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6 Movies I recently Watched and Liked

I’ve probably seen twice as many movies this year, than I have in my entire life. Some of these movies are new releases, some are old (but gold) movies that I’ve finally found the time to watch. Either way, hope these brief personal reviews give you a better idea of whether you should invest your time to watch them or not 😉

  1. Miss Bala (Recently Released)

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So, I’m going to be honest. I don’t like action-type movies, and I usually tend to stay away from them, but my girl Gina Rodriguez was in this one so I had to watch it. Duh. Her performance was phenomenal (as always) and the movie was great, although it could’ve definitely been much better if there was more dialogue instead of action going on. But either way, I’d still recommend watching it. It’s got a great plot overall, and it was beautifully directed and the main lead roles were amazing. 🙂 

You can watch the Miss Bala trailer on youtube HERE

    2. The Switch (Old)

This is a pretty old one, and I can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. Jennifer Aniston decides to have a child through artificial insemination, she seeks out a donor and long story short, her best friend hijacks the insemination and she ends up having his kid without realizing it. The movie is quite funny, and definitely a feel-good type of movie. 

 

  3. Aquaman (Recently Released)

This movie was amazing. I’m not a marvel comics/characters fan, but this movie was seriously pretty awesome.

Loved Jason Momoa in this, there were great supporting roles, the plot was easy to follow and the graphics were relatively good. Funny story, his step-brother in the movie plays the role of the donor in the previous movie I mentioned, The Switch. Small world isn’t it? Lol. In any case, highly recommend this movie, it’s got lots of action and plenty of jokes, will keep you entertained the whole time for sure. 

    4. Mary Poppins Returns (Recently Released)

Not going to lie, this movie was pretty awesome, until it got to the cartoon parts. Unfortunately, adulting has taken its toll on me and I no longer enjoy cartoons any more. Sad I know 😦 The story line revolves around the Banks kids who are grown up now and have children of their own. Mr. Banks is a widow and is about to lose his house, and Mary Poppins returns to help the kids deal with the loss of their mom and the home disaster situation going on. The acting was great, and some of the tunes were pretty catchy, I would recommend it 10/10 as a family movie to watch with kids. 

    5. Mona Lisa Smile (Old)

This has Julia Roberts in it, so of course I’m going to say good things about it. The story follows a liberal-minded college professor as she embarks on a personal challenge to teach in a very conservative college. The movie is more of a message regarding a truth in our society and it’s interesting to see how the lives of her students play out. Some fall under the status quo of marriage over education and others take other paths. Not to say which is right or wrong, but it just shows different perspectives on the matter which I thought was neat.

   6. Second Act (Recently Released)

This movie revolves around Jennifer Lopez who plays the role of a woman seeking to change her career path. In the process, she stumbles into one of her old hidden secrets and has to face it. The plot overall is good, the acting was also good, though I didn’t particularly think Lopez and Hudgens displayed good acting chemistry, but I’m not complaining. 

That’s all I can say for the movie though, it was good, in a plain way. It had so much potential, yet for some reason it just didn’t work. It’s not to say that it was bad, there was just something about it that made it absolutely forgettable and un-relatable on some level. Oh, I will say one thing though, Leah Remini was probably the highlight of the movie for me, her jokes cracked me up. Honestly, I would’ve probably left the theater if it hadn’t been for her energetic presence and jokes. Lol. 

There are some other movies I would’ve liked to include, but I’ll stop the list short here. 

What good movies have you seen lately that you recommend I watch? 


P.S Just a heads up, I’ll be changing the name of this blog to muslimgal.com pretty soon. 

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Intimacy in Movies? Do you watch it or skip?

Salam!
This topic has been on my mind lately, since I’ve been obsessed with this show called You on Netflix (which btw I just finished binge watching, thanks a lot self control!)

The problem is, just like many other adult shows now a days, there are some themes we can’t get away from, and a lot of intimacy on all levels throughout the show.

So I wonder, what’s okay and what’s not okay when watching these shows from a religious perspective? A purely religious perspective.

