Thursday, January 17, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #236: 2018 Releases



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is 2018 Releases

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This is a hard theme for me because I haven't seen a lot of 2018 films so I'm sticking with those I've seen on streaming services that were disappointing and/or could have been better.

Hold the Dark
I've picked this one last week. As I've mentioned, the plot sounded so interesting but it ended up being a disappointment. I think it's because the story explains nothing. All we get are that these characters are just messed up and had been holding off the dark until it all exploded. If they at least touched on the why now...perhaps the story could have been better.

Les affam├ęs
The gist: The movie follows survivors of a zombie apocalypse in a small village in upstate Quebec. I think I'm experiencing zombie fatigue. I blame it on The Walking Dead which drags out storylines pointlessly (I've given up on it since last season). Anyway this one is really quiet and slow burning, which I often like in movies, but here I found it quite dull.

Mute
The gist: A mute bartender goes up against gangsters to find his missing partner. This is said to be set in the same world as Moon, in fact you can see a news clip of a court trial featuring the main characters in Moon in the background in one of scene. I love Moon and Mute had a good cast so I had expected this to be great, unfortunately it was a little disappointing. The thing is Moon is science fiction film set in the future exploring scientific progress and the human cost. Mute, while it is an ok crime drama, just happens to be set in the same futuristic world but has little do with science. It might has well has been set in the present day.

Wonderstruck
The gist: Two children, a girl and a boy, separated by fifty years, runs away to New York City. This is a movie based on a book by the same author that wrote Hugo. There are similar elements in this one as well like silent movies and orphan children.Wonderstruck follows two different children and I would say the story of the second child, the boy, is much more satisfying and has wonderful diorama scenes at end. The first story is told in black and white and without spoken words other than the score, because the girl is deaf (but the boy is also deaf and his story has sound). My guess is this was done to remain loyal to how the girl's story was told in the book? Anyway I don't think it was quite a smart thing to do considering this is a movie based on a kids book targeted at kids. I mean how well would a kid take a movie that is half silent and without color? My guess not well especially when the girl's story is also overall just a lot duller than the boy's, without any friendship and adventure element. So yeah, I would say an uneven movie.

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Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #235: The Cold



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Cold [Suggested by Birgit]

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As it is January and it's suppose to be winter in the northern hemisphere, today's theme, a suggestion by Birgit, is the Cold. I'm doing a theme within a theme: crime movies set against the cold.

Deadfall (2012)
I watch this some time back so I can't remember it as well, but I thought it was an ok movie. The gist: after a heist gone wrong, two siblings decide to split up before their paths converge crashing another family's Thanksgiving celebration.

Hold the Dark (2018)
The gist. A wolf expert arrives in Alaska to help a desperate woman who's son was recently killed by a pack of wolves, while her husband upon returning home from military tour and learning that his son has died embarks on a path of violence. The plot of this one does sound interesting but ultimately I just found the movie too weird and manic. Another thing is that little fact with the husband and wife, which I only learned about trying find book movie comparisons because the movie doesn't really shine a light to the reason for the carnage, something I could not possible have guessed because I knew the actors had at least a ten year age gap.

Wind River (2017)
The gist: a wildlife officer finds the frozen body of the young Native American woman on reservation land and assists the police with the investigation. I like this one. It was very moody, tense and chilling. It's quite slow burning as well until there's this confrontation that escalated so terribly which I did not see coming until we get the flashbacks of the original crime and we get to see the whys.
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Friday, January 4, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #234: Place in Title



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Place in Title

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Today is the first TMP of the year, which means if you're here today you've already checked out the updated final 2019 schedule and I hope you keep joining in the fun for the rest of the year. Now on to today's theme place in title, here are three that I like.

Twin Falls Idaho (1999)
I don't even know if the movie is actually set in Idaho or just referencing the characters who are twins with Falls as their last name. This is one that I would want to rewatch because I remember loving it. The gist: conjoined twins, one of whom is very sick, go in search of their mother who gave them up when they were children. 

Brooklyn (2015) 
I've picked this before last year for the Meet the Parents theme and it fits so well here too. I really like this one, it's just a very well crafted film and Saoirse Ronan is excellent in it. The gist: a young Irish immigrant in 1950s Brooklyn gets torn between two countries when tragedy occurs back in Ireland.

The Only Living Boy in New York (2017)
This was a very recent watch and I like it. It has little hints of 500 Days of Summer with the narration but without the quirkiness. The gist: a recent college graduate finds out that his father has a mistress. In his determination to break up the affair he ends up sleeping with the mistress and learning more about his parents past in the process.

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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

2019 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Final)


Hi everyone! Happy 2019!

I have shuffled around some of the themes and added new ones...here is the updated final schedule which I will also post on the Thursday Movie Picks page for your easy reference.

Before I forget, if there is any theme that you don't quite get what it's supposed to be about, leave a comment here.

