Welcome to another edition of Katherine at the Movies, where I, Katherine, watch movies. On last month’s edition, I did a quick recap of all the movies I had watched over the course of 4 months.
To remind you all, the goal is to watch 366 movies in 366 days (Yay leap years!). Simple. Last time I posted the first Katherine at the Movies, I had watched 108 movies. That’s averaging 27 movies a month. But in order to successfully complete this challenge, I need to average 31 movies per month. My count is currently at 146. I’m falling behind. Way behind.
Too Broke to Go to the Movie
Just in case anyone wanted to know how I was watching these movies, I heavily rely on Netflix (streaming and DVD because my dad is an old fashioned), Amazon Prime, HBO channels, Turner Classic Movies, and the internet. An by internet I mean YouTube (when I can find full streams for free) and some other sites that I don’t need to mention for government felony reasons. All of these services that I can access from my bed leaves out one major one: the movie theater.
Going to the theater is expensive. First transportation. Gas costs money as well as parking when not freely available. Also, I don’t have a license so I always have to get someone else to drive me. That’s a hassle. Public transportation also costs money. Then the tickets are expensive as hell. Then snacks. But now you’re saying you can save money on snacks but not buying any. Counter attack: when was the last time you watched a movie without eating anything. Checkmate. Drop mic.
What’s my point? My point is I don’t go to the theaters much anymore. In the past 5 months I’ve only seen 2 movies in the theaters. The first was Deadpool that I saw in February but didn’t write about. Quick review: I laughed. Very meta. Recommend.
But the second movie brings me to my first review of edition Dos. Captain America: Civil War
I liked the movie fine despite the fact I have no memory of what happened in the first two CapAm movies. Steve Barnes (Chris Evans) really just doesn’t understand what a toxic relationship is. Like how many times would you go back to a friend that is constantly causing trouble and at times trying to kill you like come on. Bucky isn’t worth the time Steve.
But enough about Steve. Let’s talk about Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. He was literally all I cared about during the 2 and a half hours. When I left the theater, the first thing I tweeted was “Where is my Black Panther movie” in all caps to display the intense emotions I was feeling. His character is amazing. As a person of color, it’s so important to have people of color on our IMAX screens. And Black Panther is it. Unfortunately, we have to wait until February 2017 (Marvel using Black History Month as a marketing tool to get people to see this movie. I see you Marvel/Disney and I am buying it). In the meantime we have to sit through another Spider-man film to which I have no interest in paying money to see. My Spider-man will always be Tobey Maguire. I don’t need 3 variations of the same character in such a short period of time. Sidenote: the Batman argument does not hold the same strength to my Spider-man one. Batman is better than Spider-man.
#ChristianBaleismyBatman #eventhoughImoldenoughforValKilmertobemyBatman #BenAfflecknotmyBatman
But back to my whole theater spiel. I would love to go to the movies more. I loved going ever since I was a child. It was my favorite activity that my parents did with me. I can remember most of the movies I’ve ever seen in theaters more so any film I’ve watched at home. But I‘m broke so. I do hope to catch Finding Dory, Ghostbusters because #feminism and Suicide Squad this summer though.
More Movies to Talk About
Inside Out I cried because I hate my life. I hate growing up. I believe I am still a child and emotions suck. I highly recommend because it was just so poignant. Just a lovely movie all around.
Dogma. I like Kevin Smith films for the most part and yes I will eventually watch Yoga Hosers. This is my first film since Alan Rickman died. And it hurt seeing him since we know he’s no longer with us. I really don’t think I’ll be able to rewatch Harry Potter films for a while. Someone put Maggie Smith in a glass enclosure!
More about the movie. I thought it was okay. I enjoyed it for being a really out there film. It did, however, after the movie ended give me the urge to listen to Alanis Morissette music. Nothing against Alanis but the urge to sing “Thank You” was so intense.
Smoke Signals and Reel Injun. I try to culture myself every now and again and watching Smoke Signals, the first mainstream Native American film, did just that. The story was relatable and still allowed an outsider to get a glimpse of the Native American way of life. Going back to representation, all representation of Native Americans I’ve seen are stereotypes. I don’t like western films and John Wayne because of the old Hollywood’s portrayals of Indians. Also find them boring and John Wayne was clearly a racist. But then again, I still don’t know much about their culture or their way of life and Smoke Signals helped give me a beautiful glimpse of that. It’s a touching story and worth watching. Also if someone could send me some fry bread, I’d greatly appreciate that.
Reel Injun is a documentary on Native American portrayals in Hollywood. If Hollywood being racist is something new to you, then you been taking the blue pill way too long my friend. Like how for a black child in Harlem or Compton seeing a black superhero like Black Panther is incredibly important, a Native American child deserves the same feeling of invincibility. Reel Injun just reiterated how Hollywood does not equal real life and need to accurately represent real life.
Heavenly Creatures is a very interesting movie. It’s the first Peter Jackson film I’ve watched that wasn’t a fantasy genre film, but surely enough these girls were living in one. Kate and Melanie were quite amazing in their roles.
I’ve mentioned a lot of good movies to recommend so here’s a movie I didn’t like. Antichrist directed by Lars von Trier.
It’s really hard for me to get into von Trier’s movies. Most of them make me uncomfortable and including Antichrist, I’ve only seen three (four if you count Nymphomanic as two separate entities) of his films. And each one was not a great experience. (Though Melancholia wasn’t too terrible.) It just wasn’t good.
Quick fun story: The only reason I know about Antichrist is because during my senior year editing class in college, we watched the first 10 minutes or so. And if you have seen Antichrist and remember how graphic those first 10 minutes are, it surely will leave a scar in your mind. It definitely woke me up for that 9:30 class.
Just because I’m watching 366 new movies this year doesn’t mean I am neglecting some old ones that I’ve seen before. So here are a few movies that I always love and will watch for the end of time.
Purple Rain. I miss Prince. Like seriously. If you haven’t already read my tribute to Prince, do so. It sums up everything I feel about him. I watched the Purple Rain for the first time since he died and it was just weird reminding myself that he was gone. Same goes with Basquiat. I really love this movie and think Jeffrey Wright is a spectacular actor, but this rewatch had me focusing on David Bowie. This was the first movie I’ve seen of his since he died as well. And man am I besides myself. Bowie and Prince. Let me cry world!
The Godfather Epic. This movie is tricky. On one hand I’ve seen The Godfather I & II several times before. I love these movies. I actually tried to read the novel this year but I couldn’t get through the first chapter. It was just so long and I have the attention span of a 2 year old. Besides the point. The tricky part is I didn’t even know there was a supercut Epic version of the films. Does this make it an entirely new movie for me or just a rescamble of the originals?
Also I came to the conclusion Part II is mostly amazing for the flashback scenes intercut with the Corleone present. When it’s cut to the beginning of the 7 hour long journey, Part II loses some of it’s edge. Still a fab movie regardless.
The Little Princess. Sob fest every time I watch because I am a princess and will fight anyone who disagrees with me.
That being said I watched Pretty in Pink earlier this year as well and that prom dress is still butt ugly and actually makes me really mad.
It’s A Slow Process
I really thought I could balance this challenge with a job. It became apparent that this will be hard to keep up with when you fall asleep at 10pm. But guys I swear I’ll get there. Slowly but surely.
Check back soon for more updates on my movie quest. Let me know if there are any movies I should see or talk about!