Five Movies I Saw Recently And Actually Liked~ In Which I Flail About Phenomenal Acting, Accents, And Doughnuts

Greetings, my bloggerly chums!

I watch a lot of movies, I admit. I do love watching movies. Sometimes a little too much…but not in a creepy way, just in a more of a respectful appreciation.

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(And yes, I have a movie quote for practically every moment of my life. It’s not obnoxious to my friends and family AT ALL.)

As much as I adore watching movies, something that I adore even more than that (apparently) is ripping said movies to shreds after viewing them. I can spend literally hours talking about Everything They Did Wrong in a movie.

I am very often disappointed by movies. So it’s impressive when I find movies that, well, impress me.

Anyway. I am going to actually talk about some movies at some point in this post. At least, that was my plan.

Ahem.

So these are movies that I have seen for the first time in the last three months, and I thought they were all pretty great.

This Beautiful Fantastic

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They’re British, guys. Also, books. Also, ducks. What’s not to like?

Okay, so this is a low-key, British romance/family/gardening movie about a girl named Bella who lives alone and is super organized and CLEAN. She works at a library and is trying to write a children’s book. The thing is, her yard is a disaster because she has great Fear and Loathing of the outdoors.

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Her neighbor, a grumpy old man, has a thing or two to say about this. He has something of a passion for gardening himself, and when Bella is facing eviction due to neglect of the property she’s renting, he might be just the person she needs.

Also the old man’s cook is Moriarty from Sherlock, only not a psycho and I love him.

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There is also an awkward inventor guy who doesn’t know how to talk quietly in the library. And a cranky librarian.

Honestly the romance aspect of the movie was a little canned, but the characters themselves are all so quirky and wonderful and I enjoyed just seeing them all interact with each other. It was just a quiet, lovely film about finding a family, really.

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Onward

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I am an avid Pixar fan, though of late I have not been very pleased with a lot of Pixar’s output. Inside Out was the last truly amazing one, and Coco was pretty good as well, but everything else…? No.

Onward doesn’t live up to the Greats, but I still LOVED it. Maybe it’s partly just because it is about BROTHERS who are Complete Nerds. Two of the best things.

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Ian and Barley are teenage elf brothers who live in a suburban fantasy world. When Ian turns sixteen their mom (who is wonderful) gives them a message from their dad (who died before Ian was born- but is also wonderful) containing a spell that will bring their dad back to life for one day so that he can see who his boys grew up to be.

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Yeah, it’s a little weird. But it’s totally awesome anyway.

There is a quest. There is a van. There is groovy music. There is air conditioning. There is a 90% chance of tears and a 100% chance of hugs.

Basically, yeah, it’s all about Ian and Barley’s relationship and how they are dealing with the absence of their dad and the possibility of seeing him again/for the first time. What’s not to love?

Knives Out

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It’s a murder mystery, folks. You basically have this crime novelist who ends up with a slit throat in his giant, fancy house after his 80th birthday party, a bunch of super dysfunctional family members who may or may not be capable of murder, a sweet, quiet nurse who throws up every time she lies, and this southern detective guy who was way more entertaining than I thought he would be.

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This was enjoyable even though of all the stuff on this list it was probably the least impressive. Really the reason it made the list at all is because of the part when the detective guy is like, “…A doughnut.”

Just that right there. Pure movie magic.

Also, the crime novelist’s mom is this ancient old lady who just kind of stands around and for some reason I loved her from the instant she appeared on-screen.

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Ford vs. Ferrari

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Okay, apparently I had NO IDEA what this movie was actually about. But it was great.

It’s the 1960s. As far as the business aspect goes, you have the two car companies, Ford and Ferrari competing to win Le Mans- a 24 hour car race, essentially so they can sell more cars and prove how awesome they are. (But 24 hours??? Why someone would put themselves through that I have no idea.)

