Thursday, March 26, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #298: TMP Television Edition - Docu Series



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

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There will never be a Documentary Feature TMP  because I rarely watch any, but documentary series, I definitely do watch them, well because I watch more TV than movies. So if it's on TV as I am flipping channels, I might just continue on watching. I prefer history docu series or the theme within a theme I'm going for this week which are docu series that does "making of" or "behind the scenes" look at something.

7 Days Out (2018)
Each episode follows groups of people which may be employees, organisers, participants or competitors and gives a glimpse at the behind the scenes stuff for seven days leading to an event. I absolutely love this series and I hope they do more. The first season covered the Westminster Dog Show, a restaurant reopening, a NASA mission, a Chanel fashion show, the Kentucky Derby and a pro video game tournament. If you've ever played a sport or organise an event that involves a lot of people, where there is a lot of work that goes on for months and days leading up to the actual event, I think you'd relate and enjoy this.

Animals with Cameras (2018)
The series follows camera specialists as they work with scientist to fit cameras to wild animals to give a truly unique animal's perspective of the world around them. We get to see the team go through a lot of trial and error to make a camera just the right size for each respective animal, in the case of a meerkat it was very small, and to find a way to fix it on them in the best way possible. If putting a camera on a land animal is hard, an aquatic animal seems a lot more challenging as in the case of the devil rays, but the footage of a group of devil rays migrating that came out off it was just magical to look at.

The Movies That Made Us (2019)
The thing I miss most about DVDs and Blu-rays are the special features. I love seeing how movies get made. Which is why I love this series and once again I hope they do more of it. The first season looked at Dirty Dancing, Home Alone, Ghostbusters and Die Hard. I thought the series presented the making of these movies in such a fun entertaining way. And I do think it goes beyond the usual info in special features that comes with DVD which usually just have interviews with the director and actors and maybe sometimes the screenwriter, composer or costume designer. This series actually has few actor interviews and instead talked mostly to the behind the scenes people like the producers, the screenwriters, special effects people, casting directors, etc and they talked about studio changes, writer changers, title changes, cast changes, etc the kind of stuff that probably would never have ended up on a DVD special features since DVD special features tend to be more promotional and rosy. Anyway I just found it all fascinating. 

Cheer (2020)
Cheerleading isn't a thing here, so the only cheerleading I've seen are in movies like Bring It On or on teen TV series but those of course are just actors. So when this series came up on Netflix, I thought sure why not. I wanted to see real cheer stunts. It's a pretty good series that gives a look into competitive cheerleading as it follows a college team as they train for a competition. The team isn't really one that does those sideshow cheers at other sports games. Cheerleading is a sport in itself and so this team's stunts are much more acrobatic, death defying and as such amazing to look at when they pull it off perfectly; some of those stunts looked like as if the film reel is playing in reverse even though it's not. Yet you really wonder why anyone would go through months of painful training because it really looks just so painful, even when they do the stunts perfectly and of course worse when the stunt fails. I suppose it can be argued that most sports causes pain and injury, but the difference being that unlike other sports there is no pro teams or leagues in store for the cheerleaders to actually make a living other than being a coach. All the risks and injuries with very little reward...which reminds me of a fictional drama TV series called Dare Me where a doctor is examining a cheerleader that had just sustained an injury after a terrible knock to her face when a stunt went wrong, and he says something like "at least football players have helmets".

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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #297: Bad Boys



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Bad Boys

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This is a fun topic. At first I thought of going the route of school bad boys, then I thought of a theme within a theme within a theme. I'm going for literary bad boys who are all men in uniform serving in the military.

George Osborne from Vanity Fair (2004)
Snobby narcissistic George marries the naive Amelia. I thought he was perfectly played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers who looked like a total peacock especially with the costumes and the vibrant colors this adaptation had. 

Mr Wickam from Pride & Prejudice (2005)
The charming, ambitious and opportunistic Mr Wickam tries to woo Elizabeth and when he fails at that quickly moves on to the silly youngest Bennet sister, Lydia.

Sergeant Francis Troy Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
Bathseba attracts three different suitors and yet chooses to marry the handsome but reckless Francis Troy.

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #296: Spoofs / Satires / Mockumentaries



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Spoofs / Satires / Mockumentaries

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I'm picking satires, because there are so many good ones. Here are three that immediately came to mind.

Scream 1 - 4 (1996 - 2011)
The first time I saw the first three Scream movies I was a kid and I didn't get the appeal of it nor any of the references. I've rewatched all of them the last few years and I get it now. I know Scream 3 is probably the least liked of all of the Scream movies, but I actually do like it. Bringing the characters to a movie set about them brought the series to a full circle.

Office Space (1999)
I love workplace comedies especially ones with office settings and this I remember as being very good. It has been ages since I've watched it though so time for a rewatch.

Thank You for Smoking (2005)
Like Office Space, I've somehow have not picked this for TMP before. This was so sharp and funny. It follows a tobacco lobbyist as he goes around defending/speaking for cigarettes. I particularly remember that little speech the character gives to his son about proving someone wrong...very good spinning. 

