been dreading. The thing is that I haven't seen a lot of final films and those I've seen, Guess Who's Coming to Dinner being the only exception, are far from being great. The reason why today I'm going with three final films of actors I'm yet to see but that are on my watchlist as I've heard nothing but great things about them.

Thursday Movie Picks: Girls Trip

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Blowing my nose like there's no tomorrow because of hay fever, with my lower back and left boob hurting like crazy (I'm not pregnant and I wasn't slapped in the boob by Olive Penderghast so why is this happening?!), and drinking a cup of vanilla cake flavoured black tea I can't even taste nor smell, there's nothing I'd like more than a girls trip... but since it's not happening, thank you COVID19, I'll have to settle for movies about girls trip, which is this week's Thursday Movie Picks theme. So without further wasting your time, I leave you with my picks.

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Envy

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As it's been for the past three months, the month of May too opens with a deadly sins-themed Thursday Movie Picks, envy, a feeling that is probably familiar to all of us as I'm sure at some point in our lives we've been envious of someone, probably for the silliest of reasons too.

Look Who's Back (2015)

A while ago, a friend of my mother's suggested me an Italian film, I'm Back (Sono tornato), as she thought I'd enjoy it. So I did what I always do, I googled the film but only to find out that its interesting concept wasn't even original as the film is a remake of a German film, Look Who's Back (Er ist wieder da). A film I finally watched and absolutely adored as it is a brilliant and hilarious dark comedy with a towering performance by Oliver Masucci.

Monthly Recap: April 2020

Oh hey, it's May! Another beautiful month of (semi) quarantine, and another month for me to live my best life by sleeping almost till 7, wearing leggings all the time and not dealing with people as bars aren't allowed to re-open before June 1st. Seriously though, I'm kind of enjoying the quarantine life as I have time to experiment in the kitchen — look at this pizza and my 2020 collection on Instagram —, to workout properly, to learn new things such as German and doodling as well as things about myself I wasn't fully aware of, and, of course, to watch films and catch up on TV series.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Game Shows

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There's something I started to appreciate more since I work as a bartender, game shows. Because one thing is showing off your knowledge to family members, which in my case in tops three people, and one thing is showing it off to many more, older and supposedly with more knowledge people who looks at you and think, "wow, not only she's good looking, she also knows stuff". Without any further bragging, here are my three picks but this week's Thursday Movie Picks. By the way, they all are Italians, or the Italian version, because I kinda watch game shows only when I'm forced. 

2020 Blind Spot Series: Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

I didn't know much about Bonnie and Clyde when I picked it for my Blind Spot Series. I knew it told the story of a couple of thieves, that it won a couple of Oscars while scoring tons of other nominations, and that it is widely loved among cinephiles. The latter two are the reason why I had very high expectations about it. Sadly, Arthur Penn's film didn't meet them as I found it a rather bland and repetitive lovers-on-the-run film.

The Truman Show (1998)

As I've said before in my Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond review, I have never been a Jim Carrey fan as he is the kind of actor whose only appeal lays in finding funny his overacting. I had to think again when I saw Charlie Kaufmann's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, where Carrey gives a terrific, emotionally deep performance that breaks me every time I watch the film. To be completely fair though, although I forgot, I had already seen his talent many years prior, when one of my high school teachers showed us Peter Weir's The Truman Show, a unique, emotional, entertaining as well as thought-provoking film.

Thursday Movie Picks: Verbal Altercations

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When it comes to fighting, I find words to be more effective than fists. Sure, a good old physical altercation can be fun and entertaining to watch and leave at least one of the people involved in more or less pain, but it doesn't even more close to the hurtfulness of words. For this week, I'm going with films whose verbal fights that hurt me.

Thursday Movie Picks: Numbers in the Title

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Since I don’t seem to be able to come up with anything interesting to introduce this week’s theme I’m going straight to the point, movies that have numbers in the title. And since there are too many great films fitting the theme I decided to go with three films I loved but haven't seen in a while and therefore have been meaning to rewatch — also, they all have an actor I love.

Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (1998)

One of the films I was suggested when I reviewed Guy Ritchie's Snatch was the director's first feature film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. I was told it shared a lot of similarities with the aforementioned and, knowing nothing other than that, almost a year later I gave it a shot. And right now I'm regretting not watching it earlier because it is an entertaining, fun and exciting feast of dark humour and crime.

Thursday Movie Picks: Movies about Animals

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Hey, all you cool cats and kittens, it's Carole at Big Cats Rescue... oops, I meant it's Sonia at A Film A Day and this is the animal-themed week of Thursday Movie Picks. Since I am a proud owner of a gorgeous cat, and that Tiger King series really left a mark on me, my post is going to feature three films about cats.

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Greed

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MONEY, MONEY, MONEY sings the ABBA, and I feel like I couldn't pick a better way to introduce April's first theme, greed. Without much further ado — because I'm going to spend the rest of the day trying to find something worth watching on Netflix which is very likely ending up with me rewatching Easy A for the millionth time — I leave you with my picks.

Monthly Recap: March 2020

I miss the good old days when I was making fun of people losing their minds over Coronavirus, and saying that it felt like being in a disaster movie because roads, bards, cinemas, and etcetera were empty. At least they were open at the time. Now it's all closed. We need to sign a paper to go to work — those unfortunate people who still go — or buy food. We can't even go on a walk — which is why I'm seriously losing my mind because I was used to walking 10km daily and now I have to circle around my kitchen isle to reach 10k steps. But at least I live in a big house hence I'm not suffocated by my family 24/7, and I even have a decently equipped home gym. It feels like living in a dystopian film, I kid you not.

2020 Blind Spot Series: The Terminator (1984) & Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Something I more or less enjoyed over the years is watching beloved movie franchises — from Rocky to Friday the 13th, I watched all the major ones. As I was writing down my Blind Spot picks for the year I noticed that one was still missing, the Terminator franchise. I decided to go with the first two films only as I was told they were the great ones, the only worth watching. And so did I. And what a dreadful experience it was.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Docu Series

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Thanks to COVID19 I'm catching up with many series these days — I finally finished Orange Is the New Black, watched Russian Doll, and I've picked up again Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, and started Money Heist — but given the apocalyptic/sci-fi horror set up my life now has I'm focusing on fictional stuff only. Which is kind of a shame because there are so many documentary series out there people keep talking about in a very good way. Those are the series I'm going to pick for March's final Thursday Movie Picks, documentary series people love that I'm yet to see. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Bad Boys

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9 days of quarantine and my brother has already lost it. He's growing a moustache now. Or maybe he's trying to copy the look of someone from Narcos: Mexico since he's catching up on the series (by the way, I haven't seen the series yet but I assume there's plenty of people with horrific moustaches in it). Maybe he just wants to look like a bad guy without actually being one — for the latter, he could simply go for a ride with his bike and break the law. Why am I bringing this up? Because the theme for this week's Thursday Movie Picks is bad boys and I'd really feel like I'm not fulfilling my life as a sister if I didn't share this embarrassing thing about him since it fits the theme. But enough with the rambling, here are my picks.

Lost Girls (2020)

I was very reluctant when Netflix's latest original, Lost Girls, popped up on my homepage last Friday. I, however, was very intrigued by its cast — specifically Amy Ryan and Thomasin McKenzie — and, after a brief survey on Twitter, I decided to give it a chance. And I'm glad I did as it turned out to be an absorbing and intriguing, although by the numbers, true-crime drama.

Thursday Movie Picks: Spoofs / Satires / Mockumentaries

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The bar where I work closed on Monday due to Coronavirus which leaves me with a lot of free time, the time I need to watch all those series I started on Netflix but never finished — and never will because I realized watching series and movies all day is no longer my thing. Anyways, the series I restarted watching is Brooklyn Nine-Nine which obviously brought back my Andy Samberg phase. Why am I telling you this? Because for this multiple themed Thursday Movie Picks I decided to go with three mockumentaries starring him. Plus a bonus pick because it's the greatest mockumentary ever. 

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Gluttony

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As you can tell by the title, March's deadly sin is gluttony, probably the one I'm the most guilty of, and yet I can't come up with movies about it. For this reason I'm going with scenes where a character is really enjoying his/her food.

