Thursday, March 14, 2019
Thursday Movie Picks: Films You Thought You Would Hate But End Up Enjoying
For the 11th week of 2019 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We venture into the subject of films you thought you would hate but ended up enjoying as it’s often common with a lot of people who watch films a lot. We hear about a film or see something that feels typical of a film from a certain genre and it looks like every other film but then it would surprise you as those are the films worth watching. Here are my three picks of films I thought I would hate but ended up enjoying it.
1. 21 Jump Street
I had a lot of reservations about this film as I wasn’t keen on seeing the film but after hearing what so many people had said about the film and all of the reviews it was getting. I ended up watching the film in a double-feature with The Hunger Games as that was a good film and then I saw this film based on the TV show. What I didn’t expect was that it would be this outlandish comedy but a film that ended up making me laugh more than once and it made laugh so goddamn hard that there’s still parts of that film that doesn’t fail to make me laugh. It was the film that made me realize that Channing Tatum is for real and that Jonah Hill does have a lot more to offer while I would applaud Tatum for saying what needed to be said about Glee. “Fuck you Glee!”
2. Happy Death Day
Mainstream horror films are hit-miss with me as a lot of it are misses as I was also skeptical about this film as it looked like every other horror film or horror comedy shown. Yet, it surprised me for all of the right reasons and why I think it’s a film that gets it right about what horror-comedies should be. It’s about a college student who gets killed and then suddenly wakes up re-living the same day where she tries to find her killer and end this time loop she’s in. It’s a film that doesn’t take itself seriously while not being afraid of acknowledging the fact that it references Groundhog Day as it proves that films can be fun and smart while not afraid to borrow or acknowledge its influences.
3. Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made of
If you were to tell me 20 years ago as a high school senior that was waiting for the new Nine Inch Nails album and was more into rock than the pop music of the day that I would be singing along to the Backstreet Boys. I would be like “you’ve got to be fucking kidding me that I would listen to that pussy bullshit music!” Well, considering that today’s music is just almost un-listenable and I’ve already accepted the fact that I will not get with the times. I saw this film on TV late one night as I was engaged by it as it’s a documentary film about the boy band reuniting with one of their members for the 20th anniversary tour and a new album as they talk about their history, worldwide success, and failures. I would’ve expected the documentary to be like a typical episode of Behind the Music but once I saw the five members argue with each other and get personal with one another. That’s when I knew that this was a different ballgame and I appreciate the fact that they were willing to show them at moments when they were being dicks. It was a surprise for me that I can recommend as someone that isn’t the typical audience for a group like the Backstreet Boys who are still making damn good music and with fans who are fucking loyal as I have respect for them too.
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