Léa’s Film Queue: May 16th – May 22nd

My goal this week was to watch a larger ratio of movies to TV shows. We’ll see how that pans out, knowing my Netflix addiction. (I still watched more TV, but oh well, three movies is not a bad amount.

Deadpool (2016)
Directed by Tim Miller

Comprising one of the many films that everyone I know adores, Deadpool is one I still hadn’t watched. I decided what better time to watch it than after having crushed a squat PR at the gym? Not to mention while sitting at home eating tacos. Wade Wilson might have been proud of me.

So, Deadpool was a warm sarcastic hug. It really hit my sweet spot with all the references to other films and the gratuitous shots of Ryan Reynold’s ass. Who would say no to that? It had great pacing and enough one-liners to make your jaw fall off. There was just enough gore for me to be able to watch without wincing, so that’s a plus.

I would also like to thank Tim Miller for one of my favorite Stan Lee cameos, ever.

Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001)
Directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet

When I am left with the task of choosing my favorite French film, I always pick this one. If you haven’t seen Amelie (the English title), I urge you to do so. This movie follows Amélie, played by the beautiful Audrey Toutou, who helps everyone around her to the point where she sometimes forgets to think about her own life. Jean-Pierre Jeunet truly mastered his style in this piece while also helping co-write the script.

I find this film lovely, quirky, and beautifully shot. Everything about it is stunning, from the colorful cinematography to the scenes which include slices of life for various side characters that we will never see again. It’s all-around extremely charming and amazingly done. I cannot stress how much I love this film.

I also have a huge crush on Nino, played by Mathieu Kassovitz. Amelie might be the reason why I’ve always been a hopeless romantic. I watched it for the first time when I was 8 and it stuck with me ever since.

14 years later and it might be time to get a frame inked on my arm. It’s only a matter of choosing which one… Help.

99 Homes (2015)
Directed by Ramin Bahrani

I hate Andrew Garfield. Except the reason I do is because he always makes me cry. I won’t talk about his acting because I could go on for hours about what a truly beautiful artist he is. He’s so in-touch with his vulnerability that it makes it impossible for him not to shine on the screen.

Back to the movie: 99 Homes was poignant. The story shows you the spiraling down of a man who would do anything for his family, even if he has to shut down his inner voice telling him it’s wrong. The editing was a bit cheesy at times and the color editing wasn’t consistent throughout the film, but this movie remains a gem that needs to be watched. Prepare yourself for tears.

[Admin’s Note: A great accompaniment to The Big Short in my mind.]

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