May 01, 2022

April 2022 - Film and TV

Wow another month went by! It's time for another film and television post. If you are new here or have rediscovered my blog I started a new series were I share new or notable movies and Tv shows I watch every month.  I love movies and the film industry so I thought I would share that with you!  

9/10. I haven't seen this movie in AGES! I really enjoy Biographical films  (I also love reading biographies) I think as a society we don't take enough time to get to know one another. I have a theory that you can care very deeply about anyone if you just get to know them better. What makes them happy or sad, what makes them nervous, Seeing what they are passionate about, seeing the little quirks that makes them who they are. Everytime I watch or read a biography I have a soft spot for that that person. Does that happen to you too ??

 If you haven't seen La Bamba I highly recommend it, I think its wildly underrated. Its a biographical film about Ritchie Valens. Richie Valens was an American guitarist, singers and songwriter, he is regarded as a  rock and roll pioneer. However his career came to a tragic end when he died in a plane crash, along side Buddy Holly when He was only 17 years old. Although his career only lasted 8 months, his songs La Bamba, Donna, and we belong together are still classics to this day. The film showcases his rise to fame and his passion for music. 

Ritchie Valens came from humble beginnings, his mom was Mexican but living in Los Angeles, and they struggled to make ends meet. despite that, she was really supportive and its amazing to see him going after his dream of being a musician. There is brotherly conflict throughout the movie, and I think Esai Morales (Bob) did a phenomenal job in this movie, you really feel the hurt in his voice when he compares himself to Ritchie. Bob is not a good person and treats Rosie horribly, but its not hard to understand why he is the way he is. its quite heartbreaking.  

The movie is set in the 1950s and the costumes and set design really transport you back in time. There is amazing chemistry among the cast it feels like you are watching a real family. This is actually one of my favourite movies, I can't believe its been this long since I've watched it. I gave it a 9/10 ONLY because Lou Diamond Phillips doesn't look like Ritchie Valens and it slightly bothers me... I try not to think about it lol but other than that 10/10! 

10/10 Easter Parade is a masterpiece !  I mean.... Fred Astaire and Judy Garland ? You can't go wrong. If you read my history of The Easter Parade post  You saw that I mentioned this movie and its importance in bringing the Easter Parade into pop culture. I look forward to watching this movie every Easter its so charming and fun. A lot of the jokes are quite modern and their comedic timing is perfect. 

The Movie of course has many fun Easter Bonnets, especially a the beginning of the film. Actually the fashion in the movie is quite swell! The movie is set in 1912 so the fashion is from that time period with some 1940s references thrown in (the makeup is especially 1940s)

I highly recommend this movie to anyone who likes musical from this time period. They really don't make them like this anymore.  The colours, the dance numbers, the singing! It just doesn't compare. I mean of course we are talking about Fred Astaire and Judy Garland who are LEGENDS but you don't see that type of talent anymore. 

10/10. I watched this movie again after a few years of not watching it and omg its the most charming movie. Honestly if you haven't seen it I'm jealous because I wish I could watch it for the first time again.  The movie follows Toms life after his father tells him that all the men in his family can time travel after they turn 21. It has that science fiction element but the movie doesn't come off like a typical science fiction movie. It's more of a romance/joys of life type movie. I love the dynamic  between Tom and his dad (Played by Bill Nighy) they have great chemistry. 

However the main relationship is between Tom and Mary (Rachel Macadams). What I LOVE about this film is the way they show Tom falling in love, its written all over his face. In a lot of movies they just pair two people together and you assume they are in love and accept it. In this movie you feel it! One of my favourite scenes in the movie is the subway montage after they start dating. It's so cute! and so relatable to the average person.  

Another memorable scene is the montage where he relives his days, one normal, and the other one noticing life more. It's really eye opening and it makes you want to appreciate your everyday life more. But I think what makes the movie is Domhnall Gleeson he is SO perfect for this roll! He is so endearing and you cant help but smile when he smiles. He makes the movie, he is the movie lol. 

8/10. This movie is a much heavier topic, but before I get into the story I want to talk about how beautifully its filmed. They really captured the time period, the clothing/hair and the sets were perfect. The whole colour palette of the movie is amazing, tons of pastels and bright colours in the "before" portions of the movie and the cool tones and greys in the scenes in the concentration camp. The movie flips back and forth between the two time lines so it makes the contrast that much more jarring.

It's a dutch film but I watched it dubbed in english on Amazon Prime,  you can watch it in its original language with subtitles if you prefer. The film tells the story of the friendship between Hannah Goslar and Anne Frank.  It is told from the perspective of Hannah Goslar, the movie used the book Memories of Anne Frank: Reflections of a childhood friend, written by American author Alison Leslie Gold as reference. I haven't read the book so I don't know how accurate its portrayed on film. I assume some creative liberties were taken to portray the story but I just wanted to mention the source material. 

Of course we all know the tragic story of Anne Frank, But its refreshing to hear the story from another perspective. You almost dislike Anne for most of the movie. She can be a bit selfish and self centered and doesn't value Hannah as much as Hannah values Anne. however  in the movie they are 13 and most 13 year old girls are a bit selfish. The story mostly follows Hannah and its a testament of her endurance, strength and courage. It also shows what an amazing friend she is, something that I find rare (especially these days). Whats crazy to think about is that Hannah Goslar is still alive today! I'm glad she became a nurse!  Something she dreamed of becoming as a child.  The movie is heartbreaking but so beautifully done! Highly recommend it. 

These are all the movies for this month!  I want to have all new movies next month so if you have any movie recommendations let me know in the comments!  I've been a bit busy this month so I haven't looked for new movies to watch. The only new one for me was my best friend Anne Frank. Let me know if you've seen any of these movies!

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