I enjoyed the films and series I watched this month so much. The O.W.L.’s Magical Readathon kept me quite busy these past few weeks but I still managed to watch a film and an episode here and there.
After much thought, I canceled my subscriptions so that I can spend a bit more time reading, especially with the Asian Readathon I will be participating in over the next month. I am sure I will still watch a movie or two and update about them in a blog post.
Now, let us look at what I watched this month.
F I L M S
My Neighbor Totoro となりのトトロ (1988)
Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister seeks help from the spirits to find her.
I have been wanting to watch a Studio Ghibli film for so long and I am so happy I started with this one. I do not even know where to begin. This film was absolutely magical. I loved both sisters so much and could not get enough of the story. Just thinking back as I am writing this makes me want to watch it again. This is a film I highly recommend!
The Mask (1994)
When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki, his entire life changes. While wearing the mask, Ipkiss becomes a supernatural playboy exuding charm and confidence which allows him to catch the eye of local nightclub singer Tina Carlyle. Unfortunately, under the mask’s influence, Ipkiss also robs a bank, which angers junior crime lord Dorian Tyrell, whose goons get blamed for the heist.
This film was one I randomly decided to watch on Netflix and let me tell you, I enjoyed it much more than I ever thought I would. It was such a cliché but really entertaining film. The plot was weird but memorable. Out of all the characters, I loved Milo the most—such a smart dog! Overall, I think this is a good and enjoyable film.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (2001)
Harry Potter has lived under the stairs at his aunt and uncle’s house his whole life. But on his 11th birthday, he learns he’s a powerful wizard – with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As he learns to harness his newfound powers with the help of the school’s kindly headmaster, Harry uncovers the truth about his parents’ deaths – and about the villain who’s to blame.
One of my most favourite films ever. It is just so magical and watching it always makes me feel as if I am there, alongside Harry, visiting Hogwarts for the first time. I cannot even count the amount of times I have rewatched it over the past year, since I got to know of this world.
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Cars fly, trees fight back, and a mysterious house-elf comes to warn Harry Potter at the start of his second year at Hogwarts. Adventure and danger await when bloody writing on a wall announces: The Chamber Of Secrets Has Been Opened. To save Hogwarts will require all of Harry, Ron and Hermione’s magical abilities and courage.
This is the kind of film that still keeps me on my toes even after I watched it countless of times. As with all Harry Potter films, I always enjoy and love them with all my heart. I love the Golden Trio and just everything about the world in general.
S E R I E S
Gilmore Girls (S4:E7—S4:E8)
Lorelai Gilmore, an independent young woman, shares a close bond with her wilful daughter, Rory. However, her relationship with her own mother is strained.
As the cooler weather nears, I have been in the mood to watch Gilmore Girls again. I just love the feeling I get when I binge this series but unfortunately, I did not have much time to do so. When winter arrives, I am hoping to get back to it and binge the rest of the seasons.
[Disclaimers: The photos used in the blog posts graphic are from Pinterest and the movie covers used in the blog post are from Google.]
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