What I've Been Watching #1

I watch a lot of movies. Just in general, that's a fact you should probably know about me. And I’m also almost always binge-watching some show or other. But because I work at a library, I often get new releases before anyone else. So I typically watch at least 2-3 movies a week. Recently I haven't seen as many and it has been KILLING ME. But over the past few days I have seen 3 movies that I felt were worth telling you about, so I thought I'd start a new segment- What I’ve Been Watching. This is where I’ll share the best movies (and TV shows) I’ve seen recently, no matter how new or old they are.

The first film of note was Pride-- an inspiring, joyful, and realistic story about a group of gay and lesbian activists who allied themselves with the British miners' strike of 1984. I first heard about this film through Tumblr, and it definitely lived up to the hype. It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it appealed to both the British loving kid and the humanity in me. Quite frankly, I don’t know how to give this movie the praise it deserves in this space, so I’ll just say this: watch it. You’ll thank me later. 

The second film was Nightcrawler. From the first trailer I saw I knew I was going to love this movie, and it did not disappoint. It was well written, weird as hell, but still immensely thrilling and entertaining. It was definitely edge of your seat kind of stuff, but with an added intelligence and poignance that you don't find in typical horror or thriller movies. Jake Gyllenhaal’s portrayal of Louis Bloom was endearing, creepy, horrifying, and hilarious. I know, that’s a tall order from someone with the face of an angel, right? Yeah. And while the characters were vibrant and enthralling, I was much more impacted by the overall plot and subject matter. It’s not an easy feat to make a film about morals and ethics in journalism into a thriller. I was shouting at the TV for most of the film, much to the dismay of my family. This was a fantastic film if you're in the mood for something a little more adult in subject matter.

The third film I saw was Cinderella. Of course I was a fan of the animated film as a child, but I was only mildly interested in the live action adaptation. Until I started seeing gifsets on Tumblr. Then I'm not entirely sure what happened, but it was like a switch flipped, and all I wanted to do was see it. I was honestly really excited to go. It didn't hurt that I love the lead actors- Lily James plays darling Lady Rose on Downton Abbey (which I love), and Richard Madden plays Robb Stark on Game of Thrones (which I love more than life itself).  It was brilliantly scored, the costume design was incredible, and Lily James and Richard Madden had amazing chemistry. It appealed to the 7 year old in me in every possible way, and made me believe in the appeal of glass slippers and fairy tales again. Living in this stupidly modern world, it seems that I may have done away with some of that child-like whimsy and fantasy at some point. But I’m glad that this movie has brought it back into my life again, because we all deserve to feel like princesses. I was squealing like a child throughout, and my friend and I couldn’t name a single complaint with the film, except that we wanted to see it again the second it was over. Seriously, do yourselves a favor and go see this film. It will re-inspire childlike innocence and happiness in your cold, dead hearts. Or at least that’s what it did for me anyway.

Lastly, just this morning I finished watching the first season of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, which is a Netflix Original Series. This show is uh, you know uh….AMAZING. Those are the only words I have to describe it. I had been taking my time with it because there is only one season, but I could hold off no further. The ending was so good

So that’s about it. Those are the films (and television show) that I have been loving recently. What are you all watching? Anything I should check out? If you haven't seen it yet, the trailer for John Green's second book to movie adaptation, Paper Towns, was just released this morning. I'm definitely impressed and can't wait to see it!

Hope you’re all having a wonderful Thursday!

-Fran