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Then you have the actual characters, Carol Shelby, the former racer who is in charge of the project, and Ken Miles, the car mechanic who Shelby thinks should be the main driver for this race.

No one else is super excited about Miles, but Shelby is convinced that he’s the guy who has what it takes. And he’s right, guys.

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The dynamics between Miles, Shelby, and Miles’ wife and son were my favorite thing about this movie. The racing part is cool, but you don’t have to be into cars AT ALL (trust me, I’m not) to enjoy the story.

The acting was wonderful. I just have to say. It was also great to see Christian Bale and Noah Jupe with British accents! Since, you know, they actually are British but in practically everything else I’ve seen them in they have American accents. It’s such a crime.

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It was funny but also emotional at times and overall just really well done.

A Quiet Place

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First off, I don’t do horror movies.

But this movie didn’t really come across as a horror movie for some reason? It was intense, certainly. But it was just about this family and I love them so much and I want them to be SAFE.

…It also might have helped that my mom told me the entire plot before I watched it…

There is barely any dialogue so most of the acting was done without words, which provided opportunities for the actors to shine and they DID. I really felt connected to the family and got sucked into their world.

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It was interesting all the little things they did to adapt to the presence of the monsters. Even though there is terrible danger and the world has shattered, they are still trying to live as normal of a life as they can.

Also I just think it’s really neat how Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are married in real life and they play a married couple in the movie.

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It was weirdly beautiful, and I don’t even know what to say except that I’m kind of obsessed now.

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Epilogue

Well, there you are! Go forth and watch all these movies because they are beautiful.

I just noticed that they are all completely different genres. But they are all good stories, with phenomenal acting and overall great storytelling, so it doesn’t really matter what genre they are.

What movies have you watched recently? Have you seen any really great ones (or any terrible ones)? Have you seen any of the ones from this post? Are any of them on your watch-list? Do you like horror movies? Let me hear all about your cinematic adventures in the comments!

27 thoughts on “Five Movies I Saw Recently And Actually Liked~ In Which I Flail About Phenomenal Acting, Accents, And Doughnuts

  1. You chose some great movies!! I love how movies can tell such amazing stories! Although, I haven’t seen Ford V. Ferrari yet, its on my list. I totally agree about horror movies, but A Quiet Place doesn’t seem to quite fit that category. Scary, Yes!, but gratuitous violence, No. There are some great family moments and the acting is superb! The only other horror show I’ve seen would be Stranger Things, but it also has some humorous moments that help dispel some of the scariness. Knives Out was different then what I expected! Plus some of twists in there really surprised me. 😉 I can’t say I really loved Marta, but I think her character, as well as the detective, was well done.

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    1. Thank you! YES, indeed. I definitely geek out about stories, in many mediums, movies not the least.
      Yeah, I know! Haha, Stranger Thing is pretty much the only other horror thing that I have seen too. I guess I can handle things that are borderline horror, but not straight horror? I definitely want the story to be the main thing, not the scariness. I don’t WANT to scare myself, it doesn’t sound fun AT ALL. I do love Stranger Things. 🙂
      I didn’t love Marta much either? I’m not sure why. It was an entertaining story, but not one of my favorites. None of the characters were particularly likable to me- except for the grandma. 😉
      Thanks for commenting!

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      1. Yes!! Whenever I see a new movie, I tend to talk about it a lot and want to discuss what I liked/disliked etc. That makes sense. I agree! Scariness second. The thing with Stranger Things is that it is such a character driven story. Which I will admit, I am a sucker for. 😉 Plus I have noticed that I am not bothered so much by a movie having a evil monster like Stranger Things. I think there is a big difference between an evil creature vs. an evil human. I hate watching movies where a person wants to harm someone else, but a monster/creature feels difference. Sorry if I am rambling!! There are so many great characters in ST and Steve Harrington’s character arc is amazing!
        Honestly the character that I really wanted to like was Chris Evens character, (sorry cannot remember his name) I soo wanted him to be good!!

