Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #266: Witness



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Witness

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Well I am doing a theme within a theme. All the witnesses are kids
 
Witness (1985)
A young Amish boy is the sole witness to a murder tied to police corruption. This is an obvious pick, but I had to pick it since I rewatched this last year and it was what inspired today's this theme

The Client (1994)
A boy and his brother witness the suicide of a mob lawyer who blab a little too much to the kids on his way out causing them to be a target of the mob. I haven't seen this one in a long time, but it is one of my favourites. And Brad Renfro was so good in it.

Léon: The Professional (1994)
A young girl becomes a witness and sole survivor of her family's murder and enlists her neighbour, a hitman, to help her get revenge. Another favourite, one that I've picked many times before for other themes, but it's perfect here.

Road to Perdition (2002)
A boy witnesses a mob hit forcing him and his father to go on the run. Yet another favourite and a must watch.

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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #265: The Mrs Robinsons



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Mrs Robinsons [Suggested by Getter]

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This week's theme is a suggestion by Getter. The title of the theme is of course in reference to Mrs Robinson from the Graduate so this theme is about movies that feature older women in a relationship with much younger men. I tried to pick less obvious ones like The Graduate and Harold and Maude and here's what I came up with that I like: 
 
The Good Girl (2002)
A bored store clerk has an affair with a colleague who see's Holden Caulfield in himself. I really like this. I don't think Aniston does a lot of dramas, but she was good in this.

The Door in the Floor (2004)
A writer's assistant has an affair with his boss's wife who is still grieving over a family tragedy. It's been so long since I've seen this, that I don't remember much so it's funny that I saw this as being categorized as both a comedy and drama on IMDB, when all I remember is people being very sad.

Notes on a Scandal (2006)
A teacher has an affair with her student and her colleague holds that knowledge over her. This movie is soo good and great performances by Dench and Blanchett. 

Chéri (2009)
An aging courtesan at the start of the 20th century starts what was supposed to be a short affair with her friend's son but it ended up lasting several years. I don't remember much now, but I know I enjoyed it. I was very light and funny and the costumes were gorgeous.
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Thursday, August 1, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #264: The Great Outdoors



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The Great Outdoors

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I'm doing a theme within a theme: it's kids experiencing the great outdoors.

The Kings of Summer (2013)
I don't remember much of it now, but I did enjoy this movie about a couple of teens who build a house in the woods and living off the land for the summer.

Standing Up (2013)
In this one, the kids didn't quite have a great experience with the great outdoors. I really enjoyed this one, a rather heartfelt sweet movie about these two kids becoming friends when ran away together from summer camp after a terrible prank.
 
The Secret Garden (1993)
One of my all time favourite movies, it's about these two kids who have mostly lived a life confined indoors finally venturing outside and resuscitating an almost dead garden. I love love this movie. It's one of those movies that has like a sort of fairytale magical quality to it and that garden was so gorgeous wasn't it? You almost expect woodland creatures to come out talking and singing.

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #263: TMP Television Edition - Crime



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

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Here are my picks and glad to say I don't think I've ever picked any of them in the past.

Wanted (2016 - )
While waiting at a bus stop two strangers become witnesses to a fatal shooting and it turns worse for them when they become the prime suspect. I've really enjoyed this Australian series that's already in its third season. It's a female buddy action thriller series that very fast paced and has a little bit of humor as well.

Retribution aka One of Us (2016)
The murder of newlyweds rocks the lives of their families who are neighbours causing their secrets to surface. I like it but it was very very gloomy and grim mini series.

The Sinner (2017 - )
In season one, a woman fatally stabs a man while at the beach with her family, without knowing why. This is an anthology series where each season a new crime is investigated. There's been two seasons so far and looks like there's gonna be a third. An interesting series, it's a slow burner that tells its mysteries in such a haunting and eerie manner. I've seen both seasons and I much prefer the first season, I think it had a better story.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #262: Blockbuster Flops



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Blockbuster Flops

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It's summer and so it's the time for blockbusters. Not all of them end up successful so here's to them. My picks today are my latest watches.

Ghostbusters (2016)
Released in the summer of 2016, this new Ghostbusters wasn't able to win over audiences like the original. Though was the original Ghostbusters popular when it was released or was it only years after? I don't know. I actually don't remember much of the plot of the original Ghostbusters too...I haven't seen it in ages. Was it very childish? Because that was what I thought of the new Ghostbusters. That it was made for young audiences. Then there was the slime thing. Was that a thing in the original? Perhaps it was...and perhaps it worked then. But when I saw it in the new movie all it reminds me off is the Nickelodeon slime.  

Baywatch (2017)
A 2017 release, but released slightly before summer. I actually used to watch the Baywatch TV series as a kid though I can't remember much now. Just that there were lifeguards running and saving people. I totally didn't remember the whole thing about the lifeguards acting like they're police officers and trying to investigate crimes that occur on their beach, which this movie tries to both replicate and make fun off though quite unsuccessfully. I know it's suppose to be funny like look at how silly everything is, but the humor just doesn't land and so it just ends up being very silly.
 
The Mummy (2017)
Released in the summer of 2017, this was supposed to be the first movie in the new Universal's monster series of movies, that I think includes Frankenstein, Dracula, etc...Some big actors had also been cast as the leads in the future followup movies and I vaguely remember they had all posed for some movie magazine (Vanity Fair?) piece. Well now that The Mummy flopped...it seems the other movies are no gos, at least I haven't read anything about them still being in the works. Anyway since I've finally seen The Mummy now, I can see why it wasn't popular. It's quite boring. The action wasn't very fun and neither was it scary for a monster movie.

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #261: Muses



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Muses

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This was another tough theme and I have a feeling there's a very obvious movie that I am forgetting.

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)
A fictional take on the creation of Vermeer's painting. Love this one. The movie looks beautiful, the set design and the lighting makes everything look like they came right out off the paintings. Then there's also the music which was great.

Renoir (2012)
Set in the French Riviera, a young woman arrives at the home of the elderly Renoir and becomes his new muse just as his son returns home injured from World War I. Now this movie is less about the creation of any particular paintings, though there are lots of painting scenes, but more on the family drama. It's an interesting movie and another one that often looked like it jumped off the paintings.

The Invisible Woman (2013)
The film is about the secret affair that Charles Dickens had with a much younger actress, the so titled invisible woman who is said to have inspired many of his female characters . I remember very little of the movie. I know I didn't like it as mush as the above two and I think I might have found it slow as well.


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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Thursday Movie Picks #260: Parenthood



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Parenthood

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This was quite a tough theme. We had a somewhat familiar theme back in 2015, but that focused more on the relationship between the parent and child characters. While I suppose this parenthood theme is more about raising children and the challenges and choices parents make to do so. Anyway here are my picks:

Captain Fantastic (2016)
After his wife's death, a father who has been raising and homeschooling his kids off the grid is forced to reenter the world and rethink the way he has been raising his kids. It was sweet, funny and even little sad at times; overall a pretty good watch.

This Is 40 (2012)
Follows a couple who are about to turn 40, as they raise their kids and manage their businesses. I really enjoyed this, I thought it was funny. Quite surprise it has only a 6.2 on IMDB.

The Incredibles (2004)
Follows the lives of ex superheores now trying to live the quiet suburban life with their kids until a villain emerges forcing them back into action.  I love this movie. It is so sweet and funny. Pixar does the whole human drama thing very well (even when the characters are non humans in other movies) and it's evident here as well with how the parents try to raise their extraordinary children.

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