I watched two movies

…like, on purpose, not just cause they happened to be on TV (they were not). This is kind of a big deal for me, so I thought I’d have to make you read about them!

The two in question were La La Land and Manchester by the Sea. Full disclosure: when it comes to movies, I’m a crier. I’d need more than my both hands to count the number of times I’ve had to explain to people in my life that “no no, I’m fine. It’s just this MOVIE/BOOK is very sad.”.

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La La Land
As opposed to my asshole colleague* M, I like musicals, and am not ashamed of it. I would have wanted to see this one in the cinema, but it didn’t go up in our local one and I didn’t care enough to travel further. Admittedly though, I was skeptical – I thought it would be too cynical and shallow.

Eeeeeh. Well. If you understand Swedish you should read this review by author Amanda Hellberg. Hilarious as always. While she quit after 44 minutes, I watched the whole thing!

Can we also please address that Gosling can’t sing for shit?** How do you get cast for a musical without being able to sing? ffs. My feelings for him are easily summarized in one word: meh. Emma Stone, however, that’s a proper celebrity crush! I thought she was great in both Easy A and Crazy, Stupid, Love,  PLUS she can sing:

There was absolutely no crying for me in regards to this movie, and the highlight was the song above (really like it). BUT. I so like Emma, I’ll probably watch it again at some point, despite Gosling’s appearance. The ending was also right up my alley.


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Manchester by the Sea
Alrighty, I’ll have to admit that I did think “clearly this is the more attractive Affleck brother”, before remembering that he was going around social media because he was accused of multiple cases of sexual harassment. So I take that back.

Since this movie was recommended by a fellow movie-crier, I knew there would be tears,  and boy were there. I enjoyed the pace of the movie – it took its time to tell the story and develop the characters. And, even though the above statement of Affleck stays true, to me he portrayed this person and his story very well, and had me crying there (duh). Michelle Williams should also be mentioned, and was equally persuading in her part. The movie is all about the men though, with Williams’ role being a side story (no matter how important) – so a thumbs down for that.

All in all, these were pretty well chosen movies, both of which I enjoyed watching. Manchester by the Sea was definitely more touching, although La La Land is the one I’m most likely to re-watch (despite Gosling’s singing…)


*I’ve also called him asshole to his face, when he insisted that “negerzoenen” (“nigger kisses”) were an appropriate term for a treat since they have “always been called that”. Helped very little, but at least I tried.

** Ok, maybe I was a bit harsh? I’ve listened to it again, and didn’t find it as bad as I did when watching the movie. I was cringing every time he sang throughout… I guess I’ll cut him some slack?

Nerds Uniting (at work)

Last week I went out for dinner with some (new) colleagues. I don’t know them super-well, but after this I can’t help but like them (if they still like me remains to be seen):

me: So what’s your kid’s name? something super Dutch?
colleague 1: not really – Logan
me: LIKE THE MOVIE
colleague 1: yes but we named him BEFORE! …although, I have to admit that the name’s from the x-men comic
me: oh, so you’re nerds! there’s a new marvel movie in november…
colleague 1: I know! Thor…
colleague 2: oh, that’s the one with the hot blonde guy, right?
colleague 1: sure, but his brother [in the movies] is much hotter
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later in the train (yes, it might seem random, but this is how it goes when I try to be social. and we were talking about feminism):
me: …do you like Buffy?
colleague 3: it might seem exaggerated to say that it’s my favorite series ever…
me: …but it’s your favorite series ever?
colleage 3: yes.

The Girl With All the Gifts – Book versus Movie #1

I read this book a while back and quite enjoyed it. Not my favorite zombie book, but definitely in the top 10 (if we count the Autumn (yes, I went there again) series as 1, and Newsflesh as 1). It takes a somewhat different spin of the story and Melanie is a great narrator. While I didn’t manage to catch the movie adaptation in the cinema (it didn’t show at my local ones), I’ve seen it now!

And? I’m a firm believer of “the book was better”, and I still think that was the case here – but not by much. The movie’s storyline stays pretty true to the book, and the characters gave me the same kind of feeling as they did in the book. (I’ll allow the last third veering off a bit, the end was still “right”.)

Dutch winter and Logan

My partner keeps telling me that it’s “not winter – it’s March”, but if you grew up in the northern half of Sweden I can tell you that this is still very much winter. Whatever it may count as in NL, it’s been raining every day the last week. Yesterday started off nice, so I was all “look, the sun!”, and then it poured down the second half of the day.

On Saturday we went to see Logan (Marvel, yay!) and I had very low expectations. Despite liking most of the actors in it, the X-men universe isn’t my favorite (why would you like mutants when you can have actual gods like in Thor? – also, hello Hemsworth,  Hiddleston & Portman (and Kat Dennings as a great sidekick!)). If you really mind spoilers you should stop reading now.

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Man, Stewart is old now. I mean, I know this, he’s like 77? But they made him look so much older than he does normally. And they made Jackman look old too! (Side note: I didn’t recognize that it was him the fist time I saw the trailer, and I’m usually OK with faces.) So anyway, it’s a bunch of years later and Prof X is going demented and Wolverine is also not doing great. Great premiss for a Wolverine movie, right?!

I loved it. It’s darker, grittier and more profane than Marvel’s standard template, has a great soundtrack and includes an ass-kicking latina girl. Perfect ending to Wolverine and a nice new start for his daughter.

Top Ten Tuesday

It’s Tuesday and time for another  The Broke and the Bookish TTT!

February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) instalove romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite starcrossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

Since I don’t celebrate Valentine’s in any way, I figured I could at least do a list! I’ve opted for “favorite love stories”, crossing all genres and media (but it ended up being mainly movies).

  • First and best: Mr. Darcy & Elizabeth Bennett. And even though the newest movie  version (2005) was OK, it wasn’t even close to beating the good old BBC TV adaptation from 1995.
  • Juno. Ellen Page and Michael Cera are just super cute awkward teenagers + Allison Janney & JK Simmons as Juno’s parents <3.
  • It has a love story but is mainly a story about female friendship. And they sing a cappella. Pitch Perfect.
  • (500) Days of Summer. Any movie where Joseph Gordon-Levitt dances is a good movie. Plus it has Zooey Deschanel in it!
  • It’s been mentioned here before, but there’s no helping that; Austenland. Keri Russell is impossible not to like and JJ Feild does the best Darcy character since Colin Firth. (Storyline? I don’t know what you’re talking about.)
  • Nia Vardalos is amazing, and her depiction of a Greek family kills in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.
  • Yeeeahh, how about Music & Lyrics? Surprisingly, Hugh Grant and Drew Barrymore make a totally believable couple. Plus it includes this gem:

  • Sophie Kinsella’s “Can You Keep a Secret“. I haven’t re-read it, but really liked it the one time I read it.
  • If I had a guilty pleasure romantic movie I guess it’d be The Holiday. I just can’t help it, and Kate Winslet and Jack Black are so adorable I don’t mind Jude Law/Cameron Diaz.
  • Ok, so this is not a traditional love story, and it contains Ryan Gosling. BUT HEAR ME OUT. This is a sad/cute/happy/depressing movie that I guess you’ll either love or hate. Lars and the Real Girl. If you don’t mind a bit of weirdness.