Thursday, August 30, 2018

Movies of the Month {August}

A few months ago the hubby and I signed up for MoviePass memberships. They recently changed the program away from the original unlimited option to a 3 movie-per-month deal. Although going to the theater has never really been my jam, it speaks the hubby's love language so I'm collecting some 'wife award points' and the hubby is getting entertainment ;). {FYI - On Tuesdays, our local theater's movie tickets are discounted for $7 a piece, but otherwise the cheapest you can find is $10.70 for a matinee... which means if you go more than once a month you're technically saving money, so three for $9.95 is still decent pricing!} Since we're seeing more movies now, maybe you wanna know our thoughts on them.

So, let's get into it already, shall we?! I mean, that's why you are visiting the blog today, right?! You all are sitting on the edge of your seat waiting to get our thoughts on the movies we saw... I guess you can call us the new Siskel and Ebert!

The Spy Who Dumped Me

I don't think this normally would have been one I would have seen in the theater, but with our MoviePasess potentially on their way out, we figured 'why not?'. The hubby and I both thought it was decent. I wouldn't say it was amazing, but it was entertaining and had us LOL'ing a few times. As I'm sure you can imagine, this movie is definitely more about the jokes than the plot, but still... it was an enjoyable way to spend a couple hours. The violence is comical and over-the-top. I really like Mila Kunis and thought she did a great job in the role. Overall I think it could have been a bit shorter (I noticed myself checking the time once we got near the 90 minute mark), but other than that it would be a fine rental flick.


Eighth Grade

I am not sure why, but I was really looking forward to this movie. Maybe it was because school was "the worst" and I thought we could all commiserate about that with this film. Whatever the case, I walked away disappointed with this one. It sort of felt to me like they were just playing up the awkwardness and nothing else really stuck. With that said, it did make the hubby and I chat for a long while about the effects of cell phones and social media on kids/ growing up/ etc. When we were growing up, we had dial-up AOL at most (and Facebook had only started when we were in college and you had to have one of a few specific university email addresses to have access to the platform), so it's sort of crazy to think about how inundated younger generations are with the social media culture. PS While looking for a photo to use for this one I saw many of the reviews for this movie were incredibly positive, so I guess to each their own ;)



With all of the recent changes with MoviePass, we were trying to figure out which movies we could actually see when we noticed the new Spice Lee film was available for us at our local theater - YUP! This film is based on a true story of an African American police officer who infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. The hubby and I both wanted to see it when we first saw the trailer and walked away very glad that we saw it. Originally I thought it was just going to be an interesting comedy featuring some cool cinematography, but it was so much more than that. The film not only focuses on the racism back in the 70's, but it is also politically relevant to the current state of our country. And the last few minutes of the movie - WOW! That's all I can say; I really have very few words... I can totally understand why Spike Lee is receiving all of the praise he is for this film! It left us both thinking about things for a long while after the film ended. I would definitely recommend everyone go out and see it, but I do want to warn you - there are definitely some hard to watch scenes.


Mile 22

The hubby (and, if I’m completely honest, probably me too) loves just about anything with Mark Wahlberg in it, so we knew we had to see this one when it came out. I figured it would be your typical action movie, but I was actually surprised that there was a little more plot than I was expecting. It definitely kept us both on our toes and kept us guessing (normally I feel like most action movies are pretty predictable and you are just in it for all the action). No spoilers from me, but at the end I was even a little confused and had to think through back through the movie to put all the pieces together. Sort of feels like they were setting up for a sequel... I think this would be more of a rental for me, but still entertaining.


Crazy Rich Asians

So I've been in line at the library for this book for months (and I think I'm still #8 in line), but I figured if we didn't see it now I'd have to wait until it came out on DVD, so we went to the theater before I read it. The hubby was actually down to see it (although RomComs aren't normally his cup of tea) and we both walked away really enjoying it. I was fun with all the feels thrown in for good measure. I'll definitely be giving it a read when I get my chance (I am in the camp who believes the books are better than the movie adaptations 99% of the time). It's sort of like a modern-day Cinderella (but in Singapore) and I love it. We need more diversity on screen and I'm stoked to see the tides changing a bit. Again, RomComs aren't ones I normally say are a "must see" in the theater, but if you are looking for one to see, this one will do the trick!


And with that our August movies have come to an end. We were able to see 5 movies (our subscription renewed on the 25th so from here forward we will only be able to see a max of three movies per month {or pay for them in addition to our membership fee}). I think that is what you consider a WIN for the McDots ;) With our MoviePass membership, our movies each cost approximately $1.99 a viewing - a MAJOR savings compared to actual box office prices! BOOMSHAKALAKA! (FYI We have not decided if we will continue with our MoviePass subscription much longer, especially with all of the new changes, but currently we are riding it out and taking advantage of it for as long as we can.)

What was the last movie you saw in the theater?


Vanessa Junkin said...

I don't see movies in the theater very often, so I am not positive what was the last one I saw! Seems like you got to see a good variety of them for sure!

Terra Heck said...

I didn't know until reading reviews that Crazy Rich Asians is a book too. I definitely want to read it, and see the movie.