Movie & TV Wrap-up: April-May 2019

Happy June. Can I just start by giving an apology and reason for why I have been so inactive on here lately. For starters; I have been so busy with university. It is the end of the semester (as you read this, I will have finished the semester and all my exams completely) and I have just been studying and getting my life in order. In my spare time I have been catching up on some movies and TV shows rather than blogging, which for the purpose of this post is a good thing. Basically I have been really wanting to start up monthly wrap up reviews of the movies and TV shows I get around to watching during each month (or in this case, the past two months). I used to do this series on my other blog Salt Currents, but stopped and began to do small reviews on my instagram stories, which ended up being way more successful than I had anticipated. I always got messages from people asking for recommendations and wanting to discuss movies or series with me, which I loved! However, it just got a bit hard to keep them all in one place, as my highlights were getting crammed from so many reviews. So instead, I have decided I will start writing short reviews here on my blog again.

The reason I have chosen to do both April and May is because it has been a pretty quiet two months in terms of film and TV for me. Obviously we had both Game of Thrones and Avengers released, which probably scared a few productions away from releasing. However, Netflix has continued to produce content rapidly and is not slowing down, and so that consumed a lot of my watch time for me these past two months. In particular regard to Avengers: Endgame, which I saw in cinemas, I have decided to leave it off this list considering I already have a full spoiler-filled discussion and review of the movie on my blog already.

Overall, I felt this month had nothing particularly standout for me (other than Avengers). Nothing blew me away or felt in the realm of five stars, which was disappointing. However, there were a few gems that I discovered. Keep reading to see my ratings and thoughts on the movies I watched during the months of April and May.

On The Basis of Sex (2018)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • This movie is based on the incredible Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who if you are not familiar (you should be), is an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court and the second female to hold the role. She is an American lawyer and advocate for women’s rights and was/is a monumental figure in the movement for gender equality (and so much more).
  • The movie, which stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer, whom I absolutely adore, was a really informative showcase of a significant chunk of the life of RBG. For someone with little knowledge of her life, it is a light and easy-to-watch film with a great subject that has transcended relevance in our society today.
  • It wasn’t very memorable and didn’t really have the impact I was hoping for as the movie as a whole feel a little flat. However, it is definitely still worth a watch.
  • I haven’t seen it yet, but I have heard a better, more informative retelling of events can be found in the RBG documentary, which was only released in 2018.

The Society (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • The society was a up and down experience for me (and I do not mean with emotions). Some episodes were interesting while others were disappointing. It was a lucky dip and you honestly couldn’t predict what you were going to get. Was it a toxic relationship? Toxic masculinity? Toxic friends? Like I said, lucky dip.
  • The plot has been done before (but worse) in Netflix’s other show ‘Between’ which didn’t get very popular as it didn’t get very good reviews. I watched it and it did nothing for me. The society was a lot better quality than Between, but still ultimately feel short of something new.
  • It was a lucky dip with the characters as well, with some being more one dimensional than a piece of paper and others being developed nicely over the course of the season. Unfortunately my favourite characters (Kelly, Cassandra and Grizz) got the least screen time possible, and so I had to put up with annoying, naive and mediocre characters through a large portion of the film!
  • I think it just got a bit too carried away with the plot and very over powering one-main-trait personalities, that an innovative and creative series just couldn’t really breach the surface on this one. For that, I gave it an average rating of 3/5 stars, as it still managed to keep me entertained until the end.

Dead To Me (2019)

Overall Verdict: 4/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Dead to Me was honestly such a fun time. I truely enjoyed the whole season. There was humour (where I actually laughed out loud), but also a lot of darker moments.
  • Christina Applegate Linda Cardellini and dJames Marsden are truely an unexpected trio to cast, but boy do they work so well together. This series flowed so naturally and the actors had great chemistry to work with. It would also be thanks to the fact that all three have had a long career in the film industry and are all extremely talented.

  • It was really interesting how they blended aspects of comedy and aspects of thriller and created a memorable and interesting show.
  • The only reason it would be more of a 4 as opposed to a 4.5 or 5, is because the beginning of the series was quite slow paced and the later half of the series tended to become quite predictable as the show went on.
  • Overall, it was a really great experience with an all-star cast and an interesting plot to keep you engaged (you just have to get through the first couple of episodes).

