Watched, Read, loved: March 2017

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Here is my monthly rundown of what I was up to the previous month. Right now it is still pretty much only addressing entertainment, but I hope to add some more life things into it soon too. Please feel free to comment below if you’ve seen any of these, or just to say hi!

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Southpaw (2015) – I love a good sport movie. Even though they are all pretty much the same story, I’m always caught up. It was no less with Southpaw, and even though Jake Gyllenhaal irrationally annoyed the shit out of me, I really enjoyed this one.

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Letters to Juliet (2010) – Amanda Seyfried delivers another charming performance. Objectively I know this isn’t a strong film, but it is so feel good I actually couldn’t care less about ratings. It is foolishly optimistic and cheerful, and a great film to watch if you are feeling down.

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The Wedding Singer (1998) – The 90’s atmosphere, combined with a surprisingly affable Adam Sandler and an adorable Drew Barrymore, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Definitely one of the best Adam Sandler films I’ve ever seen.

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My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) – I HATED the ending and I really disliked the main character. What a stupid movie.

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Enchanted (2007): This spectacular Disney production made me so happy when I watched it again. It is on a grand scale and very elaborate and so lovely to look at.

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Underworld (2003), Evolution (2006), Rise of the Lycans (2009), and Awakening (2012)

After years of ignorance I am finally familiarizing myself with this franchise. I had a great time with all these movies. Seline is such a strong female character and saves herself and her love more than once, and the feminist in me was cheering all the way.

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Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

Continuing on this journey to watch more romantic films that are seen as classics, I got to see this. It was… okay. Hugh Grant really was quite the adorable English actor in his prime, and it is easy for him to be quietly charming. Andie McDowell also had no clue how to act. I’m not sure if she’s ever had a clue in that regard, but it really is prominent here.

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The Lucky One (2012)

The Lucky One  is not by any means the worst Nicholas Sparks film – Best of Me still holds that title – but what is most notable is the awful acting. Taylor Schilling and Zac Efron just don’t gel together. I’m forced to ask whether Zac Efron actually has a brain – there is nothing shining behind those pretty blue eyes. Sure, he’s cute and ripped, but his attempt at a tortured marine invoked less sympathy than concern about synapses firing at an appropriate rate. Schilling, yeah, also pretty bad. They also have zero chemistry and the scenes looked stage and neither actor really wanted their hands on each other. Okay, I’m done. But sheesh.

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Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Kong: Skull Island is what it was supposed to be: a nice action packed adventure with a handsome cast and a big gorilla. Ticked all the boxes for me, excellent popcorn entertainment.

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Power Rangers (2017)

I had not planned going to cinema for this. I would have preferred John Wick, but I was sorely outvoted by a bunch of 30 year old men who wanted to watch Power Rangers. There is something to be said for nostalgia. I ended up having a decent enough time – I  was unaware up until this point that Power Rangers could be made into something that resembles a non-cheesy film. I’m still shocked.

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The Guardians Trilogy by Nora Roberts: Stars of Fortune, Bay of Sighs and Island of Glass

I read these three books in the span of two weeks and I don’t regret one second of it. It is the most fun I’ve had in ages with Nora Roberts’ fantasy work.

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Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince (JK Rowling)

The penultimate book in the best series to have ever been written is overshadowed in intensity only by the last book. Half Blood Prince is consistently one of my favorites. It features the more mature trio, naturally Dumbeldore’s death and the discovery of the reason behind Voldemort’s apparent immortality.

Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows (JK Rowling)

Horace Slughorn returning to the castle to fight, Snape’s secret, Fred dying, Lupin and Tonks, Colin Creevy being tiny in death, Kreacher’s bullfrog voice, Dobby’s death, Hagrid throwing MacNair, Molly vs. Bellatrix– the last hundred pages of this book is nonstop goosebumps. I get tears in my eyes every time. Every. Single. Time. Deathly Hallows binds every single event that occurred in Potter from the very first page of The Philosopher’s Stone to the very last page of Deathly Hallows in a neat bow. This is truly the best thought out work I’ve ever read by an author.

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Angel’s Fall (Nora Roberts)

I really enjoy reading through my Nora collection at least once a year. Right now I’m with Reece and Brody, and I particularly enjoy the book – I like both main characters, the setting, the plot and development of said plot.

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9 thoughts on “Watched, Read, loved: March 2017

  1. I’m totally with you on Letters to Juliet. Pure fun and couldn’t care what the ratings say (In fact, I never care what the ratings say for any movie).
    Underworld – always enjoy the first one, sometimes the second. Give the latest one (Blood Wars) a miss though – it is not great.
    Lucky One is sweet but my favourite Nicholas Sparks movies will probably stay A Walk to Remember and Safe Haven. I totally disliked The Best of Me – felt like the rug was being pulled out from under me with that ending but in general, didn’t make me feel very happy.
    Seems we have similar opinions – My Best Friend’s Wedding’s ending….arghh…I was left feeling so unsatisfied. And I can’t understand the hype about Four Weddings…also felt it “ok”.
    Great list of movies you’ve watched!

    • I’ve often found that I enjoy a lot of films with bad ratings. Liking a movie should anyway not be based on if the critics think they are good. I really enjoy Letters to Juliet. Such a nice, sweet film.

      I also heard Blood Wars wasn’t that good. The one before it, the 2012 one, already sucks a little bit. Guess I’ll see if I get to it.

      The Lucky One is one of the better NS films. I disliked Best of Me so much. The entire story just sucked and that ending even more so. My favorites are The Notebook and a Walk to Remember.

      Haha we really do have the same opinions!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  2. What an awesome month! I can’t believe it took me so many years to watch Enchanted, that is such a feel good movie. I really need to see Southpaw soon, I’m not a huge sports fan but I luuuurve Jake Gyllenhaal so I can’t go wrong I think 😀

    • It certainly was! Enchanted is so cute, but I keep forgetting that and every time I watch it I am reminded that it is great! Southpaw is SO good. I’m not a Gyllenhaal fan (no idea why, it is irrational because he’s very talented) and i loved this movie, so I think you will too!

  3. Love Letters to Juliet and Enchanted to bits 🙂 They are some of my go-to feel good movies 🙂 I honestly don’t remember much about The Lucky One at all now that you mention it. I just know that I didn’t hate it, but then I’m pretty forgiving for these Nicholas Sparks adaptations. My most hated still goes to The Last Song, can’t deal with Miley Cyrus and her acting. The book however is pretty solid. 😉

    • Me too! Glad I am not alone in this. The Lucky One is okay. Some bad acting but really not the worst Sparks film out there. I always watch his movies! hahaha. The Last Song is bad and it really is because Miley can’t act. My favorite is probably still The Notebook / A Walk To Remember and my least is Best of Me. ugh.

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