Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 6/1/20

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week

The past two weeks I wrote mini reviews about movies I watched during the week I posted the articles on Friday, but I didn’t have internet this weekend, so the post is coming a bit late, and I can’t put it off any longer because I’ve already got a huge pile of movie reviews to write for this week. I did watch a lot of movies that I’d seen before, but a good amount of them were new to me movies as well. I have really enjoyed sharing my mini reviews with you guys and really appreciate some of the recommendations that you guys have shared with me!

If you’d like to read my past movie reviews I’ve linked the articles below!

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 5/15/20

Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 5/22/20

Please comment below with some movie recommendations! (It will help my sanity to not have to spend 2 hours on Google looking for a movie.)

So here are some movies I watched recently along with my mini reviews!

The Ritual movie coverThe Ritual

Streaming on Netflix

Reuniting after the tragic death of their friend, four college pals set out to hike through the Scandinavian wilderness. A wrong turn leads them into the mysterious forests of Norse legend, where an ancient evil exists and stalks them at every turn.

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I really liked this horror movie! The creature in the woods is inspired by Norse mythology and is called the Jotunn. I thought the creature was really fascinating and the movie had some demonic vibes to it. I felt like there were some good jump scares, but for the most part it was eerie and kind of creepy. I felt like the Jotunn was done really well and it was probably my favorite aspect of the movie. Also as a hiker I kept shaking my head at the actions the characters took because I know just how easy it is to get lost in the woods.

Sweeny ToddSweeney Todd

Streaming on Amazon Prime

The infamous story of Benjamin Barker, aka Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs. Lovett.

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This was a re-watch for me. I was down at camp for the weekend with my dad and we don’t have internet or cable down there, so we watch DVD’s and I brought my copy of Sweeney Todd up. He had never seen it and decided we should watch it. My mom hates this movie because of all the singing and the violence, but I thought that my dad might enjoy it. I don’t think I ever really noticed just how MUCH singing there is in the movie until this weekend, but this is a favorite of mine. Tim Burton does a fabulous job directing this dark tale and it definitely has a gothic feel to it. Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter deliver excellent performances and I can’t help but get excited when I hear the theme music to this movie! Sweeney Todd is a favorite of mine and I was so happy to share it with my dad, he actually really liked it!

Catch Me If You Can Movie CoverCatch Me If You Can

A seasoned FBI agent pursues Frank Abagnale Jr. who, before his 19th birthday, successfully forged millions of dollars’ worth of checks while posing as a Pan Am pilot, a doctor, and a legal prosecutor.

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This was another re-watch for both my dad and I, but it had been a while since he’d seen it. Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio are both favorite actors of everyone in the house, so I’ve seen this movie many times. I grew up watching this movie and when I was re-watching it again I started thinking that maybe this movie is where my love of con-artists started. I love this movie and even though I had seen it many times, I didn’t know much about the true story until now. After watching the movie I read about the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., which isn’t that different from the movie. I’ve probably seen this movie at least 10 times, but it still hasn’t gotten old. I think it’s because I am just left in shock of the audacity of Frank Abagnale Jr. and all of his schemes.

While You Were SleepingWhile You Were Sleeping

Streaming on Showtime On Demand

A hopelessly romantic Chicago Transit Authority token collector is mistaken for the fiancΓ©e of a coma patient.

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When looking through the on demand movie channels I saw there was a Sandra Bullock movie that I haven’t seen before. My mom said we had to watch it because she loved it, so we watched it. It was good, but not great. I found it a little predictable, but still entertaining. It was half romance and half comedy. I found the beginning kind of hilarious and I am glad that I watched it, but it isn’t a movie I would recommend unless you love romances.

The Island Movie CoverThe Island

Streaming on HBO

A man living in a futuristic sterile colony begins to question his circumscribed existence when his friend is chosen to go to the Island, the last uncontaminated place on earth.

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This is another movie that I’ve seen before, actually I think I own it. I was looking for something to watch one night on TV when I couldn’t get to sleep and I was excited to see this movie again! Now I don’t want to say much for those who haven’t seen it before, but I think this dystopian inspired a lot of other movies and novels in the genre. This movie is done extremely well visually. I think this whole movie is great and I remember how shocked I was the first time I watched it. I love a great dystopian film and this is one of my favorites in the genre.

The Ring Movie CoverThe Ring

Streaming on Netflix

A journalist must investigate a mysterious videotape which seems to cause the death of anyone one week to the day after they view it.

