10 Best Films

Hey guys,

So, by now you should know about my love for TV series. I am totally obsessed with shows and I always have at least one TV show on my roster because why not? However, I have been focused on movies as well. I have always had a certain love for movies but I prefer watching an elongated story than a short one; hence my preference for TV shows. Lately though, some of the shows I have been watching have been a little intense so I just decided to concentrate on movies for now and I have been enjoying them. In the midst of doing that, I remembered an assignment that I did for my Sports/Cultural Journalism  class for my undergrad (Don’t ask me why it was an assignment. It just was. Lol), and because I am a harder of sentiments and information, I still have it on my laptop and I decided to share it in appreciation of my love for movies.

There are a couple of movies that I need to add to this list like: Kingsman, The New Edition biopic and A Dog’s Purpose but I’m not exactly sure where to place them on the list just yet and I really want you guys to see this list as is. So, I hope you love my list and let me know what you feel about the movies on here and please recommend any movie that you think that I should see. I’ll do a countdown list from 10 – 1.

10.

Title: In Time

Studio & Year of Release: 20th Century Fox; 2011

Director: Andrew Niccol

Main Stars: Justin Timberlake, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde

Set in the year 2169, this is a film that focuses on a society where the people stop aging at the age of 25. At this age, they have a clock on their arm that starts to count down how long they would live. The story is an intriguing one that takes the genre of sci-fi to another level. The cinematography is revolutionary and Timberlake does a good job convincing the audience of the authenticity of the film.

9.

Title: Gone Girl

Studio & Year of Release: 20th Century Fox; 2014

Director: David Fincher

Main stars: Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris

Gone girl is a film that is based on Gillian Flynn’s book of the same name. It is a psychological thriller that focuses on the search for Amy Donne after her husband, Nick comes home on his fifth anniversary to find her missing. This is a film that keeps the heart racing from the beginning to the end. Rosamund Pike plays a convincing role as a psychopathic wife and the story is a good one filled with deception & betrayal.

8.

Title: Now You See Me

Studio & Year of Release: Summit Entertainment; 2013

Director: Louis Leterrier

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman

‘Now You See Me’ is a crime thriller about a group of four magicians who pull off a bank heist during their act. The cast, the directing & the script is one to be reckoned with. The film keeps the audience focused and on their toes throughout the film.

7.

Title: Shutter Island

Studio & Year of Release: Paramount Pictures; 2010

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Leonardo di Caprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams

‘Shutter Island’ is a film based on Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name. The film is set in a psychiatric facility on Shutter Island where U.S. Marshall, Edward “Teddy” Daniels is investigating. Leonardo di Caprio does an excellent job playing this character and the film leaves the audience wondering about their state of mind.

6.

Title: The Help

Studio & Year of Release: Walt Disney Studios/ Motion Pictures; 2011

Director: Tate Taylor

Starring: Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer, Jessica Chastain

‘The Help’ is an American period drama that is based on Kathryn Stockett’s novel of the same name. It is set in the 1960’s during the Civil Rights movement. It focuses on the relationship between a young white woman, Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan and black maids, Aibileen Clark and Minny Jackson, Though fiction, this film touches on a tainted time in the United States. It is one that lets the audience have a glimpse on one of the worst times in the States. The acting is an excellent one and Octavia Spencer won an Oscar for her role as Minny Jackson.

5.

Title: My Week With Marilyn

Studio & Year of Release: The Weinstein Company; 2011

Director: Simon Curtis

 Starring: Michelle Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Kenneth Branagh

Set in 1956, this a true life story of the relationship between production assistant, Colin Clark and actress, Marilyn Monroe on the set of the film, “The Prince and the Showgirl.” Michelle Williams captures the essence of Marilyn Monroe from her voice and her elegance to her walk and vulnerability. The Golden Globe award she received was well-deserved.

4.

Title: Everybody’s Fine

Studio & Year of Release: Miramax Films; 2009

Director: Kirk Jones

Starring: Robert De Niro, Drew Barrymore, Kate Beckinsale, Sam Rockwell

‘Everybody’s fine’ is a drama that focuses on the journey of a widower to reunite with his four children after they cancel their visits at the last minute. His journey makes him discover secrets about his children. Robert De Niro’s role as Frank Goode is one of a loving father who only ever wanted to do his best for his children. De Niro is exceptional and the script is an excellent one.

