Thursday, December 2, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #386: Oscar Winners Edition: Best Foreign Language Movie


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Oscar Winners Edition: Best Foreign Language Movie

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So this is the last of the Oscars Edition and it's the Non-English Oscar winners. Well I've seen just a handful of those that won and only like 2 so today is a super short post.

The Lives of Others (2006)
The Gist:A Stasi officer conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover becomes increasing absorbed by their lives. I've picked this at least twice before for TMPs. I don't remember much of this now, since I haven't seen it in quite a long time, but I remember it being very good.

A Separation (2011)
The Gist: A married couple in Iran have differing views on where to raise their daughter. One of the best dramas about families I've seen. That last scene was so sad and a perfect closing.
 
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Saturday, November 27, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #385: TMP Television Edition - Mystery


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks iTMP Television Edition - Mystery

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I'm doing a theme within a theme within a theme. All three are never before picked series.

Dublin Murders (2019)
This is based on the first two books from Tana French's The Dublin Murder Squad series. The first case involves a girl found murdered in the woods near Dublin, the same woods that, the lead detective, where as a tween, he and his friends disappeared into and later only he was found, traumatized and unable to remember what happened to him and his friends who remain missing still. I quite like the series, though I thought it was a mistake to squeeze two books covering two different cases (the second case is about a look-a-like) into the same season, they just don't flow as well together, each with a different air of mystery.
 
The Kettering Incident (2016)
After suffering from headaches and a blackout, a London doctor, Anna, returns to her home in Australia, where a local girl recently disappeared. 15 years ago, as a girl, Anna and her friend cycled through the woods. Hours later, only Anna came out of of the woods unable to remember what happened to her and her friend who remains missing. I haven't seen this for some time, but I remember this as being very atmospheric and also a bit dizzying, in that the character has these blackout episodes so she is often confused and lost about what's happening. And I would also say the series also got quite weird in the end, it went to a place that I never expected, but I liked it.

The Forest (2017)
A new-in-town cop and a local cop investigate the case of a teenage girl who disappears into a forest in France. I actually remember this the least, because I think I saw this the earliest out of the three, but it was decent I think.

Here are two more bonus mentions if you want to watch others with a similar theme within a theme...Dark and Black Spot...both of which I've picked for previous TMPs before.

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Thursday, November 18, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #384: Book Adaptations


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Book Adaptations

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This is one of those themes that I have almost every year, so I'm picking movies that I like that I've seen the past year since the same theme last year.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
Based off the memoir of a literary forger. This movie is soo good. It basically follows these unlikeable characters going about their sad lives and their little enterprise of forging letters of famous people and selling them as the real thing and it is such a sharply funny movie. Also good performance by the two leads.

The Invisible Man (2020)
This is a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells novel and I like the movie a lot. I though it was pretty clever of them to make the "invisible man" the main character's abusive ex-husband and the premise is on this whole thing of if the ex-husband really had the ability to become invisible and was stalking his ex-wife or is she so traumatized by his abuse that she is in constant paranoid fear and "seeing" him everywhere even when he isn't there, which is what the people around her believes.
 
Fear Street: Part One - 1994 (2021), Fear Street: Part Two - 1978 (2021), Fear Street: Part Three - 1666 (2021)
I grew up reading the Fear Street series of books (there were a  lot of them) and have always wanted to see an adaptation of the books. This is not a straight adaptation of any one of the books (at least I don't think so). It's more of they took the world building of the books and created a new story for these trilogy of movies. Anyway I still enjoyed these movies, I'm actually very surprised by how well they turned out...10 year old me is happy...that's not to say this a movie for kids, it definitely isn't...what I mean is that it manages to capture the spirit, style of the books.
 
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Thursday, November 11, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #383: Dream Sequences


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Dream Sequences

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I have been trying to think of dream sequences that had great visuals that I like and I can only remember two. I’m sure I’ve liked others as well that I am currently failing to remember.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
It’s the scene where Jim Carrey’s character is trying to save and hide the memory of his ex-girlfriend while he is unconscious and going through the memory erasure procedure.

