The Watermelon Woman

This movie was recommended to me many times. When I took a film class last semester, I ran into a zoom meeting with the writer and director. I really enjoyed the short films by the director. I decided that it was time to actually watch the movie, especially since it was free this week, due to a special by the cable company.

The story is about a filmmaker researching an actress from the 30s who was not given proper film credit in several movies. It’s fiction, but still it is eye-opening.

I definitely recommend this movie. I would have enjoyed it even if it hadn’t been on the free movie list.

The Sapphires

This movie was assigned to me for film class. The title and description caught my attention, but I just wasn’t sure I wanted to watch it. I was wrong. I loved it!

The film took place during the Vietnam War. A family of Aboriginal Australian people formed a singing group and wanted to go entertain the troops in Vietnam.

The music was great and I loved that it was based on a true story. I recommend this movie to anyone who likes music from the time.

Crip Camp

I was assigned this movie for my film class. I was actually dragging my feet about watching it, since I wasn’t so fond of the title. Also, it was the end of the semester, so I just wasn’t into the extra work by then.

I found it on Netflix, so I watched it there instead of through the school website. I kept getting distracted so I watched the beginning several times before really watching it.

The film is a true story that follows several special needs teens to summer camp and through their adventures outside of camp. Eventually, the teens wind up fighting for their rights and helping establish the ADA.

I loved the movie once I got into it. It wasn’t boring at all. I highly recommend it.

Rampage

I loved playing Rampage at the arcade when I was young. I was very interested in how they would adapt it for a movie, so when my social group decided to watch it for a Friday movie, I joined in.

It was actually better than I thought. It had a plot and all. I liked how the director didn’t get us attached to Ralph or Lizzie. George was always the primary character.

It was a movie where you didn’t have to think much about what was going on. It was perfect for a Friday night movie.

Rebecca

I watched the original version of the movie, Rebecca, earlier this year. I loved it.

I heard that Netflix put out a remake of the movie, so, of course, I had to watch it. I was a little nervous that the remake wouldn’t be as good as the original. I was so wrong. I really enjoyed the movie and I could almost say that it was better than the original. Part of that was because a few parts in the book weren’t clear in the original and I suspect that the censorship in that time was too much for the movie.

I’m glad I took a shot at watching the movie. It was enjoyable. I recommend watching it, but I also recommend the original movie.

The Man Who Shot Liberty Vallance

I had heard a lot about this movie over the years, so, when I saw it on TV, I recorded it because it was on in the middle of the night.

I knew John Wayne was in it, but I hadn’t realized that James Stewart was in it also.

I enjoyed the movie, but the version I saw had been edited. It missed the pivotal scene that explained the ending. I suspected that it had happened, so I looked the scene up and I am glad I did! The movie made no sense without that scene. I wonder why they took it out.

If you watch this movie, make sure it’s the whole thing. Not edited for TV.

Desert Migration

I watched this film for my film appreciation class. It was a powerful documentary that followed several men through their days. Each of the men had HIV and had moved to Palm Springs to live. The community of HIV patients there is stronger than anywhere else, plus the warmer weather is easier on their ailing bodies.

It was a good movie and made me think. The ending was touching. It was worth watching.

A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night

I watched this movie for my film appreciation class. It was about a vampire who goes after men who are not respectful to women, and the relationship she has with one man who does respect them.

It was a strange movie, but I enjoyed it. It was in black and white which added to the spookiness and toned down what blood might have been shown. It was worth watching, but it needed full concentration because of the subtitles.