3.

Title: The Sound of Music

Studio & Year of Release: 20th Century Fox; 1965

Director: Robert Wise

Starring: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker

‘The Sound of Music’ is a musical drama film loosely based on the real Von Trapp family, one of the biggest concert groups preceding World War II. It is a film that is timeless and Julie Andrews brings the screen to life. The way she sings and acts is one that can never be forgotten.

2.

Title: Coming to America

Studio & Year of Release: Paramount Pictures; 1988

Director: John Landis

Starring: Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, Shari Headley, James Earl Jones

‘Coming to America’ is a romantic comedy set in the 80s about a wealthy African prince who comes to the United States to find a wife. This is one of Eddie murphy’s most-remembered films. The film is timeless and makes the audience laugh and cry at the same time.

1.

Title: Forrest Gump

Studio & Year of Release: Paramount Pictures, 1994

Director: Robert Zemeckis

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Set between 1944 and 1982, Forrest Gump is an epic-romantic-comedy-drama film that is based on Winston Groom’s novel of the same name. It is a story about the life of Forrest Gump, a phlegmatic and naïve young man who witnesses and in some cases, influences some of the defining moments in the United State’s 20th century. This was a film that showed Tom Hanks for the great actor that he is. He brought the role of Forrest to life and made the audience laugh and cry with him.

 

So, that is it. Let me know what you guys think. ❤

 

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Girls Trip is not just a movie; it’s an experience!

On Friday, my girl – Akunna – and I decided to go and watch Girls Trip at the cinema and I have to tell you, we had such an amazing time. The movie was really good and so funny and definitely one that I would see over and over again.

For those who don’t know what Girls Trip is about, I’ll give a little premise without providing any spoilers. So, the movie is about four black women who have been friends since college and haven’t seen each other in a while. So, when one of them gets the hook-up to go to EssenceFest in New Orleans – all expenses paid – she decides to go on the trip with her girls. Their journey and their time at EssenceFest is filled with a lot of laughs and life changing moments.

Apart from the wonderful movie, I actually enjoyed being in the cinema. There were so many women; so many black women who were there. In fact, I only saw a guy or two. Women came with their girls to enjoy this movie and it felt like a sisterhood in there. We all laughed together and there were moments where you hear everyone go ‘Mmmhhhmmmm’ at a scene. It was like we could all relate to the women in the movie. It was so beautiful to see and experience.

It felt like we were all going on a Girls Trip and it brought us all together for the couple of hours that we were there. If you haven’t seen it, I think you are really really missing out. I think it is important to go with your girls and support the movie at the cinema. I believe this is one of those movies that you don’t want to wait for it to come out so that you can watch it at home alone. I mean you can do that, but after you’ve seen it at the cinema. You have to experience the shared bond that women come to share at this movie and you will not regret it.

You can check out the trailer below:

So, let me know your thoughts in the comments below. I always love to hear for you all.

Love,

Dolly. ❤

 

TV TALK: What am I watching?

Hi guys,

So, by now, you know how much I love watching TV shows. I mean, it’s basically my life. Lol. It’s all I do and because I am a writer who is keen on writing scripts for movies and tv, it is just something that fuels my creative engine and I am always keen to share what I am watching with others.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared the four shows that were on my binge-watching line-up. You can check the post out here. Anyway, I’m done with those ones and I wanted to share the ones that I am currently watching. So, in case you have been looking for shows to watch, I am your girl! So, hope I can convince you to start watching these ones if you haven’t already.

Let’s get into it people.

 

  1. DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
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So, this tv series is based off of the movie of the same name. Now, I’ll be honest. When I first heard of the TV show, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to watch it, not for any other reason but for the simple fact that I couldn’t get into the movie. When the movie first came out, I was excited to see it especially because Tyler James Williams was in it and I absolutely love him. However, I started watching it and I just couldn’t get into it so I never finished it. Anyway, long story short, the tv show came out and I wasn’t sure if it will be like a continuation of the movie or something so I wasn’t sure. However, I heard so many great things about it and some of my friends were telling me how awesome it is and I decided to give it a try.

