Thursday Movie Picks 2020

Thursday Movie Picks: Female Buddy Movies

Despite being a female myself, I haven’t seen many female buddy movies. When I think of buddy movies I go instantly for the comedy. It’s just a natural way to go. And I think comedy isn’t my favourite genre at the moment so I don’t have many to recommend. So instead of taking the funny route, I tried to pick less obvious way. Here are three female buddy movies that are a bit darker. As always, there’s a theme within a theme because apparently that’s my thing now.

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The Accountant (2016)

the-accountantImagine my surprise when I walked out of The Accountant and I had only positive things circling my mind!? Because despite the promising trailer, and the premise, I was so certain the movie was going to step into the well known action thriller hole of clichés. Yet, The Accountant kept it fresh right until the end, surprising me with an unconventional final act, that deserves some praise on its own.

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Mr. Right (2015)

mr rightWhen you have Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick, and a promising premise, how can you mess things up? Well, apparently by adding an unrealistic element to the mix and making a movie a little too surreal for ones taste. Therefore, Mr. Right almost hits the mark but misses, despite of the main characters great aim and awesome reflexes.

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Pitch Perfect 2 (2015)

pitch perfect second

Following the highly successful first movie, Pitch Perfect 2 had it’s success written into the books long before the movie hit the big screen. It didn’t matter whether the movie was better than the first, it doesn’t matter now either, and it’s because Pitch Perfect is all about having fun, singing and girl power – three things that are supposed to be good no matter what!

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The Voices (2014)

The VoicesWithout a doubt there are some minor spoilers in sight.

There is probably a lot to tell about The Voices but at the moment it feels like most of it is indescribable. That being said, I’ll give it my best to capture the essence of the movie that is so weird that when I tried to get my friend to watch it, it took me a while to explain, without spoilers, what the movie was all about.

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Drinking Buddies (2013)

drinking buddiesTiny spoiler-baby is ahead, you’ve been warned.

Two posts a week, that was my promise to myself and therefore you guys are getting two posts on this fine Sunday. One I already published, and this is obviously the second one – what a great way to end a week, right? Also, there’s no better way to end it than with a positive review. Drinking Buddies was the last movie I saw in 2013 and making the choice based on its name and the trailer, I was sure I wasn’t going to be disappointed. And giving the fact that I’m on a good movie binge right now, I’m proud to say that I really enjoyed Drinking Buddies.

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Pitch Perfect (2012)

pitch perfect

The fact of the matter is, I enjoyed Pitch Perfect more than I ever expected to do, despite the un-natural scenes with puke and puke-angels (really, what the hell were they thinking?). Looking past those awful things that will be forever in my mind and not because I want to but because they can, I will try to explain my sudden love for the leading man played by Skylar Astin. So be ready for some not so relevant blather about how much I enjoy his eyes and also some not so friendly discussion of how female characters in movies keep disappointing me.

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# 256 – 50/50

I have been on a little brake of blogging for various reasons but it takes a little bit of Joseph Gordon-Levitt to get me inspired again. Not only did I watch 50/50 but I also took the time to enjoy something more special called Hesher. So in time you will probably hear more about the last one but before that a short review of 50/50.

Written by Will Reiser and slightly based on his own life experience, 50/50 brings you a story of Adam (Gordon-Levitt) who finds out he has cancer. Leading a healthy life up to that point, the idea of having this life altering disease is hard for him to grasp, not to mention for his mother (Anjelica Huston) who already is struggling with her husband having Alzheimer’s. As Adam battles with the idea and the cancer itself, his best friend Kyle (Seth Rogen) and his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) try to support him. Adam is also obliged to seek help from a psychologist named Katherine (Anna Kendrick) who has her own challenge of being a young doctor.

50/50, directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 2008), is an interesting movie in a way that it has such a rough but still a simple story. It is a joy (from the movie-experience point of view) to watch and the fact that it is easy to connect with it makes 50/50 particularly good. While the whole plot is about fighting cancer and the struggles that it places on the person, the realistic aspect is brought on the screen by very good performances: Gordon-Levitt yet again does not disappoint and when his chemistry with Seth Rogen is best described by a scene where Adam cuts off his hair in front of Kyle, the most exciting scenes are between the main character and Anna Kendrick.

There are couple of moments in the movie where I laughed cause the whole scene reminded me of situations from my own life and I think it is the whole idea of 50/50. Those little moments where for instance Adam is cleaning out Kathrine’s car connect the characters with the audience cause while it is such a simple act it represents much more from the point of view of fighting something like cancer. I’m not gonna put a lot of ideas in your heads, because I think watching 50/50 has to be an individual process, but there are a lot of scenes which show (on some level) the concept of “being able to do something”.

There is no surprise that I liked the movie and it is definitely one of my favorites this year, so a solid 4 out of 5 suits this movie very well. I think this score might make more sense after I write/you read the review of Hesher cause at the moment I am comparing those two in my head (probably because of Gordon-Levitt) so the final score for 50/50 was a bit lowered due to this fact. So there is a little spoiler of the up-coming review of Hesher as well but the post will still end with some stills from 50/50.