Thursday, September 9, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #374: Actors or Actresses Playing Themselves

 



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Actors or Actresses Playing Themselves

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I almost forgot and was about to pick a sports personality before realising it has to be an actor or actress. Anyway today will be a quick post.

Zombieland (2009)
Bill Murray plays himself and a survivor of the zombie apocalypse who pretends to be a zombie to avoid being eaten by zombies.
 
The Big Short (2015) 
Margot Robbie as herself in a tub to explain some finance stuff because finance stuff is just so dry.

Always Be My Maybe (2019)
Keanu Reeves plays himself, a movie star dating a celebrity chef.
 
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Thursday, September 2, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #373: Oscar Winners Edition: Best Original Score and Best Original Song


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Oscar Winners Edition: Best Original Score and Best Original Song

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BEST ORIGINAL SCORE

 
Well this was tricky. I usually only remember a score when I really like a movie and have seen it at least twice, otherwise it all just fades into the background. Anyway I'm picking the newer films for this category which is after they merged the musical/comedy with the dramatic score.

Joker (2019)
Hildur Guðnadóttir is one of the few female composers to win in any scoring category. I had not seen any the nominated films when the Oscars aired so when I finally saw the Joker much later I got it. It's a bit depressing with these heavy strings but it's good. 
 
The Social Network (2010)
I think I've only seen The Social Network in full only once, but the movie gets played on some TV channel now and then and I'd always catch bits of it and that's when I really start hearing the score and I like it.
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Now this one I liked immediately. Epic movies always have a distinctive sound.
 

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
 
 

A Star Is Born (2018) - Shallow
I don't really listen to pop music much nowadays so I only heard the song last year when I finally saw the movie and I love it. I like that it was more of a singer songwriter sort of tune and  I was disappointed when her character eventually went to the Pop route in her career.
 
Once (2007) - Falling Slowly
The music in Once is definitely the kind of sound I gravitate towards to so I fell in love with Falling Slowly (as well as other songs from the movie) at once and bought a bunch of albums by the two musicians after seeing the movie.
 
Aladdin (1992) - A Whole New World
Disney's musicians were in top form in the 1990s so I really had a couple of choices. I'm going with A Whole New because it is so much part of my childhood and even after almost 30 years, (I'm generally bad at remembering lyrics) this is the one that I remember most of the lyrics of.

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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #372: TMP Television Edition - Books You Want to be Adapted into a TV Series


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Books You Want to be Adapted into a TV Series

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I don't know about you, but when I read a book I like, I start imagining it as a movie or TV series. A movie if they are shorter books or with a more focused story. A TV series, if the book is super long, with lots of characters and multiple story lines or there are cliffhangers that are already build into it that would make great bingeable episodes. Anyway here are my picks that I want to be adapted into TV series and since I'm extremely lazy to write a synopsis I screengrabbed  each book's Goodreads page.


White Cat (2010) 
This is the first book in the Curse Workers trilogy and I had talked about the book when I first read it way back 2014. I love this YA urban fantasy supernatural crime series, it is so much fun. I think we're missing that teen supernatural type of series in TV land since...I don't know...Vampire Diaries, Buffy went off air, which this series, if ever adapted, could feel that void.
 
 
 
Night Film (2014) 
I have always been super intimidated by long books so this had been on my to-read list for a long time before I finally read it. It is also about a cult horror director and the mysterious death of his daughter and with a title like Night Film I was also little scared that it was going to be scary...it wasn't really. I would describe it more as eerie, suspenseful, mysterious and dizzying but it was also quite adventurous plus the book had this fun way of presenting elements that were referenced in the story, for example, if a magazine cover or a newspaper article was mentioned, an image of it is attached, so reading the book was quite an experience. And of course with its length, it is best as a limited TV series rather that movie adaptation.
 


All the Missing Girls (2016)
I love this book, the voice, the writing and the way it is told, I think I read it at least twice. Although not a particularly long book, it is told in reverse from day 15 back to day 1, and so I think this perfectly makes each day one episode...so it'll be like a 15 episode limited series.



Sadie (2018 )
This is one of the most heartbreaking YA novels I've read. I remember Sadie being one of the buzziest books that came out in 2018, so I'm quite surprised that this haven't been made into a movie or TV series since true crime docs and podcasts are very popular and part of this book is from the perspective of a fictional radio personality who has been asked to do a true crime podcast. Anyway as I read this I imagined it as a limited TV series, where each TV episode would have like a snippet of the final cut of a podcast episode played as a voice over as we see the mystery play out on screen.  


 
The Lion's Den (2020)
I've caught a few episodes of HBO's The White Lotus, which is satire about employees and the rich guests of a tropical resort, and I think The Lion's Den adaptation could be something like that but also be more thrilling and glamorous as it follows the jetsetting, ostentatious lives of the obscenely rich who may just be evil. The book was such a fun drama/thriller to read and I would love to a see TV adaptation of it maybe by HBO or some other premium channel.

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Thursday, August 19, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #371: Treasure Hunt



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Treasure Hunt

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I'm going with the ones I like.

As Above, So Below (2014)
A group of explorers go into the catacombs of Paris to look for the philosopher's stone. I was worried that this was going to be super scary because of the poster...but it's not overly scary...at least for me. I would say it is more creepy with some jump scares and a mix of adventure. But it is definitely not for those that are claustrophobic or have fear of the dark.
 
Three Kings (1999)
At the end of the Gulf War, a group of American soldiers hunt for stolen hidden gold. Saw this a long time ago so I don't remember much of it other than since I'm not much for military movies I was surprised that I ended up liking it and its dark humor.

