Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #261: Muses



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Muses

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This was another tough theme and I have a feeling there's a very obvious movie that I am forgetting.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
A fictional take on the creation of Vermeer's painting. Love this one. The movie looks beautiful, the set design and the lighting makes everything look like they came right out off the paintings. Then there's also the music which was great.

Renoir (2012)
Set in the French Riviera, a young woman arrives at the home of the elderly Renoir and becomes his new muse just as his son returns home injured from World War I. Now this movie is less about the creation of any particular paintings, though there are lots of painting scenes, but more on the family drama. It's an interesting movie and another one that often looked like it jumped off the paintings.

The Invisible Woman (2013)
The film is about the secret affair that Charles Dickens had with a much younger actress, the so titled invisible woman who is said to have inspired many of his female characters . I remember very little of the movie. I know I didn't like it as mush as the above two and I think I might have found it slow as well.


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #260: Parenthood



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Parenthood

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This was quite a tough theme. We had a somewhat familiar theme back in 2015, but that focused more on the relationship between the parent and child characters. While I suppose this parenthood theme is more about raising children and the challenges and choices parents make to do so. Anyway here are my picks:

Captain Fantastic (2016)
After his wife's death, a father who has been raising and homeschooling his kids off the grid is forced to reenter the world and rethink the way he has been raising his kids. It was sweet, funny and even little sad at times; overall a pretty good watch.

This Is 40 (2012)
Follows a couple who are about to turn 40, as they raise their kids and manage their businesses. I really enjoyed this, I thought it was funny. Quite surprise it has only a 6.2 on IMDB.

The Incredibles (2004)
Follows the lives of ex superheores now trying to live the quiet suburban life with their kids until a villain emerges forcing them back into action.  I love this movie. It is so sweet and funny. Pixar does the whole human drama thing very well (even when the characters are non humans in other movies) and it's evident here as well with how the parents try to raise their extraordinary children.

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #259: TMP Television Edition - Gangsters



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Gangsters

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My picks today are ones that I like that are still on the air with an upcoming season.

Peaky Blinders (2013 - )
Set after World War 1, it follows the fictional Shelby crime family as they run their legitimate and criminal business. Have continued to love this series. It's very fast paced, gritty and I love how they use contemporary rock music as their soundtrack. It also has a fabulous cast and it's always interesting to see who joins the series for a season as the new rival gangster; they previously had Tom Hardy and Adrien Brody.

Get Shorty (2017 - )
The series follows a gangster as he gets into the movie business as a movie producer. I knew that there had been a movie before this and that it was based on a book, but I didn't know much about the actual story. I really like this TV series. It's like a crime drama slash dark comedy and it really is funny. I especially enjoyed the whole movie making aspects of the story. I've also since watched the 1995 movie - it was very meh. The TV series is sooo much better.

McMafia (2018 - )
An English-raised son of Russian mafia exiles, now living the ordinary life, is drawn into the criminal underworld when his uncle's plan for their family's return to Russia backfires. McMafia is based on a non-fiction book about global organised crime and the tv series puts a fictional family at the center of the story through which we see how organised crime works on a global scale. We basically see gangs from across the world and see how they are connected or serve other gangs distances away. I've actually picked this earlier this year for the freshmen series theme and apparently it's coming back for a second season so it has earned a place as one of my picks today.

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Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #258: Period Drama



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Period Drama

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I thought I had a period drama theme before for TMP, but apparently not, that was only the TV edition. It would be hard for me to pick my favourite period dramas unless I went by a much narrower criteria and a theme within a theme because I do enjoy quite a lot of period dramas. So instead I'm just going for recent watches that I like.

In Secret (2013) 
 A young woman trapped in a loveless marriage, begins an affair with her husband's friend that has tragic consequences. I've been wanting to see this for while. Based on a book, the story of which I was mostly unfamiliar with, it had you know those fallen women kind of premise like Madame Bovary and Anna Karenina, so I was curious how the story would set itself apart from those and I had definitely expected a suicide to occur because that is like the typical end these authors gave to their leads. And ha! I was right about the suicide, but since I don't want to spoil too much I'll just say the story does set itself apart from the above titles as its goes beyond just infidelity and overall the movie itself was pretty ok. The first half moves rather slowly but the second half saves it, especially after the lake incident where consequently everything soon unravels.

