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The very first movie and one of my favorites I saw this month was Upgrade! It’s a sci-fi / action movie starring Logan Marshall-Green. The best way I can describe it without saying too much is that it’s about a guy who gets a computer chip implant called Stem, that’s able to takeover his body movement.
I went into this movie almost totally blind to what it’s about, and I think that’s best. I mentioned on Letterboxd that I wish this movie was grittier, with more gore and a little more action. But it was still so good. Logan Marshall-Green was amazing and I loved seeing him on the big screen starring in his own movie (I loved him in The Invitation)
I love teen movies and there was so much hype around this one I just had to check it out. It’s about what happens after a girl kisses her crush, who also happens to be her best friend’s rival brother, at a kissing booth. Guys…I didn’t like this movie at all. It was poorly written, poorly acted, weird and problematic at times, and just…bad.
I can sometimes appreciate a bad romantic comedy or teen movie for what it is — what some people would call a guilty pleasure (not me btw, because I don’t feel guilty about the things I like). But this one was just awful. I did love the stars though, and Joey King in particular is so adorable.
If you’ve seen my review, you already know that I loved this movie so much. It’s definitely one of the best movies of the year. It was so disturbing and haunting and downright messed up at times. It’s become one of my favorite horror movies! Check out my spoiler-free review for more.
4. Ocean’s 8
I never really got into the original movies, but I really wanted to see Ocean’s 8 because of the epic all-female cast! In the end this movie was very safe. There were no surprises or twists and I got exactly what I was expecting, which makes it technically good but nothing extraordinary. I did enjoy it though.
This was such a baffling movie for me. It had beautiful visuals and a great little cast (Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Sheen, and Laurence Fishburne), and it was a really good concept. But the movie just felt so pointless — like it couldn’t decide if it wanted to be more of a thought-provoking sci-fi flick or a tear-jerking romance, so in the end it was neither. And honestly it was really hard to get past the fact that one of the characters did something so messed up toward the beginning of the movie that it pretty much ruined the rest of it for me.
If you haven’t heard of it, Adrift is the story of a couple adrift at sea for several days. I really like Shailene Woodley and I love thriller movies like this. The great thing about this movie is it’s actually based on a true story, which we really need more of. There are so many stories out there that I wish could be told, instead of just recycling old ideas. It’s hard to judge this movie since it’s a true story — how do you judge what really happened? But I thought the movie was just ok. It may have been better off as a TV movie.
I was really excited for Tag. It’s about a group of friends who’ve been playing the same game of tag for 30 years — and it’s based on a true story! An interesting concept for sure. But although it has an all star cast of funny and awesome people (Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Jon Hamm, Rashida Jones, Hannibal Buress, etc.) it just didn’t land for me. It’s just not very funny.
Everyone’s being so hard on this movie and I don’t get why. It’s exactly what I expected: people being chased by dinosaurs. That’s it, there’s literally nothing else to this movie. It doesn’t even come close to being as good as the original but nothing ever will. It’s still fun to watch though.
Also this was my very first time seeing a movie in D-Box, which is basically a 4D experience where your chair moves and vibrates along with the events of the movie. It was so weird and way overpriced for what it was. But now I know. lol.
In July I’m most excited to see Ant-Man and the Wasp! But I also plan to see The First Purge and The Equalizer 2. What have you seen lately?