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      2. Analyzing movie and discussing them with people who also love to analyze them is so fun! Since we analyze movie all the time in my family it was weird when I found out that everyone doesn’t do that.
        I am also a huge sucker for character driven stories, and the characters are certainly what draws me to Stranger Things. Steve Harrington’s character arc is indeed amazing. It’s so impressive how they can make you go from genuinely disliking him to genuinely thinking he’s great. I love so many of the characters, especially Hopper and El and Joyce and…maybe I’ll stop before I list the entire cast. 😉
        Yeah, actually, I agree with you on that! Evil monsters are not as scary as evil humans. Evil humans are often way more disturbing and creepy, just because they are human.

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    1. I would never picture myself watching horror either, and I still kind of feel like I haven’t…. Sometimes the way they categorize movies confuses me. I love the Harry Potter and LOTR movies, though they were a little intense the first few times I watched them.

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  2. Ok I also quote movies all the time??? And then no one knows what I’m quoting???

    A Quiet Place has been on my to be watched pile for a while….it sounds SO good but I’ve been apprehensive because I don’t like horror movies either (I WILL watch it one of these days)

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    1. I know how you feel. I practically speak fluently in movie quotes and only my sisters even have a chance of keeping up with all the references.
      Yes, it’s so good! Like I said, I’m really not into horror movies either, but the horror really isn’t the focus.

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  3. Ahhhh where do I start??

    Quiet Place is one of my favorite movies and it surprises a lot of people because you know… HORROR. But to me as well it didn’t come off as horror and the characters and the ending gahhhh ❤ ALSO. The sequel. It looks so incredible good and I'm scared to death it will flop and I was going to see it but the week it was going to come out my state shut down *cries*

    Ford vs. Ferrari. There is so much there. Boy what a genuinely good movie. I love love love Christian Bale's character and this relationship with his friend and his son. Wozers. Like so down to earth fantastic. (the ending *sobs*)

    And Knives Out was such a fun ride. So incredibly well made and parlor mystery in modern day times with today's politics? Just the vibes were so on point. And the characters too goodness soooo good.

    I was disappointed with the majority of Onward… it was missing a lot of Pixar's incredible heart (and it fell into the trap of too much typical elements, magic jewels, etc.) Basically the only part I liked was the premise (two completely nerds as you put it, and cast pretty well with those two) and the ending was a good choice but still not as powerful as it could have been (I mean compared to Up is sadly flimsy) but oh well. 🙂

    Great post! I enjoyed reading it.

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    1. YES YES YES. I am sort of confused that A Quiet Place is even labeled a horror movie. But oh well. I am so excited for the sequel! But also worried that it will mess things up. Oh, that would be so disappointing! Since I didn’t see the first one until the second one had already been postponed I didn’t have that experience, but it would have been awful. I am not a very patient person.
      I was surprised by how much I liked Ford vs. Ferrari, but it was so good. 🙂
      Yeah, I totally get what you’re saying about Onward. The rational part of my brain did pick out its many flaws, but it managed to get to me anyway.
      Thank you so much, I am glad to hear it!

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  4. Just looking at that gif of not-Moriarty has my mental alarms going off (Sherlock’s the only place I’ve seen him xD), but the movie sounds cute! (Actually. Since initially reading this post, I have started watching it and it’s hilarious and cute! Thank you for bringing it to my attention! :D)

    And now I want to see A Quiet Place just for Emily Blunt and John Krasinski playing a married couple?? (Maybe it’s all in my head, but something about knowing the actors playing couples onscreen are real-life couples seems to add depth to the performance? So, for example, knowing that Martin Freeman and Amanda Abbington were going through a messy split while filming the final season of Sherlock, well, that added to the… pain. I guess.)

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    1. I know, it was super weird to see him in a different role, since I had only seen him as Moriarty as well, but I think he did a fantastic job of not being evil! Haha, you are welcome, I am glad to have been of service. 🙂
      Yeah, it’s pretty great. I love them.
      (Whaaat, I didn’t know that. That’s unfortunate.)