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2019 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule

January 3 - Place in Title
January 10 - The Cold [Suggested by Birgit]
January 17 - 2018 Releases
January 24 - Movies You Walked Out Of [Suggested by Brittani]
January 31 - TMP Television Edition: 2018 Freshmen Series
February 7 - Revenge
February 14 -Romantic Comedies
February 21 - Starring Real Life Couples
February 28 - TMP Television Edition: Book to TV Adaptations
March 7 - Cold War
March 14 - Movies You Thought You'd Hate But Ended Up Enjoying [Suggested by Brittani]
March 21 - Private Eye
March 28 - TMP Television Edition: Non-English
April 4 - Unrecognizable Actor Transformation
April 11 - Let's Start at the End
April 18 - Interview
April 25 - TMP Television Edition: Music/Musicals
May 2 - True Crime
May 9 - Movies You Have a Different Opinion After Rewatch [Suggested by thevoid99]
May 16 - Letters
May 23 - Movies Adapted from Movies of a Different Language
May 30 - TMP Television Edition: Secret Agents/Spies
June 6 - Nannies / Babysitters
June 13 - Undercover
June 20 - Period Drama
June 27 - TMP Television Edition: Gangsters
July 4 - Parenthood
July 11 - Muses
July 18 - Blockbuster Flops
July 25 - TMP Television Edition: Crime
August 1 -The Great Outdoors
August 8 - The Mrs Robinsons [Suggested by Getter]
August 15 - Witness
August 22 - Actors in Multiple Roles
August 29 - TMP Television Edition: Revivals and Reboots
September 5 - Hostage
September 12 - Non-English Language Movies
September 19 - Break-Ups
September 26 - TMP Television Edition: Fantasy
October 3 - Halloween Edition: Period Drama Horror
October 10 - Halloween Edition: Teen Horror
October 17 - Halloween Edition: Jump Scares that Got You [Suggested by Brittani]
October 24 - Halloween Edition: Rituals
October 31 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror
November 7 - Scientists
November 14 - Politics
November 21 - Over a Meal
November 28 - TMP Television Edition: Dystopian/Apocalyptic
December 5 - Adaptations
December 12 - Super Long Titles
December 19 - Child Actors Venturing Out of Typecasting [Suggested by Brittani]
December 26 -TMP Television Edition: Rivalry

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #233: TMP Television Edition - Comedies



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

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Ahh...it's the last Thursday of the year. Keeping it light, here are my picks of comedies I've recently seen.

Parks and Recreation (2009–2015)
I've only just seen it. I binged watch the entire series over a month or two. It is funny and cute, and it had a great series finale.

Sisters (2017 - )
Australian series that follows a woman dealing with the aftermath of the confession of her sick elderly father, a fertility doctor, that he had used his own sperm in a number of "In Vitro Fertilisation" procedures. This was such a charming funny series. I hope there will be a season two.

The Hook Up Plan (2018 - )
French romantic comedy series about a woman who cannot get over a breakup so her girlfriends secretly hire an escort to give her the boyfriend experience to help her move on. Unfortunately she of course thinks the dates are real and starts to like the guy which puts her friends in a difficult position of how to tell her the truth. While I didn't like how fast the characters were throwing the word "love" around, I get that there are only 8 episodes so they had to move it along quickly. Overall I did find it funny and cute. The season ended with a positive note but was quite open, and as I also enjoyed the story arcs of the friends too I hope there is a second season.

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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #232: 2019 Movies You're Looking Forward To



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is 2019 Movies You're Looking Forward To

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I'm sure I'm forgetting plenty of interesting upcoming movies, but here are five that comes to mind now.

P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, the 2019 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Preliminary) is up. There are nine empty slots, three of which are for the Halloween Edition, so do give your suggestions.

Aladdin (2019)
Love the animated original, though I have not seen it in a long time. Also curious what a Guy Ritchie Disney musical movie looks like.

The Lion King (2019)
I almost never watch movie trailers anymore but I saw this and it looked spectacular. So excited to see the movie now.

The Woman in the Window (2019)
An adaptation of the popular 2018 thriller. While I didn't like the book much I can see why it has been quickly made into a movie and I'm curious how it will turn out. It is about an agoraphobic woman who spies on her neighbours and witnesses something...and she also loves watching classic thrillers. See, even the premise sounds a little like Rear Window doesn't it?

Zombieland 2 (2019)
Wow I can't believe this is actually happening and with the original cast. It has been a while since there's been any good horror comedy.

Knives Out (2019)
I like the modern noir Brick so Knives Out had me at "modern murder mystery in a classic whodunit style". Plus it has a fantastic cast.

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #231: It's a Party



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is It's a Party

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It's near the end of the year, the time when a lot parties are thrown which brings to today's theme. Here are my picks, movies I've recently watched with a party theme.

P.S. If you haven't seen it yet, the 2019 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Preliminary) is up. There are nine empty slots, three of which are for the Halloween Edition, so do give your suggestions.

Office Christmas Party (2016)
A tech company throws an over the top party to woo a big client. I actually like this, found it quite funny.

Neighbors (2014)
A couple's quiet life is disrupted when a fraternity moves next door, hosting parties night after night. This was an ok movie as well. Though I do not think it was great enough to get a sequel.

Superbad (2007)
Two teens try to score alcohol for a party they're going to. I remember hearing about this quite a lot way back in 2007, but never got to see it until now, so there was an expectation that it would be great. It was just ok for me...I think probably because I'm no longer the target audience and that the movie has aged a little?

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