Thursday, January 26, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks #444: TMP Television Edition - 2022 Freshmen Series


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is TMP Television Edition - 2022 Freshmen Series
 
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I'll reiterate what's been said in previous years' similar posts, limited series cannot be included today. This TMP theme refers to Freshmen, which means the first season, therefore a limited series with only one planned season is not the first of anything. Here are my favourite freshmen series of 2022, all of which have been renewed for new seasons...there really were some really good new series that launched last year.
 
Slow Horses (2022 - )
This series follows members of MI5 that have screwed up and have been relegated to Slough House where they are called Slow Horses and get the "boring" jobs or the ones the agency wants to distance themselves from with plausible deniability. This is so much fun and one of the funniest spy series I've seen and with Gary Oldman being so sharply funny as this cranky, unhygienic and sarcastic ex-field agent/spy now head of the losers known as Slow Horses. The series had its first season in April 2022 followed by the second season in December. Each season is a short 6 episode with one story arc and I've enjoyed both seasons...I am really liking series with short seasons...its the best way to tell a story concisely without dragging out a plot with unnecessary fillers  Anyway Slow Horses have been so well received, it's already been renewed for season 3 and 4 with season 3 already shot and its sneak peak viewable at the end of season 2.
 
Heartstoppers (2022 - )
It's about two boys at school who becomes friends and start to fall for each other. This is one the most adorable sweetest teen romance drama series I have ever seen. It is soo good. Teen dramas tend to have a lot of kids just being nasty towards each other, here they make an effort to be kind and compassionate which is just refreshing. If you like The Half of It, I would highly recommend Heartstopper.

Bad Sisters (2022 - )
Four sisters plot to murder their vile sexist, racist, homophobic brother-in-law to free their beloved sister and niece from his control. This darkly funny dramedy is told like a mystery, where we know from the beginning he is dead, we just don't know how he died. It slowly reveals the events that would lead to his death through multiple flashbacks. Bad Sisters is a funny funny series, but also rather sad and horrific...the brother-in-law is just a horrible horrible person...like criminally so. Anyway I was so surprised that this is getting a second season since I thought the first season ended neatly.
 
The Recruit (2022 - )
A lawyer working for the CIA gets entangled in a case where a former asset threatens to expose her relationship with the agency. This is actually a very fun action spy series with a bit of humour. I do like its rather unique angle to a spy story where the main character is a lawyer, whose main job is to assess and advise on the agency's legal options, but instead gets drawn into a case that puts him in multiple dangerous situations that he is ill equipped to cope being not an agent and have zero fighting skills. 

Severance (2022 - )
In an unknown near future, employees can volunteer for a procedure called Severance, where their memories are surgically divided between their work and personal lives. I found the first few episodes so dull; I didn't know why people liked it and giving it such high praise, I almost gave up...but I ended up liking the series a lot. I'd say you have to see at least halfway through the season, that's when everything sort of clicked for me and the series just got better with each episode. It really is a terrifying vision of a future version of work life balance. 
 
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Thursday, January 12, 2023

Thursday Movie Picks #443: 2022 Releases



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is 2022 Releases

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This is coming in late, so it’ll be another quick one. I am picking my favourites. 

Catherine Called Birdy (2022)
This is such a fun and funny coming of age comedy about a girl in medieval England.

Kimi (2022)
I really enjoyed this tech thriller that feels very current and highlighting a very real privacy issue for virtual assistant tech.

The Valet (2022)
The plot kinda seems silly and it kinda gives an impression of being a romantic comedy, though it is not.  It’s just a comedy and it is funny and just very sweet. 

The Wonder (2022)
The opening was kinda odd. The story moved rather slowly and only started picking up halfway through but I ended up liking the movie a lot; it was beautifully shot and haunting. The main character, the nurse, reminds me a lot of Jane Eyre; independent, with a quiet strength and very resolute.
 
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Sunday, January 1, 2023

2023 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Final)


Just one thing before you scroll down to the final schedule. If you haven't read my 2022 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Preliminary) post, click the link and read it. I had written about some RUDE participants. Basically if you want to participate in TMP, participate properly…don’t be that rude person.

 
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So back to all you other decent folks who have been participating, thanks for joining in the past and here is a refresher on the two requirements for Thursday Movie Picks (TMP) participation. 

1. Submit your link in the linkup widget.
2. Link back to my blog on their own TMP post.

This 2023 run of TMP is the tenth year I'm doing the series and I really contemplated either not doing it at all or just doing it on my own so that I can do sporadically rather than every single Thursday. 2023 is going to be a little busy so doing every Thursday is going to be a challenge. In the end I found a middle ground. As you may have noticed the schedule is shorter.

The 2023 TMP is going to run on the second Thursday of every month for the regular movie edition and the last Thursday of the month for the TV edition. The exception is February for the Romance Tropes Edition and October for the Halloween edition which will run every single Thursday for that month.

This is the final schedule. Any mistakes, questions or clarification needed please leave a comment. Also can someone check the dates for me as last year I made quite a number of mistakes with dates leading to extra themes.

