Friday, October 20, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #171: Halloween Edition - Body Horror


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

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #170: Halloween Edition - Dolls


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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


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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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Friday, September 29, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #168: TMP Television Edition - Family



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

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I had to think about this quite a bit. For some reason I'm not quite remembering as many Family TV shows that I've probably seen. Here are the ones that I do remember and love.

Jane the Virgin (2014 - )  
The series follows Jane, who get mistakenly artificially inseminated. So ignore the lame basic premise and super awful title that I'm sure has driven some potential viewers away...I almost didn't watch it too. This series is so so good. It's sweet, it's funny, it has fun with itself with the whole telenovella stuff...it really has a good sense of humor and it is such a heartwarming dramedy. This is also the only family friendly series depicting a family today.

Peaky Blinders (2013 - )
Love this series. I was one of my picks for the period drama TV series theme. The gist - set after World War 1, it follows the fictional Shelby family as they run their legitimate and criminal business. The series feels like a modern crime drama series with its pacing and style...that and the modern rock music used throughout that fits in so well.
 
Animal Kingdom (2016 - ) 
The gist: when a teen boy's mom dies, he goes to live with the family he has never met: grandma and four uncles who all lead a life of crime specializing in heists. If you've seen Animal Kingdom the movie and like it or love Peaky Blinders, you should definitely check out Animal Kingdom the TV series. I enjoyed the first season, but I think part of me was also preoccupied in comparing the movie and the TV series. However, the second series has gone way past the timeline/material depicted in the movie that it was fun seeing what new stuff the series was coming up with. Thus I found the second season a much more addictive watch, especially to see where everyone's alliance lies

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #167: Just Not Funny Comedies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Just Not Funny Comedies

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One of those genres where I often go...what...people like this? They found this funny? It could be a cultural/language thing? Comedy is just one of those genres that doesn't translate well. 

The Hangover (2009)
Just didn't find it that funny. Maybe it appeals more to guys?
 
Wedding Crashers (2005)
I've watched it again recently. Still feel pretty much the same way as The Hangover.

Ace Ventura (1994/1995)
Don't know which one I saw (probably both of them?) thought it was one of the worst things I had ever seen. So not a fan of slapstick/physical comedy.

Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
Like I think I get it...like we're suppose to laugh at these ridiculous sexist fools in the seventies and say can't believe these things used to happen...except it still does and I saw this in late October early November of last year, so yeah, could not find it funny.


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Friday, September 15, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #166: Financial World



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Financial World

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I'm going sans computer today so it will have to be another short post. Plus today is one of those what-was-I-thinking sort of theme. I have only watched 3 movies about the financial world so here they all are.

Wall Street (1987)
I remember nothing other than yeah it was an entertaining movie. Question - is the sequel worth a watch?
 
Margin Call (2011)
It follows an investment bank in a 24 hour period as they realise their assets are junk and tries to quickly sell them off before the rest of the world finds it too. Like it's so terrible...a lot of people made a lot of money selling junk. Anyway the movie was really good.

Big Short (2015)
It attempts to tell a story and explain the financial crisis to a layperson...which it does decently I think.


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Friday, September 8, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #165: Animated Films Geared Towards Adults



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Animated Films Geared Towards Adults [Suggested by Brittani Burnham]

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Today's theme is a suggestion from Brittani. I don't watch a lot of animated films so this is a tough week for me so I'm going to do a real quick one.

Persepolis (2007)
If you've read the graphic novel and like it, you'll probably like the movie too, it looks very much like the novel.
 
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
I don't remember much of the story other than I like it and that it is very Wes Anderson in it's quirkiness. If you like his movies, you'll probably like this one too.
 
The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Another stop motion animation and it's also a musical. I love how it looks and the songs in this are pretty awesome as well.


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Friday, September 1, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #164: TMP Television Edition - High School



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

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I still do enjoy high school series, they're light and fun and offers a break from some of the more gloomy serious dramas. Here are the ones I like past and present.

Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990–2000)
This was probably the first high school series I saw. I was very very young when I saw this, but I do remember liking it a lot. I actually didn't know it was on air for so long, I think I only saw it up until the end of high-school for the major characters.
 
The O.C. (2003–2007)
I love love the O.C. I saw the first season again recently, yes its soapy but I still love it. It was the series that introduced me to the San Diego Comic Con, and a few years later the con became this huge media machine. I also think it's the high-school series with the best soundtrack. I you haven't listened yet, go check it out on Spotify. ♫ C-A-L-I-F-O-R-N-I-A here we come !!!
 
Gossip Girl (2007–2012)
Totally soapy, but soo fun. Also geek me love that all its episode titles, other than the pilot, are fun twist on movie titles.

Degrassi: Next Class (2016 – )
I've never seen the other Degrassi series other than this new spinoff which is on Netflix and I really like it. It feels very current with its story lines, decent acting and has the most diverse cast than any of the high school series I've ever seen.

Riverdale (2017– )
While I don't love love it, I like that they took the Archie comic that we know and made it into small town mystery that's moody and gloomy. I just wish it's a little better written and performed. However, the mystery is interesting enough so I will keep on watching.

Bonus

Freaks and Geeks (1999–2000)  
I saw this again recently and it's such a pity that it was canceled just after one season because I think it really is one the best high school series. It's 80's setting was fun and the show itself is often very funny.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #163: The Stage



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Stage

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I thought this week was the last week of the month and was preparing a list of TV shows to pick, but nope, this month is a 5 week month, so it's still a movie pick and it's The Stage.

Moulin Rouge! (2001)
I've picked this a few times before for other themes because I love love this movie! Set in the late 19th century it's a musical about a writer and courtesan falling in love at the Moulin Rouge as they work on a musical together.
 
Anna Karenina (2012)
I didn't love the movie, but I appreciated the way it was presented which was like a stage play. Most of the scenes take place indoors in like a theater, making full use of it so we'd see the actors act on the stage as well as the auditorium area. Doors would open to a new area of the theater or props would move around to introduce a new scene and setting; it's pretty amazing to look at, how the story flows from one scene to the next.
 
Black Swan (2010)
I've never seen an actual ballet performances before so I have nothing to compare it to, but I thought the Swan Lake scenes the short one at the start and the one at the end was just so beautiful. In the middle of that we follow Nina, the lead ballerina as she struggles with her sanity where her own life becomes a sort of manifestation of Swan Lake.

The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
I didn't love it the first time I saw it, however the second time I sort of do. They probably could have gone with an actor with a more stronger commanding voice for the Phantom, but Gerard Butler wasn't bad, certainly not like Russell Crowe in Les Misérables. My favourite scene is probably the masquerade where they had this gorgeous lavish sequence of finely dressed people all dancing.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #162: Rescue



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Rescue

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This week's theme is Rescue. Hard week for picks today, so I'm just gonna do a quick one.

San Andreas (2015)
After an earthquake, a rescue helicopter pilot, played by Dwayne Johnson, makes a journey to search and rescue his daughter. This movie was just a super dumb disaster movie. Skip it. 

Captain Phillips (2013)
It's about a cargo ship that was hijacked by Somali pirates, with Tom Hanks in the title role. If I remember correctly, most of the movie it was mostly of the captain and crew trying to survive the hijacking...the rescue bits came only near the end. Overall an interesting, although not really a memorable movie for me.

The Perfect Storm (2000)
I saw this again recently. I think it's a decent disaster movie and the storm was scary. I pretty much had forgotten that this came out way before the Deadliest Catch series, so the typical fisherman's day at sea haven't really been seen by most; how dangerous it can be even without a storm. Anyway, I was fascinated that rescue helicopters actually go out in such volatile storms, I would have thought helicopters were worst off at weathering it than the stranded ships.

