Sunday, July 7, 2019

Challenge Completed: 30 Netflix Movies In 30 Days!




Hi guys! In May I undertook a movie challenge, namely my 30 Netflix Movies in 30 Days Challenge. Did I get anywhere near watching 30 movies? No I did not. As it turned out, May was kind of busy, and I was all over the place, with long movie-less stretches, then days I'd get multiple titles watched in. My grand total was 16, which is over halfway at least! So here are the films I saw and what I thought of them!

1. GET OUT
I started off my challenge brilliantly with this unsettling horror film directed by Jordan Peele in his directorial debut. This was so creepy, with amazing acting, including welcome comedic relief from the main character's best friend. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and loving this, and I don't even usually like horror films!

2. TAG
This ridiculous adventure is surprisingly based on real-life events, and although it's not going to win any awards, it's funny in parts and comes under the category of 'guilty pleasure' viewing for me. A movie you can just put on and not think about!

3. GAME NIGHT
Much like TAG, GAME NIGHT is 'stupid funny' but if you're a fan of Jason Bateman comedies, you'll enjoy it. There were enough funny bits to keep me engaged with the interesting storyline.

4. ISN'T IT ROMANTIC
First of all, I'll watch anything with Rebel Wilson in it #fangirlalert. Even though this was quite clever, I found it to be both good and bad at the same time. Not everything works, but it is ultimately satisfying. Side note: how many times have Rebel Wislon and Adam Devine starred together now? I love these two together!

5. BACHELORETTE
I hated this film with every fibre of my being! It was utter bullshit, not even funny and barely watchable. The characters were horrible and offensive with no redeeming qualities and I basically hated all of them. Not even Rebel Wilson could save this abomination. Also, does Isla Fisher play exactly the same crazy, over the top character in every single film, or am I going insane?

6. THE BIG SHORT
I have mixed feeling about THE BIG SHORT. It has an impressive cast, and the story, based on real-life events, is very interesting. However, I found the celebrity cameos (Selena Gomez, Margot Robbie etc) as annoying as the rapidly cut together scenes. It was good overall, but I get the feeling most people enjoyed this one more than I did.

7. BAD MOMS
I love watching a comedy with a female lead cast! This is quite funny, and even though I looked on in horror at some of this, I also could relate to other parts! It's an entertaining romp and I'll now be seeking out the sequel. Stay tuned for the cast with their real life Mums during the end credits. It's quite sweet!

8. UNICORN STORE
I really enjoyed Brie Larson's directorial debut film. Of course, I'm magnetically drawn to anything with unicorns as the subject matter, obviously! This is weird, mystical, whimsical, beautiful and a bit sad. With the added bonus of Samuel L Jackson, for the win! I highly recommend this one, for something out of the ordinary.

9. MIDNIGHT IN PARIS
In this Woody Allen directed fantasy-comedy, Gil, Owen Wilson's character, goes back in time to 1920's Paris, a time and place this screenwriter and aspiring author romanticizes. I should probably read the works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. I keep giving them more chances, but I need to accept that I really don't enjoy Woody Allen films. Also, Rachel McAdams character in this is a total bitch, with not one redeeming quality. Ugh!

10. THE NICE GUYS
Here's a prime case of building up a movie too much in your head as you've been wanting to see it for so long, then being totally disappointed when it doesn't live up to your expectations. So I feel let down by this film, despite great performances from Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling, another actor who I'll watch in anything. It was good, but not great. Oh well.

11. MOVIE 43
What. Is. This. Film? Well it's highly offensive, and it won't be for everyone. It's basically gross out humour starring an ensemble cast and split up into fourteen different stories, each directed by a different person (Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks, James Gunn and Brett Ratner to name a few). Think Hugh Jackman with a ballsack on his neck and Chris Pratt with diarrhea after taking a laxative because his partner asks him to shit on her. No words. It's pretty dire and the best part is spotting all the stars who miraculously agreed to be a part of this!

12. LIFE OF THE PARTY
I found this Melissa McCarthy comedy (written by McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone) to be incredibly unfunny, although it does improve slightly throughout. All I'll say is, thank God for Maya Rudolph.

