Reading Wrap Up: January to March 2017

Initially I wanted to do a monthly reading wrap up but I haven't been reading much this year so I scrapped the idea. Last year I picked out 3 random books per month and talked about them. I'm just going to do a quarterly collective wrap up and talk about five books I liked For this quarter, I managed to read 15 things. It's a low count considering the pace I was going through last year but still good. Here are the top six that I enjoyed, in no order.

The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski tethers on the premise of mistaken identity when Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski was mistaken for someone else and gets himself embedded in a mess that he has nothing to do with. This movie plays a lot into pop culture, especially with the iconic character played by Jeff Bridges. This movie brought together a string of varied personalities to produce what is a hilarious comedy.

Air Doll

When I first read the synopsis for Air Doll, I thought that it would at least have a similar vibe to ‘Lars and the Real Girl’; since it’s one of my favorites, I dove into this one with a positive outlook. I expected that the movie would either fall on a fantasy-type spectrum, or a philosophical study of humanity. While it does fall under the latter, it was still way off from my expectations. Contains spoilers.

Beauty and the Beast

Ever since the trailer first dropped, the live adaptation of a beloved Disney classic has been heavily marketed with tons of behind the scenes, features, and song numbers to boot. The heavy marketing deemed this adaptation to high expectations. Reigning in names like Emma Watson, Ewan McGregor and Ian McKellen certainly makes the pull of the movie stronger. However, did it meet expectations?

Thursday Movie Picks: Ancient World

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week has us looking into movies set in the ancient world, particularly between 3600 BC – 500 AD. My picks are movies that were either disappointing or terrible. Here are my picks this week.

The Maltese Falcon

The Maltese Falcon is a crime drama surrounding a statue of a bird that is worth a lot of money - and the people that would go through lengths to acquire it. Sam Spade, a private detective, gets entangled into the mess when a woman approaches his agency for protection, and various characters come to play.

Thursday Movie Picks: Remakes/Sequels/Reboots I Want to See

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme is about remakes/reboots/sequels. Hollywood hasn’t shied away from rebooting, remaking, or adding sequels to popular movies so it’s no longer a surprise when an existing property is getting a glitzy upgrade. I went with one pick for each (remake, sequel, reboot) and listed accordingly.

I Killed My Mother

I Killed My Mother is my first foray to Xavier Dolan’s filmography – and I think this movie only gets good at the last five minutes, but those five minutes are enough to change my mind about it. This might be a case of over thinking things, but the beauty of the film only makes sense once all the pieces are together, and that does happen towards the end of this film.

The Mt. Rushmore of Movies Blogathon

This blogathon is hosted by m.brown of Two Dollar Cinema. I haven’t joined a blogathon for a while and this sounds fun. In his words: “To participate, simply choose the top four of anything cinematic and explain why they should be carved into a side of a mountain forever. Remember, these are real people carved into imaginary rock – so choose wisely!”

Inspired by Katy Rochelle of OhSoGeeky’s post ‘Where Did All the Rom-Coms Go?’ I’m going with my favorite Romantic Comedy Leads of the 21st Century. I narrowed down my choices in such a way that no two same personalities appear on the list. I’m excluding Bridget Jones on this because she is my all time favorite romantic comedy lead for this century and I feel like I’ve raved about the movie a lot in this site.  Here are my choices.

Thursday Movie Picks: On The Run

Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. This week’s theme involves movies where the characters are running away from something. Here are my picks this week.