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This is another re-watch, but I hadn’t seen this one for years. The first time I saw this movie I was 7 and my sister and I were over a friend’s house. We both were terrified and we were scared of the static on the TV for years. Since I watch a lot of horror movies I wanted to revisit this movie that had once terrified me. I didn’t find it nearly as scary as I once did, but it certainly is pretty creepy and has some demonic vibes to it. While it isn’t as terrifying as I once thought it was I did think it was pretty well done and has one of the best back stories that I’ve ever seen in a horror movie. There are certain images that stick with you and the end is NOT comforting at all. This is actually the only movie in the series that I’ve ever seen and now that they’re doing remakes I want to check out the other movies. I’ve been debating buying the entire collection of The Ring series and The Grudge series, including the remakes, but I’m not sure if they’re worth buying or if I should just rent them. If you’ve seen them please comment below with your opinion!

The Number 23 Movie CoverThe Number 23

A man’s (Jim Carrey) discovery of an obscure book about the number 23 leads him on a descent into darkness. As he becomes more obsessed with its contents, he becomes more convinced that it is, in fact, based on his life. To his horror, he discovers grave consequences in store for the book’s main character.

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This is yet another re-watch for me. Before my dad and I went down to the lake I said he should bring some DVD’s he wanted to watch and this was one that he had picked out because he’d never seen it before. I think that I originally picked up this movie because I was born on the 23rd, but for a long time the number 22 meant something to me, so I could really relate to Jim Carrey. But watching this movie now it seems a little far fetched. It’s a psychological thriller so there is a big twist at the end and I just didn’t find it believable. I also found seeing the number 23 everywhere a bit ridiculous and overdone. Maybe because an old friend of mine had a severe gambling problem and was always talking about the numbers that he saw all the time that it started to feel ridiculous to me. So really this was a movie that I appreciated more when I was younger, but now it just doesn’t hold my interest as it once did.

The Last Time Movie CoverThe Last Time

Ted Riker (Michael Keaton), a hard-driving high-tech salesman, mentors the less experienced Jamie Bashant (Brendan Fraser) in the art of sealing the deal. Jamie is incompetent — but his fiancΓ©e, Belisa (Amber Valletta), is irresistible. Ted and Belisa begin an affair that becomes an obsession for Ted. His sales record and the company’s future go into free fall. It is only then that the master player learns that he himself has been masterfully played.

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This was another DVD that my dad picked out from our collection because we’d never seen it before. This movie was… weird. Every character had terrible morals and the plot seemed to be going absolutely nowhere the entire time. It wasn’t boring, because the acting was great, but it just never really went anywhere. Then at the end of the movie there was a giant twist that made no sense. The twist seemed completely unbelievable and my dad said it just seemed like they needed an end for the movie that made the plot actually go somewhere. I mean it wasn’t down right terrible because the acting was good and I was kind of interested, but it was just a weird movie that I would definitely never recommend.

Into the Forest Movie CoverInto The Forest

Streaming on Netflix

In the wilds of the Pacific Northwest, two sisters (Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood) must fight for survival after an apocalyptic blackout leaves them without gas, water, electricity or cellphones

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In my previous movie review posts I’ve talked about how I love survival movies. So when I was scrolling through Netflix and I saw this movie I thought I’d give it a shot and I wish that I didn’t. I watched this movie with my mother and there wasn’t much that happened. There’s an apocalypse and the electricity is out, but we never learn why. Basically two sisters live in their house in the middle of no where and try to survive off the land. Not much else really happens. There is a really graphic rape scene that was really hard to watch. A lot of this movie I was shaking my head at the two girls, but the end of the movie just made me angry, like I sat through the whole movie and THAT’S how it ends? Ugh. Do yourself a favor and skip this movie.

Mr. Right Movie CoverMr. Right

Streaming on Netflix

A girl falls for the “perfect” guy, who happens to have a very fatal flaw: he’s a hitman on the run from the crime cartels who employ him.

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After the last three movies in a row were duds, I was glad to finally have a movie that was actually good. This was super entertaining and kinda funny. It was stupid comedy, but it wasn’t crude and it made me smirk. I love Anna Kendrick and I thought she played a fantastic role in this movie. My mom even enjoyed this movie and she’s not typically one for action movies with a bunch of fight scenes, but it balanced out with the comedy that this movie was one that my whole family would enjoy. I think Anna Kendrick was adorable in this movie and I would definitely recommend this movie. It was just pure entertainment and I didn’t find myself bored once.

wakefield movie coverWakefield

Streaming on Netflix

Howard Wakefield, a New York City lawyer, hides out in the attic of his home for weeks, coming out in the daytime when his family is gone to shower and eat. His withdrawal leads him to examine his life, and he rationalizes that he has not abandoned his family because he is still in the house. When a former boyfriend re-enters his wife’s life, he realizes that he may not be able to return to life he has abandoned.

