Movie-a-Day Challenge: The Door into Summer

Door into summerThis post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE

Hey there, fellow movie buffs!

As you know, I’ve been on this super fun movie-a-day challenge, and it’s honestly been such a blast. It’s pushing me to explore films I might not have picked up otherwise, like Takahiro Miki’s 2021 gem, “The Door into Summer.” And let me tell you, this one was a delightful surprise!

As someone who’s diving into a different movie each day, I’m finding myself immersed in all sorts of genres and stories. “The Door into Summer” is a perfect example of this adventure. Adapted from Robert A. Heinlein’s classic sci-fi novel, the film beautifully intertwines time travel with the complexities of human emotion, and it’s a narrative that had me completely captivated.

The story is a fascinating blend of sci-fi and drama, set against a backdrop that seamlessly weaves past, present, and future. It’s like stepping into a world where time travel isn’t just a wild concept, but a tangible reality.

The story centers around Soichiro Takakura, played by the ever-charismatic Kento Yamazaki, who completely steals the show. Soichiro is an inventor who finds himself betrayed and decides to cryogenically freeze himself to escape his troubles, only to wake up 30 years in the future. What unfolds is a captivating blend of suspense, nostalgia, and a heart-tugging quest to fix the past.

One thing that struck me about this film is its stunning cinematography. Miki’s direction brings a visual feast that complements the emotional depth of the story. The futuristic scenes are slick and polished, yet there’s a warmth to them that feels inviting, not cold or sterile.

The narrative itself is a rollercoaster. It’s not just about the sci-fi elements; it’s deeply rooted in human emotions and relationships. There’s a touching subplot involving Soichiro’s cat, Pete, which adds a layer of sweetness to the story. And trust me, it’s not just a gimmick; it plays a pivotal role in the plot!

The supporting cast, including Kaya Kiyohara and Naohito Fujiki, delivers powerful performances that anchor the film’s fantastical elements in reality. The chemistry between the characters is palpable, making their journeys and transformations all the more engaging.

What I loved most about “The Door into Summer” is its ability to make you think. It’s not just a time-travel adventure; it’s a story about the choices we make and their lasting impacts. The film beautifully captures the essence of nostalgia and the human desire to rectify past mistakes, all while keeping you glued to the screen.

In summary, “The Door into Summer” is a must-watch. It’s a beautifully crafted film that strikes the perfect balance between science fiction and heartfelt drama. Whether you’re a fan of time-travel stories or just looking for a film that’s rich in emotion and stunning visuals, this movie is definitely worth your time. So, if you’re like me, always hunting for that next great watch, add this to your list. It’s a ride worth taking, and I can’t wait to see what movie tomorrow brings!

Catch you tomorrow for another film adventure! 🎬

Peace & Popcorn 🍿,

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Movie-a-Day Challenge: The In Between

The in between

This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE

Hey, Digital Dreamers!

I just floated down from the tearjerker cloud after watching “The In Between,” and boy, do I have some thoughts! Grab your fave snack and settle in, because I’m about to spill the celestial tea on this otherworldly love flick.

So, “The In Between” is like if “Ghost” and “The Fault in Our Stars” had a movie baby. It stars Joey King, who’s basically the reigning queen of teen dramas, as Tessa, a gal who’s as cynical about love as I am about getting out of bed on Mondays. And then there’s the charming-as-heck Kyle Allen, who plays Skylar, the boy who might just make you believe in the whole “love at first sight” gig.

Their meet-cute is pure rom-com gold with a side of cringe — a chance encounter at a movie theater where the projector decides to take an unscheduled vacation. Fast forward through some adorably awkward moments, and we’ve got ourselves a love story, folks!

But because we can’t have nice things without a little heartache, the universe decides to throw a cosmic wrench into the works. Cue the waterworks and some serious ‘why, universe, why?’ vibes. After a tragedy that I won’t spoil (because I’m nice like that), Tessa’s left sifting through her grief and piecing together the mystery of whether the love she’s lost is reaching out from the “in between.”

Now let’s dive into the deep end — the feels. Joey King? She brings it. The girl can swing from quirky to gut-wrenchingly sorrowful in a heartbeat, and it’s a rollercoaster I didn’t mind riding. And Kyle Allen has this down-to-earth charm that kinda makes you wanna write love letters or something equally mushy.

The film itself? It’s shot with this dreamy, soft glow that’s basically Instagram’s Valencia filter come to life. There’s this ethereal quality to it that’s perfect for the movie’s whole ‘love beyond the grave’ vibe. And the score? Let’s just say it’s on my playlist, and now I can’t look at the stars without getting all misty-eyed.

