The Loft


4/5 Stars

Summary: “For five men, the opportunity to share a penthouse in the city — in which to carry on extramarital affairs — is a dream come true, until the dead body of an unknown woman turns up. Realizing that her killer must be one of their group, the men are gripped by paranoia as each one suspects another. Friendships are tested, loyalties are questioned, and marriages crumble while fear and suspicion run rampant.”

Fifteen minutes into this movie I almost turned if off thinking it was just going to be some blah movie that was trying too hard to be good by putting together a handful of actors that were good in other things.  I kept watching anyway and was pleasantly surprised.

It’s actually pretty good!

Some of the dialogue in parts is a little iffy, but the story will leave you guessing up until the very end.  Just when you think you’ve put all the pieces together and figured it out, you find something else out and are left guessing again, which I love.

I do think the movie goes on for just a bit too long and something about the ending doesn’t feel right.  There is a six months later bit, which I could have done without entirely, but also the final scenes are full of too much information for such a short amount of time.

When I saw the bad reviews for this movie online, I read through a couple of them and kind of get where they’re coming from.  I guess the movie was marketed to be a sexy thriller I guess?  And it isn’t really, so go into it expecting a thriller minus the erotic part (which is apparently what half the people reviewing on Metacritic expected).

Available on Netflix.


The OA


4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her 20s with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.”

Here is your next show to binge, but it’s only 8 episodes so far so prepare yourself for the disappointment of it being over way too soon.

I feel like there have been a lot of shows about kidnapping lately, so you might be like, why bother?  The OA is definitely one of the best and you need to give it a try!

The story goes back and forth between present day and back when Prairie was missing.  A lot of times when shows do this, there is one part that is more interesting than the other, but both of these are so good.  You want to know what is going to happen next but also what already happened so you can put all the pieces together.

The actors are all fantastic including Lucius Malfoy, Phyllis from The Office, and Hershel (head in tact) from The Walking Dead…also the mom from Dinotopia if any of you have watched that.

The ending leaves some things up for interpretation and it is driving me crazy!  So go watch all the episodes and get back to me on what you think it all means.

Available on Netflix.

10 Cloverfield Lane


4.5/5 Stars

Summary: “After surviving a car accident, Michelle wakes up to find herself in an underground bunker with two men. Howard tells her that a massive chemical attack has rendered the air unbreathable, and their only hope of survival is to remain inside. Despite the comforts of home, Howard’s controlling and menacing nature makes Michelle want to escape. After taking matters into her own hands, the young woman finally discovers the truth about the outside world.”

If you only like movies with fulfilling endings, you should probably not even bother with 10 Cloverfield Lane.

Still with me?  Good.

I expected to not like this movie based on the first in the series (is it even a series?).  I couldn’t even finish Cloverfield because all the camera movements was making me dizzy.  But don’t worry, you don’t have to have seen or even heard of the other movie because it didn’t really matter.

It’s got all new characters, completely different tone, and filmed with regular cameras thank God!

The mystery in this movie is so well done that just when you think you are catching on to their clues and have figured it out, turns out you were wrong and something else is going on.  But is it?  Ahh, I loved the back and forth!!!

Story, acting, suspense is all great and I would highly recommend this if you like to watch movies that take you on a ride and are okay with not always knowing what is going on.

Also, sequel, please!!!!

The Usual Suspects


3/5 Stars

Summary: “A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which begin when five criminals meet at a seemingly random police lineup.”

I know, this is one of those classic movies that we’re all apparently supposed to watch.  How have I not seen it already?  Well, I usually avoid all of those…well not all of them, but whatever.

I thought I’d give it a go, and I have to be honest, I fell asleep in the middle of it for a bit.  I don’t think it would have changed my opinion on it though, if I had been awake the whole time.  It just didn’t draw me in.

It’s supposed to have this big plot twist at the end, but even missing parts of it, I saw it coming from basically the very beginning.  And I promise I knew nothing about this movie before watching.

[Spoiler-ish] The cast might have also played a part in me figuring it out too because only 2 of the main guys were people that I’d actually heard of before. [End spoiler]

If you enjoy older thriller movies, and haven’t already seen this, maybe give it a try and let me know what you thought.  What am I missing because people are always buying the poster for this movie at work, so they must love it?

Available on Netflix.

The Spirit of Christmas


3/5 Stars

Summary: “A woman falls in love with a man who is somewhat unavailable.”

So aside from being crazy busy lately, the reason I haven’t been posting as much is because I’ve just been watching cheesy Christmas movies whenever I have the chance and I wasn’t going to put any of them on here.  But, I thought The Spirit of Christmas was a little bit different and thought I’d give it a mention.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the predictable Hallmark/Lifetime movies.  I can (and have been) watch them all day and not get bored.  This movie was a little less predictable.  Though, spoiler alert, the guy and girl still get together in the end.

The Spirit of Christmas was actually a tiny bit creepy and not in a corny kind of way.  I could see it almost making it as a movie theatre type movie.  Almost.

It’s got a little mystery, romance, and Christmas spirit making it a perfect watch in these last few days before Christmas.

Available on Netflix.

Good Behavior


5/5 Stars

Summary: “Good Behavior centers on con artist Letty Raines and her inability — despite good intentions — to consistently live a clean life. Fresh out of prison, Letty attempts to reunite with her 10-year-old son and keep in regular contact with her parole officer, whose motives for helping her are questionable. But after she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man’s wife, Letty sets out to derail the job and finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling herself in a dangerous and seductive relationship.”

Yes, that is Lady Mary from Downton Abbey and yes, you need to start watching Good Behavior like yesterday!

There have been 5 episodes so far, but I knew halfway into episode one that I was going to get hooked. The acting is great.  Characters, great.  I love the potential for where the story can go.

It’s a little dark and funny and you don’t always know what is going to happen next.  On any other channel, I would say it was a great show, but for it to be on TNT and this good surprised me.  I don’t think I’ve ever liked any of their shows before.

Good Behavior is based on a book series and now I’m stuck deciding if I want to read them now or wait for the show to get through a few seasons first.  If you’ve read any of them, let me know what you think!

The Girl Before – JP Delaney


4/5 Stars

Summary: “Please make a list of every possession you consider essential to your life.

The request seems odd, even intrusive—and for the two women who answer, the consequences are devastating.”

Another ARC, yay!

No books, nothing on the walls, wipe down the shower every time you use it, and those are only a few of the long list of rules attached to the house Emma and Jane (separately) agreed to live in.

This book had me wanting to come back to it and read more.  It’s more of a slow burn, luring you in and weaving different possibilities of what really happened throughout the story.  If you’re looking for action packed, thriller sort of stuff, this might not be the book for you.

I enjoyed the ride though.  I liked how it was told from two different perspectives allowing you to see the differences and similarities in their lives.  At first, the fact that Emma’s story is told all without quotation marks around the dialogue really bothered me, but I got used to it and now I understand why it was done—at least I think.

It’s a fairly quick read and will leave you trying to figure out what really happened until the very end.  While the long version of the summary tries to compare The Girl Before to The Girl on the Train and Gone Girl (enough with girl in the title!), I’d have to disagree.  Those books are more focused on their plot twists, while I think this one is about the journey.

This book isn’t set to come out until January 24th, so add it to your TBR list and let me know what you think when you get to it!