Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #313: Globetrotting Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Globetrotting Movies

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There's quite a lot of globetrotting movies, most of them seem to be from the action genre which is what I'll be picking; my most recent globetrotting watches.

Mission: Impossible - Fallout (2018)
I only started watching MI from Ghost Protocol and I was so confused about Ethan working for the IMF. I was like since when was IMF about espionage. Hilarious right...that I thought the IMF in the MI movies was referring to the real life IMF. It was only after I googled it that I found that MI's IMF stands for the fictitious Impossible Missions Force. Why didn't they just call it MIF the Mission Impossible Force and save us all the confusion? Anyway what I'm trying to say is I really don't care about the plot or what any of the missions are about...the movies are fun because they jet set around the world and have all the great action scenes. 

6 Underground (2019)
I like the opening car chase scene, the rest of the movie didn't quite match up to it. Still it is quite a decent action movie. And it was quite impressive that they did all that action pieces and globetrotting considering this is a Netflix film; 6 Underground looked like an action movie bound for the theaters. 

Spider-Man: Far from Home (2019)
It's there in the title, Spider-man and his classmates go on a European trip. I think this is really the first time in any of the Spider-man movies that he's been far from home, all the others they've all just been fully set in New York. Anyway this is a lot of fun and cute.
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #312: Seven Deadly Sins Edition - Wrath



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Seven Deadly Sins Edition - Wrath

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This requires quite a bit of thought. I feel like I know a lot more movies that fit this theme than what I can remember. And I'm picking particular scenes in each movies.


Closer (2004) 
I've picked this before very recently but this is such a great wrath scene. It's that scene where Clive Owen's character confronts his wife played by Julia Roberts about her infidelity and he relentlessly presses her to divulge the intimate details of her affair.



 Wanted (2008)
It's that office scene. You could see the anger building on Wesleys's face; the veins in his forehead starts popping and his face grows redder and puffier as his bullying boss yells at him until he explodes and starts yelling back.



In Bruges (2008)
This is a great dark comedy so this scene is more on the funny side. Ralph Fienne's character just finishes a call, one he is not pleased about, and starts to repeatedly smash the phone on his desk until his wife comes into the office and tell him to stop because "it's an inanimate object".



The Social Network (2010)
It's that scene where Saverin just found out his shares were diluted, he stomps his way to Zuckerberg, rips out the laptop Zuckerberg was using and slams it on the table and tells him to lawyer up.  

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #311 TMP Television Edition - Book to TV Adaptations



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Book to TV Adaptations

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This in an easy week, there are so many to choose from. I'm picking my three most recent watches, ones that I have read the books they were adapted from.

Sharp Objects (2018)
This one is a limited series, based on the Gillian Flynn novel of the same name. I like the book and had been looking forward to the adaptation and it did not disappoint. The town was a real character. The heat, the nosy inhabitants, that disturbing play and the secrets it keeps. It is no wonder the main character wanted to escape it. And the children...they really were wild little monsters. I wonder though if most people would overlook that mid credit scene, because it's not something that is often done on a TV series especially one that is a crime drama.

Virgin River (2019 - )
I read the book about a year and half ago because I knew Netflix was adapting it. The contemporary romance genre is usually not my thing (I prefer chick lit which has more humor) and I probably wouldn't have read it otherwise. Anyway the book is part of a multiple book series, of which I've only read the one and the TV series is already getting a second season. The first season is rather faithful to the first book and while I don't love it, it is an okay watch. It is something to put on when I need a family friendly series. If you're a fan of those Lifetime and Hallmark type of romance drama, than this would be right up your alley. Otherwise, it will probably bore you.

Locke & Key  (2020 - )
There was an adaptation made in 2011, where a pilot episode was shot, but it was never picked up for a season and I have been waiting for another fully realised adaptation since then. Unfortunately even though overall I did enjoy this new adaptation, it is still a bit of a disappointment. It's been a few years since I've read the graphic novel, so while I think it gets the gist of what happens, I remember the graphic novel to be much more sinister in tone...like things were just scarier and uglier, and this adaptation is just so PG and YA-ish. I really hope the second season put a little more horror into it.
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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #310: Period Dramas



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Period Dramas

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I'm picking recent watches. And it's a theme within a theme, all the posters have the leads in profile shots. 

Phantom Thread (2017)
It's an ok drama. Moody but on the dull side. And for a movie about a dressmaker the costumes didn't really stand out that much.

Darkest Hour (2017)
I liked this much more than the Phantom Thread. I like talky movies so this, which is mostly people arguing on whether to negotiate a surrender, was right up my alley. And Oldman put in a good performance. He was also unrecognizable as Churchill, the only way you could tell it was him underneath all the prosthetic and makeup was his eyes. The bit I didn't like was the Underground scene, it was presented in a rather cheesy manner.

The Little Stranger (2018)
This has the lowest IMDB rating out of the three but I enjoyed it the most. It's a slow burning creepy gothic mystery about a country doctor who forges a relationship with a family who owns a crumbling manor where strange things begin to occur.
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Thursday, June 11, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #309: Prequels



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Prequels

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We've done a couple of sequels themes for TMPs before and this is actually the first for prequels. I'm picking the ones I like.