But here’s the thing — “The In Between” treads a fine line between sweet and saccharine. Sometimes it hits the mark, sometimes it’s a bit like eating too much candy; a sugar rush followed by a crash. And the pacing can be as unpredictable as WiFi on a windy day. One minute it’s all go, and the next, you’re wondering what happened to the plot while you were blinking.

Also, if you’re not into the whole supernatural love connection thing, this might not be the flick for you. It’s a story that asks you to not just suspend disbelief but to shoot it into space.

But hey, if you’re in the mood for a good cry or a romantic cuddle with your pet pillow, “The In Between” is your ticket to Feelsville. It’s got enough heart to make you sigh and enough spirit to lift your… well, spirits.

So, snuggle up, pass the tissues, and let yourself drift into the sweet sorrow and star-crossed love of “The In Between.” I loved it!

Keep dreaming and streaming,


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Movie-a-Day Challenge: Purple Hearts

Purple hearts

This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 60 days. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE

Hey, Film Fanatics!

So, I just curled up with a bowl of popcorn and my too-expensive streaming service to watch “Purple Hearts,” and I’ve got some feels to share. You know, it’s one of those flicks where love and life throw some curveballs, and you’re not sure whether to cheer or grab a tissue.

Let’s talk about the premise first: it’s a bit like if Hallmark met ‘An Officer and a Gentleman,’ with a sprinkle of Spotify playlists on top. Cassie, played by Sofia Carson (who’s also belting out tunes like it’s her personal concert), is a struggling musician with a heart condition that’s got more issues than Vogue. Then we’ve got Luke, played by Nicholas Galitzine, who’s a Marine with a past that’s murkier than my coffee.

They’re like oil and water, cats and dogs, peanut butter and… onions? Anyway, they clash. Majorly. But here’s the catch – they end up marrying for the military benefits (because healthcare, y’all – I can relate) with a plan that’s got ‘What could possibly go wrong?’ written all over it in neon lights.

Now, you think you know where this is going, right? Pretend love turns into the real deal, with lots of longing looks and almost-kisses? Bingo! But don’t roll your eyes just yet. “Purple Hearts” serves up the cheese, but like that gourmet kind you can’t stop nibbling on. It’s predictable, sure, but comforting, like your grandma’s casserole.

Sofia Carson isn’t just a Disney alum here; she’s giving us depth, people! And the girl can sing – the soundtrack is like a character in its own right. Then there’s Nicholas Galitzine, who’s giving off broody vibes that might just make you overlook his character’s less savory moments. Together, they kind of work in a ‘we shouldn’t root for this, but we are’ way.

The film’s got heart (pun absolutely intended), and it doesn’t shy away from the real stuff either. It brushes against heavy themes – war, healthcare woes, the meaning of sacrifice. It doesn’t dive deep, but it dips its toes enough to make you think a little between the swoons.

Sure, the romance might be as by-the-book as they come, and some subplots could’ve used a little more baking in the story oven, but “Purple Hearts” isn’t pretending to be anything it’s not. It’s got its sappy, tear-jerker moments that might have you reaching for the tissues or rolling your eyes – sometimes both at the same time.

Is it groundbreaking cinema? Nope. Is it a cozy night in with a movie that knows its audience? Heck yeah. “Purple Hearts” is the film equivalent of that one song you say you’ll listen to just ironically, but then it’s on repeat for a week straight.

So, grab your comfort snack of choice, check any cynicism at the door, and let “Purple Hearts” take you on a little emotional rollercoaster. It’s a nice reminder that sometimes, the simplest stories can be just what the doctor ordered.

Stay snuggly and keep streaming,


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Movie-A-Day Challenge: Bullet Train

Bullet train

This post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE

Hey Movie Buffs!

I just hopped off the crazy ride that is “Bullet Train” and, let me tell you, it’s like someone threw a bunch of assassins into a blender with a Quentin Tarantino script and pressed the ‘frappe’ button. If that sounds like your kind of smoothie, then buckle up!

So, “Bullet Train” is basically the ‘Little Engine That Could’ on steroids, with Brad Pitt leading the charge. He plays this hitman named Ladybug – and yes, that’s his real code name in the movie – who’s all about bad luck and self-help audiobooks. It’s Brad Pitt doing his best Brad Pitt, and I’m here for it. He’s charming, a little bit clumsy, and just trying to get through his mission without any hiccups – which, of course, is like trying to keep your ice cream from melting in the desert.

The train’s stuffed with colorful characters, each with their own quirky names and murder-y agendas. Joey King plays Prince with a baby face and a deadly grip, while Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Brian Tyree Henry are this hilarious hitman duo who could have their own sitcom. I’d watch it – “Lemon and Tangerine’s Murder Adventures” or something.

