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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