Friday, March 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #140: Ancient World (3600 BC – 500 AD)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Ancient World (3600 BC – 500 AD)

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I'm a big fan of period dramas, but the ancient world is not particularly a period I like for movies. That said here are the ones I like.

Gladiator (2000)
I've picked this before for some other theme. I was actually quite surprised that I liked it the first time I saw it. The performances here are great, both Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix who played an incredible hateable, as well as the score.
 
300 (2006)
Great action and visually stunning.

Centurion (2010)
A small group of Roman soldiers, survivors of a guerrilla attack, try to get back into the safety of Roman territory. It's a pretty great action movie and has a couple of actors I like in it as well.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #139: Remakes/Sequels/Reboots (of a movie that hasn't got one) You Want to See



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Remakes/Sequels/Reboots (of a movie that hasn't got one) You Want to See

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Have you ever seen a movie and think "I can't wait for the sequel" but it didn't happen. I do, quite a number of times. Of course as I sit here trying to remember what they were, I having a hard time recalling, but here's the 5 that I do remember.

Chronicle (2012)
The movie follows three teens who develop powers after entering a hole where they find a mysterious object. I really enjoyed the Chronicle and have been looking forward to the sequel which apparently has been in development since the success of the first movie but has had no new news in a really long time.
 
Daybreakers (2009)
I've talked about how I really like the world building in this movie which features vampires as the dominant species. Daybreakers did some creative things with a world made for vampires like how would vampires drive around town in daylight. I would love to see a sequel/spinoff set in the same world.

28 Days Later... (2002)/28 Weeks Later (2007) 
The non spoilery gist of the story of both movies is survivors of the Rage virus try to escape infection. I love love 28 Days Later. Not that much 28 Weeks Later, but it is still a good sequel. What sets apart the 28 movies from other zombie/infection movies? I'd say the infected and the pacing which is just intense. And oh the music as well which is just scary haunting. So I would love to see them return to the 28 world and expand to other countries which we did see a tiny sneak peek or maybe follow up on Jim and Selena.

A Little Romance (1979)
A Little Romance is a charming little movie about 2 high IQ tweens that meet in Paris, and having never met someone else like them, they think they're soulmates. Basically I'd love to see them do a sort of "Before Sunrise/Sunset" thing except with a 30-40 year time gap in this instance where we just follow up on where the characters are now, perhaps meeting again for the first time after all these years and it would definitely be a dialogue heavy movie with lots of reflecting and reminiscing.

Another Earth (2011)
In Another Earth a young woman attempts to atone for a tragedy she caused against the backdrop of the discovery of another planet like ours. Love the movie and I really like the ending. I'm being vague here as I don't want to spoil anything - I think it would be great to have a sequel to see that actual meeting in the ending and explore the whole contact with Earth 2.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #138: On the Run



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is On the Run

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Ok another late one so I'm going to make this quick.

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Three escape convicts look for treasure while trying to not get caught by the law. It's sort of odd, but fun and funny and I really enjoyed the music in this.
 
The Bourne Series (2002 - )
An amnesiac tries to rebuild his memory and is constantly on the run from assassins. I haven't checked out the latest one but the first three were excellent.

Road to Perdition (2002)
When the young son of a hitman witnesses him doing a hit, they both become targets of the hitman's employers and go on the run. Just a really good film with great performances all around.

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Friday, February 24, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #137: TMP Television Edition - Superheroes/Super Powers



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - Superheroes/Super Powers

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I think my favourite Thursday now is the last Thursday because it's the Television Edition. As I've mentioned before, because I now have subscribe to a streaming service, I watch a lot more TV and I have been yearning to talk about them. I have also been really looking forward to today's theme because I just love this genre.

Daredevil (2015 - )
I think it's the best out of the Netflix Marvel series for now, we'll have to see how Iron Fist is when it premieres in March. The fight choreography in this is just so good and it feels more gritty when we see both Daredevil and whoever he is fighting with gasp for breath and struggle to be the better fighter. My favourite overall is the first season; it had a better villain, a mortal villain. With the arrival of Elektra in the second season, we'd probably see more supernatural elements which I don't really like. Anyway... I have to say I love the costume choices in Daredevil; in season 1 Daredevil simply wore like a black shirt and like tied a black bandanna to cover his eyes. Season 2 he got a little upgrade, which still looks modest and suits Matt's character. I especially like Elektra's costume, which was like this simple black top with a red turtle neck that she uses to cover her face, which is so much more practical and looks so so much better than the corset outfit Jennifer Garner had to wear as Elektra in the movies. Let's just hope Elektra's costume remain practical in season 3.
 
