Movies I Watch: Over and over.

I’ve always found it hard whenever someone asked me what my favorite movie is so I’ve broken it down to four categories. The first one that I will write about today are the movies that I could (and do) watch over and over without tiring of them. If I can’t decide on a movie to watch, one of these will most definitely come on.

Fair warning: I would mention “my boyfriend and I” a few times in this post because we almost always watch these movies together.


What’s Your Number (2011) [IMDB]

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A woman looks back at the past nineteen men she’s had relationships with in her life and wonders if one of them might be her one true love.

I’ve always liked Anna Faris in her acting roles. I don’t know her personally, and her podcast might not be the best way to judge her character, but I feel like she would be a good friend, down-to-earth and very funny. This movie also stars a bunch of people who would later hit it really big (Chris Evans, Faris’ husband Chris Pratt, Martin Freeman, Anthony Mackie, etc.), and it’s just amusing to me to see them in these silly roles.

I don’t feel like this is spoiling anything because they’re the lead, but while I thought Evans and Faris have great chemistry on-screen, it felt like they were just very good friends, which they might be in real life. There was no sexual tension or sexual chemistry or whatever the hell but that was fine with me. This is a fun movie and I want to be Anna Faris’ best friend.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) [IMDB]

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A group of intergalactic criminals are forced to work together to stop a fanatical warrior from taking control of the universe.

My boyfriend and I are suckers for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (as well as Marvel Netflix and Marvel Television), and we would watch MCU movies many times over but this one takes the cake. We have known Chris Pratt from Park and Recreation (a great tv show) and we loved how he transformed from this fat, lovable idiot to a rugged, also lovable, less-of-an-idiot in Guardians.

The Intern (2015) [IMDB]

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70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin.

I don’t know what it is about this movie that instantly picks me up. Maybe it’s because a duo of opposite genders that get to know each other, grow to respect each other, and learn from each other, without any weird romantic intent by either of them.

La La Land (2016) [IMDB]

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A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles.

This movie breaks my heart, one of my greatest fears in movie form. A Lovely Night and City of Stars is going on my wedding playlist, Ryan Gosling is great, Emma Stone is great, their relationship is sweet and it destroyed me.

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004) [IMDB]

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When an unconfident young woman is cursed with an old body by a spiteful witch, her only chance of breaking the spell lies with a self-indulgent yet insecure young wizard and his companions in his legged, walking castle.

My boyfriend and I love this movie. We often say, “Don’t you want some bacon and eggs?”, whenever we are preparing breakfast or out grocery shopping. Or “Oh! My shawl!,” whenever something gets blown away by a gust of wind. Yes we watch the English dub because it’s easier.

This might not be Hayao Miyazaki’s or Studio Ghibli’s best, but it is very close to my heart. Howl finds some meaning in his life, Sophie gains self-confidence, Markl can now eat properly, and Calcifer is forever in our hearts.

The Magnus Archives: Season 1 Review

This review may contain spoilers. From the Rusty Quill website:

“Make your statement, face your fear.”

The Magnus Archives is a weekly horror fiction anthology podcast examining what lurks in the archives of The Magnus Institute, an organisation dedicated to researching the esoteric and the weird. Join the new Head Archivist, Jonathan Sims, as he attempts to bring a seemingly neglected collection of supernatural statements up to date, converting them to audio and supplementing them with follow-up work from his small but dedicated team.

Individually, they are unsettling. Together they begin to form a picture that is truly horrifying because as he looks into the depths of the archives, something starts to look back…

I’ve really been into audio drama podcasts the last few months. I first got introduced to it a few years ago with Welcome to Nightvale. I wasn’t able to keep up with it once I lost my iPod Touch, so I didn’t bother to catch up when I got a new phone. Wanting to listen to something similar, I found out about We’re Alive, Tanis, and The Black Tapes. The last two were relatively new so I easily was able to binge both in a couple of weeks. I loved the format as well as the stories. We’re Alive was a lot longer though, I grew tired of the story as a whole so I abandoned it. Tanis and The Black Tapes are well made but I don’t like them as much as The Magnus Archives.

I think I discovered this podcast last month, in the audio drama subreddit. Season 2 was just starting and the reviews were really good. I was hooked (heh) right from the first episode.

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Marvel’s Iron Fist: Season 1 Review.

This review may contain spoilers. From the Netflix synopsis:

Danny Rand resurfaces 15 years after being presumed dead. Now, with the power of the Iron Fist, he seeks to reclaim his past and fulfill his destiny.

The early reviews for this show were a mess. Critics seemed eager to tear down this show and racism controversies were going around SJW circlejerks online. I will not get into that for I am not a reader of the comics and I do not get why some people are insisting Danny Rand be Asian.

While I do pay attention to reviews, they do not dictate my decisions to watch a certain show or not. I have been a fan of the Marvel Netflix shows, so I was for sure watching the last intro installment of the Defenders. So let’s just get into it.Read More »

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency: Season 1 Review

This review may contain spoilers. From the Netflix synopsis:

Eccentric amateur sleuth Dirk and his grudging assistant Todd make their way haphazardly through a peculiarly tangled, dangerous supernatural mystery.

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It’s all connected.

This show has been showing up on my Netflix homepage for a while now and my eye has been drawn to it every time because of the bright yellow jacket and Elijah Wood. I haven’t read the source material, and I haven’t consumed any other adaptation. I also decided against reading anything online about the show and just went in with the synopsis and the (high) rating it had. I was thinking maybe this show will be a good enough time while I wait for Iron Fist to come out.

Oh boy, I was in for a surprise.

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I bought a menstrual cup.

I’ve used pads all my life. I tried out a box of tampons when I saw them being sold in a Watson’s, but pads are what’s readily available in stores.

Pads worked just fine, they did the job. The waste made me uneasy, though. And even if I blazed through overnight pads the first two days of my cycle, the last few days of my period would barely use up a regular pad and it broke my heart to throw them away barely used. Tampons made me a little nervous because I couldn’t be sure if it was soaked or if I’ll be wasting a barely used tampon by taking it out prematurely. I couldn’t exactly put the thing back in, that would be gross.Read More »