Friday, November 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #175: Movies with Strong Female Character(s)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies with Strong Female Character(s) [Suggested by Birgit]

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Today's theme is by Birgit

Volver (2006)
A great movie with an almost all female cast about family and secrets. When something happens to her daughter, Raimunda holds it together and fixes the situation as she is also confronted with the truth of her mother's death.

The Hunger Games (2012-2015)
Katniss - the girl did take the place of her sister and survived two Hunger Games.

Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Rita Vrataski - the warrior that lead the victory in one of the battles against an alien race. Live, die, repeat. You've got to be brave to do that and without the guidance that Cage got.

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #174: An Adaptation (of a book, comic, game etc that hasn't been adapted) You Want to See



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is An Adaptation (of a book, comic, game etc that hasn't been adapted) You Want to See 

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Ok I love today's theme because I have often thought...hey I would like to see a movie of that. My Picks are going to be all books, all standalone titles (meaning not part of a series).


YA Books

Looking for Alaska by John Green
This is the only book by John Green (you may have heard of his other books: The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns which have been made into movies) that I've read and I love it.  Apparently I read somewhere that the movie at some point was in the works but somewhere along the line it fell through or something...I'm not sure if it's back on, which is why it's on this list. The gist: believing he has led a boring existence, a teenage boy decides to go to a boarding school where things are perhaps less boring. There he falls for one of the girls in his group of friends, called Alaska.

The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks by E. Lockhart
This one is so much fun. Frankie is witty and smart, but has been treated as being less smart or excluded for being a girl. Realising that in the real world the ruling elite are mostly from the old boys club; she secretly infiltrates her school's all boys secret society and outwits them...basically there a lot of amazing pranks involved.

Stolen: A Letter to My Captor by Lucy Christopher
16 year old Gemma is drugged and kidnapped from Bangkok Airport and taken to the Australian Outback. The story is told in letter form from Gemma to Ty, her captor, as she reflects on what has happened to her from the moment she saw him. But here's the thing, as you read, you don't really know if Gemma has escaped, is still a captive or worse...until the very end of her letter of course.  Anyway there had been news that there was going to be a movie, but it has been a year or perhaps more since the news; it has been very quiet. Here's hoping it is still happening.



Adult Books

Survivor by Chuck Palahniuk
If you've seen Fight Club, or read Palahniuk's books than you sort of know what to expect. His characters tend to be a bit or a lot nutty. In Survivor, the main character is Tender Branson, the last surviving member of a cult. The book opens with him speaking into a flight recorder of an empty plane. He plans to tell his life story, before the plane crashes. The story is all sort of crazy with a lot of dark humor, I'm very curious what a movie of it would look like.

Local Girl Missing by Claire Douglas
I've been reading quite a lot of thrillers lately and this is one of the better ones. The gist: 21 year old Sophie goes missing 18 years ago and her best friend, Frankie, is haunted over what happened to her. When Frankie gets a call from Sophie's brother, now a local newspaper editor, that her remains may have been found, Frankie goes back to her hometown to find out if it's really Sophie. The story is also a little spooky which I like. I don't even remember where it is set, but I imagine the movie would have a lot rain and very misty/foggy.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #173: A Stranger



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Stranger


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This is I think one of those more unique sort of theme unlike say remakes or vampire movies...so I'm curious as to what movies end up on everyone's list today. Anyway here's mine, the bottom two picks are the ones that I like.

Sommersby (1993)
I've seen this at least twice, but this is one of those movies where I retain very little of what happens other than the basic plot and a bit of the ending. A man returns home after the American Civil War, but his wife suspects he is an imposter.

Stoker (2013)
After India's father dies, an uncle she never knew existed comes to live with her and her mother. I've picked this movie so many times before but here it is again because it fits so well and also a favourite of mine. A beautifully shot psychological thriller.

The Guest (2014)
A man visits the family of a fallen soldier and claims to have served with him. He's so nice and charming that the family lets him stay with them. The only roles I had seen Dan Stevens play prior to seeing this were all middle/upper class British guys and this was such a departure; he got really physically fit and plays an American with a southern accent. Also you'd never think the guy who was cousin Matthew could do sinister, but yeah Dan Stevens was so so good in this. Of course this year there was Legion, where he got to play crazy as well...which were the best bits of the very inconsistent TV Show.


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #172: Halloween/Television Edition: Horror


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween/Television Edition: Horror

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 5 - Halloween Edition: Masks
October 12 - Halloween Edition: Dolls
October 19 - Halloween Edition: Body Horror [Suggested by Myerla]
October 26 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror 

First ever Halloween/Television edition, this is going to be fun. I'm picking favourites.