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Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #161: Summer Blockbusters



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Summer Blockbusters

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This week's theme is a suggestion by Mettel Ray. My favorite genre is drama, summer blockbusters most of them are definitely not. But here are some blockbusters I have enjoyed in the past.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
I definitely did not see this when it came out, while I have always been aware of it, I only saw it about a decade ago. It's such an adorable, sweet and heartwarming movie, it's hard to not fall in love with it. It's been referenced so much over the years, if you haven't seen this, get to it.

X-Men (2000)
I've not read a single, X-men comic (you can't get comics at newsstands here, you'd have to go to a comic book store and most are just so out of the way) so long story short my introduction to most comic book stories were through the cartoon series and I love the 90s X-Men series. When this movie was released I was so excited to see it and was so happy that it turned out well.

Spider-Man (2002) / Spider-Man 2 (2004)
I grew up watching the 90s Spider-Man series and seeing these Spider-Man movies were incredible. They were so fun, had good villains and Spider-Man swinging from building to building, who would have thought they could have actually put it on screen.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #160: Crime Family



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Crime Family 

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I don't watch a lot of gangster movies, which are often about crime families, so my pool of movies to pick from are very limited.

Animal Kingdom (2010)
I've picked this before for other themes. Anyway...the gist: when a teen boy's mom dies, his only choice other than being homeless is to move in with his grandma and uncles, the very people that his mom had tried keep him away from when she was alive. Such a great movie. It has also been made into a TV series recently, which changed the setting from Australia to the US. I've seen the first season and I think it's good.

Road to Perdition (2002)
Another favourite which I have often pick. It's about two sets of fathers and sons, their life of crime and the complications it brings to their relationships.

The Newton Boys (1998)
I really don't remember much about this other than I had found it entertaining and they're brothers so it fits the theme.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #159: TMP Television Edition - Non-English



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

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So it's the last Thursday of the month and today's TV theme is Non-English TV shows. I've been looking forward to this week because I've watched a couple of good series and am keen to discover more. Here are four that I like.

Oshin (1983 - 1984)
Before Korean dramas was everywhere, there were Japenese dramas. Oshin was probably the most popular Japanese drama in my part of world and from what I've read, its success was worldwide too. Oshin was basically just one long season of short episodes (there were 297 epsiodes)...I think it was probably aired daily in Japan, although when I saw it, much later of course, the episodes were combined into half hour or was it hour long episodes which we were more accustomed with. The show follows the life of a Japanese woman, Oshin, from 1907 as a young girl when she was sent to work as a nanny to support her family up until 1983.  
 
Gran Hotel (2011 - 2013)
I first heard of this Spanish drama by way of a recommendation, something like: if you like Downton Abbey, you'll love Gran Hotel. I agree and dare I say, I think Gran Hotel is a much better series. Downton Abbey was good for about 3 seasons but fell off a cliff afterwards while Gran Hotel was a much consistent show. Set in 1905, Gran Hotel follows a young 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 there. Gran Hotel I'd say is a mix of Downton Abbey and Gosford Park, it's a drama, romance, with a mystery whodunnit  as well as a little bit of comedic elements which just makes it a very fun watch.
 
Velvet (2013 - 2016)
Another Spanish drama. While I've seen only two seasons, I really like what I've seen. This one is more of a romantic drama; set in the 50s/60s it's about the people working at a fashion house, notably the return of the heir after being abroad and his relationship with a seamstress, his childhood sweetheart. This one also has some comedic elements; these Spanish dramas are just really fun to watch.

Call My Agent! (2015 - )
Set in Paris, it centers on a talent agency as its agents juggle meeting the demands of their clients and trying to figure out the future of the agency when their leader dies. I've only seen the first season and I really enjoyed it; it has a sharp humor and getting a glimpse into what an agent does was really interesting. A fun thing the series does is that the agents' clients are all actual actors playing fictitious version of themselves. While I'm not familiar with those that appeared in the first season, the second season it seems have more international actors like Isabelle Adjani and Juliette Binoche as the clients, so I'm definitely looking forward to the second season.

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