What I’ve been watching, April to May

If you noticed me changing the fonts of this blog a few dozen times, no you didn’t. Turns out I found fiddling with my blog’s design was more preferable to actually writing any post. Until I noticed that I’ve watched an unhealthy amount of movies and shows last month (I desperately needed escapism, because regular life has turned into a tiringly repetitive routine). The list was long, and of course I had to make a blog post about it! To make things colourful I’ve rated them out of a scale of ten. Let’s see what I watched!

Do not judge me for the length of this list.

The Batman: This movie is DARK but I still loved it. And when I told my sister I watched it we both started expressing our love for pathetic dramatic emo Robert Pattinson Batman. (9/10)

Taare Zameen Par: Probably the third time I’m watching this, I still love it the same. (8/10)

Portrait of a Lady on Fire: I watched this because it is pretty much considered as THE lesbian movie and I wasn’t disappointed. Just…a beautiful movie overall. (9.5/10)

Moon Knight: I’m a bit tired of the MCU right now but this show was so bonkers and weird and so entirely unrelated to the rest of the Marvel universe that I fell in love with it straight away. I loved Steven and Marc and Layla and the Egyptian Mythology and the character development, I can go on! (8/10)

Eternals: Not as bad as the critics say it is. Unfortunately I didn’t like any of the characters except Ajak, and you know what happened to her. (6.5/10)

The Force Awakens: I finally started the Star Wars sequel trilogy and this film isn’t all that bad. Rey, Finn and Poe are one of my favourite trios. The biggest downside is that the villains are hilarious – specifically, Darth Vader wannabe Kylo Ren is hilarious. I lost it when he stared speaking to that helmet. (7/10)

The Last Jedi: Equal mixes of awesomeness and cringe. Also I find General Hux a better villain than Kylo Ren. (7/10)

The Rise of Skywalker: <spoilers> SOMEHOW, PALPATINE RETURNED. If you forget the horrendous writing and that kiss (you know what I’m talking about) this is a fun movie. The best moment is when the trio hugged each other at the end. (6/10)

Crush: cute and funny sapphic movie I immediately forgot after watching (7/10)

My Liberation Notes: I started watching this because it has the same writer as My Mister, and so far (10 episodes) I like it. Helps that the main character rambles off morbid stories while eating and is painfully introverted. And two totally different people forging a deep connection never misses. (9/10)

A Business Proposal: actually I stopped watching this kdrama after six episodes and forgot to ever finish it. (7/10)

Jojo Rabbit: this was fun, heartwarming, sad, weird, every emotion stuffed into one film. (8.5/10)

The Half of It: I need everyone to watch this amazing film. It is one of the more quiet, thoughtful kind of films where nothing big really seems to happen but by the end, none of the characters are where they started in. It has a queer love triangle where who ends up with whom doesn’t actually matter, and a big focus on platonic love. Watch. It. (10/10)

Heartstopper: Do I need to say anything actually? This was one of the best book-to-show adaptations I’ve ever seen. All the characters are adorable (except for Ben and Harry) I have tried to write a review for this and I haven’t got past writing I loved this! I loved that! (9/10)

Our Flag Means Death: aka, the gay pirate show. All you need to know is that it’s funny and chaotic and has Taika Waititi as Blackbeard and a team of pirates on a ship where no one is straight. It’s not a perfect show but it’s a great one to watch if you just want a reason to laugh. (7.5/10)

The Queen’s Gambit: I started watching this on a whim and I really liked it. It’s about chess (a game I can play, but just barely) and a woman called Beth Harmon who happens to be excellent at it. It’s feminist, empowering, sometimes depressing and sometimes fun, but the entire story is so human. (8.5/10)

Captain America: the Winter Soldier: Best MCU movie? I dare say so. I don’t like Captain America and I haven’t followed the MCU multiverse at all – read the summaries of the films I knew I’d never watch – but this film felt so different. It felt scary. For most of the way, no one was wearing any flashy costumes. The action was freaking awesome, and it seemed brutal. (9/10)

Howl’s Moving Castle: as I said on twitter, there are some movies that make you go AWWW when they end and this is one of them. (9/10)

Bloody Heart: Only six episodes have been released yet, but I know this will break my heart. This is a historical kdrama with a lot of plotting, scheming, romance, betrayal and murder and all the usual things, except that it’s so beautiful to watch. The cinematography is gorgeous and the music!! The characters!! The pain!! Anyways enjoy. (9/10)

Good Omens: an angel and a demon, best friends (or more???) team up to stop the end of the world. I’m only on episode two and I’m watching this with my sister, and I already know I’m gonna love it. (8/10)

Twilight Saga – Eclipse: I’m watching this at work with my coworkers right now. It’s just a couple of hours of utter ridiculousness that’s ironically funny. (5/10)

Whew, that’s a lot. What really happened was that I started getting a night shift at work, 9 hours all alone with next to nothing to do, so of course I started binging movies. And like I said, I really needed the escapism.

Things have been steadily spiralling downwards in Sri Lanka – there’s a shortage of petrol, diesel, cooking gas, medicine, milk, paper; the ******* president is not resigning despite around 40 days of protests; everyone is just hanging on, just surviving. My family is very lucky that we have enough to get by. To help those that aren’t, I’m linking a reliable donation drive here. You can read more about the ongoing crisis by searching #lka or #GoHomeGota2022, or #EconomicCrisisLK.

How many movies/shows have you watched out of these? Any of your favourites in here? I think I’ve exhausted my watchlist by binging all these but if you have any recs, leave the down in the comments!