Being Human (2008-2013)
I feel like I have talked about this series somewhere here before, but since this is the first TV horror theme, I'm not quite sure when I would have. So anyway the gist, this UK series follows a ghost, a werewolf and a vampire sharing an apartment and them trying to hold on to their humanity. I have to admit, that plot summary sounded so so stupid the first time I heard it, but I had heard good reviews so I gave it a try and turns out I love it (there are five seasons, but I have only seen 3). It's a horror/drama series that is at times funny and often just so sad as well. If you like American Werewolf in London, definitely give it a try, even how the werewolf got turned reminds me a lot of that movie. 

Misfits (2009-2013)
This one follows 5 juvenile delinquents (about late teens/early 20-ish youths) who while doing community service gets hit by lightning during a freak storm and get some special powers. I know this sounds more like a superhero sort of series...it sort of is and sort of not just that too as it's mostly about characters trying to get a handle on their own powers; many can't control it which leads to disastrous horrifying consequences. Anyway love this series. Even when it wasn't that great in season 4/5 it was still pretty good. Like Being Human, it just balances drama with horror and comedy elements really well. And like Being Human, Misfit is also getting a American remake...so go and watch the original first.

Bates Motel  (2013-2017)
I have not seen the last season yet, but like the first three seasons. The series is a contemporary prequel to Psycho. In the first season, teenage Norman Bates and his mother is new in town and have just opened the Bates Motel. We see glimpses of the man Norman would become as the series progress and throughout it there's this sense of dread that Norman is going to destroy everyone around him.

The Vampire Diaries (2009-2017)
The gist, two vampire brothers, Stefan and Damon, vie for the affections of a human girl Elena, who looks very much like a girl they used to know more than a hundred years ago. It's a teen soap with vampires - my guess is most people won't give this a chance. Which is a pity, this series is soo much fun, totally bingeable. I've seen all the seasons except the last, and I think it's been consistently good. The world building and the mythology it creates for all the supernatural characters are great. Favourite character probably has to be Damon, the so-called bad brother, because he is so consistent, consistently selfish that is that even when he does a good, seemingly selfless deed, he does so because it benefits him to do so...and also, he has the best lines. 


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So that's it...my three picks. What movies made your list today?

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Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #171: Halloween Edition - Body Horror


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three to five  movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of movies and tell us why you chose them. For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Body Horror [Suggested by Myerla]

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 5 - Halloween Edition: Masks
October 12 - Halloween Edition: Dolls
October 19 - Halloween Edition: Body Horror [Suggested by Myerla]
October 26 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror 

This week's theme is one from Myerla

Black Swan (2010)
I think there were a few in these, one was Nina's broken nail, then there was feather/thorn thing and then there was also the creepy scene with the ex prima ballerina, I can't remember what happen but I think it also had a body horror scene.

Alien
Don't know which Alien movie I saw, just that I saw it when I was very young and was thoroughly freaked out and have not seen an Alien movie after.

The Fly (1986)
Another one where I saw it very young, under ten, freaked me out, never going to see it again.

An American Werewolf in London (1981)
This is here of course, like The Fly for the transformation scenes. Also if you like werewolf movies, this is one of the good ones.


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Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #170: Halloween Edition - Dolls


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three to five  movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of movies and tell us why you chose them. For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Dolls

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 5 - Halloween Edition: Masks
October 12 - Halloween Edition: Dolls
October 19 - Halloween Edition: Body Horror [Suggested by Myerla]
October 26 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror 

This is a boring week; I thought I had seen a lot more movies with scary dolls but apparently I haven't, so my list is pathetic. When I googled scary doll movies, there aren't that many titles either and about half of them are Chucky movies.

Chucky
I think I saw the original and one of the sequels. Can't remember any of the plot details.

Annabelle
I thought it was an ok movie, but apparently not a lot of people like it. 

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Friday, October 6, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #169: Halloween Edition - Masks


Hello there and welcome to Thursday Movie Picks a weekly series where you share three to five  movie picks each Thursday. The rules are simple simple: Each week there is a topic for you to create a list of movies and tell us why you chose them. For further details visit the series main page here.


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Masks

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Hey it's October and the whole of this month I'm running the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the weeks.

October 5 - Halloween Edition: Masks
October 12 - Halloween Edition: Dolls
October 19 - Halloween Edition: Body Horror [Suggested by Myerla]
October 26 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror

 

It's the 4th annual Halloween Edition! Yep we've done four rounds of these already! Today's theme is masks.
  

Scream (1996-2011)
I never got the appeal of the Scream movies when I saw them a long time ago. I've recently rewatched the first three Scream movies and I get it now. I still haven't watch most of the movies if not all that Scream references, but I know enough of them now, to get what it's trying to reference.

You're Next (2011)
Hmm...I think if you like Scream, I'm guessing you would like this too. It's a clever horror thriller that flips the home invasion plot.

The Purge (2013)
The doll like masks and preppy outfits of the tormentors in this one were just creepy.

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