Monster (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 hour and 29 minutes

Genre: Drama

Starring: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Jennifer Hudson, Jeffrey Wright

A talented teen implicated in a robbery-turned-murder fights for his innocence and integrity against a criminal justice system that’s already judged him.

Movies to Beat the Heat

So since I gave you all some things to read this summer, I wanted to try and give you some options of what you should watch this summer. I’ve really enjoyed watching these movies and its a great way to try and ignore how hot its been these past few weeks. There’s a little bit of everything included in here for you all to check out.

The Mitchells Vs The Machines

A quirky, dysfunctional family’s road trip is upended when they find themselves in the middle of the robot apocalypse and suddenly become humanity’s unlikeliest last hope.

Streaming on Netflix

In the Heights

A film version of the Broadway musical in which Usnavi, a sympathetic New York bodega owner, saves every penny every day as he imagines and sings about a better life.

Streaming on HBO Max

Fear Street

All streaming on Netflix

Part 1: 1994

A circle of teenage friends accidentally encounter the ancient evil responsible for a series of brutal murders that have plagued their town for over 300 years. Welcome to Shadyside.

Part 2: 1978

Shadyside, 1978. School’s out for summer and the activities at Camp Nightwing are about to begin. But when another Shadysider is possessed with the urge to kill, the fun in the sun becomes a gruesome fight for survival.

Part 3: 1666

The origins of Sarah Fier’s curse are finally revealed as history comes full circle on a night that changes the lives of Shadysiders forever.

Luca

On the Italian Riviera, an unlikely but strong friendship grows between a human being and a sea monster disguised as a human.

Streaming on Disney+

Fatherhood

A father brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter’s birth.

Streaming on Netflix

The Happening (2008) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 90 Minutes

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

Genres: Drama, Sci-Fi, and Suspense

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Zooey Deschanel, and John Leguizamo

A science teacher, his wife, and a young girl struggle to survive a plague that causes those infected to commit suicide.

In The Heights (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: HBO Max

Length: 2 hours and 23 minutes

Directed by: Jon M Chu

Genres: Drama, Music, Musical

Writers: Quiara Alegría Hudes…(screenplay by) 

Quiara Alegría Hudes (based on the musical stage play, book by) Lin-Manuel Miranda

(based on the musical stage play, concept by)

Starring:  Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace 

The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop. The likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

A Week Away (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 Hour and 37 Minutes

Directed by: Roman White

Genres: Drama, Family, Musical

Stars: Kevin Quinn, Bailee Madison, and Jahbril Cook

Nowhere left to go, Will Hawkins finds himself at camp for the first time. His instinct is to run, but he finds a friend, a father figure, and even a girl who awakens his heart. Most of all, he finally finds a home.

Deadly Illusions (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Netflix

Length: 1 hour and 54 minutes

Directed by: Anna Elizabeth James

Genres: Thriller

Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Greer Grammer, Shanola Hampton

After a bestselling novelist suffering from writer’s block hires a new nanny for her children, the line between fiction and reality starts to blur.

Bliss (2021) Movie Review

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 103 Minutes

Directed by : Mike Cahill

Genres: Drama and Science-Fiction

Stars: Owen Wilson, Salma Hayek, Nesta Cooper

A mind-bending love story following Greg who, after recently being divorced and then fired, meets the mysterious Isabel, a woman living on the streets and convinced that the polluted, broken world around them is a computer simulation.

Megalodon (2018) Movie Review

This year I have made it a point to watch a movie at least once a week and I really wanted to find a way to share those with you. I’m not the best with talking about movies so I figured the best way to do this was through an infographic on the movies along with sharing the notes that I take while watching the movie.

Movie Description

Streaming on: Amazon Prime

Length: 88 Minutes

Genres: Action, Adventure, Horror

Directed by : James Thomas

Writing Credits : Koichi Petetsky, Thunder Levin, Canyon Prince, and James Thomas

A military vessel on the search for an unidentified submersible finds themselves face to face with a giant shark, forced to use only what they have on board to defend themselves from the monstrous beast.

Review

After Book Vs Movie Comparison

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

I haven’t completed reading the whole series yet but I did read the first book and I loved it. I had heard that the movie didn’t live up to the book and was just so wrong but had to see it for myself anyway. Now that I have watched it all the way through I really wished that I hadn’t because even if I want to go back and read the series how do I erase what I just saw from my mind.

First, I think the thing that I couldn’t get over the most was how quickly everything moved. Like I understand that it’s a movie so things can’t take as long as they do in books but the pace really changed everything. I felt that things were very rushed and there was no time to get to know any of the characters. The relationship between Hardin and Tessa felt rushed and the rest of the relationships seemed surface level or not even there. I think the book did a great job of letting us know these characters and making us feel for them but in this movie I didn’t care about what happened to any of them.

Another big thing that I couldn’t just by pass was Hardin’s personality and attitude with everyone not just Tessa. Hardin is an ass-hole in the book, it is the main reason why I like him and find the book so intriguing. Yes I know that the majority of their relationship is abusive and wrong but there’s something about it that makes me read more. The movie takes away so much of that and Hardin just seems like an awkward boy but nothing about him is scary, or harsh. Like at least make it believable that he isn’t just like the other guys Tessa interacts with.

There was so much more but I don’t want to write pages about this and go on for hours. I will probably watch the next movie though because I have to keep seeing how much worst it can get.

If you watched the movie without reading the books let me know your thoughts. Even better, if you read the books and then watched the movie lets talk.

A Dog’s Way Home Book/Movie Comparison

Now there are a few books to movies that I really enjoy and this series of books to movies have to be some of my favorites. As soon as I see that these movies are going to come out I have to watch them. I always plan to see them during their time in the theaters but wind up watching later because I want to read the book first.

As we all know movies go a lot quicker than books do so there are only snippets of longer scenes that happen in books. What I really enjoyed about this movie though is that each person/animal that Bella encounters on her journey home is included in the movie. I found that nothing was really missing in her encounters with animals/people.

The movie really does a good job of still making it about the dog and keeps the narration. I love that the movie doesn’t change that the book was all narrated by a dog because that really adds to how the viewer feels about things. There were so many scenes that I was glad that we got to hear from Bella’s perspective because it makes it so much more enjoyable. Like imagine if you were in the head of your pet?

In the book I thought that the scene that was so impactful was the portion in which Bella is staying with a homeless man. It was such a heartfelt scene in which Bella doesn’t want to leave the man so I wished that the scene was even longer in the movie. I was hoping that the scene between them would last a bit longer so that the viewer could feel that heartbreak.

While there were so many scenes in the movie that I wanted more of I also understand that movies have a limit with time. So while I love the movie and think that if you don’t want to read the book the movie is a great alternative I still advise you to read the book. You get so much more from the book and can feel for Bella and so many of these moments break your heart.