Thursday Movie Picks: Parenthood

For a while, I scoffed at movies all to do with being a parent. Everything was either over-dramatised or made to look far easier than it really is. Now, I’ve come to realise that’s the way it has to be. No one wants to part with their hard-earned cash to watch a pair of adult actors pick up half-chewed cereal scattered across the house, reading the same colourful book 5 times in a row, trying to work out why pasta was the best food ever yesterday but disgusting today, and traipsing around the park all afternoon in an attempt to wear the little devils angels out.

You guessed it, this week’s Thursday Movie Picks theme is Parenthood. It’s a huge topic, but I’ve narrowed my choices down to simply my favourites.

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Away We Go (2009)

As seems to always happen with these themes, I only watched Away We Go for the first time last month. It’s a beautiful little movie starring John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph all about becoming parents for the first time, and all the worries and anxieties that come with it. There are so many moments that made me laugh out loud, like poor Maya being told constantly how huge she looks. People! What is it about pregnancy that makes it totally okay and normal to call a hormonal woman huge?!

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Captain Fantastic (2016)

Everyone has their own ideals about how to raise children, and Viggo Mortensen plays a Father who, with his wife, has raised his children in the mountains, teaching them how to hunt and forage for their own food and how to treat injuries. They have home-schooled all of their children also, to the disgust of the kid’s grandparents. When the family is forced together after a tragedy, the inevitable conflicts emerge. Captain Fantastic is such a touching movie, I loved it.

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Instant Family (2019)

This is one of the many movies released this year that has taken me by surprise. I expected a fairly average Mark Wahlberg comedy about how adopting foster children can ruin your relationship, but Instant Family was so sincere and strangely real and honest about the whole process, from the struggles that the children themselves go through to the judgments that your own family can make about it all. It balances the drama and comedy really well, which I think is so hard to do.

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Mini Reviews: Movies Watched in June

Not gonna lie, I lost my movie mojo a little at the start of June. Maybe it was the shocking amount of rain we were having in the UK that was making me feel glum, or maybe it was because I couldn’t settle on what Keanu Reeves movie to watch next, but either way, both the weather and my movie watching picked up eventually! As I’ve started to do, here are some mini-reviews on the movies I saw in June but didn’t write a full post for.

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Wonder Park (2019)

I wasn’t super excited to see Wonder Park or anything but I’ve always loved rollercoasters and theme parks, even the games like Rollercoaster Tycoon, so I still wanted to see what it was like. It was pretty meh. It uses cheap tactics to pull on your heartstrings and it just feels like a second-rate Pixar movie. Almost like a budget Inside Out to be honest. Plus – why the hell is the movie called Wonder Park if the park in question is actually called Wonderland?! It’s still annoying the hell out of me.

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Demolition (2015)

I realised it’s been a year since I announced I would watch my entire watch list by the end of 2018. Whoops. That didn’t go well. I’m not giving up though, so Demolition was next on my list. It’s a quiet and melancholy little movie, typical Jake Gyllenhaal to be honest, but still very much enjoyable. I remember a time when I was a teen that angsty Gyllenhaal movies were my life – teen Allie would have loved Demolition much more than adult Allie.

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Murder Mystery (2019)

I’ve been looking forward to this one for ages but my sleep-deprived brain convinced itself that Jason Sudeikis was the main star?! It was only when I opened up Netflix on the night the movie dropped that I realised it was even an Adam Sandler movie. We all know to watch with caution when this guy is involved. I didn’t love it like I hoped, but there was still a lot of funny moments. Luke Evans was a delight, and that guy who only spoke in raps had me laughing every time he showed up!

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Slaughterhouse Rulez (2018)

This is one of those movies I kind of forgot existed after it left the cinema. I missed it, and only caught it this month, and it was pretty ‘meh’ to be honest. Why oh why would you cast Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in a movie together and then only let them share one, brief scene? I was really hoping this would be Shaun of the Dead but set in a British boarding school. It wasn’t, sadly…

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Away We Go (2009)

See, I’m making a real effort to tick off my watch list! About 5 minutes into Away We Go I realised why it must have been on the list to begin with. It’s all about pregnancy, becoming parents and not knowing your place in the world. One of you lovely bloggers must have recommended it when I announced my pregnancy. My little girl is going to be 2 in October, so yeah, that’s how neglected my list is! Anyway, once I’d realised this was more of a drama than a comedy, I adored this movie. I highly recommend it to anyone else during their pregnancy, it paints such a more realistic picture than the terrible and loud comedies out there.

