Thursday Movie Picks: 2018 Movies

Thursday Movie Picks

We’re still in January and I’m already at risk of falling behind on my resolutions! My toddler has decided this week that sleep isn’t really for her so I’ve been exhausted, meaning no cinema trips and not being able to stay awake past 8pm. I will not give up on keeping this little blog active however so I’m jumping in at the last minute with my picks for Wanderer’s Thursday Movie Picks, and fingers crossed I’ll be more active around here very soon.

This week’s theme is 2018 Movies, and as I’ve already posted my Best and Worst lists for the year, I thought I would pick 3 movies from the year that I haven’t seen yet – but want to see asap!

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Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse (2018)

Totally my bad. I had more than enough opportunities to go and see this but in the back of my mind, I wondered how good it would be. Turns out it’s one of the best-rated movies of the entire year!

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Wildlife (2018)

This one’s at least not my fault. No cinema near me was showing this so I’ve been patiently waiting for a home release. It has an interesting premise and it’s directed by Paul Dano, so that alone is reason enough to check it out!

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Crazy Rich Asians (2018)

Released just before I started going to the cinema regularly, but I really regretted not making a bigger effort to see it. I love a good rom-com!

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Thursday Movie Picks: The Cold

Thursday Movie Picks

Look at me, 2 weeks into the New Year and still keeping up with my resolutions! If only I could get rid of all the leftover Christmas food in the house so easily. This week’s theme for Wanderer’s Thursday Movie Picks couldn’t have been timed any better, because I am so fed up of the cold now! It always feels like Christmas brings the end of Winter when actually Spring is still so far away…

Still, it’s the perfect excuse to stick a pair of slippers on over fluffy socks, make a giant mug of tea and watch a few movies! Here are my picks this week.

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Wind River (2017)

Wind River is a fantastic murder mystery movie set in snowy Wyoming, starring Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen who provide their best performances yet. It’s a dark story that left me feeling cold for a number of reasons, but also one of those movies that I had to mull over for a few days before deciding how I felt about it.

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The Hateful Eight (2015)

Speaking of good mystery stories, I really enjoyed The Hateful Eight. It’s been on my mind this week anyway because I’ve just seen Bad Times at the El Royale and they share similarities. Boring side note – we have a conservatory at home which is like a glass igloo in winter, any time anyone opens the door I’m reminded of the door in The Hateful Eight!

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The Grey (2011)

Okay so maybe not all of my picks this week are great movies, but The Grey features Liam Neeson trudging his way through snowy Alaska after surviving a plane crash…and ends with him having a fist fight with a rabid wolf. That’s just badass, if not a little silly. The toughest thing I ever did in the snow was fall on my arse and only cried for a few minutes.

Thursday Movie Picks: Place in Title

Thursday Movie Picks

It’s the first Thursday of the year and I’m starting as I mean to go on. Since Wandering Through the Shelves started this series a few years ago I’ve dabbled but never really committed. 2019 will be my year!

This week’s topic is Place in Title. I sat with my pen hovering over my little blogging notebook for ages trying to think of a single movie, and then all three came to me at once! Here are my picks…

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In Bruges (2008)

I love this movie so much, and yet I only watched it for the first time quite recently. So many people had suggested it to me but I never saw the appeal. In Bruges is dark humour at its finest – and a must watch! At the very least you should check out the bell tower scene.

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What Happens in Vegas (2008)

How weird – another 2008 movie. I can’t even count how many times I’ve watched What Happens in Vegas, but they were all from 10 years ago with my High School bestie. We were obsessed with it for ages (it sparked a bit of an Ashton Kutcher obsession for me) and if you ever mention the word ashtray around us we can quote you the entire scene!

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The Florida Project (2017)

When I watched The Florida Project last year I was completely besotted, I never wanted little Moonee’s adventures at the Magic Castle Motel to end. If you’ve ever been to Disney World it’s hard to imagine that there are children living such tough lives right around the corner. One of the best movies of 2017 for certain.