17 thoughts on “What I’ve been watching, April to May”

  1. Wow, you weren’t kidding that you watched a lot! 🀣 But thanks for all the recs!! Since I adore Heartstopper and loved The Half of It, watched Eclipse with my siblings in near hysterics, and had fun with The Queen’s Gambit and The Force Awakens as well, I feel like you have pretty good taste in movies and that I should probably check out the rest of the stuff on this list, too… 😁

    I’m really sorry to hear how bad things have gotten in Sri Lanka, though 😨 I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the situation will take a turn for the better soon! πŸ’™

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    1. I know, I’m pretty sure all this staring at screens is bad for my eyesight. There are some excellent films in this list here, I hope you enjoy them if you watch!!

      I hope the situation takes a turn for the better too, although it doesn’t seem like happening anytime soon😧

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  2. I’ve been loving Bloody Heart so far! I love messed up palace dramas, they’re my lifeblood.

    I’ll definitely pray for Sri Lanka, and while I’m not sure if I have enough money to donate right now, I want to make sure to donate as soon as I get some extra money coming in! I really hope things get better in Sri Lanka soon.

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  3. I’m glad binging movies has been a good source of escapism for you in rough times πŸ’š

    This list is full of so many things I’ve watched and loved––The Half of It, especially, has been a favorite of mine since it came out! It’s riotously funny, artful, and so incredibly sincere. And it’s always refreshing to see a platonic dynamic getting a storyteller’s full emotional focus. For some other films along those lines, Lady Bird and The Edge of Seventeen are both delightful! Also, I’m sure you’ve heard people hyping up Arcane over the past few months, but that one is extremely binge-able and has some excellent worldbuilding.

    I hope you get through this crisis okay. Thank you for sharing the donation link!

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    1. Thanks for the recs!! I’ve heard a LOT of good things about arcane, I’m thinking of watching it soon. The animation itself looks so cool and unique!!
      I’m starting to love coming of age movies, I’ll check lady bird and the edge of seventeen too!

      Thank you<3

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  4. OMGG HEARTSTOPPER AND BUSINESS PROPOSAL😭😭😭😭πŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯ΊπŸ₯Ί
    My Liberation Notes is in my list so I guess I might watch it pretty soon!
    And oh god don’t even start me with TwilightπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I end up laughing like some crazy person when someone even mentions the movie series, especially the last 3 partsπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ they REALLY are ‘utter ridiculousness that are ironically funny’πŸ˜‚

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    1. Hope you enjoy watching my liberation notes cause I really like it so far!!
      Please the twilight movies were so funny I was shaking with laughter at all the supposed swoonworthy moments

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  5. I loved Moon Knight… definitely, one of my favourite additions to Marvel and I love all the characters, especially Steven! 😍 The Winter Solider is probably my favourite Marvel film. It is so well done, although I’ll admit Cap is one of my fav heroes. I just love his attitude to everything, like a mix of optimism and ‘im so done’.
    Yayyy… Crush was so cute. I agree, it’s nothing spectacular. You know the plot but it’s what I wanted! I am so happy Heartstopper was a good adaptation, I still need to watch it! Also, Bloody Heart is now on my watch list!
    I loved reading your mini-reviews, so fun! πŸ’œ

    I am so sorry to hear about Sri Lanka, thank you for sharing the donation link! Sending you best wishes ❀️

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    1. Steven is the world’s biggest cinnamon roll!! And layla was so badass, they’re all deffo becoming my favourite marvel characters.
      The winter soldier was amazing, I’m glad you agree!
      Crush wasn’t mind blowing but the story was so, so fun. (I mean, I already knew what was going to happen. But still.)
      Bloody heart is a bit slow but I hope you enjoy it if you do start watching it, the character dynamics are exquisite!!

      Thank youπŸ’›πŸ’›

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  6. Even I have watched taare zameen par many times πŸ™‚ Also Now I have to watch jojo rabbit. I am so sorry to hear about Sri lanka’s condition, hope the crisis ends soon
    Love , Vanya

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  7. AHHH I’ve seriously been meaning to watch moon knight,, everyone seems to love it so much so I feel like I’m missing out completely πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ I’m just kind of awry going into marvel right now because I basically hated dr strange multiverse of madness sadly πŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ ALSO THERE’S EGYPTIAN MYTHOLOGY IN MOON KNIGHT??? I HAVE TO WATCH IT NOW AHKSJD
    HEARTSTOPPER!!! I love that show with my entire heart, the shots were so aesthetic and I loved the little animations included in between as well!! Also the casting ahhh it was amazing!!!πŸ’–πŸ’–
    Adored this post!!

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    1. Moon knight is amazing (but very weird, you have been warned) and the entire story is based on Egyptian mythology!!
      Im not interested in watching multiverse of madness so I totally understand your concern lol.
      YESS spread all the love for heartstopper, that show deserves it!! So happy to see you enjoyed it as well!
      Thank youπŸ’›πŸ’›

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  8. AHHHH I SERIOUSLY LOVE THIS POST SO MUCH!! and that is actually SO MANY TV SHOWS/FILMS??? AND thank you so so much for the recs, i’ve been desperate for them lately, AND ALL THE ONES YOU WATCHED SOUND AMAZING!! I’ve only watched heartstopper from your list AND IT WAS MINDBLOWING PERFECTION OBVIOUSLY. THE CASTING IS SO PERFECT AND I MIGHT LOVE THE SHOW MORE THAN THE BOOKS??? (that is okay right??) PLUS TARA AND DARCY – OMG I. AM. OBSESSED. AKDJSHAJAJ 😭😭❀
    i’m so so sorry things have gotten even worse in sri lanka, really really hoping everything will be much better soon ❀❀

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    1. There are so many amazing movies and shows among the ones I watched, I hope you get to them!!

      Yes spread all the love for heartstopper, that show deserves it!!!

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