13. ALEX STRANGELOVE
This is an enjoyable cute and funny Netflix original coming of age story, dealing with sexual identity. Produced by Ben Stiller, it's heartfelt and very heartwarming. Recommended!

14. EQUALS
I really enjoyed this Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult starring sci-fi romantic drama. It was an atmospheric rollercoaster that had me enthralled throughout, reminding me of the classic Romeo and Juliet story in parts! It's a bit moody and slow, but if you're a fan of these actors, you'll enjoy it. Also starring Aussies Guy Pearce (with a very short haircut) and Jacki Weaver.

15. EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL AND VILE
Zac Efron is amazing as serial killer Ted Bundy in this captivating film. It's super intense and I was seriously transfixed the whole time. Told from the point of view of Bundy's girlfriend Elizabeth Kendall, this biographical crime thriller features one of Efron's best performances and legitimately makes me want to watch Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes series on Netflix as well.

16. GIRLS TRIP
Again, it's fantastic to see an all-female lead in a film. Although overlong, this is certainly funny and entertaining, and features a few notable gross-out comedy scenes. Tiffany Haddish is the absolute stand out star of GIRLS TRIP (although you may not be a fan if you find swearing objectionable); she is hilarious and I now have to watch everything else she's in!







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18 comments:

  1. Nice article! I also think watching 30 movies in only a month is really hard. 16 is a good job! :) I think I add extremely wicked, shockingly evil and vile to my watchlist.

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    1. Thanks for reading Sel! Hope you enjoy Extremely Wicked as well :)

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  2. Viewing 16 movies in a month is so dedicated of you! The things you do for your readers - lol! I have now added a couple of these to my must view list but unlike you it will probably take me a couple of months to actually get around to viewing them.

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    1. Thanks Ingrid! I know how you feel, there's no way I'd be able to get movies watched like this this month, so busy already!

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  3. Oh I think you did well! I've only watched The Unicorn Store out of this list. Next on my list is Wine Country - I've heard good things about it :)

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    1. I want to see Wine Country! Love the cast and keep seeing the trailer for it! Thanks Sammie x

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  4. Thanks for your reviews, there are quite a few I won't be adding to my list now! #Lifethisweek

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    1. Haha yes I just realised there are quite a few films I didn't like in this list!

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  5. I love movies and never get to see everything I want, so 16 movies in one month is quite a feat! Nice succinct reviews. You've inspired me to challenge myself to see 30 as well! I'm going to shoot for August. Thanks! Feel free to take a peek at my blog if you'd like www.thesearebetterdays.com

    Following you now on Facebook and Instagram!

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    1. Oh lovely! I'm so glad I inspired you and will check out your blog and follow back! Thank you :)

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  6. I am not a fan of anything (other than social media) that takes my attention past 20 minutes. How bad am I? I am not a movie fan anymore. It's my husband who loves his Netflix and Stan and mixes and matches various series and movies. Glad you got to see at least this many!!

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is Self-Care Sharing Your Story. I hope you will consider linking up again. Denyse.

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    1. Maybe you'd enjoy some of the series on Netflix that only go for 22 or so minutes? Thanks for the link up :)

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  7. The only one I have seen is 'Isn't it Romantic'. I did try to watch the new Adam Sandler/Jen Anniston movie but the buffering was shocking, I'll try again today.

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    1. Oh I'm not even sure what that new movie is? I better Google it!

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  8. I've seen a few. I'm not a huge Rebel Wilson fan I must admit but I tried to watch Isn't It Romantic but I didn't get past the first 1/3 or so.

    Interestingly I watch a lot more TV series than I do movies. Even lately I've been looking for shorter things to watch, but I'd prefer to watch 2 x 1hr episodes of a show than a movie. I don't know what that's about?!

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    1. I totally get what you mean! I love watching TV shows and 2 x 1 hour shows actually feels shorter than a whole movie sometimes! This weekend we watched all of Santa Clarita Diet S3 :D

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  9. I hadn't heard of this challenge. You did well tho! I don't even have Netflix anymore :(

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    1. It's not an actual thing, I just made the challenge up lol!

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