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Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)

Okay, so I was certain I’d seen this movie before, just so long ago that I couldn’t really remember anything about it. My husband never has though, and let’s face it – that’s a crime. He loved it (duh!) and now I’m not convinced I ever did watch it as a kid. It was so stupidly funny, had some most excellent time travel bits, and not only made history fun but made it make sense! I hated history at school, loathed it, and I’m sure this movie might have made me change my mind. I laughed every time Socrates’ name was pronounced ‘Soh-craytes’ – it was a joke that never got old!

Aaaand just in case you missed any, these are my full reviews for June:

Ma (2019)
The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (2018)
Dark Phoenix (2019)
Men In Black: International (2019)
Gladiator (2000)
Brightburn (2019)
Toy Story 4 (2019)

Thursday Movie Picks: Private Eye

Thursday Movie Picks

Does anyone else find that the Thursday Movie Picks weeks they think are going to be the easiest, turn out to be the hardest? This week’s theme is Private Eye, and I love a good detective thriller, but as I scrolled and scrolled through my film diary it turns out most of the ones I’ve seen are to do with police departments rather than private detectives.

That said, I still found 3 good picks for this week – but I’m really excited to see everyone else’s as I know I’ll be adding a lot to my watch list! As always, let me remind you that Thursday Movie Picks is hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves. Check out the schedule and join us if you don’t already!

Without further ado, here are my 3 favourite movies featuring private detectives…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)

When a family member disappears without a trace 40 years ago, her uncle suspects murder and hires a journalist and hacker to act as private detectives. It’s based on a book which is an excellent read and although the 2011 remake by David Fincher is still a very good movie, the 2009 original is far better. It’s darker, grittier, and stays truer to its source material. I haven’t seen the very latest one yet but I know it can’t be as good.

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Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

Based on the classic Agatha Christie novel, Murder on the Orient Express is arguably a bit style over substance, but it’s a fun watch regardless! When a murder occurs on the train he’s a passenger on, detective Hercule Poirot is hired to solve the case. I haven’t read the book to know how accurate the adaptation is, and although I wouldn’t say its a very in-depth mystery, it makes a good Saturday night with a takeout movie.

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Gone Baby Gone (2007)

If you’re looking for a detective story that’s darker and packs an emotional punch, look no further than Gone Baby Gone. Directed by Ben Affleck, it’s the story of how a 4-year-old girl goes missing, how the local cops are helpless in trying to solve the case, and how the girl’s aunt hires 2 private detectives as her last resort. The movie’s tagline is “Everyone wants the truth…until they find it”, which I think is perfect.

Thursday Movie Picks: Romantic Comedies

Thursday Movie Picks

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! After work, I’ll be sharing a romantic dinner at home with my Husband…oh and our one-year-old who will be stealing food from our plates even though she’ll have already eaten her own dinner. Dessert will most likely have to wait till after her bedtime because it’s difficult to eat a chocolate tart whilst also reading a colourful board book 26 times in a row.

This week’s theme for Thursday Movie Picks (hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves) is Romantic Comedies. I love a good rom com…in fact I love terrible rom coms too, I don’t discriminate. They were my go-to genre of choice before I got into blogging so I’ve always held them dear to my heart. Here are my favourites!

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The Proposal (2009)

How is The Proposal 10 years old?! Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock are the sassiest, sarcastic and most perfect on-screen couple but the supporting cast are just as great in this. I kid you not, I can recite this movie word for word. Also, funny story. My (then) boyfriend and I went to New York to celebrate 5 years of being together, on the first night we put the TV on in the hotel room and this movie was on. The next morning we did the Top of the Rock experience at the Rockefeller Center and he proposed! He’d had it planned for ages but the movie being on was such a weird coincidence!

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Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)

My love for Crazy, Stupid, Love is probably a little obsessive. I’ve bought at least 10 copies over the years to give as gifts in the hope that I can make more people watch it. It just works – it’s a laugh out loud comedy with several sweet romantic stories within. It even has a great twist! Such a perfect movie.

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The Break-Up (2006)

Back in 2006, I was only starting to get into movies, and like I said in the opening post, I almost exclusively watched romantic comedies. I was also super in love with Jennifer Aniston (still am) so The Break-Up was an ideal pick for me to watch. What I was not expecting was to have the rug pulled under my feet in an unexpected and heartbreaking ending. I haven’t actually seen it since – because I can’t forgive it for upsetting me like that!