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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Friday, July 21, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #158: The Chosen One



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Chosen One 

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Ahh...the chosen one...so many to pick.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
It has such a low rating on IMDB, but I remember liking it, this was of course way before the series was ever made, so there was nothing to compare to...and it had Luke Perry...in the 90s, he was the IT guy because of 90210. I would love to see this again.

Star Wars 1-3 (1999-2005)
I know people hate the prequels, but I like them...anyway they were all about Anakin Skywalker, the one prophesied to bring balance to the Force. For some reason no one seem to realise that as the good guys were winning, "the one" will be a bad guy to balance it all out. Oh and I just love the simplicity of that poster.

The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising (2007) and Seventh Son (2014)
I only found out about the seventh son of a seventh son folklore because of the movies that were made about it and it's an interesting lore, but too bad the movies using that basic premise have all been really bad. The Seeker was trying so hard to be the next YA franchise but it was boring and Seventh Son was just this bad bad medieval fantasy movie.

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Friday, July 14, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #157: Amusement Parks



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Amusement Parks

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Summer is supposedly the month for amusement parks, hence the theme for today. Mine is a theme within a theme...it's all the "lands"

Adventureland (2009)
Set in the 80s, a recent college graduate takes up a job at a local amusement park. I remember this the least, as I saw this the earliest out of my picks today, but I do remember liking it.

Zombieland (2009)
If you haven't seen this, it's basically a zombie road trip comedy and in the later half of the movie (not a spoiler) the characters go to an amusement park. Recommended.

Tomorrowland (2015)
It's a pity that Tomorrowland is actually boring because there were bits of it that look pretty awesome but nothing comes together and everything just seem a little pointless. The gist; a young boy genius enters some science/inventor contest at an amusement park and gets to glimpse into some futuristic magical world. However, for reasons I can't recall, he grows up a sort of recluse and pessimistic about the future. That is of course until he meets a teen girl who has a passion for science and together they...I don't know what they actually achieve in the end...renew the world's faith in science?


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Friday, July 7, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #156: Summer Vacation



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Summer Vacation

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Summer isn't really my season...and I've been drawing a blank on summer themed movies so here goes.

Very Good Girls (2013)
One of my more recent watches. It's a pretty unmemorable movie about two girls spending their last summer before going off to college.

Hearts in Atlantis (2001)
I guess the movie one thinks of when you think of summer and Stephen King...is probably Stand By Me, but I'm not as fond of it as most...so I'm going to go with Hearts in Atlantis which I like more. The gist: a boy and his friends befriend a new tenant who has supernatural powers.

The Go-Between (1971)
Ok...I like this one. Set in 1900, a boy spends his summer vacation at a school friend's grand home and becomes a go-between carrying messages for his friend's older sister and her secret lover.


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Friday, June 30, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #155: TMP Television Edition - Medical Drama



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

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So it's the last Thursday of the month and today's TV theme is Medical Drama. While I do watch a couple of such shows, none are for me must see TVs. Most of them are episodic so I usually watch them on and off. My three picks are the current dramas that I sometimes watch. 

Grey's Anatomy (2005 - )
This show has gone on for so long, I'm guessing it will soon tie with ER. I probably watched it weekly for the first two seasons but have only seen it sporadically afterwards. It's a pretty easy show to start watching again even if you stopped watching for awhile; I don't even know how the story lines ended for some of the older characters that are now gone.
 
Chicago Med (2015 - )
So I've checked out all the Chicago series (but not all of the episodes) and Chicago Med is one of the better ones. It's not a stand out drama, but competent I would say. The worst was Chicago Justice, so it's no wonder they got cancelled.

Remedy (2014 - 2015)
This is a Canadian TV series which I think has already been cancelled so it only has 2 seasons. Once again, like Chicago Med, not a stand out but nonetheless is a competent medical drama.  

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #154: The Woods



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Woods

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I'm going pretty random this week with some I like and some not so much, all from different genres.


Bridge to Terabithia (2007)
Two lonely kids, escape into a fantasy world in the woods near the homes. Kids movie based on a book. I've never read the book, so I don't know if the movie just used actors a little older than they were supposed to be but I thought the characters were just way too old to play make believe and make up fantasy worlds; the cutesy overactive imagination thing can be a little annoying. Plus the effects of the fantastical creatures they conjured up are pretty bad. I know I sound quite negative, but other than what I've mentioned, I actually found it a pretty good movie about friendship, tragedy and grief. 

Into the Woods (2014)
A musical that takes a twist on the fairy tales you know. I love twists on fairy tales so I was curious about this. Well...I didn't enjoy it as much . The first half was ok for me but the second half lost me. It really felt like two movies instead of one.