Game of Thrones: Season 8 (2019)

Overall Verdict: 4/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Unfortunately, I would love to sit here and give this season a massive five star rating and ramble on about how obsessed I am with this series and how devastated I am that it has ended (I am devastated, but not really for the right reasons).
  • The writing of this season was less than average in comparison to the previous seasons. The characterisation of so many characters was skewed and not in alignment with those qualities we had been lead to believe they possessed.
  • It did absolutely nothing for the strong female characters that had been dominating in the show throughout the many seasons.
  •  Yet, while there was disappointment galore, these characters are so great that I still ended up enjoying the overall experience, simply because I have been so attached to this show for so long.
  • I just think that the final season should not have been so condensed and rushed. We waited over a year for them to have 6 episodes that felt extremely mediocre.

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Unlike the critics, I did actually enjoy this movie (well, as much as you can enjoy a film about a horrific serial killer). I think the main reason I enjoyed watching this movie was the performances from the actors and actresses. Zac Efron was incredible at portraying Bundy and Lily Collins delivered a fine performance as per usual. I would also like to mention supporting characters like Kaya Scordelario also did an amazing job with their roles.
  • The overall plot felt quite bland and underdeveloped in my opinion. Although, I understand that the omission of scenes portraying the crimes he committed was purposeful, I felt that without such scenes it did bring an element of romanticisation along with it.
  • Overall, I did enjoy the movie as a whole and it did keep me engaged, but it didn’t stay with me after the credits and it certainly wasn’t anything memorable.

Giant Little Ones (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Giant Little Ones is a movie I had not heard much about until it was recommended to me, scrolling through a list of indie movies released in 2019.
  • The movie is a beautiful and raw portrait of teenage angst in its purest form. The movie is a coming of age and finding yourself story.
  • I do not want to give away much of the film as it is a very recent release. However, I will say that the movie has a great message regarding labels and why we should stop labelling people. Our emotions and feelings change and are not set in stone. We are allowed to love who we want and it is okay to be confused and unsure about what exactly you want. The movie subverts quite a few typical coming of age tropes and is a great movie about love, connection and being true to yourself.

Snowpiercer (2014)

Overall Verdict: 3/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Snowpiercer. A movie that is very highly rated by critics and moviegoers on rotten tomatoes, did absolutely nothing for me.
  • Chris Evans is great. One of my favourite actors, alongside Tilda Swinton and Octavia Spencer, who both are absolutely iconic and incredible. Therefore, for that reason and the plot itself, I definitely kept intrigued and engaged throughout the whole movie. However, it just wasn’t enough to make me love this film.
  • I found the pessimistic worldview bland, the characters were stereotypical and so I didn’t feel any emotional connection to them, at all.
  • It is meant to be making a social comment on the state of our world (especially for climate change), but it fell short for me. The class system concept and the idea of futile revolt has been done before many times (cough* George Orwell), but this depiction felt forced in my opinion and became quite predictable.

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Season 2 (2019)

Overall Verdict: 3.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • What a delight of a TV show. Even though the themes in this show are on the side of gore and teen-horror, it manages to engage me every time through comedy and humour as well as generally intriguing premises.
  • The characters in this show are very likeable in my opinion and I absolutely love to watch them go about their lives in Greendale. Each character is given really wonderful development that allows you to connect and love them individually.
  • The writing, like river dale is seriously lacking strong development, but unlike Riverdale, Kiernan Shipka and quite a few of the other actors in the show are able to rise above the mediocre script and still deliver an engaging performance that often allows you to forget some of the cringe-worthy dialogue that occurs.
  • Overall, it is a great show to binge watch at night, during the October season or just when you’re feeling in the mood for spooky but not scary (PG horror, if you will).

The Silence (2019)

Overall Verdict: 1.5/5 ★

Thoughts: 

  • Honestly don’t even want to discuss this film anymore than to say that it is BAD. No ifs and certainly no buts. Everything about this film just does not hit the mark. It is a below average plot line that literally copies the whole idea of ‘A Quiet Place’ (Walmart vs Chanel, in real life)

– Joshie

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