Thursday, October 18, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #223: Halloween Edition - Technology

 


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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Technology

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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 4 - Halloween Edition: Home Invasion
October 11 - Halloween Edition: The Dark/Night
October 18 - Halloween Edition: Technology
October 25 - Halloween/Television Edition: The Weird


This one was quite tough as I've tried to not pick ones that I've picked too many times before.
 
The Ring (2002)
A journalist investigates a mysterious videotape that causes the person viewing it to die. Technology - video tape, old technology, even by 2002, but I suppose that is why it works here; an almost obsolete technology showing a grainy mysterious footage makes it more scary. Anyway that scene when the girl reaches out was just the freakiest. I know there was a sequel recently, was it still a videotape?

Shutter (2004) 
A young photographer and his girlfriend discover mysterious shadows in their photographs after a tragic accident. Technology - photography. It was remade in 2008 but skip that and just watch this. Shutter is one of my favourite ghost stories and I can't believe I've only picked this only once before. It has some really good scary scenes and like most good ghost stories it has at its center a tragedy and is so incredibly sad.

Chatroom (2010)
5 teens meet in a chatroom and one of them has a dark side. Technology - internet. The only one of my picks today that I dislike. This movie is just like 10 years too late. By 2010 social media had taken over chatrooms, even popular chatrooms like MSN chat had already been shut down a couple of years before.

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #222: Halloween Edition - The Dark/Night



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - The Dark/Night

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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 4 - Halloween Edition: Home Invasion
October 11 - Halloween Edition: The Dark/Night
October 18 - Halloween Edition: Technology
October 25 - Halloween/Television Edition: The Weird




I'm picking movies that I recently watched that had key dark/nighttime scenes.
 
The Others (2001)
Near the end of World War 2, a woman and her two children who are sensitive to light start to believe their isolated mansion is haunted. I re-watch this again recently, still love it and it is perfect for this theme. Memorable scene is the one with the old lady in the veil in a darkened room

The Blackcoat's Daughter a.k.a February (2015)
When their parents fail to pick them up for winter break, two school girls remain alone at their boarding school with the only staff around being two nuns living in a small house a little off the main buildings. This one was real creepy and it starts on the first night when the senior girl hears strange noises coming from downstairs.

The Visit (2015)
Two children visit their grandparents whom they have not met before as their mother is estranged from her parents. The grandparents are just weird weird weird, but it gets weirder at night and the children are basically told to stay in their rooms past a certain time.
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Friday, October 5, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #221: Halloween Edition - Home Invasion



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Halloween Edition - Home Invasion

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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 4 - Halloween Edition: Home Invasion
October 11 - Halloween Edition: The Dark/Night
October 18 - Halloween Edition: Technology
October 25 - Halloween/Television Edition: The Weird

 
You're Next (2011)
I've picked this movie at least once before. It is really good, cleverly flips the home invasion plot. Also that's a great poster right?

Hush (2016)
I first heard about Hush from one of you fellow TMPickers, I think it may have been Wendell. It is very good and having a main character that is deaf does allow the movie to have a fresh take on the old home invasion plot. Plus the main character was both smart and resourceful and the actress playing her was great and with such expressive eyes.

The Purge (2013)
This is the only one of The Purge movies that I've seen and I like it. I thought it had an interesting idea.
 
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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #220: TMP Television Edition - Anthology



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

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Is it me or are anthology series quite trendy right now; I can probably name about ten or so currently on the air. In the past horror anthologies seem more of the norm, now there are more from other genres. My picks today are 4 of the more recent anthologies I've seen.

Black Mirror (2011 - )
Black Mirror the technology horror anthology, it has a new story each episode, is probably one of the buzziest anthology series in recent years. Like most, I only manage to watch it when it was available on Netflix and I did not like the first two episodes. They were sooo dark and bleak that I took a very long break before coming back to it again. The good news is I did like the next couple episodes much much better. I still have yet to watch everything, I think I can only consume a couple of episodes every few months, but my favourite so far is The Entire History of You. 