X-Men: First Class (2011)
I love this. Just seeing how the school got started and the beginning of Professor X and Magneto's friendship. I also really like McAvoy and Fassbender in those roles, they have great chemistry.

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)
I have not seen the original nor the Time Burton remake, they just do not look like something that I would like, but I'm glad I saw this one. This is soo good.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
Even though war is in the title of all the Star Wars movies, this is the one that has the look and feel of a war movie. Comes complete with beach landings and battles.

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #308: Seven Deadly Sins Edition - Sloth



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Seven Deadly Sins Edition - Sloth

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Today's deadly sin is sloth, so we're looking for movies with lazy slacker type of characters. Here are 4 that I've seen.

The Big Lebowski (1998)
Saw this recently. What does the Dude actually do? Other than drinking, smoking pot, bowl and walking around looking like he just rolled out of bed.

Idle Hands (1999)
This horror comedy immediately came to mind for this theme. Though it is not as if I remember anything about the movie (I saw it a very long time ago) other than the basic premise: slacker teen finds his hand is possessed.

Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Ed who is essentially freeloading off his best friend, Shaun, spends his days lounging around, drinking and playing video games.

Bad Teacher (2011)
I was trying very hard to think of a movie that featured a female slacker and this is the only one I that I can think of that I've seen. Diaz plays the bad lazy teacher who cares nothing about actual teaching.

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #307: TMP Television Edition - Competitive Reality Shows



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Competitive Reality Shows

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I'm not much for reality shows, but I do watch a couple of the competitive ones. Here are 5 of my favourites.

Survivor (2000 - )
I think I've seen every season except for the first one. The game has really evolved, many new things have been introduced to make the game more challenging. The way the players play the game and the attitude they have, have also evolved greatly. In the first few seasons the contestants are often very bitter when they are voted out and especially if they were blindsided and their bitterness came through during the final tribal council when the jury (the losers) get to question the the remaining survivors about how they played the game. It is the nature of the game that the people who got voted out are the very ones who in the end have to vote who between the remaining survivors should win and be the ultimate "Survivor"...this was a very hard pill for the contestants of the earlier seasons to swallow. However in the more recent seasons, the contestants that make the jury have a more sportsmanship spirit. They seem to have more of the attitude of if they had to be outwitted, outplayed and outlasted, it has to be by someone who is a better player than them...because who wants to lose to a loser right? They are more likely to respect people who have agency and really played the game, in terms of socializing, strategizing or winning the physical challenges, even if that meant they were voted out in the process. The ability to organize successful blindsides just means the remaining survivors are good social players and strategists...and therefore are deserving "Survivors".

The Amazing Race  (2001 - )
I love this show, it's basically an around the world treasure hunt. We follow teams as they complete challenges and puzzles and of course drama and bickering often ensues especially when the contestants are exhausted. They've also added a lot of obstacles in the newer seasons to make the race challenging. A great game often gets franchised and have international versions and The Amazing Race too has a couple. I've seen almost all the seasons of the original American version of course. The other ones I've seen are the Asian version and either the Canadian or Australian versions as well.

The Great British Bake Off (2010 - )
I'm not a fan competitive cooking shows...especially ones that have those studio commentary by the contestants as they are shown cooking during a challenge pretending to narrate the event as it happened when they so obviously already know if they won or lost a challenge by the time they record the commentary...these are just so annoying. But I do love The Great British Bake Off...which doesn't have a studio commentary, only a short on interview with the contestants after each challenge, which I suppose is one of the reasons why I like it. The Great British Bake Off is just very charming and the the tone of the competition is very relax. It seems the contestants are just spending a nice afternoon in a tent, in some nice garden, in some quaint country estate having fun baking. When one contestant is having trouble finishing something on time...other contestants who have finished their own baking often come along and ask what they can do to help...like I said super relax. I think it's because most of the contestants are just home bakers who enjoy baking for family and friends. That said the judges are still quite tough with their criticism, they would definitely point what was wrong with what was made but they are just not mean about it. The challenges are also very fun especially the showstopper challenge of the day where the contestants get to flex their creativity in terms of presentation.

Bake Off: The Professionals [previously known as Bake Off: Crème de la Crème] (2016 - ) 
The contestants are as the title goes, professionals. They are teams of chefs from hotels, restaurants, shops and even the armed forces. And because the contestants are professionals, they are very serious and thus the show has much less banter. It definitely cannot be described as charming like The Great British Bake Off. The judges criticism here are very tough since they are professionals and it often gets very technical which I think is another reason why this is not as popular as The Great British Bake Off. But I still enjoy the show.

The Great British Sewing Bee  (2013 - )
This is very much like The Great British Bake Off in terms of it being very charming and contestants who are amateurs, no one here is betting on becoming a professional and talent scouted to work for a fashion atelier at the end of it. The competition is just like a pleasant way to spend an afternoon for the contestants, spending time doing a hobby they all enjoy. The tone is very relax and challenges are fun especially ones like making costumes for children and pets which were adorable.

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