The action is as relentless as an espresso shot. There’s not a dull moment on this train; it’s all fistfights, plot twists, and did-that-really-just-happen moments. David Leitch, the director, clearly had a field day with this. Remember “John Wick”? Imagine that but with more laughs and a speeding train. The fight choreography deserves a chef’s kiss – it’s like a ballet where everyone’s trying to stab each other.

But listen, it’s not perfect. The movie’s pacing is like if you tried to read a book in a nightclub; it’s all over the place. The story wants to be deeper with themes of fate and karma, but it’s like bringing a philosophy book to a gunfight – not the right time, buddy. And sometimes the jokes are trying too hard to land in Deadpool territory but end up in the “try again” bin.

Here’s the deal – “Bullet Train” isn’t going to move mountains or change your life. It’s the kind of movie you watch with your buddies to make fun of and then talk about your favorite kills afterwards. It’s a popcorn flick, a switch-off-your-brain-and-enjoy-the-ride type of deal.

So, should you watch it? If you love action with a side of comedy and aren’t looking for Oscar-worthy material, then absolutely. Get your ticket, grab your popcorn, and enjoy the mayhem. Just don’t expect to come out as a philosopher, ’cause the only deep thought you’ll have is whether Ladybug’s bad luck is actually the funniest thing about this whole wild ride.

Until next time, keep your movies action-packed and your snacks within reach!

Peace out,


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My Binge-Worthy Challenge: A Movie a Day Keeps the Boredom Away! 🍿

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This is the first post of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE

Hey friends! 🙌

Guess what? I’ve gone a tad bit cuckoo and decided to dive headfirst into a crazy challenge: to watch a movie EVERY SINGLE DAY for the next YEAR. Yep, you read that right. The next 365 days are about to get reel! (See what I did there? 😜)

Why on Earth…?

Okay, I know what you’re thinking. “Umm, don’t you have a life? Why on earth are you doing this challenge?”

Honestly? I’ve just been feeling like I’m in a rut lately, now that the weather has turned colder (it snowed yesterday!). With the year winding down, I wanted to do something fun and different. Plus, (and this is a biggie) I’ve got this MASSIVE movie queue on multiple streaming services that’s been gathering digital dust. I mean, honestly, I think I might be singlehandedly keeping some of these platforms in business. So, another sneaky goal? Figure out which services I truly love and which ones to kick to the curb. Also, movies, well, they’ve always been my jam. So why not? 🍿🎥

Originally, I was going to only do this challenge for 60 days – November and December.  But then I thought, “Roger, what’s the fun in that?  Where’s the challenge?  Anyone can do 60 days.”  And I was right.  So I made it a little more challenging and a little more interesting…and a lot more lengthy.

The Rules

Alright, folks, it’s not just about popping a bag of popcorn and zoning out. I’ve set some “guidelines” for this little challenge of mine:

  1. No repeats! That’s right. No matter how tempting it is to watch “Lord of the Rings” for the umpteenth time, it’s a no-go. Every film must be one that I haven’t seen before.
  2. Mix of genres: From rom-coms to documentaries, I’m diving into it all.
  3. Old and New: One day it might be a black & white classic, and the next, something that just dropped on Netflix (or one of the other zillion services I’m subscribed to) or even a film at my local theater.
  4. World Cinema: Gotta expand those horizons, right? A sprinkle of Bollywood, a dash of French romance, and whatever else the world offers.
  5. Feature Length Only: No cheating by watching movie shorts.  Only full length feature films allowed.

What I Hope to Gain

I mean, besides an excuse to munch on popcorn and stay in my PJs?

  • A broader perspective: Movies are like windows to different worlds, cultures, and experiences.
  • Conversations: Trust me, give me a topic, and I’ll have a movie reference ready by the end of this.
  • Whittling Down My Queue: By this time next year, that intimidating ‘to-be-seen’ list better be way shorter. And, who knows, I might find a few new all-time faves!
  • Streamlining Streaming: By the end of this, I hope to have a clearer idea of which streaming services are worth my bucks and which ones get the boot.
  • Creative inspiration: Who knows, I might just pen down a script by this time next year! 😂

Join Me!

Fancy a movie night (or 365)? If you’re up for it, join me in this madness! Share your recommendations, your reviews, or even your rants. Let’s make it a communal cinephile experience! 🎬

Will I make it to the end without turning into a couch potato? Will I finally understand the hype behind “Inception”? There’s only one way to find out. So, folks, grab your blankets, your popcorn, and let’s get this movie marathon started!

Stay tuned, and may the film force be with you! 🌌

Until next time,

P.S. Day 1’s pick? “Bullet Train” — a pulse-pounding adventure flick about assassins. Wish me luck! 🌟

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