I have watched just one episode and I have to tell you that it is so amazing. I love the show. It is a show that portrays how students of colour at Winchester University which is predominantly white, try to navigate through college life inspite of social injustice. One of the many things I love about the show is how articulate these students are, especially one of the lead characters,  Samantha WhiteShe knows how to explain herself clearly and concisely without having to raise her voice. I wish I was that articulate. Many times I try to speak or write about certain things but I never really know how to put it. Even in writing this, I have written and deleted over and over again because I want you guys to understand what I am trying to say but this girl does it and does it so well and it is nice to see a strong black young woman speak her peace.

The cast is so amazing and it is nice to see all these beautiful black people on TV. I appreciate it and I love it. Anyway, this show is bomb. I have only seen one episode and I cannot wait to keep on watching . The cast includes, Logan Browning, Brandon P. Bell, DeRon Horton and many other amazing people. Please check it out as it is so necessary to watch especially in the times that we live in. The show just completed its first season and you can watch it on Netflix.

 

2. MODERN FAMILY

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Remember how I said previously, that I enjoy having a comedy show in my line-up to ease up the tension of the other shows. Well, Modern Family has taken that spot in my line-up. I have actually been watching Modern Family for years but halfway through the 8th season, I just stopped catching up. It’s not that it wasn’t good; it’s just that I got distracted by other shows and by the time I kept forgetting to watch and it just kept piling up. Anyway, I decided to complete the 8th season since I have missed so much and I have been enjoying it and laughing so hard.

Modern Family is a sitcom that is done in the style of a mockumentary. It follows the lives of patriarch, Jay Pritchett and his family which includes his children and their spouses and their children as well. Anyway, the show is so funny and so light-hearted and has some seriously iconic comedic moments. If you have never watched it, you are in luck because you have eight whole seasons to catch up on. The show features an amazing cast such as Ed O’Neill, Sofia Vergara, Julie Bowen and so many other wonderful  people who bring the characters to life.

 

3. JANE THE VIRGIN

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I will admit, when this show first came out in 2014, I was not board. I can’t remember if I watched the trailer but I knew the premise of the show and I thought it will be better suited as a movie than as a show. Now, that I think about it, I can’t help but knock myself in the head for ever thinking that. When Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for the show a couple of years ago, I knew that there had to be something to the show but I still never watched it.

My sister and my brother basically put me on to the show again this year. I was already planning on giving the show a go anyway sometime this year but my siblings kept on telling me how amazing it is and out gave me more of a reason to watch the show. You guys, this show is awesome.

Let me just give you guys a little premise to the show. So, basically the show is a modern American take on a telenovela. Side note: I remember this telenovela I used to watch in secondary school called Second Chance, also known as El Cuerpo del Deseo. It was crazy but boy, was I hooked. I loved it.

Anyway, back to the show. The show is about Jane who is a virgin but gets accidentally inseminated with another man’s sperm which results in a pregnancy and causes a series of events that can only be seen in a telenovela. Lol.

I love the show so so much and one of the many reasons I love the show is because of all the TV shows I have ever watched (and ya’ll know I watch a lot), I have never related to a character the way I relate to Jane. I mean, it sounds crazy but there are so many aspects of Jane’s life that I find myself going through at the moment and it has really helped me to just feel better about myself and just the progress of my life in general. It has helped me in my writing and in so many other ways.

I am glad in a way that I only started watching this show recently because it really could not have come at a better time and I can binge-watch it.

Anyway, the show is amazing and I would recommend it to any and everyone. One thing I love about the show is that it is clear that the writers have thought about everything before hand. They know how they want the story to go and so there are no plot-holes i it and I love when writers do that. It shows that they don’t take the audience for fools and I really really appreciate it.

Anyway, the show features Gina Rodriguez, Brett Dier, Andrea Navedo and so many others. The show just completed its third season. You can watch it all on Netflix.

 

4. GRIMM

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Last and definitely not the least is Grimm. I am a fan of fantasy shows. Some of my very best shows have been fantasy. I loved Charmed. It is one of my favourite shows of all time and even though Once Upon a Time can have its moments, I still love it because I am caught up in all the magic of it. The thing about fantasy is that, it is already far-fetched. I mean, you can’t really imagine any of it happening in the real world and so for me, it is easy to let go of things that might seem a bit too crazy even for the show. Anyway, I digress.

This is one of those shows that I had on my radar that I would watch one day and then my sister gave me more reason to watch it because she really likes it. So, I started watching it and I love it. I mean, it is a bit more gory than my other fantasy shows and it is not as magical but it combines two genres that I love which is fantasy and crime and I love how they mesh together.