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  5. A QUIET PLACE IS SO GOOD!!! <33 And I really want to watch This Beautiful Fantastic and Ford v. Ferrari-I've heard such good things about them!!! :DDD It's always epic when you can find new movies that you love. :DD I don't like horror movies that don't make sense or that just want to scare you without having a good plot, but if they are well made and have a good plot, like A Quiet Place, then I enjoy them! As long as they're not too dark just to be dark. :))

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  6. These all sound lovely! 😊

    YES. I have found someone else who appreciates watching movies and then tearing them to pieces mercilessly. 😂 One of my friends and I watch movies we know we are going to hate just so we can sit and scream at the screen and point out everything wrong. 😬😆

    On the other hand, it’s absolutely wonderful to find movies that are well-done. ❤️

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    1. Haha, yes, they are. 🙂 If I do say so myself.
      Indeed! I often do the same thing. It can be so entertaining to ridicule poorly done cinema. We do not watch these movies quietly in our family.
      But yes, it is absolutely wonderful to find things that don’t compel us to scream at them- at least not in a negative way.

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  7. I think it’s amazing that you have movie quotes for every moment of your life. I wish I could steal a little bit of your superpower. Okay, let me practice quoting right now. “There’s another hole…inside the hole of our donut.” Ugh, I don’t think I got that right because that doesn’t even make sense, but I hope you know which line I’m trying to reference.
    Wait. Ford v. Ferrari’s race takes TWENTY-FOUR HOURS. Wait, what??? I knew that the movie took place in a really compact time frame, but I did not know that the race took the entire time.
    I think it’s so amazing that Emily Blunt and John Krasinski are acting across from each other! I haven’t watched A Quiet Place yet, but I think I might–it’ll probably be the closest I get to a horror movies. Are you excited for the second one??
    Also, I KNOW I’ve talked about watching Onward multiple times now, but it still hasn’t happened yet!! I think my dad wants to watch A Beautiful Mind next, but I will push for Onward next.

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    1. Haha, well, when you’ve seen as many movies as I have it doesn’t take much effort to find a movie quote for every moment. It’s trying to get the movie references to stop that becomes an issue. 😉 Indeed, I know the line to which you refer! I’m not totally sure what the exact quote is either though. I have a difficult time remembering most quotes when I’ve only seen the movie once.
      Yeah, the race is LONG. But the movie actually starts before the race. Mostly it’s about them preparing for the race.
      Yes, I am excited for A Quiet Place part II, but also apprehensive because 1) I don’t know if they are going to mess up the story or not, and 2) because what if it’s scarier than the first one and I can’t handle it? Because I’m really not into horror movies, like I said. Hopefully the second one keeps the focus on the relationships and doesn’t decide to get creepier just for the sake of creepiness.
      Ooh, I love A Beautiful Mind! I have only seen it once, but from what I remember it was a really great movie.

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  8. Oh gosh, Onward was a great movie (especially for 2020, which seems to enjoy making disappointing films ) and A Quiet Place too. AND FORD VS FERRARI–I’m sorry but I’m such a fan of it. Just all of it was…spectacular. Absolutely spectacular. *tries to contain her inner fangirl*

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    1. I’m happy to hear that you liked Onward! I have heard a lot of negative things about it, but it was kind of great, and it’s lovely to meet a fellow-appreciator. 🙂
      Yes! They are such great films. Ford vs. Ferrari surprised me. It was so good!

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  9. I promised one of my readers that I’d review THIS BEAUTIFUL FANTASTIC as soon as I get to watch it. 🙂 It’s on my list.

    Oh My Goodness. FORD V FERRARI is THE BEST. I watched it last week with my family. Great to hear you like it too!! Damon and Bale really were perfect. The characters actually had depth. And very revealing about the entire industry (my family’s in it). And thank you, Hollywood and specifically James Mangold, for making a car movie without all the content issues.