Monthly Recap: February 2020

I cannot but open this monthly recap with the wonderful news of Italy finally having primacy in Europe and, if Italians continue to act like dickheads, we are probably going to out to South Korea and maybe even China. What am I talking about? The Coronavirus, ladies and gentlemen. February's hot news. The thing everyone talks about. The thing everyone is shitless scared about. I kid you not people here are losing their minds here. They are emptying supermarkets, buying kilos of pasta like the apocalypse is coming, and that's exactly how this country looks now. Empty roads, empty bars, empty cinemas — the latter are even closed in the north of the country. It feels like being in a disaster movie, the actual disaster being people's stupidity.

2020 Blind Spot Series: The Artist (2011)

Although I didn't follow award season nearly as much as I do now, waking up on February 26, 2012, to the news of The Artist winning Best Picture — along with Best Director and Best Actor — was a shock to me. I just couldn't believe they awarded a black-and-white silent film and I never even bothered watching it. Since I'm no longer the shallow 18-year-old I was then and I'm a bit obsessed with watching Best Picture winners and nominees, I figured I'd pick it as my Blind Spot for the month of February.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: Romance

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Thank god this is the last week of February because I've had more than enough of these love-related themes. I guess it's the future spinster in me that's saying that. Anyways, as always, the last week of the month we pick TV series and, without further ado, here are my three picks + a special mention for the week.

Thursday Movie Picks: Love in the Tech Age

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Had the Titanic disaster happened a century later, in 2012 instead of 1912, Jack and Rose would never have been a thing. They would have been way too focused on their smartphones to notice each other. They would have probably found each other on Twitter, while live-tweeting the disaster, and at that point it would have been too late for their ill-fated love. Or maybe they would have found each other earlier on Instagram, while searching the Titanic hashtag. Which would have made this week's Thursday Movie Picks theme, love in the tech age, a lot easier cause boy did I struggle to find three films.

Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn (2020)

Truth be told, I did not like the Birds of Prey trailers. For me, the film looked too much like a Suicide Squad sequel rather than a film on its own, it gave me the impression that it would have been a one-woman show — Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn — and that it would be just another mediocre addition to the DC Extended Universe. And I would have skipped it — which I guess was WB's not so secret agenda considering the poor marketing — if it wasn't for bloggers I follow who adored it and, especially, men who desperately want the film to fail. To my delight, the only problem I had with Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn was the title because, yes, it is almost a one-woman show as I feared, but what a fantabulous show it was.

Thursday Movie Picks: Meet Cute

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Hate it or love it, it's Valentine's Day tomorrow and my only way of celebrating it — mainly because I'm single but also because I'm not a fan of this commercial festivity — is to join the Thursday Movie Picks series as this week we are asked to pick three to five of those movies in which couples meet in cute ways.

Thursday Movie Picks: Deadly Sins Edition: Lust

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February is kicking off the new, exciting deadly sins edition and since this is the month of love, lust is the first sin we are talking about. I can't help but think how easily this would have been if they made movies about our lives — and by ours, I mean mine and some others' in the blogosphere — but there aren't so actual movies will have to do. 

Monthly Recap: January 2020

One down, eleven to go. Okay, maybe that's not exactly the right attitude to tackle 2020 but I really didn't know how to start this post. So there's that. And the fact that I completely forgot to write this ahead so I'm doing it at seven am in the morning. On a Saturday. And I already had breakfast. It's very sad, I know.

2020 Blind Spot Series: Casino (1995)

When I sat down to watch Martin Scorsese's Casino I only knew that it was a gangster film and that it is considered by many the filmmaker's finest film. The latter is actually the reason I picked it for my Blind Spot as I was curious to see how it could be better than Goodfellas. Turns out, it kind of it as it's essentially Scorsese's attempt to remake his own Goodfellas and yet it stands out on its own as a refreshing, highly entertaining and fascinating crime film.

Thursday Movie Picks: Television Edition: 2019 Freshmen Series

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There's nothing I love more than binge-watching a new TV series. However, between work, films, life, rewatches — Breaking Bad and Orange Is the New Black —, and catch-ups — Barry and The Kominsky Method —, I didn't watch many freshman series last year. Only three as it turned out when I was trying to come up with something for this week. So without further ado nor much of a choice, here are my picks.