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My mom picked this one out and she enjoyed it way more than I did. It was basically a psychotic man’s narrative and she really enjoyed hearing his thoughts, but I found it pretty boring. It was definitely a bit out there, but it had my mom completely captivated. This is another movie where not a lot happened throughout the entire movie, and the ending was disappointing. After sitting through the whole movie I felt like we deserved more of an ending than that! It just kind of left you hanging and wondering.

Let’s Chat!

Have you seen any of these movies? What did you think? Do you have any movie recommendations for me? Have you been watching a lot more movies since the pandemic started? What kinds of movies do you like to watch? Make sure to comment below so we can chat about movies we’ve seen recently!

11 thoughts on “Mini Reviews of Movies I Watched This Week — 6/1/20

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      1. They’re so good! I cant even express how excited the songs get me. Just hearing the intro and I’m all hype. Idk there’s something about that movie that is so nostalgic it always makes me happy.

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  1. The Ritual seems to give really creepy vibes, but I don’t have Netflix subscription, so, can’t watch it. I watched Sweeney Todd years ago, and I loved it. πŸ™‚ I watched The Ring too, again years ago. So, I don’t know if I watch it now, it will scare me the same way as it did previously. I think you should just rent the sequels. Nice reviews. πŸ™‚

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  2. Thanks for these. I’ve seen The Ring and The Ritual covers on Netflix but have avoided them because I watch movies alone in my house after the kids are in bed, and I don’t need that stuff stuck in my head right before I go to sleep. Maybe I’ll watch The Ritual now that I know it’s about a Jotun. I figured that the horror came from the friends themselves going crazy and doing horrible things to each other.

    As for The Ring, I can’t believe you saw it when you were 7! My older kids are getting to be the age I was when I saw my first horror movies, but even now I can’t imagine showing them, say, Pet Semetary.

    The image of Jim Carey with 23 written all over his face reminds me of that scene in Liar, Liar when he tries to write that the pen is red and the pen basically attacks him and writes “blue” all over his face. XD I recently watched Fun with Dick and Jane, starring him and Tea Leoni, and I loved it! One really fun thing about it is that both members of the couple are equally nutty so they go in on their schemes together, instead of the wife always freaking out and trying to stop the husband or vice versa.

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    1. I only watch horror movies when I’m with someone else so I totally get it! But I did find the ritual more fascinating than scary with the jotunn.

      As for watching the ring at 7 years old… my mom never let us spend the night over that girls house again! Ahh it was way too young to see a movie like that! How old were you when you first saw a scary movie? My mom was pretty strict about ratings in my house and I think that was a good thing for us as young girls!

      I saw Fun with Dick and Jane on Netflix recently but I didnt watch it. Think I will pick it up. The Number 23 is definitely not Jim Carreys usual role and while I did love that movie when I was younger.. now I think there are much better psychological thrillers out there.

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      1. Good question! Might make for a great discussion post. I’m glad your mom was on top of things.

        The first real horror movie that I really watched, I was 13 or 14 and at a sleepover, we watched Pet Semetary and It. But before that, when I was probably ten, a friend’s mom showed her Friday the 13th and she then recounted the entire thing to me, blow by blow, on the way to school. (She probably needed to process it.) Plus, that same year (?) I watched Ghostbusters, which I realize is a quirky comedy but it seemed like a horror movie to me at the time. The night after we watched it, my younger sibs all slept like babies but I couldn’t sleep but I was also unwilling to tell my parents what exactly had scared me for fear I would get in trouble for having watched it! XD

        Continuing the Jim Carrey theme, I just re-watched Ace Ventura. Compared to what I remember, it’s more bitter, less funny, and way more dirty. I guess I did not pick up on all the dirty humor the first time. Its being less funny might be because Ace’s crazy facial and body humor are no longer a shock.

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      2. Okay so I was terrified when I watched Planet of the Apes actually. Theres a scene where they say they took out a guys brain or something? That idea had me freaked out and I remember talking to my mom about how much it scared me. Dont remember how old I was, probably 8? So I totally can understand how a movie like Ghostbusters could scare you when you were young. I think ratings are pretty important. Especially when kids are young and innocent!

        13 or 14 is a good age I think. I watched Amityville Horror at a sleepover at age 12. It was a little early but not horrible. Watching The Ring at 7… that was horrible. I dont think my sister and I told our parents we watched it either because we didnt want to get in trouble, but then my sister freaked out about the static on the TV and my mom found out anyways.

        I havent seen Ace Ventura in years! I dont love stupid funny kind of comedy but some of Jim Carreys movies are hard not to love. I dont remember Ace Ventura being dirty! But then again there are dirty jokes in a lot of movies that I didnt see the first time around. I am gonna watch Fun with Dick and Jane soon.

        I watched The Lincoln Lawyer last night on Netflix and loved it!!


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