Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #213: A Siege



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Siege

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When I think of a siege what comes to mind is some ancient or medieval city barricading themselves in their walled city against outside forces and a few movies do come to mind. But I thought let's go for something more modern. They turn out to be all horror movies and here are my favourites:
Dog Soldiers (2002)
A squad of British soldiers in the Scotland wilderness for a military exercise are hunted by a pack of werewolves. They barricade themselves in an empty country house and with the werewolves circling it, they prepare for battle. 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Survivors of a zombie apocalypse hole up in a shopping mall as hordes of zombies surround them.  
 
30 Days of Night (2007) 
A coven of vampires descends on a small Alaskan town that is enveloped in darkness for the month. The surviving humans hole up in various buildings to wait till daylight comes. 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Monthly Book Picks: The Month of June and July 2018


Hey, if you've ventured past my usual movies post and found this book blog post, welcome. It's a new series that I've started: Monthly Book Picks where I select my favourite reads of the past month on the first Monday.

I'm so terrible at this; because it is a once-a-month thing, last month I forgot to do a post. So this month, it will again be for two months: June and July.




June 2018

“I am shocking. What was done to me was shocking. I am outside the boundaries forever, no longer decent.”
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry (2013)
The Gist: Four years ago, Judith disappeared from her town. Two years ago, she finally returns with her tongue cut out. While Judith herself is unable to speak about what happened to her, she is assumed to be a fallen woman thus now an outcast ignored by family and friends. Only when something threatens her town does the past slowly reveals itself. Let's start off with the cover; I hate it. The cover makes it seem like it is some grungy high school contemporary story. It is not. This is actually historical fiction set in unnamed period which is likely during the time of the Puritans. The rest of it I actually love (ok maybe not so much the ending, just because it feels as if everything wraps up a little too quickly in the last 10% and a little too nicely, but maybe that's just me being a little too nitpicky). I especially love the second person narration; Judith telling us her story through silently speaking to her childhood crush (now a man, out of reach for her now due to her outcast status and him being engaged to another) in her thoughts. It's filled with such longing and wanting to be seen and not assumed the worst that is so excruciatingly heartbreaking which just further fittingly illustrates her isolation and loneliness.

“Learn to spot irrelevant people. Don't expect someone who doesn't know who they are to care who you are.”   
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane (2015)
The Gist: When Edie is found kissing the groom at a colleague's wedding, all the blame falls on her, and she is quickly shamed online and at work. In order to give the incident some time to cool off, Edie's boss sends her away to ghostwrite an autobiography of a hot new actor currently filming in her hometown. I used be such a book snob (I still am :), but in other ways) and turn up my nose on chick lit, but now I greatly enjoy them and I love love this one. The best chick lits, isn't all about the romance. It's usually about overcoming something usually with the help of family and friends, finding romance along the way and all with a lot of humor mixed in it...and Who's That Girl? is I think one of the best I've read thus far.


July 2018

“It's a special art, asking people to do things, yet making it seem as if you never asked at all.”   
Sunburn by Laura Lippman (2018)
The Gist: Two strangers, Polly and Adam, meet at a local tavern. Both are supposedly just passing through in the summer, yet they end up staying, starting an affair. But neither of them is being truthful about who they really are and when someone dies, the truth slowly begins to surface. I really enjoyed this. The book had like little hints of Gone Girl in the beginning with Polly being such a strong character who just dominates the story. With her true self/back story revealed ever so slowly, Polly always just seemed she could be so much more dangerous than she let on, which made Sunburn such a page turner for me.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #212: Body Switch



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Body Switch

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Choosing my favourites this week.

Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Nerdy younger sister switches body with her older popular sister. I loved this when I saw this ages ago. Just a super cute teen movie. And it stars Katherine Heigl before she was famous.