Inside No. 9 (2014 - )
A British anthology series that mixes dark humor with crime and horror with a new story each episode all taking place at various "No. 9" addresses. I've only seen the first season and it is quite good. They all seem to start funny at least up until the first half and would turn subsequently very very dark.

Ordinary Lies (2015 - )
Another British anthology series. This is more of a drama with each season set in a new work place as we follow its employees through the course of their "ordinary" lie in their personal/work life. I really enjoyed this series and am hoping there is a third season.

American Vandal  (2017 - )
A true-crime satire, this series follows two teenage filmmakers as they explore a new mystery each season. The first season is the only one I've seen and it is so so good and funny too; it has the two teens following the aftermath of a prank at their high school that left twenty-seven faculty cars spray painted with drawings of penises. The second season was released earlier this month and I'm hoping it is just as great.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #219: Farm



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Farm

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I'm picking the ones I like.

The Man in the Moon (1991)
Remember that thing that happen to Reese Witherspoon's character sister's boyfriend.

Far from the Madding Crowd (2015)
I prefer this adaptation to the 1967 one. This Bathsheba is less silly, more mature and of course the movie looks gorgeous. 

Tess (1979)
Another Thomas Hardy adaptation, though this is not my favourite adaptation of Tess of the D'Urbervilles (the 2008 tv adaptation is), still this is pretty good. Poor Tess, she had such a miserable tragic life.
 
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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #218: Good Remakes



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Good Remakes

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This week's theme is a suggestion by Mettel Ray. Wow this is hard. Usually, the expectations with remakes is low and most don't exceed them. Harder yet to find one where I have watch the original and love the remake. So most that I've picked are ones that I like, that just happen to be remakes...and are generally considered to be good remakes so.

Let Me In (2010)
This is the only one that I've seen the original movie, Let the Right One In, and perhaps one can't even call this a remake since it's based on a book and therefore just another adaptation. Usually I can't even decide which, the 2008 or 2010, I like better. I'd probably say the 2008 one, but maybe that's only because I saw it first?

The Departed (2006)
Remake of Infernal Affairs (2002) which I have yet to see. Intense drama thriller about an undercover agent and mole in the mob and the police repectively and perhaps because I have not seen the original I've enjoyed how the twist and turns in The Departed play out. 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Remake of the 1978 movie of the same name. I really like the remake and since I haven't seen the original, I 'm just going to make a guess that the remake is better acted and with better special effects.
 
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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #217: The New Kid at School



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is The New Kid at School

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I've been the new kid at school before, but I was very young and it's easier for younger kids to make friends. However, it must be terrifying to be an older kid being new to a school where everyone else have known each other for most of their lives like in the movies I've picked today.

Mean Girls (2004)
Having never gone to school before, new girl Cady gets a lesson on the social structure of a school. 

Twilight (2008)
The first third or so was all about Bella having to move to live with her dad, being the new kid at school in a small town and becoming some sort of a novelty at school since everyone else knows everything there is to know about each other already.

Morris from America (2016)
Morris from America is the new kid having just arrived in Germany. It's summer, so this isn't quite school, but Morris is enrolled in some classes at the youth center probably to prepare him for his eventual school life and he is struggling to fit in what with him speaking little German and being the only foreign black kid.
 
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Monday, September 3, 2018

Monthly Book Picks: The Month of August 2018

Hey, if you've ventured past my usual movies post and found this book blog post, welcome. It's a new series that I've started: Monthly Book Picks where I select my favourite reads of the past month on the first Monday.

This is one of the rare times that I actually remember to do a post when I'm supposed. Here are my picks for August.



You Don't Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning (2011)
Formerly obese Neve who is still working towards a size 10 begins a practice relationship with her sister's colleague Max, so that she can be ready for a real relationship with her crush William, who is coming home after years of working abroad.
While I have read a few Sarra Manning's YA titles, this is the only adult title of hers that I've read and I am pleasantly surprised as I didn't like her YA titles that much, but I love this. I enjoyed her writing much more here and the story is just sweet, charming and funny. I definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy UK chick lit especially those by Sophie Kinsella and Mhairi McFarlane.