I surely don’t have any answers, and I haven’t done any research on the matter either. But I did want to have a dialogue about it, and just sort of ask and see what your personal opinion is.

Personally, I don’t feel comfortable with it, like it’s fine if there are a lot of make out/sex scenes, for the most part it won’t stop me from watching a show as long as there’s a captivating plot.

I do however, generally skip or turn a blind eye to these scenes because on some level I feel like it’s not okay to watch. Which I know some people might find a little extra considering that I’m a grown woman, but it’s the truth, I just don’t feel comfortable with it.

The first reason being that it’s almost like watching people’s PDA, but like on an extra level. Like it’s TMI most of the time, it’s unrealistic, it’s a show- it’s not even real. And beyond the screen, at the end of the day, it’s just two people in front of the camera on a set, where there is an entire crew crowded around them and focused on them for that moment while they make out or have pretend sex or maybe even real sex. Like that just makes it kind of painful for me to watch to be honest. Knowing that it’s so manufactured and like, awkward.

And then, the expectations it sets you up for, again, it’s not real. Kisses don’t look like that in real life, the same way relationships don’t work the same way that they do on screen than they do offscreen. Not just the actors relationships, I’m talking about real life. I don’t want to create false expectations for myself, and I really do believe that the content we feed our mind, makes us, the same way we are what we eat; we are also the content we consume.

And my final reason, is that I find this whole thing unnatural. If you rewind time back to before Netflix existed and cellphones and video cameras- the only time you would see these extremely dramatized forms of affection in every way on every level, was never. It simply didn’t exist.

If you wanted to see people making out, or even kissing, it would generally be on the street, or maybe your parents, or friends or some or other form of that. You did not have access to a zoomed in, nicely formatted display of the experience. There were no front seats to watch this stuff from, you couldn’t replay and gape at what’s going on like you can at your phone or laptop screen. It was like, either you’re experiencing it, or you don’t really get to see it in that much detail. How many of you stop to stare with full intensity at people who are making out?

And then the sex scenes? You would really have to go out of your way to see people doing it before all this digital stuff came to be. I mean, can you imagine just sitting there staring with full intensity in someones room? Like why. For the purposes of watching my shows, all I need to know is that something happened between the characters, I don’t need that much detail. I really don’t.

I understand that maybe a group of younger teenagers who are curious, might be interested in seeing every detail of any and all intimate scenes in a movie or show. But to me, it gets to a point where- there’s no point in watching these scenes in every other show I come across. If I know what’s going down, I really don’t need to explicitly see every detail. Or at least, that’s how I feel about it and that’s my personal take on this.

What do you personally think?

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Hijab Life, Other

Hijabi Girl with Martin Starr and Paul Wesley?

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

How many of you have heard of the Amira & Sam movie which came out yesterday? The trailer is at the end of this post if you haven’t.

The reason I’m bringing this up, is that the heroine, Amira, isn’t just an arab girl who happens to be from Iraq, she is portrayed as a hijabi girl in the movie. A hijabi girl. Playing the lead. In an American movie!  Continue reading

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Today’s thought for the day is: What if Everyone was a perfect Muslim?

What do you think the world would look like, if everyone was a perfect Muslim? What would change in the world? What are some things that would be different about society and the general way that things are done?

Personally I think the result would be less exciting, but more full-filling lives, like for example, I think for things like movies, there won’t be people doing all that haram stuff and putting themselves out there in R rated movies, which would make the media sector much more boring (in my opinon) but then in exchange for that, one, we won’t spend so much time on it, two, we won’t have to try to live up to unrealistic standards, and therefore have less insecurities and we won’t feel like we are missing out on much (like all that drinking and partying they do on movies and the way it makes you feel like your spending your time wrong), and the content will help us grow as individuals since it won’t just be about partying and sex anymore.

Feel free to share your opinions in the comment section, very curious to see what other will come up with!

Thought for the Day: What if everyone was a perfect Muslim?

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