Jessica Jones  (2015 - )
We don't get a lot of female superheroes, so yay for Jessica Jones. Like Daredevil, this one is also pretty dark and gritty. So the gist is that she's a person with special abilities, who after suffering from a recent trauma decides to run a private detective business, lay low and not be a hero. I came to watch this knowing very little about Jessica Jones as I had never heard of the character before and I think I enjoyed the series a lot in part because I didn't know what she was up against. I think this series truly has the most terrifying villain ever because not only is he nuts...his power is the kind that you never want anyone to have. 

The Flash (2014 - )
I could not watch Gotham, Supergirl and Legends of Tomorrow past the first few episodes. Arrow is okay but just don't think too much because everything will seem stupid once you start to, as characters like die and get resurrected, so basically there are no stakes? Anyway....out of the DC comics superhero TV shows, I think The Flash is the best. A lot of it probably has to do with Grant Gustin just being great as Barry Allen. Even when the show gets bloated with its 20+ episode season and sometimes ridiculous plots, Barry still seems like a real person.

Heroes  (2006 - 2010)
So you may have heard of a series that had a great first season and just went a downward spiral afterwards...yeah it was Heroes. The show was not based on a comic book, which was really refreshing but yet looked like it was and had characters and story we didn't know about, so it was all very fascinating the first season. Unfortunately the show just wasn't able to capitalize on that the rest of the seasons so I'd say stick to just watching the first season. Even the new sequel series in 2015, Heroes Reborn was bad and pretty much had characters running in circles asking where's Claire! I'm like,  Claire knows better than to return to the sinking ship.

Misfits (2009 -2013)  
This is a gem. Love it. It's a UK show, so I'm guessing not a lot of people outside of UK would have seen it? I do think it's now available on a couple of streaming services, so if it's on yours, add it to your queue. The gist is; 5 juvenile delinquents (about late teens early 20-ish youths?) are stuck doing community service at their community center when they get hit by lightning during a freak storm and get some special abilities. The whole series is basically about them learning about their powers and dealing with other people who were also caught in the storm and now have powers as well. A lot of the powers in this are interesting in that they often relate to who the characters are as a person. For example, there is runner who develops the ability to sort of time travel and another I assume was probably a gamer and when hit by the storm is somewhat stuck in seeing the world like a video game, specifically something that looks like a Grand Theft Auto game. Iwan Rheon, Ramsay Bolton in Game of Thrones, is in this too and he plays a painfully shy guy who has the power of invisibility and his character has the best character arc in the series. There's 5 seasons in total but as this is a UK series they're short seasons. I would say the first 2 seasons are the best because the original cast is intact. The 3rd season is still great but sad because 3 more characters would exit the show by the end of it. Be warned that the show is not afraid to kill its main characters, so brace your hearts. That said the show is also often very very funny. In short go watch it!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Thursday Movie Picks #136: Shakespeare Adaptation



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Shakespeare Adaptation

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I think I've picked all of them before, but since I decided to do a theme within a theme I'm picking them again.

West Side Story (1961)
I could not watch this the first time I saw it. The dancing turned me off. Gave it another try a few years a later, and I like it much better. Shakespeare Romeo and Juliet was about feuding rich powerful families, West Side Story took it to the city and made it about rival New York City gangs. The urban landscape and race relations made an old story feel a lot more relevant. I appreciate the dancing now too, the choreography was really good.
 
Romeo and Juliet (1968)
I love this one. Shot in Italy, it feels the most authentic. The leads were also actual teenagers and as Romeo and Juliet, they were as young, playful, flirty and naive as they were written.

Romeo + Juliet (1996)
One of my favorites. I would never have thought that Shakepeare's style of speech would work in contemporary setting, but here it soo does. I think Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes have always been good actors and they're really good in this as well.

Romeo & Juliet (2013) 
Sorry to end with a bummer, this is probably one of the worst R&J ever. They kept the original setting and even shot in Italy, it's probably trying to be better than the Zeffirelli version but just fails. Not sure how much was changed from the original play but a lot of it feels lacking; like it's not fun and flirty (at least in the beginning it was supposed to be) and totally lack any passion. The delivery too by the actors too was just so meh. Everything was just not working here.

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