Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wickless Wednesday: What We Watched, February 2015!

Hello, all! If you follow me on any other social media platform, you'll know that my husband Josh and I also run a movie review blog called Lolo Loves Films. Movies are a huge passion of ours and always have been, both separately and together as a couple. Because we have MoviePass, we are able to see every 2D movie one time in the theater within a 24 hour time period. I will spare you the details, but I thought, why not share the best and worst of we've been watching in the theater, on Netflix and elsewhere in one cumulative post on this blog, too?!

Who is down for this? If you love it, I'll do it again next month, and if you don't, I'll nix it! :)

PS: Please Follow and "LIKE" our Facebook page: Lolo Loves Films because we will be doing a giveaway for a movie theater gift card once we get 100 likes!!
*February's Favorites*
-"The Great Dictator" (1940): This month on our blog, we featured one review of a Best Picture nominee or winner every single day and had a blast doing it! One of the last movies we watched was also one of our favorites, and it was "The Great Dictator", which was written by, starring and directed by Charlie Chaplin. A comedic look at the goings on of Nazi Germany before the United Stated entered WWII, this controversial film is both impactful and amazingly done, even by today's standards. We appreciate a good satire and this is one of the best! Our rating: 10/10.

-"Ordinary People" (1980): A film that we revisited for a second time, this time, our viewing of "Ordinary People" was completely from the first. Intimate, awkward, well crafted, engaging and heart-wrenching all at the same time, this film was definitely worth of a Best Picture nominee. Our rating: 9/10.

-"Kingsman: The Secret Service" (2015): The best theater movie of February 2015 by far. Colin Firth plays a gentleman ass-kicker. Full of violence, snark and a truly awesome story that leaves the door open for more, this is a MUST SEE! Our rating: 9/10.

-"The Tale of Princess Kaguya" (2014): In an effort to see as many movies that were nominated for Oscars before the actual award ceremony, we sought out all of the animated features since we love these types of films. "The Tale of Princess Kaguya" is an artful and beautifully animated great story, and though it is a bit long, the details and intricacies are enough to keep you supremely interested. Our rating: 9/10

-All 3 films in the "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy (2001-2003): one of the best trilogies. Ever. No questions. Everything about "The Lord of the Rings" films is wonderful and flawless and quotable and brilliant and yes!!! Our rating: 10/10 for each movie.

-"The Graduate" (1967): With one of the most iconic lines in cinematic history. "The Graduate" is an offbeat romance with tremendous cinematography and excellent performance by Dustin Hoffman and Anne Bancroft. One of the films you need to watch in your lifetime! Our rating: 9/10.
*February's Least Favorites*
-"The Loft" (2014): Not all the movies on this list are bad, per se, but "The Loft" certainly is. Sexist, tacky, poorly written, badly acted, misogynistic and full of the worst group of asshole characters you'd ever find in a movie, it is best that you avoid this movie at all costs. Our rating: 2/10.

-"Hot Tub Time Machine 2" (2015): Offensive, bad, sloppy and stupid, this sequel shouldn't have been made. It takes the worst part of the first movie and makes it the focal point in the sequel. It has also bombed so far at the box offices. YIKES! Our rating: 2/10

-"Fifty Shades of Grey" (2015): Definitely not as horrible as we figured it would be, this movie is still sort of a feminist's worst nightmare from page to screen. The chemistry between Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan is almost non-existent, the film is poorly paced and the dialogue is laughable. Our rating: 3.5/10.

-"Mr. Turner" (2014): Not wholly bad since its cinematography is quite nice, but the slow pacing, boring details and so-so story makes us puzzled as to why this movie was nominated for so many Oscars this year. We are in the minority when it comes to this film. Our rating: 5/10.

-"The Greatest Show on Earth" (1950): Ever wanted to know how the circus works? If so, watch this movie. If not, avoid it, because it is long, detail-ridden to a fault film about the public and private goings on of the Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey...that, or a giant product placement for it. Our rating: 5.5/10.

Have you seen any of these movies? Do you agree or disagree?


  1. Yaay, more movie posts!
    I love reading pretty much anything and everything movies, even if I haven't been going to the theaters lately. We wait and rent stuff, partially because that means we don't have to leave our homes to watch it. We're lazy LOL
    I'm intrigued about watching/reading 50 Shades because I feel kind of bad talking such crap when I haven't looked at either of them, but I read small excerpts and I get angry when I think that some people will look at this and think "That's BDSM." when in reality it's just abuse.
    Anything LOTR makes me happy, so long as it's the original trilogy. My favorite thing when someone messes up is to go "stupid fat hobbit! You ruins it!" or exaggerate the pronunciation of "Po-tay-toes!" Really anything I can quote, I do.
    I may have to take a look at The Tale of Princess Kaguya because it sounds like an interesting watch. When I first heard about it I thought it was a Japanese version of Thumbelina and disregarded it.

    1. I am glad people are digging the movie stuff! We have really loved being able to watch and review so many! :)

      The 50 Shades stuff is sort of like a trainwreck, it's so hard to turn away from it all. That's the problem I had with the movie, mainly, and it's even turned waaaaaaaaay down from the book, but it's still there a lot. The BDSM part isn't the abusive part, it's the mental abuse that's troubling. :/

      I LOVE THAT YOU QUOTE LOTR. FRIEND! PO-TAY-TOES are the best! My best friend and I went around saying quotes from The Hobbit the entire movie of December.

      Princess Kaguya *might* be the Japanese version of Thumbelina, but I've never seen it, so I don't know what it is! :O It's still really enjoyable, though.

  2. I like this series! Woot for LotR tens!!!! Yeah baby!!!!

    1. I am glad you like, though I was concerned you might not since you read everything from our Facebook page already! :)

      LotR! WOOHOO!! I'd do it all again at the end of this year! :D


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