November 2020 Wrap Up

Things I read and watched in November!


Romancing the Stone (1984)

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WHAT A FUN MOVIE!

About: A romance writer gets to live out here fantasies, when she gets mixed up in a dangerous adventure, to Columbia.

Pros: Just trust me and watch it, it’s a pretty solid movie. And, it’s directed by Robert Zemeckis!

Cons: Are there any?

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Yes, God, Yes (2020)

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By first glance this movie could seem like another Ladybird, a coming of age movie set during the early 2000s, that follows a teenager in Catholic school. That’s pretty much where the similarities end.

About: A sheltered teenager starts having her sexual awakening but she has to suppress it do to her faith. I’m not religious and I would say this film isn’t really for religious people.

Pros: I recommend watching this! The acting, script and directing was really good! The film was about and hour and 18 minutes, not quite a normal runtime for a feature length film, BUT I’m glad. If it was any longer it would’ve dragged out.

Cons: Only negative part was the cliche where the girl gives the ‘high school sucks’ speech in front of her class.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Snow in Love by Melissa de la Cruz, Nic Stone, Aimee Friedman and Kasie West

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Snow and Mistletoe by Kasie West- This was definitely the best story in the collection. Yes, the story was very cliche… And yes, the characters don’t talk like teenagers but other than that the story was cute and fun! 100% the most christmasy one! 4.5/5

Working in a Wonderland by Aimee Friedman- This was okay. The romance was shoved in right at the end, with no set up before. The main character is sarcastic, but no, in reality she’s just mean. What’s with writers using sarcasm as an excuse to be rude? 3/5

The Magi’s Gifts by Melissa de la Cruz- THANKFULLY this was the shortest story. I’m sorry but nobody cares about materialistic teenagers. OOPS. It’s a cliche that I’m tired of seeing in books and movies. TEENAGERS DON’T TALK LIKE THIS! I SHOULD KNOW, I’M A TEEN! Most teenagers don’t care if someone is wearing a Kohl’s jacket TF. 1/5

Grounded by Nic Stone- This was so close to being the same rating for me as the Kasie West one. Almost the whole story takes place over text, just not my favorite thing. Also set in an airport, again just not my thing. But it does have great representation! This is the only story (yikes) in this collection that has poc and lqbtq+ rep. 4/5

Overall Score-

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Poldark: Season 1 (2015)

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About: Ross Poldark comes back from the war with no parents, no money, and his love engaged to another man. THE DRAMA. It’s like a soap opera with better actors, production, and thought out story lines.

Pros: Everything about this show is great! Once you start watching, you won’t stop.

Cons: Don’t get me wrong, the cinema-photography is beautiful, but it has a lot of ‘looking in the distance’ shots.

Rating: 4 out of 5.


A Princess for Christmas (2011)

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Yes, the day after Thanksgiving I watched a christmas movie… And what about it?

About: Jules Day takes her niece and nephew to England, to see their grandfather, who happens to have a hot prince son. BTW: they are not related. That’d be gross.

Not gonna lie, I was kinda living for the 2011 fashion.

Pros: It’s a hallmark movie with a bigger budget. Cheesy and formulaic but that’s it appeal!

Cons: The hip hop dance scene. Use of the word ‘ghetto.’

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.


Addams Family Values (1993)

Hope everyone had a good November! Let me know what you read!


*i own none of the pictures used*

A Guide to Cottagecore

cottagecore– an aesthetic that romanticizes nature walks, baking, flowers, and life’s simplicity.

It gained most of it’s following thanks to TikTok, Instagram and the LGBTQ+ community.

Marie Antoinette (2006)

*all photos are not mine, they’re from pinterest*


Tuck Everlasting (2002)

Thank you for reading! What’s your favorite aesthetic?

Spooky Movies I Watched In October 2020

SEASON OF THE WITCH, BITCH!

number 3 contains spoilers.


1.

The Haunting (1963)

About: This is an adaption of the 1959 novel, Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. A man named Dr. John Markway, invites two women to stay at a notoriously haunted mansion.

Pros: This is classic for a reason! Great cinematography, acting and script. If you sensitive to blood and gore, there isn’t really any, but read here for more information.

Cons: The main character’s monologue can get a little bit much at times. The main character is a little much in general. And, personally, I thought the ending was a bit anti-climatic, but it’s still worth the watch!

Spookiness: I wouldn’t say this is a scary movie, more of a thriller/mystery.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

2.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

About: A group of people are trying to survive the night, while zombies are attacking.

Pros: Quick, simple and entertaining. Holy shit, that ending, I wasn’t expecting it! And, the acting was good.

Cons: Since this movie came out 50 years ago, I personally find that some of the ‘scares’ don’t hold up. Other than that, I liked it.

