Are Movies You Watch To Procrastinate Actually Worth It?

We’ve all been there. It’s 11pm; your paper, exam, assignment, homework, yadda yadda yadda: it’s due tomorrow.

While, of course, you could sit down, breeze through it, upload it and get a good night’s sleep. But, who actually wants to do that? The thrill of knowing you got it in right before the deadline is a thrill no substance can mask, I assume (aka I have no clue and am spouting absolute rubbish).

For legal reasons and a disclaimer, I am not telling you to ignore said work to watch any delightful film starring Jennifer Aniston who appears to be holding a stop sign anytime age comes near her. If you have work to do, of course! Do it! But, if you are a hopeless rebel that just refuses to listen to my good intentions of putting you on the right path, who am I to stop you?

For the last two weeks, I have been on break from dreaded school and have delightfully telling myself I, infact, do have time to study for my mock exams that fall mid-January. Said exams are exactly two weeks away and am I prepared? Not in the slightest. I have, however, collected a plethora of knowledge in the best blockbusters on Netflix, as of January 2021. But, which ones are worth watching? Here is some of the movies that have been watched by myself in the last two weeks.

Lily James (left) portraying Juliet Ashton and Michiel Huisman (right) portraying Dawsey Adams.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)

While formed under a slightly unique name, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society was a welcome difference to my preferred niche of 90’s movies, solely starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Starring the wonderful Lily James as the main character, it tells the story of a collective of oddballs, joined by loneliness and a mutual connection of a woman by the name of Elizabeth McKenna. The story falls in 1946 Guernsey (and a tad of London) after they escaped from under German occupation during WW2.

Personally, I am automatically sympathetic and loving to period pieces and anything starring Lily James, so this movie was a reflex watch in my case. I found the movie moving yet so clear. You feel a connection with each character as they deal with the loss of a certain individual in the film. I did find the film to be a tad fast for my taste. While, we did have screen time with every actor and a backstory for each, I felt it was missing an almost sub-plot. Despite this it was a truly wonderful film that I intend to watch again.

Rating: 4/5 of Eben’s potatos.

Callan McAuliffe (above) portraying Bryce Loski.

Flipped (2010)

To say I have mixed opinions on this film would be a heck of a understatement. I believe I spent the entire film arguing with myself on the two different perspectives of this film.

We start out in Michigan, U.S in 1957, and watch as Bryce Loski, played by Callan McAuliffe, and Juli Baker, played by Madeline Carroll, decide whether they like each other for two hours. That’s it really. I wish I could tell you a positive thing about this film but it would just be a name and that name is Chet Duncan, Bryce’s grandfather.

Personally, I found practically the two main characters self-revolved and what directors, I assume, aimed for audiences to percieve as a cute coming-of-age love story achieved the opposite. Also, they say the r-slur a lot and it immediately set me against this film. I’d just percieve it as personal prejudice. I would recommend one watches it as it’s totally important and valid for others to form an opinion!

Rating: 1/5 of Juli’s completely normal eggs.

Tessa Thompson (right) portraying Detroit and Lakeith Stanfield (right) portraying Cassius Green.

Sorry To Bother You (2018)

This is the craziest movie I’ve ever watched. You see, I have this little knack of predicting and spoiling endings of movies purely from opinion and it can get annoying for my friends, but oh, ho, ho! Don’t worry, because it did not happen here!

Sorry To Bother You follows the career and social circle of Cassius “Cash” Green as he attempts to move up the ranks of telemarketing by using his white voice. And, my gosh, he did that. It’s hard to say much without spoiling the plot but what starts out as a sad comedy, putting a smiley face over the clear theme of the class analysis of capitalism, soon turns into a psychological, science-fiction film that terrified the beejesus out of me. It definitely instills an equal part of laughter and liberalism, while also providing a healthy dose of discomfort.

While the ending is shocking, I definitely think this film is a must-watch out of how scarily realistic it seems (the ending excluded).

Rating: 4/5 of Detroit’s signs.

Now, that I am done, and you know some films to check out, go finish your work! See you, L.

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