The Hot Chick (2002)
Popular high school girl switches body with an older man who is a criminal. I found this hilarious when I saw this. I wonder how well this has aged. And it also stars Anna Faris and Rachel McAdams
  
Freaky Friday (2003)
Mother and daughter body switch. Cute and funny. And apparently there's going to be another Freaky Friday coming out this August.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #211: TMP Television Edition - Sies



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

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I'm going totally random with just series I have seen over the years.

Get Smart (1965 - 1970)
When I was growing up, a lot of classic American TV series were shown in the daytime so I ended up watching quite a number of them after school including Get Smart. I don't remember much of it now except, that main male character isn't that smart and his shoe is a phone.

La Femme Nikita (1997 - 2001)
I have not seen this in ages and hardly remember it now beyond the basic premise, but it had been one of those TV shows that I stayed up to watch as a kid. I tried to watch the new Nikita with Maggie Q, I only manage a couple of episodes. I think I prefer this 1997 version.

Alias (2001 - 2006)
The other lady spy series. Very action packed and thrilling. Jennifer Garner was just awesome as Sydney Bristow and of course the disguises are always part of the fun of a spy series. And remember Vaughn, Sydney's handler? Was he not totally crush-worthy.

The Night Manager  (2016 - )
I had been looking forward to this because it was so well received and people were saying that Tom Hiddleston could be great as the new Bond because of it. So anyway...the series is ok and it was shot in very beautiful locations but I didn't find it too thrilling and suspenseful. And...I didn't like Hiddleston in it, he seemed quite awkward.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #210: Bad Parents



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Bad Parents [Suggested by Wendell]

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This week's theme is by Wendell. I decided to go for lighter picks instead of serious dramas.

Home Alone (1990)
How do you leave your 8 year old at home alone? I understand that it the chaos to get to the airport it is possible he got left behind. But who was holding on to the kid's passport and ticket, that they only realize he was not with them when they are all on the plane flying to wherever?

The Parent Trap (1998)
Not telling your children that they have a sibling, especially a twin is pretty terrible.
  
The Bling Ring (2013)
I think it was Leslie Mann's character who I think was Emma Watson's character's mom...wants so much to be the cool hip mom she lets her bratty daughter get away with everything.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #209: Characters Magically Aging Up or Down



Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share your movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple: based on the theme of the week pick three to five movies and tell us why you picked them. For further details and the schedule visit the series main page here.

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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Characters Magically Aging Up or Down

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I thought there were going to be more of such movies...oh well I guess I was wrong. I think the Body Switch theme in August would be more interesting with a lot more movies to pick from.

17 Again (2009)
Guy regrets the path not taken. When his wish to be 17 again is granted he enrolls back in the same high school his kids are giving him an opportunity to have a relationship with his family from a different perspective. Really enjoyed this, very funny.
 
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Girl wishes to skip the awkwardness of adolescent straight to being 30 and her wish is granted. I enjoyed the whole 80s thing and the movie overall is just super cute.

Big (1988)
Boy wishes to be big. His wish is granted and becomes an adult. The most popular one in this category. This used to be on TV a lot when I was growing up.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #208: Long Awaited Sequel



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Long Awaited Sequel

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You know when you watch a good movie and think there should be a sequel and you wait and you wait...well this is a theme inspired by The Incredibles and its sequel which only took 14 years to arrive.

Before Midnight (2013)
Before Sunset is my favourite, but I had not known there was going to be a continuation to Before Sunrise, I mean how often have dramas get sequels? So yeah I had not been waiting for a sequel after before Sunrise. However, after Before Sunset, of course! Only took 9 years to get Midnight...but that was expected since the gap between Sunrise and Sunset was also 9 years.
 
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Since Toy Story 2 came only four years after the first one, this seemed like it was a maybe...maybe not going to happen? But it did!..only took 11 years! Toy Story 4 is coming out next year, no plot details as yet, but let me guess...Andy now has his own place, and his childhood toys are now on display in glass cases as collectibles?

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 
I suppose when new Star Wars movies were announced in the 90's, most fans probably wanted a sequel. Well we eventually got the sequel. Only took 32 years to happen.

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