So, Grimm is about an easy-going smart detective who finds out that he is also a Grimm which means that he can see these fairy-tale type species that exist within our world. Does that make sense? Lol. The show is inspired by Grimms’ fairy tales and if you are familiar with them, you would understand what I mean. I am familiar with some Grimm fairytales such as Hansel and Gretel but I don’t know a lot of them.

The show is really good. I really enjoy watching it and it is similar to Once Upon a Time but a lot more intense and as I said earlier, gory. So, I really think that it is worth the watch.

The show features David Guintoli, Silas Weir Mitchell (who was Haywire in Prison Break. I didn’t really like his character too much on Prison Break but I love him in Grimm. He cracks me up), Reggie Lee ( who was William Kim on Prison Break as well. I did not like his character on Prison Break at all. He irritated me but I like him on this show), Bitsie Tulloch and so many other amazing people.

The show just ended this year. It has six seasons and  you can watch it up till its fifth season on Netflix.

 

So, what do you think of my line-up? Is there anyone you would watch? Is there any one you already watch? What do you think about it? Would you recommend any other shows for me to watch? Please, let me know. I would love to hear it all. You know how much I love TV shows. Will let you know when I have another line-up.

Till then my darlings,

Have a wonderful evening. ❤

 

PLL is over and I feel relieved?

So. I watched the series finale of Pretty Little Liars today on Netflix and I feel a little relieved and a little disappointed. Oh, if you haven’t watched it, there are SPOILERS below.

Let me give a little backgrounder. I started watching PLL in the summer of 2013. I believe the show was already 3 years in at the time. I was bored and I needed something to binge watch and this became the one for me.

Now, I enjoyed the show. I actually enjoyed all the characters. I love Aria and her creativity. I love how sweet Emily is. I admire Spencer for her curiosity and her brain. I love how loyal Hanna is and I started to love Allison when she stopped playing all those games.  I love crazy Mona. I mean how can you not? I feel like I can relate to each and everyone one of them in different ways.

Even the guys.

I love Toby the best. I just think he is super sweet. Caleb is kinda sexy and Ezra was kind of shaky there for me at first. You know due to the whole statutory rape thing but I guess he redeemed himself if you can call it that.

Anyway, I think the characters were written well and I think the actors and the actresses brought it to life and made me enjoy watching it.

BUT…

It wasn’t until today when I watched the finale, that I realised how F’d up the story is.

I mean, I knew the whole A & A.D. thing dragged on for a long time and was kind of annoying but I enjoyed watching the characters and the suspense was nice.

However, I think the whole thing went left after Mona was revealed as A in Season 2. First off, it was amazing when Mona was revealed as A because it wasn’t expected and it made complete sense.

A had to be someone who was around the girls but hated their guts. It had to be someone who the audience were already captivated by, but wouldn’t have seen coming. It had to be someone that had a real motive. That was Mona. It made complete sense that Mona did not like the girls after all that they had put her through.

Then, things started to get a little too crazy and unrealistic. It was like Marlene King wasn’t sure if the show would get another season and so when it did, she had to scramble for ideas. It almost felt like that annoying series finale in Gossip Girl when Dan was revealed as Gossip Girl. It made no sense.

When Cece was revealed as A in Season 6, irritated is an understatement for how I felt. Like really? Cece? From where? I mean, what did the girls ever do to Cece to make her torture them like that? However, as a loyal follower of the show, I could not stop watching. I had already gone too far and I had to see it through.

I don’t quit shows. The only show I ever quit was Homeland but that’s another story for another  day.

Anyway, back to story.

I was excited to see more because the show was going to jump 5 years forward and I wanted to see where everyone was in their lives.

It was going good and then the nonsense started again. I was kinda here for it because, I mean that is the point of the show. The girls were older and the games had to be smarter and more intense.

But, I hoped that the A.D. reveal will make sense.

Again, I was disappointed.

I mean, the series finale was fine. However, halfway into it, I realised that the story had gone too far for it to be anything real shocking. I mean, I already guessed that Spencer had a twin but due to the fact that Mary Drake was already a twin, it wasn’t as cool as it would have been.

The fact that there are all these twins running around just seems a bit too far-fetched for me.