The Goonies (1985)
A group of kids find an old map and go to find its treasure. This is another one I haven't seen in a long time and I'm surprised I have not picked it for any TMPs before. Anyway, I remember enjoying this one a lot and thought it was very cute and fun.
 
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Thursday, August 12, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #370: Movies that Confused You



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies that Confused You

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Today's theme is a suggestion from Brittani.

Cloud Atlas (2012)
It's a confusing mess. What exactly is it trying to say? I suppose I got that it's trying to say that part of us gets passed down to our descendants or that people get reincarnated - but that's only because they use the same actors in elaborate hair and makeup to make them into different characters with some similar physical features in different periods. Without all that all the stories seem disjointed.
 
Mother! (2017)
There's a woman in a house where some crazy things happen...and guess what...the woman is Mother Earth...Right!??? This movie is like seeing a painting that looks like globs of paint were hurled onto a canvas and the artist or art expert goes on and on to give a complex explanation on what it's supposed to mean...and you'd think...but it's just globs of paint, just pretentious nonsense.
 
Tenet (2020)
Nolan has done a few of these "intellectual blockbusters" and I am generally not a fan of them. I usually love time travel movies but Tenet not so much...the whole people literally moving backwards thing...just adds another unnecessary layer of confusion. Also I feel like I have seen this before...but without the time travel...The Night Manager anyone? Even Elizabeth Debicki who stars in both plays a somewhat similar role.

 
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Thursday, August 5, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #369: Oscar Winners Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Oscar Winners Edition: Best Costume Design and Best Makeup and Hairstyling

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I'm picking random ones I like for each of the categories. P.S. I'm having problem commenting on Blogger blogs today...anyone else have that problem?

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

 
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Was this the first sci-fi fantasy to have won? Probably. Even then they had recognized how great the costume design had been. Now of course they are all iconic. I kinda wish some of the prequels and the newer ones at least got a nomination, I thought the costume design for them were good as well.
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Well at least they finally won costume design for the third movie. Loved everything with how the movie looked including the costumes especially the elven ones...they looked so ethereal.
 
Marie Antoinette (2006)
I've picked a sci-fi fantasy, fantasy...now it's time for good old period drama with Marie Antoinette. The costumes are just gorgeous with a great mostly pastel color scheme.
 
 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
 
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
Was this the first movie where the werewolf transformation is shown rather than just showing one frame a man the next a werewolf? Anyway that is what I remember most from this movie...the werewolf transformation...how excruciating it had seem. It was the earliest released movie that I had seen it being depicted. Then there was all that work on the wounded and dead. Even the main character's friend...if I am remembering correctly, he was progressively more decomposed as the story moves forward .
 
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
They did a tremendous job with all the hair and makeup of the human like characters...has long straight hair ever looked so ethereal? But especially with the creatures...the Uruk-hais for example had looked so real and terrifying.

Pan's Labyrinth (2016)
The creatures - they looked like they walked off the pages of some dark fairytale.

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Thursday, July 29, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #368: TMP Television Edition - Book Adaptations


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

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This is one of the themes that I have every year since there are always new book to TV adaptations each year. I am truly spoiled for choice and will be picking the ones I like that I've seen since last year's adaptation theme and ones that have never picked picked before (which would exclude The Flight Attendant and Defending Jacob since I have picked them before).

Shadow and Bone (2021 - ) 
I can't really do a plot summary for this...there's quite a lot going on. It's basically a YA Fantasy that I've been wanting to read for some time but never got around to, so I had been looking forward to the TV adaptation. The TV series is great. The world building is big and wonderful. The production value is impressive which I did not expect for a YA fantasy TV series and I think it is as good as or better than some of the YA movies that have come before. I also like the characters and their relationships, so there's much to look forward to in the second season. The only negative is, with it being a fantasy series, we'd probably have to wait quite a long time for a second season...my guess maybe only in 2023?

Behind Her Eyes (2021)
A young single mom starts to fall for her boss just as she also starts to become friends with his wife. This is the only TV series that I've read the book, back in 2017. I read quite a lot from the mystery/suspense/thriller genre each year, most of which I have forgotten their plots, because after so many, a lot of them sort of seem similar and they all blend together. Not this. This I remembered not because I love the book but because of how nutty it was. And turns out I enjoyed this adaptation. All the craziness made this a fun watch and the adaptation also managed to have this effectively spooky ominous tone.
 
C.B. Strike (2017 - )
Based of the series of books by JK Rowling where she writes under the name Robert Galbraith about an ex army Military Police turned private investigator, Cormoran Strike, solving cases with his assistant, Robin. This is a mini series and each season is very short consisting of between 2 to 4 episodes covering between 1 or 2 books they were based on. Keeping the seasons short is good in my opinion as it doesn't unnecessarily stretch out a book across soo many episodes. I really like this series. While the cases they work on are interesting enough, I think it's the two main characters that keep me watching. Each of them is a little weathered and bruised by their own past but they have such great chemistry and work together so well. Cormoran brings his years of investigative experience as an MP to solving their cases while Robin brings a second perspective and optimism. I hope this gets a fourth season as the 5th book in the book series which was released last year has yet to be adapted. 

Big Little Lies (2017 - 2019)
Follows the months and weeks of the lives of a group of women from a rich neighbourhood leading up to a murder. I like how the mystery plays out, how even the victim was never fully revealed until near the end; throughout the first season there were short bits of witness interviews spliced in between the drama of these women's lives, so the characters that were never interviewed could have been the victim and everyone could have been the killer. It was also a very star studded production and everyone was really good in it. 

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