2019 Blind Spot Movie List

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Apologies for the radio silence for the last week or so, but I’ve just been taking the time to enjoy the Christmas break, as well as deal with a lot of illnesses (and a broken TV!) in the family. I’ve spent some time planning for 2019 and part of that includes taking part in the Blind Spot challenge, created originally by Ryan at The Matinee and now hosted by Sofia at Returning Videotapes.

I’ve tried a couple of years to take part but always fell behind around Spring. I think it’s because I picked movies that although deemed classic, amazing, must-see, etc – they weren’t movies that really interested me, so it was really hard to find the drive to give up an evening for them.

This year I’ve been more realistic about what I think I would actually like to watch, and so without further ado, here are my choices for 2019:

JANUARY – Oldboy (2003)

FEBRUARY – Rear Window (1954)

MARCH – Saving Private Ryan (1998)

APRIL – Heat (1995)

MAY – The Matrix (1999)

JUNE – Gladiator (2000)

JULY – American Beauty (1999)

AUGUST – Chicago (2002)

SEPTEMBER – The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

OCTOBER – The Shining (1980)

NOVEMBER – Million Dollar Baby (2004)

DECEMBER – Slumdog Millionaire (2008)

Wish me luck! I’ll update this post with links as and when my reviews are up, and I’ll probably pin the post to the menu of my blog for easy viewing.

Girl Week 2018: Female Directors of 2018

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I’ve been following the amazing Dell of Dell on Movies for years now, and for the last 4 years, he’s hosted a week-long blogathon celebrating all females in movies, called Girl Week! I took part in his very first edition but missed the last 2, so there was no way I was going to duck out this year. If you want to find out more about Dell’s Girl Week, check out his announcement post here.

This year, I decided I wanted to celebrate the female directors of movies I’ve seen so far in 2018. Excitedly, I spend a bit of time on my Letterboxd account checking who directed all of the 2018 releases I’ve seen. The results were honestly quite shocking. Out of the 47 movies I’ve seen, only 4 were directed by women. 4! I wasn’t expecting a high figure, but I’m shocked it’s that low.

So although my post won’t be as long as I thought/hoped it would be, let me tell you about these 4 movies and what I love most about them.

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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, Directed by Susan Johnson

This is an absolute gem of a Netflix movie. At face value, To All the Boys is a generic high school rom com with nothing new to bring to the table. Predictable it is, but it has such an infectious charm that you can’t help but love it. I’m yet to find someone who’s watched it and hasn’t enjoyed it!

Susan Johnson has also directed Carrie Pilby (2016).

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The Spy Who Dumped Me, Directed by Susanna Fogel

I only watched and reviewed this movie recently, but it’s one I had been looking forward to for a really long time. Whilst it’s not one of the greatest comedies out there that I’m going to rewatch several times, it was a lot of fun when I viewed it. The chemistry between the two lead actresses really made it worthwhile for me!

Susanna Fogel has also directed Life Partners (2014).

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Blockers, Directed by Kay Cannon

Okay everybody, raise your hand if you expected Blockers to be anywhere near as funny as it turned out to be…no one? I know, right! I’m just so glad for the bloggers out there who gave this movie a chance because I was going to skip it completely. If you haven’t watched it yet – please do! It’s one of the better comedies of this year for sure.

Blockers is Kay Cannon’s directional debut.

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I Feel Pretty, Directed by Abby Kohn (and Marc Silverstein)

From what I can gather, Amy Schumer is a bit like Marmite, people either love her or hate her. I don’t follow her activities closely enough to have formed any real judgement, and whilst I Feel Pretty wasn’t a perfect movie, it had some brilliantly funny moments and I really appreciate the sentiment that it was rooting for.

I Feel Pretty is Abby Kohn’s feature-length directional debut.

I don’t feel like I’ve been able to make this post as positive as I would have liked, but if nothing else I think I’ve highlighted the fact that we need more female directors out there!

Thank you again Dell for hosting this amazing blogathon – I’m looking forward to reading everyone else’s posts!