The Dressmaker (2015)
A dressmaker returns to her small town to care for her mother and face her past. I enjoyed this. The costumes are gorgeous. While it was often funny and it was also able the maintain darker aspect of story just as it was in the book. I mean the townspeople in this are just awful awful people. The movie also plays itself as a sort of mystery with flashbacks as the main character tries to remember the past, the reason why she had been sent away as a child.

Mademoiselle de Joncquières (2018)
A widow plans her revenge on a casanova. I didn't know much about the movie before seeing it and had thought it was more of a romantic drama. Turns out it's more of a romantic dramedy and I really enjoyed it. The revenge plot was quite clever.

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #257: Undercover



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Undercover

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I went for undercover cops with my picks today....but if I had gone for a non cop route it would have been Never Been Kiss and The East.

21 Jump Street (2012)
A pair of cops go undercover at a high school to catch a drug supplier. The movie was such a surprise for me. I didn't think I would like it, but I did. I found it really funny. Still haven't seen the sequel and would like to. 

Miss Congeniality (2000)
An FBI Agent goes undercover as a Miss United States beauty pageant contestant to prevent a bombing. I don't like it as much my other two picks, but it was still a fun comedy. It's sequel though was just not as good. 

Face/Off (1997)
An FBI agent undergoes a facial transplant surgery and assumes the identity of a terrorist to uncover the location of the bomb from the terrorist's brother. The whole facial transplant is just so silly, what about his body right? The plot may be ridiculous but it still is a fun action movie.

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #256: Nannies / Babysitters



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Nannies / Babysitters

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There are quite a lot of nannies/babysitters movies so I didn't have a hard time finding options. Most fall under either comedy or horror so I'm including picks from both genres.

Mary Poppins (1964)
Childhood favourite. I used to watch this a lot as kid. Love the songs.

Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Another classic. I like it, but it used to be shown on TV so often I got sick of it.
 
The Babysitter (2017)
A boy secretly stays up past his bedtime to spy on what his babysitter's been up to and discovers her doing some satanic ritual. It's a horror comedy. At time over the top but it was funny, I rather like it.



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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #255: TMP Television Edition - Secret Agents/Spies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Secret Agents/Spies

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I just realized there was a similar theme last year. I totally overlooked it. Oh well, I suppose there are tons of TV series about secret agents or spies so there would be plenty to choose from. Here are my picks, the first three I like a lot.

Deutschland 83 (2015) & Deutschland 86 (2018) 
The Gist: The German drama follows an East German border guard who is forcibly recruited to be a spy and infiltrate the West German army. I really enjoyed this series. If you like 80s set cold war dramas then I definitely recommend this, especially the first season, Deutschland 83, which has more of the whole spy stuff.

The Man in the High Castle (2015 - )
The Gist: The series is set in a alternate history world where the Axis powers won World War II; the US has been divided into two with the East under Nazi occupation and the West under the Japanese and there is an illusive Man in the High Castle trading/collecting(?) mysterious films that give glimpses of a different outcome to the war that gives the resistance hope. This is another pick which I've picked earlier this year for Book-to-TV Adaptations. This is such an interesting series and gets better every season. The last time I talked about this series I mentioned the political intrigue and the science fiction elements in it. What I didn't mention is that it also has the secret agent/spy element where a Nazi agent infiltrates the Resistance making it a perfect pick for today's theme.

Patriot (2015 - )
The Gist: A depressed suicidal intelligence officer assumes a non-official cover in order to facilitate the purchase of a foreign election. Neither the title nor the plot particular interested me but because I read some good reviews I gave the series a try and it really surprised me. It is good...like really good. Patriot is a dark comedy drama thriller. The main character constantly finds himself moving from one bad situation to another, often due to the bad intelligence he's received, where nothing goes as planned, forcing him to fix one problem that only causes other unexpected problems that further need fixing. All of it is taking its toll and he is spiraling into depression. I know all of that sounds very dark and disturbing which it often is but the series also manages to be funny. I would actually describe Patriot as a little like In Bruges but with a secret agent instead of a hitman and with hints of Wes Anderson due to the oddness and quirkiness of many of its characters.

Traitors (2019 - )
The Gist: A British civil servant agrees to spy on her own government for the Americans in the aftermath of WWII. This was my latest watch. Of my picks today, I liked this the least but it was still a decent series. The story was interesting though I found it quite slow. Things only really start to move along half way through.

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