    Surprisingly after all this time, I’m interested in seeing A QUIET PLACE. Horror is absolutely Not my thing. But considering that it’s more about the family and less about screaming, I will watch it someday.

    Pixar lost my love since BRAVE. It was so dumb and disappointing. But I do want to re-watch the original Cars and Finding Nemo. And UP – per Evelyn’s recommendation.

    My recent watches: I saw THE LION KING original for the first time. The story is surprisingly deep. I love it. Jeremy Irons voice as Scar kills me 😀 I don’t like Elton John as a cultural role model, but that guy is gifted as evidenced by the music (my favorite, for some reason, is Can You Feel the Love Tonight during credits :P).

    Have you seen Lawrence of Arabia starring Peter O’Toole? It’s epic and I think everyone who ever watched Star Wars or read Dune or is interested in some Middle Eastern history should see it. (Basically the entire concept of Arabia exists because of the guy.)

    Currently I’m trying to watch Oklaholma! starring Hugh Jackman. It’s slow. and a bit odd. but the melodrama can be fun to watch. 🙂

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    1. Ooh, I’d love to see your review of This Beautiful Fantastic once you get to it. 🙂
      Yeah, I was surprised by how much I loved Ford vs. Ferrarri. It was great.
      Indeed, I don’t think your need to like horror to like A Quiet Place! In fact, I know it to be true because I don’t like horror myself. Don’t let the horror label dissuade you from viewing this beautiful film.
      I was severely disappointed by Brave as well. There have been many disappointments since then too, but a few gems exist, like Inside Out and Coco.
      Oh, wow! My sisters and I used to watch The Lion King ALL THE TIME. Jeremy Irons is pretty great, as is James Earl Jones. The music is actually pretty spectacular, though I still love Alan Menken the best as a Disney movie composer. Nothing can really beat The Hunchback of Notre Dame for me.
      I haven’t seen Lawrence of Arabia! I should add it to my list though.
      I must admit that Oklahoma isn’t my favorite musical. It has moments, but overall I find it boring and kind of…weird. Not in a good way. I am glad you are enjoying the melodrama though. It can indeed be fun.

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      1. I shall be reviewing A Quiet Place after I get to watch it. 🙂
        Jeremy Irons AND James Earl Jones are the reasons I decided to watch the original version.
        Oooh – I literally just purchased the MP3 album of Hunchback on Saturday from Ghostlight and it’s AMAZING. The Latin church-style really gets me every time. ❤ What's your favorite Hunchback song? Alan Menken made it to my top composers list (alongside John Williams, James Newton Howard – rewatching Peter Pan I was really astonished how amazing the soundtrack is, and Hans Zimmer. Howard Shore is another one.)

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      2. Yay!
        Yeah, I haven’t even seen the new Lion King and I don’t really want to. Disney remakes just haven’t impressed me. Also nothing was wrong with the originals, so why?
        YES. Oh, it’s so hard to choose a favorite on Hunchback, there are so many good ones! “The Bells of Notre Dame” and “Out There” are probably at the top of the list. Do you have a favorite?
        So many fantastic composers! The Peter Pan soundtrack is so special. Another composer that I really love is John Powell. I wasn’t a huge fan of the How to Train Your Dragon movies, but the MUSIC. IS. THE BEST. It’s gorgeous. Also James Horner! The Glory soundtrack is heartbreakingly beautiful. But anyway. I could talk about composers all day.

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      3. Disney Remakes and their mostly botched up sequel SW trilogy basically tells me they’re in sore need for some originality. (Although I have to give them points for the Rey-Ren connection/conflict – that was the only thing I thought was cool and amazing.)

        I LOVE THOSE! I haven’t listened to the entire thing yet. But all the tracks sound amazing so far! Thank you for introducing me to this!

        Oh really? I have to write those names down then!

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