February Movie Wrap-up

Hey guys! So last month I had a lot of fun with My January Movie Wrap-up. So I decided I would do it again for this month. I’ve been watching movies a lot more. My boyfriend and I are trying to watch 100 movies this year. So let’s see how I did in February.

Phantom ThreadPhantom Thread Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson

Genre: Drama, Romance
Runtime: 130 mins
Published: January 19th 2018
Rating: R

Plot: Set in the glamour of 1950s post-war London, renowned dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis) and his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) are at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie stars, heiresses, socialites, debutants, and dames with the distinct style of The House of Woodcock. Women come and go through Woodcock’s life, providing the confirmed bachelor with inspiration and companionship, until he comes across a young, strong-willed woman, Alma (Vicky Krieps), who soon becomes a fixture in his life as his muse and lover. Once controlled and planned, he finds his carefully tailored life disrupted by love. 

My Thoughts: So I wasn’t really sure what to expect from this movie. I ended up really enjoying it a lot. The acting was so well done. It’s a very interesting story but it was so well done. I loved seeing how Alma and Reynolds needed each other. Plus the dresses in this movie were gorgeous. I was so happy to see it win for costume design at the Oscars.


When We First MetWhen We First Met Directed By Ari Sandel

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Runtime: 97 mins
Published: February 9th 2018
Rating: TV-14

Plot: Noah spends the perfect first night with Avery, the girl of his dreams, but gets relegated to the friend zone. He spends the next three years wondering what went wrong – until he gets the unexpected chance to travel back in time and change that night – and his fate – over and over again.

My Thoughts: So I decided I wanted to watch a light movie. I thought it was a bit cheesy. I figured out what was going to happen right away. I do think the movie was a cool concept. I liked the time travel added to it. It was interesting to see how things changed each time he went back to the past. Overall it was a cheesy predictable movie.


Life ItselfLife Itself Directed By Steve James

Genre: Documentary, Biography
Runtime: 120 mins
Published: July 4th 2014
Rating: R

Plot: ‘Life Itself’ recounts the surprising and entertaining life of world-renowned film critic and social commentator Roger Ebert – a story that’s by turns personal, wistful, funny, painful, and transcendent. The film explores the impact and legacy of Roger Ebert’s life: from his Pulitzer Prize-winning film criticism and his nearly quarter-century run with Gene Siskel on their review show, to becoming one of the country’s most influential cultural voices, and finally to Roger’s inspiring battles with cancer and the resulting physical disability – how he literally and symbolically put a new face on the disease and continued to be a cultural force despite it. 

My Thoughts: I’m pretty sure I ended up crying majority of this movie. Steve did an amazing job showing Roger Ebert’s life. He even filmed him right before he ended up dying. He was a fighter until the end. I found this super interesting and highly recommend it.


Kubo and the Two StringsKubo and the Two Strings Directed By Travis Knight

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Runtime: 101 mins
Published: August 19th 2016
Rating: PG

Plot: Kubo lives a quiet, normal life in a small shoreside village until a spirit from the past turns his life upside down by re-igniting an age-old vendetta. This causes all sorts of havoc as gods and monsters chase Kubo who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.

My Thoughts: Overall I thought this was an enjoyable movie. I really enjoyed the animation. I really did love the family aspect of it. I did feel like his journey was a little too easy. I would have liked for Kubo to face more challenges.


Kubo and the Two StringsThe Red Pill Directed By Cassie Jaye

Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 108 mins
Published: March 7th 2017
Rating: N/A

Plot: The Red Pill chronicles filmmaker Cassie Jaye’s journey following the mysterious and polarizing Men’s Rights Movement. The Red Pill explores today’s gender war and asks the question “what is the future of gender equality?” 

My Thoughts: I enjoyed this documentary. I really enjoyed the directors take because she wanted to show every side of this story. I think that is so important with everything that’s going on in the world today. We need to listen to everyone’s side.


Hey Arnold The Jungle MovieHey Arnold: The Jungle Movie Directed By Raymie Muzquiz and Stu Livingston

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Runtime: 81 mins
Published: November 24th 2017
Rating: TV-PG

Plot: Picking up where Hey Arnold! (1996) left off, this tells the story of what happened to Arnold’s parents.  

My Thoughts: I finally got around to watching the Hey Arnold movie they made back in November. I felt it was enjoyable in a nostalgic sense. I did really enjoy the ending. I kinda wish this was made sooner because I would have loved to watch the show after this movie happened. Maybe it will get revived.


Your NameYour Name Directed By Makoto Shinkai

Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Drama
Runtime: 106 mins
Published: April 7th 2017
Rating: PG

Plot: Mitsuha is the daughter of the mayor of a small mountain town. She’s a straightforward high school girl who lives with her sister and her grandmother and has no qualms about letting it be known that she’s uninterested in Shinto rituals or helping her father’s electoral campaign. Instead she dreams of leaving the boring town and trying her luck in Tokyo. Taki is a high school boy in Tokyo who works part-time in an Italian restaurant and aspires to become an architect or an artist. Every night he has a strange dream where he becomes…a high school girl in a small mountain town.

My Thoughts: Omg this movie was absolutely stunning. It was so well done. I really enjoyed the story. It was like Freaky Friday but had fantasy elements added into it. I felt like this movie was such an emotional roller coaster. Highly recommend.


What movies have you guys seen so far this year? Any movies you recommend I watch? Have you seen any of the movies I listed. I would love to hear your thoughts!

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