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Thursday, March 5, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #295: Seven Deadly Sins Edition - Gluttony



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

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Welcome back to the Seven Deadly Sins edition and today's theme is Gluttony. This is a tough one, because it seems quite similar to Greed. But here is what I understand to be the difference: gluttony refers to over consumption while greed refers to over accumulation. So with that, I could have gone a few different ways...movies about over consumption of food, alcohol, drugs, etc. Instead, I'm going to go the supernatural horror route and here are my picks.

Interview with the Vampire (1994)
Lestat creates the child vampire Claudia and she becomes a talented little vampire luring victims with her little girl charms.

30 Days of Night (2007)
A coven of vampire kills a whole town during their 30 days of night.

Jennifer's Body (2009)
In this horror comedy a cheerleader develops an insatiable appetite for boys.

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #294: TMP Television Edition - Romance



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

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I'm picking favourites today.

Pride and Prejudice (1995)
I have to include Pride and Prejudice...it is basically one of the earliest romantic comedies. I love this adaptation, because with it being a miniseries, it has the time to get as much of what's on print on to the screen and also this is just so funny. Especially the mother who tries tirelessly to get her daughters out there and Lydia who is just soo silly.

North & South (2004)
I absolutely love this. If you like Pride and Prejudice, you might want to check this out as it has the whole love/hate thing. But that's where the similarities end. This is set against the backdrop of the industrial revolution where some of the characters are dealing with workplace safety and labour issues so the tone is much bleaker, so yeah this is not a romantic comedy, more of a romantic drama. Still despite the general bleakness, it is a beautiful miniseries; great score, gorgeous scenes of cotton floating in the mill and the chemistry between the leads is just electric.

Jane Eyre (2006) 
I seen three TV Jane Eyres and this is still my favourite of the TV adaptations. Ruth Wilson is perfect as Jane. And with this being longer than a movie we get to see more of the flirty side of Rochester.

Gran Hotel (2011 - 2013) 
Set in 1905, the series follows a man as he gets a job as a waiter at a grand hotel to investigate the disappearance of his sister who had been a maid. This is a lot of fun to watch. It's like a mash up of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, with the whole upstairs and downstairs thing, but with more drama, romance and mystery and little comedic elements sprinkled in as well. 

Lovesick  (2014 - )
I thought I've picked this before but apparently not. Anyway I love lovesick and it turns out to be my only pick with a contemporary setting. It's this sweet funny romantic and also friendship comedy about a guy who is in love with one of his best friends but just doesn't have the guts to tell her because he's afraid it'll ruin their friendship.

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Thursday, February 20, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #293: Love in the Tech Age



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Love in the Tech Age

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Here are three movies that immediately came to mind.

Her (2013)
A man falls in love with his OS. Wow...it feels soo long ago since I saw this. I remember liking it a lot and would love a rewatch.

Newness (2017)
Two millennials hookup when they swiped right on a dating app and start a relationship but they soon get bored and decide on an open relationship. This is my fourth Doremus movie, and I think this is at the bottom with Equals. The couple in this is bored by monogamy and I'm bored with them. 

Sierra Burgess Is a Loser (2018)
When the most popular girl in school as a prank gives a boy the number of a nerdy girl, Sierra, he starts a text message relationship with her thinking he's chatting with the popular girl. Sierra Burgess is a Loser...I mean really. The movie started sort of cute and silly but the whole mistaken identity went on for too long and gets too weird. Jamey still being interested in Sierra in the end was just so outrageous; the catfishing was bad enough than there was the whole invasion of privacy thing when Sierra got stupidly jealous and malicious and posted someones private messages...how was he able to get past all that?

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thursday Movie Picks #292: Meet Cute



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Meet Cute

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With Valentine's Day tomorrow, I thought Meet Cute would be a fun theme. But you know what, it has been pretty hard to remember how characters meet in a movie. I feel like I'm missing some good ones but here are the ones that I do remember (some vaguely) and that I like. And most of the ones I picked the couples don't really get a happily ever after...all they have is a little romance.

Leap Year (2010)
A woman trying to make her way to Dublin to see her boyfriend gets stranded in Dingle due to bad weather and meets a surly local innkeeper. I really enjoyed this. It's the whole personalities clash at first thing and the whole scenic road trip after that...very charming.

Stardust (2007)
A young man finds a woman in a crater and asks her if she has seen the fallen star he's been looking for, not realising she is the star. Oh I love this movie and their first meeting is just funny and charming. 

Once (2007)
A guy busks on the streets at night, playing and singing his own song. A girl approaches and starts questioning him about his song and why he doesn't perform it in the day instead of the popular songs by other artists he usually does. I love how the movie just jumps straight into the first song and their first meeting and she is so direct but in a curious and not in a mean way. Out the three Carney movies, this is still my favourite.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
While admiring the aquarium that forms part of a wall of the men's bathroom, Romeo sees Juliet on the other side of it. It's this magical beautiful scene with the blues and yellows of the aquarium and the shy flirty looks they give each other. The imagery of their first meeting here is pretty iconic.

A Little Romance (1979)
A girl waits in one of the rooms in Versailles as her mother visits her director friend shooting a film there. A boy on his school trip at the palace sees her and asks for her name and she says "Lauren" to which he replies "Call me Bogie". "Why" Lauren asks and the boy says "Because they belong together". Which I think the girl doesn't really get as she is not a movie fan as he is. This is of course a reference to Bacall and Bogart...anyway...I just thought this is just the cutest movie meet cute ever.

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