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James (2018)
1950, Vermont. A girl from a boarding school for troubled girls goes missing. 2014, Vermont. Fiona, a journalist, is still haunted by the murder of the her sister 20 years ago whose body was found near the ruins of a girls' boarding school. When a shocking discovery is made during the restoration and renovation of the same school, a link is soon found between what is found now to the events of 1950 and 20 years ago. 
This book is like so hot this year, I keep seeing it on a lot of 2018 books-to-read lists and I can totally see why now because I really like it. It's part mystery thriller and part ghost story which made it such a good spooky atmospheric read. I especially love the ghost story part of this and how the ghost haunts is just so creepy and scary. I'd recommend it to anyone that like mystery thrillers with a side of paranormal.




Thursday, August 30, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #216: TMP Television Edition - College



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

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I've always wondered why there have been so few college series, I mean college is a great setting for a story right? Anyway here are the ones I like.

Felicity (1998-2002)
I don't think I managed to watch the last season, but I did enjoy the show a lot. And yes, I did not like Felicity's haircut in the second season.

Undeclared (2001-2002)
I don't remember much about this anymore, just that it was funny and short-lived.

Fresh Meat (2011 - 2016)
A UK series that I watched recently about six university students sharing a house and it was hilarious. I kinda wish the series didn't end and simply continued with a set of new students and the one original main character that did not graduate like the rest.

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #215: A Discovery / Exploration



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Discovery / Exploration

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I'm going totally fictional and it's with discoveries.

Primer (2004)
Friends tinkering about in their garage ultimate discovers they have created a time machine. It's one of those movies that you've really got to pay attention to, which tend to be the case with time travel movies, this one especially so with things getting progressively crazier and confusing. It's a movie I'd love to rewatch.

Proof (2005)
Proof follows the daughter of a recently deceased brilliant but mentally ill mathematician who struggles with the possibility that she may have inherited both his genius and his illness when one of her father's ex students discovers a ground breaking mathematics theory in his office. One of my favourites.

Chronicle (2012)
Three high school boys gain superpowers after making an incredible discovery in an underground cave. It's all fun and games in the beginning until one of them starts abusing his powers. I enjoyed this a lot. There had been talk of a sequel which I was looking forward too, unfortunately it did seem to pan out. 
 
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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #214: Non-English Language Movies



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Non-English Language Movies

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Like the TV Edition edition one, I will make this theme a permanent fixture, so you'll see it again next year if we are still doing this thing. Here are my picks from some of my recent watches:

The Invisible Guest (2016)
A wealthy businessman, Adrian, is arrested when he is found in a hotel room with his dead lover. While his own lawyer is away on a lead for his case, Adrian is recommended to meet with another veteran lawyer who can help build a defense for trial and so he begins to tell her all that had happened that led to his arrest. I really enjoyed this, it's a nice mystery thriller with a couple of twist and turns that makes you question if you can believe the story you are being told.

Orbiter 9 (2017)
A young woman who has spent her entire life on a spaceship heading towards a distant colony planet has her world upended when an engineer boards her ship for repairs. I like it. It's a space sci-fi movie that isn't too sci-fi-ish. It's a little like Moon with the whole cost of science and putting people through strenuous ordeals for it, so if you like that, you might like this. 

I Am Not an Easy Man (2018)
After an accident, a shameless chauvinist wakes up to a world where gender roles are reversed and women dominate in every aspect of society. Despite the premise, this is quite a light comedy, still some of the details in it are just so well observed. I think the people who wrote and made this must have had a lot of fun coming up with how the world would look like with the roles reversed.
 
