Movies I Watched: Desperados, Gabriel’s Inferno, Sing Street, Trolls World Tour, Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

I paused binge-ing Detective Conan and watched some movies. (I just passed the 400-episode mark for Detective Conan though! Almost halfway thru!) Gosh, I have not seen any movie in a while because of that anime series! LOL! Thought I’d write down my thoughts and do a movie review post.

(1) Desperados (2020)

Starring: Nasim Pedrad, Lamorne Morris, Robbie Amell, Anna Camp, Heather Graham

Ok, it’s a Netflix rom-com, what do you all expect?

I watched this while I was finalizing my Dumaguete blog and it’s one of those movies that I actually just listen to while doing something else. I usually do this for “lighthearted” movies because you don’t really need to focus so much to understand what’s happening. I also wanted to see this because I was a fan of New Girl and I was happy to see Winston and Ally together again!

I have actually forgotten that Robbie Amell is in this movie, too. But come on, who wouldn’t want to see a beautiful creature like that after almost cracking your head open in public? I guess the moral lesson of the movie is you don’t need to change yourself (or kill yourself) just to have a love life. (Yes, we are already at the moral lesson, just watch the movie, it’s really nothing you haven’t seen before.) Oh goodness, the things we that we do for the guy we like. We even pretend to be someone we’re not just to keep that guy. If you need to censor yourself for someone, leave them. If you need to dumb yourself down for someone, leave them. If you need to stop saying words you normally do for someone, leave them. If you feel bad about your job because of someone, leave them. You should be someone who accepts you for who you are. Very Mark Darcy, but oh so true!

Also, super LSS with Breathe Again! Man, I love this song! Toni Braxton’s songs give me so much feels!

(2) Gabriel’s Inferno (2020)

Starring: Melanie Zanetti, Giulio Berruti

I’ve definitely heard of the book series, back when Fifty Shades of Grey was popular, but I never read it. I saw this randomly when I was looking for movies and decided to check it out. Turns out, it’s nothing like Fifty Shades of Grey! There is no sex or BDSM. LOL. I guess the only similarity would be that they were both Twilight fanfics before they were published.

I am not familiar with any of the main actors, but I read on Melanie Zanetti’s IMDB page that she was on Tidelands. I watched that, but I don’t remember her. She reminds me of Jenna Ortega from Jane The Virgin and You. And why does Professor Emerson (Giulio Berruti) remind me of Chuck Bass with a hint of Sean O’Pry? It was more Chuck Bass in the beginning, but more Sean O’Pry as I continue to watch. But with cringey acting. LOL. I’m sorry! I feel so uncomfortable watching him! And that voice. Oh my goodness, he totally kept that bedroom voice for the entire 2 hours of the movie. LOL. And some of the dialogues – really cringey as well. The most notable one for me would have to be, “Let me feed you.” when he was letting her try the whiskey. HAHAHA. I cannot.

But despite all that, I know, I’m making fun of some parts but the movie is actually not that bad. I liked it. I actually like Julia’s character, especially during that scene at the end of the movie. I think the actress did well. The movie is a bit slow but I feel like the first movie is really just an introduction so that’s understandable. It really interested me and I feel like wanting to read the books. We’ll see if I can put that into action.

I noticed though that the last scene is also the girl leaving the guy at the elevator. I think one of the Fifty Shades movies ended with that same scene. Coincidence? (Or maybe that’s what’s on the book – I will find out when I read it.) Also, I’m curious to know who Paulina is! (Again, maybe I will find out when I read it.)

(3) Sing Street (2016)

Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor

Set in 1985 in Ireland, this is about a boy (Conor) who started a band to impress a girl he saw standing in front of their school (Raphina).

I absolutely loved the movie and the songs, too! If you liked John Carney’s Once and Begin Again, then you loved this one for sure! Seriously, he makes a movie once every few years, but nails it each time! (Adam Levine sings on the soundtrack as well.) I didn’t know any of the kids in the movie, but it has a very strong supporting cast, as well as Lucy Boynton, of course, who’s the lead female character. I don’t want to talk about it too much because I don’t want to give away anything but I give 5 out of 5 stars this! This is my favorite movie out of this batch. Please go watch this “happy sad” movie if you haven’t already.

PS I’m still listening to the soundtrack even though I have finished the movie a few days ago. I’m still so obsessed with all the songs!

(4) Trolls World Tour (2020)

Featuring the voices of: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom, James Corden, Kelly Clarkson, Sam Rockwell, and Mary J. Blige

So the “enemy” in this movie is Barb, the queen of Rock Trolls, whose goal is to end other kinds of music and let the Rock Trolls dominate. Apparently. Poppy is part of the Pop Trolls – not surprising, Pop is literally part of her name. LOL.

It’s the sequel to the 2016 movie and I think I liked that one better. I could definitely see the pattern though, even the total silence before Poppy actually got through to Barb, just like what she did with Branch in the first movie. It is still is a fun movie to watch, or listen to in the background while you’re doing something else. I was playing this while I was doing some crafts and truly enjoyed listening to all the songs and following Poppy and her friends’ journey.

I must say though that the message is very timely and relevant. (Queen P, is that chu? LOL.) There was one scene where Poppy said that history is going to repeat itself if she doesn’t make them realize that they are all the same. Then, Queen Essence and King Quincy told her that they are all different, that’s why they have different strings and that denying the difference is denying the truth of they are. So true! This reminds me of when people say, “I don’t see color,” when it comes to talks of diversity and inclusion. No, this is wrong. If you don’t see color, then you will not recognize the problem. If you don’t recognize the problem, then how are you going to resolve it?

I also like this line that Poppy said: “You have to be able to listen to other voices, even when they don’t agree with you. They make us stronger, more creative, more inspired.” I think with what’s going on in the world right now, everyone has opinions and it is very important to listen to those, no matter how tired you are, or no matter how ridiculous they may be. Take it a chance to start a conversation and educate people about what you know or encourage them to educate themselves.

LOL, I got all these from Trolls. But come on, this message is important. And I love that this a subtle way to educate children as they watch cartoons.

(5) Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)

Starring: Will Ferrell, Rachel McAdams, Pierce Brosnan, Dan Stevens, Demi Lovato

I love an underdog movie! Honestly, I had low expectations, but this is not so bad! The dialogues really made me LOL and it is actually quite touching. Every time the elves are mentioned, I crack up. My favorite line would have to be, “The elves went too far.” HAHAHAHA.

Lowkey, ka-LSS yung Double Trouble!!! And the song they sang in the finals, Husavik, is so beautiful!! Rachel McAdams’ singing voice gave me chills! (Molly Sanden, a Swedish singer, sings her vocals in the movie.) Damn, even Ja Ja Ding Dong got to me!

And man, Dan Stevens! Him alone is enough to make me like this movie! I mean, he can give you everything, wifi in every room! This is exactly the movie we need at this time. So do yourself a favor, watch it and enjoy.

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