Month in Movies: June


This monthly meme was inspired by Holly’s Movie Madness posts & by someone else’s, but I cannot remember who at the moment.

1. Serenity

This was a rewatch, and I found it to be just as amazing and heartbreaking as ever. It’s definitely a classic Whedon tragedy, and it makes me wish this series had gotten more.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

2. Maleficent

I had really high hopes for this one, and it was certainly gorgeous (3D would probably be amazing if you like it). The cast was also pretty impressive. Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning were standouts. The beginning was a bit slow though, and I think this hurt the movie overall. I also felt that some characters were never fleshed out (the point of the queen besides as baby mama/dream ruiner?) while others were full of back story. Also, Umbridge has become a fairy!

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

3. The Fault in Our Stars

If a writer needs an example of an awesome adaptation look no further than this. So many scenes and lines in this film came directly from the book itself, and this completely captured its emotional tone as well. Although, the cast must certainly be acknowledged for their incredible performances (Ansel and Shailene were just brilliant). My only wish was that there could have been more Isaac, but that may be due to my new love for Nat Wolff.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

4. Neighbors

I don’t know why I keep watching comedies like this as I rarely enjoy them, but I still gave this a shot. Yeah…I felt that this had about 5 minutes of plot that was then recycled and repeated for the entire length of the film (bored…). Plus, I get this weird sense of realism with comedies, and I found myself finding all of the plot surrounding the baby completely unbelievable and frustrating (the parents would likely have lost custody / really frat boys with the air bags?!). However, if you have to see this Zac Efron is gorgeous.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow

5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Another rewatch (3rd time around) and again completely worth it. This is definitely one of the best Marvel movies. It’s pretty much tied with Avengers as my favorite. I love all of the plots and subplots. The social themes, the relationship between Steve/Bucky, Natasha and hints of her history, and the whole twist with SHIELD…all of it makes for a brilliant cinematic experience. I’d highly recommend this!

Rating: 5 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Buy

6. The Amazing Spider-Man 2

This was yet another rewatch, but it isn’t a movie I love as much. I did enjoy the first movie a bit more, and I think this one has some pacing/flow issues as it seemed rather choppy. However, I loved the chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and I loved the addition of Harry Osborne. Overall, I think this movie had a lot of great moments, but wasn’t as strong throughout.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Buy or Borrow: Borrow