Shutter Island (2010)
It’s the one where Dicaprio’s character dreams of his wife and she disintegrates in his arms.
 
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Thursday, November 4, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #382: Oscar Winners Edition: Best Animated Movie


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Oscar Winners Edition: Best Animated Movie

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I'm keeping it short. Here are my four favourites.

Shrek (2001)
The first to win best animated movie. This one thoroughly made fun of fairytales and it was hilarious. It also has a very catchy theme song.

The Incredibles (2004)
This is such a fun superhero family movie and the interaction between the family members seem so natural...like a real family.
 
Up (2009)
It got me with that montage at the start. The rest of it is also sweet and funny.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
I feel like all the attention is with the Tom Holland Spider-Man movies and this animated one probably gets overlooked. I'm not even an animated movie person and yet I really enjoyed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. It is so much fun; the animated action was very well done and the movie is also funny. I'd say it is on par with the best of the live-action Spider-man movies.
 
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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #381: Halloween/Television Edition Horror



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween/Television Edition: Horror

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Hey it's October again and it's time for the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month.

October 7 - Halloween Edition: School
October 14 - Halloween Edition: Folk or Urban Legend
October 21 - Halloween Edition: Horror Comedy
October 28 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror
 
 

So this week is easy; since I only saw 3 horror TV series the past year, I'm picking them 3.

Servant (2019 - )
I picked this last year for Halloween TV Edition after watching season one and season two was released earlier this year. The new season was disappointing. While the the series is still very atmospheric, suspenseful and creepy, the story went nowhere. We still have no idea who or what the nanny girl is. The series has been renewed for season 3, so hopefully they will actually have some explanation or conclusion.

Midnight Mass (2021)
This is another Mike Flanagan series and I like it. Among his three series, I'd ranked it below The Haunting of Hill House and above The Haunting of Bly Manor. The creature work here I thought was excellent; the way the wings looked and the way the creature would swoop down, clearly someone from special effects spent a lot of time observing the movements of the animal it's inspired by. One negative I thought was some of the series' overly lengthy monologues, they could certainly have shortened them.
 
Locke & Key (2020 - )
I picked this last year for Halloween TV Edition too after watching season one. Season two was just released this month and I'm halfway through it. I think it's clear with the second season that this is going to continue to be more of a YA horror TV series rather than a horror series which is what the graphic novel is, it is an adult horror graphic novel not YA. Which I think is a pity because I prefer the darker graphic novel story. However, so far I'm liking this season a little more than the first. It has less of the high schooly stuff and the silly Scooby gang thing they were doing in the first.
 
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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Thursday Movie Picks #380: Halloween Edition - Horror Comedy



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Horror Comedy

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Hey it's October again and it's time for the Halloween Edition. Take a look at what's in store for the rest of the month.

October 7 - Halloween Edition: School
October 14 - Halloween Edition: Folk or Urban Legend
October 21 - Halloween Edition: Horror Comedy
October 28 - Halloween/Television Edition: Horror


I'm picking the ones I like from my most recent watches.

Ready or Not (2019)
While the basic premise is in the realm of scary, the violence is so over the top with an ending that is so out of this world that this is so obviously a comedy. One with a sharp wit, where the villains are these dumb bickering overprivileged people trying desperately to hold on to their privilege and a strong final girl that survives them all.

Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
The movie's a satirical horror thriller set in the pretentious art world and revolves around some cursed paintings. I like it...the movie was really having fun mocking that world.

Colossal (2016)
Colossal has this Godzilla like premise where there's a giant monster stomping around a city that is bizarrely connected to a woman across the world whose life is a complete mess. The first half of this movie is sort of sad funny then it went quite dark in the second half when we meet the real villain of Colossal...one that I did not expect when the character was first introduced.
 
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