I really wanted the reveal to be spectacular. I wanted a real motive. It just did not make sense to me why Spencer’s twin will be so hell-bent on torturing the girls like that.

Anyway, let me leave that and just go to the couples.

Aria & Ezra: I mean, okay. They were never really my favourite couple so even if they broke up, it wouldn’t have mattered to me. It made me sad though that Aria could not have kids. However, I have no idea where that came from. I mean, we just hear her tell Ezra that she can’t have kids. But why? Where did this even come from? I mean, it just did not make sense to me. However, they said they would adopt so, good for them.

Hanna & Caleb: I mean, I always thought they were cute together. I liked that Hanna was pregnant at the end. But again, it wasn’t anything real unexpected. I mean, I guess they fit each other which is nice.

Emily & Alison: Okay,, now this. This was the one I was waiting for. I enjoy how long it took for them to actually come to this point. It was rewarding for me to see them end up together and have a family.

Spencer & Toby: My favourite couple of them all. I always loved them together. They are opposites but they just mesh real well. I loved that we didn’t get anything overly romantic at the end. That’s because it didn’t have tone like that. I mean, we all knew they were meant for each other. Nothing more needs to be said.

In all, all of them basically ended up with their high school sweethearts. I mean, Emily and Alison didn’t date but we all knew they always had a thing for each other.

While I love all the couples, it seems very unrealistic that they ALL ended up with their high school sweethearts. I mean, I guess when you go through something tough like that together, you just always have a connection.

In all, I’m relieved that the show is over. I will definitely miss the characters but I just wanted much more and week-to-week, we always seemed to get more questions than answers. So, I’m happy that I don’t have to keep on racking my brain on figuring out who is trying to torture the girls.

I do hope that they Gilmore Girls the situation and come back in like 10 years to make us go crazy again. It will be nice to remember this moment in my life and I hope that if they return, the story will be EPIC!!!!!!

Till then, PLL. Goodbye.

P.S. I love how Jenna basically saved the day.

P.P.S. Mona is crazy ya’ll. Lol. I love how she had Mary Drake and Spencer’s twin, Alex in an underground lair in France. I mean, Mona is everything. I can’t wait to see her act in something else.

 

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Must Watch: The Keepers

So, I just finished watching this new Netflix documentary called The Keepers and it has led me on a rollercoaster of emotions. Before I get into it, I just want to give Netflix a big round of applause because they make documentaries so well. They do their best to get all sides and it is truly amazing. This one was really well made and I am glad I got to see it. I also want to say Thank you to them for sharing these stories because people need to know about them.

Now let’s get into it.

So, The Keepers is a documentary that explores the unsolved murder of Sister Cathy Cesnik. Sister Cathy was a nun who was a teacher at Archbishop Keough High School in Baltimore when she disappeared on November 7th, 1969. Her body was eventually found on January 3rd, 1970. Now this documentary was made largely due to the efforts of Gemma Hoskins and Abbie Fitzgerald Schaub who were former students of Sister Cathy and took it upon themselves to research and investigate the case to figure out who killed her.

In investigating this case, the sexual abuse that had been going on in that school by the chaplain, Father Joseph Maskell came to light. This ‘father’ abused so many students at that school and even invited other people like priests and policemen to take part in this disgusting act. This also explores possible cover-ups by the police, FBI and the Catholic church. It horrifies me that this man was still allowed to keep on preaching. It sickens me that he was never arrested. I feel sick that those that were supposed to protect these kids – the police and the church – did nothing. My heart broke for all the victims. No one deserves to have gone through what they went through.

While I wish that this man got to suffer the consequences of his actions on this earth, I know that God is the ultimate judge and he might have been able to get away with it here on earth but he must be a fool if he thinks that that is the end.

Once more, I just want to thank Gemma and Abbie for not giving up. If not for them and their perseverance, I probably would have never even heard of this. I thank the survivors of the abuse who were so brave as to speak out. It takes a lot of guts and courage and I am truly truly thankful to them. And finally to Netflix for giving this story a platform. You all the real MVP’s.

If you haven’t seen this, I implore you to do so. I didn’t really go too much into it because it is better to see it there. In fact, there is so much I haven’t spoken about but you can watch it all there. It is a hard watch but I think it’s a necessary one. You can also read an article on Huffington Post written in 2015 about Sister Cathy’s murder here.

I would love to hear from you so please leave your thoughts in the comments below.