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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #213: A Siege



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is A Siege

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When I think of a siege what comes to mind is some ancient or medieval city barricading themselves in their walled city against outside forces and a few movies do come to mind. But I thought let's go for something more modern. They turn out to be all horror movies and here are my favourites:
Dog Soldiers (2002)
A squad of British soldiers in the Scotland wilderness for a military exercise are hunted by a pack of werewolves. They barricade themselves in an empty country house and with the werewolves circling it, they prepare for battle. 

Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Survivors of a zombie apocalypse hole up in a shopping mall as hordes of zombies surround them.  
 
30 Days of Night (2007) 
A coven of vampires descends on a small Alaskan town that is enveloped in darkness for the month. The surviving humans hole up in various buildings to wait till daylight comes. 

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Monday, August 6, 2018

Monthly Book Picks: The Month of June and July 2018


Hey, if you've ventured past my usual movies post and found this book blog post, welcome. It's a new series that I've started: Monthly Book Picks where I select my favourite reads of the past month on the first Monday.

I'm so terrible at this; because it is a once-a-month thing, last month I forgot to do a post. So this month, it will again be for two months: June and July.




June 2018

“I am shocking. What was done to me was shocking. I am outside the boundaries forever, no longer decent.”
All the Truth That's in Me by Julie Berry (2013)
The Gist: Four years ago, Judith disappeared from her town. Two years ago, she finally returns with her tongue cut out. While Judith herself is unable to speak about what happened to her, she is assumed to be a fallen woman thus now an outcast ignored by family and friends. Only when something threatens her town does the past slowly reveals itself. Let's start off with the cover; I hate it. The cover makes it seem like it is some grungy high school contemporary story. It is not. This is actually historical fiction set in unnamed period which is likely during the time of the Puritans. The rest of it I actually love (ok maybe not so much the ending, just because it feels as if everything wraps up a little too quickly in the last 10% and a little too nicely, but maybe that's just me being a little too nitpicky). I especially love the second person narration; Judith telling us her story through silently speaking to her childhood crush (now a man, out of reach for her now due to her outcast status and him being engaged to another) in her thoughts. It's filled with such longing and wanting to be seen and not assumed the worst that is so excruciatingly heartbreaking which just further fittingly illustrates her isolation and loneliness.

“Learn to spot irrelevant people. Don't expect someone who doesn't know who they are to care who you are.”   
Who’s That Girl? by Mhairi McFarlane (2015)
The Gist: When Edie is found kissing the groom at a colleague's wedding, all the blame falls on her, and she is quickly shamed online and at work. In order to give the incident some time to cool off, Edie's boss sends her away to ghostwrite an autobiography of a hot new actor currently filming in her hometown. I used be such a book snob (I still am :), but in other ways) and turn up my nose on chick lit, but now I greatly enjoy them and I love love this one. The best chick lits, isn't all about the romance. It's usually about overcoming something usually with the help of family and friends, finding romance along the way and all with a lot of humor mixed in it...and Who's That Girl? is I think one of the best I've read thus far.


July 2018

“It's a special art, asking people to do things, yet making it seem as if you never asked at all.”   
Sunburn by Laura Lippman (2018)
The Gist: Two strangers, Polly and Adam, meet at a local tavern. Both are supposedly just passing through in the summer, yet they end up staying, starting an affair. But neither of them is being truthful about who they really are and when someone dies, the truth slowly begins to surface. I really enjoyed this. The book had like little hints of Gone Girl in the beginning with Polly being such a strong character who just dominates the story. With her true self/back story revealed ever so slowly, Polly always just seemed she could be so much more dangerous than she let on, which made Sunburn such a page turner for me.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #212: Body Switch



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Body Switch

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Choosing my favourites this week.

Wish Upon a Star (1996)
Nerdy younger sister switches body with her older popular sister. I loved this when I saw this ages ago. Just a super cute teen movie. And it stars Katherine Heigl before she was famous.