 

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2023 Thursday Movie Picks Schedule (Final)


January 12 - 2022 Releases
January 26 - TMP Television Edition: 2022 Freshmen Series
February 2 - Romance Tropes Edition: Travel Romance
February 9 - Romance Tropes Edition: Cinderella Plot (A heroine being swept off her feet by a wealthy guy)
February 16 - Romance Tropes Edition: Forced Proximity (characters are stuck together perhaps sheltering from a storm together, or are on a long haul flight, or stuck in a lift…etc)
February 23 - Romance Tropes / TMP Television Edition: Friends To Lovers
March 9 - Companion Reads (Pair a book to a movie that makes a good companion read because they feature similar themes/subject - not necessarily the book it was based on).
March 30 - TMP Television Edition: Companion Reads (Pair a book to a TV show that makes a good companion read because they feature similar themes/subject - not necessarily the book it was based on).
April 13 - Erotic Thrillers
April 27 - TMP Television Edition: Lukewarm Second Season (Series that had a hot First Season and a not so hot Second Season)
May 11 - Period Drama
May 25 - TMP Television Edition: TV Score and/or Theme Song
June 8 - Seasons in Title
June 29 - TMP Television Edition: Revenge
July 13 - Book Adaptation
July 27 - TMP Television Edition: Con Artists
August 10 - Workplace: The Female Experience
August 31 - TMP Television Edition: Female Investigators (Private or Police)
September 14 - Non-English Language Movies
September 28 - TMP Television Edition: Book Adaptation
October 5 - Halloween Edition: Tourist Experience
October 12 - Halloween Edition: New Person (eg. new girlfriend, new stepfather, new colleague…etc)
October 19 - Halloween Edition: Workplace
October 26 - Halloween/Television Edition: Cults/Secret Societies
November 9 - A Different Perspective (a well known story told from the perspective of a different character. An example is the recent Rosaline movie which is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline, you know the girl Shakespeare mentions Romeo had been infatuated with and conveniently forgot about when he met Juliet)
November 30 - TMP Television Edition: Non-English
December 14 - Day or Night in Title
December 28 - TMP Television: Sports (Scripted Series. Non-Reality)

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #442: TMP Television Edition - Amnesiacs


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

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I'm picking the first three series that came to mind. Also drop by my blog Sunday night, I’ll be posting the final 2023 schedule.
 
The Sinner (2017 - 2021)
In season one, a woman fatally stabs a man while at the beach with her family, without knowing why. This is an anthology series with each season a new crime is investigated by the main detective character. There’s a memory loss element in the first season, where the accused suffered some missing months in her early 20s causing her to have a violent physical reaction to the victim in the present day. The series presents its stories in a very eerie haunting manner though it is not always consistently good I think; I prefer only the first and fourth season.
 
Tabula Rasa (2017)
A woman suffering from amnesia is involuntarily committed to a mental institution when she becomes a key figure in the disappearance of a local man that she doesn't even remember she knows due to her condition. Out of my three picks today, I like this Belgian limited series the best. It’s a slow burn as it slowly reveals what actually happened and the extent of the main character’s amnesia. To me, Tabula Rasa is a little like a mash up of Shutter Island, The Orphanage and Before I Go to Sleep, so if you like them, check this out.

Surface (2022 - )
A woman suffers complete memory loss after what she is told was a failed suicide attempt by jumping off a ferry. This is a mystery, unfortunately not much of a big mystery in the end, it just went round and round but it did look pretty though. So a bit disappointing. It is a getting a second season. The first season covers the main character’s most recent past, while the second season it seems from how the last episode ended will go further back in time to when she was in London, before she emigrated to the US. 
 
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Saturday, December 24, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #441: Winter Sports



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Winter Sports

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This is coming in late, so it’ll be a quick one. I am picking my most recent watches.

Mystery, Alaska (2006)
Ice Hockey. This is a nice little sports drama (though a little forgettable) about a small town community hockey team that gets a lot of attention I think because they play on a naturally forming ice rink…it was a frozen lake or pond.

Eddie the Eagle (2015)
Ski Jumping. I didn’t enjoy this film. I thought it was fairly boring.

I, Tonya (2017)
Ice Skating. This is the movie today that I really like and it was such a surprise. It’s a sports drama biopic with some mockumentary elements and dark humor.
 
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Thursday, December 15, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #440: Movies with Flowers/Plants in the Title



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Movies with Flowers/Plants in the Title

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This theme is suggested by Brittani. This is quite an easy one, there are plenty of movies I've seen. I'm picking the ones that were disappointments.

The Black Dahlia (2006)
I remember there was a lot of hype with this movie because of the cast, director and it is based off a real unsolved crime. I think it was trying to be noir-ish and also some kind erotic drama/thriller but ultimately it all fell flat and didn't get good reviews.

La Vie en Rose (2007)
Yes it won an Oscar for best actress, but I did not like it. It was so dreary and boring.

Violet & Daisy (2011)
Two flowers! I think Saoirse Ronan is a good actress and had been looking forward to this and had thought it could be a mix of Hanna and The Professional. Nope...it was boring and Alexis Bledel was too old to play a teen.
 
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Saturday, December 10, 2022

Thursday Movie Picks #439: Retro Chic (Movies set in the present day but has a retro look)



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Retro Chic (Movies set in the present day but has a retro look)

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I had initially wanted to pick Wes Anderson's films, but it was hard to tell if they were ever set in the present day, because everyone wore retro costumes and I can't remember if they ever featured present day tech gadgets, which kind of signaled the movies were set in some undetermined past. Anyway I'm picking the ones I like.

Nancy Drew (2007)
I don't remember the plot, but I had thought it was charming that while Nancy is a present day teen who uses tech gadgets in her sleuthing, she, her father and Ned all dress like they're out of time, from a different decade.

Stoker (2013)
I really like this one. India and her whole family their whole lifestyle seem like from a different period.  It's only, I think, when she goes to school that we realise how out of time and weird they all are.

Dope (2015)
I don't even really like hip hop but I thought this was quite a fun movie following the adventures of a geeky teen and his friends, during their senior year of high school, who all like 90's hip hop culture and dresses like they are from that decade.

 
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