Honeymoon (2014)
Newlyweds spend their honeymoon in a remote cabin. Weird things soon start to happen like the wife is found disoriented in the woods late one night and it all just go downhill from there. Very creepy movie.


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Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #153: Movies Based on True Events



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies Based on True Events [Suggested by Katie Hogan]

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This week's theme is a suggestion from Katie Hogan of www.shelikesmovies.blogspot.com
I'm tempted to pick period dramas, but I'm going to resist and pick titles that a little more contemporary.

All the President's Men (1976)
Two reporters uncover details of the Watergate scandal. Hmm...just feels very relevant. If you haven't seen this yet, probably time. 

Spotlight (2015)
If you like All the President's Men or movies about investigative journalism in general, definitely check out Spotlight. It's about the Boston Globe uncovering the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese.  

The Big Short (2015)
The subject is all very dry: the credit and housing bubble collapse, but the movie does, I think, quite a good job of making it understandable for a layperson.


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Friday, June 9, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #152: Double Features (Movies that go well together)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Double Features (Movies that go well together)

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Don't you ever watch a movie and think it goes well with another...I do. But of course as I sit here trying to think of three pairs of movies...they all escape me..except these 3 pairs.

Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994) and Byzantium (2012) 
Love both of these movies and so many reasons why these go well together. Both are vampire movies with period setting directed by the same director. Both feature a pair of vampires (each of the pair has a child vampire turned by the other) on the run and a coven of vampires with ill will towards them. 

The Babadook (2014) and Under the Shadow (2016) 
In the Babadook, a single mother attempts to cope with the death of her husband and her son's fear of a monster in their house. In Under the Shadow, a mother and her young daughter lives under the threat of bombs in 80's Tehran while also being plagued by an evil presence. I prefer Under the Shadows; I was a little bored with The Babadook. 

Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998) and Ella Enchanted (2004) 
So enough with the doom and gloom, my next pair is going to be fun. I've said before Ever After is my favourite Cinderella movie; it takes the fairy tale and try to place it in a real period setting and I think it worked real well. My second favourite is Ella Enchanted. It gives a little twist to the Cinderella story making her a girl cursed with obedience and the story is set in a fun fantastical fairy tale world.


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Friday, June 2, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #151: Tall Buildings



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Tall Buildings

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Does this theme seem odd? Anyway it was the movie The Walk, which I haven't seen, that made me think of other movies that had tall buildings that were like an important aspect of the movie, almost like another character. So here are my picks.

Dredd (2012)
I've picked this one a couple of times before, but it's so perfect for this week so here it is. The gist, in a dystopian future, two cops are trapped in a fortified building filled with gangsters. The only way to get out is to go all the way to the top of the tower and defeat the big boss.
 
Attack the Block (2011)
Inhabitants of a city tower block try to defend it against an alien invasion. It's quite a fun urban Brit comedy.

Man on a Ledge (2012)
A man stands on a ledge threatening to jump, just as a diamond heist is also happening. I don't remember this as much, but I do remember enjoying it.


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #150: TMP Television Edition - Time Travel



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

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I love time travel shows; we've already had a movie one done some time back so now its time for the TV edition and there's quite a number of time travel series still on air so I'm sure this would be a fairly easy week for everyone.

Timeless (2016 - )
The gist is a historian, a scientist and a soldier travel back in time to catch a guy who has stolen a time machine to change history. It isn't awesome awesome, but I thought this was a fun series to watch and I'm glad it eventually got picked up for a second season after the initial canceled announcement.
 
Travelers (2016 - )
Time travelers from the far future have come to the present to complete various missions in order to change the course of history to ultimately save humanity from some horrible future. One of the fun time traveling things in this is that whenever they complete a mission, they have little idea how it has affected the future from which they came from and if they're nearer or further from their end goal. The way the travelers travel back in time here is also interesting; it's a little like in the movie Source Code. Basically their consciousnesses are sent back in time to occupy the bodies of people who are about to die. 

Outlander (2014 - )
Period drama and time travel? Of course I'm in! The gist: World War 2 has just ended and Claire, a nurse, is on holiday with her husband in Scotland. It was supposed to be a chance for them to get to know each other again after years apart during the war, that is until she got swept back in time to 1743 Scotland. I love season one, it was all about Claire getting over the shock of finding herself in a different time and trying to survive 18th century Scotland (like having to marry a guy, despite being already married in the 20th century, because being a single lady with no kin is not so safe), a period and country she knows little about. The second season had the whole thing about trying to restore a Stuart on the throne again, which I didn't really enjoy. I mean sure they went to Paris, wore gorgeous costumes and did the whole trying to change history thing, but I sort of like it when it was just Claire and Jamie trying to live a life where one of them is from a different time. Anyway, I'm soooo looking forward to the third season because of where the second left off.

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