The Hot Chick (2002)
Popular high school girl switches body with an older man who is a criminal. I found this hilarious when I saw this. I wonder how well this has aged. And it also stars Anna Faris and Rachel McAdams
  
Freaky Friday (2003)
Mother and daughter body switch. Cute and funny. And apparently there's going to be another Freaky Friday coming out this August.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #211: TMP Television Edition - Sies



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

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I'm going totally random with just series I have seen over the years.

Get Smart (1965 - 1970)
When I was growing up, a lot of classic American TV series were shown in the daytime so I ended up watching quite a number of them after school including Get Smart. I don't remember much of it now except, that main male character isn't that smart and his shoe is a phone.

La Femme Nikita (1997 - 2001)
I have not seen this in ages and hardly remember it now beyond the basic premise, but it had been one of those TV shows that I stayed up to watch as a kid. I tried to watch the new Nikita with Maggie Q, I only manage a couple of episodes. I think I prefer this 1997 version.

Alias (2001 - 2006)
The other lady spy series. Very action packed and thrilling. Jennifer Garner was just awesome as Sydney Bristow and of course the disguises are always part of the fun of a spy series. And remember Vaughn, Sydney's handler? Was he not totally crush-worthy.

The Night Manager  (2016 - )
I had been looking forward to this because it was so well received and people were saying that Tom Hiddleston could be great as the new Bond because of it. So anyway...the series is ok and it was shot in very beautiful locations but I didn't find it too thrilling and suspenseful. And...I didn't like Hiddleston in it, he seemed quite awkward.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #210: Bad Parents



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Bad Parents [Suggested by Wendell]

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This week's theme is by Wendell. I decided to go for lighter picks instead of serious dramas.

Home Alone (1990)
How do you leave your 8 year old at home alone? I understand that it the chaos to get to the airport it is possible he got left behind. But who was holding on to the kid's passport and ticket, that they only realize he was not with them when they are all on the plane flying to wherever?

The Parent Trap (1998)
Not telling your children that they have a sibling, especially a twin is pretty terrible.
  
The Bling Ring (2013)
I think it was Leslie Mann's character who I think was Emma Watson's character's mom...wants so much to be the cool hip mom she lets her bratty daughter get away with everything.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #209: Characters Magically Aging Up or Down



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Characters Magically Aging Up or Down

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I thought there were going to be more of such movies...oh well I guess I was wrong. I think the Body Switch theme in August would be more interesting with a lot more movies to pick from.

17 Again (2009)
Guy regrets the path not taken. When his wish to be 17 again is granted he enrolls back in the same high school his kids are giving him an opportunity to have a relationship with his family from a different perspective. Really enjoyed this, very funny.
 
13 Going on 30 (2004)
Girl wishes to skip the awkwardness of adolescent straight to being 30 and her wish is granted. I enjoyed the whole 80s thing and the movie overall is just super cute.

Big (1988)
Boy wishes to be big. His wish is granted and becomes an adult. The most popular one in this category. This used to be on TV a lot when I was growing up.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Thursday Movie Picks #208: Long Awaited Sequel



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This week's Thursday Movie Picks is Long Awaited Sequel

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You know when you watch a good movie and think there should be a sequel and you wait and you wait...well this is a theme inspired by The Incredibles and its sequel which only took 14 years to arrive.

Before Midnight (2013)
Before Sunset is my favourite, but I had not known there was going to be a continuation to Before Sunrise, I mean how often have dramas get sequels? So yeah I had not been waiting for a sequel after before Sunrise. However, after Before Sunset, of course! Only took 9 years to get Midnight...but that was expected since the gap between Sunrise and Sunset was also 9 years.
 
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Since Toy Story 2 came only four years after the first one, this seemed like it was a maybe...maybe not going to happen? But it did!..only took 11 years! Toy Story 4 is coming out next year, no plot details as yet, but let me guess...Andy now has his own place, and his childhood toys are now on display in glass cases as collectibles?

Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015) 
I suppose when new Star Wars movies were announced in the 90's, most fans probably wanted a sequel. Well we eventually got the sequel. Only took 32 years to happen.

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