Spookiness: The zombies aren’t really scary, but the sense of impending doom makes the film more suspenseful.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

3.

Don’t Look Now (1973)

About: Based on the short story by Daphne du Maurier, called Not After Midnight. After their child dies, a couple go to Italy for work. And they think they still see her running around.

Pros: The cinematography was beautiful, with a score to match.

Cons: Ok. Lets get into it. This movie was ok, at it’s best. Every second of your movie should be important to the plot of the film. I’m not someone who cares about sex and nudity in movies but the plot didn’t really need a 10 minute sex scene, did it? It slowed down the plot, and it felt like I was watching a totally different film. Also, the movie was so slow building I thought the ending scene would be very impactful. Nope. Mr Baxter gets killed (by the murderer that was running around Venice) and the blood was so red, it looked like cherry slushie. I laughed do hard. Oops.

I’m sure I didn’t ”understand the complexity of the filmmaking,” and maybe you’re right. Nonetheless, the film felt pretentious in it’s ‘complexity.

Spookiness: Does fog spook you?

I’m going to go for the obvious joke…Take the movie title’s advice.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

4.

Fright Night (1985)

About: A teenage boy fears for his life when his neighbor turns out the be a vampire. Directed by Tom Holland and staring Chris Sarandon and William Ragsdale.

Pros: I love when a movie uses practical effects! (That transformation scene with Evil Ed is fantastic!) And sure… the bat fight didn’t age great…But, I’d prefer that than some nonsense CGI.

It’s a fun horror movie! The cast is great (for the most part). It’s campy and spooky, truly the best of both worlds.

Cons: The middle and ending dragged out. Halfway through the movie I was like, ‘ah yes if feels like the middle of a movie.’ If you’re watching a movie and thinking about the length of a movie, not a good sign. Some of the conversations I zoned out. The bat fight.

Spookiness: Fun lighthearted horror movie.

I haven’t watched the 2011 remake, maybe it’s good? I’d only watch it for Toni Collette though.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

5.

The Innkeepers (2011)

About: Two hotel workers spend their shifts hunting for evidence of supernatural activity. Staring Sara Paxton and Pat Healy, directed by Ti West.

Pros: The characters were very entertaining, they’re the best part of the film. And, the call back to the lock at the end (the only thing I didn’t predict).

Cons: Very Predictable. Random characters (with dedicated scenes) serve no purpose, other than to fill the time. The film spends half the movie relying on jump scares. The ending left me thinking, what was the point of this movie? This movie played it safe; even if nothing was original, the movie didn’t use tropes in a smart way.

Spookiness: Courage the Cowardly Dog episodes are scarier.

Could be a good introduction to horror for 13 year olds. Or if you haven’t seen many horror movies, it might not seem as formulaic.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

6.

The Lost Boys (1987)

About: Two teenage boys move to Santa Carla (the murder capital of the world), where a group of vampires live.

Pros: It’s purposely campy, duh, it’s directed by Joel Schumacher. A movie with punk vampires wearing fabulously bad clothes that bleed glitter blood, count me in!

The family relationship was so cute. Sam Emerson, played by Corey Haim, was such a charismatic character that you couldn’t help but want more screen time of.

Cons: THEY SAY THE NAME MICHAEL 118 TIMES.

Spookiness: A campy pick for a halloween movie night.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Thank you so much for reading, let me know what you watched this month!

Movie Recommendations Based On Folklore Lyrics

folklore is the newest Taylor Swift Album. And, it has quickly become one of my favorites of hers. I thought I’d choose films based off her cinematic lyrics, to recommend.


The 1

Roman Holiday (1953)

persist and resist the temptation to ask you If one thing had been different would everything be different


cardigan-

Before Sunrise (1995)

‘Cause I knew you, steppin’ on the last train. Marked me like a bloodstain


the last great american dynasty-

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

“there goes the most shameless woman this town has ever seen”


my tears ricochet –

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

“You had to kill me, but it killed you just the same. Cursing my name, wishing I stayed”

tw: suicide (mentioned)


mirrorball-

If Beale Street Could Talk (2018)

“And I’m still a believer, but I don’t know why”

tw: sexual assault and racism


illicit affairs-

The Piano (1993)

“And that’s the thing about illicit affairs and clandestine meetings”

TW: sexual assault, attempted suicide and domestic abuse


mad woman-

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)

“And there’s nothing like a mad woman”

TW: sexual assault, domestic abuse and suicide


betty-

Submarine (2010)

“I’m only seventeen, I don’t know anything. But I know I miss you”

TW: depression and suicidal thoughts


Hoax-

An Education (2009)

“Your faithless love’s the only hoax I believe in”

TW: (?) uncomfortable age gap